Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Oct 2006 20:13 UTC
AMD "AMD described its forthcoming quad-core processor, codenamed Barcelona, in a session at today's Microprocessor Forum. Details of the new microarchitecture on which the processor is based (codenamed K8L) have been known for some time now. Still, the event brought some new info, and here are some highlights that I've culled from some of the reporting on it."
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Wow, that's pointless.....
by Phloptical on Thu 12th Oct 2006 00:12 UTC
Phloptical
Member since:
2006-10-10

99% of the public doesn't need two cores, let alone four. Hell, in 5 years, maybe 64bit will actually be utilized.

The only thing these dual core, and quad core, systems are/will be good for is acting as space heaters and running up electric bills.

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RE: Wow, that's pointless.....
by Dually on Thu 12th Oct 2006 00:21 in reply to "Wow, that's pointless....."
Dually Member since:
2005-07-26

Heck Norton needs 2 cores by itself.

But in reality who knows what kind of software and ideas can come to the desktop because of dual/quad/... cores. Its not that the public doesnt need it, its that they dont have the software to utilize it for something generally useful.

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RE: Wow, that's pointless.....
by nedvis on Thu 12th Oct 2006 03:22 in reply to "Wow, that's pointless....."
nedvis Member since:
2006-01-02

Has anybody read an article "Miltiplied"Linux Desktop Migration Startegy ( see OSNews link http://www.omni-ts.com/linux-desktop/linux-desktop-migration.html )?
Many modern CPU are already very very idle and that's where Novell sees an opportunity for for their "multiplied Linux Desktop" . In other words they are after better utilization of current hardware which is good.
When INTEL announced an end of "fighting over the CPU speed" era year ago some analist raised the questions what's gonna be next battlefield for CPU manufacturers. And now, as we can see, its packaging more CPU cores on die. And I don't see where it's gonna end up.
However, I'm still happy with my fanless Mendocino CPU (Celeron 500 MHz) which is crunching PCLinuxOS code now just as good as seven years ago when it was introduced to consumer PC market.

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halfmanhalfamazing Member since:
2005-07-23

------------However, I'm still happy with my fanless Mendocino CPU (Celeron 500 MHz) which is crunching PCLinuxOS code now just as good as seven years ago when it was introduced to consumer PC market.-------------

My pop keeps telling me "you need multicore" "you need multicore, that 2ghz you have is garbage" which I can't say I agree. That would still leave me with the same fundamental problem. The biggest bottleneck out there is the hard drive. Not the processor.

Man, I can't wait for Samsung's flash SSD's to drop in price. All I need is 16GB for the boot drive, that's plenty big enough for SuSE.

I'm going to have this computer for a long time.............

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RE: Wow, that's pointless.....
by flywheel on Thu 12th Oct 2006 04:29 in reply to "Wow, that's pointless....."
flywheel Member since:
2005-12-28

I guess the AMD/Wintel Quadcore processors is aimed at the server market, just as Power and Niagara.

But as always I guess some twisted minds, with far to much mony on their hands, will buy this tings for their game-box.

Personally I think I will hold on to my Barton for a little while :o)

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