Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th May 2007 12:46 UTC, submitted by Jamie Luowe
AMD AMD says its badly needed quad-core desktop processors are on the way, and they'll arrive bearing a new name. Two quad-core chips will be available in the second half of the year, the Phenom FX and the Phenom X4, and a dual-core chip based on a similar design called the Phenom X2 will also appear by the end of the year.
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RE[3]: too long ...
by evangs on Wed 16th May 2007 07:41 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: too long ..."
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I'm currently banging my head writing out my doctoral thesis and all I can only say that more processor power is welcome. I'm not the most organized person, and as I'm writing I see the kind of results I need, or results of stuff that I did in my early years is incomplete/inapplicable and I need the most up-to-date results.

So what does this mean? On a typical day, I've got Matlab running simulations in the background, LaTeX and the assorted TeX stuff running up front, some diagramming tool, a web browser, code editor, and maybe some music ;) This is handled well by my Core Duo processor. One core is pretty busy with Matlab, the other cores are more than capable of doing the rest of the tasks. Why am I keen to see more cores? It means that I can run more instances of Matlab at once! Most of my stuff is done in batches, so assigning each core its own task works. Bring on quad and oct cores!

Yes, I know I could split the workload between multiple machines, but it's much easier to ask for a machine upgrade than asking for 4 new machines.

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