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AMD's Phenom X4 9350e and 9950 - Ups, Downs and CnQ
Jun 26, 2008 at 11:00 PM
AMD just released three new Phenom processors, geared towards the high end in the form of the X4 9950, and the low end, using a 65W power envelope as selling point under the model numbers X4 9350e and X4 9150e. At 2.6 GHz, the X4 9950 is the fastest Phenom ever released, surpassing the 9850 Black Edition by 100 MHz and finally fulfilling the promise made with the early 9900 that never saw the light of the channel. At 65 W TDP, the "e" series sets new records in actual power draw for quad core CPUs but are the numbers low enough to make up for reduced performance when it comes to actual energy efficiency?

Finally, with a little help from Anand's article, we were able to shed some light on some of the erratic performance numbers that have made our Phenom benchmarking life miserable from the beginning. We might actually have figured out some of what is going on... and share it!

Last Updated ( Dec 05, 2008 at 12:49 PM )
AMD Phenom 9850
Written by Michael Schuette   
Apr 05, 2008 at 05:36 PM

The latest re-spin of AMD's multicore die fixes the bug known from Erratum 298 and opens up a bit of overclocking headroom. Gone is also the requirement for a BIOS fix causing the known performance hit. To make things even more appealing, running in native performance mode actually unleashes better performance in memory-intensive applications than what AMD Overdrive ever brought back after the patch. All in all, AMD seems to be on the right track with the latest -50 series

Last Updated ( Jan 21, 2009 at 01:19 PM )
AMD's Return: RADEON HD 3870 X2, HD 4850 and HD 4870
Aug 08, 2008 at 01:00 PM

Over the last 18 months, graphics adapters have evolved probably more than in the last 5 years. DirectX 10, regardless of whether it makes a difference or not in gaming has pushed both nVidia and AMD to come out with a whole slew of new graphics processors and implement them in the latest lineup of graphics cards. SLI and Crossfire capabilities are not even worth talking about anymore since their level of acceptance has made both of them essentially household items by now, at least in the high-end gaming community. Let’s take a quick step back … about a year to remember the introduction of nVidia’s GeForce 8800 Ultra featuring as much as 768 MB. 6 months ago came the possible 3-way SLI configuration  and AMD’s dual GPU Radeon 3870 X2, essentially combining two separate graphics cards on a single board and connecting them internally through a PCIe link.

Last Updated ( Mar 24, 2009 at 02:17 PM )
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