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Multi-Core CPU’s Still Not Being Utilized

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Intel and AMD are con­stantly pump­ing out new proces­sors with more and more pro­cess­ing cores.  But can cur­rent OS soft­ware really uti­lize all that pro­cess­ing power?  Today a Quad Core CPU is eas­ily afford­able to most peo­ple.  Multi-Core CPU’s have been out for years now and soft­ware is still being writ­ten in a way that doesn’t uti­lize the pro­cess­ing power of Multi-Core CPU’s.  Use of Multi Core appli­ca­tions may require a rethink­ing of win­dows “Although mod­ern oper­at­ing sys­tems do true mul­ti­task­ing and scale with the addi­tion of more cores, Probert thinks that to take full advan­tage of the new won­der­fully pow­er­ful hard­ware we have, it will require a rework­ing and rethink­ing of Win­dows.  Of course, with the rapidly grow­ing num­ber of cores, espe­cially in light of Intel’s exper­i­men­tal 48-core CPU, an alter­na­tive method would be to devote at least one dis­crete core to each appli­ca­tion.” Says Toms Hardware.

A ded­i­cated core for each appli­ca­tion is a inter­est­ing con­cept… so what would you do when you have more then say 4 appli­ca­tions open on a Quad Core Proces­sor?  I’m curi­ous to see how this plays out over the next 10 years as we can expect the amount of cores being used to eas­ily double. 

New Layout and Site Work Complete

Hello again,

Just wanted to let you all know that the web­site work has been com­pleted and that every­thing is back up and run­ning.  Just to give you guys a idea of what we did we added a sec­ond side­bar to the left side of the page to make the lay­out a lit­tle eas­ier to read in some cases.  Also kept you from hav­ing to scroll ALLthe way down the page to find some pieces of infor­ma­tion.  We also added a recent com­ments bar to help you guys keep on the cur­rent con­ver­sa­tions.  Let us know what you think of the lay­out and any sug­ges­tions that you might have!!! Thanks guys!

Site Work

Just wanted to let you all know we will be doing some minor site work at 4PM CST.  Dur­ing this time the site may jump up and down but the site should be up and run­ning again within a cou­ple of hours.  Have a great day!

Phenom II X6 Release Date and Pricing

AMD will be releas­ing it’s new 6 core proces­sor com­ing up here shortly.  The offi­cial release date for the Phe­nom II X6 proces­sor is April 26.  This is good news for those of you who have been hold­ing off on build­ing a new com­puter until now.  Some of you who have just pur­chased new machines may be think­ing “oh man now I have to buy new hard­ware”.  This may not be the case how­ever, is a large num­ber of cur­rent Moth­er­boards that will be sup­port­ing the new X6 chip so you may find you don’t need to upgrade any hard­ware at all.  This is a nice sur­prise for those of us who can’t afford to buy a new moth­er­board, proces­sor and ram every time there is a new release.  Here is a list of cur­rent ver­sions that are going to be released:

  • Phe­nom II X6 1090T: 3.2GHz / 3.6GHz / 125w $295
  • Phe­nom II X6 1075T: 3.0GHz / 3.5GHz / 125w (launch later this year)
  • Phe­nom II X6 1055T: 2.8GHz / 3.3GHz / 125w, 95w $199
  • Phe­nom II X6 1035T: 2.6GHz / 3.1GHz / 95w
  • Phe­nom II X4 960T:   3.0 GHz/ 3.4GHz / 95w

One of the most supris­ing aspects of the new Phe­nom II X6 proces­sor is it’s cur­rent price point.  The top model is only going to ring in at $300 — $350 US.  While this isn’t cheap it is far cheaper then Intel’s Core i7 980X Extreme Edi­tion chip which is going to be priced at over $1000 US.  Now while this pric­ing could change it’s appar­ent which is going to be the bet­ter buy for the masses.  How­ever I am sure that there will be many who will be shelling out for Intel’s new proces­sor.  Now while I am sure that Intels Core i7 980X Extreme Edi­tion chip is going to be crowned the king of proces­sors it’s hard to argue with the price point of AMD’s Phe­nom II X6.  It will be inter­est­ing to see how bench­marks come out on these two new proces­sors.  If the per­for­mance dif­fer­ence is mar­ginal, some­thing like 10 — 15% then it’s going to be hard for Intel to jus­tify it’s $1000 entrance fee.  

Asus cur­rently has a list of moth­er­boards that will be com­pat­i­ble with the new X6 proces­sors.  You can views those here.

Gears of War 3 for April 2011

Well, I’m glad to hear this, although it may be hard to remem­ber this far in advance, but a good game is a good game and the 1st 2 were not dis­ap­point­ing, so I’m sure this will rock too.  Thanks for the story 1up :  Gears of War 3 appears to have been revealed a lit­tle ear­lier than Microsoft and Epic intended. The announce­ment you see in the pic­ture below appeared on the Xbox Live Spot­light this morn­ing sans an offi­cial announce­ment.  The announce­ment mostly serves as offi­cial acknowl­edg­ment for what we already know; namely that Gears of War 3 exists and that it’s launch­ing April 2011. This announce­ment was more than likely set to go live fol­low­ing Cliff Bleszinski’s appear­ance on Jimmy Fal­lon, but the tim­ing was never reset after he was bumped by Justin Bieber.  Rumored details emerged yes­ter­day, sug­gest­ing that the series will ditch its brown and grey palette for the bright col­ors of sum­mer. Under­wa­ter lev­els and addi­tional tweaks to the sig­na­ture cover sys­tem are also expected.  Bleszin­ski is set to appear on Jimmy Fallon’s show this Mon­day, so we’ll likely get our first real look at Gears of War 3 then. Until then, con­sider this one confirmed.


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