Intel Developer Forum 2008: Pat Gelsinger On Core i7

I’m currently here in San Francisco attending the Intel Developer forum for all you PC enthusiasts out there. We got a chance to speak about the Core i7 with Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group. In response to the i7 and Intel’s latest upkeeps, Gelsinger stated:

Our engineers have put together an incredible processing family here that will include a tremendous amount of new processor features all centered on delivering faster computer performance and terrific energy efficiency.

The company’s desktop PC chips branded Intel Core i7 processors and initial energy-efficient, high-performance server products (“Nehalem-EP”) are running towards lead to production. Intel is also planning to manufacture a second server derivative designed for the server marker (“Nehalem-EX”), and desktop (“Havendale” and “Lynnfield”) and mobile (“Auburndale” and “Clarksfield”) client versions around the second half of 2009.

Keep checking back as we will have more from IDF for all of you.




Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
4:37 PM



ATI Radeon 4800 Series Detailed

ATI Radeon 4800 Series Detailed

So, on with it. What’s the latest ATI Radeon 4800 series all about? What is the texel stream rate and all of that? WhatIfGaming is here to go over the ATI Radeon 4800 Series in depth. The ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series of GPUs in short brings the power of supercomputing to gamers, setting a new standard for visual computing and redefining the way gamers play and take HD gaming to a whole new level. The new TeraScale graphics engine delivers an immersing gaming experience. Add this GPU to your PC and watch Blu-ray movies and play HD content with great visual fidelity (HD Monitor capable of a resolution of 1920×1080 or greater). Best of all– it is all break-through efficiency that doesn’t compromise performance for power.

The powerful new TeraScale graphics will propel you deep into your game play with seamless frame rates and high resolutions. With it, enhanced anti-aliasing (AA) and anisotropic filtering allow unparalleled realism to max out the settings of the most demanding next-generation games. Below are the key 4800 series summary highlights we put together:

Enhanced Anti-Aliasing & Anisotropic Filtering
High performance anisotropic filtering and 24x custom filter anti-aliasing (CFAA) smooth jagged edges and create true-to-life graphics, for everything from grass to facial features.
DirectX 10.1
Play today while preparing for tomorrow with state-of-the-art DirectX 10.1 graphics capabilities.
ATI CrossFireX Technology
ATI CrossFireX technology with up to quad GPU support offers superior scalability so your system is ready to level up when you are.
PCI Express 2.0
Support for PCI Express 2.0 will prepare you for bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications.

Unified Video Decoder 2
Unified Video Decoder 2 frees up your CPU for other tasks so you get The Ultimate Visual Experience™ for even the most processing-intensive content, including VC-1, H.264 and now MPEG-2. Also, take full advantage of Blu-ray functionality with dual-stream, picture in picture (PIP) capabilities (done in order to adhere to Blu-Ray standards).

Upscale Beyond 1080p
Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p display resolution and beyond.
On-chip HDCP
On-chip HDCP (High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) makes life easier by allowing you to playback HDCP protected content.
HDMI
HDMI with 7.1 digital surround sound support. Also, xvYCC support allows the user to enjoy a wider range of color when connected to a capable HDTV.

Best of all? DX 10.1 support. That’s right. Unlike the newer GTX 280 line, the entire 4800 series supports DX 10.1 fully with tessellation and Gather4 texture fetching.

Let’s go into the 4800 Series features now in detail through a summary.


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Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Tuesday, June 24th, 2008
9:01 PM

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AMD Cinema 2.0 Revealed: The Micro Way

AMD Cinema 2.0

Everyone wants a good flight so they can remember a great experience later on. Airports have that smell to them. It is known, but we abnegate from our area of stance anyways and let our nose be the guide. Flight 1171 from LAX to SFO. Close, just have to wait in the long line. That’s when you aggregate all the flights into one spot: “Stand there,” or “wait there is” aside. Regardless, you always have the smell of those aviator gases. It is going to be a delightful trip to AMD’s Cinema 2.0 premiere.

The walk to boarding 70A is simple enough, a wonder of lights to the event so we can all reflect on the beginning. Last year launch, AMD sought to break their traditional graphical mark and break into the immeasurable society of mainstream consum..”Hi, checking in,” I say with a penchant smile. OK, so it wasn’t really a smile as it was a smirk. Boarding through, the air hostess is standing frigid with coffee. No one is giving the way. Like a gentleman, I step aside and everything carries on. It is that time again. When I do the penguin march to the seat. Placing gently in to the center, I am greeted by the decor of two businessmen. One is clearly a health specialist, AMCA pen and everything. The other is a company manager with an air of fatigue, window closed, purple strand tie whizzing about. Stepping away, AMD was making a push fast to mainstream consumers. With the launch of the extensive 3000 series, things are looking up to the eager public. Now, after an entire year, WhatIfGaming is anxious to see what they have up their sleeve this time. The CG poly comparison to real time graphics back in January had us on our creative pens throes. As the aircraft lifts, the city slowly fades. The clouds slowly engulf the pier, and there is nothing else to do but focus ahead on the so called revolution in graphics: Cinema 2.0. And of course, the bobble heads (people) in the other seats.


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Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
5:29 PM

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AMD To Redefine Line Between CG and Real Time Graphics

A few months ago, AMD held a very short closed door sneak peak conference to show a teaser of their upcoming aims for the future, clenching the very satchel to break free from technological limits in graphics hoping to fulfill their goals. Soon, WhatIfGaming will have all the details regarding AMD’s announced upcoming breakthrough to the fast paced mouth drools of the technology sector. We will not reveal everything just yet, but sit with your eyes glued to the monitor.

The timer has changed to reflect the countdown of the details. At ease hardware enthusiasts, Hollywood is a reflex away.




Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Sunday, June 15th, 2008
4:01 PM

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Intel Core 2 Quad: Grasping Bounds Q8000

Intel CPU

Intel has announced that they will be soon releasing the Q8000 series for all the Core 2 fans out there. Technically successor to the Q9550, the 8-series line of processors will unveil great speed, with a 1333MHz FSB capability for connection between PCI-AGP-CPU-and memory (NB to CPU) and also extremely great connection to Southbridge.

The Quad 8000 will go head on towards AMD’s triple-core CPU’s by launching at entry point. Good news for those who already burned money on power supplies. Now you’re probably wondering why it is a step down. Good question! Different from Intel’s Q9000 CPU line, the Q8000 series doesn’t support Intel’s VT.  That’s Virtualization Technology (integrating multiple environments on one vPro capable system or the like).




Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Sunday, June 15th, 2008
12:54 PM

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AMD Delays Radeon 4800: People CRY

Wahh wahh. We got word that the Radeon 4800 series line launch was going to be delayed, and decided to check in with some people ourselves. Computex correspondents Brett Rackner for WhatIfGaming poses the following question to AMD PR after the AMD press briefing earlier today.

It is really a matter of where we want to be. We want to launch when the time is right, and that’s all we can say about it. Keep an eye on June 23rd.

OK. So it happens. But it makes sense given Nvidia’s launch strategy. The GDDR5 equipped 4870 will launch at the same time as the 4850 512MB GDDR3, and people will be waiting. Don’t worry.




Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
11:25 PM

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Battery Low? Try ATI PowerXpress

Don’t you just hate it when your laptop is about to crap out because you’re using a high mobility graphics solution just for a simple site? Realizing this 2 hours in, you have to reboot to change to the other less powerful solution for more life. But, not anymore.

As a brother ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology for notebook computers, ATI PowerXpress lets notebook users automatically switch between an ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3400 series discrete graphics processor and an integrated AMD M780G with ATI Radeon™ HD 3200 graphics without rebooting every time.




Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
4:11 PM

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ATI XGP Coming To It

AMD announces ATI XGP (Fancy for External Graphics Platform) Technology, a new external PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0 graphics platform, designed to take a crack at giving Notebook users more graphical power that Desktop users have. ATI XGP is an exclusive technology that capitalizes on PCIe 2.0 to deliver enthusiast-class graphics via a connected cable to an externally powered and cooled device.

It is certainly interesting, but we are looking towards seeing how it can play out. Nano-PCI Express anyone?




Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
4:06 PM

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Computex 08′: AMD HD Visual Performance Notebooks Hit Soon

Next generation platforms are hard to come by. In Taiwan for Computex, AMD announced the stunning introduction of a new next-gen platform. It platform features new AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processors with ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series Graphics (Mobile tech) for 3D performance and HD image quality, with wireless integration for greater throughput and range.

New notebook designs will come from leading OEMs including Acer, Asus, Clevo, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, HP, MSI, NEC and Toshiba.

Source: AMD Press Release




Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
4:04 PM

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SAS Cables Galore Uniconn Style

SAS and SATA (Serial Attached SCSI and Serial ATA) have increased the number of necessary cables, as there are many more applications possible with these point to point interfaces today. Uniconn Corporation presents the entire lineup of SAS and high-bandwidth cables required in many businesses and enterprises today. Fancy this:

SAS Cables




Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
3:46 AM



Tegra Is A Tigera..

Nvidia’s Tegra aims to take the same market segment that treats the company’s reach into a new market that currently has a demand of more than 1 billion processors per year.

So what the heck is it? It is a computer. Yeah…I know. A computer. The kicker? It is on a small nanochip. Revolt! Tegra can be formally called a “system-on-a-chip” (SoC) or “computer-on-a-chip” (CoC). Tegra has:

  • ARM11 CPU core
  • GoForce (renamed into GeForce ULV) GPU
  • an image processor (digital camera support)
  • a HD video processor (PureVideo for handhelds)
  • memory (NAND Flash, Mobile DDR)
  • a northbridge (memory controller, display output, HDMI+HDCP, security engine)
  • a southbridge (USB OTG, UART, external memory card SPI SDIO, etc).



Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Monday, June 2nd, 2008
2:57 PM

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