sneak peek at this COSBI OpenSourceMark beta, the most flexible, useful and
verifiable benchmark available today. OSMark is a comprehensive
benchmarking suite that is easily user extensible and will be ported to
Linux. We'll be releasing the source code as soon as we finish the
documentation and stomp out the remaining bugs. Follow the link above to learn how to use OSMark and
download the beta.
Bits & Bytes
Van looks at the oh-so-hot Prescott, the chilly-willy Banias,
Linux, PocoMail and more.
first major article in nearly a year, we closely examine the merits of the
struggling, brash little CPU designer and its chances to reverse its
fortunes with an ambitious new design dubbed "Astro."
Breaking Performance Bottlenecks of SMP Systems with Opteron
"How are we going to wring out the maximum performance from AMD Opteron
systems? We don't want to simply match existing SMP performance (which
can be awful) but develop both OS and application designs which take
advantage of the lack of limitations the new AMD architecture provides."
Read more on what Spencer has to say
Kathy returns to
Sam's Club to retest the PCs. Also, available for download is a preview
version of COSBI QuickTest.
COSBI For Dummies
Kathy tests the
newest version of COSBI at the local Sam's Club. She shares her results and
experience with the new benchmarking application.
AMD Announces Opteron
In a teleconference today, AMD christened the Sledgehammer “Opteron.” We also
discuss the background of this new enterprise-class CPU and have pictures from
WinHec of the Opteron in action.
Intel Demos Banias
Van reports from WinHEC 2002. Exclusive details
and pictures from Intel's Banias demo at WinHEC.
AMD Launches First Thoroughbred
from WinHec. With the new 0.13-micron-based CPU introduction, the chipmaker
revamps its mobile lineup. Barton is also discussed.
Slander at Tom's Hardware
An email thread sent to us by an
editor of HardGamers.com
demonstrates that Tom's Hardware Guide is guilty of criminal slander.
UPDATE: We have discovered a cached Google
image of one of Van's articles that Thomas Pabst
fallaciously claims authorship for. Note also how the article summary has
been changed, clearly demonstrating the intent of these edits.
UPDATE 2: (3/20/2002) The THG link above no
longer works, but takes you to the CPU Guide instead. Apparently, all
of my articles have now been yanked from Tom's Hardware. Thanks LB
for the information.
Platform Conference Blowout
Platform Conference Coverage includes AMD's Thoroughbred, heat pipes, Eden,
memory initiatives, nVidia mobile AGP and AGP risers, the VIA presence, HyperTransport
VHJ looks back on 2001 to
acknowledge those products, technologies and achievements that stood out for
their excellence and for their contributions to the computer industry.
The computer memory platform designer answers questions about QBM,
a new technology that promises to double current DDR SDRAM memory bandwidth.
We open up the Xbox and peek inside. We
discover interesting facts about the CPU and other hardware.
Time To Upgrade: DDR SDRAM, Athlon XP Are Worth It
The Athlon XP paired with the VIA KT266A DDR SDRAM
chipset deliver compelling performance advantages over Thunderbird/SDRAM
platforms. Surprisingly, the XP also wrings life from the old KT133A
platform as well.
Letter to the Editors of WSJ: Grotesque Ignorance
Spencer Kittelson sends us his letter to the editors
of WSJ strongly refuting that publication’s assertions regarding Microsoft’s
contributions to the Internet. Although we are publishing Spencer’s letter
you can also
view it on the Wall Street Journal subscription site.
AMD's recently announced Hammer bridges the world of
PCs with the world of supercomputers.
VIA Announces Details of New Processors
C5X, C5XL, and P4 socket compatible CZ
discussed. UPDATE: Information regarding the
Socket-478 compatibility of CZA was not obtained from Glenn Henry, and Mr. Henry
denies the accuracy of this rumor. We apologize for any confusion this may
Nils Dahl presents one of the best primers on the
dangerous bacteria that I have seen.
In Defense of AMD's Model Rating System
"AMD's Model Number nomenclature, though not
perfect, is a good start. With it, consumers will have a better idea of
the real power of AMD's chips in relation to Intel's."
Due to intense reader interest, we have arranged
an interview with the controversial self-declared prophet, Xinoehpoel, whom we
mentioned in a September 13th news item. Substantiated through newsgroup posts, Xinoehpoel apparently predicted that a calamity would occur on September 11th,
the date of the recent attacks against the United States. Since then,
reportedly the FBI has been investigating him for possible involvement in
these violent acts.
Grace Under Fire
Joel Hruska writes about his views of the reaction
of many in the hardware community to the current national crisis.
VIA's P4X266 Achieves Roughly 100% DDR SDRAM Bandwidth Efficiency
Using one of our custom benchmarks, the P4X266
reaches the same level of throughput as Intel's dual channel i850 RDRAM chipset
while greatly exceeding the Intel / Rambus platform's bandwidth efficiency.
DDR SDRAM delivers higher memory bandwidth than
RDRAM on popular benchmark.
Benchmarketing 101: Intel SysMark
BAPCo's shady links to Intel are well known inside
the review industry though many chose to ignore these questionable connections.
We take a look at the impact of sneaky optimizations in one SysMark 2000 test.
Revisit: Sartori Talks HyperTransport, Arapahoe
I wrote Wednesday's HyperTransport article in about
thirty minutes and did not even have a chance to proof it because I had to catch
a flight to Austin. Here is a slightly expanded, much cleaner and readable
version of that article.
Intel Needs to Fess Up
Dr. Barrett says the industry has bottomed out and
stocks rebound in tune, but we don't buy it. Until the ailing chip giant
owns up to the real causes of its woes, the market remains in danger.
Benchmark Shows DDR SDRAM More Bandwidth Efficient Than RDRAM
A new version of Sandra has streaming enhancements
showing that Athlon-DDR might be getting more out of available bandwidth than
Popular program to undergo changes to improve P4
bandwidth performance in light of our recent analysis. Meanwhile, Athlon
bandwidth performance appears to improve in new beta.
What you should know about the upcoming nVidia DDR SDRAM