Happy Birthday AMD

I’m such an AMD fanboy… gosh!

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AMD Phenom II @ 7GHz

Cool beans! Phenom II rocks… I have one too (but not overclocked 😉 )

Go home Intel

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Victory for Europe and the European customers! The one billion-euro fine on Intel by the European is based on facts. I wouldn’t be able to prove it but from what I’ve seen Intel really manipulated the market and tried to kill AMD and also Intel brainwashed customers – they now think Intel is really better for them – I know a lot of such people. Bullshit ads with “Intel Inside” make you think AMD is cheap junk and that is not true. I have now an AMD Phenom II machine and it was the best choice for me. Not too expensive – really powerful – just right!

http://www.euronews.net/2009/05/14/intel-challenges-eu-fine-will-appeal/

Finally

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Finally I ordered the parts for my new PC! A very reasonable configuration – best value IMHO – based on the AMD Dragon platform. I’m going to put them in the case of an old Medion P4 that I got from a colleague. Will post more soon!

Details:

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hd483xydfcboth354x312GFX-Card: http://www.xfxforce.com/en-us/products/graphiccards/HD%204000series/4830.aspx

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RAM: http://newgskill.web-bi.net/bbs/zboard.php?&id=g_ddr2

phenomiiCPU: http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/ProductInformation/0,,30_118_15331_15917,00.html

aod790gx128menlargeMainboard: http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=AOD790GX/128M&s=AM2%2b

Infos about the AMD Dragon platform: http://game.amd.com/us-en/landings/dragon.aspx

BTW: I ordered at HPM Computer, a recommendation from the PCGH.de forum – Infos: http://www.hpm-computer.de/

ATI Stream & Nvidia CUDA

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There are many great things that can make your PC faster… but wait. There is a second powerful processor in your machine already that you might not be aware of. It’s the GPU of your graphics card. ATI & Nvidia are going the right way. There are so many things the GPU can do. I’m encoding quite a lot of videos lately. Just check the chart above. Lower is better and notice the price of the AMD platform. This is what I call vaule. Physics or Artificial Intelligence in games – why do they have to use one of the cores of a Multi-Core-CPU? The GPU can provide the rendering power for that.

More Information:

http://www.trustedreviews.com/graphics/news/2008/11/13/AMD-Details-ATI-Stream/p1

http://ati.amd.com/technology/streamcomputing/consumer-entertainment.html

http://www.nvidia.com/object/cuda_home.html

Edit:

Q: Why are reviewers seeing so little GPU processing during transcoding?
A: The ATI Video Converter uses the GPU for only a portion of the video encoding. Specifically, the GPU currently offloads only the motion estimation portion of the encoding pipeline which is the most compute intensive part of the encoder. The GPU is particularly well-suited for this task. Given that a fixed workload is being offloaded to the GPU the load on the GPU may be relatively low or high based on the specific model of GPU.

Seems that ATI’s Stream got a little bit in bad light becasue it’s using only little GPU processing during transcoding but I guess that problems will be solved soon:

http://en.expreview.com/2008/12/23/amd-responds-to-avivo-video-converter-feedbacks.html#more-1706

First Phenom II benchmarks

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Fist results look great! Check out details here: http://forum.breakthelimit.net/index.php?showtopic=220&hl

Phenom II @ 6 GHz

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Ok, I mean it’s great… but ridiculous. I want to see real overclocking all-time-records with liquid cooling but not with liquid nitrogen! Yea, like anyone would run his PC for 5 minutes cooled with liquid nitrogen.

More Info (in German): http://www.pcgameshardware.de/aid,671469/News/Phenom_II-CPU_bis_5/925_GHz_Takt/