Many were expecting this new chipset would lead to better performance and even a little head room for overclocking, but so far that’s not the case. Lets hope the required hardware fix puts this chipset back at the top where early reviewers had it.
By John Dodge
It’s been almost eight years since I acquired my last desktop computer. It’s time to go shopping for a new one and wade through dozens of models with long unmemorable names and figure out a configuration amid infinite variations.
We’re coming into the home stretch for the release of Windows 7. Tuesday May5th, Microsoft made available Windows 7 RC 1 for everyone to download. In an attempt to avoid a server jamming rush there are no time limits on how long you have to download this release. There are no limitations on keys available and the servers are giving good to great download speeds.
With sales approaching only 400,000 units in 2007, netbook sales exploded in 2008 reaching 11. 4 million units. Small, light, and super-portable are the catchwords describing a netbook. Definitions vary but the determining factors are price and size. Generally they have a screen size of 10″ or below, a reduced power/performance processor with 1.0 and 1.6 gig. the most popular of sizes. Price is dictating the use of limited amounts of memory but drive size has been creeping up.
Systems with multi-processors, once found only on servers and other extreme high end performance systems, have found there way into the general consumer arena. The percentage of systems running PC Pitstop’s on-line diagnostics and having multiprocessors grew from just over 1% in January 2006 to almost 30% in January 2008. The percentage of portables that have multi-processors has reached almost 40% in January 2008. A comparison of Intel to AMD shows AMD with a slight edge in both desktops and portable platforms as a percentage of their respective number of system with multi-processors.
Blame it on the chewing gum.
Double the processor cores means twice a fast, right? That’s what a lot of people are mistakenly thinking. In the past three years, starting with the AMD Opteron, both major producers have been serving up dual core processors like they were tater chips. Manufacturers have been incorporating them into their latest and greatest portables and desktop offerings. Intel has confirmed this as a great decision by following suite with their version of Dual and even Quad core processors. The general public is snatching them up like chips for dip.
The processor clock speed is only one of several factors that will ultimately determine the productivity of a given computer system. The micro architecture of the CPU itself, the number of instructions per clock cycle, the speed of the disk storage system, the design of the software in use, etc, will all play a contributing role. But raising the clock speed of the CPU has traditionally been one sure way to get more work done in the same amount of time.