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Intel cuts P4 pricing on Dec 10

Intel plans price cuts across its range in two weeks' time. Celeron, Pentium III and P4 parts are all affected, according to a posting on a hitherto secure Intel website. The posting reads as follows: "Boxed Processor Pricing Update - November 26, 2000. This is a notice to inform you of an upcoming price move for select Intel …
Andrew Thomas, 28 Nov 2000
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New Intel, Motorola, AMD chips face off

The fur should be flying at this year's International Electron Device conference in San Francisco on 12 December as rivals AMD/Motorola and Intel climb atop the soapbox to present details of their rival 130nm processes in back to back presentations. Chipzilla's batting first at 1510 on the 12th, with AMD/Motorola following …
Andrew Thomas, 27 Nov 2000
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Intel roadmap leaks again

With the hype and hot air surround last weeks launch of the P4 cooling, we thought it was time to revisit our roadmap department and produce up to date listings of what's coming in the next few months from both AMD and Intel. Intel's confidential roadmap found its way to The Reg over the weekend, and it won't come as much of a …
Andrew Thomas, 27 Nov 2000
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AMD roadmap revisited

With the hype and hot air surrounding last week's launch of the P4 cooling somewhat, we thought it was time to revisit our roadmap department and produce up to date listings of what's coming in the next few months from both AMD and Intel. On the Athlon performance desktop, AMD plans on sampling SMP-capable Palominos at over 1. …
Andrew Thomas, 27 Nov 2000
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P4: Tom's Hardware has another rethink

A week ago, renowned hardware site Tom's Hardware Guide reported that they really quite liked Intel's new flagchip Pentium 4. But after trying some MPEG 4 encoding, took the view that P4 was pretty horrible compared with the opposition, being outperformed by both Athlon and PIII. A number of Tom's readers pointed out that it …
Andrew Thomas, 27 Nov 2000
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P4: total dog or really cooking?

Is Pentium 4 any good? Some say no because its FPU doesn't have enough grunt. Others say yes because that FPU is optimised for 144 new SSE2 instructions and performs extremely well - when code has been optimised to use them. What's been missing up to now has been a before and after example of a real world application showing …
Andrew Thomas, 24 Nov 2000
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WinME can't handle more than 512 megs of memory

Like world+dog, we were obviously looking for something to beat up on Intel with following the launch of the P4. Unlike most of the planet, we reckoned that an old BIOS shipped with a couple of old mobos wasn't much of a story. We much preferred a glitch we'd discovered a couple of weeks ago that appeared to be a rerun of the …
Andrew Thomas, 24 Nov 2000
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HP sells out of P4 systems

Sounds cool. Hewlett-Packard has sold out of P4 systems within a couple of days of launch. Rather unhelpfully, the Great Satan of Printers, Calculators and Oscilloscopes can't give absolute numbers. So we won't know for a while if there was a genuine mad rush to buy P4 boxes, or if HP only bothered to build a dozen systems on …
Andrew Thomas, 24 Nov 2000
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P4: first Sandra 2001 benchmarks

After running SiSoft Sandra tests on our test P4 system earlier in the week, we received an email from Adrian Silasi, the benchmarking suite's developer, kindly offering us a pre-release download of Sandra 2001. The updated package includes SSE2 and DDR support, along with two Whetstone tests, the original FPU one and the new …
Andrew Thomas, 22 Nov 2000
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News sites panic over P4 glitch

A number of news sites who should know better, including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC and ZDNet, have run shock, horror stories claiming that the P4 shipped with the wrong drivers. Breathless parallels were drawn with the PIII 1.13GHz and Caminogate recalls. Here are the facts: Early samples of Intel's D850GB mobo shipped …
Andrew Thomas, 22 Nov 2000
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Another P4 mobo floods onto the market

Gigabyte's new GA-8TX mobo joins Aopen's AX4T, shown at last month's World PC Expo 2000 in Tokyo, and Intel's own D850GB Garibaldi and swells the number of boards available for Intel's new flagchip P4 to, er, three. The dual Rambus i850 (Tehama)-based 8TX also features a Creative CT5880 sound chip, four RIMM sockets, ATA 100, …
Andrew Thomas, 21 Nov 2000
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Intel and Broadcom best friends again

Intel and Broadcom are reported to have kissed and made up, and settled all claims and counter-claims against each other. A brief joint statement was distributed earlier today saying: "Intel Corporation and Broadcom Corporation today announced they have settled all claims against each other brought under Intel's trade secret …
Andrew Thomas, 21 Nov 2000
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Intel AGP 8x spec published

Intel has published the draft spec of the AGP 8x standard - an extension of the existing AGP 4x bus - including an outline of a 64-bit version supporting Itanic and its successors. AGP 8x is unlikely to appear in products until 2003 at the earliest, but should offer bandwidths of over 2GB per second. Intel is seeking input from …
Andrew Thomas, 21 Nov 2000
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Pentium 4 launch special

It's been a long time coming, but today's the day. Intel's Pentium 4, aka Willamette, is here. We take a look at various aspects of the new flagchip. As good a place to start as anywhere would be here - Pentium 4 ships today Can't wait for one any longer? Order a system today - P4: first system details Oh no, it's another …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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We are Borg, er, Rambus

How to win friends and influence people is patently (sic) a book one is unlikely to find on the shelves of Rambus Inc. Not content with threatening every memory maker on the planet with the wrath of its monstro legal department, the outfit is now warning chipset makers that they're next. Once Rambus has assimilated the last …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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P4 system specs

Intel says P4 systems will be 'widely available' in Q4 and lists the following vendors as having systems: The list HP, Dell, Compaq, Gateway, Dixons, IBM, Fujitsu Siemens, Acer, Dan, Toshiba, Saturn, NEC, Unika, Media Markt, Formoza, R&K. Expect to see other manufacturers as well. Some PC makers, notably Tiny in the UK, have …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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P4: How fast is it?

How long is a piece of string? What everyone wants to know is what kind of speed benefit can be expected from Intel's new flagchip. We've had a vanilla P4 system on test for a while now and the answer varies depending on what you want the box to do. If you only run office applications, you don't need to pay the extra for a P4. …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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Pentium 4 ships today

We've been banging on about Willamette/P4 for longer than I care to remember. Now at last it's arrived and we can concentrate our speculative powers on Itanic, Tualatin, Foster and co. The flagchip launches at 1.4 and 1.5GHz at $644 and $819 respectively (1Ku quantities), moving rapidly to 1.7 and 2GHz in Q1. Intel currently …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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Pentium 4 dissected

What do the 42 million transistors on a Pentium 4 actually do? Willamette, aka Pentium 4 is the first new processor Intel has launched since the Pentium Pro. Sure, there's been Pentium II, Pentium III, Celeron and Xeon, but these all use the P6 microarchitecture introduced with the Ppro. The problem P6 has is that, due to the …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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Pentium 4: Overclocking

Intel frowns on overclocking, but has always released engineering sample (ES) chips which are free from muliplier locking, allowing the brave to experiment with trying them at higher than rated speeds. Our 1.5GHz P4 is an ES part and the BIOS of the Intel Garibaldi mobo allows clock speed to be set at 100MHz increments between …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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P4: How's it different?

Please don't try fitting a P4 to your existing mobo. You'll need an entirely new one and for the time being you'll have to make it an Intel Garibaldi D850GB, 'cos it's the only one there is. And you'll need to upgrade your power supply too. Willamette/P4 needs an ATX 12V supply that has an additional 12 volt supply that plugs …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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Pentium 4: The story so far

It's not easy forecasting what Intel's going to do. Chipzilla's sheep-like bleating of not commenting on unannounced products makes it hard to get any sense out of the corporation when a juicy leak comes our way. Usually we can make a few calls, use our skill and judgement and come up with something pretty close to the truth. …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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Pentium 4: Full coverage

Special launch coverage of Intel's Pentium 4. Pentium 4 ships today P4: first system details P4: How's it different? Pentium 4: Overclocking Pentium 4 dissected P4 - How fast is it? Pentium 4 in pictures - our scoop from months back showing what the little devil looks like. And finally, a look at how The Reg has covered the …
Andrew Thomas, 19 Nov 2000
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ZDNet wakes up and smells P4 shocker

Intel's Pentium 4 will only be capable of running in single processor configurations, thunders eWeek's Ken 'Scoop' Popovich. Well gosh and goldarn it. Those ZzzzzzzzzzzDNet folk are catching up fast. The Reg only ran the story in mid-September. Now listen up, Popovich. P4 at 0.18 micron (Willamette) will never be SMP capable. …
Andrew Thomas, 18 Nov 2000
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Pentium 4 system prices leaked by Fortune

Once again, Intel US' monstro PR machine has failed to control those pesky American journos resulting in the awfully-helpful folks at Fortune Magazine breaking Chipzilla's embargo on Pentium 4 system prices so we don't have to wait until first thing Monday morning to tell you about them. Check out the full info here, but just …
Andrew Thomas, 17 Nov 2000