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Episode 3: AMD Processors – Show Notes

  1. What special features are there for an AMD processor?
  2. Hypertransport (in spec’s may be stated as FSB) – The HyperTransportâ„¢ technology is a high speed, high performance point-to-point link for interconnecting integrated circuits on a motherboard. Point-to-point refers to the topology of HyperTransportâ„¢ system interconnect; exactly one source is connected to exactly one destination. Multiple components are connected by constructing “daisy chains” of HyperTransport devices.
  3. Power Consumption
  4. Integrated Memory controller
  5. AMD sockets
    1. AM2 – DDR2 memory only, HyperTransport 2.0

    2. AM2+ – HyperTransport 3.0

    3. AM3 – support DDR2 and DDR3 memory (until newer processors, DDR3 is required)
  6. How come there are Tri-cores?
  7. AMD claims to have one of true Quad cores, what do they mean?
  8. Major Benefits to AMD – Where else can you get a 64bit Quad Core for $100?
  9. Current Core Names:
    1. Deneb – Phenom II X4
    2. Heka – Phenom II X3
    3. Propus – Athlon II X4
    4. Callisto – Phenom II X2
    5. Rana – Athlon II X3
    6. Regor – Athlon II X2
  10. What is the difference between Phenom and Athlon?
    1. Phenom – typically has L2 and L3 cache
    2. Athlon – has L2, but no L3 cache
  11. NEWS: AMD announces the Phenom II X6 for later this spring. It will utilize the bulldozer core. The Bulldozer core is AMD’s new microarchitecture to try and bring their chips back into being directly equal to the Intel chips. The Bulldozer core supports advanced vector extensions and will be made using the 32nm technology. It will have 6MB L3 cache and will be compatible with AM3 sockets. It will make DDR3 mandatory, so there are questions and doubts that it will be compatible with AM2+ sockets. This news came out a little while after Intel had announced their Hexcore Gulftown processor

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