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http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...2027650,00.asp

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What is known is that Barcelona—as AMD has dubbed this first iteration—isn't so much a brand-new architecture as it is a highly refined, tweaked version of the existing AMD x86-64. Those tweaks are numerous and significant. It's probably fair to suggest that Barcelona is to the current Opterons as Intel's Core 2 is to the Pentium M—designed from the ground up, on a base of the old with a lot of new stuff rolled in.
Good read.
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ahhh the amd goodness, now i'm getting this out of the way now before some intel fanboy comes in " BUY CONROE THEY ARELAYD HAVE KENTFIELD PRODUCTION BLAH BALH CONROE " i know i'm gonna get blammed for that but it was bound ot happen evently
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Buy Conroe They Arelayd Have Kentfield Production Blah Balh Conroe

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Good read indeed.
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Well, quad all fine and good, if you have the money for such things.
What I wonder, regardless of who makes them is, the current OS/progs/games do little to nothing for us. So, when is the MS peeps going to get off there but an make one for us that works, they can'e even seem to get the Vista out the way they planed for it to work.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by The Duke
Well, quad all fine and good, if you have the money for such things.
What I wonder, regardless of who makes them is, the current OS/progs/games do little to nothing for us. So, when is the MS peeps going to get off there but an make one for us that works, they can'e even seem to get the Vista out the way they planed for it to work.
Quake 4 takes advantage of multiple cores.

On the voodoo envy laptop review I just read with quake 4 it produced 100.8fps, but with dual core recognition disabled it only scored 79fps. Thats a big difference if you ask me .

Source is CPU magazine voodoo envy u734 vs alienware aurora m9700
the m9700 has a single core turion at 2.4ghz while the voodoo has a yonah at 2.16. The alienware scored 60.8fps in that same test it has dual 7900gs cards in SLI vs a single 7900gtx in the voodoo.

Anyways I am off to work. Just wanted to share a little bit about the dual core in gaming
    
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post #7 of 31
I dont think Barcelona will have what it takes to beat Kentsfield. They havent widened the instruction pipeline which worries me, it seems like a quick scramble too improve slightly on the old K8 architecture. I think maybe they are hoping theyl stall Intel sales while people are waiting too see what they come out with.

Just my 2 pence
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Wow look's pretty promising.

256KB L1, 2MB L2 & 8MB L3

I don't understand though.

Will L2 replace L3? Is that' optimized for the game's?

Or will the games still use L2 until they have the newer games optimized with the L3 cache?
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post #9 of 31
That's pretty awesome...
Lightsource, I think the L3 is just a reserve, like the L2 has been. If it can't fit in the L1, it gets dumped in the L2. Now, if it can't fit in the L2, it gets dumped in the L3.
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Originally Posted by Namrac
That's pretty awesome...
Lightsource, I think the L3 is just a reserve, like the L2 has been. If it can't fit in the L1, it gets dumped in the L2. Now, if it can't fit in the L2, it gets dumped in the L3.
Ahh interesting.

Pretty cool
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