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  • Maverick215 - Monday, September 29, 2003 - link

    wonder if the XGI guys got any pointers from the Bitboys :) Reply
  • Anonymous User - Monday, September 29, 2003 - link

    Don't wait for HL2, the interest rates are excellent. The economy has allowed all investors to become "flexible" in their search for graphics infinity. The competition in the desktop video card world is not equally fierce, HL2 has disallowed it. ATI will be the eventual standard of every process required, either it be Microsoft's next console or Doom3. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Monday, September 29, 2003 - link

    Nah, spurn was a typo for sperm, seeing as the article was a load of w**k. ;) Reply
  • Anonymous User - Monday, September 29, 2003 - link

    I'm excited about the ATI IGP9000 myself.I've sold quite a few nF2 IGP systems thanks to the full integration combined with adequate on-board graphics for most my clients needs.

    The IGP9000 will be a great solution for me to base builds on if the pricing is close enough to the nF2 G4MX boards.

    BTW, here is a small typo "legitimate DX9 titles coming soon that will spurn sales of ATI’s DX9 cards" it should state "spur" not spurn :-)
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  • Anonymous User - Sunday, September 28, 2003 - link

    I'm afraid that the authors blew their credibility in the first couple of paragraphs.

    "By the way, we’re not being sarcastic when we call these processors “low-priced”; the cost of entry for 64-bit processing has really never been this low for such a legitimate 64-bit architecture."

    Say, what? Ever heard of Sun, and SPARC? Sun has been selling $1,000 entry-level SPARC *workstations* (not just bare processors) for a couple of years now.

    And Opteron processors sell for as little as $229, last time I checked: just what about them shouldn't be considered 'legitimate'?

    (And of course there's MIPS, if you want *really* low-cost 64-bit processing with an architecture far better established than Itanic's may *ever* be.)

    "I2’s 32-bit performance is no where near as fast as Opteron series processors, but depending on the 64-bit application, I2 is much faster, and could be much faster in the future when more applications are developed specifically for IA-64."

    Puh-leaze! Model 140 and 240 Opterons at 1/3 the price of the bottom-of-the-line $744 Deerfield are considerably more than 'noticeably cheaper', handily beat Deerfield in SPECint (880/933 to an estimated 750: split the difference between the 810 that a 1 GHz McKinley achieved with 3 MB of cache and the 674 that a 900 MHz McKinley achieved with 1.5 MB of cache), and aren't even *that* far behind in SPECfp (934/1012 vs. a similarly-estimated 1290, not that SPECfp is of all that much significance for most commercially-significant processing). Or, if you'd prefer to compare Deerfield against a similarly-priced Opteron, you see SPECint scores of 1095/1170 - i.e., *well* over 50% faster than Deerfield - and SPECfp of 1122/1219.

    And that's just Opteron's 32-bit performance, compared against estimated Deerfield SPEC scores obtainable only with HP's HP-UX compiler using feedback-directed optimization. In the real world, using commonly-used compilers (and techniques) and taking advantage of its 64-bit code extensions, Opteron's lead will only increase.

    Deerfield's lower power (at least relative to previous Itanics) will allow FP-intensive applications to start taking advantage of 1U rack-mount units to increase processing density, but that's about it. It's price isn't even *that* dramatically lower than the previous bottom-of-the-line Itanic that's been available for over a year at about $1300.

    - bill
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  • Anonymous User - Sunday, September 28, 2003 - link

    "simply buy ATI cards now and wait for Half Life 2 (which we suggest you do if you’re buying now)."

    Hi, I don't understand this comment. Won't the prices of the video cards go down!?

    I was planning on waiting as long as I can to get a video card before HL2 comes out, is this a bad idea?

    -CalicoRabbit
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  • Anonymous User - Sunday, September 28, 2003 - link

    I have to question the faster in the future statement. There are only 20,000 chips out there last time I checked (and thats in 2yrs or so of selling them). Opterons will have already sold 80,000+ (intels recent goal with Itanium supposedly by end of year I think) in a few months. Why would you write software for 20,000 chips when an opteron has much more volume for you to sell to. Not to mention it usually takes 1 guy a week to optimize for opteron, while itanuim could take a whole TEAM ages to compile code for. Most have already figured this out. If you can't recoup the costs on software engineering (too few to sell it to) then why write for it?

    If you don't have a SPECIFIC application that is already optimized for itanium don't count on one being created. The ONLY chance you have of getting one, is if you can find an app where performance on other chips (64bit chips) are completely blown away by an itanium (which, I can't think of many). Opteron put another nail in itaniums coffin, and Intel will probably seal that coffin up as soon as they offically inform us that they're adding 64bit to the desktop (prescott). Buying Itanium/2 today is completely retarded unless you already KNOW you can buy an app that is what you need NOW. No 32bit killed this chip (well, opteron did...LOL). When I say no 32bit, I mean a Pentium100 performance doesn't count as 32bit. If its for all intents and purposes, USELESS, it doesn't count. They still have to prove its "faster" in anything yet. There isn't enough out there to say that if you ask me.

    With the pricing and # of chips it takes to get that performance, you can buy a whole cluster of opterons to catch them, without the "what can I actually run on this expensive piece of crap" question. It would have been a great chip in 5 years if opteron didn't exist. Now its just dead. 20,000 chips sold in OVER 2.5 years (debut may 2001)? The industry obviously hates this chip. Most of those 20000 are in the hands of NON-customers. Testers etc. NOT users.
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  • AgaBooga - Saturday, September 27, 2003 - link

    #8, you have to remember that the Itanium does not have a "hardware" method of running 32bit apps like the Opteron does, and so it is very slow. In fact, I dought you can easily find some place using 32bit on an Itanium, it would be comparable to running it on a pentium 90mhz or so. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Saturday, September 27, 2003 - link


    #13 Andrew Ku

    I know that itanium2 are $5,000, and the new Itaniums are cheaper.
    In my #8 post i just disagreed that Itanium2 "...is much faster, and could be much faster in the future..". I just asked for the benchmarks for the 1.0Ghz and 1.4Ghz, 1.5Mb L3 Itanium2. Then #9 said the diference in L3 cache did not make a diference in 64-bit aplications.

    My #12 post is about the diference in L3 cache.

    You just can't show a price for an Itanium2 (1.4GHz , 1.5Mb L3 cache) and then talk about performance of another totally diferent Itanium2 (1.5Ghz, 6Mb L3 cache) and say Itanium2 "...is much faster, and could be much faster in the future..". There are NO benchmarks for 1.4Ghz, 1.5Mb L3 cache at SPEC.org. Does Anyone know where can we find them? Or another type of benchmark?
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  • Andrew Ku - Saturday, September 27, 2003 - link

    #12 Keep in mind that previous Itanium2s ran just shy of 5,000 USD. The new Itanium2s are definately considered cheap in that respect. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Saturday, September 27, 2003 - link


    #9 My point is: Where are the Benchmarks?

    The only place where I can compare the Itanium2's is SPEC.org (www.spec.org)

    SPEC int 2000
    (http://www.spec.org/cpu2000/results/cint2000.html)
    Itanium 2 1500Mhz, 6Mb L3 cache 12Gb RAM
    base 1322 peak 1322
    (http://www.spec.org/cpu2000/results/res2003q3/cpu2...

    Itanium 2 1400Mhz, 4Mb L3 cache 8Gb RAM
    base 926 peak 926
    (http://www.spec.org/cpu2000/results/res2003q3/cpu2...

    I know that clock speed is not the same but is the closest i can get. The clock speed of 1400Mhz itanium2 is 93% of the 1500 itanium2. It has less cache. SPEC result of 1400 itanium2 is 70%
    of 1500Mhz itanium2. I wonder how a 1400Mhz, 1,5Mb L3 cache itanium2 would do in SPEC.

    The article talks about "cheap itaniums", and by cheap they mean $744 for 1.0Ghz and $1,172 for 1.4Ghz.

    For about the same price you could buy an Athlon FX-51.
    Before you talk about the 1400 itanium2 had less RAM look at these SPEC results, with 1Gb RAM

    Athlon FX-51 2200Mhz, 1Gb RAM
    base 1376 peak 1447
    (http://www.spec.org/cpu2000/results/res2003q3/cpu2...
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  • Andrew Ku - Saturday, September 27, 2003 - link

    #7 Typo, we fixed it. Thanks for being patient. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Saturday, September 27, 2003 - link

    #8, it's not a difficult concept to comprehend. If you really think that the extra 4.5MB of L3 are going to make a huge difference in widely used 64-bit applications, you have a lot to learn about modern MPUs. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Saturday, September 27, 2003 - link

    'quote' "I2’s 32-bit performance is no where near as fast as Opteron series processors, but depending on the 64-bit application, I2 is much faster, and could be much faster in the future when more applications are developed specifically for IA-64." '/quote'

    This is nonsense. Where are the performance numbers of an Itanium running at 1.0Ghz and 1.4Ghz with only 1.5Mb L3 cache? the only numbers I'am aware of are the 1.5Ghz with 6Mb L3 cache and they should not be the same.
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  • Anonymous User - Saturday, September 27, 2003 - link

    umm...what happened to Computex Day #4? it went from day 1, 2,3,5 ?

    didnt anything happen of the 4th day??
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  • Anonymous User - Friday, September 26, 2003 - link

    I'm also looking forward to the XGI cards... Wasn't there a blurb on AT a few days ago about how the Volari 8 offered 6000+ 3dMarks?
    Of course, I'm not one of those extreme money-wasters who'd sink $500 on a single component (maybe the CPU, and the RAM), so I'd be looking more at the performance of their mid-range card (the V5?). Considering nVidia's weak overall performance in DX9, XGI only really has to compete with the 9500/9600 from ATI in the mid-range, and if its high end can compete with ATI's high end pretty easily (using beta drivers, no less), I don't see why the V5 couldn't penetrate the market and become a contender in the mid-range market. Here's hoping it doesn't turn into a Phantom or any of the other many attempts to break into graphics cards and failing miserably...
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  • Xelloss - Friday, September 26, 2003 - link

    A desktop Itanium2 would be pretty damn useless at this point anyhow. Yeah, you could run linux on it, but I'd imagine you'd have some trouble compiling a lot of software for it. I don't think Itanium is currently a high priority target architecture for desktop software.

    You could probably run apache, etc., but then why buy a desktop machine?
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  • AgaBooga - Friday, September 26, 2003 - link

    Yeah, don't expect Itanium 2 for desktop anytime soon. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Friday, September 26, 2003 - link

    Until they replace some of those Xeons with the I2 line, I doubt you'll be seeing it at all in desktops. Reply
  • jliechty - Friday, September 26, 2003 - link

    Well, now we have some half-reasonably-priced Itanium 2s. The big question is if the "Average Joe" will ever be able to purchase one from Newegg. Reply
  • AgaBooga - Friday, September 26, 2003 - link

    I really hope XGI can show some performance, that will create more competition between themselves and the current two major players.

    The fact that the benchmark wasn't as well as what is expected, I'd like to see how the lower version perform because those ones are what they will sell the most of.
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