With our review done I did the one thing I've been keeping myself from doing for the past week: I pulled the heatsink off my Kabini review notebook and grabbed a shot of the SoC.
I guess this is technically the world's first consumer quad-core x86 SoC. Haswell will come in a single-chip solution as well but only as a dual-core part. Kabini needs no companion platform/IO controller chip, everything is integrated on this single piece of silicon. There are also two GCN compute units in there.
I'm sure AMD will have more accurate numbers shortly, but using my completely unimpressive calipers I measured the die at 10.35mm x 10.35mm (107mm^2). I figure the actual number will be somewhere in the range of 104 - 112mm^2...
Now that AMD has shown us what they can do with DDR SDRAM and the Athlon, it's time for the third party manufacturers to step in and carry this...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/29/2000
Having just recently released the Pentium 4, Intel is still better known for their presence in sub-$1000 PCs in today's market. While it's easy to recommend AMD's Duron...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/26/2000
Intel may be having a hard
time on the desktop front, facing a lot of competition from other chip producers.
One area that Intel has yet to be challenged...
Matthew Witheiler on 11/23/2000
Three days ago we brought you a glimpse of Intel's plans for 2001. Now we're following up the coverage with AMD's roadmap for the next year and on...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/21/2000
The Pentium 4 is here. Intel has poured all of their efforts into the creation of this, their first new micro-architecture in the past 5 years. However...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/20/2000
Armed with the ability to adjust the clock multiplier, voltage, and now the FSB of the Athlon and Duron CPUs we have in the lab, watch what we've been...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/1/2000
The future of the Athlon platform is here, the AMD 760 is the first Athlon chipset to support DDR SDRAM as well as the 266MHz FSB.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/30/2000
AMD introduces two new clock speeds for both of their processor lines. With the Pentium III 1.13GHz delayed until next year, and the Celeron crawling because of its...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/17/2000
For the first time since the Intel Celeron was launched, AMD has a value processor that can not only beat the Celeron in terms of performance but can also...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/5/2000
With the 1.13GHz Pentium III facing a full recall, it's time to take a look at what events lead up to this recall and what eventually proved that a...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/29/2000
The Thunderbird is back, this time sporting a 1.1GHz operating frequency, see how it stands up to Intel's latest 1.13GHz Pentium III offering in our review.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/28/2000
With Intel's annual Fall IDF just a couple of days away, we are giving a quick sneak peak as to what you can expect Intel to reveal about the...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/20/2000
Today AMD released the first public documentation regarding their x86-64 architecture and we took this opportunity to have a look at the architecture behind the K8 as well as...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/10/2000
While they weren't the first to hit the 1GHz mark, Intel is the first to release a CPU that clocks in faster than 1GHz with their new 1.13GHz Pentium...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/31/2000
For quite a while, Intel was the only manufacturer of mainstream chipsets that also offerred dual processor (SMP) capable chipsets. Well times are changing and after successfully stealing...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/13/2000
Using a Socket-A motherboard we modified in house to allow for clock multiplier adjustments we are finally able to bring to you all the performance of every commercially available...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/12/2000
Intel finally released a 133MHz FSB chipset that 1) doesn't use RDRAM and 2) allows for an external AGP graphics accelerator. The i815 is upon us and it's...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/27/2000
With AMD's Duron dominating the value market, does Intel's "new" Celeron have the same appeal it once did? Take a look at our review of Intel's latest as...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/26/2000
The next piece of AMD's processor puzzle is here, the Duron. While intended to be a member of their value line of desktop processors, we confirmed what everyone...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/19/2000
For the past few months, Intel has enjoyed the advantage of high speed, on-die cache on their fastest CPU's, while AMD suffered with ever decreasing cache speeds as their...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/4/2000