Archive for October, 2010

Intel Pentium P6000 P6100 and P6200 processors

October 27th, 2010

Intel Pentium P6000 P6100 and P6200 processors

The Intel pentium P6000, P6100 and P6200 are based upon the Arrandale architecture. It is intel's attempt to keep the Pentium brand alive and at the same time offer the benefits of the Arrandale Architecture.

If you are not aware of the Arrandale architecture, it is basically the same architecture that powers the intel core i3, core i5 and core i7 processors, which means that they have integrated memory controller and a DMI bus to communicate with the chipset.
The core frequency of P6000 is 1.86 GHz while that of the P6100 and P6200 are 2 GHz and 2.13 GHz respectively. The intel P6000 series does not have turbo boost functionality as in the core i5 processors. Also, there is no Hyperthreading supported in the intel P6000 series processor.

The Intel P6000 series contain 3 MB of smart cache. Built with 32 nm technology, the intel Pentium P6000, P6100 and P6200 processors have a moderate TDP rating of 35 Watts.

The P6000 series has integrated DDR3 memory controller that can support a maximum of 8 GB DDR3 memory.


Honda CRV 2012

October 24th, 2010

Honda CRV 2012 Discussions
This topic has been started with the intention of starting the discussions about the Honda CRV 2012. You may have several questions in your mind. And some of you may have the right answers. If you have any information please contribute by commenting below. If you have some questions, you may still comment and ask any question relevant to Honda CRV 2012. All relevant question and most answers will be approved.

Here are some common questions that you may have in your mind about Honda CRV 2012

Q. Who are the nearest competitors of the Honda CRV 2012 ?

Q. Do we have any pricing information or any guess about the Honda CRV 2012 ? How about previous year models ?

Q. Who are different trims and variations of Honda CRV 2012 ?

Q. Do we have EPA Fuel Economy figures available for the Honda CRV 2012 ? How about older models ?

Q. What safety rating has been given to the Honda CRV 2012 ?

Q. Mechanically what are the engine horsepower figures and what type of transmission (manual, automatic or contnuous) for the Honda CRV 2012 ?

Q. When do we expect the Honda CRV 2012 to be available ?

Once again, if you know answer to these questions, please comment. If you have more questions. Please feel free to ask it in the comment itself.


AMD V Series V140 Single core processor Review

October 22nd, 2010

The nominal frequency of operation of the AMD V Series V140 processor is 2.3 GHz. The AMD V140 improves upon the frequency of the the V Series V120 processor by 100 MHz. The V140 has has an integrated Dual-channel DDR3 SDRAM Memory controller which helps in faster memory communication ( unlike the intel processors that has north bridge). The V Series V140 is a single core processor.

The AMD V series V140 connects to the chipset is using a 1.6 GHz HyperTransport Bus. The HyperTransport is a bidirectional differential bus with huge bandwidth.

The AMD V140 has contains 512 Kilo Bytes of Level 2 L2 cache. It however does not has any Level 3 L3 Cache. The integrated memory controller in the V Series V140 is partly made up by the integrated DDR3 memory controller.

The Thermal Dissipation power (TDP ) rating of 25 Watts means that the netbooks and notebooks designed with V140 will consume low power and will have extended battery life.

Not much detailed benchmark results are available. By way of the increase in the frequency we can estimate that the performance of the AMD V140 will improve upon the performance AMD V120 by 5%. It is speculated that its performance will be better than the similarly clocked single core Intel Celeron processors. The passmark score from gives it a rating of 773.

Other features of the AMD V140 processor include special multimedia instruction sets 3DNow!, MMX technology, SSE3 SSE4A. The AMD V140 does support AMD Hardware Virtualization technology. The virtualization technology is helpful if you are having two operating systems ( Like Windows XP and Linus) working simultaneously.

Pros of AMD V140 Processor

- Inexpensive.
- Low power consumption, long battery life.
- Integrated Memory Controller.

Cons of AMD V140 Processor

_ Lacks Horsepower.
- No L3 Cache.

Here are some of the notebooks powered by AMD V Series V140 processor

Compaq Presario CQ62Z.
Acer AS5252-V476
TOSHIBA Satellite C655D-S5087

Your comments are valuable


Intel Sandy Bridge Core i7-2600K i7-2600S i7-2600 processors

October 6th, 2010

Intel Core i7 processor Extreme edition model has 12 threads, which maximize its performance. The concept of multi-task processing is meant to enable every core in the processor to do simultaneously two tasks as everyone is looking for smart multitasking. The forthcoming Sandy Bridge processors from Intel will retain the i7, i5 and i3 branded names, which Intel had introduced with its processors named as Clarkdale and Arrandale.

Sandy Bridge is likely to be launched at the end of year 2010 or early in 2011. The new core i7- 2600K and core i7-2600 will be the Intel’s processors giving the highest performance when released.
It is to be noted that both i7-200k as well as i7 -2600 parts have wattage of 95 W. The other core i7-2600S is only 65 W.
Intel has designed its Sandy Bridge i7- 2600k processor for those over clockers interested in faster performance and it will have an overclocking enabled feature.
Both core i7-2600k and core i7- 2600 have frequency rating of 3.4 Giga Hertz. At the same time, i7-2600 S is designed with 2.8 Hz frequency. These three processors fall in the category of quad core parts. All of them are with hyper threading enabled. The significance of hyper threading is that there are 8 threads working simultaneously in each.
All these processors will constitute turbo chargers, which will be enabled functionally in them and will operate on a frequency of 3.8 Hz. Moreover, all of them will have L3 cache of 8 MB.
The very important and noteworthy characteristic in these processors is that they have advanced integrated graphics for a superior performance. According to Intel, the performance of these processors will be almost double of the Arrandale and Clarkdale processors. There are a few results, which substantiate the genuine claim of Intel in achieving these standards.
In addition, there are vital improvements in the design of Sandy Bridge processors as compared to the older Arrandale and Clarkdale processors. Arrandale and Clarkdale had the integrated memory controller and Graphic Units (GPU) built using the 45nm technology, while their core was made employing 32nm technology. The CPU and GPU memory controller in Sandy Bridge processors are based on 32nm technology. There is another remarkable difference. The L3 cache is shared with GPU and assists to boost up the performance of GPU.
In addition, sandy Bridge processors will have dual channel DDR3-1600.
The Sandy Bridge processors are anticipated to give a substantially improved performance. The gamers will be getting maximum advantages of its double performance in graphics. We look forward to a sea change in the performance in relation to the price.


AMD Turion II P520 processor review

October 3rd, 2010

The AMD Turion II P520 processors are clocked at 2.3 GHz and have two cores. If you are going to buy or have bought an AMD based notebooks, it may have been powered by AMD Turion ii P520. Some example of the P520 based notebooks include HP G42-230US, HP Pavilion 16 dv6z Entertainment PC, and HP Pavilion DV6-3010US .

Both the core of the P520 has a cache memory of 1 MB each that makes up a total of 2 MB memory and this helps in giving out decent performance. Combined with the lowe price the Turion ii processor has been able to give serious competition to the core 2 intel processors. The performance of the turion ii processor has been marginally less than the similarly clocked core 2 intel processors.

The Turion ii P520 is a low power processor. It has a TDP rating of just 25 Watts. The low power helps in the design of high battery life processor design.

Some of the benchmarking results available show that the AMD Turion ii P520 takes 70 seconds in calculating Super Pi 2M calculations. It may be worthwhile to compare it with the core 2 P7370 processor which, when running at 2 GHz takes just 60 seconds. It therefore, forms the basis of the fact that the Turion ii processors have marginally similar performance level with the core 2 processors running at about the same frequency.

As far as the Turion II P520 processor architecture is concerned, it is manufactured with 45nm fabrication technology. The best part of the Turion II 520P processor is the integrated DDR3 memory controller. The Integrated memory controller enhances the speed of the makes processor to memory communication.

Another architectural feature of the Turion ii processor is the HyperTransport Link with which the processor communicates with the chipset. The HyperTransport is a high bandwidth bus which ensures that there is no bottleneck in communication with teh chipset which eventually communicates with other perpherals.

Conclusion - With AMD Turion ii processor in your notebook, you may rest assured of a decent performance. The processor may not be cutting edge and may not play the latest gaming but should be good enough for your daily needs. If you are looking for still higher performance processor ( or the notebooks that have higher performing processors) you may like to take a look at the phenom ii based notebooks or the intel's core i5 based notebooks. With the launch of the Sandy Bridge processor that equation is going to be interesting, as, the
sandy bridge processors will have great integrated graphics capability as well.


Intel Core i3 Vs Core 5 processor comparison

October 3rd, 2010


Intel core i3 and core i5 processors have been a great hit and has been part of most of the notebooks and desktops launched recently. For core i3 the most popular parts have been the core i3-330M and core i3-350M and, for core i5, the most popular parts have been core i5-450M. The intel i3-330M is  a 2.13GHz processor while i3-350M is a 2.26 GHz processor. The big brother core i5-450M is a 2.4 GHz part. Anothe part in the core i5 series - the core i5-430M has a nominal core frequency of 2.26 gHz.

The core i5 processors are more expensive than the core i3 processors. You will find core i5 processors in more expensive notebooks, typically starting at $800 with some top of the line as expensive as $1500. The core i3 based notebooks are available for, somewhere around $600 to $900 depending upon other configuration.

The basic difference between the core i3 and the core i5 processors is the turbo boost functionality. The turbo boost functionality temporarily increases the processor frequency to cope with  the sudden increase in the demand in the processing power.  In real world, this is exactly what happens. In real world 95% of the time you perform task that do not demand high processing power - you basically do word precessing, internet browsing, email checking, spread sheet and other small thing.  What actually happens is there are moments when there is spike in the processing power, for example, you are opening a spreadsheet while you are surfing and at the same time your anti virus program just started. This leads to sudden processing power demand, lasting for 30 seconds or so. What intel core i5 processor will do is that - it will increase the processor frequency to cope with  the sudden demand.

There are some advantages with the turbo boost design. It allows design of the notebooks that can have longer battery life without sacrificing the processing power. The turbo boost feature helps keep the processor cool which increases the reliability of the notebooks designed with it. The intel core i5-450M, for example has a nominal core frequency of 2.4 GHz , while the its turbo frequency is 2.66 GHz.

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