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Bleeding Edge TV 167: Inside AMD’s Performance Testing Lab

While we were out visiting AMD, they gave us the opportunity to enter their Performance Testing Lab, an area guarded by dual steel doors that seemingly required both a key and special knocking code in order to enter. Once inside and sure that our lives were safe, we spoke with Mark Welker about how AMD tests their chip technologies across different platforms, software, and games. He talks to us about benchmarks, what they mean in the real world, and how they can be gamed to show what you want them to show. Even better, Mark gives out his corporate email address and offers to send the performance testing scripts to anyone who asks so that people at home can do it themselves. Just drop him an email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and tell him Gear Live sent you. Check the video for the full scoop.


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Bleeding Edge TV 162: Special Edition Engraved AMD Chip Awarded to Vanishing Point Winner

So if you have been a follower of

The Bleeding Edge for any length of time, you know that we have been following the Vanishing Point game since it started, courtesy of Windows Vista and AMD. One of the puzzles was the LOKI meta-puzzle, where the first person to figure out exactly who Loki was would win a prize. The prize turned out to be a special run of AMD processors that would be engraved with your name, or phrasing of your choice. Audrey Murphy was the first to solve the puzzle, and we were on hand when she was awarded one of her special edition chips.


Bleeding Edge TV Goes Behind The Scenes at AMD

We went down to AMD headquarters in Austin, TX to take a look behind the scenes at AMD. The chipmaker gave us access to just about anything and everything, and the result is a series of videos that just might change the way you think about the company that grew to give Intel a run for it’s money. Here is a list of the content you will see appear over the next few days:

Plus we have a few things that we can’t even show you for another week or so, but we are sure that you will enjoy everything we have put together in this series of videos. As pieces are published, we will linkify the above video descriptions so they are easy to find.


Bleeding Edge TV 128: Latest Intel Viiv PCs

We caught up with Intel where we got the lowdown on the Viiv platform along with the latest Viiv-based PCs. For a definition on what Viiv is, we go to Wikipedia:

Viiv is a platform marketing initiative from Intel. Like Intel’s Centrino and vPro, Viiv is a computer platform certification for a particular combination of Intel products as its primary components. It is an open specification for an Intel-based Media Center PC. Specifically, Viiv is a particular combination of CPU, mainboard chipset, software, Digital Rights Management and network card. It is intended for primary use as an in-home media and desktop platform with the ability to operate as a normal PC or as a hardware media player/centre - running applications, playing DVDs, CDs, MP3, photographs and games as well as subscription based (partially DRM protected) content such as ILoveFilm, Napster and SKY.

So, if you want to hop on board with the next-generation of computing devices specifically targeted towards multimedia in a living room environment, check the video to get all the details from Intel.


CES 2007 Video: Intel Talks Up Their Quad Core Processors

Dan Snyder from Intel chats with us about their upcoming Core 2 Quadro line, and explains why the move to four cores is an important one. As Intel says, programmers are starting to write for multi-core systems, and if you want the snappiest PC on the market, you will likely want to be looking towards Intel’s quad core chips.


AMD and Intel Slash Processor Prices

Both AMD and Intel announced price cuts earlier this week on both notebook and desktop processors, more than likely to clear room for new products in their respective lines. Here is a look at some of the price drops:

  • The TL-60, a dual-core 2GHz Turion notebook chip, dropped 26 percent, from $354 to $263.
  • The TL-56, which is a similar chip that runs at 1.8GHz, dropped from $263 to $220.
  • The TL-52, which runs at 1.6GHz, goes from $220 to $184.
  • On the desktop side of things, the Athlon 64 FX-62, a 2.8GHz monster chip for gamers, declined from $827 to $713.

On the Intel side of things:

  • The Celeron D 360 for desktops went from $84 to $69, an 18 percent decline.
  • The Celeron 326,that being the absolute bottom line chip from Intel, went from $39 to $34.

Be on the lookout for new chip releases from both companies soon.

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