"Stretch" 300MHz CPUs kill 2GHz counterparts

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by RagnaroK, Apr 30, 2004.

  1. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Must be dreaming...

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    Apparently, a new CPU manufacturer just started-up who calls themselves "Stretch", have a 300MHz CPU that can outperform 2GHz competition chips.

    http://news.com.com/2100-1006-5199930.html


     
  2. Petros

    Petros Thief IV

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    Wow! Since it is not April 1st, I'll assume it's real for now.


    Holy balls...

    The official product brief on this processor
     
  3. Hmm Im a little bit dubious about that one :s
     
  4. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Just goes to show that MHz mean nothing ;)
     
  5. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    AMD demonstrated this already by introducing Athlon XP. :)
    You may also have noticed some articles relating to OC'd P3's outperforming the P4's. lol
     
  6. Gary Pandher

    Gary Pandher Moderator

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    300 killin a 2gig...all i can say is wow...startin to think i might wait to upgrade
     
  7. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Apple already demonstrated it with the G3... G4... oh yeah, and the G5 :p :D

    But yeah, the sooner manufacturers realise lower clock speeds, with less cooling, can do just as much as current "top end" chips, the better off we'll all be :)
     
  8. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    I would really like to see a test computer with Windows loaded and with one of them inside. Then have them post some benchmarks.

    Now I wonder how it would fair as a gamer's chip?
     
  9. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Guess games will be tested eventually.. it could compile code at 5GHz speeds, then play UT2004 like a Pentium2 :D
     
  10. ShepsCrook

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    I wonder how this would fair for rendering?
     
  11. the_music_man

    the_music_man aka prodj88 =P

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    thats a weird concept...i'll believe it when i see it.... hehe :)
     
  12. Maveric169

    Maveric169 The Voices Talk to Me

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    Well the concept (as others have stated) is a proven one that AMD has been relying on for years. More work per clock cycle at a lower speed will outperform a chip that operates faster. Now while I know that this is just a starting point with this company, there is a level of check and ballance that needs to be maintained for todays applications. A chip that does 3X the work per cycle but is 6X as slow will negate the whole purpose of having a chip that does that level of work. (This is why Intel keeps pushing up the speed of their chips.)

    So there has to be a ballance of work per clock and clock speed or chip just won't cut it. I will get excited when they have a 2GHZ chip that performs like a 10 GHZ chip!
     
  13. RagnaroK

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    Exciting isn't it? :cool: :D
    Wonder how much it's gonna cost...
     
  14. Ded Morozh

    Ded Morozh I don't DISlike you...

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  15. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    thats because of RISC though, less codes the processor has implmented on-chip means it can perform those actions faster and the smaller required instruction set means that less of the chip needs to be set aside to perform them. This increases cooling and performance.

    thats my understanding of it anyways
     
  16. SPeedY_B

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    But something optimised for RISC should be no different than something optimised for CISC :)
     
  17. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    its not the optimisation of the software, its the speed at which the processor can perform the actions. With RISC a lot more time and effort and silicon can be devoted to making just a few instructions run really quickly whereas with CISC with the larger instruction set, you cant be as generous with the silicon for certain instructions.

    Thats my understanding anyway
     
  18. Vetrius

    Vetrius Coenfidentialityism

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    Upgrade? Or downgrade?
    Imagine in you will... A 3ghz chip with the same design...