IBM Announces World's Fastest Clocked Processor

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filip007

Are you retarded or something at MaxPC, well looks like it, more quality text please.

And no it can not run Crysis because is not X86 based so, what's with that.

Paul Lilly nice avatar, it looks like cheap newspaper, well done.

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mesiah

Don't feed the trolls kids.

 

Trolls must be getting smarter these days. This one actually managed to figure out the captcha.

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lhted

"Smarter" isn't the word I would use.  But I guess "smarter" is a relative term.

Besides, reading this is like listening to that annoying kid who sits at the front of the class just so he can make some annoying, know-it-all comment.  Then looks around to see if anyone though he was funny.  Realizing nobody thinks he's funny (or simply doesn't like him), he gets mad and closes with some last pathetic attempt to make people like him.  Let me reference the "avatar" comment.  It's funny because it's sad.  But, ironically, it's sad because it's not funny.

For example read his comment on Study: Private Browsing isn't So Private

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lhted

Good one, filip007.  Jeeze, Paul Lilly, if that's your real name.  You sound like you know so little about computers that you might as well be using a Mac.  Am I right, filip007.  And you might as well use a Mac with Snow Leopard to make your avatar.

And referencing Crysis?  Come one, don't make a joke that isn't 100% factual.  That's just bad.  Good jokes can be supported by fact, every single part.  That was so bad, it might as well have been written by a Mac user.  Because everyone knows that Mac users are retards anyway.

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Caboose

Do us all a favour and stop posting. Please. You've posted nothing but random rantings and insulting article authors...

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lhted

He can, but what would the world be like without trolls?  I mean, think about all the billy goats that will get across the bridge.

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Caboose

Just think of all that eaten grass!

WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE LAWNS?!

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jac_goudsmit

;-)

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Lhot

....can it run Cyrsis on AIR, with the eye candy on?    :D

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Fresh38

But will it be able to run Crysis II?

You asked for it.

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lhted

It hasn't been fully tested for Crysis II, but we do know it will play on mean game of chess.  There's another branch of IBM solely dedicated to cloning Bobby Fischer to play against it.  It will be the event of the century.  An extremely boring, slow event, but an event nonetheless.

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praetor_alpha

Sure it can. So go get one. I already have an IBM salesman on the way to your door right now.

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LatiosXT

I think IBM is going after the whole megahertz myth thing again. 5.2GHz is impressive but... 1.5 billion transisters in a 512mm^2 die using a 45nm process doesn't sound that great when Fermi packs 3 billion transistors on a 530mm^2 die using a 40nm process (but I have this inkling that there's a similar geometry going on here, if someone can provide the math)

Now my question is its raw performance rate. I'm pretty sure 5.2GHz doesn't come cheap when it comes to power. And if the raw performance is eh compared to Fermi, people might as well start looking at the new Quadro cards.

But then again, what do I know about these things?

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Neufeldt2002

The reason that it is the size that it is with the low transistor count, is to accommodate the DRAM cache that is running at speed for each core.

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/ibm_details_fastest_processor_ever_you_cant_have_it

http://news.yahoo.com/s/zd/20100824/tc_zd/253938

"The z196 contains 1.4 billion transistors on 512 sq. mm chip fabricated on 45-nm PD SOI technology. It contains a 64 Kbyte level-1 instruction cache, a 128-Kbyte L1 data cache, a 1.5-Mbyte private L2 cache per core, plus a pair of co-processors used for cryptographic operations.

In a 4-node system, 19.5 Mbytes of SRAM are used for L1 private cache, 144 MB for L2 private cache, 576 MB of eDRAM for L3 cache, and a whopping 768 MB of eDRAM for a level-4 cache. All this is used to ensure that the processor finds and executes its instructions before searching for them in main memory, a task which can force the system to essentially wait for the data to be found - dramatically slowing a system that is designed to be as fast as possible."

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LatiosXT

I guess that makes sense then.

But still, the question remains, does 5.2Ghz worth of performance outweigh the cost of everything else associated with it?

I point to GPUs because modern GPUs in the professional sector are more or less computational powerhouses. If a POWER7 chip does the same as a Quadro 5000 (if there was an apples to apples comparison), but in the process produces a massive amount of heat and sucks a lot more power, is it worth it?

Even then we still have the logic area of CPUs that I haven't heard GPUs competing with yet. But who knows? Like I said, what do I know about this crap? :B

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Caboose

You're confusing CPU's and GPU's.

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