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29 February 2008

Core 2 Quad Q9300 vs Q6600 Benchmark

The Future of Mainstream:
Intel 45nm Core 2 Quad Q9300 Benchmarked

Intel's Quad-cores are entering the 45nm process era. Intel has already announced the Q9300, Q9450, Q9550 & QX9650. These Penryn based quads will replace its existing 65nm Kensfield brother. This extract of the original review, focusing mainly on gaming, will compare the performance of Q6600 with the Q9300.

CPU-Z screenshot of an overclocked Q9300 @ 3.7Ghz,
some managed to overcome the 3.5Ghz FSB wall.

Specifications Comparison

Core 2 Quad Q9300 Core 2 Quad Q6600
Codename Yorkfield Kentsfield
Frequency 2.5Ghz 2.4Ghz
Rated FSB 1333Mhz 1066Mhz
Multiplier 7.5x 9x
L2 Cache 2x 3MB 2x 4MB
Cores 4 4
Socket LGA775 LGA775
Process 45nm 65nm
TDP 95W 95W (G0) / 105W (B3)
Instruction Sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4.1 MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3
Transistor Count 2x 410million 2x 291million
Die Size 2x 107 sq mm 2x 143 sq mm
Price (1ku) $266.00 $183.00

The prices above is taken from the Intel Processor Price List (as of Nov' 08). SSE4.1 added into the 45nm part. Do note that although the transistor count has increased from 582million to 810million, but half the 12MB L2 cache on the Q9300 has been disabled.

Test System:
AMD Phenom X4 9600 (Socket AM2+, 2.3GHz, 4 x 512KB L2, 2MB L3, Agena)
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 (LGA775, 2.5GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 2 x 3MB L2, Yorkfield)
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (LGA775, 2.4GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 2 x 4MB L2, Kentsfield)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (LGA775, 3.16GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 6MB L2, Wolfdale)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 (LGA775, 3.0GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 4MB L2, Conroe)

ASUS P5E3 Deluxe (LGA775, Intel X38, DDR3 SDRAM)
DFI LANParty UT 790FX-M2R (Socket AM2+, AMD 790FX)

Corsair Dominator TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF 2GB @ DDR2-1067 5-5-5-15
Cell Shock DDR3-1800 2GB @ DDR3-1333 7-7-7-20

Graphics: OCZ GeForce 8800GTX
Storage: Western Digital WD1500AHFD (SATA150)
O/S: Microsoft Windows Vista x86

A quick overall benchmark comparison between the Q9300 & Q6600.
The new 45nm part is about 7% faster.

Overclocked or not, the 45nm dual-core wins out here.

The extra 0.1Ghz + optimized architecture helps the Q9300 to edge out a victory here in Winrar.

AMD's Phenom is no match against Intel's offerings here.

Q9300 beats Q6600 slightly in 3Dmark06.

This game don't seem to be optimized for Quad-cores.

That goes for Half-Life 2, too.

The dualies beat the quads here in Crysis.
(I'm not sure whether the testers installed the v1.1 patch)

World in Conflict.

Unreal Tournament 3

Although its 0.1Ghz faster, but the 45nm manages to consume less power than the 65nm part.

Upgrading from Q6600 to Q9300 saves you another 10W during idle. Your savings may be doubled if you own a Q6600 with a B3 stepping.

Source: (in Chinese)

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Nokia is working with Cambridge University on a phone project involving nano-technology. It would enable flexible and stretchable phones that enable users to shape and adapt them as they see fit. How cool is that!

Photo gallery:

Youtube video here.


Fish & Co Outing

Met my daughter (whom was very late),

& Sya (whom was unusually early) to eat Fish & Co.

Me taking photo of her

taking photo of me...

Sya & I both ordered some passion fruit drink which reminds of the one @ Cafe Galare.

(Taken from her blog)

I had soup;
She had soap

My weird dish,

Sya was wondering if its edible...

She apparently doesn't think so...

Sya was overwhelmed by the sambal chili...

I thought u said u were "VERY HUNGRY"?

She started throwing tantrums,

& threw food onto the floor...

& started messing up my plate..

How disgraceful!!!

Pasir Malam selling cars?!

Took them to walk the long way to my place, lol...

Someone please call the security guards!!

Toopid daughter act fierce somemore...

Although we were in the same lift, but somehow they alighted @ the wrong level..

Sya & I played Crysis for the rest of the afternoon...

28 February 2008

Video: University professor being beaten up

Video of University professor being beaten up:

(Video updated, do inform me if it's being removed again.)

Is this for real?

They claimed that this happened at the Beijing Normal University,
which isn't so "normal" after all.. =X

26 February 2008

GeForce 9800GTX Benchmark Result

(Preview) NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX Benchmark Result:

Update: This post is just a performance preview released in February. Do read the updated full review of GeForce 9800GTX HERE.

(click to enlarge)

Scored around 14k in 3Dmark06, nothing special here. Since SLI scaling significantly improved in the GeForce 9 series, as seen with the 9600GT SLI, 9800GTX might only impress at SLI or 3-way SLI.

Test system:

CPU : Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 @ 3006Mhz
Memory: 2GB DDR-2
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus Formula X38 BIOS 0907
Graphics: GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB @ 675/1688/1100 (Core/Shader/Memory)
O/S: Mircosoft Windows Vista Ultimate


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25 February 2008

Carling Cup Final: Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea

Tottenham came back from 1-0 down at half-time to win the Carling Cup against Chelsea. In front of 87,660 spectators, Berbatov leveled the score with a penalty in the second half (70') to end the 90min with a 1-1 draw.

Extra time kicks in, Johnathan Woodgate scored a lucky headed against Petr Cech. Despite all the desperate last minute attempt by the Blues, Spurs held on to the lead and won the match.

Congrats to Juande Ramos for his first trophy in his new club, Robbie Keane crying, what a match!

Final Score: Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea (AET)

Some photos from the match:

23 February 2008

Eduardo suffered a leg-breaking tackle

Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva suffered a horrible injury resulting from a tackle by Birmingham's Martin Taylor. The incident took place just 2min into the game. Taylor was probably the fastest player to be sent off in a game in the history of EPL (English Premier League).

After being treated on the pitch for 8min, he was sent to Selly Oak Hospital for further treatment, and a possible surgery. Commentary on live-TV confirmed that his lower left leg was broken.

The Brazil-born Croatia star looks to miss out the rest of his season plus Euro 2008.

Intel Prepares 6-Core CPUs

Intel is planning to launch its 6-core Dunnington microprocessor. It should be the last Core marchitecture based CPU before switching over to Nehalem which is capable of supporting 8 or more cores.

Being a successor of Harpertown, Dunnington is reported to have 3 dual-core Penryn chips "glued" together on the die size of a postage stamp (similar to what they did on Core 2 Quad I guess). It will boast a shared L3 cache of 16MB and a TDP of over 120W.

It should be available in Q3 or even Q2, before the launch of Nahalem processors.


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Zalman FG1000 FPSGun Mouse

ZalmanGUN-like mouse optimized for FPS (First Person Shooting) games,

comes with a "trigger" style button instead of a normal "click".

There's 5 programmable buttons available for each of your fingers.

Ergonomic grip is advertised to "virtually eliminate extended gaming session fatigues"

"The sensor located ahead of the grip allows large/quick manipulation with small movements."

I'm not sure what this means, but it seems like a higher sensitivity to me...

Zalman FG1000 Specifications:

Dimensions 169 x 75 x 85 mm (L x W x H)
Weight 6.38 oz (181 g)
USB Report Rate 1000 Hz
USB Data Format 16 bit
Maximum Speed 40 ips (inches / second)
Maximum Acceleration 15 g
Image Processing 6400 fps (frames / second)
- Violet LED: 100, 600DPI
- Blue LED: 800, 1000, 1200DPI
- Red LED: 1400, 1600, 2000DPI


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