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 Mar 02, 2005 - 04:00 PM - by Michael
* Intel's 64-bit tech

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PCStats have gone over Intel's stealthily introduced 64-bit x86 offering, and pronounce it nearly identical to AMD's. Not that that's a shock.

The major difference between AMD and Intel's 64-bit transitions is that Intel has not created a new processor design to go with it. Instead, EM64T is essentially a bolt-on 64-bit supercharger. In direct contrast, AMD designed the 'K8' Athlon64 and Opteron processors to incorporate the double whammy of the Hypertransport bus and the on-die memory controller. The AMD64 64-bit extensions were just the icing on the cake. In case you are not aware of this fact, it's the Athlon 64's architectural improvements over previous processors that have accounted for its performance advantage, not its generally as yet unrealized 64-bit abilities.
The rest of the article's great too - read it for some insights into both AMD and Intel's 64-bit processing capabilities.
 

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