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Internal Intel documents reveal that SSE4 is on the way and will be here with Conroe

Several internal memos and roadmaps from Intel confirmed what many of us already suspected: Intel's Conroe (and Merom) will feature SSE4.  The next generation SSE instructions were listed as part of the the platforms "Significant Video Enhancements" built into the upcoming Intel platforms.  

Among the other video enhancements listed included Clear Video Technology (CVT) -- Intel's attempted answer to ATI Avivo -- and UDI support.  Both of these technologies seem dependant on the 965 core logic and not necessarily the CPU.  Other Intel corporate roadmaps have defined CVT as:

Intel Clear Video Technology supporting advanced decoding, post-processing capabilities and enhanced 3D

The Conroe platform and most of its features have not been disclosed yet.  Intel is expected to announce the Conroe architecture name at the Intel Developer Forum on March 7th. 



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3Dnow! lacked support
By MrKaz on 2/15/2006 12:45:41 PM , Rating: 2
Quake2 3dnow enabled version, if I am not mistaken put an K6 300 with the same performance level of P2 400 at the time. I think the achievement was done with:
- 3dnow "special" Voodoo2 driver.
- Quake2 patch

K6 FPU "sucked" vs P2, but the 3dnow achieved a very good performance boost.

I just remember 3 games with 3dnow that I played: Quake2, Drakan and Expandable.

There is also suppord of 3dnow in Ati, nvidia, ... drivers.

I think the best bet to boost performance is x64, because even without native 64 bit code, by just using new compilers they will make use of the extra registers adding performance, but with native x64 code, there will be significant boosts.




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