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AMD's Smart Strike: Athlon X2 BE-2350
Jun 18, 2007 - in Reviews
AMD's new sub-$100 low-power (45 W) dual core processor defines a new segment in the efficient desktop computing market. How does it compare to Intel's $100 Pentium Dual Core 2160?
Which is the Best Mainstream CPU?
May 4, 2007 - in Reviews
AMD and Intel are cutting prices faster than ever, which has moved high-end CPUs into the $200 range. We compare the Core 2 Duo E6400 against AMD's Athlon 64 X2 5600+, to see which might be the better choice for you.
Remote PC Management with Intel's vPro
Apr 26, 2007 - in Reviews
The need for remote PC management has always been an issue that only increases with the size of your business. Intel wants vPro to be your perfect, OS-independent hardware-level management solution.
Semiconductor Production 101
Apr 25, 2007 - in Reviews
It takes over 300 individual production steps to make a microprocessor out of sand. We look at the fundamentals of what is involved.
The Gigahertz Battle: How Do Today's CPUs Stack Up?
Mar 26, 2007 - in Reviews
Core 2 Duo is king, but how do other processors today compare on a clock-to-clock basis? We benchmarked comparable CPUs from AMD as well as Intel to see.
Dual Core Notebook CPUs Explored
Feb 27, 2007 - in Reviews
AMD's Turion 64 X2 battles Intel's mobile Core 2 Duo. We X-ray both product families, and provide our test results in a new Interactive Charts category: please welcome our Mobile CPU Charts!
Does AMD's Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Have Any Kick Left?
Feb 20, 2007 - in Reviews
A new Athlon 64 X2 top model launches, squeezing 3.0 GHz out of AMD's 90 nm silicon. It cannot end Intel's Core 2 Extreme supremacy, but AMD's aggressive pricing fuels the price war, making the 6000+ somewhat affordable.
Feb 12, 2007 - in Reviews
Is pushing your hardware further and faster actually worth it in this day and age? The answer is a resounding yes! We pushed all of the components in our test system 20% or more above specification, and got it all back in extra performance.
Overclocking Guide Part 3: How To Gain 81% For $27
Jan 18, 2007 - in Reviews
How does an 81% clock increase from a $27 upgrade sound? Walk with us as we put our wealth of recommendations to the test and come out victorious!
500 MHz FSB? Core 2 Duo Overtakes Core 2 Extreme
Jan 11, 2007 - in Reviews
Many users have reported great success overclocking the Core 2 Duo entry-level model E6300. We drove the 1.86 GHz processor to 3.4 GHz, but despite that, this model still isn't our first choice for overclocking any more.
Can AMD'S 65 nm Core Fight Back?
Jan 8, 2007 - in Reviews
AMD released its first 65 nm processors in December, covering the mainstream and the lower high-end markets with the new Brisbane dual core. Performance hasn't changed much with the die shrink, but power consumption has dropped nicely. But how overclockable is the new processor? And when will it be available? We find out.
Overclocking Guide Part 2: Suggested Components and Settings
Jan 4, 2007 - in Reviews
So you think you might like to try overclocking, but your old parts just won't cut it? Entry into the world of overclocking doesn't have to break the bank - we have a few selections and suggestions to help get you started.
Overclocking Guide Part 1: Risks, Choices and Benefits
Dec 11, 2006 - in Reviews
Who overclocks? Why should anyone consider it? Before looking at the finer details of the technique, we first consider the benefits and risks with respect to a few main components.
Quad-Core Xeon Clovertown Rolls Into DP Servers
Dec 6, 2006 - in Reviews
Intel's multi-core onslaught has reached the professional space. The Xeon 5300 Clovertown allows administrators to upgrade existing Socket 771 dual-processor machines from four to eight cores. We let the features and numbers speak for themselves.
AMD's 4x4 Platform & Athlon 64 FX-70 - Brute Force Quad Cores
Nov 30, 2006 - in Reviews
Since AMD is unable to provide quad-core processors yet, it has now launched the dual processor "4x4" platform and two-processor kits to fight Intel's imminent Core 2 Quad threat. Socket 1207 and a pair of Athlon 64 FX-70 series CPUs do well, but they cannot counteract Intel's Core dominance - at least not yet.
Kentsfield Released: Core 2 Quad Core Ready to Ravage the High-End
Nov 1, 2006 - in Reviews
Just as the shock from the initial performance leap of Core 2 Duo wears off, Intel "leaps ahead" with a doubled-up version. Are we ready?
Intel Xeon and AMD Opteron Battle Head to Head
Oct 26, 2006 - in Reviews
Intel and AMD battle it out in the server market. Is Intel's new Woodcrest able to dethrone the mighty AMD Opteron? We compare two servers and get the facts for you.
Cheap Thrills: Core 2 Duo E6400 Overclocked to 3.33 GHz
Oct 10, 2006 - in Reviews
Great performance doesn't have to come with a big price tag. A little common sense and some tweaking allow an entry-level Core 2 Duo to break through performance barriers without breaking the bank.
IDF Fall 2006: From Core 2 Quadro to 80 Cores
Sep 27, 2006 - in Reviews
Intel is proud of its Kentsfield quad core and refers to our technology article. But IDF is stuffed with news on the next-generation mobile platform, an 80-core project and high-efficiency power supplies.
Green Machine: AMD Dual-Core Platform at 54W
Sep 25, 2006 - in Reviews
AMD has introduced low-voltage versions of several of its Athlon 64 models, promising decreased power consumption and heat output for smaller systems. We compare these to standard parts to put this power savings in perspective.
Intel's Core 2 Quadro Kentsfield: Four Cores on a Rampage
Sep 10, 2006 - in Reviews
Intel will walk all over AMD with its upcoming Core 2 Quadro processor. Its 8 MB L2 Cache and aggressive clock speeds will boost performance by up to 100%. Our benchmarks tell the story.
AMD's Dual Core Laptops Have Arrived: Introducing the Turion 64 X2
Aug 22, 2006 - in Reviews
AMD's mobile 64 bit dual core CPU 64 X2 is neck and neck with Intel competitor Core Duo - at least in some areas. Is there enough here to convince you to opt for a Turion 64 X2 laptop?
Tom's Summer CPU Charts Assault
Aug 21, 2006 - in Reviews
Intel's Core 2 might be the cure to Pentium pains, but it isn't necessarily the best choice for everyone. We test-drove 83 processors across a 37-benchmark parcours and once again offer the best processor comparison on the web.
THG Tuning Test: Core 2 Extreme vs. Athlon 64 FX-62
Aug 2, 2006 - in Reviews
Tuned and tweaked to the max, the Intel 3.68 GHz processor faces off against AMD's 3.06 GHz all-purpose threat. Is the race over yet? Hasn't Intel won already? Let's see...
Would You Buy A Core 2 Duo System Today?
Jul 18, 2006 - in Reviews
AMD lost its leadership. Should we all dump our Athlon 64 systems? Here is a summary of opinions across our forums.
Game Over? Core 2 Duo Knocks Out Athlon 64
Jul 14, 2006 - in Reviews
Hardly anything about Intel's new processor remains secret: Core 2 beats Athlon 64, period. Our in-depth analysis focuses on scaling, temperature, overclocking and power consumption.
32-Core Processors: Intel Reaches For (The) Sun
Jul 10, 2006 - in Reviews
What is the processor future like? Project Keifer could trigger a major core count increase, four threads per core, integrated memory controllers (yes!) and a ring-type interconnect for cores and L3 caches.
Xeon Woodcrest Preys On Opteron
Jun 26, 2006 - in Reviews
Intel must have craved this day: The Xeon 5100 at 3.0 GHz and 4 MB L2 cache launches today to decapitate the AMD Opteron. Our look under the hood explains what the Core 2 microarchitecture is capable of.
First Benchmarks: Conroe vs. FX-62
Jun 5, 2006 - in Reviews
One month ahead of the Core 2 Duo launch, we take a look at the 2.66 GHz version and run benchmarks. Will Conroe really be Intel's Athlon 64 killer?
AM2: AMD Reinvents Itself
May 23, 2006 - in Reviews
The AMD generation grows up. To introduce you to the new AM2 socket, we bring you a comprehensive analysis of the platform, processors and memory, along with benchmarks and purchase recommendations.