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AMD FX Vs. Intel Core i3: Exploring Game Performance With Cheap GPUs
Feb 22, 2012 - in Reviews
Following our sub-$200 gaming CPU comparison, we put Intel's Core i3-2100 and AMD's FX-4100 under the microscope. This time, we test a number of different graphics cards from AMD to see how GPUs affect perceived processor bottlenecks.
Overclocking: Can Sandy Bridge-E Be Made More Efficient?
Feb 16, 2012 - in Reviews
Intel's six-core processors are fast, but enthusiasts almost always want to push unlocked multipliers harder. Core i7-3960X can easily exceed 4 GHz, but what happens to power efficiency when clock rates go up? Sandy Bridge-E demonstrates weaknesses there.
Live From AMD's Financial Analyst Day
Feb 2, 2012 - in Reviews
We've been waiting on AMD's Financial Analyst Day for more information on how the company plans to approach new and current businesses moving forward. Ahead of the big event, AMD pre-briefed us on the news.
OpenCL In Action: Post-Processing Apps, Accelerated
Feb 1, 2012 - in Reviews
We've been bugging AMD for years now, literally: show us what GPU-accelerated software can do. Finally, the company is ready to put us in touch with ISVs in nine different segments to demonstrate how its hardware can benefit optimized applications.
Picking A Sub-$200 Gaming CPU: FX, An APU, Or A Pentium?
Jan 29, 2012 - in Reviews
We really like to hunt down great values in the processor space. Since our last round-up of affordable CPUs, AMD released its Llano-based APUs and Bulldozer-based FX family. Also, Intel introduced a handful of Sandy Bridge-based Pentium chips.
AMD's FX-8150 After Two Windows 7 Hotfixes And UEFI Updates
Jan 24, 2012 - in Reviews
Introducing a new processor architecture takes a colossal effort. AMD's modular Bulldozer design ran into its share of resistance at launch. Can a handful of software updates turn the company's flagship FX-8150 into the powerhouse AMD promised?
Chris Angelini On Tom's Hardware In 2012
Jan 16, 2012 - in Reviews
I just got back from CES 2012. And although I’ve attended a great many Consumer Electronics Shows, Computexes, and Comdexes (never a CeBIT), this year’s show was by far the most intense. It wasn’t that there were tons of really awesome products. In fact,
AMD's Bulldozer Architecture: Overclocking Efficiency Explored
Dec 25, 2011 - in Reviews
AMD’s FX processor line-up was supposedly designed with efficiency in mind, according to AMD. We're putting this claim to the test, assessing the Bulldozer architecture at a number of different clock rates and comparing the results to Intel's CPUs.
Intel Core i7-3930K And Core i7-3820: Sandy Bridge-E, Cheaper
Dec 8, 2011 - in Reviews
Core i7-3960X is undeniably fast. But at more than $1000, it’s hardly an option for most enthusiasts. We got our hands on the Core i7-3930K and Core i7-3820 to gauge their overclocked performance and determine if they’re able to best the flagship part.
In Pictures: Tom's Hardware Recovers Gold And Silver From CPUs
Nov 29, 2011 - in Picture Story
Processors are responsible for operating on all of your precious data. But did you know that they also are made up, in part, of precious metals? We're going to show you how to recover the gold and silver hidden away inside your old CPUs.
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: November 2011
Nov 27, 2011 - in Reviews
November was a busy month in the CPU world, with the introduction of Intel's LGA 2011 platform and the Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition CPU. The Core i7-3930K and Core i7-2700K processors also made it to online retailers, in addition to AMD's FX-4100.
Sandy Bridge-E: Core i7-3960X Is Fast, But Is It Any More Efficient?
Nov 16, 2011 - in Reviews
Ironically, when it comes to performance, Intel’s Core i7-3960X is the real Bulldozer. Since its power consumption levels are lower than the Gulftown-based Core i7, it should also deliver amazing performance per watt as well. Is that really the case?
Intel Core i7-3960X Review: Sandy Bridge-E And X79 Express
Nov 14, 2011 - in Reviews
Intel's Sandy Bridge design impressed us nearly a year ago, but it was intended for mainstream customers. The company took its time readying the enthusiast version, Sandy Bridge-E. Now, the LGA 2011-based platform and its accompanying CPUs are ready.
AMD FX: Energy Efficiency Compared To Eight Other CPUs
Oct 26, 2011 - in Reviews
We've already seen AMD's Bulldozer architecture come up short in the performance benchmarks. However, the company also claims it made important improvements to power consumption. Can FX-8150 at least score some points in the energy efficiency department?
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: October 2011
Oct 25, 2011 - in Reviews
AMD's long-awaited FX-series CPUs arrived in October, and we discuss the impact that the company's Bulldozer architecture has on gaming. AMD also introduced other products into retail, including its Phenom II X4 960T, A4-3300, and Phenom II X2 270.
AMD Bulldozer Review: FX-8150 Gets Tested
Oct 11, 2011 - in Reviews
Perhaps the most hotly-anticipated launch in 2011, AMD’s FX processor line-up is finally ready for prime time. Does the company’s new Bulldozer architecture have what it takes to face Intel’s Sandy Bridge and usher in a new era of competition?
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: September 2011
Sep 27, 2011 - in Reviews
AMD's Zambezi processor isn't here yet. But Intel is keeping us busy with 16 new Sandy Bridge-based CPUs, all of which are covered in this month's update. AMD shows us a couple of new Llano-based chips, and we get our hands on Intel's Core i7-3960X.
Intel vPro: Three Generations Of Remote Management
Sep 26, 2011 - in Reviews
It's common to manage PCs remotely in today's business environment. Intel's vPro technology aims to simplify that task by giving IT professionals hardware-level tools to make remote management easier. Today we look at three generations of vPro.
Intel Core i7-3960X (Sandy Bridge-E) And X79 Platform Preview
Sep 11, 2011 - in Reviews
It's always interesting to get hands-on time with unreleased hardware. We were recently able to benchmark Intel's upcoming Core i7-3960X CPU, comparing it to Core i7-990X, Core i7-2600K, and AMD's Phenom II X6. Will you be in line for Sandy Bridge-E?
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Performance Analysis
Aug 24, 2011 - in Reviews
The highly anticipated prequel to the game that started it all, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is now available. We take a close look at this intriguing title, the first to offer in-game morphological anti-aliasing and AMD HD3D support upon its release.
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: August 2011
Aug 22, 2011 - in Reviews
August gives us a number of price cuts, especially across AMD's Phenom II X4 and X6 families. We consider the impact of lower prices, in addition to how all this may fit into the imminent release of Bulldozer, AMD's next-generation desktop architecture.
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: July 2011
Jul 26, 2011 - in Reviews
July sees Intel's ratio-locked Core i7-980 emerge, while AMD's A6-3650 and A8-3850 APUs show up at retail. In addition, the new Sandy Bridge-based Pentium G800 processors challenge AMD's sub-$100 gaming CPU dominance for the first time in recent memory.
Tom's CPU Architecture Shootout: 16 CPUs, One Core Each, And 3 GHz
Jul 25, 2011 - in Reviews
The CPU landscape is really complex. Both AMD and Intel offer tons of different models. But how would today’s processors perform if they didn't have multiple cores? We take 16 different CPUs and compare them all using a single core running at 3 GHz.
AMD A8-3850 Review: Llano Rocks Entry-Level Desktops
Jun 29, 2011 - in Reviews
Earlier this month we previewed AMD's Llano architecture in a notebook environment. Now we have the desktop version with a 100 W TDP. How much additional performance can the company procure with a loftier thermal ceiling and higher clocks?
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: June 2011
Jun 28, 2011 - in Reviews
June saw an army of new processors pushed to retail: Intel's new Pentium G6xx and G8xx lines, fresh Core i3 and i5 models, and AMD's Athlon II X3 460 and Phenom II X4 980 (not to mention a preview of the Llano desktop APU in a few days). Details inside.
The AMD A8-3500M APU Review: Llano Is Unleashed
Jun 13, 2011 - in Reviews
Code-named Llano, AMD’s first desktop-class APU arrives today. This single-chip combination of the Stars CPU architecture and Radeon graphics brings unique strengths (and weaknesses) to the table, and we’re here to compare them to Intel's Sandy Bridge.
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: May 2011
May 26, 2011 - in Reviews
The month of May saw AMD make significant price cuts to its aging Athlon and Phenom families. Additionally, we have more news about the upcoming CPU and GPU hybrid, AMD's (code-named) Llano APU! Intel's prices didn't move much this month, unfortunately.
Intel Xeon E3-1275 Review: Sandy Bridge Goes Professional
May 2, 2011 - in Reviews
We've already seen Sandy Bridge impress in the desktop space. Does Intel's latest processor architecture have what it takes to dominate the single-socket server and workstation space, too? We run the fastest workstation SKU through our benchmark suite.
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: April 2011
Apr 28, 2011 - in Reviews
April is relatively quiet on the processing front. However, we know AMD recently started shipping its new Fusion-based Llano CPUs to customers, so we may be on the cusp of significant changes to the market. Learn more in this month's review!
Low-Power Gaming: AMD's E-350 Vs. Intel Atom D525 And Ion 2
Apr 13, 2011 - in Reviews
Low-power PC platforms are obviously not built for gaming, but we punish two AMD and Intel systems with popular 3D titles anyway. The results don't shock and awe, but sometimes pleasantly surprise.
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