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Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: July 2009
Jul 28, 2009 - in Reviews
We're building on the popularity of our monthly Best Graphics Cards for the Money article by branching out into CPUs; specifically, the Best Gaming CPUs for the Money. In our first installment, we explain our methods and share initial recommendations.
Guide: Overclocking AMD And Intel CPUs On A Budget
Jul 20, 2009 - in Reviews
Once the territory of savvy enthusiasts, overclocking is now easy enough to entice even first-time builders. We walk through the process with four high-value dual- and quad-core CPUs from AMD and Intel: two Phenom IIs, a Pentium, and a Core 2 Quad.
Intel Shows How A CPU Is Made
Jul 18, 2009 - in Picture Story
Intel released a press kit that visually explains how a CPU is made and reveals all the major steps in a process that normally takes hundreds of stages to complete. Check out the engineering magic!
Undervolting Your Phenom II And Core 2 Processors
Jul 14, 2009 - in Reviews
Did you know that PC power consumption can be reduced by as much as 35 W just by cutting back on CPU voltage? We looked for the best stable undervolt settings for Core 2 Quad and Phenom II X4 processors without giving up performance.
Phenom II 955 Versus Core i7 920: Gaming Value Compared
Jul 13, 2009 - in Reviews
The debate over whether to go entry-level Core i7 or flagship Phenom II rages on. After his most recent Phenom II system review, Don Woligroski revisits the performance of these two platforms with more tests and gives us an updated take.
AMD's Phenom II X4 TWKR: We Give It The LN2 Treatment
Jun 30, 2009 - in Picture Story
You've seen the leaked photos of AMD's latest overclocking darling, the Phenom II X4 42 Black Edition TWKR. We got our hands on a pair of these CPUs (four, actually, but two are to give to you) and benchmarked them on a liquid nitrogen-fueled test bench.
Overclocking Core 2 Duo: Power Versus Performance
Jun 6, 2009 - in Reviews
Intel's fastest Core 2 Duo, the E8600, runs at 3.33 GHz. But if you're a performance-hungry power user, we found that you can actually increase the chip's efficiency by overclocking it, thanks to 45 nm manufacturing and plenty of built-in headroom.
Intel Core i7-975 Extreme And i7-950 Reviewed
Jun 2, 2009 - in Reviews
Today Intel launches two high-end processors that take the place of its i7-965 and i7-940 CPUs. More speed? Same price points? We’ll take it! But are the new chips compelling enough to warrant spending more than you would on an i7-920?
AMD Athlon II X2 / Phenom II X2 And Low-Power CPU Bonanza
Jun 1, 2009 - in Reviews
Eager to let you know it’s been busy, AMD is launching four new processors today: the first Athlon II, a dual-core Phenom II, and two low-power 65W Phenom IIs. We bought ourselves a new Pentium E6300 and let loose with AMD’s latest.
AMD Unleashed: Four CPUs, Two GPUs, All Overclocked
Jun 1, 2009 - in Reviews
Our recent SBM series featured three Intel/Nvidia-based builds, independently chosen by each of our authors. Understandably, AMD fans felt a little left out. Paul is here with a literal compendium of benchmark results for those of you with AMD hardware.
How Many CPU Cores Do You Need?
Apr 29, 2009 - in Reviews
Sure, you can buy a quad-core CPU... but do you need one? Software has come a long way to support multi-threading since the first multi-core CPUs were released, but how much better are four CPU cores than one, two, or three?
Phenom II X4 955: AMD's Dragon Platform Evolves
Apr 22, 2009 - in Reviews
When AMD launched Socket AM3 two months ago, it lacked a flagship to showcase the new interface. Today's 3.2 GHz Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition unveiling solves the problem--and introduces a new version of Overdrive with some DDR3 tricks.
Phenom II: Unlocking Cores, Cache, And A Free Lunch
Apr 16, 2009 - in Reviews
Some Phenom II X3 700-series processors can be unlocked, enabling the triple-core CPU's fourth core. The same goes for Phenom II X4 800s, enabling 2MB of L3 cache that'd otherwise bring the chip's total to 4MB. Should you even bother with these mods?
Overclocking Core i7: Power Versus Performance
Apr 13, 2009 - in Reviews
A couple of weeks ago, we showed you how to best overclock your Phenom II to maximize performance and power consumption. This week, we run an Intel Core i7 920 at various clock speeds ranging up to 4 GHz with the same goal.
Optimizing Your Phenom II Overclock For Efficiency
Apr 3, 2009 - in Reviews
Today, we're running a Phenom II X4 at several different clock speeds (up to almost 4 GHz) in an effort to find the best ratio between additional performance and the resulting power consumption.Which speed is best?
Tom's Hardware's Biggest CPU Shoot-Out, Ever
Apr 1, 2009 - in Picture Story
AMD recently sent over two trays of processors for us to test. But they didn't say we had to benchmark them in a lab, or even indoors, for that matter. So instead, we're using two dozen of the company's Opterons to benchmark a different sort of hardware.
Low-Power Face-Off: AMD's Athlon X2 Vs. Intel's Core 2 Duo
Mar 31, 2009 - in Reviews
What ever became of AMD’s low-power advantage? We took the Athlon X2 5050e dual-core CPU and faced it off against several Intel Core 2 models. Intel’s edge doesn’t come unexpected, but our comparison reveals some interesting details.
Core 2 Quad Gets Efficient: Enter The Q8200S And Q9550S
Mar 9, 2009 - in Reviews
Quad-core performance now requires only dual-core power consumption. Intel’s recently launched a couple of Core 2 Quads based on its 45 nm technology, and the new S-series chips deliver lots of performance without cranking up your utility bill.
How To: Overclocking Your AMD Processor
Feb 20, 2009 - in Reviews
Paul spent the last two weeks overclocking three generations of of AMD processors to help owners of Athlon, Phenom, and Phenom II CPUs maximize the performance of their chips. If you're planning on entering our overclocking contest, this guide's for you!
Editor's Corner: Getting Benchmarks Right
Feb 10, 2009 - in Reviews
Benchmarks can be tricky to stick 100% of the time. But when the figures in our recent Socket AM3 launch came into question in the comments section, we put in an extra 48 hours of testing to make sure we were right. Check out Chris' play-by-play.
Phenom II On Ice: AM3 Overclocked With LN2
Feb 10, 2009 - in Picture Story
As the Tom's Hardware staff hammered away on our own Socket AM3 Phenom II processors, Ton Khowdee of Team IRONMODS was on a special assignment of his own, tuning the living daylights out of an X3 720 BE under LN2, hoping to hit 6 GHz.
Socket AM3: AMD's Phenom II Gets DDR3
Feb 8, 2009 - in Reviews
Last month, AMD took the wraps off of its Phenom II processor, promising to complement the chip with a new socket inside Q1 of 2009. Today sees the launch of AMD's first AM3 CPUs, which get DDR3 memory support and extend backward compatibility to AM2.
Does Intel's Dual-Core Atom Improve Efficiency?
Feb 4, 2009 - in Reviews
Atom is all about low cost and low power--but not necessarily efficiency, we've found. We tried the Atom 330 dual-core CPU and put it up against the reigning efficiency champion, a mainstream Core 2 Duo, on an integrated platform.
Overclocking: Core i7 Vs. Phenom II
Jan 11, 2009 - in Reviews
We've seen how far Core i7 can overclock. Supposedly, Phenom II is supposed to do...phenomenally, as well. So which one is the better buy when the clocks get cranked? We're gunning to find out.
AMD Phenom II X4: 45nm Benchmarked
Jan 7, 2009 - in Reviews
Can AMD finally recapture its former market lead with the Phenom II? We tested their new 45-nm CPU, which is compatible with AM2 motherboards. How do things look from performance, energy consumption and overclocking perspectives?
Phenom Recycled: Athlon X2 7000-Series
Dec 15, 2008 - in Reviews
Just a couple of weeks before the introduction of its 45 nm Phenom II, AMD introduces a new dual-core chip. The Athlon X2 7000-series is basically a 65 nm Phenom with two active cores, but with the full L2 and L3 cache memory.
Does Saving Power Mean Hurting Performance?
Dec 15, 2008 - in Reviews
Modern processors are capable of switching into power-efficient modes to save power when they’re idle, and an increasing number of motherboards offer dynamic features for the same purpose. Yet, the benefits come at a price.
Overdrive Overclocking Finals: Day 1
Dec 13, 2008 - in Picture Story
The Overdrive Overclocking Championship is all about overclocking Core i7 Extreme 965. Some teams collected results after only two hours, others are still optimizing. Check out our impressions of Day 1.
Efficiency: Core 2 Nukes Atom On The Desktop
Nov 21, 2008 - in Reviews
Atom is geared for low-cost, low-power netbooks and nettops, while the device is a poor choice for desktop PC applications. We show you why Core 2 is better, and give some guidance on how to pick the best power supply for your low-power application.
How To: Get A 4 GHz Dual-Core For $120
Nov 17, 2008 - in Reviews
Intel’s 45 nm Core 2 serious is known to boast substantial overclocking margins, and the entry-level E7200 with 3 MB L2 cache costs less than $120. We'll show you how to get close to 4 GHz from this little gem.
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