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Editor's Corner: Overclocking Core i7
Nov 3, 2008 - in Reviews
After discovering Intel's Overspeed Protection in yesterday's first-look at Core i7's performance, we're back to set the record straight on the overclocking headroom of the flagship 965 Extreme and entry-level Core i7 920.
UPDATE: Core i7: Blazing Fast, O/C Changes
Nov 2, 2008 - in Reviews
Core i7 - previously referred to as Nehalem - requires new motherboards, coolers and memory. Its performance is compelling and means AMD is falling behind even further, but Intel is putting in some speed bumps that will impact overclocking enthusiasts.
Intel Core i7 (Nehalem): Architecture By AMD?
Oct 14, 2008 - in Reviews
Intel's new Core i7 processors represent a major evolution of the Core 2-series, though a lot of the additions look like they come from AMD's playbook. Is there any truth here or are we the only ones thinking it?
G31 And E7200: The Real Low-Power Story
Oct 9, 2008 - in Reviews
While Intel and VIA are battling for the low-power market, an optimized desktop motherboard and an efficient processor can already take your idle power down to almost 30 W, while still providing solid performance. We put Intel's G31 chipset to the task.
Atom, Athlon, or Nano? Energy-Savers Compared
Oct 3, 2008 - in Reviews
We compared Intel’s Atom 230 and VIA’s Nano L2100 processors hoping to find the best product for low-power applications. VIA is in the vanguard of performance. Is this enough to beat Atom?
Updated CPU Charts 2008: AMD Versus Intel
Oct 1, 2008 - in Reviews
The processor is the heart of your PC, and our updated charts for Q3 2008 show 54 of them competing in terms of performance. Using our updated suite of benchmarks, compare your favorite AMD and Intel CPUs after reading this introduction.
Dual-Core Versus Quad-Core: Part 2
Sep 4, 2008 - in Reviews
The Intel Core 2 E8500 and the AMD Phenom X4 9350e offer high performance within the same 65 W power envelope, and are sold at the same price point. As we’ll see AMD suffers defeat as Intel comes out on top, but this time it’s through no fault of its own.
Imitation To Innovation: AMD's Best CPUs
Sep 2, 2008 - in Reviews
Last month we shone a spotlight on Intel with a history of the company's most notable processors. This month it's AMD's turn, as we summarize the last 25 years of AMD's CPUs.
Athlon Vs. Atom: Duel Of The Energy Savers
Aug 15, 2008 - in Reviews
Our German lab recently bought itself an AMD Athlon 64 2000+ processor, which only consumes 8 W of power. Clearly, this would make for a good face-off against Intel's energy-efficient Atom.
Intel's 15 Most Unforgettable x86 CPUs
Aug 4, 2008 - in Reviews
We've seen a lot of Intel CPUs, but a few are real stand-outs. We pick 15 of the most memorable in anticipation of Nehalem, expected to be Intel's next big landmark.
Atom Benchmarked: 4W Of Performance
Jul 29, 2008 - in Reviews
Originally developed for use in nettops, the Atom is now available for desktops. But how economical is the little platform, and is it powerful enough to handle daily work requirements?
Centrino 2 Exposed: A Name Deserved?
Jul 15, 2008 - in Reviews
A new processor, chipset, graphics core and wireless networking module help Intel justify a new generation of Centrino branding, but are the changes significant enough to warrant an upgrade?
iBuypower 942IL Gamer: Best of the Best?
Jun 19, 2008 - in Reviews
We've looked at iBuypower’s budget systems in the past. This time, we scope out, test and tell you all about one of the company's big guns.
Nvidia's CUDA: The End of the CPU?
Jun 18, 2008 - in Reviews
CUDA software enables GPUs to do tasks normally reserved for CPUs. We look at how it works and its real and potential performance advantages.
Intel Atom CPU Review
Jun 5, 2008 - in Reviews
Intel's Atom is designed for portable devices. We look at the technology behind the Atom, and at the CPU's power consumption and performance.
Comparative Component Charts
Jun 2, 2008 - in Reviews
Our new component charts may not be perfect (we're working on that), but they're still full of useful information. Click here for our quick access guide.
Mobile CPU Chart Update and Forecast
May 22, 2008 - in Reviews
After a long wait, we are able to add AMD processors to our Notebook CPU Charts and look a bit into future upcoming AMD and Intel launches.
The World's First 65 W Desktop Quad Core
May 20, 2008 - in Reviews
As far as performance is concerned, AMD is lagging behind its competitor Intel. But, other than gamers, few users care only about performance.
GPU vs. CPU Upgrade: Extensive Tests
May 14, 2008 - in Reviews
What brings better results, purchasing a faster graphics card or investing your cash in a more powerful processor?
35 AMD CPUs Tested for Power Consumption
May 7, 2008 - in Reviews
We look at the power consumption and cost of running 35 AMD CPUs under varying conditions.
New AMD Phenom X3 Vs. Phenom X4
Apr 23, 2008 - in Reviews
We compare three and four core AMD Phenom X CPUs, along with a large number of Athlon 64 X2 and Intel Core 2 two and four core models.
AMD's Athlon Stepping Improvements
Mar 20, 2008 - in Reviews
While CPU architectures are typically available for years, AMD and Intel tend to offer improved steppings throughout a product's lifecycle. We look at the history of the Athlon 64 X2 5000, complete with lab tests.
AMD Phenom With B3 Stepping: First Look
Mar 18, 2008 - in Reviews
According to our tests, this CPU is based on highly anticipated B3 stepping technology. And, it's meant to be error-free, allow higher clock speeds and still consume less power than AMD's Phenom 9300 and 9400 models.
First Look: AMD Triple Core Phenom
Feb 28, 2008 - in Reviews
AMD's triple core Phenom 8000 series won't be available before the 2nd quarter of 2008. We simulate Phenom 8000 performance using a Phenom 9900 at one, two and three cores, and throw in four cores for good measure.
Overclocking Intel's Wolfdale E8000
Feb 19, 2008 - in Reviews
We look at the 45 nm Core 2 Duo E8000's overclocking potential. We also focus on power consumption, simulating real-world applications with SysMark 2007. Wolfdale truly breaks performance-per-watt records.
AMD: To Merge Or Not To Merge?
Feb 14, 2008 - in Reviews
The past 19 months haven't been easy for the green team from Sunnyvale. Lately, there have been persistent rumors that AMD has become an acquisition target. What's really going on?
Wolfdale Shrinks Transistors, Grows Core 2
Feb 13, 2008 - in Reviews
Intel's new 45-nm E8000 series is more powerful and more efficient than any other dual-core processor architecture on the market today. But just how good is it, and more importantly, should you upgrade right away?
How Hardware-Based Security Protects PCs
Feb 11, 2008 - in Reviews
Memory resident software can provide a level of security, but it can always be altered. We show you how special hardware on the motherboard works to shield PCs from a variety of threats.
Intel Skulltrail 3: 8 vs 4 Core Performance
Feb 8, 2008 - in Reviews
We compare the performance of the dual-socket Skulltrail system to that of Core 2 Extreme QX9770 and QX9650 CPUs. All three are Penryns and share identical features, but the test results were not what we expected.
Intel Skulltrail Part 2: Overclocking & Power
Feb 7, 2008 - in Reviews
How overclockable is the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9775 and quad channel D5400XS motherboard combination? And what about power consumption?