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CPUs serve as the heart and soul of your desktop, notebook, and tablet. But with so many devices, power budgets, and performance requirements, it’s not always easy to pick the right hardware. From AMD to Intel and x86 to ARM, Tom’s Hardware has you covered.

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We've seen what Intel's new $75 multiplier-unlocked Pentium G3258 can do, and you shouldn't be surprised that it affects our recommendations. In addition, we talk about AMD's upcoming water-cooled CPU and...

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It's a momentous occasion. Intel now offers an affordable dual-core Pentium with an unlocked multiplier based on its Haswell architecture. How well does it overclock? Can it beat AMD's potent little Athlon X4...

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news - JULY 9 15

It is rumored that VIA is working on a low-power x86 chip.

Tutorial - JULY 6

hi friends i want help from you i want to built pc under $500 so plz give me your advise sorry for my english : ) and thanks in...

news - JUNE 25 23

PC-World claims that Intel has approached AMD asking for access to the Mantle API.

news - JUNE 25 23

It looks like we'll be seeing the new Haswell-E CPUs arrive in September. Ahh, finally.

news - JUNE 24 43

An image has surfaced showing the packaging of a liquid-cooled FX-Series Processor.

news - JUNE 23 31

Russia might be entirely ditching Intel and AMD CPUs for its government-related computers.

news - JUNE 23 32

Wow. AMD is ambitious.

news - JUNE 18 11

Soon you'll be able to overclock your unlocked Intel Haswell or Haswell refresh CPU on a non Z-series motherboard.

news - JUNE 18 41

Nick Shih has set a new overclocking record using an ASRock motherboard and an Intel CPU.

news - JUNE 16 4

ASRock has revealed a thin Mini-ITX board based on the Intel Bay Trail platform.

reviews - JUNE 10 116

Despite a clear performance advantage, Intel just doesn't seem like an enthusiast-friendly company. Certain elements in the organization want to change that perception, though. Devil's Canyon is meant to allay...

reviews - JUNE 4 62

We had a chance to play with AMD's new mobile flavor of the Kaveri APU. While it sheds some of its desktop-related limitations, will it be able to take the fight to Intel's stronghold, the Notebook space?

news - JUNE 3 16

Take a trip into Devil's Canyon with Intel's latest CPUs.

news - JUNE 3 25

Soon we'll be seeing a new unlocked Pentium processor from Intel.

reviews - MAY 28 250

Watch Dogs is one of the most anticipated games of 2014. So, we're testing it across a range of CPUs and graphics cards. By the end of today's story, you'll know what you need for playable performance. Spoiler:...

news - MAY 22 41

It looks like we'll be seeing the smaller Broadwell CPUs from Intel before you need to put a new calendar on your wall.

news - MAY 6 4

Intel's new chips mean users will be able to get as many as 11 hours of battery from their Chromebooks.

news - MAY 5 0

AMD is hoping to merge the x86 and ARM ecosystems with 'ambidextrous computing.'

reviews - APRIL 28 44

AMD recently introduced us to its Mullins and Beema APUs, which are architecturally similar to Kabini and Temash, but include some power and performance enhancements. We take an early look at a custom form...

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Swiftech's new Apogee XL water block is even cooler than the previous generation.