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Here are the best gaming CPUs for the money. These processors offer the best performance at their price and are suitable for overclocking.

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In 1993, the TOP500 began to publish a list of the world's most powerful supercomputers. With these records we look at how supercomputers have evolved over the last 22 years.

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The 6th Generation of Intel Core processors has just launched (aka Skylake). It's a wonderful new system with fast CPUs and motherboards...

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Vote for your favorite Skylake-based boutique system and enter for a chance to win parts from G.Skill, Intel and MSI, including the Core i7-6700K!

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Wondering where Intel's Broadwell CPUs are? Intel says they are still on their way, but who will be left to use them?

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Intel gave us an early look at the Core i7-6700K, i5-6600K and Z170 chipset two weeks ahead of IDF and the unveiling of Skylake's architectural details.

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We sit down with Intel's Paul Zagacki to talk Devil's Canyon, Haswell-E and overclocking. Then, we overclock five retail Core i7-5960X CPUs to their limits.

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Biostar's latest Mini-ITX motherboard features an integrated Intel N3150 quad-core CPU and a moisture-proof design.

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Carrizo notebooks are coming from several OEMs including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba, but there's more to the story.

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Last week, away from the noisy hullabaloo of Computex in Taipei, a small group of journalists were invited to a free-form discussion with AMD CEO Lisa Su.

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We're done with the first day of Computex and there's already a lot of new products revealed. This is just the beginning.

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Intel finally revealed 10 Broadwell processors at Computex, along with five new Xeon CPUs.

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Broadwell has only a few short months to shine before Intel's Skylake architecture is expected to surface. Can its two socketed CPUs steal the spotlight?

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Gigabyte supports AMD's new processor, too.

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AMD has just released a new driver that brings DirectX 12 and FreeSync technologies to the whole line of Kaveri APUs. (Don't call it "Godavari.") A new flagship with VSR is also out next week.

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With its new Zen CPU microarchitecture, AMD intends to put competition back into the high-performance x86 CPU market.

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Imagination announced that it's going to give universities free and open access to its MIPS architecture so both professors and students can have a better understanding of how to design and work with a MIPS...

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Asus is the first company to announce support for the upcoming Broadwell processors on its motherboard lineup.

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Looky here: a few new CPUs that are rumored to be coming soon with many cores and many GHz.

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Recently, shoppers on Amazon have been reporting fake AMD CPUs for sale. The main CPU to watch out for is the AMD A8-7600.

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Technology analysts were overwhelmingly positive in their view of ARM's Cortex A-72 announcement; ARM said A-72-powered devices will be available mid-2016.

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