Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: July 2014
Jul 3, 2014 - in Reviews
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 rumors of Intel's Haswell-E architecture.
Intel Pentium G3258 CPU Review: Haswell, Unlocked, For $75
Jun 17, 2014 - in Reviews
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 750K? We run both through our benchmark suite.
Core i7-4790K Review: Devil's Canyon Tantalizes Enthusiasts
Jun 10, 2014 - in Reviews
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 power users with more speed.
AMD FX-7600P Kaveri Review: FX Rides Again...In A Mobile APU?
Jun 4, 2014 - in Reviews
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?
Benchmarked: How Well Does Watch Dogs Run On your PC?
May 28, 2014 - in Reviews
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: this game is surprisingly demanding!
Mullins And Beema APUs: AMD Gets Serious About Tablet SoCs
Apr 28, 2014 - in Reviews
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 factor and compare to Intel's best effort.
AMD Athlon 5350 And AM1 Platform Review: Kabini In A Socket
Apr 9, 2014 - in Reviews
AMD is repackaging the mobile-focused Kabini APU for use on the desktop, and tucking them under the familiar Athlon and Sempron brands. We take a closer look at the company's socketed AM1 platform and compare its performance to Intel's Bay Trail-D.
AMD A10-7850K And A8-7600: Kaveri Gives Us A Taste Of HSA
Jan 16, 2014 - in Reviews
We've spent the days following CES benchmarking two of AMD's new Kaveri-based APUs. Do the Steamroller x86 architecture, GCN graphics design, and HSA-oriented features impress, or do they come up short against Intel's value-oriented Haswell-based parts?
Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2: More Cores, Cache, And Better Efficiency
Jan 7, 2014 - in Reviews
Intel recently launched its Xeon E5-2600 v2 CPU, based on the Ivy Bridge-EP architecture. We got a couple of workstation-specific -2687W v2 processors with eight cores and 25 MB of L3 cache each, and are comparing them to previous-generation -2687Ws.
Call Of Duty: Ghosts Graphics Performance: 17 Cards, Tested
Dec 3, 2013 - in Reviews
It's already a commercial blockbuster. But does Call of Duty: Ghosts improve the first-person shooter genre, or simply rehash it? We look at this series' newest installment and test to see what kind of hardware you'll need for smooth play on the PC.
Battlefield 4 Beta Performance: 16 Graphics Cards, Benchmarked
Oct 9, 2013 - in Reviews
We spent our weekend playing the Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta, and made sure to capture a ton of performance data with lots of PC hardware. Does your system have what it takes to handle this title? It comes out this month; you'd better look and see!
Haswell-Based Xeon E3-1200: Three Generations, Benchmarked
Sep 19, 2013 - in Reviews
We got our hands on three generation of Intel's Xeon E3-1275 CPU, spanning Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, and Haswell. How have the company's architectural enhancements affected performance over the years, and is the on-die graphics finally "good enough"?
Bay Trail On The Desktop: Celeron J1750 Gets Benchmarked
Sep 16, 2013 - in Reviews
Last week, Intel rolled out its Bay Trail SoCs based on the Silvermont architecture. The company focused most intently on its tablet-oriented Atom models. However, we got our hands on a Celeron J1750, soldered onto a motherboard, for desktop testing.
Intel Core i7-4960X Review: Ivy Bridge-E, Benchmarked
Sep 2, 2013 - in Reviews
Intel's Core i7-4960X is ready for prime time. Architecturally, it's a small step up from its predecessor, though. Is there any reason you should be thinking about Ivy Bridge-E as an upgrade to Sandy Bridge-E on your X79 motherboard?
AMD's Piledriver And K10 CPU Architectures Face Off
Aug 18, 2013 - in Reviews
Vishera, Deneb, Trinity, and Propus are code names for some of AMD's most value-oriented processor configurations from the past couple of generations. We get our hands on several models to compare in productivity, content creation, and gaming workloads.
Intel's 12-Core Xeon With 30 MB Of L3: The New Mac Pro's CPU?
Aug 12, 2013 - in Reviews
Apple's next-gen Mac Pro will be optioned with up to 12-core Xeon E5 processors. We got our hands on the upcoming Xeon E5-2697 V2 (the same one that recently appeared in Primate Lab's Geekbench Browser) and put it through our Windows-based test suite.
AMD A10-6700 And A10-6800K Review: Richland Hits The Desktop
Jun 4, 2013 - in Reviews
Richland, code name for AMD's highest-end APUs, finds its way into our lab in the form of A10-6700 and A10-6800K. Based on the Piledriver architecture and VLIW4 graphics, these chips are slight improvements to Trinity. Can they outshine Core i3, though?
The Core i7-4770K Review: Haswell Is Faster; Desktop Enthusiasts Yawn
Jun 1, 2013 - in Reviews
Intel's Haswell architecture is finally available in the flagship Core i7-4770K processor. Designed to drop into an LGA 1150 interface, does this new quad-core CPU warrant a complete platform replacement, or is your older Sandy Bridge-E system better?
AMD's Kabini: Jaguar And GCN Come Together In A 15 W APU
May 23, 2013 - in Reviews
AMD is ready to talk about the Temash and Kabini APUs, based on its Jaguar x86 architecture and Graphics Core Next design. We even have a reference Temash-based notebook here in the lab for benchmarking. How does it compare to Pentium and Core i3?
League Of Legends Performance, Benchmarked
May 19, 2013 - in Reviews
Following up our Dota 2 performance analysis, we benchmark the most-played PC game in the world, League Of Legends, and find out just how much graphics and CPU performance it requires for high-resolution, high-detail play, even across three screens.
A Free-To-Play MMO? Neverwinter Performance, Benchmarked
May 8, 2013 - in Reviews
Neverwinter is a new free-to-play MMO in the Dungeons And Dragons universe, sporting an action RPG flavor. We benchmark it with a number of graphics cards and CPUs, uncovering a processor-oriented bottleneck along the way. Does your platform measure up?
Intel Silvermont Architecture: Does This Atom Change It All?
May 6, 2013 - in Reviews
We sat in on a Silvermont deep-dive, the architecture powering Intel's next-generation Atom processors. Manufactured at 22 nm, armed with an out-of-order execution engine, and optimized for power, will this be what buries the ARM-based competition?
Is This Even Fair? Budget Ivy Bridge Takes On Core 2 Duo And Quad
May 5, 2013 - in Reviews
Reader requests affect much of the work we do, and we constantly receive email asking for this one: compare Intel's older Wolfdale- and Yorkfield-based designs against today's budget-friendly Ivy Bridge-based processors. Well, you asked, and we deliver.
Dota 2 Performance, Benchmarked
Apr 28, 2013 - in Reviews
Dota 2 is one of the most popular games around. And, it's free-to-play, so anyone can try it out. How much hardware do you need to enjoy this title at smooth frame rates? Not much, it turns out. We test a number of CPUs and GPUs at different settings.
Core i7-4770K: Haswell's Performance, Previewed
Mar 17, 2013 - in Reviews
A recent trip got us access to an early sample of Intel’s upcoming Core i7-4770K. We compare its performance to Ivy Bridge- and Sandy Bridge-based processors, so you have some idea what to expect when Intel officially introduces its Haswell architecture.
Crysis 3 Performance, Benchmarked On 16 Graphics Cards
Mar 4, 2013 - in Reviews
Crysis 3 boasts amazing graphics quality, and is based on an engine that takes the strongest PCs to their knees. Is it playable on low-end hardware? Can we run this one at its highest detail levels on today's graphics cards? Our benchmarks tell the story.
Gaming Shoot-Out: 18 CPUs And APUs Under $200, Benchmarked
Feb 11, 2013 - in Reviews
Now that Piledriver-based CPUs and APUs are widely available (and the FX-8350 is selling for less than $200), it's a great time to compare value-oriented chips in our favorite titles. We're also breaking out a test that conveys the latency between frames.
Memory Scaling, AMD's Trinity APUs, And Game Performance
Feb 3, 2013 - in Reviews
When it comes to gaming, the integrated Radeon on AMD's Trinity architecture crushes the HD Graphics 4000 engine native to Intel's fastest Ivy Bridge CPU. But we want to make a good thing better. How much does fast memory help boost an APU's performance?
Four Closed-Loop CPU Coolers Take On Noctua's NH-D14
Dec 30, 2012 - in Reviews
Closed-loop liquid coolers relieve stress from our motherboards, without the portability and maintenance issues of traditional open-loop kits. Are these the best devices for system builders who plan to move their machines and want to avoid damage?
CPU Charts 2012: 86 Processors From AMD And Intel, Tested
Dec 23, 2012 - in Reviews
Benchmarking 86 CPUs takes a while. After long last, though, we have 51 models from AMD and 35 from Intel tested in our current suite. If you want to know how your processor sizes up to its competition, you'll find plenty of comparison data inside!