Overclocking Guide Part 1: Risks, Choices and Benefits
Dec 11, 2006 - in Reviews
Who overclocks? Why should anyone consider it? Before looking at the finer details of the technique, we first consider the benefits and risks with respect to a few main components.
Quad-Core Xeon Clovertown Rolls Into DP Servers
Dec 6, 2006 - in Reviews
Intel's multi-core onslaught has reached the professional space. The Xeon 5300 Clovertown allows administrators to upgrade existing Socket 771 dual-processor machines from four to eight cores. We let the features and numbers speak for themselves.
AMD's 4x4 Platform & Athlon 64 FX-70 - Brute Force Quad Cores
Nov 30, 2006 - in Reviews
Since AMD is unable to provide quad-core processors yet, it has now launched the dual processor "4x4" platform and two-processor kits to fight Intel's imminent Core 2 Quad threat. Socket 1207 and a pair of Athlon 64 FX-70 series CPUs do well, but they cannot counteract Intel's Core dominance - at least not yet.
Kentsfield Released: Core 2 Quad Core Ready to Ravage the High-End
Nov 1, 2006 - in Reviews
Just as the shock from the initial performance leap of Core 2 Duo wears off, Intel "leaps ahead" with a doubled-up version. Are we ready?
Intel Xeon and AMD Opteron Battle Head to Head
Oct 26, 2006 - in Reviews
Intel and AMD battle it out in the server market. Is Intel's new Woodcrest able to dethrone the mighty AMD Opteron? We compare two servers and get the facts for you.
Cheap Thrills: Core 2 Duo E6400 Overclocked to 3.33 GHz
Oct 10, 2006 - in Reviews
Great performance doesn't have to come with a big price tag. A little common sense and some tweaking allow an entry-level Core 2 Duo to break through performance barriers without breaking the bank.
IDF Fall 2006: From Core 2 Quadro to 80 Cores
Sep 27, 2006 - in Reviews
Intel is proud of its Kentsfield quad core and refers to our technology article. But IDF is stuffed with news on the next-generation mobile platform, an 80-core project and high-efficiency power supplies.
Green Machine: AMD Dual-Core Platform at 54W
Sep 25, 2006 - in Reviews
AMD has introduced low-voltage versions of several of its Athlon 64 models, promising decreased power consumption and heat output for smaller systems. We compare these to standard parts to put this power savings in perspective.
Intel's Core 2 Quadro Kentsfield: Four Cores on a Rampage
Sep 10, 2006 - in Reviews
Intel will walk all over AMD with its upcoming Core 2 Quadro processor. Its 8 MB L2 Cache and aggressive clock speeds will boost performance by up to 100%. Our benchmarks tell the story.
AMD's Dual Core Laptops Have Arrived: Introducing the Turion 64 X2
Aug 22, 2006 - in Reviews
AMD's mobile 64 bit dual core CPU 64 X2 is neck and neck with Intel competitor Core Duo - at least in some areas. Is there enough here to convince you to opt for a Turion 64 X2 laptop?
Tom's Summer CPU Charts Assault
Aug 21, 2006 - in Reviews
Intel's Core 2 might be the cure to Pentium pains, but it isn't necessarily the best choice for everyone. We test-drove 83 processors across a 37-benchmark parcours and once again offer the best processor comparison on the web.
THG Tuning Test: Core 2 Extreme vs. Athlon 64 FX-62
Aug 2, 2006 - in Reviews
Tuned and tweaked to the max, the Intel 3.68 GHz processor faces off against AMD's 3.06 GHz all-purpose threat. Is the race over yet? Hasn't Intel won already? Let's see...
Would You Buy A Core 2 Duo System Today?
Jul 18, 2006 - in Reviews
AMD lost its leadership. Should we all dump our Athlon 64 systems? Here is a summary of opinions across our forums.
Game Over? Core 2 Duo Knocks Out Athlon 64
Jul 14, 2006 - in Reviews
Hardly anything about Intel's new processor remains secret: Core 2 beats Athlon 64, period. Our in-depth analysis focuses on scaling, temperature, overclocking and power consumption.
32-Core Processors: Intel Reaches For (The) Sun
Jul 10, 2006 - in Reviews
What is the processor future like? Project Keifer could trigger a major core count increase, four threads per core, integrated memory controllers (yes!) and a ring-type interconnect for cores and L3 caches.
Xeon Woodcrest Preys On Opteron
Jun 26, 2006 - in Reviews
Intel must have craved this day: The Xeon 5100 at 3.0 GHz and 4 MB L2 cache launches today to decapitate the AMD Opteron. Our look under the hood explains what the Core 2 microarchitecture is capable of.
First Benchmarks: Conroe vs. FX-62
Jun 5, 2006 - in Reviews
One month ahead of the Core 2 Duo launch, we take a look at the 2.66 GHz version and run benchmarks. Will Conroe really be Intel's Athlon 64 killer?
AM2: AMD Reinvents Itself
May 23, 2006 - in Reviews
The AMD generation grows up. To introduce you to the new AM2 socket, we bring you a comprehensive analysis of the platform, processors and memory, along with benchmarks and purchase recommendations.
A 4.1 GHz Dual Core at $130 - Can it be True?
May 10, 2006 - in Reviews
The Pentium D 805 is a budget CPU, but it puts lots of processors from AMD and Intel to shame. Although it is not based on the latest 65 nm core, this CPU remains stable even when operating at amazing 4.1 GHz. What will this mean for the status quo in the computer industry?
Dual Core Processors For Low-Power, High-Performance Desktops
Apr 24, 2006 - in Reviews
Intel's Core Duo is worth serious consideration if you care about performance, low noise and high efficiency in a PC system. We compared it to efficiency specialists Pentium M and Turion 64, but found the Athlon 64 X2 to be a potential show-stopper.
Spring 2006 Interactive CPU Charts Update
Apr 5, 2006 - in Reviews
We've added the latest processors and a price/performance category to the interactive processor charts. Check out how your favorite CPU performs in 28 different benchmarks.
Pentium EE Squeezes 3.73 GHz Out of NetBurst
Mar 22, 2006 - in Reviews
Intel has been talking up its next-generation desktop processor Conroe since IDF. But while we wait for it's launch, Intel today introduces its latest Pentium EE processor featuring NetBurst and a 3.73 GHz clock speed. We see if and how the Extreme Edition 965 can take the performance crown away from the Athlon 64 FX-60.
IDF Spring 2006: Will Intel's Core Architecture Close the Technology Gap?
Mar 13, 2006 - in Reviews
Is Intel about to close the technology gap after its CPUs have largely lagged behind AMD's devices for the past few years on a performance-per-watt basis? We scrutinized what Intel was willing to divulge about the Core Micro architecture and how it could boost PC and server performance during the next couple of years.
A Look At AMD's Socket AM2 Platform
Feb 21, 2006 - in Reviews
Although the DDR2-powered Athlon 64 platform is now up and running, AMD will not release it until June 6th. While this is mainly a business decision, it also has the benefit of leaving some time for performance optimizations.
Will Core Duo Notebooks Trade Battery Life For Quicker Response?
Jan 16, 2006 - in Reviews
Intel's new mobile platform Centrino Duo brings dual core processors to notebooks. This new architecture is supposed to be noticeably faster, while not reducing battery life. We find that while the first part of this proposition appears to be true, we can't endorse the second part without some reservations.
AMD Athlon FX-60's Dual-Core Assault
Jan 10, 2006 - in Reviews
AMD's Athlon 64 FX-60 debut today marks AMD's answer to Intel's Pentium Extreme Edition 955's pretensions as the best retail-channel device money can buy. Building on the Athlon 64 X2 4800+, AMD's dual-core design does indeed rise to the performance challenge.
The 65 nm Pentium D 900's Coming Out Party
Jan 5, 2006 - in Reviews
Today marks the launch of eight Pentium D 900 CPUS as the world waits to see where Intel's 65 nm process will take the next generation of Pentium CPUs. But does process technology alone suffice to beat the performance and heat specs of AMD's finest?
Intel's 65 nm Process Breathes Fire into Double-Core Extreme Edition
Dec 28, 2005 - in Reviews
Intel's first 65 nm double-core processor seriously merits the hyperbole of its Extreme Edition name. The 3.46 GHz, FSB 1066 and 4 MB L2 device shows that Intel's still got some bite and wait till you see what happens when it is overclocked at 4.26 GHz.
Top Secret Intel Processor Plans Uncovered
Dec 4, 2005 - in Reviews
Intel plans to unleash the first quad core CPU (Kentsfield) within one year. The switch to 45 nm in 2007 will enable eight cores and up to 12 MB L2 cache (Yorkfield) per CPU. We x-rayed the complete CPU roadmap.
Are Three Cores Better Than Two?
Nov 28, 2005 - in Reviews
Many assume that multi-core processors must be installed in pairs, in two-, four- or eight-core configurations. But what happens when you mix and match a dual- and single-core processor in a PC or server?