AMD FX: Energy Efficiency Compared To Eight Other CPUs
Oct 26, 2011 - in Reviews
We've already seen AMD's Bulldozer architecture come up short in the performance benchmarks. However, the company also claims it made important improvements to power consumption. Can FX-8150 at least score some points in the energy efficiency department?
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: October 2011
Oct 25, 2011 - in Reviews
AMD's long-awaited FX-series CPUs arrived in October, and we discuss the impact that the company's Bulldozer architecture has on gaming. AMD also introduced other products into retail, including its Phenom II X4 960T, A4-3300, and Phenom II X2 270.
AMD Bulldozer Review: FX-8150 Gets Tested
Oct 11, 2011 - in Reviews
Perhaps the most hotly-anticipated launch in 2011, AMD’s FX processor line-up is finally ready for prime time. Does the company’s new Bulldozer architecture have what it takes to face Intel’s Sandy Bridge and usher in a new era of competition?
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: September 2011
Sep 27, 2011 - in Reviews
AMD's Zambezi processor isn't here yet. But Intel is keeping us busy with 16 new Sandy Bridge-based CPUs, all of which are covered in this month's update. AMD shows us a couple of new Llano-based chips, and we get our hands on Intel's Core i7-3960X.
Intel vPro: Three Generations Of Remote Management
Sep 26, 2011 - in Reviews
It's common to manage PCs remotely in today's business environment. Intel's vPro technology aims to simplify that task by giving IT professionals hardware-level tools to make remote management easier. Today we look at three generations of vPro.
Intel Core i7-3960X (Sandy Bridge-E) And X79 Platform Preview
Sep 11, 2011 - in Reviews
It's always interesting to get hands-on time with unreleased hardware. We were recently able to benchmark Intel's upcoming Core i7-3960X CPU, comparing it to Core i7-990X, Core i7-2600K, and AMD's Phenom II X6. Will you be in line for Sandy Bridge-E?
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Performance Analysis
Aug 24, 2011 - in Reviews
The highly anticipated prequel to the game that started it all, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is now available. We take a close look at this intriguing title, the first to offer in-game morphological anti-aliasing and AMD HD3D support upon its release.
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: August 2011
Aug 22, 2011 - in Reviews
August gives us a number of price cuts, especially across AMD's Phenom II X4 and X6 families. We consider the impact of lower prices, in addition to how all this may fit into the imminent release of Bulldozer, AMD's next-generation desktop architecture.
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: July 2011
Jul 26, 2011 - in Reviews
July sees Intel's ratio-locked Core i7-980 emerge, while AMD's A6-3650 and A8-3850 APUs show up at retail. In addition, the new Sandy Bridge-based Pentium G800 processors challenge AMD's sub-$100 gaming CPU dominance for the first time in recent memory.
Tom's CPU Architecture Shootout: 16 CPUs, One Core Each, And 3 GHz
Jul 25, 2011 - in Reviews
The CPU landscape is really complex. Both AMD and Intel offer tons of different models. But how would today’s processors perform if they didn't have multiple cores? We take 16 different CPUs and compare them all using a single core running at 3 GHz.
AMD A8-3850 Review: Llano Rocks Entry-Level Desktops
Jun 29, 2011 - in Reviews
Earlier this month we previewed AMD's Llano architecture in a notebook environment. Now we have the desktop version with a 100 W TDP. How much additional performance can the company procure with a loftier thermal ceiling and higher clocks?
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: June 2011
Jun 28, 2011 - in Reviews
June saw an army of new processors pushed to retail: Intel's new Pentium G6xx and G8xx lines, fresh Core i3 and i5 models, and AMD's Athlon II X3 460 and Phenom II X4 980 (not to mention a preview of the Llano desktop APU in a few days). Details inside.
The AMD A8-3500M APU Review: Llano Is Unleashed
Jun 13, 2011 - in Reviews
Code-named Llano, AMD’s first desktop-class APU arrives today. This single-chip combination of the Stars CPU architecture and Radeon graphics brings unique strengths (and weaknesses) to the table, and we’re here to compare them to Intel's Sandy Bridge.
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: May 2011
May 26, 2011 - in Reviews
The month of May saw AMD make significant price cuts to its aging Athlon and Phenom families. Additionally, we have more news about the upcoming CPU and GPU hybrid, AMD's (code-named) Llano APU! Intel's prices didn't move much this month, unfortunately.
Intel Xeon E3-1275 Review: Sandy Bridge Goes Professional
May 2, 2011 - in Reviews
We've already seen Sandy Bridge impress in the desktop space. Does Intel's latest processor architecture have what it takes to dominate the single-socket server and workstation space, too? We run the fastest workstation SKU through our benchmark suite.
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: April 2011
Apr 28, 2011 - in Reviews
April is relatively quiet on the processing front. However, we know AMD recently started shipping its new Fusion-based Llano CPUs to customers, so we may be on the cusp of significant changes to the market. Learn more in this month's review!
Low-Power Gaming: AMD's E-350 Vs. Intel Atom D525 And Ion 2
Apr 13, 2011 - in Reviews
Low-power PC platforms are obviously not built for gaming, but we punish two AMD and Intel systems with popular 3D titles anyway. The results don't shock and awe, but sometimes pleasantly surprise.
Behind the Tech: Sandy Bridge Recall, An Insider's Story
Apr 5, 2011 - in Reviews
What was the exact timeline of Intel's Cougar Point recall? How early did the company know about its problem? How does this affect the competitive AMD and Intel landscape? Continue reading to discover our answers to these lingering questions.
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: March 2011
Mar 30, 2011 - in Reviews
It's March, and at long last, Intel's P67 and H67 chipset woes seem to be solved. Of course, now we have Z68 knocking at our door. Still, the Sandy Bridge-based Core i3s are now floating around, making it a good time to shop for a cheap LGA 1155 board.
CeBIT 2011: AMD Demos Llano Behind Closed Doors
Mar 3, 2011 - in Reviews
Apparently, Fusion technology demos behind closed doors are becoming an AMD tradition. At this year's CeBIT, the chip maker demoed its upcoming (and highly-anticipated) Llano APU. Naturally, the Tom's Hardware team was on-hand to take a closer look.
Who's Got Game? Twelve Sub-$200 CPUs Compared
Feb 28, 2011 - in Reviews
Today we're putting the latest sub-$200 CPUs into a cage match armed with nothing but the latest DirectX 11 games (plus a helping of StarCraft 2) to see how they fare. Can AMD's familiar Athlons and Phenoms stand up to the new Sandy Bridge-based CPUs?
The Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition Processor Review
Feb 24, 2011 - in Reviews
We were impressed enough with Intel’s Sandy Bridge architecture that we awarded the Core i5-2500K our coveted Recommended Buy award. Just north of $200, that’s a solid value. But it’s not Intel’s flagship. That honor goes to the new Core i7-990X Extreme.
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: February 2011
Feb 22, 2011 - in Reviews
February was full of surprises after the fallout from Intel's Cougar Point chipset problem, including retail availability of the Phenom II X4 975 BE and Intel's Pentium E5800 and Core i7-990X Extreme Edition introduction. A handful of prices fell, too.
Mobile Gaming: Can Core i7-2920XM Beat Desktop Core i7-980X?
Feb 8, 2011 - in Reviews
We've already seen Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture offer compelling performance gains on the desktop. But can the fastest second-gen Core i7 beat Intel's 130 W desktop-oriented six-core Core i7-980X in games? We set up a couple systems to find out.
Core i7-2600K Overclocked: Speed Meets Efficiency
Jan 31, 2011 - in Reviews
Most of Intel's Core i5 and i7 CPUs lock out overclocking enthusiasts, which we hate. But the K-series chips win us back over with insane scalability. Would you believe that cranking the dial on performance doesn't necessarily tank overall efficiency?
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: January 2011
Jan 25, 2011 - in Reviews
It didn't take long for Intel to rock the CPU world with its Sandy Bridge architecture launch. AMD followed suit with its Zacate APU. Given the slew of new CPUs selling, which processor do you want driving your next gaming build? Read our recommendations.
Efficiency Comparison: Sandy Bridge Vs. Intel And AMD CPUs
Jan 3, 2011 - in Reviews
The second-generation Core processors arrived with a bang, but what sort of progress can you expect in the performance per watt department? We compare Core i5/i7-2x00 to AMD's Phenom with four and six cores, as well as previous-gen parts from Intel.
Intel’s Second-Gen Core CPUs: The Sandy Bridge Review
Jan 2, 2011 - in Reviews
Although the processing cores in Intel’s Sandy Bridge architecture are decidedly similar to Nehalem, the integration of on-die graphics and a ring bus improves performance for mainstream users. Intel’s Quick Sync is this design’s secret weapon, though.
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: December 2010
Dec 28, 2010 - in Reviews
AMD introduced a few new CPUs like the Athlon II X3 455, Phenom II X2 565, and the Phenom II X6 1100T. Intel is serving up an impressive Core i3-550 price drop. We consider the CPU landscape at the end of 2010 on the cusp of Sandy Bridge's introduction.
Sponsored Article: Getting Started with Verizon Cloud Services
Dec 9, 2010 - in Reviews
Verizon has myriad small, medium and enterprise business-related cloud services, everything from the mundane process of making backups to more sophisticated collections of virtual and even physical servers. In this introduction, we'll show you what the la