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
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Review: The New Six-Core Flagship
Dec 8, 2010 - in Reviews
AMD has a new flagship CPU, the Phenom II X6 1100T, on its hands. It's 100 MHz faster than the 1090T. We test and overclock this new CPU, then share details about the other two products released into AMD's lineup: Phenom II X2 565 and Athlon II X3 455.
Sponsored Article: Hyper Performance Computing with Intel Parallel Studio 2011 XE
Dec 8, 2010 - in Reviews
Believe it or not, Intel delivered the world’s first dual-core desktop processor only 5 years ago in 2005. That was the Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 840. At the time, Hyper-Threading already had been available for three years, yet it wa
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: November 2010
Nov 21, 2010 - in Reviews
There aren't any processor launches in this month's column. However, some of Intel's CPUs are becoming more affordable, changing their standing in the recommendations, as are AMD's hexa-core Phenom II X6 chips. Meanwhile, the X4s are going up in price.
AMD Fusion: Brazos Gets Previewed: Part 2, Performance
Nov 16, 2010 - in Reviews
AMD gave us an opportunity to go hands-on with its upcoming Brazos platform--the only preview you'll see before this technology surfaces in retail notebooks. Is it fast enough to compete with the Nehalem-based competition, and cool enough to trounce Atom?
AMD Fusion: Brazos Gets Previewed: Part 1
Nov 8, 2010 - in Reviews
Today is AMD’s 2010 Financial Analyst Day, and we have some more details on its Fusion APUs. Llano is still a few months away. In the meantime, we have a preview of the Brazos platform, which will voraciously tackle mobility under the $500 price point.
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: October 2010
Oct 26, 2010 - in Reviews
After a brisk September, filled with AMD CPU refreshes, October brings us Intel's new Pentium E5700. We're also getting a first look at the recently-released Phenom II X3 740. Oh, and there's that recent 50% price reduction on the speedy Core i7-950, too!
Overclocking Intel’s Xeon E5620: Quad-Core 32 nm At 4+ GHz
Oct 21, 2010 - in Reviews
Two years ago, Intel's Core i7-920 was the best value available to overclockers. Since then, the company has launched scalable 32 nm desktop CPUs for the mainstream and ultra high-end, leaving out budget-oriented enthusiasts. Could Xeon fill that gap?
Efficiency Analysis: Atom D510 Vs. Atom D525/ION2
Oct 15, 2010 - in Reviews
Intel's Atom D525 offers a faster clock rate than its predecessor at the same 13 W TDP. Obviously, the new dual-core chip is going to be faster. But after we determined that the Core i3 is more efficient, can Atom D525 usurp the desktop contender?
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: September 2010
Sep 27, 2010 - in Reviews
September delivers familiar (moderate) price adjustments, a handful of new processors from AMD, and news of upcoming models from Intel as well. We also learn some interesting information about Intel's pilot program to enable upgradable CPUs.
Six New Phenom II And Athlon II CPUs From AMD
Sep 20, 2010 - in Reviews
For the third time in 2010, AMD is adding more speed to its processor lineup. But this time, both the Athlon II and Phenom II CPUs are being included. We spill the beans about the new dual-, triple-, quad-, and hexa-core chips in today’s article.
AMD’s Bulldozer And Bobcat Architectures Pave The Way
Aug 24, 2010 - in Reviews
Ahead of its most significant processor redesign since 2003, AMD is talking about its Bulldozer and Bobcat architectures, both of which are expected in 2011. Will AMD be able to catch up, or even surpass Intel's lead? The future looks interesting, indeed.
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: August 2010
Aug 16, 2010 - in Reviews
We look at three recently-released Intel processors, including the dual-core Core i3-550, the quad-core Core i5-760, and the Gulftown-based six-core Core i7-970, capable of processing 12 simultaneous threads. Is Intel putting pressure on the Phenom II X6?
CORE Or Boost? AMD's And Intel's Turbo Features Dissected
Jul 28, 2010 - in Reviews
Intel arms its Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs with Turbo Boost. AMD's hexa-core Phenom II X6 chips sport Turbo CORE. Both technologies dynamically increase performance based on perceived workloads and available thermal headroom. Which one does the better job?
Intel Xeon 5600-Series: Can Your PC Use 24 Processors?
Jul 26, 2010 - in Reviews
The professional space is peppered with products derived from the desktop. Today we're looking at Intel's Xeon X5680 CPUs, which look a lot like Core i7-980X, only they're optimized for dual-socket platforms. We're also introducing new Adobe CS5 tests.
Intel Pentium 4 Vs. Atom: A Battle Of The Generations
Jul 16, 2010 - in Reviews
Most people know that Intel’s Atom is a slow, low-cost processor. But does it even offer enough performance to take it beyond desktop processors nearly a decade old? Today we're comparing a modern Atom CPU to two Northwood-class Pentium 4-based PCs.
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: July 2010
Jul 14, 2010 - in Reviews
This month we see retail availability of the new models from the AMD and Intel camps: the Athlon II X2 260, the Athlon II X3 445, and the Athlon II X4 640 from AMD, and the Pentium E6700, Core i5-655K, and Core i7-875K from Intel. Read about them here!
Six-Core Analysis, Part 2: Intel Core i7-980X Scaling
Jul 7, 2010 - in Reviews
Intel's Turbo Boost technology provides a mechanism for improving system performance most significantly in lightly-threaded apps, even at peak loads. But what is the feature's impact on a Gulftown-based Core i7-980X processor with different core counts?
In Pictures: 20 Heat Sinks That Look Cool, Too
Jul 2, 2010 - in Picture Story
Are you getting tired of that boring old fan whirling around inside your PC? Why not jazz it up with something big, flashy, and downright eye-opening? In today's picture story, we take a look at 20 heat sinks that give a new meaning to the word "cool."
Game-Off: Seven Sub-$150 Processors Compared
Jun 28, 2010 - in Reviews
Today, we're putting the newest and fastest sub-$150 processors against each other in a gaming competition to see which models offer the best bang for your buck. Will it be Intel's Core i3, its Clarkdale-based Pentium, or AMD's Athlon and Phenom II CPUs?
Six-Core Analysis: AMD’s Phenom II X6 Gets Scaled Down
Jun 24, 2010 - in Reviews
What’s the real benefit of six cores versus five, four, three, two, or one? This article looks at the performance, power, and efficiency of AMD's Thuban-based six-core Phenom II X6 1090T processor running with several different core configurations.
The 5 GHz, Six-Core Project: Core i7-980X Gets Chilly
Jun 23, 2010 - in Reviews
Tom’s Hardware has been ringing the 5 GHz bell for years, yet those efforts have never yielded a practical daily-use solution. Today we take a look at how far off-the-shelf parts can take us with an ambitious 5 GHz, six-core overclocking project.
Tom's Talks Moorestown With The Father Of Centrino
Jun 21, 2010 - in Reviews
With its new Atom platform, Moorestown, Intel has made a lot of exciting claims and hinted at significant changes in our computing future. All good stuff, but we need more answers. To find them, we sat down with Intel’s godfather of ultra-mobility.
Efficiency: Optimizing The Clock Rate Of AMD's Phenom II X6
Jun 14, 2010 - in Reviews
AMD’s six-core CPU is affordable (at least, compared to Intel's Core i7-980X). We're overclocking the Thuban design to see if its efficiency improves from faster clock rates. Comparisons to other quad- and hexa-core processors provide some perspective.
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: June 2010
Jun 8, 2010 - in Reviews
Intel's new Core i5-680 and Pentium E5500 are already available, and while AMD's new Athlon II lineup hasn't quite reached the same retail presence quite yet, the existing Athlon II line recently dropped in price. Check this month's column for details!
Intel Core i7-875K And Core i5-655K Battle Beyond 4 GHz
May 27, 2010 - in Reviews
Do you like the idea of an unlocked clock multiplier, but don't want to pay $1,000 for an Extreme Edition? Intel's K-series CPUs bring overclocking down to the mainstream. The question is: can these scalable parts keep up with AMD's Black Edition CPUs?
Gamers: Do You Need More Than An Athlon II X3?
May 27, 2010 - in Reviews
AMD's Athlon II X3 440 is such a capable little chip, and and it costs so little. Is there any real point in spending more money on your gaming machine’s CPU? We explore this question with a head-to-head challenge against Intel's venerable Core i7-920.
Phenom II X2 555 Vs. Pentium G6950: The Rematch
May 21, 2010 - in Reviews
The last time we matched up Intel's Pentium G6950 against AMD's Phenom II X2 555, our overzealous overclocking efforts caused a processor meltdown. With a little more experience on Intel's 32 nm process (and caution), we offer a suitable rematch. Game on!