Six New Athlon II CPUs: AMD Impresses With Switch And Bait
May 10, 2010 - in Reviews
AMD turns the bait-and-switch tactic upside down for the second time in four months, offering faster CPUs at existing price points. We explore the company's seven new models and discuss the processor lineup in a more general manner.
Efficiency Analysis: Core i3 Trumps Atom On The Desktop
May 7, 2010 - in Reviews
Atom was designed to be a low-cost, low-power solution, but its value in the desktop space is debatable if you consider performance. We pit the cheapest Core i3 against Intel's Atom on a performance-per-dollar and a per-watt basis to see which is better.
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T And 890FX Platform Review: Hello, Leo
Apr 26, 2010 - in Reviews
Hot on the heels of Intel's Core i7-980X, AMD is looking to show enthusiasts that six cores don't have to cost four digits. Starting under $200, the real question is whether the new X6s are better than the X4s and Intel's quad-core Core i7-930 at 2.8 GHz.
Core i7-980X: Dialing In Efficiency With The Right Overclock
Apr 9, 2010 - in Reviews
The new six-core Core i7-980X runs at a smokin' 3.33 GHz and has lots of overclocking headroom, thanks to Intel's 32 nm manufacturing process. We dialed in multiple overclocked settings (up to 4.4 GHz) on our quest for the most efficient frequency.
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: April 2010
Apr 8, 2010 - in Reviews
March saw the introduction of the world's first hexa-core desktop CPU, Intel's Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processor. We talk about the monolithic juggernaut and some of the CPU world's latest pricing developments in this month's column.
Intel’s Xeon 7500-Series CPUs Target Enterprise Computing
Apr 8, 2010 - in Reviews
Intel's x86 architecture has done well in the mid-range of the server market, but it's still not considered the proper solution for mission-critical systems. That'll change with Xeon 7500 (formerly Nehalem-EX), which could very well displace Itanium.
Phenom II X6: First Details Of ‘Thuban’ Design Emerge
Apr 7, 2010 - in Reviews
Hot on the heels of Intel's own six-core desktop launch, AMD is letting loose with the first details of its Phenom II X6, set to launch later this month. Not only is AMD moving to six cores at 45 nm, but it's also introducing Turbo CORE. Read on for more!
Is Intel's Core i3-530 Fast Enough For Performance Gaming?
Apr 5, 2010 - in Reviews
Our latest "How Much CPU Do I Really Need?" article pits the cheapest Core i3 and price-matched Phenom II series processors against the highest-priced CPUs for the same two platforms. Can the low-cost parts provide a similar gaming experience?
Updated: Tuning C'n'Q: Maximize Power And Performance, Part 2
Mar 25, 2010 - in Reviews
In Part 1, we showed you how to optimize the settings of your Cool'n'Quiet-equipped processor and what sort of power benefits you could expect as a result. Now it's time to run the benchmarks and see how our optimized settings actually perform.
Core i7-980X: Do You Want Six Cores Or 12 Threads?
Mar 22, 2010 - in Reviews
The new Gulftown processor has six physical cores, but Intel’s Hyper-Threading presents 12 logical processors to the operating system. Does Hyper-Threading really add more performance? What about its effect on power consumption? Both are measured today.
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: March 2010
Mar 15, 2010 - in Reviews
After Intel's Core i3/Core i5 introduction and AMD's Athlon II/Phenom II refresh, things have been quiet on the CPU front. However, some prices have shifted and some familiar standbys are riding off into the sunset in this calm before the hexa-core storm.
Efficiency Explored: Core i7-980X Versus Core i7-975
Mar 11, 2010 - in Reviews
Intel is preemptively launching the first hexa-core desktop CPU weeks ahead of actual availability. But how does this 32nm monster perform when we take a deeper look into performance per watt? After yesterday's preview, today we look closer at efficiency.
Intel Core i7-980X Extreme: Hello, Six-Core Computing
Mar 10, 2010 - in Reviews
Already the performance leader in desktop processing, Intel is following its quad-core Bloomfield design up with Gulftown, a hexa-core design sporting 12MB of shared L3 cache. Is the lone Gulftown model, Core i7-980X Extreme, worth a $1,000 asking price?
Updated: Tuning Cool'n'Quiet: Maximize Power And Performance
Mar 8, 2010 - in Reviews
Think your Athlon or Phenom processor is already tuned to deliver the best balance between performance and power consumption? Think again. We show you how to tweak Cool'n'Quiet for more aggressive power savings at standard speeds using several AMD CPUs.
Intel Core i5-750S: Since When Does The S Mean Slow?
Mar 2, 2010 - in Reviews
Intel has S-models for several Core 2 processors that offer lower power consumption and comparable performance. However, the first S-model in the Core i5 family is actually slower than its regular counterpart—and it's even less efficient, overall!
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: February '10
Feb 21, 2010 - in Reviews
January gave us a large refresh of AMD's sub-$150 CPU lineup. In this month's column, we have a look at the new models and note the impact pricing changes have had on our recommendations. Gone is the Pentium G6950 from the list, as it failed to impress.
Clarkdale Efficiency: The Perfect Clock Rate For Intel's Core i5-661
Feb 16, 2010 - in Reviews
When it comes to overclocking, the theoretical peak for your processor is probably less interesting than a balanced efficiency increase. Thus, we went on a mission to figure out the best clock rate for Intel's new dual-core Clarkdale-based Core i5-661.
AES-NI Performance Analyzed; Limited To 32nm Core i5 CPUs
Feb 1, 2010 - in Reviews
Starting with its dual-core Clarkfield-based Core i5 processors, Intel is introducing AES New Instructions to its architecture. We've already seen great benefits from a number of synthetic benchmarks, but what are the real-life advantages of this tech?
The WinFast PxVC1100 Video Transcoding Card: Worth The Price?
Jan 27, 2010 - in Reviews
The SpursEngine-based WinFast PxVC1100, which centers on the same architecture as the PS3's Cell processor, shows off its ability to accelerate video encoding. But does its performance justify the price? Or is your money better invested in a faster CPU?
Phenom II X2 555 Vs. Pentium G6950: New Budget Dual-Core Titans
Jan 24, 2010 - in Reviews
AMD is launching a broad spectrum of new CPUs today. And while most are simple speed bumps, today we're pitting its fastest dual-core model, the Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition, against Intel's LGA 1156-based Pentium G6950 to see who rules for under $100.
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: January '10
Jan 18, 2010 - in Reviews
December was a somewhat slow month in the CPU world, but January promises to inject a great deal of excitement into the sector with some major announcements. We discuss some of the potential changes and make our recommendations in this month's article.
Experiment: Comparing Four Quad-Core Architectures At 2.8 GHz
Jan 14, 2010 - in Reviews
AMD has the Athlon II X4 and the Phenom II X4. Intel offers Core 2 Quad, Core i5, and Core i7. They all have different characteristics and performance, but what’s the performance and efficiency ranking if all are operated at identical clock speeds?
Efficiency Explored: What's The Perfect Clock Rate For Your Core i5?
Jan 11, 2010 - in Reviews
Intel’s Lynnfield-based LGA 1156 mid-range processors turned out to be screamers with lots of overclocking headroom and attractive price points. We put spurs to the Core i5-750 to find the clock speed at which it delivers maximum power efficiency.
PCI Express And CrossFire Scaling: Is P55 Good Enough?
Jan 7, 2010 - in Reviews
Surprised by the tiny performance difference between our top-two System Builder Marathon machines, we decided to find out if the P55 platform really is good enough for several of AMD’s best graphics cards. How does it stack up against the venerable X58?
Clarkdale's Efficiency: Core i5-661 Versus Core 2, Athlon II, And Phenom II
Jan 4, 2010 - in Reviews
The new dual-core Clarkdale CPUs from Intel are here, and they deliver impressive performance. Today, we look at how Core i5-661 compares to AMD’s Athlon II X2 and Phenom II X2 on the 785G platform. Who’s king of the ring from an efficiency standpoint?
Intel’s Mobile Core i5 And Core i3: Arrandale Is For The Rest Of Us
Jan 3, 2010 - in Reviews
We've already given you a first-look at Intel's Calpella platform in the Mobile Core i7-920XM. Now the company is filling out its next-gen mobile lineup with its Arrandale-based CPUs sporting 32nm dual-core processors and 45nm graphics controllers.
Intel Core i5-661: Clarkdale Rings The Death Knell Of Core 2
Jan 3, 2010 - in Reviews
After knocking out the high-end and mid-range with its Bloomfield- and Lynnfield-based processors, Intel is looking for blood in the entry-level space. But that's AMD's turf. Does a Core i5-661 have what it takes to best AMD's Phenom II X4? Let's dig in!
Experiment: Does Intel’s Turbo Boost Trump Overclocking?
Dec 28, 2009 - in Reviews
Now that the Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs include Turbo Boost technology, automatically increasing clock rate when there's thermal headroom to spare, is it still worthwhile for enthusiasts to overclock? We run our updated 2010 benchmark suite to find out.
Intel’s Atom D510 And NM10 Express: Down The Pine Trail With D510MO
Dec 20, 2009 - in Reviews
Intel's Atom processor family showed promise when it launched back in 2008, but it certainly wasn't an ideal desktop platform. Atom is back with an integrated memory controller, on-die graphics, and a new two-chip configuration. But is it any better?
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: December '09
Dec 16, 2009 - in Reviews
This holiday season doesn't bring any major processor launches our way, but a handful of price changes do shift some of our sub-$150 recommendations. Come check out the latest Best Gaming CPUs For The Money column for December's hierarchy of top values.