Phenom II X4 955: AMD's Dragon Platform Evolves
Apr 22, 2009 - in Reviews
When AMD launched Socket AM3 two months ago, it lacked a flagship to showcase the new interface. Today's 3.2 GHz Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition unveiling solves the problem--and introduces a new version of Overdrive with some DDR3 tricks.
Phenom II: Unlocking Cores, Cache, And A Free Lunch
Apr 16, 2009 - in Reviews
Some Phenom II X3 700-series processors can be unlocked, enabling the triple-core CPU's fourth core. The same goes for Phenom II X4 800s, enabling 2MB of L3 cache that'd otherwise bring the chip's total to 4MB. Should you even bother with these mods?
Overclocking Core i7: Power Versus Performance
Apr 13, 2009 - in Reviews
A couple of weeks ago, we showed you how to best overclock your Phenom II to maximize performance and power consumption. This week, we run an Intel Core i7 920 at various clock speeds ranging up to 4 GHz with the same goal.
Optimizing Your Phenom II Overclock For Efficiency
Apr 3, 2009 - in Reviews
Today, we're running a Phenom II X4 at several different clock speeds (up to almost 4 GHz) in an effort to find the best ratio between additional performance and the resulting power consumption.Which speed is best?
Tom's Hardware's Biggest CPU Shoot-Out, Ever
Apr 1, 2009 - in Picture Story
AMD recently sent over two trays of processors for us to test. But they didn't say we had to benchmark them in a lab, or even indoors, for that matter. So instead, we're using two dozen of the company's Opterons to benchmark a different sort of hardware.
Low-Power Face-Off: AMD's Athlon X2 Vs. Intel's Core 2 Duo
Mar 31, 2009 - in Reviews
What ever became of AMD’s low-power advantage? We took the Athlon X2 5050e dual-core CPU and faced it off against several Intel Core 2 models. Intel’s edge doesn’t come unexpected, but our comparison reveals some interesting details.
Core 2 Quad Gets Efficient: Enter The Q8200S And Q9550S
Mar 9, 2009 - in Reviews
Quad-core performance now requires only dual-core power consumption. Intel’s recently launched a couple of Core 2 Quads based on its 45 nm technology, and the new S-series chips deliver lots of performance without cranking up your utility bill.
How To: Overclocking Your AMD Processor
Feb 19, 2009 - in Reviews
Paul spent the last two weeks overclocking three generations of of AMD processors to help owners of Athlon, Phenom, and Phenom II CPUs maximize the performance of their chips. If you're planning on entering our overclocking contest, this guide's for you!
Editor's Corner: Getting Benchmarks Right
Feb 10, 2009 - in Reviews
Benchmarks can be tricky to stick 100% of the time. But when the figures in our recent Socket AM3 launch came into question in the comments section, we put in an extra 48 hours of testing to make sure we were right. Check out Chris' play-by-play.
Phenom II On Ice: AM3 Overclocked With LN2
Feb 10, 2009 - in Picture Story
As the Tom's Hardware staff hammered away on our own Socket AM3 Phenom II processors, Ton Khowdee of Team IRONMODS was on a special assignment of his own, tuning the living daylights out of an X3 720 BE under LN2, hoping to hit 6 GHz.
Socket AM3: AMD's Phenom II Gets DDR3
Feb 8, 2009 - in Reviews
Last month, AMD took the wraps off of its Phenom II processor, promising to complement the chip with a new socket inside Q1 of 2009. Today sees the launch of AMD's first AM3 CPUs, which get DDR3 memory support and extend backward compatibility to AM2.
Does Intel's Dual-Core Atom Improve Efficiency?
Feb 4, 2009 - in Reviews
Atom is all about low cost and low power--but not necessarily efficiency, we've found. We tried the Atom 330 dual-core CPU and put it up against the reigning efficiency champion, a mainstream Core 2 Duo, on an integrated platform.
Overclocking: Core i7 Vs. Phenom II
Jan 11, 2009 - in Reviews
We've seen how far Core i7 can overclock. Supposedly, Phenom II is supposed to do...phenomenally, as well. So which one is the better buy when the clocks get cranked? We're gunning to find out.
AMD Phenom II X4: 45nm Benchmarked
Jan 7, 2009 - in Reviews
Can AMD finally recapture its former market lead with the Phenom II? We tested their new 45-nm CPU, which is compatible with AM2 motherboards. How do things look from performance, energy consumption and overclocking perspectives?
Phenom Recycled: Athlon X2 7000-Series
Dec 15, 2008 - in Reviews
Just a couple of weeks before the introduction of its 45 nm Phenom II, AMD introduces a new dual-core chip. The Athlon X2 7000-series is basically a 65 nm Phenom with two active cores, but with the full L2 and L3 cache memory.
Does Saving Power Mean Hurting Performance?
Dec 15, 2008 - in Reviews
Modern processors are capable of switching into power-efficient modes to save power when they’re idle, and an increasing number of motherboards offer dynamic features for the same purpose. Yet, the benefits come at a price.
Overdrive Overclocking Finals: Day 1
Dec 13, 2008 - in Picture Story
The Overdrive Overclocking Championship is all about overclocking Core i7 Extreme 965. Some teams collected results after only two hours, others are still optimizing. Check out our impressions of Day 1.
Efficiency: Core 2 Nukes Atom On The Desktop
Nov 21, 2008 - in Reviews
Atom is geared for low-cost, low-power netbooks and nettops, while the device is a poor choice for desktop PC applications. We show you why Core 2 is better, and give some guidance on how to pick the best power supply for your low-power application.
How To: Get A 4 GHz Dual-Core For $120
Nov 17, 2008 - in Reviews
Intel’s 45 nm Core 2 serious is known to boast substantial overclocking margins, and the entry-level E7200 with 3 MB L2 cache costs less than $120. We'll show you how to get close to 4 GHz from this little gem.
Tom's OC Competition: LN2 Craziness
Nov 9, 2008 - in Picture Story
We're approaching the bottom of all eight tanks of our liquid nitrogen today. Check out some of pictures from the final day of competition!
Tom's OC Competition: Mid-day Pics
Nov 9, 2008 - in Picture Story
Check out mid-day pictures from our overclocking competition!
Core i7: 4-Way CrossFire, 3-way SLI, Paradise?
Nov 3, 2008 - in Reviews
For the first time ever, gamers are being treated to a reasonably priced platform enabling the best that AMD and Nvidia have to offer. Is Core i7 a gamer’s nirvana or does the processor serve up more of the same?
Editor's Corner: Overclocking Core i7
Nov 3, 2008 - in Reviews
After discovering Intel's Overspeed Protection in yesterday's first-look at Core i7's performance, we're back to set the record straight on the overclocking headroom of the flagship 965 Extreme and entry-level Core i7 920.
UPDATE: Core i7: Blazing Fast, O/C Changes
Nov 2, 2008 - in Reviews
Core i7 - previously referred to as Nehalem - requires new motherboards, coolers and memory. Its performance is compelling and means AMD is falling behind even further, but Intel is putting in some speed bumps that will impact overclocking enthusiasts.
Intel Core i7 (Nehalem): Architecture By AMD?
Oct 14, 2008 - in Reviews
Intel's new Core i7 processors represent a major evolution of the Core 2-series, though a lot of the additions look like they come from AMD's playbook. Is there any truth here or are we the only ones thinking it?
G31 And E7200: The Real Low-Power Story
Oct 9, 2008 - in Reviews
While Intel and VIA are battling for the low-power market, an optimized desktop motherboard and an efficient processor can already take your idle power down to almost 30 W, while still providing solid performance. We put Intel's G31 chipset to the task.
Atom, Athlon, or Nano? Energy-Savers Compared
Oct 3, 2008 - in Reviews
We compared Intel’s Atom 230 and VIA’s Nano L2100 processors hoping to find the best product for low-power applications. VIA is in the vanguard of performance. Is this enough to beat Atom?
Updated CPU Charts 2008: AMD Versus Intel
Oct 1, 2008 - in Reviews
The processor is the heart of your PC, and our updated charts for Q3 2008 show 54 of them competing in terms of performance. Using our updated suite of benchmarks, compare your favorite AMD and Intel CPUs after reading this introduction.
Dual-Core Versus Quad-Core: Part 2
Sep 4, 2008 - in Reviews
The Intel Core 2 E8500 and the AMD Phenom X4 9350e offer high performance within the same 65 W power envelope, and are sold at the same price point. As we’ll see AMD suffers defeat as Intel comes out on top, but this time it’s through no fault of its own.
Imitation To Innovation: AMD's Best CPUs
Sep 2, 2008 - in Reviews
Last month we shone a spotlight on Intel with a history of the company's most notable processors. This month it's AMD's turn, as we summarize the last 25 years of AMD's CPUs.