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?
The Mother of All CPU Charts 2005/2006
Nov 21, 2005 - in Reviews
Tom's Hardware Guide compares 77 processors with frequencies ranging up to 3,800 MHz. At the same time, we look back on the advances in the CPU area since our last CPU charts article and the performance improvements they have brought with them.
VIA to rely on self-developed solution when Intel agreement expires
Nov 16, 2005 - in News
VIA Technologies claims that its self-developed FSB (front-side bus) technology is expected to be implemented in all its embedded CPU offerings in 2006 when a cross license agreement with Intel ends.
AMD to launch 940-pin CPUs, phase out 939s
Nov 8, 2005 - in News
Single-Core CPUs Ain't Dead Yet
Nov 7, 2005 - in Reviews
Dual-core CPUs are the stuff of the future, but what about now? Given the huge mark up for premium dual-core AMD and Intel processors and the lack of multi-threaded software, our performance tests and cost comparisons show that you should not necessarily give up on single-core systems as of yet.
Virtual Infrastructure Summit At VMWorld 2005
Oct 26, 2005 - in Reviews
This past week VMWare hosted the 2005 VMWorld event, at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. For those of you who have no prior knowledge of VMWare, the key concept behind it is virtualization of computer hardware.
Pentium, Schmentium: Decoding CPU Names
Oct 25, 2005 - in Reviews
Gigahertz labels have been replaced by model numbers, but there is still more to come. Intel's next generation processors will not only introduce even more models, but sport a numbering system that has turned into an instrument for confusion.
AMD's Socket M2 to simplify next-generation CPU
Oct 21, 2005 - in News
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) plans to simplify its 90nm CPU platform with its 940-pin Socket M2 CPU design, according to motherboard makers.
Intel's Next-Generation Server Promises
Oct 17, 2005 - in Reviews
Intel's Xeon is certainly taking a beating from AMD's Opteron performance-wise, and the new dual-core Xeon Paxville likely won't make much of a difference. But Intel's upcoming Bensley platform launch next year could represent a new dawn in the era of x86 server processors - or so Intel says.
Asustek debuts dual-core Intel Xeon server boards
Oct 12, 2005 - in News
Asustek Computer yesterday unveiled its PVL-D series server motherboards, coinciding with Intel's recent launch of its dual-core Xeon CPU that will improve the performance and response time of multi-threaded server applications.
Intel Moves From Dual Core To Double Core
Oct 10, 2005 - in Reviews
Having looked at Intel's upcoming 65 nm Pentium 4 Cedar Mill, we had to also check out what its dual core counterpart, Presler, would be able to do with its doubled L2 cache.
A Sneak Peak at Intel's 65 nm Pentium 4
Oct 7, 2005 - in Reviews
The Cedar Mill core is months from being released, but THG managed to secure a sample anyway - and it didn't come from Intel. What we discovered was that Intel's next-generation Pentium 4 is capable of bringing Prescott's single-core meltdown to an end.
Asia-Pacific AMD CPU supply tightens
Sep 29, 2005 - in News
Following the Intel chipset shortage, recent rumors among motherboard makers indicate that supplies of the Athlon 64 3000+ and dual-core Athlon 64 X2 3800+ CPU lines from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) are already short of demand in the Asia-Pacific region.
Intel said to be scheduling CPU price cuts for January 2006
Sep 8, 2005 - in News
Intel will cut prices for its Pentium D 8xx and Celeron processors in January 2006, when its new 65nm dual-core CPU lines, the Pentium D9 and Pentium 4 6xx series, are expected to hit the market, according to sources at motherboard makers.
IBM lead architect: Cell CPU could take PS3 beyond gaming, into Linux
Aug 30, 2005 - in News
In his first in-depth interview since releasing the version 1.0 specification for IBM's Cell microprocessor last week, the principal developer of the CPU's innovative new synergistic processor elements (SPE) tells Tom's Hardware Guide he sees Sony's PlayStation 3 - the first major platform to utilize Cell - as the driver for a new general-purpose programming environment, using Linux but bypassing the PC.
Nvidia warns multicore CPUs could stiff innovation
Aug 17, 2005 - in News
Nvidia chief scientist David Kirk told the Hot Chips conference at Stanford University that programming technology faces problems because of multithreading and multicore introductions.
Dual-Core, Simple Price: Athlon 64 X2 3800+
Aug 1, 2005 - in Reviews
AMD's initial release of dual-core processors revealed only one weakness: they were too expensive. But today there's a new entry-level model, the pricing of which should make the buying decision easier. We take a look at the new Athlon 64 X2 3800+, and also compare and contrast all the members of the X2 family.
A Dissatifying Compromise With AMD's 64 bit Sempron 3400+
Aug 1, 2005 - in Reviews
In response to Intel's Celeron D 351, the latest Sempron 3400+ not only implements more cache memory, it features AMD64. Sounds good, but does it really make sense to choose it over an entry-level Athlon 64?
AMD starts selling cheap Athlon 64 X2
Jul 27, 2005 - in News
AMD has produced a 3800+ which costs less than your average dual core CPU.
AMD to lower prices of Socket-754 Semprons
Jul 26, 2005 - in News
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) will lower prices of its Socket-754 Sempron CPUs in early August, as it has already officially phased out its K7 line of processors this quarter, according to KJ Chou, general manager of AMD Taiwan.
The Athlon 64 FX Overclocked to 3 GHz
Jul 25, 2005 - in Reviews
What can you expect when AMD launches the Athlon 64 FX-59 by the end of the year? We overclocked AMD's FX-57 to 3 GHz to see what you will get. AMD's Socket M2 should also soon come into the picture.
Live Stress Test Rundown: AMD vs. Intel
Jul 14, 2005 - in Reviews
We have put together all the results from the last live stress test. They are ready for your review at a glance, complete with information on performance, energy consumption, practical applications, stability and buying tips.
The AMD and Intel Energy Crisis
Jul 13, 2005 - in Reviews
How much electricity PCs consume undeservedly gets little attention compared to processor performance. But whether you want to save on your electricity bill or have environmental concerns about using too much power, the energy consumption of a typical system deserves a look.
AMD to cut Sempron prices, debut dual-core CPU priced at $345
Jul 6, 2005 - in News
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has informed motherboard makers that the unit price (for 1000 unit lots) for its Sempron CPUs will be adjusted downward in early August, with Sempron 2500+ prices dropping more than US$7, according to sources in the motherboard industry.
Athlon 64 FX-57: Great Performance, High Price
Jun 27, 2005 - in Reviews
AMD remolds its top brand, the Athlon 64 FX, by introducing a new model based on a 90 nm process. Running at 2.8 GHz, the FX-57 takes over more benchmarks that used to be dominated by Intel.
Heat-pipe cooling solutions for AMD CPUs to surge in 2H
Jun 6, 2005 - in News
Heat-pipe cooling solutions will account for 50% of PC products based on Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) CPUs in the second half of this year, up from 10% in the first half, according to thermal solution providers Asia Vital Components (AVC).
Dual Core Stress Test: AMD vs. Intel
Jun 3, 2005 - in Reviews
You've likely heard and read a lot about dual core processors from AMD and Intel. We tested similarly equipped AMD's Athlon 64 X2 4800+ against Intel's Pentium 840 EE with SLI graphics cards and ran both systems under heavy loads. The results were...
Dothan Over Netburst: Is The Pentium 4 A Dead End?
May 25, 2005 - in Reviews
With a simple adapter, Intel's Pentium M processor can be used on veteran mainboards based on the i865 and i875 chipsets. Would you believe that this unorthodox combination proves to be so fast that it beats even the Athlon 64 FX and the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition?!
Mobo makers do not expect dual-core CPUs to boost sales
May 16, 2005 - in News
Although the expected buzz at the upcoming Computex Taipei 2005 show from May 31 to June 4 will be the competing dual-core desktop CPU offerings from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), motherboard vendors have warned that the new processors may not help motherboard sales in the short-term.
Intel accused of halving CPU prices to cut out AMD
May 14, 2005 - in News
A Japanese web site which claims to have talked to sources close to the Fair Trade Commission (FTC), said the chip giant halved the prices of CPUs to keep OEMs in its camp.