AMD CPU Efficiency Compared
Jan 29, 2008 - in Reviews
We already compared performance per watt over four generations of Intel CPUs. Now we compare AMD's Sempron, Athlon and Phenom CPUs to see if efficiency has increased over time on the AMD side.
Phenom vs. Athlon Core Scaling Compared
Jan 14, 2008 - in Reviews
We look at how well Phenom scales with increasing clock frequency, by comparing the Athlon 64 X2 and Phenom 9000 using only a single core.
Update: New Notebook CPU Charts
Jan 9, 2008 - in Reviews
We added a new interactive charts page that allows you to compare most of Intel's mobile Core 2 Duo processors. The results can also be contrasted to those of our desktop CPU charts.
Intel Power Consumption Then and Now
Dec 28, 2007 - in Reviews
We compare the Pentium 4, Pentium D, Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme/Quad and track their power consumption at a given application workload. Core 2 is more efficient, but why this is so might surprise you.
AMD Phenom vs. Athlon Core Shootout
Dec 19, 2007 - in Reviews
Though AMD has been unlucky with its Phenom, the new processor represents a major improvement over the Athlon 64 X2. But, just how much better is the Phenom?
Can Water push Yorkfield to 5 GHz?
Dec 13, 2007 - in Reviews
We've already seen how Intel's latest quad core CPU can easily push 4.0 GHz on air cooling, but how far will liquid cooling take it?
AMD: Survival and the Future
Dec 7, 2007 - in Reviews
In Germany AMD received a subsidy of over $384 million to help it survive its current economic situation. What does the future look like for the company.
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770: UPDATE
Nov 27, 2007 - in Reviews
Apparently, our article caused quite a stir at a certain processor company's headquarters, so we thought it was time to give you an update on what has happened since this article went online.
Phenom 9700, AMD's 1st Quad-Core CPU
Nov 18, 2007 - in Reviews
After a 1 year+ delay, AMD has released its first quad-core CPU, the Phenom, along with a new platform, Spyder. We ran all 3 Phenom models through our extensive benchmark suite. Check it out.
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770: Paper Tiger?
Nov 18, 2007 - in Reviews
Intel introduced it's 45 nm Penryn technology 3 weeks ago. Today, on the same day AMD launched it's Phenom 9700 quad-core processor series, Intel announced the QX9770 (due Q1 2008). What's up?
Overclocking: Dual- vs. Quad-Core CPUs
Nov 8, 2007 - in Reviews
When overclocking, are there significant advantages to using quad-core instead of dual-core CPUs? We do extensive testing using Intel's E6750 and Q6600 processors.
Intel's 45 nm Penryn CPU: 4 GHz Air Cooled
Oct 28, 2007 - in Reviews
Four cores, 45 nm structures and overclocking up to 4 GHz make Intel's Penryn Core 2 CPUs faster and more efficient. How bad does it look for AMD?
Does Cache Size Really Boost Performance?
Oct 24, 2007 - in Reviews
Intel's Core 2 processors run the gamut with 1 MB, 2 MB and 4 MB of second-level cache. After comparing all three options at a 2.4 GHz clock speed, we learned that the importance of L2 cache must not be underestimated.
AMD's Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition
Oct 22, 2007 - in Reviews
Exciting news about AMD's new unlocked X2 5000+ Black Edition. Complete with test results and comparisons
The Truth About PC Power Consumption
Oct 19, 2007 - in Reviews
AMD and Intel stress idle and max power use by their processors and platforms. To tell the whole story, we look at how much power typical systems consume over time, under different workloads.
Parallel Processing, Part 1: CPU Cores
Oct 8, 2007 - in Reviews
Clock speed is only one part of the story. More and more PC components are laid out with multiple units to increase performance via parallelism. In part 1 of this article series, we compare single, dual and quad cores CPUs using identical architectures and clock speeds.
What if Your CPU Cooler Fails?
Sep 27, 2007 - in Reviews
We removed CPU coolers from running systems in 2001 and traced performance reduction due to overheating in 2004, but what do the latest AMD and Intel processors do if their fans fail? We had to find out.
$89 Pentium Dual Core that Runs at 3.2 GHz
Sep 12, 2007 - in Reviews
Want plenty of power for very little money? Here's a CPU with an overclocking margin of 80% that can beat a Core 2 Duo E6750 for a fraction of its cost!
Can CPUs Make PCs Faster & Quieter?
Sep 4, 2007 - in Reviews
Until the introduction of fast-and-capable CPUs with low-power requirements, fast and quiet could often pose conflicting goals when building a PC. We put a fast mobile dual-core and a fast desktop quad-core CPU to work in a super-quiet case and measure sound output from both systems to prove that fast and quiet are somewhat simultaneously achievable.
Extreme FSB 2: The Quad-Core Advantage?
Aug 8, 2007 - in Reviews
Intel's Core 2 Quad processors can beat Core 2 Duos in a variety of multi-threaded applications, but they have less overclocking potential. How do the two technologies compare when taken to their clocking limits?
Extreme FSB: Taking the E6750 Beyond 4 GHz
Aug 1, 2007 - in Reviews
Intel's Core 2 series 6x50 takes advantage of a higher bus speed with potentially better throughput, but has lower CPU clock multipliers that simultaneously present a greater challenge for overclockers.
What's Faster Our Builds or Dell's H2C?
Jul 20, 2007 - in Reviews
Now that we've tested them, it's time to compare our three overclocked systems. How does performance stack up when compared to price?
Overclocking Marathon Day 3 - A Budget Build
Jul 19, 2007 - in Reviews
We look at what components make an ideal budget overclocker's system. With a few bucks and some guts, you too can have a low-cost rig that runs with the big boys.
Overclocking Marathon Day 2 - A Home Brew
Jul 18, 2007 - in Reviews
The "High-End" build from our first System Builder Marathon is ready to show its overclocking stuff. We show you the results and present our overclocking recipe.
Tom's Hardware's 2007 CPU Charts
Jul 16, 2007 - in Reviews
We Compare 91 AMD and Intel processors, including Intel's brand new Core 2 FSB1333 CPUs, under Windows Vista and across 37 individual benchmarks.
Energy Efficiency: AMD vs. Intel
Jul 11, 2007 - in Reviews
The new L2 stepping of Intel's Core 2 Duo processors requires less power. But are AMD's EE-CPUs more energy efficient?
AMD's Smart Strike: Athlon X2 BE-2350
Jun 18, 2007 - in Reviews
AMD's new sub-$100 low-power (45 W) dual core processor defines a new segment in the efficient desktop computing market. How does it compare to Intel's $100 Pentium Dual Core 2160?
Which is the Best Mainstream CPU?
May 4, 2007 - in Reviews
AMD and Intel are cutting prices faster than ever, which has moved high-end CPUs into the $200 range. We compare the Core 2 Duo E6400 against AMD's Athlon 64 X2 5600+, to see which might be the better choice for you.
Remote PC Management with Intel's vPro
Apr 26, 2007 - in Reviews
The need for remote PC management has always been an issue that only increases with the size of your business. Intel wants vPro to be your perfect, OS-independent hardware-level management solution.
Semiconductor Production 101
Apr 25, 2007 - in Reviews
It takes over 300 individual production steps to make a microprocessor out of sand. We look at the fundamentals of what is involved.