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.
The Gigahertz Battle: How Do Today's CPUs Stack Up?
Mar 26, 2007 - in Reviews
Core 2 Duo is king, but how do other processors today compare on a clock-to-clock basis? We benchmarked comparable CPUs from AMD as well as Intel to see.
Dual Core Notebook CPUs Explored
Feb 27, 2007 - in Reviews
AMD's Turion 64 X2 battles Intel's mobile Core 2 Duo. We X-ray both product families, and provide our test results in a new Interactive Charts category: please welcome our Mobile CPU Charts!
Does AMD's Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Have Any Kick Left?
Feb 20, 2007 - in Reviews
A new Athlon 64 X2 top model launches, squeezing 3.0 GHz out of AMD's 90 nm silicon. It cannot end Intel's Core 2 Extreme supremacy, but AMD's aggressive pricing fuels the price war, making the 6000+ somewhat affordable.
Feb 12, 2007 - in Reviews
Is pushing your hardware further and faster actually worth it in this day and age? The answer is a resounding yes! We pushed all of the components in our test system 20% or more above specification, and got it all back in extra performance.
Overclocking Guide Part 3: How To Gain 81% For $27
Jan 18, 2007 - in Reviews
How does an 81% clock increase from a $27 upgrade sound? Walk with us as we put our wealth of recommendations to the test and come out victorious!
500 MHz FSB? Core 2 Duo Overtakes Core 2 Extreme
Jan 11, 2007 - in Reviews
Many users have reported great success overclocking the Core 2 Duo entry-level model E6300. We drove the 1.86 GHz processor to 3.4 GHz, but despite that, this model still isn't our first choice for overclocking any more.
Can AMD'S 65 nm Core Fight Back?
Jan 8, 2007 - in Reviews
AMD released its first 65 nm processors in December, covering the mainstream and the lower high-end markets with the new Brisbane dual core. Performance hasn't changed much with the die shrink, but power consumption has dropped nicely. But how overclockable is the new processor? And when will it be available? We find out.
Overclocking Guide Part 2: Suggested Components and Settings
Jan 4, 2007 - in Reviews
So you think you might like to try overclocking, but your old parts just won't cut it? Entry into the world of overclocking doesn't have to break the bank - we have a few selections and suggestions to help get you started.