CPUs

Today marks a full 10 years since the first Core 2 processors, and hence Intel’s 64-bit Core microarchitecture, were made officially available. These included a number of popular dual-core processor parts, including the seemingly ubiquitous E6400 and the Core 2 Extreme X6800. These were built on Intel’s 65nm process, and marked a turning point in the desktop processor ecosystem. To quote Anand in our launch review: ‘you’re looking at the most impressive piece of silicon the world has ever seen’. Today’s anniversary is somewhat bittersweet, as this week saw the official launch of the ‘final’ biannual International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors report which predicts the stalling of smaller silicon manufacturing nodes and the progression of new design paradigms to tackle the next 10-15 years...

Battle of The CPU Stock Coolers! 7x Intel vs 5x AMD, plus an EVO 212

End users need to be aware of the performance of their current cooling solutions in order to reasonably assess the upgrade that will fit their needs. In this review...

76 by E. Fylladitakis on 7/22/2016

AMD Releases Q2 FY 2016 Financial Results

This afternoon, AMD announced their second quarter earnings for the 2016 fiscal year. It’s been a while, but AMD finds itself in the black for this quarter, with higher...

42 by Brett Howse on 7/21/2016

Assessing IBM's POWER8, Part 1: A Low Level Look at Little Endian

A few months ago, IBM brought the relatively cheap S812LC server to the market, making sure the IBM POWER8 is within the budget of almost every datacenter. In this...

108 by Johan De Gelas on 7/21/2016

Intel Announces Q2 FY 2016 Earnings

In addition to the interesting tidbit about Kaby Lake, Intel also found time today to announce their second quarter earnings for fiscal year 2016. Revenue was up 3% year-over-year...

4 by Brett Howse on 7/20/2016

Intel Begins Shipment Of Seventh Generation Core: Kaby Lake

Intel had their Q2 earnings today, and while we’ll get to that shortly, some news came out of the earnings call that was interesting. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich stated...

87 by Brett Howse on 7/20/2016

More Atom: Apollo Lake On Display

Further to our recent post about spotting Denverton silicon on display at Computex this year, we also caught an Apollo Lake mini-PC motherboard doing the rounds at the ECS...

17 by Ian Cutress on 7/15/2016

Spot The Denverton: Atom C3000 Silicon On Display

There are a few news items from Computex we didn’t cover at the time that I want to visit. The first is Denverton, and how one manufacturer had a...

24 by Ian Cutress on 7/15/2016

AMD Carrizo Part 2: A Generational Deep Dive into the Athlon X4 845 at $70

Prior to the announcement for AMD's 7th Generation of APUs, Bristol Ridge, the latest micro-architecture from AMD based on the x86 instruction set was given the codename Excavator, using...

120 by Ian Cutress on 7/14/2016

Best CPUs: Q2 2016

When building a custom PC, especially on the consumer side, the processor is typically second or third down the list of priorities, behind graphics (for gamers), storage or specific...

22 by Ian Cutress on 6/28/2016

Intel Launches 4S and 8S Broadwell-EX Xeons: E7-4800 v4 and E7-8800 v4 Families, up to 384 Threads

The super-high-end of Intel’s Xeon CPU range, based on servers with as many cores and as much memory as you can throw at them, represent a good part of...

25 by Ian Cutress on 6/13/2016

AMD Briefly Shows Off Zen “Summit Ridge” Silicon

After an already packed Computex 2016 event with Radeon Polaris and Bristol Ridge/Stoney Ridge news, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su had one final surprise to close out the company’s...

89 by Ryan Smith on 5/31/2016

AMD Announces the 7th Generation APU: Excavator mk2 in Bristol Ridge and Stoney Ridge for Notebooks

The Carrizo SoC, using Excavator cores, was touted in the press as being the biggest upgrade to the base Bulldozer design since the introduction of Bulldozer itself. This was...

61 by Ian Cutress on 5/31/2016

HSA 1.1 Specification Launched: Extending HSA to More Vendors & Processor Types

For the last few years now we have been keeping tabs on the development of the Heterogeneous System Architecture, a set of technical standards and an associated instruction language...

6 by Ryan Smith on 5/31/2016

The Intel Broadwell-E Review: Core i7-6950X, i7-6900K, i7-6850K and i7-6800K Tested

What would you do with more CPU cores? This is a question I see posted from an Intel employee on a yearly basis, and it actually is a difficult...

201 by Ian Cutress on 5/31/2016

Intel Announces Xeon E3-1500 v5: Iris Pro and eDRAM for Streaming Video

The rise of video stream services, especially live services, has accelerated the need for dynamic and on-the-fly conversion of video content and the infrastructure to do so. Moving from...

27 by Ian Cutress on 5/31/2016

Computex 2016: Intel Keynote Live Blog at 2pm TPE (2am EDT)

We're at Intel's Computex Keynote here at Computex, which is being headlined by Intel's Diane Bryant.

9 by Ian Cutress & Billy Tallis on 5/31/2016

Price Check May 2016: The Intel Core i7-6700K Is Finally Available at Its MSRP

Nine months. This is how long it has taken the retail price of Intel’s Core i7-6700K processor to drop to the level recommended by Intel. Despite slow sales of...

37 by Anton Shilov on 5/20/2016

AMD Announces Computex 2016 Webcast: May 31st, 7pm Pacific

With the annual Computex Taipei trade show quickly approaching, AMD sends word that they will be hosting a live webcast for their annual press conference at the show. The...

50 by Ryan Smith on 5/20/2016

Intel Adds Crystal Well-based Skylake-R Processors: 65W with 128MB eDRAM

Intel has added three new microprocessors for embedded and highly-integrated applications into its lineup. The new CPUs are based on the Skylake microarchitecture and feature high-performance integrated graphics cores...

66 by Anton Shilov on 5/2/2016

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