CPUs

At the time of our Skylake review of both the i7-6700K and the i5-6600K, due to the infancy of the platform and other constraints, we were unable to probe the performance uptake of the processors as they were overclocked. Our overclock testing showed that 4.6 GHz was a reasonable marker for our processors; however fast forward two weeks and that all seems to change as updates are released. With a new motherboard and the same liquid cooler, the same processor that performed 4.6 GHz gave 4.8 GHz with relative ease. In this mini-test, we tested our short-form CPU workload as well as integrated and discrete graphics at several frequencies to see where the real gains are.

Intel Releases Seven Sandy Bridge CPUs

Today, Intel has released seven new Sandy Bridge based CPUs: three Core i5 and four Celeron models. All the i5 SKUs are desktop models, whereas the Celeron SKUs are...

44 by Kristian Vättö on 1/30/2012

The AMD FX (Bulldozer) Scheduling Hotfixes Tested

The basic building block of Bulldozer is the dual-core module, pictured below. AMD wanted better performance than simple SMT (ala Hyper Threading) would allow but without resorting to full...

90 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/27/2012

Intel's Performance Tuning Protection Plan: Warranty for Overclockers

I had heard this might be coming, but today Intel made it official. The Performance Tuning Protection Plan is a $20 - $35 plan that you'll be able to...

26 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/18/2012

AMD's Lightning Bolt: Low Cost Thunderbolt Alternative for USB 3.0/DP

One of the things I love the most about AMD is the balance it provides to Intel. While I've spent much of CES looking for Thunderbolt products and lamenting...

69 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/12/2012

AMD's Trinity APU at CES, Shipping in Mid-2012

AMD has a bunch of cool stuff to show off at this year's CES. The first is the most expected: a demo of its upcoming Trinity APU. The demo...

48 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/12/2012

Intel's DX11 Demo, Now on an Ultrabook

Two days ago Intel made the mistake of playing a video of a DX11 game (F1 2011) instead of running the game itself on an Ivy Bridge Ultrabook. We...

42 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/11/2012

Intel's Medfield & Atom Z2460 Arrive for Smartphones: It's Finally Here

It's here. Intel's first smartphone SoC that you'll actually be able to buy in a device before the end of the year. The platform is called Medfield and Paul...

164 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2012

Intel Confirms Working DX11 on Ivy Bridge

Yesterday we reported Intel ran a video of a DX11 title instead of running the actual game itself on a live Ivy Bridge notebook during Mooly Eden's press conference...

63 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2012

Quanta Sues AMD For Faulty Laptop Chips

Quanta Computer, a Taiwanese company that manufactures laptops for HP, Dell, Acer, and others, is suing AMD for an alleged breach of contract, claiming that AMD chips used in...

12 by Andrew Cunningham on 1/4/2012

Intel Core i7 3820 Review: $285 Quad-Core Sandy Bridge E

If you are a normal desktop user or even a power user with plans to run at over 4GHz, the vanilla LGA-1155 Sandy Bridge platform is good enough. You...

85 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/29/2011

Intel's Atom N2600, N2800 & D2700: Cedar Trail, The Heart of the 2012 Netbook

Netbooks aren't dead, but they're not quite the hip topic of discussion they were a few years ago. The focus on cost conscious computing hasn't changed since the introduction...

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/28/2011

Sandy Bridge E & X79 PCIe 3.0: It Works

At the launch of Intel's LGA-2011 based Sandy Bridge E CPU we finally had a platform capable of supporting PCI Express 3.0, but we lacked GPUs to test it...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/22/2011

Intel Shows Off Competitive Medfield x86 Android Power & Performance

You may have seen some Medfield related news today - I thought I'd chime in with some of my thoughts on the topic. As a recap, in 2008 Intel...

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/21/2011

AMD Intros New Unlocked K-Series Llano APUs: A8-3870K & A8-3670K

When we first reviewed Llano we thought it was a fairly competent desktop part if you needed a solution that didn't rely on discrete graphics. My biggest issue with...

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/20/2011

Microsoft Releases Hotfix to Improve Bulldozer Performance UPDATE: Pulled

The launch of Bulldozer in October wasn't exactly a success for AMD. In our review, Anand ended up recommending the Intel i5-2500K over AMD FX-8150. One of the reasons...

76 by Kristian Vättö on 12/16/2011

The New Intel Mobile Division

Intel's haphazard ultra mobile strategy is finally getting some much needed consolidation. We got the first hints of this at IDF where Intel announced a restructuring that would combine...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/14/2011

In Search of the Elusive 35W Ivy Bridge Quad-Core

Prior to this year's IDF, Intel told its partners that Ivy Bridge would be available in a quad-core mobile variant with a 35W TDP. This was particularly exciting news...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/13/2011

Hard Drive Shortage Hits Intel: Q4'11 Earning Estimates Revised Down By $1B

It has been expected for some time now that the fallout from Thailand’s well publicized flooding and resulting hard drive shortage would have wider ramifications than just impacting the...

26 by Ryan Smith on 12/12/2011

Intel Discontinuing Some Clarkdale, Lynnfield, and Sandy Bridge Desktop CPUs

Intel has announced via several Product Change Notifications that it will be discontinuing a total of 19 Clarkdale, Lynnfield, and Sandy Bridge desktop CPUs across sockets 1366, 1156, and...

13 by Andrew Cunningham on 12/9/2011

AMD Releases New Llano Mobile CPUs

AMD is refreshing its mobile CPU lineup with seven new A4, A6, and A8 Llano processors for socket FS1. With one exception, these dual- and quad-core processors give a...

12 by Andrew Cunningham on 12/8/2011

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