CPUs

In recent months and quarters I have had discussions about why CPU manufacturers offer a number of processors each separated by $7 and 100 MHz. The obvious answer (but not always the logical answer) is to cater for what the customer wants by overloading them with choice. As a result, sometimes direct CPU comparisons can be difficult, as it requires testing every CPU released. Thankfully for AMD’s Kaveri, todays tests of the A10-7700K and A6-7400K plugs a few holes in our AMD benchmark numbers to allow those comparisons.

Ivy Bridge GPU Performance: Up to 60% Faster than SNB & Better QuickSync

This week Intel will begin sharing some of the first details of its Ivy Bridge processor (2012 Core i-series CPU) at the annual Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/12/2011

Intel Leaks i7-2700K

Intel's Sandy Bridge CPUs were launched in January and so far, the desktop i7 lineup has consisted of three SKUs: i7-2600, i7-2600K and i7-2600S. Earlier this week, Intel released...

24 by Kristian Vättö on 9/10/2011

AMD Ships Bulldozer for Servers, Desktops to Follow in Q4

Yesterday AMD announced that it had begun revenue shipments of the first Bulldozer processors for servers. More specifically AMD is referring to its Interlagos CPU which features two Bulldozer...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/8/2011

AMD's First Dual-Core Llano APUs: A4-3400 & A4-3300 Launched

Today AMD introduced its first dual-core Llano APUs: the A4-3400 and A4-3300. These APUs have only 758M active transistors, a bit over half of the transistors in the bigger...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/7/2011

HP Leaks Three Unreleased AMD A-series APUs

HP has accidentally leaked three AMD A-series APUs while updating the service guide for HP Pavilion g7. The update simply includes SKUs and specs for three yet to be...

5 by Kristian Vättö on 9/7/2011

Intel Cuts Prices of Some Sandy Bridge CPUs and Discontinues Some Pentium CPUs

In addition to releasing 16 new CPUs earlier this week, Intel has also discounted six low-power CPUs and discontinued three Pentium CPUs. Discounts All of the discounted CPUs are based...

6 by Kristian Vättö on 9/6/2011

Intel Releases New Sandy Bridge Processors

Intel has announced a total of 16 new Sandy Bridge processors today, augmenting its lineup in the mid and low-end markets on the desktop and in the high and...

28 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/6/2011

AMD Names Rory Read as New CEO

AMD has finally chosen a new CEO: Rory Read has been selected to fill the position that Dirk Meyer vacated in January. Read was previously President and COO of...

15 by Andrew Cunningham on 8/25/2011

AMD's A8-3850 up to 26% Faster than A6-3650

When AMD introduced its Llano desktop parts it mentioned two different GPU configurations: an on-die Radeon HD 6550D with 400 cores running at 600MHz and a Radeon HD 6530D...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/23/2011

The Sandy Bridge Pentium Review: G850, G840, G620 & G620T Tested

Despite abandoning Pentium as a high end brand with the 2006 release of Intel's Core 2 Duo, Intel has kept the label around for use on its value mainstream...

110 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/23/2011

Intel to Release New Itanium CPUs in 2012: New Architecture and Up to Eight Cores

Intel held a keynote at Hot Chips conference in Stanford University last week where it announced some details of upcoming Itanium CPUs. While originally meant to conquer the enterprise...

16 by Kristian Vättö on 8/22/2011

AMD Updates Brazos with E-450, E-300 and C-60 APUs

When AMD first introduced its Brazos platform at the end of last year it promised annual updates to the platform. Today we get the first official update to the...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/22/2011

Intel's Cedar Trail Atom Processors Delayed to November

Cedar Trail, the next-generation version of Intel's Atom processor, has been delayed from September 2011 to November 2011 because of graphics driver and Windows 7 certification issues, reports DigiTimes. As...

13 by Andrew Cunningham on 8/18/2011

AMD Introduces Triple-Core A6-3500 APU

AMD just announced availability of its first triple-core Llano APU: the A6-3500. The 3500 features three cores running at 2.1GHz. AMD's Turbo Core is supported so you can see...

26 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/17/2011

Info on Sandy Bridge-E Pricing

VR-Zone has released preliminary info about Sandy Bridge-E pricing. There doesn't seem to be any surprises though; the report states that SB-E will adopt exactly the same price points...

33 by Kristian Vättö on 8/15/2011

Intel to Offer CPU Upgrades via Software for Selected Models

Intel has posted an upgrade service page on their website which indicates that Intel will again be offering upgradeable CPUs. This is not totally unheard of since Intel offered...

41 by Kristian Vättö on 8/14/2011

Intel's Haswell IGP to Feature DirectX 11.1, Increased Professional Application Support

Intel's integrated graphics processors have long had a poor reputation when it comes to gaming, and while the IGPs get a little closer to competitiveness with each iteration, that...

9 by Andrew Cunningham on 8/5/2011

Eagle Ridge: The Cheaper, (optionally) Smaller Thunderbolt Controller

If you've seen any of the new Thunderbolt Macs torn apart you will recognize the piece of silicon above. That flip-chip package is Intel's first Thunderbolt controller, codename: Light...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/28/2011

Sandy Bridge Memory Scaling: Choosing the Best DDR3

Intel's Second Generation Core processors, based on the Sandy Bridge architecture, include a number of improvements over the previous generation's Nehalem architecture. We’ll be testing one specific area today...

76 by Jared Bell on 7/25/2011

Details on AMD Bulldozer: Opterons to Feature Configurable TDP

AMD’s new Bulldozer-based CPUs are just around the corner. AMD has said the release of Zambezi CPUs will happen in Q3, which means any time from now. The latest...

62 by Johan De Gelas & Kristian Vättö on 7/15/2011

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