There are two non-negotiables in building a PC these days: the cost of Intel silicon and the cost of the Windows license. You can play with everything else but Intel and Microsoft are going to get their share. Those two relatively fixed costs in the PC bill of materials can do one of two things: encourage OEMs to skimp on component cost elsewhere, or drive the entire ecosystem to supply higher quality components at lower prices. If you’ve been following the PC industry for the past decade, I think we’ve seen more of the former and less of the latter.
Apple occupying the high-end of the notebook PC space has forced many OEMs to reconsider their approach, but that’s a more recent change. What AMD...
We take a quick test drive of the ASUS P5E3 Premium featuring the Intel X48 chipset. Is it just a rebadged X38 under the hood, or is there something more?
Gary Key on 11/14/2007
Intel is on the verge of releasing the first update to its successful Core micro-architecture. Can Penryn's entry be as powerful as its predecessor?
Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/29/2007
We answer a couple of questions about the overclocking capabilities of the ASUS and Gigabyte X38 boards before the full reviews.
Gary Key on 10/24/2007
Intel finally launches the impressive X38 chipset, but where are the boards? For that matter, is the performance worth it? We can answer one of those questions today; the...
Gary Key on 10/10/2007
We've been claiming that recent price cuts have made now a great time to buy. We're putting our money where our mouth is and benchmarking just about every CPU...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/28/2007
What's IDF without a few benchmarks of some upcoming releases? We have some early results from Intel's Penryn and SkullTrail, which aim to be king of the hill...
Anand Shimpi & Cara Hamm on 9/20/2007
Take Barcelona, pair it up with a GeForce 8800 GTX, run some desktop benchmarks on it and what do you get? A Phenom preview anyone?
Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/10/2007
AMD continues their new performance initiative with SSE5. We take a look at what this new instruction set brings to the table
Ryan Smith on 8/30/2007
For a while there we wondered how Intel would introduce Penryn into its lineup, but as of Intel's last roadmap update we now know. On top of that, we...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/21/2007
It's only $266 and there's a new stepping in town, we take a look at the latest revision to the Core 2 Quad Q6600.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/16/2007
This week AMD proposed a new x86 extension instruction set, how will their Lightweight Profiling Proposal help users and developers?
Ryan Smith on 8/16/2007
AMD has shared a number of new details about what they will be doing over the coming year giving us a more complete look at their road maps.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/26/2007
We take a quick glance at NVIDIA's 680i SLI chipset to see how well it supports the latest Intel 1333MHz FSB quad core processor.
Gary Key on 7/20/2007
We tried, we really did. We tried to stay on topic, but next week's price cuts are just so damn shiny that we got distracted. Today's review...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/16/2007
Later this Summer, Intel will release its first 1333MHz FSB Core 2 CPUs onto the desktop market. Does the faster FSB do anything for performance? And how...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/25/2007
AMD introduces mainstream dual core X2s with a 45W TDP and that cost less than $100. How does that sound?
Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/5/2007
We provide a quick second look at game performance utilizing the ASUS P5K3 Deluxe, DDR3, and ATI HD 2900XT CrossFire combination.
Gary Key on 5/23/2007
Intel launches DDR3 support, introduces a new ICH9 Southbridge, and promises to bring improved performance to the table. What does the new P35 add to the P965 it replaces?
Gary Key & Wesley Fink on 5/21/2007
Our recent review found a 16% to 18% improvement in P35 memory bandwidth. We take a closer look at the components of that performance improvement.
Wesley Fink on 5/18/2007
AMD is continuing with its disclosure of future plans, this time talking about Griffin and Puma, it's new mobile architecture and platform.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/18/2007