Next up in our series of Holiday Buyer’s Guides is a look at processors. Building systems in time for a holiday season means that picking the right components at the right time will ensure a system performs as it should on day one, and everyone is happy. When it comes to processors, there are a lot of users on both sides of the fence: some will stick to Intel, others will praise AMD, sometimes both for similar reasons. I would like to start on the side of no bias; I run systems on both, have suggested systems for both, and my box of processors for Gaming CPU testing is quite full - but I do love a nice dollop of performance.
The latest update to Centrino comes in the form of a mobile Penryn. Here's what we have to look forward to.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/7/2008
We look at the technology behind PCI Express 2.0 and the innovations that drive the changes.
Kris Boughton on 1/5/2008
By using a new material combination of high-k gate dielectrics and metal gates, Intel's 45nm process once again raises the bar by delivering faster multi-core processors that consume significantly...
Kris Boughton on 12/19/2007
NVIDIA updates the 680i with the addition of 3-Way x16 SLI, PCI Express 2.0, and ESA.
Wesley Fink on 12/17/2007
We provide a BIOS guide and explain how to get the most out of your Q6600 and DDR3 investment on this impressive motherboard.
Kris Boughton on 11/20/2007
After entirely too long we are able to benchmark AMD's Phenom 9900, 9700, 9600 and 9500. The quad-core market is now a two-horse race, or is it?
Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/19/2007
Spoiling AMD's fun, Intel let us benchmark its upcoming QX9770 processor complete with 1600MHz FSB.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/19/2007
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