Despite being an integral part of Intel's product stack, reviews of the lower power models are few and far between. For those of us that have no interest in overclocking, the lower power parts offer similar stock performance to the big boys but at 65W and 35W. Today we are testing three chips available from Newegg at $135, $200 and $300.

Phenom II X6 Compatibility, Over 170 Boards Supported at Launch

Earlier today AMD announced its Phenom II X6 processors. One vendor even started offering them at a huge discount if you're willing to put up with a mail in...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/27/2010

Phenom II X6, 4GHz and Beyond in 64-bit OSes

In most of my CPU reviews I tend to focus on light overclocking - the low hanging fruit if you will. Over the past few years the focus has...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/27/2010

TigerDirect Offers $50 MIR on Phenom II X6 CPUs - Dead Deal

Early this morning AMD officially launched its first six-core Thuban processors: the Phenom II X6 1090T and 1055T. The last thing we would dream of doing is complain about...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/27/2010

AMD's Six-Core Phenom II X6 1090T & 1055T Reviewed

AMD's Phenom II X6 is here based on the brand new Thuban core. Boasting Turbo Core support and nearly 1 billion transistors, AMD is willing to sell you six...

168 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/27/2010

AMD Divulges Phenom II X6 Secrets, Turbo Core Enabled

Last month Intel introduced its first desktop 6-core CPU, the 32nm Gulftown Core i7 980X. Running at 3.33GHz we loved the fact that it’s quite possibly the first Extreme...

59 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/8/2010

The Evolution of Virtualization: Anand, Intel & VMware Chat on Video

For those of you who read the RV870 and RV770 stories, you'll know the sort of information that can come out of a meeting with experts in the industry...

34 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/7/2010

The Rest of Clarkdale: Intel's Pentium G6950 & Core i5 650/660/670 Reviewed

There's a pecking order when it comes to Intel's CPU lineup. At the top of the totem pole is Intel's new 6-core gulftown Core i7 980X. Below...

71 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/24/2010

Intel Core i7 980X Overclocking Update: Breaking 4GHz With 6 Cores

Intel's Core i7 980X is a beast. Not only is it at least a generation beyond any current CPU in heavily threaded applications, it's also competitive in lighter...

57 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/11/2010

The Core i7 980X Review: Intel's First 6-Core Desktop CPU

It's got 6 cores, 12 threads and it's good. Meet Intel's Core i7 980X, the first Gulftown CPU. If you've got the money, there's nothing better.

102 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/11/2010

AMD's 890GX Chipset - Same Graphics, Better South Bridge

AMD's 8-series chipsets are upon us and despite the name, all of the innovation is in the south bridge. Graphics performance and feature set are unchanged but are...

66 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/2/2010

AMD Reveals More Llano Details at ISSCC: 32nm, Power Gating, 4-cores, Turbo?

AMD shared some more details with us about Llano. The 32nm processor will feature power gating and a host of other power optimizations that lead us to believe...

59 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/8/2010

New Westmere Details Emerge: Power Efficiency and 4/6 Core Plans

Intel let loose some new information on Westmere today about power efficiency as well as its upcoming quad-core and 6-core chips. Updated: Desktop quad-core plans not certain!

45 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/3/2010

Unlocking the Phenom II X2 555: 3.2GHz Quad-Core for $99

No I'm not talking about bypassing multiplier locks, the Black Edition takes care of that already. I'm talking about flipping a switch to enable the two disabled cores...

53 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/28/2010

Why Pine Trail Isn't Much Faster Than the First Atom

We were puzzled by Pine Trail's lack of performance. In some cases it was faster than the original Atom, but in most it hardly showed a difference -...

33 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/27/2010

AMD's New Year Refresh: Athlon II X4 635, Phenom II X2 555, Athlon II X2 255 & Athlon II X3 440

It's time for AMD's response to Intel's Clarkdale launch. Cheaper prices and higher clock speeds thanks to yield improvements at Global Foundries.

64 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/25/2010

The Intel Core i3 530 Review - Great for Overclockers & Gamers

It costs $113 but with minimal effort you can reach 4GHz with the stock cooler. At those speeds (and at stock) it's a great CPU for gamers. ...

106 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/22/2010

The Clarkdale Review: Intel's Core i5 661, i3 540 & i3 530

Intel's first 32nm chips are here. It's time for competition below $200 as Clarkdale takes AMD's Phenom IIs and Athlon IIs head on with more than just performance. Clarkdale...

95 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/4/2010

AMD Athlon 2650e & X2 3250e - Better than Atom for SFF Desktops

We call them the Dell zino HD CPUs, because they're found in Dell's zino HD. You can buy a decent nettop based on Intel's Atom processor or one...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/31/2009

The Core i7 Giveaway Winner, Next Contest Soon

AnandTech reader Gregory Peng sent in his first impressions of the brand new Core i7 system he won last month.

52 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/22/2009

Intel Atom D510: Pine Trail Boosts Performance, Cuts Power

After over a year, we finally get our first real update to Intel's Atom processor. An integrated memory controller boosts performance by roughly 10%, and we finally get...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/21/2009

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