ARM (and its partners) were arguably one of the major causes of the present day smartphone revolution. While AMD and Intel focused on using Moore’s Law to drive higher and higher performing CPUs, ARM and its partners used the same physics to drive integration and lower power. The result was ultimately the ARM11 and Cortex A-series CPU cores that began the revolution and continue to power many smartphones today. With hopes of history repeating itself, ARM is just as focused on building an even smaller, even lower power family of CPU cores under the Cortex M brand. We’ve talked about ARM’s three major families of CPU cores before: Cortex A (applications processors), Cortex R (real-time processors) and Cortex M (embedded/microcontrollers). Although Cortex A is what...

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550S: A New 65W Quad-Core

Intel joins the 65W quad-core bandwagon with its new S-series of chips. Now officially the most expensive Penryn based LGA-775 CPU you can buy we run the Q9550S...

62 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/27/2009

Overclocking Core i7: A Tale of Two Retail Processors…

We provide some insight into our i7 overclocking experiences and realize a good IMC is your best friend.

37 by Rajinder Gill on 1/22/2009

AMD Phenom II X4 940 & 920: A True Return to Competition

Have you been waiting for AMD's return to competition? The Phenom II does just that. It's still not the Return of the Jedi, but on its third...

93 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/8/2009

Nehalem Part 3: The Cache Debate, LGA-1156 and the 32nm Future

Want to understand why Intel went with such a small L2 cache on Nehalem? We sat down with Nehalem's chief architect and got a much better understanding of...

33 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/19/2008

AMD Talks Phenom II, Roadmaps and More at Fall 2008 Financial Analyst Day

The 45nm Phenom is called the Phenom II, 8 and 12-core server parts are coming in 2011 and the first CPU/GPU fusion parts will also appear around then -...

42 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/13/2008

Nehalem: The Unwritten Chapters

Nehalem can be much more power efficient than Penryn and it can overclock quite well. What follows are some of the side quests that we didn't get to...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/7/2008

Nehalem - Everything You Need to Know about Intel's New Architecture

It's called the Core i7, but we knew it as Nehalem. We go through the entire micro-architecture and explain the new developments from IDF.

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/3/2008

The Dark Knight: Intel's Core i7

Intel reinvented itself with Conroe two years ago, could the sequel possibly live up to expectations? Later this month Intel's Core i7 processors will be shipping and you'll...

74 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Gary Key on 11/3/2008

The Business of Tech: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do - AMD Goes Fabless

In the most dire of cash crunches, AMD has confirmed the rumors and parted ways with its fabrication arm. What does this mean for AMD and its new spin off?

39 by Ryan Smith on 10/7/2008

AMD Fusion for Gaming Utility: Automatic AMD Platform Overclocking With a Twist

The beta version of the AMD Fusion for Gaming utility has been released. It overclocks both CPU and GPU and only runs on AMD hardware. But its that little...

39 by Derek Wilson on 9/18/2008

AMD 790GX - The Introduction

We provide an overview of the new 790GX chipset while we complete our benchmark testing.

42 by Gary Key on 8/6/2008

Intel's SoC Update: 1B Transistors Embedded in 5 Years

Intel revealed a bit about its upcoming embedded and SoC plans. Aside from Larrabee, these are brand new areas for Intel's x86 architectures. Intel has 15 chip...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/24/2008

AMD's SB750: Enabling Higher Phenom Overclocks?

Rumor has it that AMD's new South Bridge will allow Phenom processors to clock higher. Believe it or not, it works. We try and figure out why...

51 by Gary Key on 7/23/2008

AMD's Phenom X4 9950, 9350e and 9150e: Lower Prices, Voltage Tricks and Strange Behavior

AMD is introducing three new quad-core Phenom processors today: a 2.6GHz 9950 Black Edition, a 2.0GHz 9350e and a 1.8GHz 9150e. AMD has also dropped its prices, making...

37 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Gary Key on 7/1/2008

The Nehalem Preview: Intel Does It Again

Two years ago we previewed Intel's Conroe core and to our surprise it blew away its closest competitor by 20 - 30% easily. Today, Intel is without competition...

110 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/5/2008

Intel Launches Low-Power 65nm 4 Series Chipsets for the Desktop

With the release of their X48 Express performance chipset just a few short months back, many are asking why Intel is releasing another round of new chipsets so soon...

15 by Kris Boughton on 6/5/2008

AMD Announces GAME!: Raising the Bar for Mainstream Gaming PCs

There's been one successful platform logo in recent history: Centrino. Today AMD announces its own logo program but for mainstream gaming PCs. The program is called AMD...

58 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/19/2008

NVIDIA 780a: Integrated Graphics and SLI in One

We provide our first look at NVIDIA’s latest chipset that provides integrated graphics functionality free, well almost; you do need to buy the motherboard.

39 by Gary Key on 5/6/2008

AMD's Phenom X3 8000 Series: Fighting Two Cores with Three?

AMD is introducing the first triple-core x86 processors as a part of its quick and dirty strategy to remain competitive with Intel's dual-core CPUs. Despite having more cores...

45 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/23/2008

IGP Power Consumption - 780G, GF8200, and G35

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the greenest of them all? The answer may surprise you.

44 by Gary Key on 4/18/2008

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