Many industries, both inside and outside of technology, are versed in the terminology ‘cheap and cheerful’. When enthusiasts were overclocking their CPUs at the turn of the century, this was the case – taking a low cost part, such as the Celeron 300A, and adjusting one or two settings to make it run as fast as a Pentium III 450 MHz. This gave a +50% frequency boost at the lower price point, as long as one could manage the heat output. The Pentium Anniversary Edition is a small nod back to those days, and to celebrate the 20+ years of Pentium branding, Intel is now releasing a $75 overclockable dual core Haswell-derived CPU.
At this week's AMD Analyst Day, many new cpu and platform features were unveiled for all the world to see. Here's our brief look at what was revealed.
Derek Wilson on 6/2/2006
nForce 500 looks and sounds like a heavyweight, but is it revolutionary or simply an evolutionary nForce4 under the hood? That's what we aim to find out.
Gary Key & Wesley Fink on 5/24/2006
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Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/23/2006
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Johan De Gelas on 5/1/2006
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Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/28/2006
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Wesley Fink on 4/17/2006
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Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/10/2006
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Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/7/2006
AMD finally begins shipping revenue generating parts from Fab 36, updates the world on their plans for 65 and 45nm and as a whole grows as a company.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/4/2006
As Intel introduces their first dual core 3.73GHz Extreme Edition processor, we count down the days until NetBurst is gone and Core is upon us.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/22/2006
AM2 brings support for DDR2, but it will also be a new 940 socket plus a brand new Heatsink-Fan configuration
Wesley Fink on 2/6/2006
NVIDIA releases the nForce4 SLI XE and NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra for Intel processors . This extends NVIDIA Intel offerings to the full discrete graphics Intel desktop line.
Gary Key & Wesley Fink on 1/17/2006
AMD's Socket-939 has been the platform of choice almost immediately after its introduction, so it is fitting that the last Socket-939 processor to be released would be the Athlon...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2006
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Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/30/2005
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Johan De Gelas on 12/29/2005
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Jarred Walton on 12/21/2005
As promised, Part II of our exclusive Yonah Performance Preview is here. Compared to an Athlon 64 X2 and a Pentium M, we further level the playing field...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/19/2005
NVIDIA has announced they will buy ULi Electronics.
Wesley Fink on 12/14/2005
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Wesley Fink on 12/13/2005
Intel introduces four new chipsets to its roadmap heading into the 2H of 2006 and upgrades FSB and memory support. Pricing doesn't fluctuate much and the high-end solutions remain unchanged.
Tuan Nguyen on 12/7/2005