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Though it would be unfair to state that there was a point where device security never mattered, it’s safe to say that the interest in security from hardware manufacturers, developers, and consumers alike has never been greater. Thanks to a combination of greater hardware capabilities, wider than ever deployments of computers in all facets of life (e.g. IoT), and yes, no shortage of high-profile security breaches, device security has become increasingly important. So far pretty much every vendor has taken their own crack at the matter, and Imagination Technologies is no different. As the owner of the MIPS architecture and the PowerVR family of GPUs, Imagination has been working on the matter for some time now. Most recently, as our long-time readers may recall, the...

Intel's Core 2 Extreme QX9770 Preview - Updated

Spoiling AMD's fun, Intel let us benchmark its upcoming QX9770 processor complete with 1600MHz FSB.

28 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/19/2007

Intel X48 - Much Ado about Nothing....

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?

20 by Gary Key on 11/14/2007

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 - Penryn Ticks Ahead

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?

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/29/2007

Intel X38: Overclocking Update

We answer a couple of questions about the overclocking capabilities of the ASUS and Gigabyte X38 boards before the full reviews.

8 by Gary Key on 10/24/2007

Intel X38: Where's the Beef?

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...

14 by Gary Key on 10/10/2007

Midrange CPU Roundup: It's Time to Buy

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...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/28/2007

Penryn and SkullTrail Benchmarked at IDF

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...

14 by Anand Shimpi & Cara Hamm on 9/20/2007

AMD Phenom Preview: Barcelona Desktop Benchmarks

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?

69 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/10/2007

A New SSE Instruction Set: AMD Announces SSE5

AMD continues their new performance initiative with SSE5. We take a look at what this new instruction set brings to the table

17 by Ryan Smith on 8/30/2007

The Penryn Preview - Part I: Wolfdale Performance

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...

55 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/21/2007

Intel Core 2 Q6600 G0 Stepping: Cheap Quad Core Just Got Better

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.

33 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/16/2007

Preparing For Future Software: AMD's Lightweight Profiling Proposal

This week AMD proposed a new x86 extension instruction set, how will their Lightweight Profiling Proposal help users and developers?

11 by Ryan Smith on 8/16/2007

AMD: Still in the Game

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.

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/26/2007

NVIDIA 680i SLI: Official 1333MHz FSB CPU Support Arrives

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.

18 by Gary Key on 7/20/2007

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 and Massive Price Cuts

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...

67 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/16/2007

Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Preview: The Desktop Gets a 1333MHz FSB

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...

42 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/25/2007

AMD Athlon X2 BE-2350: Mainstream X2s with 45W TDP

AMD introduces mainstream dual core X2s with a 45W TDP and that cost less than $100. How does that sound?

46 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/5/2007

Intel P35: Game Performance Update

We provide a quick second look at game performance utilizing the ASUS P5K3 Deluxe, DDR3, and ATI HD 2900XT CrossFire combination.

13 by Gary Key on 5/23/2007

Intel P35: Intel's Mainstream Chipset Grows Up

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?

58 by Gary Key & Wesley Fink on 5/21/2007

Intel P35 Memory Performance: A Closer Look

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.

14 by Wesley Fink on 5/18/2007

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