One of the more enjoyable rituals with Apple’s annual iPhone launch is the decapping, deconstruction, and photographing of the processor die at the heart of Apple’s newest SoC. While we can learn a lot about the SoC from software, for some things there’s just no replacement for looking at the hardware itself and counting the functional blocks present. And this year, as in past years, the honor of being the first to tear apart the SoC goes to Chipworks. For determining the layout of A8, Chipworks reached out to us to solicit our input on their die shot, and after some rounds of going back and forth we believe we’ve come to a solid determination of some of A8’s features and how it has...

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 & E6400: Tremendous Value Through Overclocking

Sure the Core 2 Extreme is fast, but it's also expensive. How much performance can you wring out of the more budget oriented E6300 and E6400?

137 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/26/2006

Intel's Core 2 Extreme & Core 2 Duo: The Empire Strikes Back

After years of releasing slow and power hungry processors, Intel is finally back. We give you the full scoop on the new lean but powerful Core 2 processor line.

200 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/14/2006

nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition: NVIDIA prepares an Intel 975X Killer

A quick look at the nForce 590-SLI Intel Edition reference board gives us a glimpse into the future of what NVIDIA plans for Core 2 Duo.

37 by Gary Key on 6/27/2006

Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 Preview from Taiwan

We got our hands on a Core 2 Extreme X6800 and an Athlon 64 FX-62 while in Taiwan. You can probably guess what we did next.

133 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Gary Key on 6/6/2006

AMD Analyst Day Platform Announcements

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.

40 by Derek Wilson on 6/2/2006

nForce 500: nForce4 on Steroids?

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.

64 by Gary Key & Wesley Fink on 5/24/2006

AMD Socket-AM2: Same Performance, Faster Memory, Lower Power

A month after our Socket-AM2 preview, AMD has officially launched their Socket-AM2. We go in-depth to find that not much has changed.

80 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/23/2006

Intel Core versus AMD's K8 architecture

How does the Athlon 64 architecture, known as "Hammer" or "K8", compare with the newly announced Intel Core architecture? Does AMD have a chance to compete with the latest...

85 by Johan De Gelas on 5/1/2006

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion CPU Performance

We've taken a look at Oblivion's GPU requirements, but what about the CPU? Our next Oblivion article targets that portion of your system, showing performance scaling with a variety...

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/28/2006

First Look: AM2 DDR2 vs. 939 DDR Performance

With AM2 just six weeks away will AMD DDR2 memory performance be all we expect? Find out in this first in-depth look at DDR2 memory performance on AM2.

37 by Wesley Fink on 4/17/2006

AMD Socket-AM2 Performance Preview

We've been testing AMD's Socket-AM2 platform since January and after several revisions we have what may end up being near-final performance numbers. Read on to find out how...

105 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/10/2006

Intel Pentium D 805 - Dual Core on a Budget

For a little over $130 you can now buy a dual core processor but the question is, is it any good? We answer that question and a few...

49 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/7/2006

An AMD Update: Fab 36 Begins Shipments, Planning for 65nm and AM2 Performance

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.

68 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/4/2006

Intel's Pentium Extreme Edition 965: The Last of a Dying Breed

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.

42 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/22/2006

AMD AM2: More than just a Memory Change

AM2 brings support for DDR2, but it will also be a new 940 socket plus a brand new Heatsink-Fan configuration

50 by Wesley Fink on 2/6/2006

NVIDIA: New nForce4 Chipsets

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.

32 by Gary Key & Wesley Fink on 1/17/2006

AMD Athlon 64 FX-60: A Dual-Core farewell to Socket-939

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...

94 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2006

Intel's Pentium Extreme Edition 955: 65nm, 4 threads and 376M transistors

Intel's first 65nm processor has now launched, but the question is what can a 65nm process, 4 threads of execution and an incredible 376 million transistors bring us? ...

84 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/30/2005

SUN’s UltraSparc T1 - the Next Generation Server CPUs

SUN's Ultrasparc T1, formerly known as Niagara, is much more than just a new UltraSparc. It is the harbinger of a new generation of CPUs, which focus almost solely...

49 by Johan De Gelas on 12/29/2005

Investigations into Athlon X2 Overclocking

How much dual core goodness can you get from the cheapest X2 processor? Our next installment in overclocking articles looks to answer that question.

45 by Jarred Walton on 12/21/2005

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