CPUs

End users need to be aware of the performance of their current cooling solutions in order to reasonably assess the upgrade that will fit their needs. In this review we will showcase the thermal performance of some popular stock CPU coolers, including the controversial aftermarket Intel BXTS15A and the highly touted AMD Wraith, marketed as offering 125W of near-silent cooling and the equivalent of a $30 freebie. We also included one of the most popular mainstream coolers available, the Cooler Master EVO 212, as a baseline comparison against aftermarket solutions.

Intel Launches Skylake vPro With Intel Authenticate

Intel’s vPro technology has been around for quite a while now, and with every new processor generation they seem to always add more features under the vPro umbrella. For...

20 by Brett Howse on 1/19/2016

AMD Reports Q4 2015 Results And FY 2015 Earnings

Today AMD released their quarterly earnings for Q4 of Fiscal Year 2015. AMD continues to struggle financially, and for Q4 they had revenues of $958 million, down 10% from...

69 by Brett Howse on 1/19/2016

Intel Reports Q4 FY 2015 Results: Record Revenue For Q4

Today Intel announced their earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015. The year ended strong, with record revenues of $14.9 billion. This is up 1% of Q4...

20 by Brett Howse on 1/14/2016

Intel: For Mainstream Gamers, Our IGPs Are Equivalent to Discrete GPUs

Intel’s integrated graphics processors (iGPUs) are the most widespread PC-class graphics adapters on the planet. Enthusiasts of high-performance personal computers do not use Intel’s iGPUs, but the world’s largest...

96 by Anton Shilov on 1/14/2016

AMD Announces A10-7890K APU and Upgrades Desktop Platforms

AMD plans to improve performance of its desktop computing platforms by launching a new accelerated processing unit as well as another generation of AM3+ and FM2+ motherboards with USB...

47 by Anton Shilov on 1/9/2016

AMD Reveals Wraith: Next-Generation Cooler for Microprocessors

Both AMD and Intel bundle cooling solutions with their microprocessors. Such coolers are inexpensive, they are rather reliable and they do their job. They are not supposed to enable...

54 by Anton Shilov on 1/8/2016

Price Check: Intel's Core i7-6700K CPU In Short Supply

Demand for Intel’s Skylake CPUs has been very high since the introduction of the company’s latest processors in August. Even though the manufacturer has ramped up the supply of...

104 by Anton Shilov on 12/30/2015

BCLK Overclocking Intel’s non-K Skylake Processors: Coming Soon

Anyone who has kept tabs on the extreme overclocking community recently would have noticed that the overclocker Dhenzjhen recently took a Core i3-6320 up to 127 MHz on increasing...

51 by Ian Cutress on 12/11/2015

ARM on AMD: The A1100 Seattle Silicon at SuperComputing 15

Anyone loosely following AMD’s efforts with ARM intellectual property would have had on their periphery the noise of the A1100 product aimed at servers, codenamed Seattle. The idea was...

18 by Ian Cutress on 11/24/2015

Broadwell E3 v4 Xeons: Cirrascale at SuperComputing 15

The hubbub about the Broadwell Xeon family was relatively interesting. We managed to get hold of the models that came in a socketed form for testing, the E3-1285 v4...

4 by Ian Cutress on 11/23/2015

Intel Introduces New Braswell Stepping with J3060, J3160 and J3710

When a processor is manufactured, it has a series of designations to identify it, such as the name. But alongside this, as with almost every manufactured product ever, each...

19 by Ian Cutress on 11/23/2015

SuperComputing 15: Intel’s Knights Landing / Xeon Phi Silicon on Display

There are lots of stories to tell from the SuperComputing 15 conference here in Austin, but a clear overriding theme – in order to reach ‘Exascale’ (the fancy name...

26 by Ian Cutress on 11/19/2015

The AMD A8-7670K APU Review: Aiming for Rocket League

Over the past couple of years, AMD has slowly released their mainstream brand of Kaveri processors. In turn, we have reviewed them, and they consistently aim to provide a...

153 by Ian Cutress on 11/18/2015

A Few Notes on Intel’s Knights Landing and MCDRAM Modes from SC15

When learning about new hardware, there are always different angles to look at it. For the most part, manufacturers talking to the media will focus on the hardware aspects...

10 by Ian Cutress on 11/16/2015

Intel @ SC15: Launching Xeon Phi “Knights Landing” & Omni-Path Architecture

The fourth and final of the major SC15 conference announcements/briefings for today comes Intel. As Intel is in the middle of executing on their previously announced roadmap, they aren’t...

7 by Ryan Smith on 11/16/2015

IBM & Xilinx @ SC15: Collaborating For Better POWER/FPGA System Integration

Kicking off this week is the annual International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis, better known as SC. Along with the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), SC...

4 by Ryan Smith on 11/16/2015

ARM Announces New Cortex-A35 CPU - Ultra-High Efficiency For Wearables & More

Today as part of the volley of announcements at ARM's TechCon conference we discover ARM's new low-power application-tier CPU architecture, the Cortex-A35. ARM follows an interesting product model: The...

23 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/10/2015

ARM Announces ARMv8-M Instruction Set For Microcontrollers – TrustZone Comes to Cortex-M

Kicking off today in Santa Clara, California is ARM’s annual developer conference and expo, TechCon. Although ARM announces products year-round, they always have a couple of announcements reserved for...

10 by Ryan Smith on 11/10/2015

Examining Intel's New Speed Shift Tech on Skylake: More Responsive Processors

Modern computer processors are constantly changing their operating frequency (and voltage) depending on workload. For Intel processors, this is often handled by the operating system which will request a...

49 by Brett Howse on 11/6/2015

The IBM POWER8 Review: Challenging the Intel Xeon

We recently got our hands on a S822L, an dual socket OpenPOWER server. IBM claims that this is an affordable, high performance and highly expandable alternative to the typical...

145 by Johan De Gelas on 11/6/2015

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