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.

Dual Core Intel Platform Shootout - NVIDIA nForce4 vs. Intel 955X

Now that there's at least one reason to look at Intel CPUs, what's the best chipset for dual core processors? We compare NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI Intel Edition...

96 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/14/2005

Intel Dual Core Performance Preview Part II: A Deeper Look

This time around we look at the more affordable Pentium D 2.8GHz as well as the impacts of hard drives on multitasking performance, including in games.

106 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/6/2005

Intel Dual Core Performance Preview Part I: First Encounter

We bring you the first real world performance benchmarks and impressions of Intel's upcoming desktop dual core processors.

142 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/4/2005

Interview with AMD's Fred Weber - The Future of AMD Microprocessors

Fred gives us a candid look at everything from the successor to Athlon 64 to Cell.

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/31/2005

Intel's Pentium M Desktop Part II: ASUS' Pentium M to Pentium 4 Socket Adapter

In our first article, the Pentium M wasn't very competitive on the desktop. But what about when paired with a desktop chipset? ASUS shows us how...

48 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/24/2005

Understanding the Cell Microprocessor

Cutting through the hype and understanding the technology, that's what this article is all about. What's the big deal about Cell and does it have a future? We tell...

63 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/17/2005

The Quest for More Processing Power, Part Two: "Multi-core and multi-threaded gaming"

As we enter an era of increasingly multithreaded, multi-core CPUs, who will benefit the most from it? What is the use for all this CPU power? Will dual core...

49 by Johan De Gelas on 3/14/2005

A Closer Look At PhysX: Our Take On The PPU

Can AGEIA do for physics what the GPU did for graphics? The PhysX PPU is their upcoming product poised to bring physics processing add-in cards to the PC. What's...

70 by Derek Wilson on 3/11/2005

AMD Unveils Turion 64 Mobile Technology: A Rebranded Mobile Athlon 64

AMD finally provided more details about their new Turion 64 Mobile Technology - as we originally guessed, it's basically a new name for the 90nm Mobile Athlon 64.

43 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/10/2005

Intel Pentium 4 6xx and 3.73EE: Favoring Features Over Performance

With the introduction of its newest Pentium 4 revision, Intel has doubled the L2 cache size, added EIST and EM64T, and taken away the bite of the Extreme Edition...

71 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Derek Wilson on 2/21/2005

AMD K8 E4 Stepping: SSE3 Performance

The Revision E core AMD launched with the new Opteron 252 includes SSE3 along with the 1GHz coherent HT link, 90nm fabrication, and organic packaging.

48 by Derek Wilson on 2/17/2005

The Quest for More Processing Power, Part One: "Is the single core CPU doomed?"

Why did Prescott really fail? Will Multi-Core CPUs really be an answer to our performance prayers? What will future CPU architectures bring? If you seek the answers, join us...

65 by Johan De Gelas on 2/8/2005

Intel's Pentium M on the Desktop - A Viable Alternative?

Although many want to declare it the death of Net Burst, is the Pentium M truly suited for a high performance desktop?

76 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/7/2005

Rambus in Cell Processors and Intel's Dual Core Announcements

Rambus is the interface of choice for 90% of the signaling pins in the Cell architecture, and Intel's dual-core is on schedule for Q2 of this year. Interested yet?

38 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/7/2005

VIA PT Series: VIA PCI Express for Intel

VIA launches three new PCI Express chipsets for Intel - all featuring DDR or DDR2 with either AGP or PCIe on the PT880 PRO. Will these...

25 by Wesley Fink on 1/31/2005

Half Life 2 CPU Performance

How do CPUs impact performance in the most CPU and GPU taxing game we've seen to date? We look at CPU performance as well as GPU scaling performance...

68 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/26/2005

The Consequence of Waking Up a Sleeping Giant: Intel Roadmaps Inside

Intel might have dropped the ball in 2004, but if their roadmap is only a fraction of what they anticipate, 2005/2006 are going to be a very wild ride.

74 by Kristopher Kubicki on 1/25/2005

NVIDIA nForce Professional Brings Huge I/O to Opteron

The newest core logic solution from NVIDIA brings PCI Express, 10 USB 2.0 connections, SATA 3Gb/s, and a whole lot more to the Opteron platform. Already being qualified on...

55 by Derek Wilson on 1/24/2005

Morphing nForce4 Ultra into nForce4 SLI

Shifting drivers, driver lockouts, and SLI-type performance on the Ultra chipset lead us to take a closer look at the real story on SLI/Ultra chipsets.

85 by Wesley Fink on 1/18/2005

AMD CPU Roadmap: Q4'04 Two Heads are Better than One

AMD reveals more of their plans for 2005, with new additions to the Sempron family along with some information on their dual core plans. How long will that...

31 by Jarred Walton on 12/18/2004

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