Next up in our series of Holiday Buyer’s Guides is a look at processors. Building systems in time for a holiday season means that picking the right components at the right time will ensure a system performs as it should on day one, and everyone is happy. When it comes to processors, there are a lot of users on both sides of the fence: some will stick to Intel, others will praise AMD, sometimes both for similar reasons. I would like to start on the side of no bias; I run systems on both, have suggested systems for both, and my box of processors for Gaming CPU testing is quite full - but I do love a nice dollop of performance.
Manufacturers tell us Intel will deploy DDR2-667 in Q1'05. ATI has plans for DDR2-667 in its upcoming RS400 chipset, but can ATI pull together for a successful deployment...
Kristopher Kubicki on 7/23/2004
Intel's new 90nm Pentium M is not only a high performing mobile chip, but it can hang with the desktop CPUs too.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/21/2004
Want the truth about how to break Intel's 925X overclock lock? Manufacturers tell us what is REALLY going on and what they are doing to bypass the lock.
Wesley Fink on 7/16/2004
Forget your CPU core specs? Here is a little cheatsheet for you!
Kristopher Kubicki on 7/12/2004
We told you about those new Intel CPUs with the "E" stepping that enables XD stack protection. Inside we have timeframe details, as well as model information for...
Kristopher Kubicki on 7/11/2004
Intel has a new stepping of virtually all of their current processors to take advantage of Windows XP SP2's ability to lock out stack overflows. We have the details inside.
Kristopher Kubicki on 7/7/2004
Today, Intel is launching the new and improved Celeron D based on the 90nm Prescott core. Even though Prescott's performance as a Pentium 4 was less than impressive, the...
Derek Wilson on 6/24/2004
No sooner had the 925X and 915 been launched than the word started spreading that Intel had locked the overclocking on the new chipsets. Are the new chipsets...
Wesley Fink on 6/23/2004
Continuing our coverage of Intel's new CPU and platform launch, we look at the performance of Intel's fastest processor and compare PCI Express boards from both ATI and NVIDIA.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/21/2004
Intel Socket 775 is paired with the new 925X & 915 chipsets and DDR2 memory. How do these new chipsets and DDR2 memory compare to your familiar 875/865...
Wesley Fink on 6/19/2004
Summary: AMD's newest processor lineup turns out to be more complicated
than just an Athlon XP replacement. We tell you how and why. Updated: Now with Pricing Info
Kristopher Kubicki on 6/18/2004
AMD announces the beginning of tape out of the first dual core Opterons. While products are still about a year away, we get some early hints on specs...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/14/2004
The new Dual-Channel Socket 939 has landed. How do VIA K8T800 PRO and nVidia nForce3-250Gb Ultra perform when driving the new processor? We also take a closer look...
Wesley Fink on 6/2/2004
Today marks the launch of the long awaited Socket 939 platform for AMD's Athlon 64 line of processors. With 939 comes dual channel memory controllers for unbuffered DDR RAM...
Derek Wilson on 6/1/2004
FX-57 shows up on the AMD roadmaps, FX-55 wattages, and AMD's shift to product naming. If you thought AMD was surprisingly quiet lately wait till you see their...
Kristopher Kubicki on 5/18/2004
nVidia brings the features of their innovative nForce3-250Gb chipset for the Athlon 64 to the nForce2 for Athlon XP. Now you can get on-chip Gigabit LAN, nVidia Firewall...
Wesley Fink on 5/13/2004
VIA finally adds PCI/AGP lock to a PRO version of the K8T800. The K8T800 PRO is also VIA's first chipset with 1000 HyperTransport. While this version is...
Wesley Fink on 5/6/2004
Today, ATI raises the bar with their second generation chipset for Pentium 4. We also found some interesting results when a board is designed to work first and...
Wesley Fink on 5/3/2004
The Athlon 64 platform is a very good option when it comes to performance computing, but when price is a highly important factor, the Athlon XP line can look...
Derek Wilson on 4/27/2004
ATI is finally breaking into the AMD desktop corelogic. Perhaps NVIDIA and VIA have some new competition?
Kristopher Kubicki on 4/16/2004