CPUs

In recent months and quarters I have had discussions about why CPU manufacturers offer a number of processors each separated by $7 and 100 MHz. The obvious answer (but not always the logical answer) is to cater for what the customer wants by overloading them with choice. As a result, sometimes direct CPU comparisons can be difficult, as it requires testing every CPU released. Thankfully for AMD’s Kaveri, todays tests of the A10-7700K and A6-7400K plugs a few holes in our AMD benchmark numbers to allow those comparisons.

NVIDIA 680i: The Best Core 2 Chipset?

NVIDIA's answer to the shortcomings of 590 on the Intel platform is the 680i. Is the new NVIDIA chipset all we hoped for?

60 by Gary Key & Wesley Fink on 11/8/2006

Intel's Core 2 Extreme QX6700: The Multi-core Era Begins

Today Intel officially launches its first quad core desktop processor: the Core 2 Extreme QX6700. Find out what four cores means for performance, efficiency and the future of...

58 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/2/2006

Intel Core 2 Chipset Power Consumption Shootout

You've got a new low power Core 2 processor but what chipset do you use? Does chipset choice impact power consumption? We find out today

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/12/2006

ASUS P5B-E: P965 stepping C1 versus C2, Round One

Our journey into finding the claimed C2 performance improvements yields some surprising results.

27 by Gary Key on 10/4/2006

Quad Cores: Intel Kentsfield Preview

Intel gave members of the press an opportunity to run some preliminary benchmarks on their quad-core Kentsfield processor at the Fall 2006 Intel Developer's Forum. Here's a chance...

34 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/28/2006

Fall IDF 2006 - Day 1: 45/65nm, UMPC Update and Quad-Core

Intel's Paul Otellini kicked off this year's Fall IDF with the first keynote of the show and as always, we've got coverage of the event

12 by Anand Shimpi & Larry Barber on 9/26/2006

Mobile CPU Wars: Core 2 Duo vs. Core Duo

Intel's Merom processor brings Core 2 Duo to the mobile world. Will it make as big of an impression as Conroe has on the desktop?

46 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/3/2006

AMD & ATI: The Acquisition from all Points of View

Last week AMD made an announcement that could change our industry forever. We take a look at the merger from the perspectives of AMD, ATI, Intel and NVIDIA.

60 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/1/2006

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.

81 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

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