CPUs

Today marks a full 10 years since the first Core 2 processors, and hence Intel’s 64-bit Core microarchitecture, were made officially available. These included a number of popular dual-core processor parts, including the seemingly ubiquitous E6400 and the Core 2 Extreme X6800. These were built on Intel’s 65nm process, and marked a turning point in the desktop processor ecosystem. To quote Anand in our launch review: ‘you’re looking at the most impressive piece of silicon the world has ever seen’. Today’s anniversary is somewhat bittersweet, as this week saw the official launch of the ‘final’ biannual International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors report which predicts the stalling of smaller silicon manufacturing nodes and the progression of new design paradigms to tackle the next 10-15 years...

AMD's Athlon II X3 435 & New Energy Efficient CPUs: Killing Intel Below $90

Hot on the heels of last months' $99 quad-core, AMD is back with a higher performance alternative to Intel's Pentium E6xxx series. It's the return of the triple core...

178 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/20/2009

Marvell's ARMADA: Custom Designed ARM SoCs Break 1GHz

Anyone can license ARM's microprocessor architectures, Marvell chooses to license only the instruction set and build its own designs. We look at Marvell's architecture to see if it's...

28 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/19/2009

The Real Conroe Successor: Clarkdale & All You Need to Know about Westmere

Intel's 32nm Nehalem tick is almost upon us. Westmere isn't a radical departure from Nehalem, but there are a few enhancements worth talking about. We go...

96 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/24/2009

The Lynnfield Followup: Turbo Mode and Overclocking Investigated

You asked for results with turbo disabled. You asked for overclocking results. We aim to please: here are the additional tests you requested of Intel's Core i5 and...

47 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/18/2009

The Intel Core i7 860 Review

The missing link in the Lynnfield lineup is the Core i7 860. Priced at $284 it's no more expensive than a Core i7 920, yet it runs at...

122 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/18/2009

AMD Athlon II X4 620 & 630: The First $99 Quad Core CPU

AMD's pricing department has struck gold. Armed with a brand new die, the Athlon II X4 620 performs like a $160 CPU but at 60% of the cost...

149 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/16/2009

Intel's Core i7 870 & i5 750, Lynnfield: Harder, Better, Faster Stronger

Today Intel unveils the Nehalem that we've all been waiting for. Starting at $196 and outperforming nearly everything on the market, Lynnfield is here. It's more than just another...

345 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/8/2009

How Much Does it Cost to Build a P55 Motherboard?

Recent discussions of P55 motherboard pricing inspired us to do some digging and figure out exactly how much it costs to build a motherboard. While we'll see ~$100...

54 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/21/2009

Phenom II X4 965: A Look at CPU/MB Bundle Pricing

AMD promised attractive bundle deals for the new Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition from North American vendors. We took a quick look at the current state of...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/13/2009

AMD's Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition

It's literally the fastest chip AMD has ever shipped. At 3.4GHz this is the closest you're going to get to a Core i7 performance without going Nehalem. ...

58 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/13/2009

Globalfoundries Starts on 22nm Fab & Announces First non-AMD Customer

What used to be AMD's manufacturing arm is now officially known as Globalfoundries. The new company has started work on its first 22nm fab, due to start production...

51 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/29/2009

Intel Quietly Announces Core i5 and Core i3 Branding

Intel quietly announced the Core i5 and i3 branding for future Nehalem CPUs. I hope to add some additional light to the announcement.

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/17/2009

Intel’s Core i7-975 & 950: Preparing for Lynnfield

The world's fastest processor gets faster. The new Core i7-975 runs at 3.33GHz but will hit 3.60GHz when only one core is active. The end result is...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2009

The Athlon II X2 & Phenom II X2: 45nm Dual-Core from AMD

After months of begging, we finally have 45nm dual-core from AMD. And these new parts perform. Competition is alive and well in the lower price points.

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/2/2009

The Lynnfield Preview: Rumblings of Revenge

If executed properly, Lynnfield may be *the* chip to get in 2009. We've got the benchmarks and data to answer why.

96 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/29/2009

Intel Unveils Next-Generation Atom Details

The next netbook/nettop Atom platform is closer than you think. It's called Pine Trail and it brings both the memory controller and graphics core on-die. Expect lower...

27 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/19/2009

The Core 2 Quad Q8400: Intel's $183 Phenom II 940 Competitor

AMD and Intel have quietly been fighting a quad-core price war. AMD started by introducing a very competitive Phenom II X4 940 priced similarly to Intel's Core 2...

60 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/7/2009

AMD Athlon X2 7850 vs. Intel Pentium E5300: Choosing the Best $70 CPU

Here's a price point we don't usually talk about: $70. And here's another interesting fact. At $70 you can buy a CPU faster than a 3.73GHz dual-core...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/28/2009

AMD's Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition

AMD continues to build its competitiveness with an even faster Phenom II. The 955 is AMD's answer to Intel's Core 2 Quad Q9550.

63 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/23/2009

Intel Announces Intent to Manufacture Atom SoCs at TSMC

What could have been a universe imploding sort of announcement amounted to something that just made sense: Intel will be making Atom SoCs at TSMC in addition to at...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/2/2009

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