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.
Intel might be changing the naming conventions, but AMD is changing the whole core. Here comes Newcastle...
Kristopher Kubicki on 4/16/2004
There has been a lot of speculation about the total heat dissipation of Prescott in comparison to Northwood. Obviously it is a hotter chip, but what kind of heat...
Derek Wilson on 4/16/2004
Complications have delayed i925X and 64bit enabled 800FSB Xeons.
Kristopher Kubicki on 4/11/2004
Update April 8, 2004: Check out the update Intel Product name forecasts.
Kristopher Kubicki on 4/8/2004
In Part 1, we took a look at the features of nForce3-250; Part 2 takes a closer look at performance. Does the performance of the new nF3-250 make...
Wesley Fink on 3/29/2004
nVidia has reinvented the nForce3 chipset with their latest nForce3-250Gb. Does the new chipset establish nF3-250 as the new market leader for Athlon 64? Part 1 takes...
Wesley Fink on 3/23/2004
The Athlon 64 FX series gets a speed bump. We take a look at just what the 200MHz (9.1%) speed increase translates to in terms of performance and value...
Derek Wilson on 3/18/2004
Does Pentium M excite you too? This week we have some upcoming information on the release schedule for Dothan, as well as Itanium 2 and Xeon release dates.
Kristopher Kubicki on 3/13/2004
With Dothan and Socket T on the way, Intel's newest marketing decision may be something right out of AMD's playbook.
Kristopher Kubicki on 3/12/2004
Or how I learned to stop worrying and let AMD change the rating on its upcoming Socket 939 processors. Updated roadmaps inside.
Kristopher Kubicki on 3/3/2004
Our sources say the DDR2 transition won't be as clear cut Intel would like it to be....
Kristopher Kubicki on 2/27/2004
One of the more contentious areas in Athlon 64 reviews is whether the PCI/AGP bus is really locked when you increase the CPU speed. This is also a...
Wesley Fink on 2/16/2004
The 3.2E Prescott brings the number of Intel 3.2GHz processors to 3. We compare the performance of the three 3.2 CPUs on our reference Asus P4C800-E using our...
Wesley Fink on 2/12/2004
Intel's first 90nm processor is here and after delays and much waiting, we're getting much more than we bargained for. If you thought this chip was just a...
Anand Lal Shimpi & Derek Wilson on 2/1/2004
VIA's 2004 chipset roadmap reveals plans to lengthen the PCI Express transition...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/31/2004
Another look at Intel's roadmaps reveal that 925X and 915 (Alderwood and Grantsdale) may lack AGP support in an attempt to move to PCI Express right away.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/30/2004
Ask and you shall receive, we brought you information about AMD's 2004 Roadmap in a concise package and now after hearing your requests we've done the same for Intel's CPUs...
Anand Lal Shimpi, Kris Kubicki and Wesley Fink on 1/21/2004
AMD's roadmap can be a bit confusing, so we put together a quick one-pager to help clear things up...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/13/2004
AMD has been busy the last few weeks. First came the 3000+, which established a new lower price point for the Athlon64 family. Then, AMD announced their...
Wesley Fink on 1/12/2004