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From time to time companies bundle the latest games with their hardware in a bid to attract attention of gamers and to make their products more competitive. Such promotions are mutually beneficial: for gamers, it is a good way to upgrade and save some money on titles, while for companies it is an efficient way to increase sales. Recently AMD and Samsung have launched campaigns that add a free digital copy of various digital games with their products, including Civilization VI, Doom and Watch_Dogs 2. Update 11/22: NVIDIA has launched its own promotion, which will add Watch_Dogs 2 to select GeForce GTX 1070/1080 graphics cards and notebooks featuring these GPUs. AMD: Get Civilization VI and Doom for Free Running from October 27 to January 27 (or when...

Intel's SoC Update: 1B Transistors Embedded in 5 Years

Intel revealed a bit about its upcoming embedded and SoC plans. Aside from Larrabee, these are brand new areas for Intel's x86 architectures. Intel has 15 chip...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/24/2008

AMD's SB750: Enabling Higher Phenom Overclocks?

Rumor has it that AMD's new South Bridge will allow Phenom processors to clock higher. Believe it or not, it works. We try and figure out why...

51 by Gary Key on 7/23/2008

AMD's Phenom X4 9950, 9350e and 9150e: Lower Prices, Voltage Tricks and Strange Behavior

AMD is introducing three new quad-core Phenom processors today: a 2.6GHz 9950 Black Edition, a 2.0GHz 9350e and a 1.8GHz 9150e. AMD has also dropped its prices, making...

37 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Gary Key on 7/1/2008

The Nehalem Preview: Intel Does It Again

Two years ago we previewed Intel's Conroe core and to our surprise it blew away its closest competitor by 20 - 30% easily. Today, Intel is without competition...

110 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/5/2008

Intel Launches Low-Power 65nm 4 Series Chipsets for the Desktop

With the release of their X48 Express performance chipset just a few short months back, many are asking why Intel is releasing another round of new chipsets so soon...

15 by Kris Boughton on 6/5/2008

AMD Announces GAME!: Raising the Bar for Mainstream Gaming PCs

There's been one successful platform logo in recent history: Centrino. Today AMD announces its own logo program but for mainstream gaming PCs. The program is called AMD...

58 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/19/2008

NVIDIA 780a: Integrated Graphics and SLI in One

We provide our first look at NVIDIA’s latest chipset that provides integrated graphics functionality free, well almost; you do need to buy the motherboard.

39 by Gary Key on 5/6/2008

AMD's Phenom X3 8000 Series: Fighting Two Cores with Three?

AMD is introducing the first triple-core x86 processors as a part of its quick and dirty strategy to remain competitive with Intel's dual-core CPUs. Despite having more cores...

46 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/23/2008

IGP Power Consumption - 780G, GF8200, and G35

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the greenest of them all? The answer may surprise you.

44 by Gary Key on 4/18/2008

Intel's Atom Architecture: The Journey Begins

When we reviewed the first Centrino CPU we claimed that it would revolutionize the mobile world, and it has. Intel's Atom processor has even more ambitious goals and...

46 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/2/2008

Higher Clock Speeds, No TLB Issues and Better Pricing: The New Phenom

Last year Phenom brought AMD a terrible end to a terrible year. While AMD continues to try to resurrect itself we find ourselves in the midst of a...

65 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/27/2008

NVIDIA's 790i Arrives: SLI Rides Again

Users looking to run the latest DDR3 memory technology with multi-GPU graphics from NVIDIA finally have the answer they've been waiting for. We examine exactly what makes the nForce...

20 by Kris Boughton on 3/18/2008

Opening the Kimono: Intel Details Nehalem and Tempts with Larrabee

Intel gave us a few morsels of information on its future microprocessor plans, including details on the architectural enhancements to its first desktop CPU with an integrated memory controller...

53 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/17/2008

AMD's B3 Stepping Phenom Previewed, TLB Hardware Fix Tested

We scored a B3 stepping Phenom with the hardware level fix for the TLB bug. Let's find out if Phenom take-two is any better than the original.

30 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/12/2008

AMD 780G: Preview of the Best Current IGP Solution

We take an initial look at HD playback quality against the GeForce 8200 and G35.

50 by Gary Key on 3/10/2008

More Details on the Intel Atom Emerge

Intel revealed some more information on the Atom processor and its 2009/2010 successor, Moorestown.

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/6/2008

Intel's 45nm Dual-Core E8500: The Best Just Got Better

Intel continues to assert their processor marketplace dominance with the release of a new line of 45nm dual-core CPUs designed to bring outstanding performance and energy efficiency to the desktop.

45 by Kris Boughton on 3/5/2008

Silverthorne Gets a Name: Meet Intel Atom and Intel Centrino Atom

Intel is announcing the brand names for its ultra low power x86 Silverthorne based processors and platforms. Read on for the specifics.

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/2/2008

Intel X38 Tango - Is High FSB Overclocking Worth It?

We do some dirty dancing with Intel's X38 MCH and find that there is a price to pay for running those high FSB rates.

16 by Rajinder Gill on 2/26/2008

Intel's Silverthorne Unveiled: Detailing Baby Centrino

Intel unveiled the architectural details of its Silverthorne CPU at this year's ISSCC. Silverthorne has the potential to be Intel's most important microarchitecture since the first Centrino CPUs...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/20/2008

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