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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 8-core Skulltrail Platform: Close to Perfecting the Niche

Need 8 cores but can't wait until 2009? Intel's Skulltrail platform can give you 8 Penryn based cores today, but not without some serious caveats.

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/4/2008

Intel's Menlow Revealed: Baby Centrino Gets Ready

Intel has been hard at work on an even smaller, even more power efficient mobile platform since 2004. The first incarnation is about to be released and we...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2008

Intel Mobile Penryn Benchmarked: Battery Life Improves Again

The latest update to Centrino comes in the form of a mobile Penryn. Here's what we have to look forward to.

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/7/2008

PCI Express 2.0: Scalable Interconnect Technology, TNG

We look at the technology behind PCI Express 2.0 and the innovations that drive the changes.

21 by Kris Boughton on 1/5/2008

Overclocking Intel's New 45nm QX9650: The Rules Have Changed

By using a new material combination of high-k gate dielectrics and metal gates, Intel's 45nm process once again raises the bar by delivering faster multi-core processors that consume significantly...

56 by Kris Boughton on 12/19/2007

NVIDIA 780i: Evolution Plus Triple SLI

NVIDIA updates the 680i with the addition of 3-Way x16 SLI, PCI Express 2.0, and ESA.

24 by Wesley Fink on 12/17/2007

ASUS P5E3 Deluxe Overclocking: DDR3 Takes Front Stage

We provide a BIOS guide and explain how to get the most out of your Q6600 and DDR3 investment on this impressive motherboard.

26 by Kris Boughton on 11/20/2007

AMD's Phenom Unveiled: A Somber Farewell to K8

After entirely too long we are able to benchmark AMD's Phenom 9900, 9700, 9600 and 9500. The quad-core market is now a two-horse race, or is it?

120 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/19/2007

Intel's Core 2 Extreme QX9770 Preview - Updated

Spoiling AMD's fun, Intel let us benchmark its upcoming QX9770 processor complete with 1600MHz FSB.

28 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/19/2007

Intel X48 - Much Ado about Nothing....

We take a quick test drive of the ASUS P5E3 Premium featuring the Intel X48 chipset. Is it just a rebadged X38 under the hood, or is there something more?

20 by Gary Key on 11/14/2007

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 - Penryn Ticks Ahead

Intel is on the verge of releasing the first update to its successful Core micro-architecture. Can Penryn's entry be as powerful as its predecessor?

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/29/2007

Intel X38: Overclocking Update

We answer a couple of questions about the overclocking capabilities of the ASUS and Gigabyte X38 boards before the full reviews.

8 by Gary Key on 10/24/2007

Intel X38: Where's the Beef?

Intel finally launches the impressive X38 chipset, but where are the boards? For that matter, is the performance worth it? We can answer one of those questions today; the...

14 by Gary Key on 10/10/2007

Midrange CPU Roundup: It's Time to Buy

We've been claiming that recent price cuts have made now a great time to buy. We're putting our money where our mouth is and benchmarking just about every CPU...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/28/2007

Penryn and SkullTrail Benchmarked at IDF

What's IDF without a few benchmarks of some upcoming releases? We have some early results from Intel's Penryn and SkullTrail, which aim to be king of the hill...

15 by Anand Shimpi & Cara Hamm on 9/20/2007

AMD Phenom Preview: Barcelona Desktop Benchmarks

Take Barcelona, pair it up with a GeForce 8800 GTX, run some desktop benchmarks on it and what do you get? A Phenom preview anyone?

70 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/10/2007

A New SSE Instruction Set: AMD Announces SSE5

AMD continues their new performance initiative with SSE5. We take a look at what this new instruction set brings to the table

17 by Ryan Smith on 8/30/2007

The Penryn Preview - Part I: Wolfdale Performance

For a while there we wondered how Intel would introduce Penryn into its lineup, but as of Intel's last roadmap update we now know. On top of that, we...

55 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/21/2007

Intel Core 2 Q6600 G0 Stepping: Cheap Quad Core Just Got Better

It's only $266 and there's a new stepping in town, we take a look at the latest revision to the Core 2 Quad Q6600.

34 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/16/2007

Preparing For Future Software: AMD's Lightweight Profiling Proposal

This week AMD proposed a new x86 extension instruction set, how will their Lightweight Profiling Proposal help users and developers?

11 by Ryan Smith on 8/16/2007

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