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...
NVIDIA's answer to the shortcomings of 590 on the Intel platform is the 680i. Is the new NVIDIA chipset all we hoped for?
Gary Key & Wesley Fink on 11/8/2006
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...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/2/2006
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
Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/12/2006
Our journey into finding the claimed C2 performance improvements yields some surprising results.
Gary Key on 10/4/2006
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...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/28/2006
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
Anand Shimpi & Larry Barber on 9/26/2006
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?
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/3/2006
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.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/1/2006
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?
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/26/2006
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.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/14/2006
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.
Gary Key on 6/27/2006
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.
Anand Lal Shimpi & Gary Key on 6/6/2006
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.
Derek Wilson on 6/2/2006
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.
Gary Key & Wesley Fink on 5/24/2006
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.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/23/2006
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...
Johan De Gelas on 5/1/2006
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...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/28/2006
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.
Wesley Fink on 4/17/2006
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...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/10/2006
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...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/7/2006