CPUs

In our series of Buyer Guides, here’s the latest update to our recommended CPUs list. All numbers in the text are updated to reflect pricing at the time of writing (3/19). Numbers in graphs reflect MSRP. CPU Buyer's Guide: Q1 2017 As we move through to the second quarter of the year, we have had two major updates to the desktop CPU landscape. First, Intel launched its Seventh generation of Core-based CPUs, known under the Kaby Lake name, using a refined version of their 14nm process that allowed for some frequency gains over the previous generation Skylake microarchitecture. Then AMD made their biggest CPU launch in five years, with a renewed attack on high-performance computing with the Ryzen 7 family. After spending so many years fighting...

Intel Launches 4S and 8S Broadwell-EX Xeons: E7-4800 v4 and E7-8800 v4 Families, up to 384 Threads

The super-high-end of Intel’s Xeon CPU range, based on servers with as many cores and as much memory as you can throw at them, represent a good part of...

25 by Ian Cutress on 6/13/2016

AMD Briefly Shows Off Zen “Summit Ridge” Silicon

After an already packed Computex 2016 event with Radeon Polaris and Bristol Ridge/Stoney Ridge news, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su had one final surprise to close out the company’s...

89 by Ryan Smith on 5/31/2016

AMD Announces the 7th Generation APU: Excavator mk2 in Bristol Ridge and Stoney Ridge for Notebooks

The Carrizo SoC, using Excavator cores, was touted in the press as being the biggest upgrade to the base Bulldozer design since the introduction of Bulldozer itself. This was...

61 by Ian Cutress on 5/31/2016

HSA 1.1 Specification Launched: Extending HSA to More Vendors & Processor Types

For the last few years now we have been keeping tabs on the development of the Heterogeneous System Architecture, a set of technical standards and an associated instruction language...

6 by Ryan Smith on 5/31/2016

The Intel Broadwell-E Review: Core i7-6950X, i7-6900K, i7-6850K and i7-6800K Tested

What would you do with more CPU cores? This is a question I see posted from an Intel employee on a yearly basis, and it actually is a difficult...

206 by Ian Cutress on 5/31/2016

Intel Announces Xeon E3-1500 v5: Iris Pro and eDRAM for Streaming Video

The rise of video stream services, especially live services, has accelerated the need for dynamic and on-the-fly conversion of video content and the infrastructure to do so. Moving from...

28 by Ian Cutress on 5/31/2016

Computex 2016: Intel Keynote Live Blog at 2pm TPE (2am EDT)

We're at Intel's Computex Keynote here at Computex, which is being headlined by Intel's Diane Bryant.

9 by Ian Cutress & Billy Tallis on 5/31/2016

Price Check May 2016: The Intel Core i7-6700K Is Finally Available at Its MSRP

Nine months. This is how long it has taken the retail price of Intel’s Core i7-6700K processor to drop to the level recommended by Intel. Despite slow sales of...

37 by Anton Shilov on 5/20/2016

AMD Announces Computex 2016 Webcast: May 31st, 7pm Pacific

With the annual Computex Taipei trade show quickly approaching, AMD sends word that they will be hosting a live webcast for their annual press conference at the show. The...

50 by Ryan Smith on 5/20/2016

Intel Adds Crystal Well-based Skylake-R Processors: 65W with 128MB eDRAM

Intel has added three new microprocessors for embedded and highly-integrated applications into its lineup. The new CPUs are based on the Skylake microarchitecture and feature high-performance integrated graphics cores...

66 by Anton Shilov on 5/2/2016

Intel's Changing Future: Smartphone SoCs Broxton & SoFIA Officially Cancelled

The past two weeks have been a busy – if not tumultuous – period for Intel. After announcing a new company strategy focusing on high growth markets, and company-wide...

156 by Ryan Smith & Ian Cutress on 4/29/2016

AMD Reports Q1 FY 2016 Results: Lower Revenue But New IP Licensing Agreement Reached

AMD announced their first quarter results from fiscal year 2016. AMD has certainly been struggling of late, but CEO Lisa Su made the announcement that AMD had made a...

21 by Brett Howse on 4/21/2016

China Calling: AMD Forms Joint Venture for x86 Server SoCs in China

As part of the release of AMD’s Q1 2016 financial results (more on that later today) the company is announcing that they are forming a new joint venture to...

32 by Ryan Smith on 4/21/2016

Intel Announces Q1 Fiscal Year 2016 Results: Lower Margins Prompt Workforce Adjustments

It was only last quarter that Intel reported record revenues for a Q4 in the company’s history, and only three months later the company is making dramatic cuts to...

40 by Brett Howse on 4/19/2016

Intel Announces Major Workforce Restructuring: 11% of Workforce to Be Cut Over Next Year

Ahead of today’s Q1 2016 earnings release and call, Intel has announced that they are going to be cutting a significant number of jobs over the next year. The...

49 by Ryan Smith on 4/19/2016

Intel Unveils New Low-Cost PC Platform: Apollo Lake with 14nm Goldmont Cores

This week, at IDF Shenzhen, Intel has formally introduced its Apollo Lake platform for the next generation of Atom-based notebook SoCs. The platform will feature a new x86 microarchitecture...

96 by Anton Shilov on 4/15/2016

AMD Pre-Announces Bristol Ridge in Notebooks: The 7th Generation APU

For anyone tracking AMD’s family of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), the last generation Carrizo was launched back in the middle of 2015. This was based on the fourth iteration...

38 by Ian Cutress on 4/5/2016

The Intel Xeon E5 v4 Review: Testing Broadwell-EP With Demanding Server Workloads

Fifteen months after first reaching consumers, Broadwell has finally arrived in the server space with Broadwell-EP. Premiering with the Xeon E5 v4 family, Intel is now offering server processors...

112 by Johan De Gelas on 3/31/2016

Intel Cloud Day 2016 Live Blog, 9AM PT

I'm here at Intel's Cloud Day at the Nasdaq Center in San Francisco, ready for a live blog of the keynote talk from Diane Bryant, SVP and GM of...

3 by Ian Cutress on 3/31/2016

Price Check: Prices of Unlocked Intel Core i7-6700K, i5-6600K Continue to Drop

When Intel first introduced its high-end Skylake-S CPUs with unlocked multiplier about half a year ago, it was not easy to get them and for a long time the...

49 by Anton Shilov on 3/29/2016

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