CPUs

When Intel first announced the shift from the dual-stage ‘Tick-Tock’ methodology that had driven their core CPU design teams for over a decade into the three-way ‘Process, Architecture, Optimization’ paradigm, there were questions as to how much of the final stage, the Optimization, would actually change the way CPUs were presented or offer upgrades in performance. At the time, ‘Kaby Lake’ as the name for Intel’s third crack at their 14nm process was well known, but users wondered if it was just another Devil’s Canyon (better overclocking) or a full on CPU launch. Well the answer is the latter, and the launch is staggered between today and January. Roll on Kaby Lake. Is that Kah-bee Lake, or Kay-bee Lake?

Intel Announces FY 2015 Q3 Results: Strong Earnings Despite Client Computing Drop

Intel released their third quarter earnings for fiscal year 2015 today, and it was certainly a rocky quarter. Their revenue for the quarter was $14.5 billion, which was in-line...

23 by Brett Howse on 10/13/2015

AMD Corporate Fellow Phil Rogers Leaves Company, Joins NVIDIA

With respect to both structure and personnel, the last few months have been busy – if not tumultuous – for AMD. The company recently reorganized itself so that their...

83 by Ryan Smith on 10/13/2015

HSA Foundation Update: More HSA Hardware Coming Soon

When AMD set about bringing their CPU/GPU fusion initiative to life with the Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) earlier this decade, one point AMD made early-on was that while they...

20 by Ryan Smith on 10/6/2015

Software Guard Extensions on Specific Skylake CPUs Only

Through the staggered release of Intel’s 6th Generation Core processors, known as Skylake, we reported in our architecture deep dive that Intel would be introducing a raft of known...

18 by Ian Cutress on 10/5/2015

AMD Releases New PRO Mobile APUs: Carrizo up to A12-8800B

We touched upon this very briefly in our recent HP Elitebook news, but at the end of September AMD officially launched four new professional mobile APUs under the AMD...

53 by Ian Cutress on 10/2/2015

Apple’s A9 SoC Is Dual Sourced From Samsung & TSMC

Picking up from our conversation this morning on Apple’s A9 SoC, the crew over at Chipworks has been working hard over the weekend to decap A9 and their first...

99 by Ryan Smith on 9/28/2015

Jim Keller Leaves AMD

AMD’s history has been well documented, especially given several reorganizations in the early part of this decade along with changes in senior staff and how both its market share...

125 by Ian Cutress on 9/18/2015

The Death of Intel’s Broadwell Has Been Greatly Exaggerated - Socketed Broadwell Continues

To hop right into the heart of matters, IT World published an article earlier this afternoon stating that Intel was discontinuing their two desktop Broadwell socketed SKUs, the Core...

43 by Ryan Smith on 9/17/2015

Updates to Skylake Discrete Graphics Performance: PCIe Optimizations Incoming

In our initial review of the two 6th Generation Intel Skylake-K processors launched on August 5th, the i7-6700K and the i5-6600K, our comparative analysis to the previous generations of...

37 by Ian Cutress on 9/8/2015

The Intel Skylake Mobile and Desktop Launch, with Architecture Analysis

Intel’s 6th Generation of its Core product line, Skylake, is officially launching today. We previously saw the performance of the two high end Skylake-K 91W processors, but that was...

173 by Ian Cutress on 9/1/2015

The Intel Skylake i7-6700K Overclocking Performance Mini-Test to 4.8 GHz

At the time of our Skylake review of both the i7-6700K and the i5-6600K, due to the infancy of the platform and other constraints, we were unable to probe...

107 by Ian Cutress on 8/28/2015

The Intel Broadwell Xeon E3 v4 Review: 95W, 65W and 35W with eDRAM

Our Broadwell coverage on the desktop has included reviews of the two consumer processors and a breakdown of IPC gains from generation to generation. One issue surrounding Broadwell on...

72 by Ian Cutress on 8/26/2015

Skylake CPU Package: Mini-Analysis

As a short side piece from our in depth review on Intel's 6th Generation Core processors, codename Skylake, the well-known overclocker Splave has posted some very interesting images on...

86 by Ian Cutress on 8/10/2015

Intel Quietly Launches Mobile Xeons: Skylake Based E3-1500M v5

In a rather understated blog post, Intel made an interesting move at the end of last week by announcing that for the first time the Xeon platform is heading...

23 by Ian Cutress on 8/10/2015

The Intel 6th Gen Skylake Review: Core i7-6700K and i5-6600K Tested

It’s the Intel review you’ve been waiting for. Today is the launch of the first two CPUs from Intel’s Skylake architecture, the 6th Generation Core i7-6700K and the Core...

471 by Ian Cutress on 8/5/2015

The Intel Broadwell Review Part 2: Overclocking, IPC and Generational Analysis

In our first part of our Broadwell coverage, we rushed to test both the i7-5775C and the i5-5765C in our new benchmarking suite against the previous generation of Haswell...

121 by Ian Cutress on 8/3/2015

AMD Launches the A8-7670K: Filling in the Gaps

AMD and Intel, in the last few years, have taken different approaches to how many CPUs enter the mainstream line of the market. Intel has historically had a large...

33 by Ian Cutress on 7/20/2015

AMD Posts Q2 2015 Results: Revenue Falls Once More

As financial week rolls along this week, today AMD announced their second quarter 2015 financial results. Earlier this month ahead of today’s announcement the company issued a warning for...

125 by Ryan Smith on 7/16/2015

Tick Tock On The Rocks: Intel Delays 10nm, Adds 3rd Gen 14nm Core Product "Kaby Lake"

For almost as long as this website has been existence, there has been ample speculation and concern over the future of Moore’s Law. The observation, penned by Intel’s co-founded...

137 by Brett Howse & Ryan Smith on 7/16/2015

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