CPUs

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 consumer platforms was that the top quad-core model was rated at one third less power in comparison to previous Intel quad core processors. Specifically, Broadwell is 65W against 84-95W in past generations. This puts Broadwell’s out-of-the-box peak performance at a TDP (and frequency) disadvantage. However in a somewhat under-the-radar launch, Intel also released a series of Broadwell Xeons under the E3-12xx v4 line. We sourced three socketed models, the E3-1285 v4 at 95W, the E3-1285L v4 at 65W and the E3-1265L v4 at 35W to get a better scope of Broadwell's scaling across different power requirements.

AMD AM1 Kabini Part 2: Athlon 5350/5150 and Sempron 3850/2650 Tested

While there is a lot of focus on the mainstream desktop market, we hastily reviewed the new entrant to the low-end socketed desktop from AMD, the AM1 Kabini platform...

86 by Ian Cutress on 5/29/2014

This is Huge: Intel Enters Strategic Agreement with Chinese SoC Maker Rockchip

Intel's march into the ultra mobile space has been a frustrating one. Architecturally Intel has the chops to play in the market, but its execution has been met with...

60 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/27/2014

AMD Publishes Mobile Kaveri Specifications

In an unexpected (and likely erroneous) move, AMD has published the specifications for their forthcoming mobile Kaveri APUs on their website this morning (scroll down and click on Model...

36 by Ryan Smith on 5/26/2014

Pricing and Details for Intel’s Devil’s Canyon and Unlocked Pentium Leaked Online

A lot of online chatter is being generated about two of Intel’s upcoming processors that are oriented around overclocking. Firstly the Devil’s Canyon CPU, which Intel has stated...

45 by Ian Cutress on 5/23/2014

The Intel Haswell Refresh Review: Core i7-4790, i5-4690 and i3-4360 Tested

Computer processors for PC like devices fall into four broad categories, starting with the smartphone/tablet, then the notebook, the desktop and finally the extreme desktop/server. These segments have different...

129 by Ian Cutress on 5/11/2014

ARM Shares Updated Cortex A53/A57 Performance Expectations

With the first Cortex A53 based SoCs due to ship in the coming months, and Cortex A57 based designs to follow early next year, ARM gave us a quick...

37 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/6/2014

AMD is also working on a new 64-bit x86 Core

Jim Keller joined Mark Papermaster on stage at AMD's Core Innovation Update press conference and added a few more details to AMD's K12 announcement. Keller stressed AMD's expertise in...

112 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/5/2014

AMD Announces K12 Core: Custom 64-bit ARM Design in 2016

In 2015 AMD will launch project SkyBridge, a pair of pin-compatible ARM and x86 based SoCs. Leveraging next generation Puma+ x86 cores or ARM's Cortex A57 cores, these SoCs...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/5/2014

AMD Announces Project SkyBridge: Pin-Compatible ARM and x86 SoCs in 2015, Android Support

This morning AMD decided to provide an update on its CPU core/SoC roadmap, particularly as it pertains to the ARM side of the business. AMD already committed to releasing...

34 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/5/2014

AMD Beema/Mullins Architecture & Performance Preview

When AMD launched its Kabini and Temash APUs last year it delivered a compelling cost/performance story, but its power story wasn’t all that impressive. Despite being built out of...

81 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/29/2014

AMD Q1 2014 Quarterly Earnings Analysis

AMD hosted their quarterly earnings conference call this afternoon to announce their financial results for the quarter ending March 2014. While they still reported a GAAP loss of $20...

37 by Brett Howse on 4/17/2014

The Desktop Kabini Review Part 1: AMD Athlon 5350 (AM1) Tested

Last month AMD announced their Socketed AM1 Kabini platform to focus on the low-end desktop market where low cost, low power and upgradability are important factors for system integrators...

124 by Ian Cutress on 4/9/2014

Apple's Cyclone Microarchitecture Detailed

The most challenging part of last year's iPhone 5s review was piecing together details about Apple's A7 without any internal Apple assistance. I had less than a week to...

182 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/31/2014

Intel 2014 Enthusiast Processors: Unlocked Haswell Pentium due mid-2014

The next of Intel’s enthusiast level announcements this week is more like a reach into history. For enthusiasts who were present during the Core2Duo days, it was common enough...

19 by Ian Cutress on 3/19/2014

Intel 2014 Enthusiast Processors: New Haswell K with Overclocking Enhancements

Rewind back to the launch of Intel’s 3rd generation processor, Ivy Bridge. Enthusiasts and gamers who overclock the top end model were a little disappointed with the maximum CPU...

23 by Ian Cutress on 3/19/2014

Intel 2014 Enthusiast Processors: Haswell-E To Feature 8 Cores, X99, DDR4

The second of Intel’s enthusiast-based announcements after the unlocked Iris Pro coming to Broadwell is one regarding Intel’s new high performance platform. Currently we sit with socket LGA 2011...

45 by Ian Cutress on 3/19/2014

Intel 2014 Enthusiast Processors: New Unlocked Iris Pro CPU Coming to Broadwell

In a somewhat uncharacteristic turn from Intel, we were hooked up and loaded in to a press conference call this week regarding the announcement of some exciting new products...

64 by Ian Cutress on 3/19/2014

Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 and Xeon E5-2687W v2 Review: 12 and 8 Cores

Intel’s roadmap goes through all the power and market segments, from ultra-low-power, smartphones, tablets, notebooks, desktops, mainstream desktops, enthusiast desktops and enterprise. Enterprise differs from the rest of...

71 by Ian Cutress on 3/17/2014

Intel Xeon to get Crystal Well: E3-1284L v3

At both the Intel Haswell launch and the first shipping Haswell Xeon silicon, I lamented the lack of a Crystal Well Xeon part in the line-up. It would...

34 by Ian Cutress on 3/10/2014

AMD AM1 Platform Announced: Socketed Kabini

From the Consumer Electronics Show at the turn of the year, images were coming out of motherboards supporting the FS1b socket. This socket was a pin-grid-array, rather than...

38 by Ian Cutress on 3/4/2014

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