CPUs

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...

Holiday Guides 2014: CPUs

For the majority of applications, the CPU can be the most expensive and most important and most researched component of a desktop machine. In a handful of scenarios (perhaps...

26 by Ian Cutress on 12/1/2014

AMD Announces Carrizo and Carrizo-L, Next Gen APUs for H1 2015

Today AMD is announcing the long anticipated upgrade to Kaveri, codenamed Carrizo. Carrizo is the natural successor to Kaveri, featuring x86 ‘Excavator’ cores alongside a Radeon-class GPU and promising...

94 by Ian Cutress on 11/20/2014

Intel Haswell-EP Xeon 14 Core Review: E5-2695 V3 and E5-2697 V3

Moving up the Xeon product stack, the larger and more complicated the die, the lower the yield. Intel sells its 14-18 core Xeons from a top end design that...

43 by Ian Cutress on 11/20/2014

Intel Plans Merger Of Mobile And PC Divisions

According to a report this evening from the Wall Street Journal, in an email sent to employees by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Intel has announced plans to merge their...

34 by Brett Howse on 11/18/2014

NVIDIA Volta, IBM POWER9 Land Contracts For New US Government Supercomputers

The launch of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Titan Supercomputer was in many ways a turning point for NVIDIA’s GPU compute business. Though already into their third generation of Tesla...

29 by Ryan Smith on 11/17/2014

Intel Haswell-EP Xeon 12 Core Review: E5-2650L V3 and E5-2690 V3

As part of our Haswell-EP coverage, the next two processors on our test beds are both 12 core variants. The E5-2650L V3 is a surprising monster, giving 12 Haswell...

52 by Ian Cutress on 11/6/2014

More Intel Core M Coming Q4

Since Computex, there has been a lot of talk around Intel’s Broadwell-Y / Core-M CPU line. In August Intel treated us to a breakdown of the 14nm process and...

42 by Ian Cutress on 11/3/2014

AMD APU Price Cuts and Bundles, October 2014

AMD officially announced price cuts on their current APU product stack yesterday, which means the cost of a "mainstream" AMD system is now $20-$30 lower than before. Here's the...

24 by Jarred Walton on 10/22/2014

GlobalFoundries Acquires IBM’s Semiconductor Manufacturing Business; IBM Bows Out

The history of the semiconductor manufacturing business is both a story of great success and great failure. On the one hand semiconductor manufacturing has allowed the creation of devices...

31 by Ryan Smith on 10/20/2014

AMD Q3 FY 2014 Quarterly Earnings Analysis - 7 Percent Workforce To Be Cut

This afternoon, AMD released their financial results for the third quarter, which ended September 27, 2014. While revenue was down slightly from Q2, the net income was positive for...

81 by Brett Howse on 10/16/2014

Intel Q3 FY 2014 Quarterly Earnings Analysis

Today Intel released their financial results for the third quarter of their 2014 fiscal year, which ended September 27, 2014. Q3 was a record quarter for Intel, with the...

37 by Brett Howse on 10/14/2014

Intel Xeon E5-2687W v3 and E5-2650 v3 Review: Haswell-EP with 10 Cores

During September we managed to get hold of some Haswell-EP samples for a quick run through our testing suite. The Xeon E5 v3 range extends beyond that of the...

27 by Ian Cutress on 10/13/2014

AMD Appoints Dr. Lisa Su as President & CEO, Rory Read Steps Down

As part of AMD’s broader restructuring efforts, back in June the company announced a business reorganization that would see the company organized into two major groups, the Computing and...

37 by Ryan Smith on 10/8/2014

Cortex-M7 Launches: Embedded, IoT and Wearables

Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of visiting ARM’s Austin Texas campus for a meeting with Vice President of CPU Product Marketing Nandan Nayampally. The topic of discussion...

43 by Stephen Barrett on 9/23/2014

Chipworks Disassembles Apple's A8 SoC: GX6450, 4MB L3 Cache & More

One of the more enjoyable rituals with Apple’s annual iPhone launch is the decapping, deconstruction, and photographing of the processor die at the heart of Apple’s newest SoC. ...

65 by Ryan Smith on 9/23/2014

Intel’s Haswell-EP Xeons with DDR3 and DDR4 on the Horizon?

Johan’s awesome overview of the Haswell-EP ecosystem showed that the server processor line from Intel is firmly in the track for DDR4 memory along with the associated benefits of...

24 by Ian Cutress on 9/18/2014

AMD’s Power Pack: 6 APUs in a Box for System Builders

It went relatively under the radar during the past two weeks of intensive launches, but AMD is launching a new campaign specifically for system builders dubbed the AMD Power...

19 by Ian Cutress on 9/15/2014

Analyzing Apple’s A8 SoC: PowerVR GX6450 & More

With their iPhone keynote behind them, Apple has begun updating some of their developer documentation for iOS to account for the new phone. This of course is always a...

136 by Ryan Smith on 9/10/2014

IDF 2014: Intel Edison Development Platform Now Shipping

As part of today’s IDF 2014 keynote, Intel has announced that their Edison development platform is now shipping. First announced back at CES, Edison is a development platform for Intel’s...

12 by Ryan Smith on 9/9/2014

IDF 2014: Intel Demonstrates Skylake, Due H2’2015

Taking place this week alongside the consumer electronics clamor is the annual Intel Developer Forum (IDF) at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Though it has and continues to...

33 by Ryan Smith on 9/9/2014

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