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...
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Wesley Fink on 3/16/2009
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Wesley Fink on 3/2/2009
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Gary Key on 12/19/2008
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Matt Campbell on 12/19/2008
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Jarred Walton on 12/18/2008
The past 30 days have seen significant price cuts on GPUs from both AMD and NVIDIA. If you're still looking to upgrade your video card, now may be...
Derek Wilson on 12/18/2008
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Wesley Fink on 12/16/2008
We take a look at the hottest memory products available today for both DDR2 and DDR3 users.
Gary Key on 12/16/2008
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