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...
Our latest Buyer's Guide takes a look at the moderate to extreme price and performance segments, starting at around $1500. For those who aren't looking to build a...
Jarred Walton on 5/23/2005
Inside this week's edition: dual core AMD chips, second generation 90nm Athlon 64s, 64-bit Intel processors, and some details on Intel's upcoming release schedule.
Kristopher Kubicki on 5/22/2005
SATA II drives are available now, and they are competitive. How does SATA versus PATA stack up this month? Details inside!
Kristopher Kubicki on 5/8/2005
Did you get a fat IRS refund? Isn't an X800 XL the best $300 gift that you could give yourself?
Kristopher Kubicki on 4/23/2005
nForce4 for Intel isn't shipping yet, and probably for good reason. Also, we look at nForce4 on Socket 754. Intel 945 and 955 boards ship real soon - is...
Kristopher Kubicki on 4/10/2005
Intel has six new processors since our last look at their lineup, and AMD counters by introducing a new Mobility initiative.
Kristopher Kubicki on 3/27/2005
After several months of stasis, there are finally some noteworthy changes in our budget PC recommendations. We cover the recommendations from the basic PCs up through moderate...
Jarred Walton on 3/15/2005
This week, we found some great deals on Raptors, 7200.8s and MaXLines as well.
Kristopher Kubicki on 3/7/2005
Now you can buy Radeon X800XL, but does it make sense? We have picks for high low and mid-range across the board in this week's price guide.
Kristopher Kubicki on 2/19/2005
Does upgrading often seem like a lot of guesswork? In this article, we plan to show you how to build a working pricing model to determine the best...
Kristopher Kubicki & Jarred Walton on 1/30/2005
nForce4 boards look very tempting. Do you have a CPU picked out already? We take a look at trends and deals in this week's edition of the price guides.
Vinney Shimpi on 1/23/2005
Are you ready to finally upgrade to a PCI Express Athlon 64? You may want to check out our latest Guide, as we cover this topic along with...
Jarred Walton on 1/21/2005
We return to the budget computing sector with our Guides and a look at what has - and hasn't - changed since the last Budget...
Jarred Walton on 1/9/2005
Check out some the new Price Engine announcement and then browse our video card choices for this week.
Kristopher Kubicki on 12/5/2004
Building a computer that is everything to everyone is simply not possible. Since gaming is a popular topic in regards to computer configurations, and with the launch of...
Jarred Walton on 11/21/2004
CPU and motherboard prices remain fairly stable this week as a few new toys arrive in the spotlight. Find out what makes a great deal as we sift...
Adam Rader on 11/18/2004
DVD burners are getting faster and cheaper by the day as hard drive prices continue to remain stable. Read on to learn which drives make the final cut...
Adam Rader on 11/6/2004
Check out the top picks this week for video and memory components as we continue with our new guide format style.
Adam Rader on 10/30/2004
Technology is changing and so are our Price Guides. Check out our new format and get information on which products stand out this week.
Adam Rader on 10/24/2004