AMD

For the recent launch of AMD’s Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G APUs, our review found that AMD raised the low-end integrated graphics bar to a new level. With superior gaming performance at lower cost and power draw compared to competing solutions, the Ryzen 5 2400G has effectively shut down the sub-$100 graphics card market. But outside of gaming, the other major use-case of integrated graphics is for media content playback and streaming, typically related to HTPC use. In recent days, one of the bigger issues is not just hardware encode/decode capabilities but also hardware DRM support, such as HDCP 2.2, or Microsoft’s PlayReady 3.0 that is required for Netflix 4K and HDR streaming on PCs. With this capability, the new APUs and upcoming...

ASRock A75 Extreme6 Review and Desktop Llano Overclocking

Our initial tests with the ASRock A75 Extreme6 were based on a pre-release model, and shown in our preview. At that point, the board design was not finalized...

44 by Ian Cutress on 6/30/2011

Update: AMD Resigns from BAPCo Over SYSmark 2012 Concerns; NVIDIA & VIA Also Leave, BAPCo Responds

What’s in a Benchmark? This is a pertinent question that all users need to ask themselves, because if you don’t know what a benchmark actually tests and how that...

122 by Jarred Walton on 6/21/2011

Sandy Bridge Buyer’s Guide

Almost a half-year after the launch of the second-generation Core processors, Intel’s newest CPUs remain dominant in the mid- to high-end desktop computing markets. Since the January release of...

90 by Zach Throckmorton on 6/17/2011

The AMD Llano Notebook Review: Competing in the Mobile Market

Today has been a long time in coming; we first heard about Llano way back in 2008, but even then the target date was 2011. Even so, AMD has...

177 by Jarred Walton & Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/14/2011

The Llano Desktop Preview: AMD A8-3850 CPU & GPU Performance

If you haven't gotten the hint, today is all about Llano. The big story is of course Llano's notebook appearance; however, in the coming weeks you'll be hearing a...

134 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/14/2011

Discrete HTPC GPU Shootout

The popularity of Intel's HD Graphics amongst HTPC enthusiasts and the success of the AMD APUs seem to indicate that the days of the discrete HTPC GPU are numbered...

70 by Ganesh T S on 6/12/2011

Zotac ZBOX: Brazos Goes HTPC

The ultimate goal of any HTPC is to handle any media content you might desire, all while consuming very little power and generating no noise. Package all of that...

37 by Andrew Van Til on 6/9/2011

WarFactory Sentinel: Gaming on a Grand

Getting the monster gaming machines from boutiques in house for testing is often at least interesting if for no other reason than to see just how fast a computer...

37 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/8/2011

Toshiba Tecra R850: Business Class on a Budget

Toshiba won't mind if we say that their previous business class notebooks looked...kind of cheap. They were bulky and unattractive, largely feeling like consumer notebooks with matte instead of...

39 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/6/2011

AVADirect's Clevo X7200 Redux: AMD 6970M CF Takes the Crown

A little over seven months ago, we took at look at a Clevo X7200 courtesy of AVADirect that featured a desktop hex-core processor and a pair of NVIDIA's then-fastest...

44 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/2/2011

Windows 8 on AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, Qualcomm & TI: Let the Race Begin

I'm in the audience of Microsoft's Partner Preview for Computex 2011, basically an event to give a sneak peak of the future of Windows to press and MS partners...

32 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

The Brazos Update: AMD's E-450

At Computex there are a few systems floating around with an updated version of AMD's Brazos platform. The E-350 we reviewed not too long ago featured two Bobcat cores...

33 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

Computex 2011: AMD Announces Bobcat-based Z Series APUs for Tablet Market

While AMD does not have a true SoC to combat the likes of Intel, NVIDIA, and ARM, this doesn’t mean they’re completely ignoring the market for the type of...

8 by Ryan Smith on 6/1/2011

Computex 2011: AMD Bulldozer, Llano, Trinity, & New VISION Branding

AMD’s Computex 2011 conference just wrapped up. Computex is not AMD’s traditional grounds for major new announcements – they’d rather have their own events for that – but alongside...

26 by Ryan Smith on 6/1/2011

Computex 2011: ECS X79 and Llano Motherboards

I’ve been running around the Computex show floor all morning and finally managed to build enough of a lead ahead of my meetings to sit down and write up...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/30/2011

The 27-inch Apple iMac Review (2011)

A couple of weeks ago, a big box showed up at my doorstep. Inside? The new 2011 high-end 27-inch iMac. More or less it's the 2011 MacBook Pro mated...

139 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/27/2011

The New 2011 iMacs: Specs and Details

Well, it’s happened again – Apple’s online store went down briefly this morning, meaning that the secretive company was stocking its virtual shelves with new product. As expected, when...

106 by Andrew Cunningham on 5/3/2011

AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Review

AMD has hardly kept quiet on the CPU front these past several months. At the beginning of the year AMD put the nail in Atom's netbook coffin with the...

79 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/2/2011

AMD Launches Radeon E6760: The Next Embedded Radeon

Lately we’ve been working on expanding our GPU coverage to include more GPUs that aren't directly sold to consumers discretely or as part of a package. Up until now...

27 by Ryan Smith on 5/2/2011

AMD’s Radeon HD 6770 & Radeon HD 6750: The Retail Radeon 5700 Rebadge

We haven’t talked about it beyond a passing comment, but AMD still has some Radeon 6000 series cards that are OEM-only. We are of course referring to the Radeon...

44 by Ryan Smith on 4/28/2011

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