The buzz since Intel announced it was bringing an 18-core CPU to the consumer market has been palpable: users are anticipating this to be Intel’s best performing processor, and want to see it up against the 16-core AMD Threadripper (even at twice the cost). Intel is the incumbent: it has the legacy, the deep claws in software optimization, and the R&D clout to crush the red rival. However, a jump as large as this, moving from 10-core to 18-core in consumer, is a step Intel has been reluctant to make in the past. In this first analysis, we’ve run a few tests on the new 18-core (and 16-core) from Intel to find out the lie of the land.
Intel is announcing the brand names for its ultra low power x86 Silverthorne based processors and platforms. Read on for the specifics.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/2/2008
We do some dirty dancing with Intel's X38 MCH and find that there is a price to pay for running those high FSB rates.
Rajinder Gill on 2/26/2008
Intel unveiled the architectural details of its Silverthorne CPU at this year's ISSCC. Silverthorne has the potential to be Intel's most important microarchitecture since the first Centrino CPUs...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/20/2008
Need 8 cores but can't wait until 2009? Intel's Skulltrail platform can give you 8 Penryn based cores today, but not without some serious caveats.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/4/2008
Intel has been hard at work on an even smaller, even more power efficient mobile platform since 2004. The first incarnation is about to be released and we...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2008
The latest update to Centrino comes in the form of a mobile Penryn. Here's what we have to look forward to.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/7/2008
We look at the technology behind PCI Express 2.0 and the innovations that drive the changes.
Kris Boughton on 1/5/2008
By using a new material combination of high-k gate dielectrics and metal gates, Intel's 45nm process once again raises the bar by delivering faster multi-core processors that consume significantly...
Kris Boughton on 12/19/2007
NVIDIA updates the 680i with the addition of 3-Way x16 SLI, PCI Express 2.0, and ESA.
Wesley Fink on 12/17/2007
We provide a BIOS guide and explain how to get the most out of your Q6600 and DDR3 investment on this impressive motherboard.
Kris Boughton on 11/20/2007
After entirely too long we are able to benchmark AMD's Phenom 9900, 9700, 9600 and 9500. The quad-core market is now a two-horse race, or is it?
Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/19/2007
Spoiling AMD's fun, Intel let us benchmark its upcoming QX9770 processor complete with 1600MHz FSB.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/19/2007
We take a quick test drive of the ASUS P5E3 Premium featuring the Intel X48 chipset. Is it just a rebadged X38 under the hood, or is there something more?
Gary Key on 11/14/2007
Intel is on the verge of releasing the first update to its successful Core micro-architecture. Can Penryn's entry be as powerful as its predecessor?
Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/29/2007
We answer a couple of questions about the overclocking capabilities of the ASUS and Gigabyte X38 boards before the full reviews.
Gary Key on 10/24/2007
Intel finally launches the impressive X38 chipset, but where are the boards? For that matter, is the performance worth it? We can answer one of those questions today; the...
Gary Key on 10/10/2007
We've been claiming that recent price cuts have made now a great time to buy. We're putting our money where our mouth is and benchmarking just about every CPU...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/28/2007
What's IDF without a few benchmarks of some upcoming releases? We have some early results from Intel's Penryn and SkullTrail, which aim to be king of the hill...
Anand Shimpi & Cara Hamm on 9/20/2007
Take Barcelona, pair it up with a GeForce 8800 GTX, run some desktop benchmarks on it and what do you get? A Phenom preview anyone?
Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/10/2007
AMD continues their new performance initiative with SSE5. We take a look at what this new instruction set brings to the table
Ryan Smith on 8/30/2007