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Choosing the Best DDR3 SDRAM for Ivy Bridge DDR3 SDRAM  Ivy Bridge  G.Skill TridentX F3-2600C10D-8GTXD
[07/06/12 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Processor microarchitectures continue developing, and the DDR3 SDRAM frequencies continue growing. However, does it really make sense to use high-speed memory with contemporary Ivy Bridge processors? To answer this question we analyzed the influence of memory frequency and latencies on the performance of a contemporary LGA 1155 platform.

Cedar Trail Platform: Intel D2500HN and Intel DN2800MT Mainboards Review Cedar Trail  Cedarview  Intel D2500HN  Intel DN2800MT
[05/24/12 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Intel Atom processors are now produced using 32 nm manufacturing process. They have also been enhanced with a new graphics core that supports Full HD video playback. Will all these improvements make the new Cedar Trail platform a worthy alternative to AMD Brazos?

Desktop Ivy Bridge. Intel Core i7-3770K and Core i5-3570K Processors Review Ivy Bridge  Core i7-3770K  Core i5-3570K
[04/23/12 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

A year and a half after the launch of the LGA 1155 platform Intel is updating its key component – the CPU. The new manufacturing process, improved microarchitecture and refreshed lineup – is it the coming of a new star?

Recipe for a Budget Gaming System: AMD A8-3870K Black Edition Processor, Dual Graphics and Overclocking AMD A8-3870K Black Edition  Dual Graphics
[03/18/12 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Today we are going to compare the performance of Socket FM1 and LGA 1155 systems. Will a hybrid Llano processor be able to beat the entry-level Intel CPU paired with an entry-level graphics accelerator? How efficient AMD Dual Graphics technology is? Does overclocking make Socket FM1 systems more attractive?

Intel Core i7-3820 vs. Core i7-2700K and Core i7-3930K Core i7-3820  Core i7-2700K  Core i7-3930K  LGA2011
[01/29/12 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

In the nearest future Intel is going to start selling their new quad-core LGA 2011 processor – Core i7-3820, which will boast low price tag of only $285. Let’s see how attractive the new product is going to be.

DDR3 SDRAM for LGA 2011: Which Memory Is Best? Sandy Bridge-E  LGA 2011  G.Skill RipjawsZ  F3-192000CL10Q-16GBZHD  DDR3-2400
[01/07/12 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Sandy Bridge-E processors brought a lot of new tasks to computer enthusiasts, one of which is to choose the optimal memory for the new system. What is more important for LGA 2011 performance: the number of memory channels, memory frequency or memory timings?

AMD FX-8120, AMD FX-6100 and AMD FX-4100 CPUs Review AMD FX-8120  AMD FX-6100  AMD FX-4100  AMD FX-8150  Bulldozer
[12/15/11 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

We will talk about the mainstream and entry-level AMD FX CPU modifications based on Bulldozer microarchitecture and featuring eight-, six- and four-core design.

Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition and Core i7-3930K processors for LGA 2011 Platform Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition  Core i7-3930K  LGA2011  Sandy Bridge-E
[11/13/11 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Six-core processors for enthusiasts are finally migrating to Sandy Bridge microarchitecture. And in the process they acquire quad-channel memory controller, integrated PCI Express 3.0 controller and extensive overclocking-friendly functionality. Are these innovations enough to help them set new performance records?

Processors with Integrated Graphics: AMD Fusion vs. Intel Core i3 and Intel Pentium AMD A8-3850  AMD A8-3800  AMD A6-3650  AMD A6-3500  AMD A4-3400  AMD A4-3300  Intel Core i3-2130  Intel Core i3-2125  Intel Core i3-2120  Intel Pentium G860  Intel Pentium G840  Intel Pentium G620
[11/09/11 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Over the past few months AMD and Intel have been actively promoting desktop processors with computational and graphics cores insides. During our comparative test session we studied hybrid products like that and compared the performance of AMD A8, A6 and A4 against that of Intel Core i3 and Pentium processors.

Bulldozer Has Arrived: AMD FX-8150 Processor Review Bulldozer  AMD FX-8150
[10/11/11 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

The great revolution that AMD has been talking about for so long has finally happened! Today we managed to meet an eight-core desktop processor based on the long-anticipated Bulldozer microarchitecture. Find out from our review if AMD managed to regain the long lost leadership this time.

LGA 2011 and Sandy Bridge-E News from IDF 2011 LGA2011
[09/16/11 | by Anna Filatova]

Our final report from IDF 2011 is solely devoted to Sandy Bridge-E processors and LGA2011 platform. We gathered together everything that we learned about the upcoming processors, cooling systems and mainboards, and also found out how the new platform will overclock and what we could expect from the six-core Sandy Bridge-E CPUs.

Intel Ivy Bridge: Microarchitecture Details from IDF 2011 Ivy Bridge
[09/14/11 | by Anna Filatova]

IDF 2011 continues and this time we are ready to share some exciting details about the upcoming Intel Ivy Bridge processors, which promise us faster graphics, higher energy-efficiency, higher performance and a lot of other great features.

Intel Celeron G540 and Celeron G440 Processors Review Intel Celeron G540  Intel celeron G440  LGA1155 Celeron
[09/07/11 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

The junior processor models on Sandy Bridge microarchitecture for LGA1155 systems have finally arrived. Let’s take a closer look at the sacrifices you’ll have to make in order to get a contemporary platform with minimal financial investments.

Energy-Efficient Processors from Intel Reviewed: Core i5-2500T, Core i5-2390T, Core i3-2100T and Pentium G620T Core i5-2500T  Core i5-2390T  Core i3-2100T  Pentium G620T  energy-efficient processors
[08/25/11 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

If you are planning to build a fast but quiet system with low power consumption, then Intel may offer you a variety of LGA1155 processors with 45 W or 35 W TDP. But does cutting their power consumption in half bring any additional limitations? Let’s find out!

True Fusion: AMD A8-3800 APU Review AMD A8-3800  Llano  Lynx
[06/29/11 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Desktop Lynx platform that includes hybrid Llano processors has finally found its way to the consumers. Let’s take a closer look at it and find out how successful the combination of old Stars processor cores and a high-performance Radeon GPU actually is.

Intel Pentium G850, Pentium G840 and Pentium G620 Review Pentium G850  Pentium G840  Pentium G620
[06/24/11 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Intel is now offering dual-core Sandy Bridge processors under Pentium brand. They lower the price for the “LGA1155 Club” membership quite noticeably, because they are selling for less than $100 a piece. Does it mean that the new Pentium processors may become a new perfect combination of performance and price? Let’s find out!

DDR3 SDRAM for Sandy Bridge: Choosing the Best Memory for LGA1155 Platform Memory for LGA1155
[05/16/11 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Sandy Bridge processors set a number of tasks for computer enthusiasts, one of them being choosing the right memory. LGA1155 systems can work with DDR3-1067, DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600, DDR3-1866 and DDR3-2133, but does it really make sense to use super-fast memory in them?

Core i3-2120 and Core i3-2100 Processors Review Core i3-2120  Core i3-2100
[04/20/11 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Sandy Bridge is not only high-performance quad-core CPUs. There are also inexpensive dual-core LGA1155 processors in this family, and today we are going to talk about them in our new article.

Every Watt Counts: AMD E-350 vs. Intel Core i3-2100T AMD E-350  Intel Core i3-2100T  Gigabyte E350N-USB3  Zotac H67-ITX WiFi  AMD Brazos
[04/13/11 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

The variety of components for small energy-efficient systems keeps growing day by day. In this review we are going to talk about energy-efficiency processors: AMD E-350 (Zacate) and Intel Core i3-2100T (Sandy Bridge). We will also discuss new Mini-ITX mainboards: Gigabyte E350N-USB3 (AMD Brazos platform) and Zotac H67-ITX WiFi (for LGA1155 processors).

Core i7-990X Extreme Edition vs. Core i7-2600K Core i7-990X Extreme Edition  Core i7-2600K
[04/05/11 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Intel started integrating the new Sandy Bridge processor microarchitecture not in the upper price segment, but in the mainstream LGA1155. This resulted in internal competition between the new LGA1155 and the old LGA1366 processors. So, which one will win in this round, the progressive Sandy bridge or the previous-generation Gulftown?