Tuesday, December 10, 2013
- 10:10 pm | Intel Core “Haswell Refresh” Chips Not Expected to Bring Significant Performance Improvements - Specs. First Specifications of Core i-Series “Haswell Refresh” Processors Get Published
Monday, December 9, 2013
- 10:10 pm | AMD: We Are Not EOL’ing FX Line of Microprocessors. AMD Implies on Hybrid FX Accelerated Processing Units
Monday, December 2, 2013
- 10:08 pm | Successor of AMD Kaveri to Feature Excavator Cores, Set to Emerge in 2015. AMD’s Longer-Term Roadmap Takes More Definite Shape
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
- 10:47 pm | LG Electronics Readies Odin System-on-Chip with Up to Eight Cores – Report. LG Develops Two SoCs for Consumer Electronics
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
- 10:08 pm | AMD Kaveri to Boost x86 Performance by 20%, Graphics Performance by 30% - Slide. AMD Kaveri 2.0 Details Leak to the Internet: Specs Get Unleashes
In a few weeks we will start posting reviews of Intel processors based on the new Sandy Bridge microarchitecture. But while we are still bound by the NDA, we decided to sum up all the information we know about these promising new products, which doesn’t fall under the NDA.
The Fusion technology is the topic that AMD has discussed the most in the last five years. As we approach the launch of the first Fusion APU, the company starts to reveal more details about the architecture of Fusion and its technical aspects. Find out how AMD plans to tweak performance of Llano, why it decided to use TSMC fabs for Ontario, why did it take more than four years to fuse CPU with GPU and more insights about the AMD Fusion program.
The third part of our massive processor benchmarking shoot-out is dedicated to solutions priced beyond $200. We are going to compare fifteen CPU models from AMD Phenom II X6, Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad, Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7 families.
The second part of our extensive processor comparison is devoted to products that fall into the $100-$200 price interval. We compared the performance of nineteen CPU models from AMD Athlon II X4, AMD Phenom II X2, AMD Phenom II X4, AMD Phenom II X6, Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad, Intel Core i3 and Intel Core i5 processor families.
In the first part of our massive processor shoot-out we focused on products priced below $100. This is where AMD Semprion, AMD Athlon II X2, AMD Athlon II X3, AMD Phenom II X2, Intel Celeron and Intel Pentium come face to face in a cut-throat race.
AMD has just rolled out a whole new bunch of Phenom II and Athlon II series processors working at increased clock rates. We are going to check out the most interesting offers and see if AMD products are still attractive in users’ eyes.
Intel decided to disturb the calm summer days by slightly raising the clock frequencies of their LGA1156 processors. The most interesting product among the newcomers is Core i5-760 - a quad-core processor that on the one hand - belongs to the "elite" Lynnfield family, but on the other - boasts a pretty democratic price tag.
The junior six-core AMD processor costs only $200, but demonstrates pretty “senior” overclocking potential. Will it be enough to regard Phenom II X6 1055T as an optimal enthusiast solution? Find out in our new review!
Intel’s 48-core single chip cloud computer (SCC) unveiled just about half a year ago has quickly gained a lot of attention to itself as not only the world’s first x86 processor with 48 processing engines, but also as a potential successor of the infamous Larrabee. Today we are speaking with one of the co-designers of the SCC in order to find out more about the ambitious project that is not supposed to come alive. In addition, we have an independent expert Jon Peddie to tell us about the future of CPUs and GPUs.
In a few days Intel is going to expand their overclocking-friendly product line and to offer two new LGA1156 processors with unlocked clock frequency multipliers. The especially intriguing thing about these CPUs is that they won’t belong to Extreme Edition series and their price will be quite affordable.
When it comes to performance in contemporary games, it is almost always about graphics accelerators. Today we are going to address this matter in a bit unusual manner and will try to find out if today’s gaming fans are in real need of high-performance processors.
AMD Company doesn’t seem to be very aggressive about entering the components market for miniature and energy-efficient computer systems. Nevertheless, it is quite possible to put together a nettop with an AMD processor and a mainboard on the chipset from the same company. Our lab tested a 25 W Athlon II X2 and a contemporary mini-ITX mainboard for Socket AM3.
AMD followed into Intel’s footsteps and launched their six-core processors as well. However, they used a completely different approach: AMD decided not to switch to new manufacturing process or develop a completely new semiconductor die. However, as a result we got a Phenom II X6 – a mainstream and affordable processor with six computational cores that has no analogues and is compatible with Socket AM3 form-factor.
Year 2010 will be remembered in the computer industry as the time when six-core processors entered the desktop segment. Intel was the first one to announce their six-core solution – a 999-dollar Nehalem modification featuring more computational cores and manufactured with 32 nm technological process.
Processor power consumption is closely connected with their clock frequency. That is why when overclockers increase their system performance they sacrifice energy efficiency. But how serious this problem actually is? We tested nice different processors from Athlon II, Core 2, Core i3, Core i7 and Phenom II families overclocked to different levels and are ready to give you an extensive answer to this question.
Intel revised their netbook and nettop platform and released a refreshed version for it. Now it is built on an energy-efficient Intel NM10 Express chipset and Pineview processor with the integrated memory controller and GMA3150 graphics core. These are pretty serious changes, but what do they actually mean for regular users?
Today Intel is expanding their LGA1156 platform processor lineup by rolling out new dual-core Clarkdale processors manufactured with 32 nm process. The manufacturer has every intention to make them a true sales hit: they will exist in three different families and the prices of different models will lie in the interval between $84 and $284. What are the real marketing prospects of these new solutions and has Nehalem microarchitecture retained all its charm in the dual-core incarnation. These are the questions we will try answering in our today’s article.
Systems built on processors selling at around $50 are in fact not so bad at all. Our today’s article will talk specifically about these processors: AMD Sempron, Intel Celeron and the least expensive solutions from AMD Athlon II X2 and Intel Pentium families.
AMD promises that processors on Deneb core with the new C3 stepping will offer lower heat dissipation, improved overclocking potential and a few other enhancements. But will this make Phenom II X4 processors more attractive?
Many users believe that the times of dual-core processors are coming to an end. However, so far there haven’t been any inexpensive processors with more than two cores in the market. Today AMD is correcting this: the new triple-core 45 nm CPUs are priced starting at $76!