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AMD Talks Fusion: Vision, Solutions, Software
[03/18/11 | by Anton Shilov]

AMD's Fusion technology is finally here. At present AMD Fusion platforms only power low-end personal computers, in the coming months AMD will introduce Fusion chips for mainstream PCs. But what about the future of Fusion program? Will it power high-end desktops? Maybe next-generation game consoles? What advantages can Fusion bring to end users? Neal Robison, the head of software developer relations department will answer these questions here and now.

AMD Brazos Platform and AMD E-350 (Zacate) CPU Review AMD Brazos  AMD E-350  Bobcat  zacate  MSI E350IS-E45
[03/07/11 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

The first new product from AMD that should get the company back to the route of success is the totally new processor family using Bobcat microarchitecture. They are targeted for netbooks and nettops, which is the market where AMD hasn’t been represented at all before. However, will AMD manage to revolutionize this market and push aside Intel Atom and Nvidia ION? Let’s find out!

Energy-Efficient Sandy Bridge: Intel Core i5-2400S CPU Review Intel Core i5-2400S  Sandy Bridge  energy-efficient processors
[01/21/11 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

The desktop Sandy Bridge lineup includes a few processors with low TDP. We took one of these products and tried to estimate how appealing it might be for those who build quiet compact computer systems.

Intel Core i5-2500, Core i5-2400 and Core i5-2300 CPU Review Core i5-2500  Core i5-2400  Core i5-2300  Sandy Bridge  Sandy Bridge performance
[01/13/11 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Intel has jut started selling new LGA1155 processors with Sandy Bridge microarchitecture. We tested a few most interesting new offerings, which will be conquering the mainstream price segment.

Intel Sandy Bridge Microarchitecture Preview Intel Sandy Bridge Microarchitecture Preview  Sandy Bridge
[12/27/10 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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.

AMD Talks Fusion: Technology, Software, Strategy
[12/07/10 | by Anton Shilov]

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.

CPU Benchmark, Part 3: High-End Processors AMD Phenom II X6  Intel Core 2 Duo  Intel Core 2 Quad  Intel Core i5  Intel Core i7
[12/02/10 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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.

CPU Benchmark, Part 2: Mainstream Processors
[11/17/10 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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.

CPU Benchmark, Part 1: Value Processors
[11/09/10 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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’s New Offers: Phenom II X6 1075T, Phenom II X4 970, and Phenom II X2 560 AMD  Socket AM3  Phenom II X6 1075T  Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition  Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition  Thuban  Deneb  Calisto
[09/22/10 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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 Core i5-760 CPU Review Core i5  Lynnfield  LGA1156
[09/16/10 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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.

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Overclocking AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Overclocking  AMD Phenom II X6 1055T  six-core processor
[06/04/10 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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!

Flashforward: Intel’s 48-Core Chip Unleashed Intel  SCC  48-core  Larrabee  x86
[05/30/10 | by Anton Shilov]

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.

Intel Processors with Unlocked Multiplier: Core i7-875K and Core i5-655K Review Intel Core i7-875K  Intel Core i5-655K  unlocked multiplier
[05/27/10 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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.

Intel Core i7-975 EE and Core i5-750 in Contemporary Games Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition  Intel Core i5-750  ATI Radeon HD 5970  ATI Radeon HD 5850  ATI Radeon HD 5770  Nvidia GeForce GTX 480  Nvidia GeForce GTX 470  Nvidia GeForce GTX 275
[05/13/10 | by Alexey Stepin]

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 Based Nettop Is Real: Athlon II X2 250u CPU and Sapphire IPC-AM3DD785G Mainboard Review Athlon II X2 250u  Sapphire IPC-AM3DD785G
[04/30/10 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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.

Six Cores from AMD: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition and Phenom II X6 1055T CPU Review
[04/26/10 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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.

Six Cores for a Desktop: Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition CPU Review Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition  Intel six-core
[04/13/10 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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.

CPU Overclocking vs. Power Consumption Athlon II X2 255  Athlon II X4 635  Phenom II X2 555  Phenom II X4 965  Core 2 Duo E7600  Core 2 Quad Q9505  Core i3-540  Core i7-860  Core i7-950  overclock  overclocking  Power  power consumption  TDP  thermal design power
[04/12/10 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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.

Nettops Speeding Up: Atom D510 Processor and Pine Trail Platform Intel Pine Trail  Pineview  GMA3150  Intel NM10 Express  Atom D510  Intel D510MO
[01/14/10 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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?