Thursday, August 21, 2014
- 12:10 pm | AMD to Lower Prices of A-Series APUs for Back-to-School Season. New Prices of AMD A-Series APUs Revealed
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
- 10:53 am | AMD to Cut Prices on FX-9000, Other FX Processors: New Prices Revealed. AMD to Make FX Chips More Affordable, Discontinue Low-End Models
- 9:59 am | AMD Readies FX-8370, FX-8370E Microprocessors. AMD Preps Two New “Mainstream” FX Chips
Monday, July 28, 2014
- 12:11 pm | Intel Core i7-5960X “Haswell-E” De-Lidded: Twelve Cores and Alloy-Based Thermal Interface. Intel Core i7-5960X Uses “Haswell-EP” Die, Promises Good Overclocking Potential
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
- 10:40 pm | ARM Preps Second-Generation “Artemis” and “Maya” 64-Bit ARMv8-A Offerings. ARM Readies 64-Bit Cores for Non-Traditional Applications
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!
It no secret to anyone anymore that in about 6 months AMD and Intel will roll out their six-core processors for desktop platforms. However, we decided not to wait until then and put together a system with a six-core processor today. It is built around a six-core AMD Opteron 2435 from Istanbul family.
Over the past few days Intel revealed some exciting details on the upcoming Intel Westmere processor codenamed Clarkdale. Architectural improvements, new design, performance details and more.
AMD is going to make a revolution in the inexpensive processors market by launching their new quad-core Athlon II X4 series that will be selling at very democratic prices. The secret of these processors hides in the new 45 nm Propus core that has no L3 cache memory. But how fast are these babies?
Intel prepared new Lynnfield processors that should make Nehalem microarchitecture really mainstream and popular. Let’s find out if the new LGA1156 CPUs have any chance of ousting LGA775 and Socket AM3 solutions from the market and taking over the leadership.
With the launch of their new processor AMD set a new frequency record for desktop platforms: Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition works at 3.4 GHz. What is it: an attempt to return to the high-end segment or a preemptive strike in the light of upcoming Intel Lynnfield? Let’s try finding an answer to this question.
If you have always associated the “Celeron” name with very affordable and slow processors, then time has come for you to change your opinion. The new representatives of this CPU family use 45 nm core with 1 MB L2 cache, which makes them extremely attractive against the background of their competitors and even their more expensive fellow processors.
Intel finally updated their Core i7 family and introduced two new solutions that feature not only higher clock frequency, but also have new D0 processor stepping. So, the new processors can boast not only better performance but also certain advantages during overclocking, improved heat dissipation and power consumption.
The transition to 45nm CPU manufacturing process has already created a revolution among triple- and quad-core AMD processors. Now 45nm cores are ready to go into dual-core CPUs, too. But is a finer manufacturing process enough for AMD to offer something interesting in the sub-$100 price range? Our today’s article should answer this question for you.
Our lab managed to get hold of two very interesting dual-core solutions from AMD manufactured with 45nm process. These processors will be positioned as primary competitors to Intel Core 2 Duo and looks like they have very good chance to succeed. Take a look at the first benchmark results and see for yourselves.
It is no secret that contemporary processors priced between $60 and $80 offer sufficient performance for a mainstream home or office PC. But how could we pick the best CPU for our particular needs? Trying to answer this question we are going to compare Athlon X2 on Kuma core with a Pentium on Wolfdale-2M core. Read more in our review!
Our lab managed to get an engineering sample of a not yet announced Core i7-975 XE processor that is based on the new D0 processor stepping. Today we are going to check out the features of this new processor core and figure out its advantages over the previous Nehalem C0 processor stepping.