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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?

Dual-Core LGA1156 Processors: Core i5-661, Core i3-540 and Pentium G6950 CPUs Review Core i5-661  Core i3-540  Pentium G6950  Clarkdale  Westmere  Intel Clarkdale
[01/03/10 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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.

Value CPUs Roundup: Is There Life in Low-End? AMD Sempron 140  AMD Athlon II X2 215  AMD Athlon II X2 240  AMD Athlon X2 5600+  Intel Pentium E5200  Intel Celeron 450  Intel Celeron E3300  Intel Celeron E1600
[11/30/09 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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.

Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition ver. 2.0: AMD Introduces C3 Processor Stepping AMD  Phenom II X4 965  Deneb  C3 stepping
[11/03/09 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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?

AMD Athlon II X3 435 CPU Review Athlon II X3 435  triple-core AMD Athlon  Rana  AMD
[10/19/09 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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!

A Glance into the Future: Six-Core AMD Istanbul in a Desktop Platform AMD Istanbul  Opteron 2435  six-core  Thuban
[10/18/09 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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.

IDF: Intel Clarkdale Up Close and Personal
[09/24/09 | by Anna Filatova]

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.

Four Cores for $100: Athlon II X4 630 and Athlon II X4 620 CPU Review
[09/15/09 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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?

Second Advent of Nehalem: Core i7-870 and Core i5-750 Processors in LGA1156 Platform
[09/07/09 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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.

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition: The Peak of Deneb Evolution
[08/12/09 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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.

Budget CPU for Enthusiasts: Intel Celeron E3300 Processor Review
[08/06/09 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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.

Nehalem Speeding Up: Intel Core i7-975 XE and Core i7-950 Review
[06/02/09 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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.

AMD Phenom II X2 550 and AMD Athlon II X2 250 Processors Review
[06/01/09 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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.

Quick Lab Report: AMD Phenom II X2 550 and Athlon II X2 250
[05/20/09 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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.

Inexpensive Dual-Core: AMD Athlon X2 vs. Intel Pentium
[05/20/09 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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!

First Look at Core i7-975 XE: D0 Processor Stepping in Action
[04/21/09 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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.

Intel Core 2 Duo Threatened: AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition CPU Review
[03/20/09 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

AMD have started to use new 45nm core for their unique triple-core CPUs. As a result, there appeared a very attractive solution for the mainstream segment. And taking into consideration remarkable potential of the Phenom II X3 CPUs, we have every reason to conclude that it is going to be a new sales hit.

Meet Socket AM3: AMD Phenom II X4 810 CPU Review
[02/08/09 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

AMD announced the first CPUs in Socket AM3 form-factor. Let’s see how Phenom II processors can benefit from the use of DDR3 memory and meet another quad-core CPU from the company that stands for maximizing price-to-performance ratio.