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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.

New Overclocking Star: AMD Phenom II X4 920 Review
[02/02/09 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

It is no secret that previous Phenom X4 processor generation didn’t really overclock that well at all. Therefore, overclockers used to prefer Intel processors for the most part. However, the recently launched new Phenom II X4 manufactured with 45nm process may change this state of things. Read more in our article!

Intel Core i7-920 Overclocking Guide
[01/22/09 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Processors with Core microarchitecture has become a true “overclocker dream” due to their remarkable frequency potential. New CPUs from Nehalem generation continue the good tradition set by their predecessors. However, how can we take advantage of the potential hidden in the newcomer? Our today’s article will reveal the details.

Sometimes They Come Back: AMD Launching Phenom II X4
[01/07/09 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Today AMD announced a new modification of their quad-core processors aka Phenom II X4. The new CPUs are manufactured using advanced 45nm process, have higher clock speeds and larger L3 cache. But are these improvements enough to help AMD regain the high-performance processor market share?

AMD Launches “Phenom X2”: AMD Athlon X2 7750 Black Edition Review
[12/14/08 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Stars (K10) microarchitecture employed in Phenom X3 and X4 processors has finally made it to dual-core CPUs. So, the new Athlon X2 got all the advantages of their elder brothers including shared L3 cache. Nevertheless, these intriguing newcomers will hardly be able to fix AMD’s current market standing. Our today’s article will reveal why.

New Hit from Remake King: Intel Core i7 Review
[11/03/08 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Core i7 processors – the first incarnation of the new Nehalem microarchitecture for desktop platforms - should start selling in a few weeks. Therefore, it is time to check out the practical aspects of the new CPU family and new LGA1366 platform.

First Look at Nehalem Microarchitecture
[11/02/08 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

In the next few days Intel is going to make another revolution in the processor market – launch Core i7, new processors on Nehalem microarchitecture. This microarchitecture should become the next significant step after extremely successful Core microarchitecture. In our today’s article we are going to talk about the details behind Nehalem microarchitecture that will help us better understand what we could expect from Intel.

Comparative Tests of Inexpensive Quad-Core Processors
[10/23/08 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

While we are waiting for the Intel Core i7 bestsellers to come out, we decided to take a closer look at inexpensive quad-core processors that get more and more popular these days. In our today’s test session we will compare Core 2 Quad Q9400, Core 2 Quad Q9300, Core 2 Quad Q8200, Core 2 Quad Q6600 and Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition.

Two New Cut-Offs: Core 2 Duo E7300 and Pentium Dual-Core E5200 Processors
[10/03/08 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Intel continues to expand the lineup of CPUs manufactured with 45nm technology. Trying to catch up with the launches we tested two new processors based on cut-down version of Wolfdale core. These are mainstream CPUs – Core 2 Duo E7300 and Pentium Dual-Core E5200 priced at only $84 and therefore extremely interesting. Let’s see how the arrival of these two processors may change the situation in the mainstream market segment.

The Battle of Low-Power Processors: Best Choice for a Nettop
[09/24/08 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Thanks to Intel, nettops – small, inexpensive and power-efficient home systems – turned into the latest computer fashion. Today we are going to compare several processors that may become a basis for systems like that: Intel Atom 230, Intel Atom 330 and VIA Nano L2100.

New Wolfdale Processor Stepping: Core 2 Duo E8600 Review
[07/27/08 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

In 2-3 weeks Intel will start shipping new dual-core processors with new E0 stepping. There will a new CPU among them: the today’s highest frequency model – Core 2 Duo E8600. Our today’s article will talk about this new processor and the features of all upcoming CPUs with the new processor stepping.

Three Cores vs. Two: AMD Phenom X3 8750 Review
[04/22/08 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

AMD Company expands the line-up of their processors on K10 micro-architecture. Now besides quad-core Phenom X4 they will also offer triple-core Phenom X3. Let’s see if AMD managed to design a successful solution this time without switching to new production process.

Wolfdale for Economical Enthusiasts: Core 2 Duo E7200 Review
[04/22/08 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Dual-core Wolfdale processors get cheaper. No, we are not talking about the next price reduction. The thing is that Intel is simply launching a new inexpensive Core 2 Duo E7200 processor, which belongs to the progressive 45nm processor family, even though it has somewhat limited functionality. Will it become a new bestseller? Let’s find out now!

AMD Phenom Changes Stepping to B3: TLB Bug – in the Past
[03/26/08 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

We have just completed the tests of a new AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition processor using the new B3 stepping. AMD managed to quickly fix the TLB bug and increased the clock frequencies of its quad-core processors. But will this be enough to make Phenom a more promising choice for consumers?

Kinky Luxury: Intel Skulltrail Platform Review
[02/22/08 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

$3000 for two quad-core processors from Penryn family, $650 for a special mainboard and $200 for memory: this is a new exclusive dual-processor platform for enthusiasts from Intel. However, do investments like that really make sense for the sake of unattainable performance?

The Youngest of Yorkfields: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Processor Review
[02/08/08 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

We continue talking about new desktop processors from Penryn family manufactured with 45nm process. Today we are going to talk about the youngest quad-core Yorkfield CPU, which should replace the today’s market hit – Core 2 Quad Q6600.

Contemporary Dual-Core Processors Shootout
[01/30/08 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

We tested 17 contemporary dual-core processors from AMD and Intel to answer the most important question the users ask these days: what solution is the best choice from the consumer standpoint basing on their price, performance and power consumption.

AMD Fan Kit: Phenom 9600 Black Edition CPU + DFI LANParty UT 790FX-M2R Mainboard
[01/22/08 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Although quad-core Phenom processors cannot boast super high performance, AMD still has a bunch of fans sticking by. Our today’s article is written specifically for these guys. We are going to discuss one of today’s overclocker platforms and Phenom fine tuning techniques.