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"Here Be Dragons" - AMD Phenom II

"Here Be Dragons" - AMD Phenom II

AMD's much awaited shift to 45nm for its processors finally hits the consumer space with the Phenom II, the streamlined and more energy efficient sequel to the Phenom. Read on to find out if this new chip along with AMD's Dragon platform can turn the tide.

Sustaining Moore's Law - 10 Years of the CPU

Sustaining Moore's Law - 10 Years of the CPU

Over the years, we have seen the central processing unit or CPU of the computer shrink from the size of a house to that of a stamp while its raw processing power has increased exponentially. We take a look at how far CPUs have progressed in the last 10 years and the major highlights from 1998 to 2008.

Core i7 Overclocking and Graphics Performance Update

Core i7 Overclocking and Graphics Performance Update

We've detailed and dissected the performance of the new Core i7 architecture with the top-end processor and today we extend that coverage with a little overclocking update as well as newer findings with a more powerful graphics subsystem. Will the Core i7 shine in these areas? That's what we intend to find out.

Changing for the Future - Intel's Core i7

Changing for the Future - Intel's Core i7

Intel finally took the wraps off its latest processor, the Core i7. Based on the long-awaited Nehalem architecture that radically changes the Intel platform from the ground up, the Core i7 sweeps into town bringing along a new chipset and the return of an old Pentium 4 feature. Does it make the grade?

Intel Extends x86 Architecture into SoC Arena

Intel Extends x86 Architecture into SoC Arena

Intel has been planning on penetrating the MID and handheld markets with the Atom processor, but the CPU is just one part of the equation in the platform. Though today's announcement of Intel's first SoC product is targeted at the embedded applications space, it is a sign of more to come. More details inside.

Energy Efficient CPUs Ahoy! Phenom X4 9350e & 9150e Tested

Energy Efficient CPUs Ahoy! Phenom X4 9350e & 9150e Tested

AMD has achieved a small milestone of being first to offer 65W TDP quad-core processors with their new Phenom X4 9350e and 9150e processors. However their low clock speeds could be trouble against Intel's fast dual-core offerings. Can AMD's new Phenom X4 still hold its ground? We give you the lowdown.

AMD - Loaded and Back in Action

AMD - Loaded and Back in Action

Despite the lack of profits for the last few quarters, AMD's competitive position today is perhaps the strongest ever in the last two years and that's just based on recent developments. We've got some interesting details of the company's current and upcoming plans for their desktop, mobile and handheld platforms, so read on.

AMD's Triple-Core Phenom - X3 8750

AMD's Triple-Core Phenom - X3 8750

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We have all heard of dual and quad-core processors but three cores on a single chip? That's what AMD intends to sell with its new Phenom X3 processors, basically a quad-core X4 with a disabled core. Does this numerical advantage help AMD compete against Intel's dual-core offerings?

Intel's 1600MHz FSB Platform: Tried, Tested, Judged

Intel's 1600MHz FSB Platform: Tried, Tested, Judged

With the Core 2 Extreme QX9770 processor and X48 chipset, Intel officially put 1600MHz FSB on the table. However, is it worth the upgrade to a full 1600MHz FSB platform? We delved into performance numbers and liked what we saw, but it all boils down to memory.

AMD's New Phenom X4 9000 Series

AMD's New Phenom X4 9000 Series

Intel has been preaching 45nm for a year and today, the first 45nm desktop processor has finally arrived. We take the latest and greatest Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 for a spin in our labs and we were plenty impressed with its new capabilities. Read all about it right here.

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