A Stepping Ahead - The Core i7-975 Extreme Edition and i7-950

A Stepping Ahead - The Core i7-975 Extreme Edition and i7-950

It has been more than six months since the first Core i7 processors debuted. Today, Intel released new models, but it's not to expand the lineup. Instead, they'll replace a couple of its higher end models with revised editions. We tested these chips featuring a new D0 stepping core that's rumored to improve overclocking.

Intel's Pine Trail and Nehalem-EX Platform Updates

Intel's Pine Trail and Nehalem-EX Platform Updates

Talk about David and Goliath - that's exactly the scale of updates Intel had in store with the upcoming Pine Trail for the mini-notebook/nettop segment and the Nehalem-EX platform with 8-core, 24MB L3 cache, 16-thread crunching processors to upgrade the Xeon MP space. Expect these to be available by early 2010. Details inside.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 - A Timely Upgrade

AMD Phenom II X4 955 - A Timely Upgrade

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With the release of AMD's Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition and 945 processors, they now have a CPU deserving of its AM3 socket and usage of DDR3 memory. It even overclocks to 3.9GHz on air-cooling. Find out if AMD's flagship processor can tease the Core i7 in our assessment.

Six Cores Coming Soon - Opteron Turns Six

Six Cores Coming Soon - Opteron Turns Six

It's been six years since AMD debuted its Opteron server chips that shook up the industry. And the chipmaker marked the occasion by launching a whole slew of new Opteron models, including a surprise announcement. Check out all the new updates here!

To DDR3 or Not - AM3 Phenom II DDR3 Performance Drilldown

To DDR3 or Not - AM3 Phenom II DDR3 Performance Drilldown

The new AM3 Phenom II processors have proven to be quite the competitor against Intel's offerings in the mainstream segment. Do these DDR2/DDR3 compatible CPUs get a performance boost by going DDR3? We find out what DDR3 brings to the table.

Intel's 2009 CPU Roadmap & the 32nm Westmere Connection

Intel's 2009 CPU Roadmap & the 32nm Westmere Connection

We've barely passed the first month of 2009 and Intel spilled the beans of detailed CPU roadmap updates for the rest of the year as well as 2010. Read on to find out more on the integrated GPU processor Clarkdale and the hex-core Gulftown monster!

AMD Does DDR3 - The AM3 Phenom II

AMD Does DDR3 - The AM3 Phenom II

AMD's long awaited move to DDR3 happens today, as it is launching five new Phenom II models using its AM3 938-pin socket. These processors support both DDR2 and DDR3 memory, making them compatible with old and new motherboards alike. Do they have what it takes to compete with Intel?

AMD's Dragon Unleashed - Overclocking the Phenom II

AMD's Dragon Unleashed - Overclocking the Phenom II

One of the more significant advantages that AMD touts of its new Phenom II chip is its ability to overclock higher than its predecessor. Is this overclocking edge sufficient to restore the enthusiasts' faith in AMD? We pushed our Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition to find out.

"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.

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