PROCESSORS

January 9th, 2013

Richland, Kaveri, Kabini & Temash; AMD’s 2013 APU Lineup Examined

AMD has finally unveiled what we can expect from their lineup in 2013 and it looks like APUs will lead the way.  Richland, Kaveri, Kabini and Temash will all be released this year, representing a top to bottom product stack which has aspirations in the notebook, ultra thin, SFF and tablet markets.


October 30th, 2012

AMD Vishera FX-6300 & FX-4300 Review

While the FX-8350 may have hogged the lion’s share of AMD’s Vishera launch coverage, a number of more affordable processors were introduced alongside it.   The six core FX-6300 and quad core FX-4300 are both priced under $140 and should provide some real competition for Intel’s i3 series Ivy Bridge CPUs.


October 22nd, 2012

FX-8350 CPU Review; AMD’s Vishera Arrives

AMD’s new FX-8350  is the new kid on the processor block but it, along with the other Vishera CPUs, house technology we’ve seen before.  Like Trinity, this eight core processor uses the revised Piledriver architecture which is supposed to grant it substantial performance improvements over Bulldozer.  But will it be enough to overcome, let alone [...]


October 10th, 2012

AMD Trinity A10-5800K APU Review

AMD’s Trinity architecture and its flagship A10-5800K represent the next evolutionary step of AMD’s Fusion initiative.  By effectively combining Piledriver CPU cores, updated integrated graphics designs and a price of only $130, AMD is hoping this new desktop Trinity APU finds some traction within a highly competitive market.


May 14th, 2012

AMD Trinity: Going Mobile with a New APU

Ever since Llano was first introduced, people have been talking about Trinity.  In this article, we take an in depth look at the latest generation of APUs which are part of AMD’s ongoing Fusion initiative.


April 23rd, 2012

Intel Core i7 3770K Ivy Bridge CPU Review

Today, Intel is officially unveiling Ivy Bridge, and it is a significant launch.  Not only is Ivy Bridge manufactured on the brand new 22nm manufacturing process but it also features some worthwhile microarchitectural changes.   The 3770K is currently the pinnacle of the Ivy Bridge desktop lineup and looks like a perfect successor to the [...]


April 23rd, 2012

Intel Core i7-3720QM Review; Ivy Bridge Goes Mobile

With such a big deal being made about the introduction of Intel’s Ivy Bridge lineup on the desktop side, their new mobile chips deserve a chance in the spotlight as well.  In this review, we take a closer look at the new i7-3720QM notebook processor which promises to be a significant step forward for the mobile [...]


February 22nd, 2012

Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E CPU Review

Although flagship parts generate lots of hype, it is the mainstream parts that people actually buy. The aggressively-priced Core i7-3820 is Intel’s attempt at drawing enthusiasts towards its slightly languishing high-end LGA2011 platform, but if faces stiff competition from the Core i7-2600K and 2700K models.


February 1st, 2012

AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano APU Review

Being the newest and highest-end addition to AMD’s A-series APU lineup, not only does the A8-3870K feature the much raved about integrated Radeon HD 6550D, but it comes with fully unlocked multipliers for both the CPU and GPU portions.


November 14th, 2011

Intel Sandy Bridge-E Core i7 3960X CPU Review

Intel’s X58 platform has been around for over three years now (yes, it really has been that long) and for many a changing of the guard in the enthusiast market couldn’t come soon enough.  Replacing the venerable Nehalem microarchitecure is an offshoot of the Sandy Bridge platform which is simply called Sandy Bridge E.  The [...]