PROCESSORS

September 3rd, 2013

Intel i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E Review

Intel’s i7-4960X Ivy Bridge Extreme is billed as the fastest processor available.  With a dozen threads and a clock speed of 4GHz, it has the capability to outshine its predecessors but at $1000, it has a lot to live up to.


July 16th, 2013

AMD FX-9590 Review; Piledriver at 5GHz

With the FX-9590, AMD has taken their Piledriver architecture and pushed it to the absolute limit.  By running at an astounding 5GHz, this new CPU is the fastest in the FX-series stable.


June 5th, 2013

AMD Richland Review; A10-6800K & A10-6700 Benchmarked

While it may be based on last year’s Trinity architecture AMD’s new Richland A10-6800K and A10-6700 APUs bring higher performance and new features to the table without consuming more power.  However,  in such a competitive processor market, will they really have a chance to shine?


June 1st, 2013

Intel Haswell i7-4770K & i5-4670K Review

After more than two years of speculation Intel’s Haswell is finally here.  This new architecture incorporates several new and potentially game-changing features into a 22nm die that consumes substantially less power than Ivy Bridge.  In this review we take a look at two processors:  the i7 4770K and the i5 4670K.


April 29th, 2013

hUMA; AMD’s Heterogeneous Unified Memory Architecture Revealed

The new Heterogeneous Unified Memory Architecture (or hUMA) is part of AMD’s HSA feature set and will make its way into the Kaveri APUs.  It is supposed to provide a unified memory address space for both the CPU and GPU, potentially increasing throughput by leveraging both processors in parallel.


March 12th, 2013

Detailing Richland’s Dual Graphics & GCN Compatibility

Considering their architectural differences, AMD’s VLIW4-based Richland APUs and the Sea Islands’ HD 8000M series may seem like strange bedfellows.  However, AMD has somehow allowed them to work together in Dual Graphics mode in order to enhance graphics performance.


March 12th, 2013

AMD Richland APU Preview: Trinity Gets a Facelift

AMD have officially revealed the upcoming Richland APUs, which represent a unique amalgamation of old architecture with new, updated features and additional performance benefits for the mobile market.  Richland will replace Trinity and compete with Intel’s 2013 releases by offering better battery life and higher clock speeds.


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 [...]