PROCESSORS

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 [...]


October 11th, 2011

AMD Bulldozer FX-8150 Processor Review

After many, many years of gossip, presentations, leaks, and showcases AMD’s new Bulldozer processors are finally here. This is AMD’s attempt at making an architecture with significant multi-threaded performance but at a price that most people can afford. With 8 cores on tap, we think they have the multi-threaded aspect covered, but the real question [...]


August 2nd, 2011

AMD A6-3650 Llano APU Review

When AMD’s Llano desktop architecture was introduced, the A8-3850 was the only APU available but another, more budget-friendly version soon followed.   The  A6-3650 retains all of the features which made its bigger brother so successful but core speeds and the onboard graphics processor have been cut down to  a slightly lower level.  The result [...]


July 13th, 2011

Intel Core i3-2120 & Core i5-2400 LGA1155 Processors Review

Given how great the Core i5-2500K and i7-2600K perform, it is easy to forget that the current Sandy Bridge LGA1155 processors are part of Intel’s mainstream series, not their high-end one. Therefore, it is more than due time for us to test out some of the lower priced offerings. Although we would love to try [...]


June 29th, 2011

AMD A8-3850 APU Review: Llano Hits the Desktop

We’ve been hearing about it for years but AMD is finally launching their Fusion architecture into the mid-range desktop market with the Lynx platform’s A8 and A6 processors alongside A75 and A55 motherboards.  These accelerated processing units (or APUs) integrate a quad core CPU, 400 shader GPU and fully functional Northbridge onto a single die [...]


May 2nd, 2011

AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Processor Review

Back in January, we were absolutely convinced that we had seen the last hurrah for the venerable quad-core 45nm ‘Deneb’ die when we reviewed the Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition processor. However, apparently we were wrong as AMD is now releasing the X4 980 Black Edition; a processor sporting an impressive 3.7Ghz core speed. [...]