PROCESSORS

April 26th, 2010

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T & 1055T Six-Core Processors Review

For the better part of the last year, there had been rumors of an AMD 6-core processor family that would soon be introduced.  Well, that day has come and in this review we focus upon two products from AMD’s Phenom X6  family: the 1090T Black Edition and the slightly more pedestrian 1055T.  Are they enough [...]


March 10th, 2010

Intel Core i7-980X Gulftown Six-Core 32nm Processor Review

It has been a long time coming.  Intel’s six core processors have been talked about since the Nehalem architecture was first introduced and with the Core i7 980X, Gulftown has finally seen the light of day.  Naturally, this new processor is expensive but with six physical cores and 12 threads, can it perform up to [...]


January 3rd, 2010

Intel Westmere 32nm Launch & Clarkdale Core i5 661 CPU Review

In recent years, Intel used Nehalem architecture to push both a high end platform with their Bloomfield-based CPUs and their newly released Lynnfield generation of LGA1156 chips.  Today they reveal their more moderately-priced Westmere series with the introduction of the Clarkdale desktop and Arrandale mobile CPUs.  In this review we will be looking at the [...]


September 7th, 2009

Intel Lynnfield Core i5-750 & Core i7-870 Processor Review

After countless previews, leaked benchmarks and general, all-round excitement, Lynnfield processors are finally here and will be launched to the public.  Naturally, with widespead availability comes reviews and today we will be looking at two of Intel’s new “mainstream” processors: the i5 750 and the i7 870.  As you will soon come to see, neither [...]


June 9th, 2009

A Summer Road Trip with the Intel Core i7 975 EE

Summer is here and with it comes vacation and the classical road trips people seem to either love or hate. Before your own vacation rears its head, we want to take you on a trip you will not soon forget. One with a canister of liquid nitrogen strapped to our backs while we push the [...]


January 7th, 2009

Hardware Canucks: Benchmarkers Guide to the Phenom II

Recent developments in the overclocking and benchmarking world have once again vaulted AMD into the limelight with their Phenom II. News from AMD at recent tech demos has shown that the dreaded cold bug was all but gone allowing operation at liquid nitrogen temperatures of -196C, and possibly beyond. It was with this information that [...]


November 3rd, 2008

Intel Core i7 “Nehalem” 920, 940 & 965 XE Processor Review

It is rare that we get to take a look at a brand new architecture but today we take out first in-depth look at Intel’s new i7 series of CPUs. This will be the first in a series of reviews but before we go on to other articles, we have to tackle the basics of [...]


August 26th, 2008

AMD Phenom X4 9750 Quad Core CPU Review

Back in the K8 days, AMD was on the top of the world since their processors were doing extremely well against the somewhat lackluster competition from Intel. Fast forward to today and AMD is fighting for their life with their hope resting with their Phenom Quad Cores. In this review we will be looking at [...]


November 19th, 2007

AMD Phenom X4 9600 Performance Preview

AMD’s new Phenom X4 quad core processor has finally arrived! After months of respins, rumors and marketing hype we put the Phenom X4 9600 through its paces in this preview. Is this new processor as good as everyone hopes it will be or will it fall flat on its face?


April 19th, 2007

Core 2 Duo e4300 vs. e6400: performance on Air and Water Cooling

The primary goal of this review is to investigate both the stock and overclocking performance of the e4300. For comparison, the e4300 will be tested against an e6400 CPU under three different cooling solutions: stock air, aftermarket air, and water cooling. There are also a few more tests, but you will have to read on [...]