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Intel Core i7 4790K – Haswell gets a refresh

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Say Hello To Devils Canyon and the 4790K Devils Canyon is here, and well honestly has been here for a while but upon starting the writing for this article I struggled alot with how to start it as like we have seen many times recently with Intel, this is another refresh which too many raises the question of “Why bother” when we can just wait for the next-gen part for major changes. Well of any refresh in quite some time that I have seen this one promises to bring some real changes and even more so real proof that Intel does listen to its customer base and implements things to make that user base happy.. One way we had proof of this “listening to customers” can be seen some time ago when they announced the enthusiasts protection plan where you can pay a nominal fee and you are protected even ... Read More »

AMD A10-7850K (Kaveri)

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Introduction For years, AMD is pushing the idea of treating CPU and GPU equally when comes to computing power through the concept called “heterogenous computing”. After all, why would you waste all of the power and space in a PC if certain workload can be better suited for the GPU as oppose to CPU. Even better would be to have both CPU and GPU working concurrently in parallel to finish a task faster. AMD started talking about such concept with the Fusion platform in 2006 which leads to the company’s acquisition of ATI. While the concept of heterogenous computing sounded good, getting there is not an easy task. To achieve such goal, it requires a fundamental redesigning of the processor. A lot of work and engineering is needed not just in the hardware but also software. AMD started moving toward true heterogenous computing slowly with the Brazo platform that put ... Read More »

AMD Roadmap through 2016+ includes K12, a new x86 and ARM cores

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AMD hosted a “Core Innovation Update” conference today where we get a hint of what is coming for the company in the next couple of years. AMD’s future roadmap will still be focusing what it has done well in the past with x86, ie desktop, laptop, and servers. However, the company also will put a greater emphasize on the ARM architecture as it attacks in growth market through its “ambidextrous strategy”. The desktop market is shrinking which means the revenue from the X86 is also not as good as it used to be. According to AMD’s internal estimates, the revenue share for the x86 will continue to decline (although at slower rate) in the next few years. At the same time, the revenue from ARM is growing and is expecting to grow. While Intel has renew a push for the x86 on the desktop, AMD’s road map for the future ... Read More »

AMD Introduces heterogeneous Queuing (hQ)

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AMD today brings the latest implementation of the heterogeneous computing with the introduction of the heterogeneous queuing (hQ). As you may recall, AMD founded the Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation with other chipmakers and industry giants such as ARM, Qualcomm, and Samsung to promote a great utilization of various computing processors such as CPU, GPU, DSP and others . The goal of the HSA is to bring ISA agnostic to the chip and brings all of the computing resources to equal footing. Related posts: AMD’s new heterogeneous Uniform Memory Access (hUMA) We still have to wait a couple of months until Kaveri—the successor to the Trinity... AMD Richland A10-6800K AND A10-6700 Review Not letting Intel grab all of the spotlight, AMD has officially released the desktop version... AMD “Kabini” and “Temash” APU’s AMD has officially released its entire mobile platform for the year 2013. Today the company... Read More »

Ivy Bridge-E is here! Intel Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition Processor Review

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Intel’s New Ivy Bridge-E Has Landed! Normally when Intel launches a new CPU it is brought along with a new chipset even if its the same socket. If you remember the launch a short while ago moving from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge, it utilized the same 1155 socket but launched a new chipset Z77 along with the new CPU to support some new features even though it used the same socket. Today we are looking at the new Ivy Bridge-E CPU which is based on the LGA 2011 Socket type and with it we did not receive a board or any of that normal stuff we would get with an Intel launch. That is not a huge deal as we always found the Intel boards rather basic honestly but they did provide very good baseline and even OC based performance for which we could use to test all future ... Read More »

AMD Richland A10-6800K AND A10-6700 Review

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Not letting Intel grab all of the spotlight, AMD has officially released the desktop version of the upgraded Trinity APU codenamed Richland. While Richland does not bring any architectural change over the Trinity, AMD is able to deliver a decent amount of performance improvements by tuning the existing chip. We have got the top of the line A10-6800K and a 65W A10-6700 in our lab that we will put through our tests.  Related posts: 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity... AMD “Kabini” and “Temash” APU’s AMD has officially released its entire mobile platform for the year 2013. Today the company... AMD’s new heterogeneous Uniform Memory Access (hUMA) We still have to wait a couple of months until Kaveri—the successor to the Trinity... Read More »

Intel Core i7 4770K: Haswell and the Z87 Chipset

Intel’s newest offering to the upper mainstream platform is here with the new Haswell. The new i7 4770K and Intel DZ87KLT-75K will show us Intel’s vision for moving the industry forward with better technology and performance. Related posts: Powercolor HD 7870 Myst Edition Powercolor has been a lesser-seen name in the GPU market but their primary focus is... Read More »

AMD “Kabini” and “Temash” APU’s

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AMD has officially released its entire mobile platform for the year 2013. Today the company released the Kabini SoC for the ultrathin notebooks and the Temash SoC for tablets. Built on the 28nm process, Temash and the Kabini are expected to deliver up to 20% better CPU performance, 75% GPU performance and longer battery life.  Related posts: 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity... AMD’s new heterogeneous Uniform Memory Access (hUMA) We still have to wait a couple of months until Kaveri—the successor to the Trinity... Diamond HD7790 Graphics Card  Diamond delivers on the new 7790 model and we got a chance to see what it has... Read More »

AMD’s new heterogeneous Uniform Memory Access (hUMA)

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We still have to wait a couple of months until Kaveri—the successor to the Trinity APU—is released. However, AMD is ready to talk a little bit about the upcoming APU. While we do not have any specific information on the model and the clockspeed, we have a bit of information regarding one key feature in Kaveri: the heterogenous Uniform Memory Access or hUMA. Related posts: 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity... Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 2400MHz 16GB Memory Kit Kingston as a whole has been around a long time, but they created the HyperX... Sapphire HD 7790 1GB Graphics Card – Filling the Gap in Mainstream Performance  Sapphire is pretty much the lead partner when it comes to AMD graphics cards. With... Read More »

2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland)

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Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity APU. The company launched four mobile APUs with 35W TDP designed for performance notebook. Architecturally, Richland is identical to Trinity as both APUs are based on the Piledriver CPU cores and Southern Island GPU cores. With Richland, AMD has bumped the clockspeed on the CPU and the GPU and improved upon the Turbo Core technology. In addition, AMD has worked with software vendors to provide facial recognition and gesture support that leverage on their GPU computing power.  Related posts: Cyberpower Fangbook: Extreme Gaming Gone Mobile Cyberpower is a premier high end system builder, with that they have some great options... Read More »

Intel Core i7-3960x vs. i7-3970x: A Clash of Titans

With the Intel Core i7-3970X taking the crown for the fastest six-core processor for the desktop market, how can this 150W TDP monster compare to its younger brother, the i7-3960X? Can the $10 difference in price justify its performance and stability? In this review the Core i7-3960X and the Core i7-3970X go head-to-head in some real-world application benchmarks. No related posts. Read More »

AMD FX-8350, Piledriver Vishera Review

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Today, AMD has completed the transition of their entire line of CPUs/APUs to the Piledriver design with the release of the Vishera, the mainstream/performance FX series CPU. How much performance can we expect from Vishera over Bulldozer? Let’s find out.  No related posts. Read More »

AMD Launches Z-60 APU (Hondo) for Windows 8 Tablets

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AMD brings Z-60 APU for Windows 8 tablets with promise for better HD Media playback, enhanced gaming, and performance accelerated Apps. The APU promises to bring up to 10 hours of battery life, native USB 3.0 and  SATA 6 Gbps support. No related posts. Read More »

AMD “Virgo” Platform: 2nd Generation APU

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If you read our AMD Trinity Preview, you’ve already seen the integrated GPU performance in the new A-Series APU from AMD. Today, we take a look at the CPU side of the APU. In addition, we are able to see just how the new chip will perform at various applications and workloads, including media transcoding, data encryption, and  OpenCL.    No related posts. Read More »

AMD Trinity: An iGPU Performance Preview

Finally, the desktop Trinity is almost here. We got a preview of the integrated GPU gaming performance of the A10-5800K and A8-5600K APU. More detail on the CPU performance and full detail of the platform, architecture, overclocking, and benchmarks coming real soon, so stay tuned! No related posts. Read More »

Arctic MC101: A Trinity Powered HTPC

  Arctic’s latest home entertainment system user an AMD A10-4600M APU, bringing a powerful combination of CPU and GPU in a tiny little box. Packed with WiFi, TV Tuner, 8GB RAM, and 1TB of storage, the MC101 brings us plenty of power for our media needs and is also able to deliver decent gaming performance. No related posts. Read More »

Complete AMD 2012 APU Line Up

Mobile Trinity kicks off 2012 for AMD by incorporating the Piledriver CPU core (an enhanced version of the Bulldozer) and the updated GPU core based on the VLIW4 design derived from AMD’s Northern Island discreet GPU from the HD 6970. With the mobile APU out of the way, AMD also launched the budget APU codenamed the Brazos 2.0 and has revealed the desktop SKUs. No related posts. Read More »

AMD E-Series APU “Brazos 2.0″

A glance over AMD’s plan shows that 2012 will see a greater push for APUs. From high performance systems all the way down to everyday performance and productivity systems, AMD has APUs designed to meet users’ computing needs. After introducing the second generation mobile A-Series APU (codenamed Trinity) in May, AMD today brings us the low power E-Series edition of the APU, codenamed Brazos 2.0, and designed for very basic computing needs. No related posts. Read More »

AMD presents 2012 A-Series APU (Trinity)

AMD today unveiled the next generation APUs for notebooks: Trinity. With more performance, Eyefinity-support and more improvements it looks like the perfect companion for those new Ultrathin laptops. No related posts. Read More »

Intel Core i7 3770K (Ivy Bridge)

The Ivy Bridge promises higher performance per watt over Sandy Bridge on both the CPU and GPU front. Built with tri-gate 3D transistors on a 22nm die, how much performance should we expect from the new CPU? No related posts. Read More »

Arctic Freezer i30 CPU Cooler

The Arctic Freezer i30 CPU cooler has some great features, including “direct-contact heatpipe technology”. It sounds fancy, but does it get the job done? Keep reading to find out. No related posts. Read More »

AMD FX-8150 CPU: Bulldozer

The long-awaited Bulldozer is finally here. How does it stack up against its biggest competitors? Does it live up to our expectations? Keep reading to find out! No related posts. Read More »

Llano vs. Sandy Bridge: HTPC Performance

The AMD A3850 APU is a capable APU for the mainstream user. It has a lot of potential as part of an HTPC. We’ve compared it to an Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3-2100T/H67 combo to see who can make the best HTPC. No related posts. Read More »

AMD Llano: Fusion for the Mainstream

AMD Fusion is ready for prime-time with the launch of the desktop processor: Llano A8 and A6. Packed with a quad-core processor and a DX 11 GPU, it is armed to take on Intel Sandy Bridge. How does it perform? Let’s find out. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS P8Z68-V Pro

ASUS has launched its latest motherboard: the P8Z68-V Pro, using the Intel Z68 chipset. Like the P67 boards, the P8Z68-V Pro has plenty of features, ports, and the performance to back it up. No related posts. Read More »

AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition

AMD launched the Phenom II X4 980BE, bumping the clockspeed of its processor to 3.7GHz. Priced at $195, how does this processor compete against Intel’s newest Sandy Bridge? No related posts. Read More »

Intel Core i3 2100

Priced at $124, the Intel Core i3 2100 is the cheapest Sandy Bridge processor. For its price and performance, it may just be the best budget processor on the market. No related posts. Read More »

AMD Phenom II X6 1100T: Last Phenom II Six-Core Processor

AMD once again bumped up the speed of their Phenom X6 processor by launching the Phenom X6 1100T that is clocked at 3.3 GHz with 3.7 GHz Turbo mode. Stayed at 95W power envelope, this maybe the fastest Phenom II processor we will seen before next generation of CPU. No related posts. Read More »

AMD Phenom II X6 1075T

AMD fills the gap of their six-core Phenom processor with the release of the X6 1075T at $245. A relatively cheap six-core processor that offers consumers who need the processing bandwidth and multi-tasking capability. Let’s find out how it stands against other processors. No related posts. Read More »

IDF 2010: Sandy Bridge Revealed

  This summer, at IDF 2010, Intel revealed the newest processor microarchitecture: Sandy Bridge. We take a look at this brand new technology, expected to be released in 2011. No related posts. Read More »

AMD Athlon II X2 240e & Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P

AMD’s new relase of the Athlon II X2 240e Processor brings a new inexpensive dual-core chip to the stores. Its low 45W TDP rating brings lower temperatures and much lower power consumption that is perfect for a any HTPC setup. No related posts. Read More »

Leadtek Winfast PxVC1100

If you have the need to transcode a large volume of high definition contents, you must check out the Leadtek’s Winfast PxVC1100. It uses Toshiba’s SpursEngine to assist high definition transcoding and also enhances the video images. We put it against a Core 2 Quad processor running at 3.0GHz and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 280 with Badaboom. Who comes to the top in terms of transcoding speed and image quality? Check it out. No related posts. Read More »

AMD Phenom X3 8750: Entering the Triple-Core Era

Thinking that having more cores would better? That is exactly what AMD is thinking. Today, AMD is once again being the first one on the market releasing the triple-core processor with their Phenom X3 8750. Does this processor can deliver a better performance than the dual-core processors, how does it compares to the quad core processors? Read our review and find out…. No related posts. Read More »

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