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Intel's Core i5-750 and Core i7-870 processors
— 12:27 AM on September 8, 2009

These new Core i5 and i7 processors promise to enable systems that are faster, cheaper, quieter, smaller, and more energy efficient than prior desktop PCs....

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Contemplating SpeedStep and Cool'n'Quiet in performance testing
— 11:07 AM on August 28, 2009

Howdy all.  I've been hard at work in Damage Labs setting up new test systems with Windows 7.  This is a particularly agonizing chore for...

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On PC upgrades and diminishing returns
— 10:14 PM on August 13, 2009

Like many of you, I'm giddily waiting on the release of Intel's Lynnfield processors to upgrade my main desktop PC. This system is still trucking...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs Graphics Systems

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AMD's Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor
— 12:14 AM on August 13, 2009

The Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor could compute Pi to an insane number of digits during the time it takes to pronounce its...

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nMedia's HTPC 2000B enclosure
— 11:22 PM on August 9, 2009

A home theater PC needs an attractive enclosure, and nMedia offers a rather affordable one in the HTPC 2000B. Looks aren't everything, though, so

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A compact, fast, and quiet PC for the kitchen
— 12:54 PM on June 25, 2009

If you've read our summer system guide, you might enjoy hearing the story of how our very cool Pocket Swiss Army Knife config came...

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Battle of the elements: air vs. water CPU cooler showdown
— 3:26 PM on June 11, 2009

Water cooling is typically complicated and expensive, but you can now buy factory-sealed, all-in-one kits for little more than a high-end air cooler. Join...

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A bevy of new desktop processors arrives
— 1:04 AM on June 9, 2009

AMD and Intel have deluged us with new CPUs. The result? An enormous roundup of 26 different types of processors, including five brand-new...

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When overclocking doesn't work out
— 11:41 AM on June 3, 2009

This blog entry I write because I feel it's necessary to raise a point about overclocking processors and GPUs. This is hot off another late...

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AMD's 'Istanbul' six-core Opteron processors
— 1:41 PM on June 1, 2009

The new "Istanbul" Opteron packs six cores into a single chip, which makes it the fastest, most power-efficient Opteron yet. But can it match...

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GlobalFoundries gears up
— 10:52 PM on May 7, 2009

Last week, we traveled to the offices of GlobalFoundries to meet with the firm's executives and to understand their plans for the newly minted...

Type: Feature article Tags: CPUs Graphics Miscellaneous

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AMD's Phenom II X4 955 processor
— 1:10 AM on April 23, 2009

With the introduction of the Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition, AMD matches its world record for longest CPU name. Even better, this is...

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Intel's Xeon W5580 processors
— 1:52 AM on March 31, 2009

Intel's Nehalem-based Xeons are finally here, and they've left us gasping for air. This may well be the largest performance jump from one CPU...

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A fresh look at processor value
— 1:21 AM on March 18, 2009

17 processors. 22 benchmarks. 64 graphs. One epic study of how some of today's most popular enthusiast processors compare in terms of performance per...

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AMD puts on the ritz with six-core Opteron demo
— 1:08 AM on February 20, 2009

How does 24 cores in Task Manager sound? We saw it happen when AMD gave us an exclusive first demo of its upcoming...

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AMD's Socket AM3 Phenom II processors
— 2:08 PM on February 17, 2009

The latest processors from AMD add support for DDR3 memory and come in more affordable triple- and quad-core flavors. We like one of them...

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What might Westmere mean for AMD?
— 3:04 PM on February 13, 2009

Now that both AMD and Intel have laid down their roadmaps for 2009 and 2010, we can have a little fun and start speculating about...

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Lian Li's TYR PC-X500 Enclosure
— 10:30 PM on January 28, 2009

Lian Li normally sticks to the fundamentals, but its new TYR series offers not only partitioned cooling zones, but also a novel drive bay arrangement....

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