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A cautionary tale
— 10:04 AM on October 7, 2010

Boy, Tuesday was a rough day. Walked into my office in the morning expecting to get some testing done, only to discover that my...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards

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The great upgrade: Tales from the ancient past
— 10:51 AM on July 14, 2010

Our current contest challenges readers to relate their first PC upgrade experiences for a chance to win a copy...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs Graphics Motherboards Storage

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Core issues
— 12:07 AM on April 8, 2010

Keeping your cores straight isn't easy these days.  Here's a quick cheat sheet. CUDA core - Not a core Shader multiprocessor - Might be a core

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs Graphics

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Another perspective on CPU value
— 8:53 PM on February 21, 2010

As you might have already seen, the value section of our grand Athlon II vs. Core i3 showdown article includes performance-per-dollar graphs based on...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs

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Taking a crack at the great CPU-GPU balance question
— 10:16 AM on December 8, 2009

We get some interesting questions and article suggestions via email from time to time, and we just don't have time to address them all with...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs Graphics Gaming

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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...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs

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Just fix the AHCI already, AMD
— 12:21 PM on August 17, 2009

I've been partial to AMD for a long time. The first PC I built for myself had an Athlon Thunderbird running at a blistering 1.4GHz,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards Chipsets

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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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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...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards Cases Systems

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MSI and OCZ overclock
— 12:00 PM on June 12, 2009

Since we're an enthusiast site, little explanation of overclocking is needed here.  We tend to focus on the intricacies of hardware and how it performs,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards Miscellaneous The Tech Report

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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...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs

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The sorry state of BIOS-level fan speed control
— 11:51 PM on April 2, 2009

I'm constantly amazed by the pace at which technology improves. Take what's happened in, oh, the last six years, for example. We've gone...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards

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The case for a secondary motherboard OS
— 10:08 PM on March 26, 2009

It seems like every year, someone thinks that Linux is on the verge of making real inroads on the desktop. And every year, the...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards Operating systems

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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...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs

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The Tech Report's XML benchmark
— 9:29 PM on December 1, 2008

Server benchmarking is an odd domain.  There are lots of very well developed, non-proprietary benchmarks available, but there are also teams of engineers with huge...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs The Tech Report

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A sneak peek at Asus' P6T Deluxe Nehalem motherboard
— 12:36 PM on October 3, 2008

Intel's next-gen Nehalem processor has yet to be released, but a compatible motherboard has already arrived in The Benchmarking Sweatshop. Behold Asus' P6T Deluxe:

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards

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What do you want from a motherboard?
— 11:56 AM on May 5, 2008

In a few hours I set off on a super secret mission into the heart of the motherboard industry. I can't say much about...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards

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B3 Phenom arrives in Damage Labs
— 12:28 AM on March 18, 2008

Just arrived in Damage Labs: our first B3 Phenom, the new silicon revision with the fix for the TLB erratum.

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs

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