Processor Technology Reviews, Analysis And News

Processors come in many types for different applications. However, when it comes to computing, whether mobile, on the desktop or in the Internet of Things, these chips are widely known as the "brains" of the operation. Here you'll find Hot Hardware reviews and news on products from the biggest names in PC and mobile processors from Intel and AMD, to Qualcomm, ARM and more.

AMD Ryzen AI 3000 (Mobile) And Ryzen 9000 (Desktop) AMD has revealed some new architectural information regarding its Zen 5-based Ryzen AI 3000 and Ryzen 9000 series processors, RDNA 3.5 iGPU, and XDNA 2 AI engine, and we've got the details. Big IPC Uplift Improved Efficiency XDNA 2 & RDNA 3.5 (Mobile Chips)... Read more...
The PC scene is really heating up. With Arm-based processors from Qualcomm and Apple offering stark competition against the conventional x86-64 world, and with AI being such a focus of so many players, we've got hybrid machines with three, four, or five different types of processors on board and all sorts of hardware... Read more...
Whether you knew you needed it or not, locally-hosted AI is the next big thing in PCs, and AMD is at the forefront of this movement. The company was first to market with consumer processors sporting AI-accelerating Neural Processing Units (NPUs), and it's now on its third generation of processors for "AI PCs." That's... Read more...
Arm Holdings plc, or "arm", was once considered a vendor of processors designed for embedded and low-power systems, but those days are well past at this point. Having conquered mobile some time ago, processors based on Arm's Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) are now challenging the supremacy of the long-dominant... Read more...
There can't really be any doubt at this point: AI is going to change all of our lives, and there's no going back from here. Still, there's quite a bit of debate over exactly how it's going to happen. If you listen to hardware vendors like AMD and Intel, they'll tell you that you absolutely need to upgrade your... Read more...
At its Advancing AI event that just concluded, AMD disclosed a myriad of additional details regarding its next-gen Instinct MI300 data center accelerators. It also discussed the company’s momentum as it relates to AI hardware, software, and partner engagements. AMD has previously shown off its Instinct MI300A... Read more...
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000 Series Processors: Starting At $1,499 ($4,999 For 7980X) The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7980X (64-cores) and 7970X (32-cores) are the company’s most-powerful High End Desktop, many-core processors ever released.   More Cache Higher-Clocks Killer Multi-Thread Performance HEDT Returns!... Read more...
AMD Threadripper Pro 7000WX and Threadripper 7000 Series Processors: Starting At $1,499 ($9,999 For 7995WX) Two new Threadripper product families arrives featuring AMD's Zen 4 architecture, with up to 96 cores and 384MB of cache, the Threadripper Pro 7000WX and Threadripper 7000.   More Cores More Cache... Read more...
AMD EPYC 9754 (Bergamo) and EPYC 9684X (Genoa-X) Processors AMD's latest Zen 4 EPYC server processors scale cache and optimized cores to amplify specialized HPC and hyperscale cloud workloads.   Bergamo's 128 lean Zen 4c cores crunch hyperscale compute Genoa-X's 3D V-Cache boosts heavy-duty HPC workloads Unified... Read more...
It's fair to say that Apple doesn't have any regrets about pivoting from Intel's x86 silicon to pursue its own Arm-based designs. Apple announced the bold move in June 2020, and now three years later at WWDC 2023, the Cupertino outfit is introducing the M2 Ultra, the "largest and most capable chip Apple has ever... Read more...
Arm is announcing its latest CPU and GPU designs, which will power future generations of smartphones, tablets, IoT devices, and even some laptops. Arm licenses these designs to chipmakers like Qualcomm, MediaTek, Samsung, and countless others for integration into their own solutions. We were invited to the... Read more...
AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D - $449 MSRP The new Ryzen 7 7800X3D is an 8-core / 16-thread processor with 64MB of 3D V-Cache that offers class-leading PC gaming performance at much lower power than the competition.   Stellar Gaming Performance Low Power Consumption "Overclocking" Difficulties Sometimes Trails 7700X Back in late February,... Read more...
AMD announced its EPYC Embedded 9004 Series of processors for embedded systems this morning at Embedded World 2023. These 4th Gen EPYC Embedded processors are based on the same 5nm Zen 4 architecture as the mainstream “Genoa” platform, which affords excellent performance and scalability. AMD is targeting networking... Read more...
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D - $699 MSRP The new Ryzen 9 7950X3D is a 16-core / 32-thread processor that offers the multi-threaded performance benefits of the 7950X, with optimized gaming performance, thanks to an additional 64MB of 3D-Vcache.   Great All-Around Performance AMD's Fastest Gaming CPU Relatively Low Power... Read more...
AMD Ryzen 7000 Series (65W) - $229 (7600), $329 (7700), $429 (7900) AMD's latest Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 series processors have reduced 65w power envelopes, but performance remains excellent across single and multi-threaded workloads.   Excellent ST Performance Rich Feature Set Big Gains Gen Over... Read more...
When AMD released the Socket AM5 platform and its first Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 desktop processors, amidst their impressive performance profile was a singular sticking point known as the Ryzen 7 5800X3D. This previous-gen CPU with the company's innovative 3D V-Cache CPU frequently popped up in gaming performance benchmarks... Read more...
AMD Ryzen 7000 Series - Starting At: $250 (7600X), Ryzen 9 7950X - $699 AMD's Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 series processors are a major upgrade over the previous generation and the updated platform offers a host of benefits.   Excellent ST Performance Rich Feature Set Big Gains Gen Over Gen Available Upgrade... Read more...
AMD has just officially launched its 4th generation of EPYC server CPUs. Codenamed Genoa, these EPYC 9004 series processors are built using the same Zen 4 DNA powering the company’s Ryzen 7000 series of consumer desktop CPUs. The central story behind these processors is the same as ever—larger core... Read more...
AMD Ryzen 7000 Series - Starting At: $299 (7600X), Ryzen 9 7950X - $699 AMD's Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 series processors are a major upgrade over the previous generation and the updated platform offers a host of benefits.   Feature Rich Platform Simple Overclocking Big Gains Gen Over Gen Strong... Read more...
AMD just concluded its “together we advance_PCs” livestream event, during which CEO Dr. Lisa Su and other members of the executive team unveiled the company’s launch plans for the upcoming Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 series and its associated platform. We were lucky enough to be on-hand for the announcements and have... Read more...
AMD has been tearing it up in the desktop market with its Ryzen 5000 series processors since their release, but news on the Threadripper front has been comparatively quiet. Threadripper and Threadripper Pro 3000 series processors launched all the way back in 2020, and up until a few months ago the company hadn’t been talking much about... Read more...
At today's Financial Analyst Day, AMD revealed several tidbits of information about its forthcoming technologies and products roadmap, and the company also confirmed a few details that rumor-mongers have been reporting for months now. We're going to go over the company's announcements in the server space in future... Read more...
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