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If you want a desktop platform with a long upgrade path, you buy an AMD Ryzen, right? Not so fast, says Intel—the company is apparently readying one more round of CPU releases for its LGA 1700 platform. We first heart about "Bartlett Lake" back in February of this year when it was leaked by Chinese sources. A new... Read more...
Remember that story where some people were suffering stability issues while gaming on Intel 13th and 14th-generation CPUs? Despite many of the errors blaming the GPU, NVIDIA pointed the finger at Intel back in April. It's been more than six months since the issues began, so after a pile of software updates as well as... Read more...
Intel's Lunar Lake processors are expected sooner than later for mobile machines, and may just give the competition a shock when they hit. What about desktop, though? Intel's current-generation desktop parts are pretty fast, but they're besieged by reliability concerns and are extremely power-thirsty. Not only that... Read more...
There's evidence to suggest that Intel's Arrow Lake CPUs are out in the wild in engineering sample form (early ES chips recently showed up for sale in China for $14 a pop), which is to be expected at this stage. Purportedly, someone has posted a couple of benchmarks with mixed results from one of those chips, with... Read more...
AMD's first crop of desktop Ryzen 9000 series processors based on its Zen 5 architecture are right around the corning, after having already been formally introduced earlier this month during Computex Taipei. Retail availability is likely just weeks away at this point. While we know what SKUs and specs are on tap... Read more...
AMD's upcoming Ryzen AI 300 series processors based on its 'Strix Point' design are pretty cool, but they're essentially an iteration on its previous-gen Phoenix parts. The really exciting new chip supposedly still on the way from AMD is 'Strix Halo', a monster microprocessor meant for luxurious laptops and mighty mini-PCs. It purportedly Read more...
AMD's Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) are desktop CPUs based on mobile silicon. These laptop-derived chips have fewer CPU cores and lower clock rates than the full-on desktop models, but they also include powerful integrated graphics parts that are probably faster than you think. For a small-form-factor system, a... Read more...
Intel's top-end desktop CPUs have had some stability problems. This has been an on-going story, and we've reported on it a couple of times before, but the short version is that certain games and apps are likely to crash on some Core i9 and Core i7 processors from the 13th- and 14th-generation CPU families. The... Read more...
The simple fact is that the main bottleneck in game smoothness is system memory performance. When we talk about games being "CPU-limited," we're actually talking about a memory performance limitation most of the time. That's why AMD's 3D V-Cache works so well: the extra 64MB of cache saves on a lot of accesses going... Read more...
Application performance obviously uses hardware speed as a baseline, but software optimizations are ultimately where large gains can be realized. It's not uncommon for developers to make an application run five, ten, twenty, or even a hundred times faster—something you'll never do by replacing the hardware. Intel has... Read more...
Intel shared a lot of information with us at Computex concerning its Lunar Lake mobile processors launching soon, but had very little to say about its upcoming Arrow Lake desktop CPUs. There were a few tidbits buried in the presentations on the Lion Cove and Skymont CPU architectures that constitute Lunar Lake and... Read more...
AMD's first processors sporting the Zen 5 architecture, the company's Ryzen 9000 desktop CPUs, will go on sale next month, in July. There's been some question over whether people already rocking Zen 4 processors with 3D V-Cache, those being Ryzen 7000X3D series chips, should consider upgrading. After all, while Zen 5... Read more...
We've said it before and we'll say it again—if you're a thrifty shopper who also has a penchant for performance, one of the best times to buy hardware is when a new generation has been announced. So it goes with AMD's Ryzen 9000 series CPUs based on Zen 5. Introduced at Computex, the new chips will be out next month... Read more...
AMD's 3D V-Cache is a prime example of a technology with a singular purpose. It sounds obvious: to improve effective memory performance, triple the size of your L3 cache. There was a lot of very smart engineering that went into making that possible, and the results speak for themselves, with huge gains in gaming... Read more...
It was the case for a very long time that if you were buying a laptop, you were almost assuredly getting an Intel processor. Sure, AMD was around, and there have always been Macbooks, but both were niche products at opposite ends of the market for ages. For the overwhelming majority of users, only Intel offered the compelling combination of... Read more...
It's midnight right now in your author's native Texas, but it's only 1:00 PM in Taiwan, and not long before, AMD wrapped up the opening keynote for this year's Computex Taipei. We've already covered numerous announcements made during the keynote, including the Ryzen 9000 desktop CPUs, the Ryzen AI 300 mobile... 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...
The tech auditors at Jon Peddie Research have released the latest figures for both CPU and GPU shipments to start 2024 and they contain some surprises. Chief among them is the fact that PC processor shipments skyrocketed a "surprising 33% year-over-year" while discrete desktop graphics card shipments hit a pretty... Read more...
Following a somewhat stealthy launch in China in earlier this year, AMD is bringing its Ryzen 8000F series processors to the US market to give budget gaming builds a kick in the pants, while being relatively easy on the wallet or purse. What makes these Hawk Point CPUs relatively affordable is they're a BYOG—bring... Read more...
There have been some epic fights over the years, such as Sugar Ray Leonard clashing with Thomas Hearns, Muhammad Ali knocking out George Foreman, and Buster Douglas defeating Mike Tyson in a shocking upset, to name a few. One of the longest-running grudge matches, however, is between AMD and Intel. It's too early to... Read more...
It wasn't even three months ago when we brought to attention a price drop on AMD's Ryzen 9 7900X3D processor, which at the time had fallen to its lowest price ever at $409.99. If you decided to wait a little bit longer hoping for an even better deal to emerge, then pat yourself on the back and then whip out your... Read more...
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