Items tagged with Processors

Now is a great time to consider building a new gaming PC, or to overhaul an existing one. We're in the midst of the Amazon Gaming Week sales event, and with it comes a bevy of discounts on a wide assortment of hardware. Plus we finally have some more affordable modern-generation GPUs to choose from, courtesy of AMD... Read more...
The latest update to CPU-Z, a free and popular system profiling and monitoring utility, adds support for several different CPU and GPU platforms, such as the recently introduced GeForce RTX 4060 Ti and AMD's mobile processors codenamed Dragon Range. What really stands out, however, is preliminary support for a new... Read more...
In just one quarter of sales, AMD has gone from being within striking distance of claiming a third of the overall x86 CPU market to exceeding it. As it has done for years, and more earnestly since the introduction of Zen, AMD continues to chip away at rival Intel and its huge market share lead. What was once a... Read more...
There's quite a bit of mystery surrounding Intel's CPU roadmap, not the least of which pertains to Meteor Lake and how it will be branded and marketed to the public. As we inch closer to its release, a newly discovered support document may shed some light on both topics, though some notable leakers seem to be at odds... Read more...
While the Easter Bunny might be delivering treats today, the Amazon delivery driver will be dropping off processors, if you snag any of the holiday deals today. With the latest from AMD and Intel up for grabs, now is a great time to get the most cluck for your buck. Starting the Easter deals, we have the... Read more...
Now is a great time to build a PC from scratch or to upgrade an existing one to the latest generation silicon from AMD and Intel. Both offer competitive solutions for a wide range of tasks—gaming, content creation, productivity, general purpose chores, and so forth. As it pertains to AMD, it's Zen 4 processors have... Read more...
AMD's Zen 4 processors can display remarkable performance-per-watt once they've been manually tuned, or if you enable ECO mode in the system setup. You lose some multi-core performance, but the power consumption of the chip drops drastically. That could explain what we're seeing with some leaked benchmarks for what is... Read more...
You may have heard that the PC market is slow right now, with sales at their lowest in years. Perhaps as an attempt to counter this trend, prices on AMD's CPUs have never been lower, and the company's also running a promotion on most of its CPUs that could net you a decent discount on a new system. If you've got a tax... 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...
Once upon a time, there was a clear division between typical desktop computers and servers. With Nehalem in 2008, Intel really put the pedal to the metal in the "big iron" enterprise and high-performance computing space, and it soon brought some of those server technologies to the desktop in the form of its "High-End... Read more...
AMD is now within striking distance of claiming a third of the CPU market, as the company benefited from inventory corrections and price increases by rival Intel, according to the latest data from Mercury Research. The gain in share also came as the processor market as a whole suffered the largest quarterly and annual... Read more...
Intel has branded its 11th Gen Rocket Lake CPUs as having reached End of Life (EOL) status and just like that, my main PC with a Core i9-11900K processor is obsolete at the ripe old age of less than two years. Okay, not really (about the latter part)—if you own a Rocket Lake build, your system is not obsolete in the... Read more...
Intel is expanding its 13th Gen Core processor lineup with a couple of new desktop CPU additions, those being the Core i7-13790F and Core i5-13490F. While neither chip has been formally introduced, both SKUs do show up in an official Intel document. They've also been spotted at retail, with at least one of them... Read more...
If you're looking to stretch your bucks for the most bang, the smart money is usually on staying a generation behind—that's often where the real value proposition lies. The trade off, of course, is you miss out on the latest and greatest features available. But if you don't need to live on the cutting edge, staying a... Read more...
Intel is coming off a brutal quarter in which it posted one of its biggest losses ever for a three-month period, but it wasn't all a big slice of ham and pineapple pizza (or put another way, it wasn't all a big slice of awful). During its earnings presentation, Intel confirmed that its next-generation Meteor Lake CPU... Read more...
Intel's current-generation Raptor Lake CPUs are rumored to have a refresh on the way, followed by Intel's first disaggregated client CPUs, Meteor Lake. After that, Arrow Lake is purported to bring a big increase in GPU performance. We've known that Intel's next move after ARL would be "Lunar Lake", but precious little... 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...
At last year's Consumer Electronics Show, AMD announced its Ryzen 6000 Mobile processors, a coherent family of processors based on a single design, Rembrandt. However, the company has introduced new processor naming guidelines since then. At this year's 2023 CES, AMD is announcing new Ryzen 7000 Mobile CPUs, but pay... Read more...
Despite the two families of processors being closely-related, Intel's extant 13th-Gen desktop processors (codenamed Raptor Lake) are a very solid upgrade over the previous-generation of Intel Alder Lake desktop CPUs. However, these currently released Raptor Lake processors are fairly high-end, powerful chips that are... Read more...
As enthusiasts, it's easy to forget that Intel only launched the "K" series Raptor Lake CPUs when it released its 13th-Gen Core processors late last year. In case you weren't aware, Intel actually sells a whole range of desktop CPUs, not just massive, 200+ Watt beast chips. So here we are: 13th-Gen Intel Core desktop... Read more...
Benchmark results which appear to be from a system packing an Apple M2 Max processor have appeared online. The Geekbench online result browser indicates that someone put an M2 Max powered system through its paces in Geekbench 5.4.0 Tryout for MacOS AArch64 earlier today. It scored a very credible 1853 and 13855 in the... Read more...
For folk who aren't familiar, AMD's desktop CPUs since third-generation Ryzen have followed a particular form: two or three chips under an integrated heatspreader, with one being an I/O die that connects to external devices like memory, PCIe, and USB, while the other one or two dice are Core Complex Dice (CCDs) that... Read more...
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