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While much has been made of Phenom's lack of performance when compared to the Intel Core 2 based products, I was curious how much faster the Phenom was than the older Athlon X2. It turns out that AMD had been quite busy under the hood, and the results were more impressive than I had originally expected.
Isaiah Turns to Nano
VIA's Isaiah processor architecture has been getting a lot of attention for being a strong competitor to Intel's Atom line of processors for the ULV CPU segment. Today VIA is officially unveiling the new Nano Processor line for mainstream desktops, notebooks and mini-notes (to name a few) and the specifications look impressive.
The long-awaited triple-core processors
AMD's triple-core processors are finally available to the public and are based on the B3-stepping that no longer has the dreaded TLB and performance issues. Can these sub-$200 processors convince you that three cores are better than two? When is getting that fourth core more valuable?
The Trouble with NVIDIA and Intel
The past week has been rampant with discussion on the new war that is brewing between NVIDIA and Intel but there was one big player left out of the story: AMD. It would seem that both sides seem to have written this competitor out but we think quite the opposite.
Intel's IDF show is starting this morning in Shanghai and details of Intel's Atom release are finally creeping in. Though we don't have the full details on the architecture quite yet, we do have some interesting information about it to share.
AMD's badly needed upgrade
Since the revelation that AMD's first Phenom processors had an erratum in them the company has worked around the clock to get a fix out in the form of a new B3 stepping of the CPU core. They are here and not only fix the bug but increase clock speeds and performance to boot!
Intel IDF Preview
Intel gave some new information to the press about Tukwila, Dunnington, Nehalem and Larrabee this morning and we present that for you all to see. We of course include some of our commentary on the subjects as well.
If you thought VIA was dead in the water, you were wrong. As it turns out they have a new CPU in the works that looks rather impressive. No, it's not going to game better than your Core 2 processor, but it might do it more efficiently.
One Year Later
Daniel Pohl's latest work takes a look at how ray tracing engines have developed over the past year and discusses how ray tracing can be advantageous when compared to current rasterization techniques. The chances of utilizing both ray tracing and rasterization is also explored.
Introduction to Phenom Overclocking
We take a couple of AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition processors, fully unlocked out of the box, and try to overclock the hell out of them. We also take the new AMD Overdrive utility for a spin and see how it stands up for modern overclockers.
A Look into the Future...
Curious what the rest of 2007 and 2008 will hold for Intel's Core 2 processors and the upcoming Nehalem architecture? Or just want to see how big of a hill AMD has to climb in twelve short months?
A Surprise Addition
Intel wasn't going to let the AMD Phenom processor launch with a bunch of fanfare and now reply with SOMETHING. That something is the new QX9770 processor that runs at 3.2 GHz with a completely new 1600 MHz front-side bus and is the fastest CPU we have ever tested.
The Phenom CPU Architecture
AMD's Phenom processor launch could be called the most anticipated hardware release in a decade with literally years of information and news spread about its development. Today is finally the day of its unveiling but can it possibly compete with the power house of Intel CPUs that has been built in 2007?
Yorkfield/Penryn Core Enhancements
Intel's new Yorkfield core processor, based on the Penryn design, is unveiled today and could be the fastest processor we have ever tested at PC Perspective. Come in and see how gaming, media encoding and CPU power consumption will all change.
Looking for a starting point in your venture to overclock the AMD Athlon processors? Even if you do so already, you'll surely find some helpful information in this guest writer's detailed article on the subject of overclocking.
Intel let us play around with their upcoming 8-core Skulltrail platform that will use SLI technology to make it the fastest gaming system on the planet. See some initial benchmarks and pictures inside!
Barcelona is Here
AMD's Barcelona launch is today and they are holding press events at several places across the world. We got a hold of their presentation early and have posted here for you to see along with our comments and theories about the processors.
AGEIA Needs a Boost
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 is another big title with support for AGEIA's PhysX processor, but do the advancements in game play stack up? And what about the dedicated AGEIA Island level that is fully interactive?
AMD Barcelona is Almost Here
AMD had their analyst day this afternoon and talked about the upcoming Barcelona as well as future GPU technologies and the first implementations of the much talked about Fusion technology.
Top End Consumer Power
Intel's new 1333 MHz FSB product line is launched today and we test the new flagship QX6850: it's performance just brings the rest to their knees!