Reviews

8.9
Date: Aug 26th 2014
Author: MSnyder
In: Processors
Intel Haswell Core i7-4790K vs. i7-4770K Comparison

Intel released the Intel Core i7-4790K, which created quite the stir with Intel Core i7-4770K owners. Does the Intel Core i7-4790K outperform the Intel Core i7-4770K in every way or does it fall a little flat? If you already own a 4770K, is the upgrade worth it?

9.2
Date: Jun 12th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Processors
Intel Core i7-4790 (Haswell Refresh)

Although not the unlocked chip most of us are waiting for, the Intel Core i7-4790 is the new kid on the block, sporting a fancy 4.0 GHz boost clock right out of the box. I put it through the paces to see what's what only to come to the same conclusions as most other sites. But here's my take on the Intel Core i7-4790 anyway.

8.9
Date: Aug 13th 2013
Author: FireKillerGR
In: Processors
Intel Haswell i5-4670K vs. i7-4770K Comparison

We compare the top two Intel Haswell processors Core i5-4670K and Core i7-4770K at stock and overclocked. Ivy Bridge results are included, too, to determine whether an upgrade makes sense. We also did a run with liquid nitrogen, resulting in maximum clocks of over 6 GHz.

8.8
Date: Jun 5th 2013
Author: cadaveca
In: Processors
AMD Elite A-Series A10-6800K APU (Socket FM2)

AMD Richland APUs have been talked about in enthusiast circles for weeks. Rumors have made their rounds and everyone is left wondering. I take a look at AMD's A10-6800K, put it through the paces, and see what's what in the world of Elite A-Series APUs.

9.5
Date: Jun 1st 2013
Author: FireKillerGR
In: Processors
Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell

In this review we compare the latest top Haswell processor Core i7-4770K against two unlocked Ivy Bridge CPUs. We test synthetic performance, real-life computing performance and gaming.

9.3
Date: Mar 1st 2013
Author: FireKillerGR
In: Processors
Intel Core i5-3570K vs. i7-3770K Ivy Bridge

Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processors promise extra high performance in every sector (gaming, encoding, etc.). Today, we will compare the performance of the most popular models: the Core i5-3570K and the Core i7-3770K, at stock and overclocked.

Date: Oct 22nd 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Processors
AMD FX-8350 - "Piledriver" for AMD Socket AM3+

Without much fanfare, AMD is launching yet another new product, this time the Piledriver-based AM3+ CPUs. Ready as a drop-in replacement for current 9-series AMD motherboards, the FX-8350 not only offers a bit of a surprise in performance, but also a suprise that your wallet will like too!

Date: Oct 2nd 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Processors
AMD A10-5800K and A8-5600K APUs for Socket FM2

The results are in! Today we take a better look at AMD's FM2 APU performance results, including updated results from the last we posted, now using an AMD A85X-based motherboard instead of AMD's A75 FCH. Does the FCH used matter? Does the APU do its job well?

Date: Sep 26th 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Processors
AMD Trinity FM2 APU Preview

Today we've got an early look at what AMD's latest and greatest desktop products, namely AMD FM2 APUs. Soon to launch into the retail space, we take an early look at what's coming from AMD, in the form of the AMD A10-5800K processor.

7.4
Date: Feb 13th 2012
Author: Omega
In: Processors
AMD FX-8150 3.60 GHz with Windows Patches

After settling on the market, with all the quirks and bugs supposedly fixed, all the hype and disappointment blown away, we put AMD's FX-8150 under the scope. Benchmarks are done with and without the Windows 7 hotfix and in depth overclocking should resolve any doubts you have about AMD's flagship processor.

8.4
Date: May 16th 2011
Author: Omega
In: Processors
AMD Phenom II X4 980 BE 3.70 GHz

AMD launched yet another Deneb SKU, named Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition, and clocked to yet another all time fastest from AMD - 3.70 GHz. After recent price cuts, Phenom II X4 980 will cost around $185, which puts it back to back with Intel's locked SB models Core i5 2400 and 2500. This may be the last time for our friend to shine and battle out with the competition.

8.7
Date: Jan 5th 2011
Author: Omega
In: Processors
AMD Phenom II X4 975 BE 3.60 GHz

AMD starts the new year with yet another fastest clocked processor introduced to the retail market. Clocked at 3.60 GHz, and with fair pricing, Phenom II X4 975 BE is reinforcing AMD's line of defense against oncoming Sandy Bridge models and needs to maintain AMD's strong presence in th emainstream market, at least until the Bulldozer architecture is ready.

9.1
Date: Jan 5th 2011
Author: Omega
In: Processors
AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.20 GHz

The return of Phenom II X4 800 marks AMD's yet another push to secure its dominance in the budget market, and its first representative, the Phenom II X4 840 has all of the features to continue the legacy of legendary Athlon II X4 620 - the first $100 quad processor. Clocked at high 3.20 GHz, and priced at $102, Phenom II X4 840 is going to compete nicely in this segment.

8.5
Date: Jan 2nd 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Processors
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge GPU Performance

Intel's new Core processors based on the Sandy Bridge Architecture have been released. They bring a new integrated graphics core that effectively doubles rendering power compared to the last generation. It also includes numerous new features geared to both the gamer and consumer.

8.9
Date: Sep 20th 2010
Author: Omega
In: Processors
AMD Athlon II X4 645 3.10 GHz

What started out as the first quad core processor under $ 100, has evolved into a powerful and very affordable all round performer. AMD's newest addition to the Athlon II Series, the quad core Athlon II X4 645 is stepping over the 3 GHz mark, clocking at impressive 3.10 GHz.

8.7
Date: Sep 20th 2010
Author: Omega
In: Processors
Phenom II X4 970 BE 3.50 GHz

Although frequency wars between AMD and Intel are long gone, this could be the day for the history books at AMD, as they let loose their fastest clocked retail processor. Based on the well known Deneb quad core, Phenom II X4 970 BE is clocked at 3.50 GHz and its goal is to refresh the upper end of AMD's offerings, replacing older X4 965 BE model but keeping the same price point and adding more pressure to Intel's Core i5 Series.

8.6
Date: Jul 1st 2010
Author: Omega
In: Processors
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.80 GHz

After AMD'S Phenom II X6 1090T flagship processor, we take a look at the first mainstream six core processor Phenom II X6 1055T. Clocked at 2.80 GHz and with Turbo Core technology it can reach up to 3.30 GHz, and at prices of just under $200 AMD aims to create some serious alternative to Intel's Core i5 750.

9.0
Date: May 20th 2010
Author: Omega
In: Processors
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 3.20 GHz

After a long period of scaling down its processors both in price and performance, AMD finally got some fresh reinforcements to continue the fight with Intel. The new Phenom II X6 1090T and its 3.20 GHz clocked six cores, aim to take AMD to new heights, where Intel's Core i7 processors were untouchable until now.

8.8
Date: Feb 14th 2010
Author: Omega
In: Processors
Intel Core i3 530 and i3 540

After the imbalanced and overpriced Core i5 600 series Intel is making yet another step to deliver their Westmere architecture to the average user via Core i3 processors. Packed with Hyper Threading with lower frequencies and no Turbo Boost compared to i5 600 models, Core i3 530 and 540 got a tough task replacing Core 2 E7x00/E8x00 and put some pressure on AMD's cheap quad and triple core processors.

7.8
Date: Jan 19th 2010
Author: Omega
In: Processors
Intel Core i5 661 3.33 GHz

Intel's new Core i5 661 processor combines graphics controller, memory controller, PCI-Express interface and a Dual Core all inside one compact processor package. Utilizing Intel's latest 32 nm process there is quite some added potential for power saving and overclocking, but is the integrated chipset up to the task too?

7.5
Date: Nov 15th 2009
Author: Omega
In: Processors
Intel Pentium E6300 2.80 GHz

Intel continues to upgrade their processor lineup with the Pentium E6300. It offers a high stock frequency at 2.80 GHz and improved memory bandwidth due to increased FSB to 1066 MHz, this makes this processor a formidable opponent but the question remains. Can it do any damage to AMD's triple core Athlon II X3 Series?

9.0
Date: Nov 3rd 2009
Author: Omega
In: Processors
AMD Athlon II X3 425 2.70 GHz

AMD's Athlon II X3 425 offers all the features of the of the more expensive Quad Cores, and you can potentially unlock the fourth core. Being priced at only $79 it creates tough competition for Intel in this segment, but also for AMD who has a number of other processors in this market. Even though it lacks the L3 cache it still offers decent performance, especially considering its price.

8.6
Date: Oct 29th 2009
Author: Omega
In: Processors
AMD Sempron 140 2.70 GHz

AMD's Sempron 140 is here to seal the deal in the entry level market for $39. It offers all the features of the K10.5 architecture, but comes with only a single core at 2.70 GHz. Despite its single core it offers decent performance for every day office use, media PCs and casual gaming. If you get lucky you might even be able to unlock a second core.

9.0
Date: Oct 24th 2009
Author: Omega
In: Processors
AMD Athlon II X2 240 2.80 GHz

AMD's Athlon II X2 240 is set out to deliver a best-in-class experience for less than $60. Even though it has only two cores it can deliver in many benchmarks including gaming. Its attractive price point and undervolting capabilities also make it an interesting choice for a budget oriented media PC setup.

9.2
Date: Oct 5th 2009
Author: Omega
In: Processors
AMD Athlon II X4 620 2.6 GHz

Not having a performance leading product doesn't mean the end of a company. AMD is the hardcore proof of that. Turning its attention to the much larger mainstream market resulted in some great products that offer amazing performance at low price points. This time, AMD has outdone itself, and the recently introduced Athlon II X4 620 could very well be a dream come true for mainstream users, the first ever quad core processor for just under $100.