Reviews

The Intel Core i9-10850K is the company's latest Comet Lake processor. It's just 100 MHz slower than the Core i9-10900K flagship, but much more affordable, and with better availability. In our i9-10850K review, we're taking a close look at both gaming and application performance to determine whether it's a good alternative to the i9-10900K.
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In our Core i9-10900 review we're taking a close look at what can be gained from unlocking the power limit of this 65 W processor. Results are impressive: up to 40% faster apps and performance that rivals the Core i9-10900K at much lower pricing, but heat output is increased, too.
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The Ryzen 9 3900XT is the flagship of the new AMD Ryzen XT series. It comes with higher boost clocks and can sustain them better, which helps with single-threaded workloads. In our Ryzen 9 3900XT review, we also saw better overclocking and lower temperatures than on the original Ryzen 9 3900X.
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Author:W1zzard
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The Ryzen 7 3800XT has received the biggest speed bump, by 200 MHz, up to 4.7 GHz maximum boost clock. This helps AMD's 8-core, 16-thread CPU deliver gaming FPS as good as the 3900XT at lower pricing. Our Ryzen 7 3800XT review also compares it against the Intel Comet Lake i9-10700K, which is similarly priced.
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At $250, the Ryzen 5 3600XT is the most affordable Ryzen XT model, and it even includes a heatsink in the box. Overclocking worked very well. Our Ryzen 5 3600XT review sample reached a maximum stable frequency of 4.5 GHz on all cores, which makes this an interesting SKU for tweakers.
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Author:W1zzard
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The Intel Core i3-10320 is just $10 more expensive than the Core i3-10300, and offers +200 MHz Boost and +100 MHz base clock. We'll check whether the extra cost is worth it, and also compare the Core i3-10320 to the AMD Ryzen 3 3300X and Core i5-10400F.
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Author:W1zzard
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The Core i7-10700K is Intel's second strongest overclockable Comet Lake CPU, with a powerful 8c/16t configuration. We saw pretty amazing tweaking potential from the 10700 non-K, so we'll definitely compare against that in the Core i7-10700K review, and of course against AMD's Ryzen 9 3900X.
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Author:W1zzard
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The Intel Core i3-10300 rewards you with 2 MB of additional L3 cache and higher clocks for $20 over the Core i3-10100. Is the upgrade worth it? In our Core i3-10300 review we'll also check if the more affordable AMD Ryzen 3 3300X is the better choice.
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The Core i5-10500 is Intel's $200 response to the Ryzen 5 3600 and 3600X. It boosts up to 4.5 GHz more reliably than other Comet Lake CPUs, and gaming performance is excellent, too. Our Core i5-10500 review will also answer whether the Core i5-10500 is worth it over the i5-10400F.
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In our Intel Core i7-10700 review, we're taking a look at one of Intel's most affordable 8-core/16-thread processors. Its low TDP of 65 W makes it power-efficient, but also limits performance. We unlocked that limit and gained up to 30% real-life performance without ever risking an unstable system.
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Intel's Core i3-10100 is the most affordable Comet Lake "Core" processor. Unlike its predecessor, it finally has HyperThreading, which brings the core configuration to 4c/8t. Our Core i3-10100 review takes a close look at how Intel's new budget offering performs against AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X.
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Intel's new Core i5-10400F offers a large performance jump over the previous generation Core i5-9400F because of its six-core/twelve-thread design. In this Core i5-10400F review we also test the feasibility of overclocking through BCLK, or by relaxing the PL1 and PL2 Turbo Limits.
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The Core i5-10600K is Intel's biggest upgrade in the mid-range for years. Driven by strong competition from AMD, Intel is now giving us a 6c/12t CPU with 125 W TDP and the full compliment of 12 MB cache. Our Core i5-10600K benchmarks show it to be a formidable performer, especially in gaming.
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Intel's Core i9-10900K achieves highly impressive gaming performance thanks to its 10-core/20-thread design with up to 5.3 GHz. We compare three configurations in our 10900K review: all stock, boost limits removed, and a manual 5.1 GHz all-core overclock.
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AMD's new Ryzen 3 3100 is the new budget king. At just $99, it offers four cores and eight threads, obsoleting most of Intel's lineup. Results in our Ryzen 3 3100 review show that it punches well above its weight, competing even with Core i5 and Ryzen 5. Overclocking worked great, too; we achieved 4.35 GHz on all cores.
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Author:W1zzard
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AMD Ryzen 3 3300X crams all its cores into a single CCX. We tested the CCX impact in our review with impressive results, especially in games, where the new CPU design achieves great numbers that are close enough to more expensive Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 models, especially if you consider the cost savings.
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1usmus, creator of the Ryzen Custom Power Plan, describes his experience overclocking AMD's new third-generation HEDT Threadripper platform, and shares a lot of information about cooling, CCX quality, per-CCX overclocking, memory tweaks, VRM options, and BIOS setup tips. Benchmarks are included, too.
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Author:1usmus
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Two weeks ago, we released the 1usmus Power Plan for AMD Ryzen processors, which received a ton of attention. Both Microsoft and AMD got involved, releasing fixes on their own. Today, we're taking a look at the improvements these patches bring, and also got a new version of the power plan for you to download.
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Author:1usmus
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AMD's Athlon 3000G is the dream of every entry-level system builder. Priced at only $49, it offers four threads, integrated Vega graphics, and an unlocked multiplier. We overclocked it beyond 4 GHz with minimal voltage increases, and memory support has improved, too.
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Author:W1zzard
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The Core i9-9900KS is Intel's new consumer flagship processor. It runs at 5 GHz boost no matter how many cores are active, which translates into 10% application performance gained over the 9900K. Gaming performance is improved too, but pricing is high, especially compared to what AMD is offering.
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In this article by our resident Ryzen tweaking guru "1usmus" we present a customized power plan for AMD's new Ryzen 3000 processors. The new power plan ensures workloads run on the best cores, which not only increases boost clocks, but also stops threads from bouncing between cores too often.
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Author:1usmus
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AMD has finally responded to the Boost Clock issues on their Ryzen 3000 processors by releasing a fix for their AGESA BIOS firmware. We take a detailed look at the new clocking behavior and thoroughly test the update on the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X in our extensive application and game suite.
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Author:W1zzard
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Just a few days ago, AMD commented on the idle clock behavior of their new Zen 2 processors, which has been criticized by many. The company also released a chipset update for mitigation. We thoroughly tested the new version in our application and gaming test suite using the Ryzen 9 3900X on X570.
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Author:W1zzard
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By community request, we present our findings on how the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X performs with SMT disabled. This approach has potential, especially for gaming, because it ensures more physical hardware units are available for each thread, and could also benefit the processor's power management.
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Author:W1zzard
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Ryzen 5 3600 is the most affordable Zen 2 processor in AMD's lineup. At just $200, it offers six cores and twelve threads, yielding a significant advantage in applications against the competition from Intel. Gaming performance is also improved nicely as it is around 10% higher than with previous Ryzens.
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Author:W1zzard
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