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TekSpek CPUs
AMD Ryzen Processors
AMD Ryzen Processors
Date Issued: 02/03/2017

If you subscribe to the belief that competition in the marketplace is good for consumers, you should have March 2nd 2017 circled in your diary. This is the day that AMD finally unleashes its eagerly anticipated range of Ryzen CPUs.

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Intel 7th Gen Kaby Lake CPUs
Intel 7th Gen Kaby Lake CPUs
Date Issued: 05/01/2017

It's hard to believe that almost 17 months have passed since Intel unleashed the Core i7-6700K to champion the company's 14nm Skylake architecture. The sixth-generation Core processor has held the fort ever since, and with little in the way of competition from AMD, Intel hasn't been in a hurry to introduce a seventh-generation successor.

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Intel Core i7-6950X and Broadwell-E
Intel Core i7-6950X and Broadwell-E
Date Issued: 31/05/2016

The Intel Core i7-6700K has sated the appetite of enthusiast gamers since August 2015, but if a quad-core chip just doesn't tickle your fancy, you might have been twiddling your thumbs in anticipation of a new HEDT (High End Desktop) part.

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Intel Core i5 6600K and Core i7 6700K
Intel Core i5 6600K and Core i7 6700K
Date Issued: 26/08/2015

Intel generally follows a tick-tock philosophy for new processor launches. The tick represents a shrinking of the manufacturing process - 32nm to 22nm, for example - while the tock is indicative of a new architecture based on the leading process of that time. This has been the case since 2007.

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AMD FX8000 8-Core CPUs
AMD FX8000 8-Core CPUs
Date Issued: 02/09/2014

AMD's desktop FX processor range received a refresh in September 2014, introducing three new models to cater for a wider variety of users. For the enthusiast the new FX-8370 delivers the highest performance of any FX-8000-series processor released thus far. AMD also unveiled a pair of power-tuned models, the FX-8370E and FX-8320E, which cater for users requiring lower power consumption by having a reduced TDP of 95W, down from 125W.

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Intel 4th Generation Extreme CPUs
Intel 4th Generation Extreme CPUs
Date Issued: 29/08/2014

New processors usually grab all the release limelight, relegating the supporting core logic and memory to mere footnotes. This time, a brand-new chipset and DDR4 memory are equal partners in the platform.

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AMD A10 Kaveri Refresh APUs
AMD A10 Kaveri Refresh APUs
Date Issued: 01/08/2014

In January, 2014, AMD made its newest 'Kaveri' APUs available. Three models were initially launched but only two of those made it to retail: the 95W A10-7850K and A10-7700K. The A8-7600, with its configurable 45W or 65W TDP received only a paper launch. By now there is pent-up demand for lower TDP Kaveri APUs, which AMD is addressing with this latest launch.

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Intel Pentium K Anniversary
Intel Pentium K Anniversary
Date Issued: 01/07/2014

For several years the enthusiast community has repeatedly requested that Intel release an unlocked and fully-overclockable processor at an affordable price point. Typically, Intel's overclockable processors have been limited to the premium Core i5 and i7 product ranges meaning they start from at least $200 - the renowned i5 2500K debuted at $216, if you remember.

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Intel 4th Gen Unlocked CPUs
Intel 4th Gen Unlocked CPUs
Date Issued: 02/06/2014

At the top tier of the processor market Intel faces little pressure from rival AMD, whose flagship CPU, the FX-9590, is only geared towards battling Intel's Core i5 range. This has led to a somewhat stagnant situation among Intel's Core i7 processors. Consumers still using a Core i7-2600K have found few reasons to make the jump to its two successors, the Core i7-3770K and Core i7-4770K.

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New 4th Generation CPUs
New 4th Generation CPUs
Date Issued: 09/05/2014

Intel launched a bevy of Haswell Core processors last June. Presented in a LGA1150 form factor and therefore physically different to the LGA1155 Ivy Bridge processors of the year before, new chipsets were also launched to support these new chips.

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AMD AM1 Kabini APUs
AMD AM1 Kabini APUs
Date Issued: 12/04/2014

AMD invigorated its desktop Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) lineup recently with the launch of Kaveri parts presented in an FM2+ form factor. Designed to take over from previous Richland and Trinity APUs, these new chips brought the Steamroller core and GCN graphics to play for the first time on the desktop.

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AMD AM1 APUs Codename Kabini
AMD AM1 APUs Codename Kabini
Date Issued: 12/04/2014

AMD's Kabini Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) on the FM2+ socket constitute a mixture of mid-range and high-end parts for the desktop market. Yet, with regards to socketed and upgradeable APUs, Kaveri APUs are the only current option available to AMD customers.

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AMD A10 Kaveri APUs
AMD A10 Kaveri APUs
Date Issued: 14/01/2014

Since the launch of AMD's first Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) in June 2011 the company's APUs have matured significantly. The first 'Llano' APU was based on AMD's K10 CPU architecture and Radeon HD 5000-series graphics. Llano progressed into Trinity almost a year later as AMD introduced the Piledriver CPU architecture and Radeon HD 6000 graphics to the APU.

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Intel Core i7-4960X
Intel Core i7-4960X
Date Issued: 09/09/2013

Intel's consumer CPU focus is clearly on the 4th Generation Core Processor Family, codenamed Haswell, which launched in June of this year. Offering a smattering of extra performance over last-gen Ivy Bridge but with energy efficiency very much to the fore, you'd be forgiven for thinking the range-topping Core i7-4770K is the meatiest chip around.

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Mainstream Haswell Processors
Mainstream Haswell Processors
Date Issued: 31/08/2013

Intel launched premium Haswell chips first, promising mainstream parts in the near future.That near future is now, September 1, as the chip giant is rolling out a comprehensive number of new chips in one fell swoop.

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AMD Richland APUs
AMD Richland APUs
Date Issued: 05/06/2013

While AMD has a proud history of developing benchmark-busting computer processors, there's no ignoring the fact that today's semiconductor giants are in a race to develop chips that are more efficient than ever before.

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Intel Haswell
Intel Haswell
Date Issued: 01/06/2013

With PC and mobile converging quicker than ever before, Intel needs to reassert its presence in portable devices with an architecture that can scale across multiple platforms. That quest begins with the introduction of the fourth-generation Core processor family, codenamed Haswell.

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Intel Ivy Bridge Processors
Intel Ivy Bridge Processors
Date Issued: 30/04/2012

If there's one thing we should know about Intel processor technology, it's that it progresses like clockwork. We see a new fabrication process every two years (45nm in 2008, 32nm in 2010, 22nm in 2012, and so on) accompanied by a relentless Tick Tock release schedule. For those unfamiliar with Intel parlance, let's expand on the latter.

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Intel Sandy Bridge Extreme
Intel Sandy Bridge Extreme
Date Issued: 11/11/2011

It's now three years since Intel released the Core i7 processor and associated X58 chipset, making up the LGA1366 platform. Then ushering in a new era for high-performance PCs and with numbers still to be bettered by AMD's rival Bulldozer chip, Intel's has the high-end desktop market sewn up for a while.

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AMD FX Series
AMD FX Series
Date Issued: 14/10/2011

AMD has lifted the wraps off a new CPU architecture formerly known by the codename Bulldozer. Now released as the FX series, this TekSpek delves into the technology behind the new chip.

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Overclocking Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs
Overclocking Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs
Date Issued: 26/01/2011

Overclocking, a term which you've probably heard used by enthusiasts and high-end system builders, involves running a hardware component at a greater speed than it was originally designed for. See how this can be achieved on the latest Sandy Bridge CPUs from Intel.

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Intel Sandy Bridge
Intel Sandy Bridge
Date Issued: 07/01/2011

Chip giant Intel launched 29 new processors on January 2011. Split between mobile and desktop chips, this TekSpek examines the underlying architecture, known as Sandy Bridge, and evaluates where the new processors fit into Intel's consumer line-up.

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AMD's six core CPUs
AMD's six core CPUs
Date Issued: 04/06/2010

The CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the brains of every computer, be it a large desktop or thin-and-light laptop.

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Intel Lynnfield CPUs
Intel Lynnfield CPUs
Date Issued: 14/09/2009

Intel launched the consumer-oriented Core i7 900-series processors back in November 2008, and the chip giant has known that it's been on to a winner with Nehalem, the codename for the underlying architecture. This is the reason we've seen little innovation on Core i7, and pricing has remained relatively steady since launch.

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Intel Atom CPU
Intel Atom CPU
Date Issued: 20/07/2009

The Intel Atom is a small, inexpensive, energy-efficient microprocessor that is found in the majority of netbooks shipping today. Designed by Intel Corp. from the grounds-up and to be introduced into a wider range of computing environments, Atom and its derivatives will power many of the low-power computers to be sold in 2009, and beyond. This TekSpek explains what Atom is, and how it's changing the market.

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Intel Branding Part II
Intel Branding Part II
Date Issued: 01/07/2009

Intel has plans for a new brand structure that it claims will be less confusing for customers. In this TekSpek we'll take a look at Inte's proposals and speculate on its future line-up of processors.

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Intel Branding Part I
Intel Branding Part I
Date Issued: 01/07/2009

Intel’s been on a mission of late. That mission revolves around grouping and standardising key technologies under various banners that are designed to ensure hardware compatibility and consumer ease of use. We’ll take a closer look at three such technologies that fall under the headings of Centrino, Viiv, and vPro, respectively.

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AMD Phenom II
AMD Phenom II
Date Issued: 12/02/2009

This TekSpek explains the technology and market positioning behind AMD Phenom II CPUs.

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Intel Nehalem Family
Intel Nehalem Family
Date Issued: 17/11/2008

This TekSpek gives a brief overview Intel's new ' Nehalem’ generation of Central Processing Units (CPUs).

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Cores
Cores
Date Issued: 20/10/2008

Over the course of the last year or so we’ve seen GHz become less of a focus when it comes to processors. Instead, we’re seeing a shift towards processors that do more work per clock, have larger caches, are more power efficient, and of course we’ve seen dual-core processors hit the market. So what is dual-core all about, and how does it weigh up compared to single-core?

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Intel Xeon
Intel Xeon
Date Issued: 20/10/2008

Intel introduced the industry’s first quad-core processor for mainstream servers on November 14th, 2006. Codenamed Clovertown, the quad-core 5300-series Xeons are based on Intel’s advanced Core microarchitecture and can be implemented in both single- and dual-processor systems.

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Intel vPro
Intel vPro
Date Issued: 20/10/2008

In the same way that Centrino technology defines Intel’s vision for mobile computing hardware requirements, Intel’s vPro technology platform amalgamates a collection of hardware requirements for better management of a business PC network.

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Intel Core 2 Duo (Conroe)
Intel Core 2 Duo (Conroe)
Date Issued: 20/10/2008

The purpose of this TekSpek is to delineate the publicly known features of Intel’s next generation desktop microarchitecture. Codenamed Conroe and officially titled Intel Core 2 Duo, it’s loosely based on the current mobile Yonah (Core Duo) underpinnings.

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CPU Codes
CPU Codes
Date Issued: 20/10/2008

It’s been a long time since MHz were the only part of a CPU’s specification that concerned people. Manufacturers take different approaches to CPU design, even when using the same architecture. That means for example, at the same clock speed, an Intel and AMD processor will deliver different performance.

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AMD AM2
AMD AM2
Date Issued: 20/10/2008

The purpose This TekSpek quickly and easily explains AMD’s new processor socket and related technology to the reader, comparing it to AMD’s previous socket types.

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AMD 64 Processors
AMD 64 Processors
Date Issued: 20/10/2008

This TekSpek explains what AMD’s AMD64 CPU instruction set architecture (ISA) is, shows what CPUs implement it from both AMD and Intel, and explains what software is available to run on those 64-bit consumer processors.

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Intel’s 45nm technology
Intel’s 45nm technology
Date Issued: 24/06/2008

This TekSpek discusses Intel’s 45nm process technology. What it is, what it provides, and how it benefits the consumer.

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AMD Phenom X3 and X4
AMD Phenom X3 and X4
Date Issued: 24/06/2008

This TekSpek discusses AMD’s triple-core and quad-core processors, what they are, what the technology offers and the targeted market.

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Core 2
Core 2
Date Issued: 14/06/2008

There’s been a lot of hype about Intel’s Core 2 recently, even since they launched Core in fact. Words like Conroe, Badaxe and Allendale have been flying around. The bottom line is that Core 2 is the name of Intel’s latest line of CPUs, based on a new micro-architecture, designed for speed and efficiency.

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Architecture wars
Architecture wars
Date Issued: 02/11/2006

Intel’s Core 2 Duo is now slugging it out against AMD’s Socket AM2 Athlon 64s with DDR2 memory support. So what is next on the roadmap from the two chip-vending foes?

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