CPUs

Sometimes choosing a CPU is hard. So we've got you covered. In our CPU Guides, we give you our pick of some of the best processors available, supplying data from our reviews. Our Best CPUs for Gaming guide targets most of the common system-build price points that typically pair a beefy graphics card with a capable processor, with the best models being suitable for streaming and encoding on the fly.

Intel CFO: Our 10nm Will Be Less Profitable than 22nm [Morgan Stanley Transcription]

This week at Morgan Stanley’s Analyst Conference, Intel’s CFO, George Davis, sat down to discuss the future of where Intel’s profitability lies. No stranger to the odd comments relating...

92 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/4/2020

Next Generation Arm Server: Ampere’s Altra 80-core N1 SoC for Hyperscalers against Rome and Xeon

Several years ago, at a local event detailing a new Arm microarchitecture core, I recall a conversation I had with a number of executives at the time: the goal...

69 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/3/2020

AMD Launches Ultra-Low-Power Ryzen Embedded APUs: Starting at 6W

While it doesn't get the same attention as their high-profile mobile, desktop, or server CPU offerings, AMD's embedded division is an important fourth platform for the chipmaker. To that...

40 by Anton Shilov on 2/27/2020

Testing a Chinese x86 CPU: A Deep Dive into Zen-based Hygon Dhyana Processors

In 2016, through a series of joint ventures and created companies, AMD licensed the design of its first generation Zen x86 processors to be sold into China. The goal...

133 by Dr. Ian Cutress & Wendell Wilson on 2/27/2020

Intel Launches Atom P5900: A 10nm Atom for Radio Access Networks

Continuing Intel’s run of Mobile World Congress-released announcements this morning, the chip maker is also announcing an interesting product in the form of a mobile-related Atom. Dubbed the Atom...

13 by Ryan Smith on 2/24/2020

New Intel Cascade Lake Xeon 'Performance' CPUs: Cutting Prices Too

While this year’s official Mobile World Congress event may have been canceled, a number of vendors are still going ahead with their previously scheduled product announcements and launches. Among...

37 by Ryan Smith on 2/24/2020

AMD Expands EPYC Lineup with 64-Core EPYC 7662 & Large Cache EPYC 7532 CPUs

Today AMD has added two new processors into the EPYC lineup: the EPYC 7662, its fifth 64-core CPU for applications that need loads of cores, as well as the...

24 by Anton Shilov on 2/19/2020

Arctic Reveals Freezer 7 X: A $20 Tower Cooler With LGA1200 Compatibility

When it comes to cooling, the attention of most PC enthusiasts is drawn towards high performance air or liquid CPU coolers that can handle overclocked high-end processors without breaking...

15 by Anton Shilov on 2/19/2020

The 64 Core Threadripper 3990X CPU Review: In The Midst Of Chaos, AMD Seeks Opportunity

The recent renaissance of AMD as the performance choice in the high-end x86 market has been great for consumers by enabling a second offering at the top-end of the...

281 by Dr. Ian Cutress & Gavin Bonshor on 2/7/2020

Zhaoxin’s x86-Compatible CPUs for DIY Enthusiasts Now Available

Zhaoxin, a joint venture between Via Technologies and the Chinese government, has been selling processors for various client systems for years, but recently the company rolled out its latest...

100 by Anton Shilov on 1/29/2020

AMD's 4Q/FY19 Financial Report: Revenue up 50% from 4Q18, Debt Halved

AMD just announced its Q4 2019 and Financial Year 2019 Earnings Report. Here are the key points, along with AMD's presentation.

122 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/28/2020

Intel Joins CHIPS Alliance, Contributes Advanced Interface Bus

Intel this week became a member of CHIPS Alliance, an industry consortium that is working to accelerate the development of open source SoCs (and SiPs) for various applications. As...

17 by Anton Shilov on 1/24/2020

Intel Q4 FY 2019 Results: Record Quarter, Record Year

Today Intel announced their earnings for the fourth quarter of their 2019 fiscal year. In terms of revenue, Intel had their highest ever Q4 revenue, coming in at $20.2...

67 by Brett Howse on 1/23/2020

AMD New Hires: Dan McNamara from Intel, Joshua Friedrich and Brad McCredie from IBM

There is always a fairly fluid movement of engineers in the companies we cover, but recently AMD has made a number of substantial hires into several of its biggest departments.

43 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/21/2020

Intel’s Confusing Messaging: Is Comet Lake Better Than Ice Lake?

This year at CES 2020, Intel held its usual pre-keynote workshop for select members of the press. Around 75 of us across a couple of sessions were there to...

200 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/16/2020

Intel Cuts 2nd Gen 'Extended Memory' Xeon Scalable Prices

Today Intel will be officially starting product discontinuation of ‘M’ medium sized memory Xeon Scalable CPUs. Due to customer feedback and sales figures, Intel has deemed it in the...

34 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/16/2020

Updates to Intel’s Data Center Group (DCG)

Rumors back in November were abound about Intel having some sort of reorganization internally. A number of my industry peers both on the journalist side and the analyst side...

11 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/14/2020

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000: Measuring Renoir’s Die Size

I’m pretty sure that the next time I go to a trade show where new silicon is being announced, the next tool I need in my backpack is a...

103 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/14/2020

TRX80 and WRX80 Don’t Exist: Neither Does the ‘Intel LGA1159’ Socket

For anyone that isn’t following the minutiae of desktop computing, one of the more prominent rumors in AMD land is the presence of upcoming sockets called TRX80 and WRX80...

49 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/13/2020

I Ran Off with Intel’s Tiger Lake Wafer. Who Wants a Die Shot?

One of the surprises at CES from Intel was the presence of Tiger Lake, Intel’s next generation platform beyond Ice Lake. Tiger Lake is Intel’s vehicle for delivering the...

107 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/13/2020

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