Processors

AMD FX Processors and DirectX 12

AMD

Today we’re going to have a look at the benefits of DirectX 12 and system performance when using an AMD FX processor. To best explain why Windows 10 and DirectX 12 will have such an impact on multi-core CPUs we need to take a closer look at what it’s doing behind the scenes.
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AMD Radeon 6000 Series, Llano, Set to Debut

AMD Radeon HD 6850

O ATI, ATI, wherefore art thou ATI?

A cheap Shakespearean knock-off reference doesn’t really do justice to the way AMD has positioned itself currently with the pending Radeon 6000 series release along with its line of “Llano” APUs… But then, I’m not really much of a writer, and this ain’t no renaissance. AMD has closed the book on its successful history with ATI branding by recently folding ATI into the AMD name as one in the same. In doing so, the dramatic timing and importance of this shift is AMD making a statement that should not go discounted. They are saying… AMD is bold. AMD is confident. AMD is ready to ring in a new era changing the landscape upon which the game is played. Read More

Socket 1156 burning issues...is the fire out?

Burned Pads on CPU (Coutesy of Anandtech.com)

Several months ago, there was some news worthy mentions from many sites about the Foxconn made sockets for the P55 (Socket 1156) platform including Anandtech’s article. When the issue was in its prime, one would see many forum users suggesting others to stay away from motherboard “X” because it has a Foxconn socket and could burn up. Looking back, was this type of response warranted? Did Foxconn or even Lotes sockets all over the world melt or char CPU’s at an alarming rate? Lets see what time has told us. Read More

To 'ES' or not to 'ES'? That is the HWBOT question...

i7 980x "Engineering Sample" (Note Intel Confidential on the IHS)

A hot topic on the benchmarking scene has developed in the form of a HWBOT forum poll created by BenchZowner to discuss whether or not to continue to allow Engineering Sample CPUs as boint scoring hardware. For those that may not know, an ES chip is one that is not released to the public, cannot be sold (legally), and can be coveted for its potential overclocking performance over retail chips. A lot of the sponsored overclockers use these chips and can potentially score more boints than an average joe that is using an unbinned retail chip, which is essentially the heart of the matter. Read More

SuperBiiz "Genuine CPU Sale"

SuperBiz Genuine CPU Sale Banner

It didn’t take long, and I expected companies to attempt to use this to their advantage from a marketing standpoint, but I didn’t expect it to be so blunt! Read More