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Intel i7-7700K Kaby Lake CPU Review

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It seems like only yesterday we were reviewing the Skylake CPU, but it turns out that was nearly 17 months ago! Back then, Skylake was the “tock” of Intel’s “tick-tock” release strategy, but recent times has seen them add a phase to this, almost a tick, tock, and refine. Since we have seen the tock, we now expect even further refinement. Queue the 7th generation of Intel CPUs, dubbed, Kaby Lake (pronounced KAY-BEE). Read More

Intel i7-6950X Broadwell-E CPU Review

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Today we are going to get a chance to review Intel’s next processor in their High-End Desktop (HEDT) platform. The king of the consumer hill used to be the mighty i7-5960X our friend Dino reviewed back in August of 2014. That ‘extreme’ CPU shook up the landscape then by providing the consumer with a high clocked, octo-core CPU with a total of 16 threads. Since then Intel brought to market their 14 nm Broadwell CPU architecture, on their mainstream platform, through their “tick-tock” cycle. Naturally, the next HEDT processor is based off the same 14nm lithography, Tri-gate(FinFET) technology is Broadwell-E. Broadwell-E, specifically the i7-6950X, brings us our first deca-core processor which isn’t based on the Xeon or Opteron platforms. Read More

Intel Skylake i7 6700K CPU Review

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Just barely a month ago, Intel’s “Tick” release of Broadwell desktop processors hit the scene. The dust has barely settled from that release, and a “Tock” release is upon us. As is usually the case, an Intel “Tock” release generally means a new microarchitecture. This can typically include improved energy efficiency, better performance, and improvements in video transcoding and encryption/decryption. As is the case with the i7 6700K we’ll be looking at today (and most “Tock” releases for that matter), a CPU socket and motherboard chipset change comes along with the release of Skylake processors. Read More

Intel i7 5775C Broadwell CPU Review

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Keeping with their Tick-Tock model, Intel’s latest “Tick” CPU comes in the form of the i7 5775C. As is the case with “Tick” releases, we have a new manufacturing process that advances the Haswell 22nm manufacturing process to Broadwell’s 14nm. The Broadwell desktop CPUs will work on any Z97 chipset motherboard, provided the appropriate BIOS update has been made available. This release also marks the first time Intel has included the Iris Pro graphic solution on an unlocked desktop processor or even in an LGA package for that matter. Read More

Intel i7 5960X Haswell-E CPU Review

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It’s another release day for Intel, and this time around the new Haswell-E socket 2011-v3 CPUs take center stage. Their flagship CPU for this new release is the i7 5960X Extreme Edition, which is what we’ll be taking a look at today. This is Intel’s first foray into a desktop 8-core processor, and it sits on the new X99 chipset that supports the much anticipated DDR4 memory standard. Does all this new technology warrant upgrading your system? Hopefully, we can help you answer that question. So, let’s get started and see what Intel has in store! Read More

Intel i7 4790K Devil's Canyon CPU Review

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The much anticipated release of Intel’s Devil’s Canyon CPUs were officially announced at Computex 2014, which we already mentioned in our launch day article. Review samples were a bit delayed, but we now have the i7 4790K on hand and can give you the performance numbers many of you have been waiting for. Make no mistake about it, the Devil’s Canyon processors are aimed at the overclocking and enthusiast crowd. With its higher base and turbo clocks, improved thermal design, and a more robust power delivery scheme, it certainly sounds good on paper. Let’s get started and find out what Intel has in store! Read More

AMD A10-7850K Kaveri APU Review

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AMD APUs continue to evolve with better graphics and compute performance with each new release. The Kaveri APUs are no different in this regard and attempt to redefine the landscape for what can be done on a single chip solution. Several new technologies have been introduced since the release of Trinity and Richland APUs, which we’ll explore today. AMD sent along the A10-7850K APU for us to have a look at, which is the flagship model for the Kaveri line. So, let’s dive into this latest APU offering from AMD and see what they have in store for us. Read More

Intel i7 4960X - Ivy Bridge-E - CPU Review

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Intel is back with a new socket 2011 processor. After what seems like a long wait since Sandy Bridge-E, which launched in November, 2011, we now have Ivy Bridge-E, Intel’s newest top tier line of CPUs. Much stays the same with this platform, but there have been advancements too. Is it enough to make you upgrade from Sandy Bridge-E, or to invest in a socket 2011 platform in the first place? That’s what we’re here to help you figure out! Read More

AMD Richland A10-6800K APU Review

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Back in October of 2012, we introduced all of you to the AMD Trinity A10-5800K APU. Fast forward to today and we have a 2013 AMD A-Series APU to show you, this time called the Richland APU. While based upon many of the same attributes Trinity brought us, there are also important improvements that we’ll cover today. AMD was kind enough to send along their top dog in the Richland product offering for us to review, the A10-6800K. Read More

Intel i7 4770K - Haswell - CPU Review

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Intel’s clock keeps ticking and tocking like…um…clockwork. Today we have a big fat tock for you in the form of Intel’s new microarchitecture, code-named Haswell. It manifests itself in our hands as the brand new 4th generation Intel Core processor, the i7 4770K. Read More

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