Posts Tagged: Processors

Intel Preparing Ivy Bridge-E for September Release

3 SKUs, early September release. That is what the rumor mill has to say about Intel’s upcoming high-performance desktop parts codenamed Ivy Bridge-E. The new parts will use the existing X79 chipset, support quad-channel memory and fit the 130W thermal envelope. Read More

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

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

Downcore That CPU

In the later parts of Summer 2009, I was in an overclocking competition. Someone was talking about lowering the number of cores so that they could increase the overall speed of the CPU. This made sense, sort of.
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Low Cost AMD 4 Core Review

Four Cores for $100: Athlon II X4 630 and Athlon II X4 620 CPU Review by Xbit Labs – a good review on AMD’s cheapy 4 core CPUs. The bottom line: You get what you pay for. Read More