Back in the day, a new CPU, be it a refresh or brand new architecture, users have come to expect an increase in both clock speeds, as well as some form of IPC increase. Today, in the era of what I like to call ‘core wars’ AMD has started going wide and adding more cores and threads to their CPUs while Intel was behind ever so slightly in core count (for the mainstream platform) and pricing, but excelled in single threaded performance as well as loads that did not surpass the core/thread count. Fast forward to today, in an effort to answer the competition on this platform, Intel has released the Core i9-9900K Processor sporting eight cores and 16 threads with base clocks at 3.6 GHz and Boost clocks hitting the magic 5 GHz mark. Read More
It’s nice to see AMD taking the initiative in releasing some upgraded “stock” coolers with their CPUs. Those in the enthusiast community likely have a shelf full of “stock” coolers from both AMD and Intel that due to their lackluster performance have never been used. Starting in February, AMD announced the Wraith cooler, which came bundled with the AMD FX 8370 and the AMD A10-7890K. They have now expanded the Wraith CPU cooler availability to the AMD FX 8350 and the AMD FX 6350. Read More
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
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
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.