Last week we had the opportunity to visit AMD’s Austin, Texas headquarters to preview their upcoming ‘Brazos’ development platform and actually got some hands-on testing with a Fusion APU system prior to its launch. AMD is allowing us to post up a little bit of information on this upcoming platform today, but the performance numbers that we recorded are under still under embargo. Today, we will be bringing you some high-level impressions, chip architecture details and pictures of an MSI notebook that is running an AMD APU called Zacate.
At a recent press event in Los Angeles, Legit Reviews got a a chance to take a look at an AMD development platform that was running an early revision of AMD’s Llano Fusion processor. This is the first time that AMD Llano APU’s have been seen outside an AMD test lab, so it looks like they are coming along nicely. We have been told that these processors are being manufactured by GlobalFoundries and are due out in the first half of 2011.
The AMD Phenom II X6 1055T is the entry level six-core processor in the Phenom II series with its overall clock frequency of 2.8GHz. With a street price of $198 and six cores is the AMD Phenom II X6 1055T CPU worth it? Read on to see how it performs in the benchmarks and to see how it handles being overclocked on our AMD 890FX test system.
In a move that shocked many, Intel has buckled to the demands of mainstream consumers and has launched a couple unlocked processors for the LGA 1156 platform! The processors that are being announced today are the unlocked Intel Core i7-875K and Core i5-655K processors. Read on as we take the Core i7-875K processor for a test drive and overclock it up to 4.5GHz with just air cooling!
The AMD Athlon II series of processors is a very budget friendly series of processors. Just because they are budget friendly, by no means are they lacking in performance. Today we have the opportunity to look at one such processor. The AMD Athlon II X2 260 is the fastest dual core processor in the Athlon II series. Read on to find out more!
The AMD Athlon II X4 640 is the fastest quad-core processor in the Athlon II series with its overall clock frequency of 3.0GHz. With a street price of $122 and just a 100MHz boost over its predecessor is the Athlon II X4 640 worth it? Read on to see how it performs in the benchmarks and to see how it handles being overclocked on our AMD 890GX test system.
AMD has released the Phenom II X6 processor series and claims that it ushers in a new era of computing. Legit Reviews has the flagship AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition processor and puts it to the test against other common desktop processors in a vast number of benchmarks. We also overclock it to see how high we can get this six-core chip!
Earlier this week Gigabyte released beta BIOS F7B for their GA-890GPA-UD3H motherboard and we didn’t bother dedicating any time to it until this morning when we noted that the description for this board said that the BIOS update would improve power consumption. What in the world could this be? It’s not every day you see a BIOS update being released that improves the efficiency of the board! Read on to find out!
This morning we got word from AMD that they would be announcing some more details on AMD Turbo CORE technology, which will be found on select AMD Phenom II Processors. With the AMD Phenom II X6 processor series launching later this month we wanted to cover this new technology as all AMD six-core ‘Thuban’ processors will have Turbo CORE technology enabled by default.
Our good friends over at Intel and iBuyPower have assembled a killer Gamer Paladin system that we are more than happy to give away to one of our lucky forum members in a few weeks! This is your chance to win an Intel X58 chipset and Core I7-980X powered gaming system (aka Gulftown) for just being an active member of Legit Reviews!
In the coming few weeks Intel will be launching the worlds first six-core desktop processor with the Core i7-980X desktop processor Extreme Edition. This LGA 1366 socket processor can be run in any existing Intel X58 Express chipset powered motherboard after a quick BIOS flash, so a new platform will not be needed. Read on to see what we think of the 980X in our testing!
With Flash 9, Adobe introduced streaming high definition video playback to its Flash empire, just so long as users’ systems had the power to play it. After many demands for better performance on low-power computers, like HTPCs and netbooks, Adobe aims to please with their impending release of Flash 10.1. In this article, we put Adobe’s claims of higher performance to the test with video and gaming benchmarks.
Back in Feburary 2009, Intel disclosed that the 32nm ‘Westmere’ desktop processors were coming out in the fourth quarter of 2009 and that appears to still be true. Arrandale and Clarkdale are the first two Westmere cores that will be introduced to the market. Both Arrandale and Clarkdale are dual-core Westmere parts, but the difference between the two is that Arrandale is for mobile platforms while Clarkdale is for the desktop market.