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.
The second Intel Developer Forum keynote just finished and Sean Maloney included a little update in it about Intel’s latest discrete graphics card called Larrabee. This would make it the very first public showing of Larrabee, which is a big deal for enthusiasts and those who have been hearing about Larrabee for years.
AMD announced this morning, the first ever quad-core processor for less than $100! The AMD Athlon II X4 620 processor is the industry’s first and only sub-$100 quad-core processor at this time as it is priced at $99. The other processor being announced today is the AMD Athlon II X4 630 processor, which costs $122. Read on to see how the perform and overclock.
Today, Intel is unleashing Core i5 and Core i7-800 series processors, and the accompanying P55 Express chipset that supports these ‘Lynnfield’ processors to the market. These processors are largely based around the Nehalem architecture that launched in November of 2008 and cost less. Read on to find out more about them!
Back in June 2009, AMD silently launched a pair of energy efficient 65W TDP processors that didn’t get that much attention from the press for some reason. Those two socket AM3 processors are called the AMD Phenom II X3 705e and Phenom II X4 905e. Read on to see how they perform!
Opening up the little box we discovered the handpicked AMD Phenom II 42 TWKR Black Edition processor. It’s not every day you get a processor delivered to your door step that was handpicked to be an overclocking winner and will never be for sale to the public. This is every overclocker’s dream and we are more than willing to overclock this little guy to the max with liquid nitrogen!
Last week, Intel released a pair of new additions to the Core i7 line of processors that will eventually replace two of the three current Core i7 series processors as the months roll by. Read on to see how the Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition processor does against 30 other desktop processors.