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  1. AMD FX-6350 review

    AMD FX-6350 review

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    An update to the budget gaming chip of choice from the Piledriver generation.

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    Intel Core i5-4570 review

    Intel Core i5-4570 review

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    You can't overclock the Haswell Core i5-4570, but would you need to?

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    Intel Core i5-4670K review

    Intel Core i5-4670K review

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    Are Intel's Haswell processors an improvement on the last generation?

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    Intel Core i7-4770K review

    Intel Core i7-4770K review

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    Intel's new Haswell processor architecture could revolutionise mobile computing. But does it offer anything to get excited about as a desktop processor?

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    AMD A4-5000 APU review

    AMD A4-5000 APU review

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    The new Jaguar cores inside AMD's latest APU are making waves. That's because they're found in both the new Xbox One console and the PlayStation 4.

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    AMD A10-5700 review

    AMD A10-5700 review

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    Technically, a very interesting chip, but platform limitations put the kybosh on any real appeal.

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    Intel Core i7 3970X review

    Intel Core i7 3970X review

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    The best just got better. That'll be Intel's pitch for the new Core i7-3970X. And strictly speaking, it's absolutely true.

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    AMD FX-4300 review

    AMD FX-4300 review

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    The last few months have left me with a rather positive feeling towards AMD. Can this continue with the upgraded AMD FX-4300?

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    AMD FX-6300 review

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    The original FX-6200 impressed us recently with its combination of bargain price, impressive multi-threading performance and serious overclocking chops too. Can the FX-6300 repeat the same trick?

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    Intel Core i3-3225 review

    Intel Core i3-3225 review

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    The Intel Ivy Bridge technology is the finest desktop processor tech this side of Haswell, and for the PC build without severe budgetary constraints, it's the architecture we're telling you to stick into your gaming rig.

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    AMD FX-8350 review

    AMD FX-8350 review

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    AMD have updated the Piledriver specification to offer some more bang for your buck. Can it go toe-to-toe with Intel this time round?

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    AMD A10-5800K review

    AMD A10-5800K review

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    Take a CPU. Cram in a graphics core. What d'ya got? If you're AMD, it's a Fusion processor.

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    Intel Core i5 3470 review

    Intel Core i5 3470 review

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    The big news about the first Ivy Bridge processors was the improved graphics, but with this second tier iGPU, can the Core i5 3470 match the pace of its technological compatriots?

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    AMD A10-4600M review

    AMD A10-4600M review

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    More features in less space. Is AMD's new Trinity fusion chip for thin-and-light laptops an Intel Ultrabook killer?

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    Intel Core i5 3570K review

    Intel Core i5 3570K review

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    This is it, this is the biggie: the i5 3570K, the replacement for the i5 2500K - hands down our favourite CPU of the past year or so.

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    Intel Core i7 3770K review

    Intel Core i7 3770K review

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    It's new CPU season at Intel with the launch of the Ivy Bridge family, and the i7 3770K is the quickest of the new breed.

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    Intel Xeon E5-2687W review

    Intel Xeon E5-2687W review

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    With the arrival of the new Intel Xeon 2687W eight-core monster, we're getting a taste of the multi-core future we've been missing.

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    AMD A8-3870K Black Edition APU review

    AMD A8-3870K Black Edition APU review

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    While its flagship FX processors are failing to shine it does seem a little on unfair on AMD that at the other end of the market it has a chip which really ought be cleaning up. Its Llano Fusion APUs, which combine a multi-core CPU and a Radeon graphics part on one die, are actually rather good.

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    Intel Core i7 3820 review

    Intel Core i7 3820 review

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    Intel, with even less of a fanfare than it made for the muted launch of the Sandy Bridge E platform, has now unleashed the quad-core iteration of its top-end chips, the Intel Core i7 3820. Finally a CPU that doesn't cost the same amount as some full PCs.

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    Intel Core i7 3930K review

    Intel Core i7 3930K review

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    The point is that this cheaper Sandy Bridge E gives you everything the top chip delivers for a lot less money. There's absolutely no reason to spend. We're not completely convinced even this truly means the 3930K is good value for money. But it's still a very fast processor and the chip we'd buy if we had a big budget.

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    Intel Core i7 2700K review

    Intel Core i7 2700K review

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    The Intel Core i7 2700K's only hope of giving something we haven't already got is overclocking. What'll she do, mister? The answer during our testing and in the context of air cooling and a modicum of extra voltage is 4.8GHz. A very good result, we think you'll agree. But not materially better than you can expect from most 2600K processors. Again, the game doesn't move on.

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    AMD FX 6100 Black Edition review

    AMD FX 6100 Black Edition review

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    We'll put a hold recommendation the 6100. At stock clocks and with the final module hidden, it's not terribly exciting. However, if it turns out that most of all 6100s will happily run with the final module enabled, it might just be worth a roll of the dice. If that happens, we'll be more than happy to upgrade the 6100's status to buy.

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    AMD FX 4100 Black Edition review

    AMD FX 4100 Black Edition review

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    In our testing, the 4100 didn't deliver significantly better overclocking headroom than the full eight-core Bully. The best that can be said about this dual-module Bulldozer, then, is that it's not far behind its triple and quad-module brethren in games. If only they weren't all off the pace.

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    Intel Core i7 3960X review

    Intel Core i7 3960X review

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    It's a properly new chip, not an upclocked respin of an existing design. It even comes with a new socket and chipset, known respectively as LGA2,011 and Intel X79. But there's another side to the story of this chip, otherwise known as Sandy Bridge E. And it's symptomatic of a broader problem with the PC platform.

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    AMD FX-8150 review

    AMD FX-8150 review

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    We've waited a long time for AMD to release a brand new processor architecture, but finally the AMD FX series of CPUs has arrived.

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