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  1. Intel Nehalem Xeon X5570 2.93GHz review

    Intel Nehalem Xeon X5570 2.93GHz review

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    Intel's new Nehalem CPU architecture is impressive enough in single-socket Core i7 desktops. But in multi-socket Xeon X5570 trim, it is nothing short of staggeringly powerful

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    AMD Opteron 2384 review

    AMD Opteron 2384 review

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    It's been a long time coming. But AMD has finally has a decent quad-core chip. Launched today in Opteron server trim, AMD's new 45nm microarchitecture is far from revolutionary. But it makes for an excellent server CPU and also bodes well for upcoming desktop derivatives.

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    Intel Core i7 processor review

    Intel Core i7 processor review

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    Today is Intel Core i7 day. You'll find reams of coverage of the new processor and the X58 chipset that supports it on TechRadar. We have everything from technical analysis so hard core it will make your brain boil to benchmarks of a literally record breaking machine based on the fastest Core i7 chip of all.

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    Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 review

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 review

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    AMD might have been first to market with dual-core, but there has been a lot of silicon under the bridge since those glory days. In recent times, Intel's Core 2 Duo has been showing everyone how dual-core should really be done

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    AMD Phenom 9550 2.2GHz review

    AMD Phenom 9550 2.2GHz review

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    It's a common aphorism that two heads are better than one, but can it be said that four cores are really better than two?

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    Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 review

    Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 review

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    You can argue the toss regarding the pros and cons of quad-core CPUs. We don’t doubt their unmatched multi-tasking and multi-threaded clout. But when it comes to gaming, the benefits are less obvious.

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    AMD Phenom X3 8750 review

    AMD Phenom X3 8750 review

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    Put yourself in AMD's shoes. Things haven't been going to plan. Your crucial quad-core chip arrived late, ran slow and had a nasty little hardware bug. What's more, you're being beaten silly by Intel's Core 2 processors. What do you do? How about a triple-core chip to distract attention from the mess you're in?

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    Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2180 2GHz review

    Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2180 2GHz review

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    Spare a thought for this feeble, emaciated little chip. The E2180 potters along at just 2GHz, packs just 1MB of cache and suffers a comparatively glacial 800MHz bus. Glacial, that is, compared to the 3.2GHz, 12MB cache and 1,600MHz bus majesty of Intel's own Core 2 Extreme QX9770.

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    Intel Core 2 Q9550 2.83GHz review

    Intel Core 2 Q9550 2.83GHz review

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    Four extremely powerful processor cores running at 2.83GHz, 12MB of cache, 1,333MHz bus speeds and the latest 45nm process technology. That’s the short version of what makes this an astonishingly powerful processor.

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    Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 3GHz review

    Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 3GHz review

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    What price performance? That’s the question you always have to ask yourself when considering Intel’s uber-expensive Extreme processors. For the QX9650, the answer, sadly, has to be too much.

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    AMD Phenom 9600 2.3GHz review

    AMD Phenom 9600 2.3GHz review

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    In simple terms, there are two routes to processor performance. Either crank up the clockspeeds or build an architecture that can crunch lots of instructions in a single clock cycle. Unfortunately for AMD, the new Phenom falls flat on both counts.

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    Intel Core 2 E6750 2.66GHz review

    Intel Core 2 E6750 2.66GHz review

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    At first glance, the E6750 looks like the obvious compromise between price and performance in the Core 2 dual-core range. Available for around £120, it boasts a healthy 4MB slab of cache, a solid clockspeed of 2.66GHz and a snappy 1,333MHz bus frequency.

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    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 2.5GHz review

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 2.5GHz review

     

    As PC processors go, Intel's flagship Extreme Edition PC processors are pretty sexy. In fact, they're the fastest CPUs you can buy. But they're not exactly cost effective.That's exactly where the new Core 2 Quad Q9300 steps in

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    Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 review

    Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 review

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    When Intel wheels out a minor speed bump of its incumbent Extreme edition PC processor, it's not normally a cause for much rejoicing. Typically, it's a case of a few hundred additional MHz and a fat $1,000 price tag

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    AMD Phenom 9700 review

    AMD Phenom 9700 review

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    Since the launch of Intel's first quad-core desktop processor over a year ago, there's been a conspicuous hole in AMD's product line up. But those days are over. Phenom, AMD's crucial new quad-core desktop chip, has finally arrived

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    Intel X38 motherboard chipset review

    Intel X38 motherboard chipset review

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    The arrival of a new Intel motherboard chipset isn't always a cause for much rejoicing. After all, Intel has a nasty habit of churning out new chipsets so fast the solder has hardly set on existing boards. Its new X38 performance chipset is a little different

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    Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 review

    Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 review

     

    Intel has taken the wraps off its new flagship 45nm quad-core processor, the Core 2 Extreme QX9650. And that can only mean one thing - a chance to bang on about Moore's law. Again. Well, that and a new performance leader in desktop computing

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    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 review

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 review

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    In real terms, quad-threaded applications are thin on the ground and will be until at least this winter. So, in most cases, this keeps a more or less even pace with its dual-core equivalent the E6600

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    Intel Core 2 extreme QX6850 review

    Intel Core 2 extreme QX6850 review

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    This is Intel's new biggest hitter. It's still the Kentsfield core, but an FSB raised to 1,333MHz bumps the clock to 3GHz. For that hike, you'll need a motherboard supporting a bus of 333MHz or greater, which means an Intel P35 or an NVIDIA 680i

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