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  1. 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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    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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    AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition review

    AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition review

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    We’d all feel a little better about AMD’s current chips if it wasn’t for the name. You call your processor ‘Phenom’ and, frankly, people expect a phenomenon. When it isn’t one, the sting is all the harsher. It’s like finding out a guy called Steve Massive is only five foot six.

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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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    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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    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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    AMD 790 FX chipset review

    AMD 790 FX chipset review

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    It's all about the platform. That's the most important single message AMD wants you to grasp regarding the simultaneous launch of its new graphics cards, CPUs and the new 790 FX motherboard chipset

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    AMD athlon 64 x2 6000+ review

    AMD athlon 64 x2 6000+ review

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    This is as good as it gets for AMD in the mainstream, but previously we've given it a smack, due to a £300+ pricetag. With it now showing up as low as £115 online - a tenner more than the 400MHz slower 5200 - a public flogging is no longer in order

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    AMD athlon 64 x2 5200+ review

    AMD athlon 64 x2 5200+ review

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    Unlike the 4600 and 3800 below them, the 5200 and upwards haven't chucked a meg and a half of cache over the edge in a desperate attempt to lose cost-weight. This still carries a full 2MB of L2.

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    AMD athlon 64 x2 4600+ review

    AMD athlon 64 x2 4600+ review

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    AMD's fallen upon hard times lately: this sub-£70 chip went for £120 just three short months ago, for a start. The better news is that, with Core 2's high-end action largely revolving around quad core, the 4600+ hasn't slipped in the rankings any

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    AMD athlon 64 x2 3800+ review

    AMD athlon 64 x2 3800+ review

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    Life always finds a way. Find a rock in the Core 2-ravaged post-apocalyptic processor wasteland, peer under it and look! There's a little 3800 cowering from the light. Less than £50, a mere 2GHz and 1MB of shared cache, yet still it survives.

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    AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000 plus AM2 review

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    here's a temptation to bend the truth when discussing AMD's recent offerings. It's the same sort of misguided pride that compels people who've just seen the Rolling Stones creak across some gigantic arena to say "yeah, they've still got it"...

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    AMD Athlon 64 FX74 review

    AMD Athlon 64 FX74 review

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    Intel's four core Kentsfield processors have been out for a few months now, but we're still at the very early stages of the quad core revolution. Supreme Commander will be the first game that can make use of four separate CPU cores at once

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    AMD Athlon 64 4600 plus review

    AMD Athlon 64 4600 plus review

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    The launch of Intel's Core 2 processor was a rude shock for AMD, at the time happily extracting top dollar from PC enthusiasts for its Athlon 64 X2 dual-core chips. Now you can buy this mid-range X2 for just £123

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