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  1. Intel X25-M solid state drive review

    Intel X25-M solid state drive review

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    Intel reckons these drives are not only massively faster than conventional hard disks with spinning magnetic platters. It also claims they will give competing SSDs based on flash memory a damn good spanking.

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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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    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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    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 Extreme QX9770 3GHz review

    Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 3GHz review

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    If you want the finest PC processor money can buy, look no further than Intel's Core 2 Extreme QX9770. Or at least that would be true if you could actually buy it, which is still not possible as we go to press. Intel has been wowing the press for many months with samples. A full retail launch is long overdue.

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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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    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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    AMD's bottom must be extremely red and rather sore. After all, Intel has been giving it a relentless spanking since the launch of the Core 2 processor in mid 2006. Unfortunately, respite for AMD's long-suffering cheeks is unlikely

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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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    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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    Intel core 2 extreme QX6800 review

    Intel core 2 extreme QX6800 review

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    Four cores at 2.93GHz and enough headroom to take it to 3.4GHz before it gets whiny. That's 555 fps in S.T.A.L.K.E.R at 800x600 (and 620 at 3.4GHz) - the next best is the Q6600 at 454.

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    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 review

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 review

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    A fine chip to be sure, and the Core 2's last gasp before the Intel performance-to-pennies juggling act really starts to fall apart. With the E6420 turning up for just over £100, the extra £30 on the asking price for this becomes hard to justify

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    Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 review

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 review

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    Making a slightly harsh call as to which Core 2s to limelight in this test, we've elected to politely show the 1.8GHz E6320 the door. It's been a pleasant house guest, but just a tenner more nabs an E6420 with nearly 300MHz extra on the clock.

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    Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 review

    Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 review

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    This is the baby of the bunch (unless you count the 'Pentium Dual-Core' range, whose 1Mb cache means it's not as well suited to gaming). This, though, is the very definition of sweet spot. Available for just under £75 online, that's barely real money

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    Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 review

    Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 review

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    Context. That's what Intel's latest processor is all about. On the one hand, this is the fastest CPU in Christendom. Courtesy of four cores, each one benefiting from Core 2 architecture, the QX6800 isn't just the weapon of choice for multitasking.

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    Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 review

    Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 review

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    Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 review: Has Intel been sandbagging with its sickeningly successful Core 2 Duo processors? It's a tempting conclusion to draw, even with the launch of this new Extreme QX6800 model, the most powerful Core 2 chip to date

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    Intel Turbo Memory review

    Intel Turbo Memory review

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    Deployed as part of the new Centrino Duo and Pro platforms, Turbo Memory is implemented as either a 512MB or 1GB option alongside whatever SATA drive is installed. The caching scheme is actually intelligent enough to learn your usage habits

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    Intel Centrino Pro and Duo review

    Intel Centrino Pro and Duo review

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    The first Centrino release provided the first consensus of targeted mobile computing improvements - battery life, wireless connectivity and overall performance. Now it's been updated, promising to break new ground with a host of exciting new features

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    Intel Pentium D 820 review

    Intel Pentium D 820 review

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    Adequate dual-core performance at an affordable price? That'll be the Pentium D 820. It may be produced using relatively ancient 90nm manufacturing technology and based on Intel's soon-to-be-extinct Netburst architecture

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    Intel Core 2 X6800 review

    Intel Core 2 X6800 review

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    Six months ago, Intel blew our socks off with its new Core 2 Duo processors. So what is the standard bearer of the range doing languishing near the bottom of the table? The answer is simple and it has to do with that old chestnut, value

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