There are two non-negotiables in building a PC these days: the cost of Intel silicon and the cost of the Windows license. You can play with everything else but Intel and Microsoft are going to get their share. Those two relatively fixed costs in the PC bill of materials can do one of two things: encourage OEMs to skimp on component cost elsewhere, or drive the entire ecosystem to supply higher quality components at lower prices. If you’ve been following the PC industry for the past decade, I think we’ve seen more of the former and less of the latter.
Apple occupying the high-end of the notebook PC space has forced many OEMs to reconsider their approach, but that’s a more recent change. What AMD...
No sooner had the 925X and 915 been launched than the word started spreading that Intel had locked the overclocking on the new chipsets. Are the new chipsets...
Wesley Fink on 6/23/2004
Continuing our coverage of Intel's new CPU and platform launch, we look at the performance of Intel's fastest processor and compare PCI Express boards from both ATI and NVIDIA.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/21/2004
Intel Socket 775 is paired with the new 925X & 915 chipsets and DDR2 memory. How do these new chipsets and DDR2 memory compare to your familiar 875/865...
Wesley Fink on 6/19/2004
Summary: AMD's newest processor lineup turns out to be more complicated
than just an Athlon XP replacement. We tell you how and why. Updated: Now with Pricing Info
Kristopher Kubicki on 6/18/2004
AMD announces the beginning of tape out of the first dual core Opterons. While products are still about a year away, we get some early hints on specs...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/14/2004
The new Dual-Channel Socket 939 has landed. How do VIA K8T800 PRO and nVidia nForce3-250Gb Ultra perform when driving the new processor? We also take a closer look...
Wesley Fink on 6/2/2004
Today marks the launch of the long awaited Socket 939 platform for AMD's Athlon 64 line of processors. With 939 comes dual channel memory controllers for unbuffered DDR RAM...
Derek Wilson on 6/1/2004
FX-57 shows up on the AMD roadmaps, FX-55 wattages, and AMD's shift to product naming. If you thought AMD was surprisingly quiet lately wait till you see their...
Kristopher Kubicki on 5/18/2004
nVidia brings the features of their innovative nForce3-250Gb chipset for the Athlon 64 to the nForce2 for Athlon XP. Now you can get on-chip Gigabit LAN, nVidia Firewall...
Wesley Fink on 5/13/2004
VIA finally adds PCI/AGP lock to a PRO version of the K8T800. The K8T800 PRO is also VIA's first chipset with 1000 HyperTransport. While this version is...
Wesley Fink on 5/6/2004
Today, ATI raises the bar with their second generation chipset for Pentium 4. We also found some interesting results when a board is designed to work first and...
Wesley Fink on 5/3/2004
The Athlon 64 platform is a very good option when it comes to performance computing, but when price is a highly important factor, the Athlon XP line can look...
Derek Wilson on 4/27/2004
ATI is finally breaking into the AMD desktop corelogic. Perhaps NVIDIA and VIA have some new competition?
Kristopher Kubicki on 4/16/2004
Intel might be changing the naming conventions, but AMD is changing the whole core. Here comes Newcastle...
Kristopher Kubicki on 4/16/2004
There has been a lot of speculation about the total heat dissipation of Prescott in comparison to Northwood. Obviously it is a hotter chip, but what kind of heat...
Derek Wilson on 4/16/2004
Complications have delayed i925X and 64bit enabled 800FSB Xeons.
Kristopher Kubicki on 4/11/2004
Update April 8, 2004: Check out the update Intel Product name forecasts.
Kristopher Kubicki on 4/8/2004
In Part 1, we took a look at the features of nForce3-250; Part 2 takes a closer look at performance. Does the performance of the new nF3-250 make...
Wesley Fink on 3/29/2004
nVidia has reinvented the nForce3 chipset with their latest nForce3-250Gb. Does the new chipset establish nF3-250 as the new market leader for Athlon 64? Part 1 takes...
Wesley Fink on 3/23/2004
The Athlon 64 FX series gets a speed bump. We take a look at just what the 200MHz (9.1%) speed increase translates to in terms of performance and value...
Derek Wilson on 3/18/2004