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...
The introduction of the Athlon XP 1900+ results in a drop in prices of the entire XP line. That and more in this week's Price Guide.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/17/2001
With the performance crown already in hand AMD went ahead with the release of a 1.6GHz version of their Athlon XP CPU. Dubbed the Model 1900+ this CPU...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/5/2001
Just last week AMD revealed some very important details of the architecture behind their next-generation CPUs. Find out what makes AMD's approach to microprocessor design different from Intel's...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/23/2001
Today AMD unveiled the desktop version of their Palomino core in the form of the Athlon XP. The performance of this processor is astounding, but the launch is...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/9/2001
We often focus on clock speed, architecture and cache but we rarely talk about one of the most important aspects of CPUs: packaging. If you've ever crushed a...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/8/2001
The second DDR Pentium 4 platform is here and this time from SiS. The 645 is high performing, supports DDR333 and most importantly, it's 100% legal in the...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/8/2001
The wait is over, the most highly anticipated chipset ever has arrived and we're here to tell you how it performs. Does it live up to the hype...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/24/2001
From the worst to the head of the class; if you're interested in learning about the fastest Athlon platform then stop staring and start reading.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/3/2001
Did the 2.0GHz Pentium 4 launch not excite you? Would a 3.5GHz Northwood? Read on to learn about the 3.5GHz Northwood we saw as well as the...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/28/2001
Able to quickly ramp in clock speed, Intel's Pentium 4 debuts today at 2GHz. How well does it perform and what's its future? Read on to find out.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/27/2001
It seems like it's been forever since the Duron's release, it's almost a household name now. Yet only recently has it hit the magical 1GHz marker. To...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/22/2001
Finally, an updated Socket-A chipset roundup. Read carefully as we benchmark the best Athlon platform available today.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/21/2001
Chances are that you have one of their chipsets in your system, now find out what their plans are for the future. We talked to VIA's Director of...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/16/2001
Finally there is alternative to the i850 platform for the Pentium 4. Amidst licensing battles with Intel, VIA has released the world's first Pentium 4 chipset with support...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/14/2001
Today's AMD Athlon processors are running hotter than ever, but not this one. Clocked at 1.866GHz, this Athlon processor runs at a cool -47C, sometimes it gets as...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/13/2001
Intel's first desktop 0.13-micron processor is here. The Tualatin core is able to bring the Pentium III up to 1.2GHz and even beyond that, but what are Intel's...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/30/2001
Three months after the Pentium 4 hit 1.7GHz we are back again with yet another boost in clock speed. Read on to find out how the Pentium 4...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/2/2001
After months and even years of waiting the first dual processor Athlon platform is here with a new processor to boast as well. Find out how Dual Athlon...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/5/2001
NVIDIA launches quite possibly the biggest leap forward in chipset technology ever here at Computex 2001. It went by the codename Crush for one simple reason - that's exactly...
Mike Andrawes on 6/4/2001
Six months after the release of the Pentium 4, Intel releases the first dual processor ready version of the CPU. The Intel Xeon processor is here and it's...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/21/2001