ASUS N56DY: Mobile APU in practice

ASUS N56DY: Mobile APU in practice

We’ve met ASUS N56 series and its variations exactly a year ago. At the time we’ve received for testing an Intel-based model with Optimus technology and GeForce GT630 graphics. One thing we’ve found v...

AMD Richland: Waiting for Kaveri…

AMD Richland: Waiting for Kaveri…

Seeing as APU is probably AMD’s most successful concept, it doesn’t come as a surprise that they’re trying hard to keep media lights on them with frequent updates. Sometimes it’s a new architecture, s...

Intel NUC: Intel’s black box

Intel NUC: Intel’s black box

Concept of PC configurations packed in small chassis isn’t a new one. We’ve already covered the topic of HTPC a few times, but that concept never caught on with home users. There was always another ty...

Kingston HyperX Beast: Double or nothing

Kingston HyperX Beast: Double or nothing

Kingston became a legend with its HyperX memory, ever since we saw blue coolers on DDR1 modules that looked “spacey” at the time. Since then, HyperX brand remained in blue color, but for some time Kin...

Intel Core i7 4770K: Baby steps ahead

Intel Core i7 4770K: Baby steps ahead

Recently we’ve tested Intel’s first processor based on Haswell architecture and we’ve come to a conclusion that it didn’t bring anything new. A total of 10% increase in performances compared to its pr...

Huawei Ascend P6: The thinnest smartphone in the world

Huawei Ascend P6: The thinnest smartphone in the world

Even though Huawei is one of the largest phone manufacturers in the world, it’s not as famous as a manufacturer of high class phones. With the last year’s P1 model, it was obvious that there were some...

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AMD Richland: Waiting for Kaveri…

Seeing as APU is probably AMD’s most successful concept, it doesn’t come as a surprise that they’re trying hard to keep media lights on them with frequent updates. Sometimes it’s a new architecture, sometimes it’s a new model, and sometimes it’s an upgrade of a whole line of products, which is the case now. Behind the code name Richland stands a whole new generation of APUs. Still, new generation perhaps isn’t the best term used to describe the series, since it’s actually just an upgraded current architecture without too many changes.
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Intel Core i7 4770K: Baby steps ahead

Recently we’ve tested Intel’s first processor based on Haswell architecture and we’ve come to a conclusion that it didn’t bring anything new. A total of 10% increase in performances compared to its predecessor in processor tests, while the only big improvement is integrated HD Graphics. Now we’ve received for testing Core i7 4770K, the processor whose potential buyers don’t care about the speed of iGP, which makes sense. Who would give 300 euros on a processor to use integrated graphics?
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Intel Core i5 4670K: Baby Steps

Everyone who is even slightly up to date with IT news knows about the traditional “tick-tock” system that Intel uses when presenting new processors. While “tick” presents introducing a new production process, a completely new microarchitecture and, by extension, better performances, “tock” presents small improvements which can practically be seen as just a facelift. Therefore, Haswell is a far lesser improvement than Intel would have you believe. Simply put, the company did everything to make us believe that Haswell is a great improvement, although it really isn’t. Proof for that is the most powerful version of Core i5 model that we’ve received for testing.
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AMD FX-4300: Cheap Piledriver

The first Piledriver CPU was presented not so long ago as the flagship AMD model. Afterwards, we got a few more CPUs with new and improved architecture, all recognisable by the already familiar naming schemes. The latest series of FX CPUs with Piledriver cores can be recognised by the number 3 as part of the four-digit model name. Examples include the likes of 8350, 6300, 4300 etc.
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AMD A10-5700: Power savings without compromise

A recent market study conducted by Mercury Research has shown that APUs take up more than 70% of the total number of processors sold by AMD in the third quarter of 2012, which clearly showcases the success of the Trinity platform. While AMD is constantly trying to keep up with the general pace in the processor market, APUs are removed from this equation. APU is simply a story for itself and no other company is even close to offering something similar. When you take into consideration the fact that these are great products on their own, everything becomes as clear as a bell. APU is something that AMD should and needs to focus on, which is exactly what they’re doing. A large number of models with all sorts of purposes have been presented, with a sufficiently broad gamma for everyone. The latest addition to the fold carries the name A10-5700 and represents a power-saving model that doesn’t sacrifice much of the performance sported by the flagship 5800K.

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AMD FX-8350 - Transistor polishing

We have to admit that the first encounter with Bulldozer was a bit disappointing, whether we’re talking about our own or the general impression. Simply enough, AMD’s octa-core CPU was expected to deliver a lot, yet it was nowhere near the best that the opposing team had to offer. Due to its architecture, which groups one integer and two FPU units, this CPU favours well-optimised multi-threaded applications.
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Review: Three in one

Time seems to just fly past, and we already have the second generation of APUs facing us. AMD have obviously quickly grasped that they have a solution no one else really matches appropriately, so they’re focusing on its development as much as possible. Of course, that isn’t to say that AMD shouldn’t give more attention to brand awareness, because Intel seems to be investing much more heavily into making the Core name well-known to all, while not that many folks, even those in the IT industry, know what an APU is. Either way, APU has been defined by AMD and remains their exclusivity.
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AMD FX8120 - Octa-core CPU

Not long after the launch of Bulldozer, AMD have filled their ranks with an entire gamma of CPUs based on this microarchitecture, with the prefix FX, which is a marketing trick supposed to remind us of the “good old times” when FX CPUs were the alpha and omega of x86 computing. In short, what’s common to all FX CPUs is high clocks, a modular design which places two cores in a single processing module with common resources, a high number of cores on a relatively small surface, and the reduced capability for executing multiple instructions per cycle compared to Phenom II and Intel’s competing CPUs.

AMD FX_8120

 A good balance of IPC (the number of Instructions Per Cycle), high frequency and the number of cores/threads, as well as acceptable consumption and heat levels are all parameters comprising a well-balanced, high-performance CPU. Yet if we only take performance and consumption as relevant factors, the image remains incomplete, as the arguably most important parameter is still missing, which is – value for money.

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Trinity: the true meaning of fusion

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In conversation with Sasa Marinkovic we’ve got plethora of information about Trinity. AMD was right when they said that "the future is fusion"; even if this phrase sounded like just another exemplar of promotional copy, the "fusion" in question really brought something big to the table that few expected. This was the reason why we took advantage of Sasa Marinkovic visiting our hometown, so we met him in the picturesque setting of a river bank in order to chat with him about what we can expect from the Trinity platform. Sasa is currently maintaining the position of Industry Trends Marketing in AMD, after recently switching from his previous post at Product Marketing - Desktop and Fusion Software, making him one of AMD's leading experts in the field.

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AMD A8-3870K: The new APU with the "K" suffix

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Recently, we have devoted much attention to the APU, which is one of the largest inovations that AMD has introduced to the IT industry. Placing a serious graphics system inside a processor is the great success of this company wich dosn't hide their pride about this product, and with a good reason. True, the concept is not new, because Intel has earlier presented almost the same thing, except for the fact that the northbridge is not integrated in their process.

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