CPUs

Sometimes choosing a CPU is hard. So we've got you covered. In our CPU Guides, we give you our pick of some of the best processors available, supplying data from our reviews. Our Best CPUs for Workstations guide mostly covers workstation processors available to consumers, although some server products cover both segments. It’s been a while since we updated this guide, perhaps because the world of the workstation processor you can buy on the shelf hasn’t really changed all that much. While AMD is releasing new hardware, and differentiating between the high-end desktop with Threadripper and workstation with Threadripper Pro, Intel by contrast released its latest retail HEDT/WS processors back in November 2019, and hasn’t been in a position to update them since. Beyond, all...

AMD Zen 3 Announcement by Lisa Su: A Live Blog at Noon ET (16:00 UTC)

One of the most anticipated launches of 2020 is now here. AMD's CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, is set to announce and reveal the new Ryzen 5000 series processors using...

90 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 10/8/2020

Intel Confirms Rocket Lake on Desktop for Q1 2021, with PCIe 4.0

In a blog post on Medium today, Intel’s John Bonini has confirmed that the company will be launching its next-generation desktop platform in Q1 2021. This is confirmed as...

88 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 10/7/2020

What Products Use Intel 10nm? SuperFin and 10++ Demystified

For our audience that regularly keeps track of Intel’s product portfolio, it would be hard to miss that the naming strategy of Intel’s process node technologies is a bit...

143 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 9/25/2020

NUVIA Completes Series B Funding Round: $240M

One of the more interesting startups of late is NUVIA, with promises of a new Arm-based processor for the datacenter to rival the x86 dominance of AMD and Intel...

21 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 9/24/2020

Intel Launches 10nm Atom Embedded CPUs: Elkhart Lake Now Available

The embedded and edge markets for Intel have always been hidden away within its IoT business, however at the Investor Meeting last year it was highlighted as one of...

55 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 9/23/2020

Oracle Announces Upcoming Cloud Compute Instances: Ice Lake and Milan, A100 and Altra

When the name “Oracle” is thrown around, hardware isn’t typically the first thing that comes to mind for most people. But, like other large tech companies that originally made...

18 by Ryan Smith on 9/22/2020

Arm Announces Neoverse V1 & N2 Infrastructure CPUs: +50% IPC, SVE Server Cores

Today Arm is announcing its new Neoverse V1 and N2 microarchitectures. The new microarchitectures represent a ever bigger jump than the already vastly successful Neoverse N1 that’s been adopted...

73 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/22/2020

AMD Enables Ryzen in Chromebooks, Improving Performance

A modern enthusiast will scoff at the concept of a Chromebook – limited performance, capabilities, and a simplistic OS for doing some serious work? The fact is that the...

22 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 9/22/2020

Intel’s Tiger Lake 11th Gen Core i7-1185G7 Review and Deep Dive: Baskin’ for the Exotic

The big notebook launch for Intel this year is Tiger Lake, its upcoming 10nm platform designed to pair a new graphics architecture with a nice high frequency for the...

252 by Dr. Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu on 9/17/2020

AMD Preps Second Round of HPC System Donations For COVID-19 Research

When things aren’t blowing up or burning down as of late, there’s still the matter of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While the first generation of vaccines move carefully closer...

19 by Ryan Smith on 9/14/2020

It’s Official: NVIDIA To Acquire Arm For $40 Billion

Following a number of rumors and leaks, NVIDIA this evening announced that it is buying Arm Limited for $40 billion. The cash and stock deal will see NVIDIA buy...

141 by Ryan Smith on 9/13/2020

AMD Announces Ryzen "Zen 3" and Radeon "RDNA2" Presentations for October: A New Journey Begins

AMD today has announced that they will be making a pair of consumer product presentations in October. The chipmaker, who has been fairly quiet since the spring, will be...

145 by Ryan Smith on 9/9/2020

Intel Launches 11th Gen Core Tiger Lake: Up to 4.8 GHz at 50 W, 2x GPU with Xe, New Branding

In August, Intel ran one of its rare Architecture Days where the company went into some detail about its upcoming Tiger Lake processor. This included target markets, core counts...

349 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 9/2/2020

Intel Launches Tiger Lake: A Live Blog (Noon ET, 9am PT)

Intel is about to launch Tiger Lake. Follow along with our Live Blog!

54 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 9/2/2020

3DFabric: The Home for TSMC’s 2.5D and 3D Stacking Roadmap

Interposers. EMIB. Foveros. Die-to-die stacking. ODI. AIB.TSVs. All these words and acronyms have one overriding feature – they are all involved in how two bits of silicon physically connect...

14 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 9/2/2020

Marvell Refocuses Thunder Server Platforms Towards Custom Silicon Business

Yesterday during Marvell’s quarterly earnings call, the company had made a surprise announcement that they are planning to restructure their server processor development team towards fully custom solutions, abandoning...

42 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/28/2020

TSMC Launches New N12e Process: FinFET at 0.4V for IoT

One of the main drivers for the semiconductor industry is the growth in always-connected devices that require silicon inside, either for compute, communication, or control. The ‘Internet of Things&rsquo...

27 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/27/2020

TSMC: We have 50% of All EUV Installations, 60% Wafer Capacity

One of the overriding central messages to TSMC’s Technology Symposium this week is that the company is a world leader in semiconductor manufacturing, especially at the leading edge process...

32 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/27/2020

Where are my GAA-FETs? TSMC to Stay with FinFET for 3nm

As we passed that 22nm to 16nm barrier, almost all the major semiconductor fabrication companies on the leading edge transitioned from planar transistors to FinFET transistors. The benefits of...

37 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/26/2020

TSMC Expects 5nm to be 11% of 2020 Wafer Production (sub 16nm)

One of the measures of how quickly a new process node gains traction is by comparing how many wafers are in production, especially as that new process node goes...

13 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/25/2020

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