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45 Years Later: Die photos and analysis of the revolutionary 8008 microprocessor

Intel's groundbreaking 8008 microprocessor was first produced 45 years ago, the ancestor of the x86 processor family that you may be using right now. While the 8008 wasn't the first microprocessor or even the first 8-bit microprocessor, it was truly revolutionary, triggering the microprocessor revolution and leading to the x86 architecture that dominates personal computers today.

With the 9700-series, Intel lays the Itanium family to rest

Itanium, the 64-bit family of high-end server processors from Intel, will soon be a distant memory in the minds of many (if it isn’t already). The company has started volume shipping four new Itanium CPUs which, barring any unforeseen circumstances,…

AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Review

The Ryzen 5 1600 (non-X) is virtually unchallenged in terms of value among enthusiasts processors. However, we've yet to determine the next best option for those who can't afford to spend $220 on AMD's six-core champion. For $170, the quad-core AMD Ryzen 5 1400 appears to be a great alternative.

Ryzen Master app update adds support for Ryzen 5

Back in the day you had to jump through hoops if you wanted to squeeze the last bit of juice out of your processor, but now makers encourage the practice by offering software that facilitates the process. AMD's official Ryzen…

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X & 1500X Review

As we begin to recover from the roller coaster ride that was Ryzen 7, we now have Ryzen 5 to address. AMD has announced four models in this series, including a pair of six-core CPUs as well as two quad-core models. We'll be pitting the sub-$200 1500X against the locked Core i5-7500 and the 1600X against the unlocked 7600K which compete in the $250 price range.

AMD Ryzen 5 processors detailed, launching April 11

AMD Ryzen processors have dominated discussion in the PC hardware community over the past couple of weeks, and that discussion isn't going away any time soon. Today, AMD is announcing their Ryzen 5 line-up, which consists of two quad-core and…

AMD squeezes 32 Zen cores in Naples server CPUs

We already know that AMD's Ryzen 7 desktop processors, complete with 8 cores and 16 threads, are powerful and highly competitive with Intel's 8-core parts in workstation and productivity workloads. But AMD's Zen-based server platform, codenamed Naples, is set to…

AMD Ryzen Gaming Performance In-Depth: 16 Games Played at 1080p & 1440p

AMD Ryzen processors made a strong impression last week, however time constraints resulted in more questions than answers when it came to the four games we managed to benchmark in time for launch. As promised, we're back to follow up on our initial 1080p testing with a more in-depth look at Ryzen's gaming performance across a 16 titles played at 1080p and 1440p resolutions.