Water cooling is the way to go if you're serious about keeping your CPU thermals in check, and the easiest way to dip your toe in the water-cooling pool is an all-in-one unit that bolts onto your case. You don’t have to mess with pumps, tubing, or fans, and the kits will work with any modern CPU and most chassis, so their appeal is maximum cooling with minimum effort. Thermaltake is on board with this concept, and offers three tasty all-in-one entrées in its Water2.0 series: a low-end “Performance” model, a double-rad “Extreme” model, and the mid-range “Pro” version we examined this month.
Note: This review was taken from the January 2013 issue of the magazine.
When Corsair released its closed-loop H80 water cooler in 2011, we found it to be one of the best-performing dual-fan kits available. It was also very loud at full blast and cumbersome to install, and the updated H80i model sets out to address these issues while also improving performance.
Note: This review was taken from the March 2013 issue of the magazine.
We highlight the hardware that gets you the most performance per dollar spent
We all know that, generally speaking, buying the newest top-end part gets you the most performance. But in most cases, the premium you pay for that part covers a whole lot of other stuff as well that has no bearing on frame rates or video encoding times. We’re talking about the added cost of covering research and development, product marketing, lower production yields, etc. That high price also includes a vanity tax, if you will—the extra charge incurred by folks who simply want to have the latest hardware, hot off the fab, for bragging rights.
Note: This article was taken from the December 2012 issue of the magazine.
CPUBoss aims to make it easy to search for and compare CPUs.
Do you know which is the overall better buy between an Intel Core i7 3770K and AMD FX 8350? If shopping mobile devices, do you know how Nvidia's Tegra 3 stacks up against Texas Instruments' OMAP 4 (4470)? We live and breathe technology and it's literally our job to know the answer to those types of questions, but if you have better things to do than sit around all day and study processor technologies, you might find CPUBoss.com a helpful site the next time you're in the market for a system, big or small.
Budget buyers can now cross Ivy Bridge for around $42.
Volume production of Intel's Ivy Bridge processors began way back in the third quarter of 2011, with dual-core and quad-core parts launching at the end of April, 2012. Nine months after launch, Intel has decided to stretch its 22nm Ivy Bridge architecture into lower end processor families, adding seven new parts to its Celeron and Pentium lines, along with another Core processor for good measure.
The Exynos 5 Octa is the first to implement the ARM big.LITTLE processing technology based on the Cortex A15 CPU.
Today's high-end smartphones are going to seem like little more than slow relics before the year is over. ARM's licensing partners have come out swinging at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, including Samsung, which earlier today introduced the Exynos 5 Octa. As the name suggests, it's an 8-core processor and the world's first mobile chip to use ARM's new big.LITTLE technology.
AMD sounded energitic and optimistic during its press conference at CES.
Hours after Intel took to the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to talk about its ambitious mobile strategy, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) followed suit with a press conference of its own, only it didn't talk about entry-level smartphones for emerging markets. AMD came out reiterating its Surround Computing strategy, a topic it's brought up before. Somewhat spunky and confident, this wasn't an AMD that sounded like it's about to roll over and play dead. Let's have a look at some of the highlights.
AMD is about to deliver a low-power Piledriver part.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is reportedly getting ready to launch its first power-efficient eight-core AMD FX-8300 processor. The eight-core part, due for release December 29, 2012, boasts a 95W thermal design, making it a good choice for higher-powered home theater PC setups and anyone else in need of a quiet (yet relatively potent) system. It should also offer some nice overclocking potential, albeit at a price.
The majority of Windows 8 tablets won't start shipping until 2013.
Wondering where all the Windows 8 tablets that were supposed to ship before the end of the year are hiding? It seems they've all been bitten by a driver bug, or at least the ones built around Intel's Atom Z2760 processor. The "Clover Trail" part is an energy efficient CPU that promises all-day battery life, but it's reportedly been challenging trying to code drivers that are stable enough to pass Microsoft's Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) testing.