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Which CPU Should You Buy? Intel Core i5 vs. i7

Shopping for a laptop or desktop? Figuring out which CPU it should have can be the hardest part. Let's take a look at two of Intel's most popular processor lines and unravel the differences.

By Tom Brant

How Fast Is Apple's M1 Chip? It Depends on the App

Apple's M1 CPU, debuting in its latest MacBooks and Mac mini, offers a groundbreaking blend of performance and efficiency...at least in theory. Should you bite? Let's break down the early results.

By Tom Brant

Should You Skip the Apple M1 Chip?

After testing the 2020 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini, we can confidently say that Apple's new homegrown M1 CPU is seriously impressive. But do you need a new Mac right now? We have upgrade advice for every type of user, including Windows fans.

By Matthew Buzzi

AMD's Ryzen 5000 Chips Sell Out in Minutes

The Ryzen 5000 launch was no different from Nvidia’s release of its RTX 3000 graphics cards: We got a website crash, a delayed email notification, and any available stock was immediately snatched up.

By Michael Kan

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Review

4.5
Editors' Choice

With the help of new "Zen 3" architecture, AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X delivers relentless gaming and content-creation muscle that Intel's like-priced 10th Generation CPUs will struggle to match.

By Chris Stobing

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X Review

4.5
Editors' Choice

Seeking the pinnacle of speed and value in the desktop CPU market around $500? AMD's Zen 3-based Ryzen 9 5900X is the new pace-setter, topping Intel's Core i9-10900K on all the fronts that matter.

By Chris Stobing

AMD to Buy Chipmaker Xilinx in Data Center, Enterprise Push

The acquisition is part of growing consolidation in the semiconductor market with Intel buying up FPGA maker Altera in 2015 and Nvidia now trying to absorb ARM.

By Michael Kan

AMD's 5600X Chip Claims Top Score in Single-Threaded Performance

The $299 chip scored a 3,495 on Passmark’s test, which is about 10 percent higher than the runner-up, Intel’s $549 Core i9-10900K processor.

By Michael Kan

Intel to Decide on Tapping Third-Party Foundry for 7nm Chips By Early 2021

Intel is confident the company’s own chip technology can 'port' over to TSMC if it's chosen as a third-party supplier.

By Michael Kan

Snapdragon Processors Have a Future in Chromebooks

Windows on Snapdragon might be stagnating, but students need inexpensive Chromebooks right now to attend classes from home. New Snapdragon 7c-powered models like the Acer Chromebook Spin 513 could help them out.

By Tom Brant

Intel Launches Budget-Friendly Core i3-10100F

The quad-core chip is sure to be a hit with gamers on a tight budget who don't need an integrated GPU.

By Matthew Humphries

3 Ways AMD's Ryzen 5000 CPUs Could Dominate the Desktop (and One Way They Won't)

With the unveiling of its long-awaited 'Zen 3'-based desktop CPUs, dubbed Ryzen 5000, a charged-up AMD is firing on all cylinders (and cores) once again. Intel and its coming 'Rocket Lake'? Look out.

By Chris Stobing

AMD Targets PC Gamers With New Ryzen 5000 Desktop CPUs Arriving on Nov. 5

AMD took some shots at Intel in unveiling the new chips, which have been designed to excel at PC gaming and single-threaded performance. The four processors will start at $299 and scale up to $799.

By Michael Kan

Intel: New 'Rocket Lake' Desktop CPUs Will Arrive in Q1 2021

Intel made the announcement a day before AMD plans to debut its Zen 3 architecture, which will power a new line of Ryzen desktop CPU processors.

By Michael Kan

Intel Core i7 vs. Core i9: What's the Difference?

Looking to upgrade your PC or buy a laptop, but not sure which family of Intel powerhouse CPU is right for you? Here's your essential breakdown.

By Chris Stobing

Deep Dive: Intel 'Tiger Lake' vs. AMD 'Renoir,' Which Laptop CPU Wins on Performance?

After a week of testing, our results are in. Intel's top 11th Generation Core U-series performs well for gaming and some AI-assisted workflows, even if it can't always beat AMD's equivalent Ryzen silicon. The big surprise, though? Intel's Iris Xe graphics.

By Tom Brant  & John Burek

Intel's 'Tiger Lake' Laptop CPUs: Slightly Faster, Much Smarter

Intel is eager to pit its new 11th-generation Tiger Lake mobile processors against AMD's Ryzen equivalents, but not for the reasons you might think.

By Tom Brant

Intel Launches 11th Generation Core 'Tiger Lake' Laptop Processors

Nine Tiger Lake configurations will be available, ranging from the dual-core Core i3-1110G4 with a 1.8GHz base frequency to the quad-core Core i7-1185G7. Some will feature the company's upgraded Xe integrated graphics.

By Tom Brant

Intel Is Changing Its Logo and Iconic, Five-Note Bong Sound

The rebrand focuses on Intel's bid to go beyond PC chips and power innovations that improve the world. The company is also tweaking the five-note 'bong' it plays after every commercial.

By Michael Kan

How to Overclock Your AMD Ryzen CPU

Looking to get some extra performance from your late-model AMD desktop PC? Here's how to overclock your AMD Ryzen CPU with confidence.

By Whitson Gordon
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