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CPUs serve as the heart and soul of your desktop, notebook, and tablet. But with so many devices, power budgets, and performance requirements, it’s not always easy to pick the right hardware. From AMD to Intel and x86 to ARM, Tom’s Hardware has you covered.

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We take a look through AMD's history in the CPU market.

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Here are the best gaming CPUs for the money. These processors offer the best performance at their price and are suitable for overclocking.

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AMD recently launched its new Wraith cooler, which offers cooler and quieter operation than its previous CPU coolers. The company has just expanded the list of CPUs that include the new, improved cooler.

Tutorial - APRIL 7

Note: This article refers to Intel's processors. AMD processors do not have the same specifications. Hey, new PC builders, have you noticed...

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Following Intel's IDF16 in Shenzhen, China, reports swirled that Intel "announced" Apollo Lake. However, that was a mischaracterization.

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Intel announced plans to cut 12 percent of its workforce (11,000 jobs) as it transitions from the PC market into the IoT, datacenter and cloud segments.

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Intel rolls out is new Xeon E5-2600 v4 CPUs that offer more cores, cache and a bump in IPC performance.

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AMD's new A10-7890K represents the very top of the low-cost APU family. We're answering whether it can breathe new life into the line via online gaming, or if its small clock rate bump just isn't worth more...

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AMD’s Robert Hallock participated in an AMA on Reddit yesterday, and he gave some interesting details on the company’s upcoming products.

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If you thought that buying and unpacking an expensive infrared camera was all that it took to perform professional-level measurements, then it's time for a little lesson. We’ll share some of the knowledge...

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Soft Machines' Virtual Instruction Set Architecture uses the concept of "virtual cores" to better distribute threads between two or more physical cores. The company claimed this offers better performance per...

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Never has a stock CPU cooler garnered as much attention as AMD's Wraith. Manufacturers usually don't even mention these bonus items, but AMD's new CPU cooler has changed all of this. Is the Wraith really a game...

reviews - FEBRUARY 3 0

Never has a stock CPU cooler garnered as much attention as AMD's Wraith. Manufacturers usually don't even mention these bonus items, but AMD's new CPU cooler has changed all of this. Is the Wraith really a game...

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Two new Skylake-ready CPU coolers are about to make their way to market, courtesy of Silverstone Technology. The Argon series AR07 and AR08 aim to deliver quality cooling at an affordable price.

reviews - JANUARY 11 0

ARM's Cortex-A72 CPU adds power and performance optimizations to the previous A57 design. Here's an in-depth look at the changes to each stage in the pipeline, from better branch prediction to next-gen...

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With Intel's Skylake CPUs, base clock overclocking is back with a vengeance.

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Reports have begun to surface of Skylake CPUs and their corresponding motherboards being damaged from some cooling solutions. Some reports suggest that these chips have a weaker construction that can sustain...

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The changelog in the latest patch for a game audio company reveals that the PlayStation 4's CPU can now use seven of its eight cores, potentially providing more power for future games.

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Here is a resource to help you judge if a CPU is a reasonable value: The gaming CPU hierarchy chart groups CPUs with similar performance.

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In 1993, the TOP500 began to publish a list of the world's most powerful supercomputers. With these records we look at how supercomputers have evolved over the last 22 years.

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Vote for your favorite Skylake-based boutique system and enter for a chance to win parts from G.Skill, Intel and MSI, including the Core i7-6700K!

news - SEPTEMBER 10 1

Wondering where Intel's Broadwell CPUs are? Intel says they are still on their way, but who will be left to use them?

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