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ARM Takes Down Its Website That Attacked Open-Source Rival

ARM, the incredibly successful developer of CPU designs, appears to be getting a little nervous about an open-source rival that’s gaining traction. At the end of June, ARM launched a website outlining why it’s better than its competitor’s offerings and it quickly blew up in its face. Realising the site was a bad look, ARM has now taken it down. Read More >>

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What All of Your Computer’s Specs Really Mean

Computer specs can be a baffling mix of acronyms and numbers at the best of times, but it’s worth learning something about them: It’ll help you choose a new computer, troubleshoot your old computer, and generally understand more about the relationship between the specs on the page and the experience you’re getting. Read More >>

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Intel’s Insane New Desktop CPU Has Ten Cores and Isn’t Cheap

If you need raw power in your desktop PC, Intel’s new CPU will be just the ticket. The new Extreme Edition of its regular Core i7 chip has 10 cores, each running at up to 3.5GHz. Read More >>

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Out of Thermal Paste for Your PC? Just Use Nutella

If you've ever gone elbow-deep inside your computer to do some tweaking, you know all about the joys(?) of meticulously applying thermal paste or grease. Even if you're a pro at applying the goop, there's a trick that you probably don't know about: You can just use Nutella instead. Seriously. Read More >>

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DARPA’s Chipset Runs an Astonishing One Trillion Cycles Per Second

DARPA's boffins have just set a new world record in computing with a solid-state integrated circuit that packs the power of a supercomputer into a single chip. You thought your six-core, 3.9 Ghz Mac Pro was a computational powerhouse? This single chip is around 250 times as fast. Read More >>

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Microsoft Just Boosted the CPU in the Xbox One

Not only is the Xbox One's graphics powers getting better, the CPU in the Xbox One is now going to be faster than what was announced. The Xbox One's CPU will now clock in at 1.75GHz which beats the 1.6GHz speed we originally thought we were going to get. Free hertz is always a win. Read More >>

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Here’s the First 5.0 GHz CPU You Can Actually Buy

AMD just one-upped its own series of eight-core FX processors, and the golden child of this newest lineup is unquestionably the FX-9590, which it claims is the world's "first-ever 5 GHz processor." While technically that record was already beat—and by AMD themselves, no less—it is, in fact, the first commercially available 5GHz CPU processor. Read More >>

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These Brand New AMD A-Series Processors Could Power Your Next Desktop

AMD just announced the processor that could power your next desktop: the second generation A-Series processor. It has more cores for more power, integrated graphics with the AMD Radeon HD 7000 for graphics, and puts a high priority on power efficiency. Read More >>

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Samsung’s New Exynos Mobile Chip: USB 3.0 and 1080p Video at 60fps

Samsung has released the specs of its new Exynos 5 Dual mobile chip, and it looks set to be an absolute powerhouse. An ARM-based 1.7 GHz mobile CPU, it seems set be a massive leap forward from the Exynos 4 Quad which currently powers the Galaxy S III . Read More >>

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You Need 1,872 Processors to Accurately Simulate Ice Cream

If you think making ice cream is easy, think again. For commercial manufacturers of the stuff, perfecting the recipe is so important that they model its properties on a supercomputer—and to do it properly requires a rig packing 1,872 processors. Read More >>

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What Is Intel Turbo Boost?

Lots of exciting new computers! And no matter what, we still get jazzed about processor speeds. But what's this Turbo Boost business Apple mentioned? Why do CPUs have two different speeds? It's actually pretty simple. Read More >>

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The Geekiest Game on the Planet Is CPU Top Trumps

We previously pointed out this superb computer-themed card game called CPU Wars on Kickstarter. Unlike many of the doomed projects on that website, it's now a real product that you can buy. And, boy, do you need to buy it. Read More >>

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Here’s the Brand New AMD Processor that Could Power Your Next Laptop

You didn't think AMD was going to let Intel get all the cool new processor attention with Ivy Bridge, did you? AMD's latest and greatest is now: Trinity. It's runs fast, cool, efficiently, and packs some terrific graphical tricks. Read More >>

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Intel’s Ivy Bridge: The Maximum PC Review

You are, no doubt, quite familiar with Intel's CPU-release "cadence" of tick-tock by now. If not, the short story is that every tock brings a major breakthrough, while ticks are decent upgrades but nothing to Twitter home about. hat's not necessarily the case with Intel's latest tick, the Ivy Bridge CPU. Sure, the performance enhancements on the x86 side of the aisle won't exactly knock you on your tuchus, but they're still decent. The upgrades to the graphics core, however, make Ivy Bridge more noteworthy. Read More >>

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iPad Test Notes: Speed (Versus Tegra 3)

Apple made some bold claims about its new A5X chip, claiming it would give a 4x graphical boost over Nvidia's Tegra 3. At the same time, the Tegra 3 is a powerhouse of computational processing. So lets put 'em to the test. Read More >>