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    Intel vs. AMD: Battle of the world's smallest PCs

    Posted March 20, 2013 - 10:57 am

    The desktop PC isn't dead, it's just shrinking. There's a new breed of miniature marvels on the market, and they boast a nonexistent footprint when attached to the back of a display. Unlike some micro-size, micro-priced computers--the $35 Raspberry Pi, for example--these incredibly small machines provide more than enough processing power for all but the most strenuous computing chores.
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    AMD OverDrive: Easily overclock an AMD rig

    Posted October 2, 2012 - 2:31 pm

    Low framerates can make or break a 3D game. When overclocked, most video cards push past their posted limits with ease and offer better gains than CPU boosts when it comes to gaming. Although many utilities to tweak graphics cards exist, AMD's OverDrive is an especially good choice for AMD-based systems.
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    AMD Launches Phenom II CPU, Its Fastest Yet

    Posted January 8, 2009 - 5:34 pm

    Two days shy of a year since Intel launched Penryn, its first 45nm chip, AMD is finally ready to counter with a few 45nm CPUs of its own--Phenom II has finally arrived. But based on our hands-on testing of two Phenom II machines--the Dell XPS 625 and the Maingear Dash--the chip isn't quite as dominating as AMD would have you believe.
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    New AMD CPUs: Midrange speed, low power draw

    Posted July 30, 2008 - 3:30 pm

    AMD's latest Phenom CPUs are fast, but not the fastest chips around. That distinction falls to Intel's Core series of CPUs, which are 5 to 10 percent speedier, clock cycle for clock cycle. Still, the new units--the Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition, the Phenom X4 9350e, and the Phenom X4 9150e processors--cost less than Intel's most recent chips.

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