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Intel Core i3-2100 vs. AMD Phenom II X2 565

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In a dual core battle, Intel's entry level Sandy Bridge chip, the Core i3-2100, takes on AMD's best, the Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition. Find out how they stack up against each another and Intel's Clarkdale processors.

Asus E35M1-M Pro: AMD Fusion Motherboard

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The Asus E35M1-M Pro is a microATX board featuring a new embedded AMD Fusion E-350 APU (accelerated processing unit), an 18W chip with both CPU and GPU on the same die. Find out how it fares against low-end Atom, CULV, and ION powered systems.

Sandy Bridge, Part 5: Asus P8P67 and P8P67 Pro Motherboards

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Having explored P67 offerings from Intel and Gigabyte, we now have Asus P67 boards on our test bench. The P8P67 and P8P67 Pro are attractively priced given their respective feature-sets and they have a few other niceties that users will enjoy.

Sandy Bridge, Part 4: Core i5-2400, i5-2500K and i7-2600K CPUs

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The Core i5-2400, i5-2500K, and i7-2600K are the top models in Intel's new Sandy Bridge CPU lineup. We compare them against other current Intel offerings as well as AMD's best quad and hex core chips. Our analysis shows they how compare in performance, cost, and energy efficiency.

Sandy Bridge, Part 3: Gigabyte P67A-UD4 & Intel DP67BG P67 Motherboards

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The third part of our Sandy Bridge coverage examines a pair of mid-to-high range P67 motherboards, the Gigabyte P67A-UD4 and Intel DP67BG. P67 is the enthusiast chipset for socket 1155, trading in Intel's GMA HD 2000/3000 graphics for extreme overclocking capability.

Sandy Bridge, Part 2: Intel DH67BL & Asus P8H67-M EVO H67 Motherboards

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The second portion of our Sandy Bridge examination focuses on the budget H67 chipset which enables use of the Sand Bridge CPU's internal HD 2000/3000 graphics, and more specifically, the Intel DH67BL and Asus P8H67-M EVO motherboards.

Sandy Bridge, Part 1: Intel GMA HD 3000/2000 Graphics

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In our first piece on Sandy Bridge aka LGA1155, we examine Intel's new high-end integrated graphics chip (if there is such a thing), GMA HD 3000. It has inherent advantages from residing on the same die as the CPU, and it also has a clever dynamic clock generator.

Zotac IONITX-P-E: First CULV-embedded Motherboard

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Zotac was the first to introduce tiny desktop systems featuring Intel CULV chips in the ZBOX line, and now they've introduced the first CULV mini-ITX motherboards. The Zotac IONITX-P-E features an integrated dual core Celeron SU2300 processor, ION graphics, 802.11n, eSATA, and a full-sized PCI-E expansion slot.

Gigabyte H55N-USB3: De Facto LGA1156 Mini-ITX Board?

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With the limited and expensive selection of mini-ITX LGA1156 motherboards, the affordable Gigabyte H55N-USB3 has enough features and general appeal to charm most SFF PC builders.

Zotac H55-ITX-C-E: Stacked LGA1156 Mini-ITX Motherboard

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The Zotac H55-ITX-C-E is ambitious product offering an unprecedented feature-set for an LGA1156 mini-ITX mainboard, including PCIe 16x, 6 SATA ports and USB 3.0.

AMD Athlon II X3: Affordable Compromise

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AMD's Athlon II X3 processors get placed under the microscope. Starting at $70, them seem to be an excellent value. How well do they hold up in real life against the X2s and the $100 X4 630?

Athlon II X4 610e & Phenom II X4 910e: 45W & 65W Quad Cores

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The Athlon II X4 610e and Phenom II X4 910e are quad core processors from AMD with very low thermal design power of 45W and 65W, respectively. Are they as energy efficient as they claim and are the higher price tags justified?

AMD's 890GX Chipset in Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H

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890GX is AMD's newest integrated graphics chipset. It features an updated version of the HD 3300 graphics core, along with native SATA 3.0 support and extra bandwidth for add-on USB 3.0 controllers. Is it a worthy successor to 790GX?

Asus P7H55D-M EVO LGA1156 microATX Motherboard

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Based on the mainstream Intel H55 chipset, the Asus P7H55D-M EVO has premium features like eSATA, FireWire, and USB 3.0 powered by NEC controller. It also has a tweak-friendly BIOS, making it a more versatile platform for Clarkdale than Intel's DH55TC.

Intel Core i5-661: A 32nm CPU with Integrated Graphics

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A die-shrink to 32nm has given Intel enough room to pair a dual core processor and integrated graphics on the same chip package. The Clarkdale LGA1156 Core i5-661 also features Intel's new GMA HD graphics, TurboBoost, and hyper-threading.
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