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ProClockers has a veteran review team that has many years of hands-on experience with different types of CPUs and next generation APU processors. Our team strives to give the most objective and unbiased CPU reviews and processor reviews to give our readers the knowledge they need to make the right purchase on their next build. We currently only have AMD processor reviews, but are also open to doing Intel processor reviews for those companies interested.

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, June 10, 2019 - 8:00am
Biostar A10N-8800 AMD SoC Motherboard

With as much attention as the latest flagship gaming products get, it’s easy to believe that’s the majority of the market. In reality, the bleeding edge makes up a miniscule fraction of the gamer population. More gamers have and use more sensible (read: affordable) machines. Outside of the high cost, many popular games just simply don’t need that level of horsepower. Most of the games that E-sports have made popular will run well on just about anything. Biostar’s A10N-8800 motherboard combines AMD’s FX-8800P low power Accelerated Processing Unit with a desktop compatible ITX form-factor to capitalize on the single-chip CPU/GPU budget gaming category. Featuring four cores up to 3.4GHz and a Radeon R7 graphics solution in a single chip, the Carrizo APU can handle daily use and light gaming without the cost associated with a larger and more complex machine. Let’s see how it does!

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 8:00am
Intel Core i7-9800X

Intel’s High-End Desk Top (HEDT) brings workstation class performance together with enthusiast level features for a no-compromise machine ready for work and play. The first series of CPU’s to hit the LGA 2066 socket came in two flavors, the lower end Kabylake-X starting at quad-core with dual-channel memory and Skylake-X continuing up to 18-cores with quad-channel memory and featuring either 16, 28 or 44 PCIe lanes. This made for a bit of a confusing mess and that’s before discussing the pros and cons of Intel’s choice of using paste as the thermal transfer medium, much to the outrage of extreme overclockers.  Intel has taken the opportunity to make things right and refreshed the lineup with the new 9000 series additions to the Skylake-X family. Every single SKU features a full complement of 44 PCIe lanes, quad-channel memory and a soldered Heat spreader for maximum overclocking performance. Today we’ll be checking out the Core i7-9800X, the lowest position in the new lineup but still packing 8 cores and a 165W TDP into the latest X299 boards.

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Friday, November 16, 2018 - 12:00pm
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AM4 CPU

A very short time ago in the PC world, flagship CPU’s came in with 4 cores, and maybe 8 threads. A mere couple of generations later, budget level CPU’s have 4 cores while flagships measure into the dozens. Of course, the price tag for dozens of cores matches the raw power and most users simply have no use for upwards of 32 cores. AMD already makes a strong case in the realm of price per performance, and CPU’s around the middle of the pack exemplify that. Today we’ll be taking a look at the Ryzen 5 2600. Carrying six cores, twelve threads, a base clock of 3.4 GHz, the Ryzen 5 2600 provides the highest multiprocessing performance in its class for gamers and creators.

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 8:00am
Intel Core i9-9900K CPU

Today Intel releases their new 9th generation Core Processors, an update to the popular Coffee Lake-S Family. Socket LGA 1151 is still retained for this generation and compatibility with all 300 series motherboards including those with the new Z390 chipset. Intel’s mainstream offerings have topped out at 4 cores since the first Consumer quad-core CPU, the Core 2 Quad QX6700 that was released in November 2006. Granted, this was two dual-core dies on an MCM or Multi-Chip Module. The first truly quad-core die was 2 years later in 2008 with the Bloomfield based Core i7-900 series. 9 years later, Intel finally broke the mold with the Core i7-8700K, the first mainstream 6-core CPU. And finally, a year later, Intel brings us the 9th generation family. Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the flagship, the eight-core, sixteen-thread Core i9-9900K.

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 8:00am
AMD Athlon 200GE AM4 Dual Core and Vega CPU

AMD’s Zen architecture has been making waves for more than a year and a half now with a seemingly never-ending stream of high-performance CPU’s that continually climb in core counts, All the way up to the staggering 32-core Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX. Today we’ll be looking at its polar-opposite, the very budget friendly new AMD Athlon 200GE. Featuring twin Zen cores coupled to three Vega Graphics units and one of the lowest wattage ratings of any desktop Zen CPU, the Athlon 200GE might just be perfect for your next media or office PC. Being based on the versatile AM4 socket, you can even use it to get your foot in the door if you are looking to upgrade an older machine. Let’s see how it does!

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Friday, July 20, 2018 - 8:00am
Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition CPU

Launched in mid-1978, the 8086 CPU with its backward compatible x86 instruction set was Intel’s first fully 16-bit microprocessor. When you look at how widespread the x86 instruction set is in the computing world today, it’s hard to believe it was only meant to be a short-lived stepping stone to distract the market. Designed to be source-compatible with older 8008 through 8085 CPU’s while adopting a full 16-bit processing pipeline, the 8086 was only supposed to hold onto Intel’s comparatively small and much-contested market share until the highly ambitious iAPX 432 32-bit processor design project (initially known as Intel 8800) was ready for primetime. There is something to be said for backward compatibility and the 8086 took off and was quickly revised and refined into the basis of what we all know today. 40 years of x86 later, and half a century for the company as a whole, Intel pays homage to that little stepping stone that propelled them to the blue juggernaut we all know today with the Limited Edition Intel Core i7-8086K.

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 9:00am
Intel Core i5-8400

Today marks a milestone for Intel with the release of the first mainstream six-core CPUs in the Core i5 and Core i7 segments and the first quad-core Core i3 CPUs. Core counts have skyrocketed this year across the board, first with High-End Desktop segments hitting a staggering eighteen cores, and now mainstream platforms finally breaking away from a quad-core ceiling. We have Intel’s six-core, six-thread Core i5-8400 on hand, and we’ll put it through its paces and see if more cores actually matter to anything more than benchmarking.

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