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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 Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 9:00am
Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

Intel’s Core i9-9900K was the first high volume consumer CPU to hit 5 GHz out of the box as well as their first mainstream 8-core CPU. This potent combination has allowed the 9900K to be billed as the ‘Worlds Best Gaming Processor’ by Intel and has allowed it to retain that title for just over a year, even against stiff competition. While we wait for the next generation, Intel has cherry-picked the very best silicon from the best wafers to provide the basis for today’s launch, the Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition. This limited-edition CPU boasts an increased base clock over the i9-9900K as well as the out-of-the-box ability to Boost all 8 cores to 5.0GHz at the same time. The world's best gaming processor just got better!

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Sunday, July 7, 2019 - 9:01am
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

About two years ago, AMD launched its new ‘Zen’ architecture as the AMD Ryzen series desktop processors. In a single day, AMD jumped from being ‘the other guys’ to being back on the radar in a polarized cacophony of love and hate, depending on the brand preference. For nearly a decade, if you wanted top performance on the mainstream desktop, you went blue. If you wanted to avoid a second mortgage you went red. While there were a few teething issues, as is the case with any new architecture, by and large, Ryzen delivered a CPU any AMD fan could be proud of and that gave more than one Intel purchaser a bit of buyer’s remorse.  Fast forward through a refined second generation ‘Zen+’ to this month with the launch of AMD’s 3rd generation Ryzen and true 2nd generation Zen architecture and AMD has redefined the very definition of a “mainstream” desktop.

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Sunday, July 7, 2019 - 9:00am
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

AMD’s Ryzen 7 3700X is an interesting CPU to write about. Until today, an 8 core, 16-thread processor on the mainstream desktop would be considered a flagship and would command a matching price tag. The first consumer mainstream 8-core CPU, the Ryzen 7 1800X is a prime example of this with its launch price of $499 barely two years ago. With the launch of the new Ryzen 9 segment, 3rd generation Ryzen CPU’s will extend up to a core count of 16 which was previously only found in the High-End Desk Top or server space with a substantial four-digit price tag. Today we’ll be taking a look at the new Ryzen 7 3700X, a mainstream 8-core, 16-thread CPU that carries high-end features like PCIe 4.0 support, a massive 36MB GameCache, fully-unlocked overclocking potential and a very mainstream and modest $329 price tag. Is a flagship CPU at a mainstream price too good to be true? Let’s find out!

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.