REVIEWS / CPU Reviews
To fully evaluate a CPU, we test its performance with audio editing software, video editing software, photo editing software and file compression. We also test CPUs with two video games, first with the graphics detail set high, then at a reduced level. At the same time we measure the maximum power use.
All our test results can be viewed and compared in the CPU Face-Off.
The race for higher clock speeds was all the rage a few years back but that’s no longer the name of the game. To boost performances, both of the big processor-makers are progressively increasing the number of cores used in CPU chips and optimising their internal operation. Alongside performances, AMD and Intel are working to push down CPU power use, making new product generations faster and more efficient.
One current trend in the CPU world is for built-in graphics processing units. That’s good news for computers aimed at office computing as it means there’s no need to shell out for a separate graphics card. However, performance levels aren’t yet good enough for playing the latest games in decent conditions.