Posts Tagged Under: CPU

Haswell-E or Broadwell-E? Intel i7-5960X vs. i7-6900K vs. i7-6950X

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What is the best high-end CPU? The 3 best consumer-grade options are the Broadwell-E i7-6900K and i7-6950X, and the older Haswell-E  i7-5960X. We previously recommended the i7-5960X over the newer i7-6900K in our build guide for NVIDIA’s GTX 1080, because of the older CPU’s superior overclocking potential. Here we will compare the pros and cons of these CPUs in more detail, so that you can make the best choice.

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High-End Intel Broadwell-E CPUs Added to Logical Increments

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Intel has launched its latest set of high-end CPUs, the Broadwell-E series. This is a set of 4 CPUs, at $450, $650, $1100, and $1750 price points.

We have added the following CPUs to the Logical Increments parts list:

  • i7-6800K, $450, added to the Extremist tier
  • i7-6850K, $650, also added to the Extremist tier
  • i7-6900K, $1100, added to the Monstrous tier
  • i7-6950X, $1750, also added to the Monstrous tier

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The Best of Newegg’s Cyber Monday Week Sales

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Missed out on Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Well, “Monday” means “a whole week” to Newegg, so you can take your pick from these Cyber Monday Week deals!

For more advice on getting good deals on Cyber Monday, read our article on Black Friday 2015: How to Get the Best PC Parts Deals. (Yes, our Black Friday advice also applies to Cyber Monday!)

Please note: The best deals are dependent on rebates. Rebates are reliable, but only if you follow the instructions exactly and submit everything on time, so be careful!

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Intel Releases Skylake CPUs

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Intel’s latest CPU family, Skylake, has just launched with two new CPUs (the i5-6600K and i7-6700K), a new socket (1151), and a new chipset family for motherboard (Z170). These CPUs are on the 14nm manufacturing process, which is not strictly new (their previous generation, Broadwell, was on 14nm dies), but new when it comes to mass-market availability.

How well do these new CPUs perform? After analyzing reviews (linked below), it looks as though, unfortunately, Intel has decided to forgo CPU improvements and focus on the integrated GPU.

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Haswell-E CPUs Added to the Guide

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Intel’s latest enthusiast platform, the Haswell-E CPU family, has just been launched. There are three CPUs available: two 6-cores and one 8-core. We will not be getting into the details, as you can read more about Haswell-E over at Anand’s or Tom’s. One thing that you do need to note is that you will need to buy an X99 motherboard and DDR4 ram if you want to use the Haswell-E platform.

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Dark Souls 2 System Requirements and Recommended Specs

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Dark Souls 2 is finally out on PC, and this time with much better support for PC features compared to its predecessor. In the video above, we see what the game looks like on a range of graphical settings. This guide will also provide some recommendations for the computer hardware necessary to run at those settings, from the minimum requirements up to maximum settings at 4K resolution.

Before we get started, please note that there are not yet benchmarks for the game available from major English-speaking sites, but there are enough user-reported data for us to comfortably give hardware suggestions.

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The Intel Haswell CPU Update

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Haswell’s launch is a little disappointing, even though it does bring a small improvement to performance. When it comes to CPUs, we are a greedy lot, but Intel made us that way. When Intel launched Nehalem (the first gen i7), the performance improvement over its predecessor was roughly 20%-30%.

This was repeated with Sandy Bridge (second gen), which brought an improvement of roughly 25%. Ivy Bridge (third gen) did not maintain the pace, offering only a small ~5% improvement, but we forgave that, since it was just a die-shrink. Haswell was supposed to bring back the excellent OC-ability of SB, and also bring excellent improvements to performance as well as power consumption.

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