Introduction Well folks, we might be a little late to the party, but we can’t have the CPU section of this site looking as light as it does, so it’s time to add another to that small collective.
The introduction of the Core i7 range of processors late last year was the beginning of the Nehalem family. The processors have had a mixed reception and it is fair to say that although the new series has been impressive performance wise, the pricing was and still is too much for many users. After all, the LGA1366 socket requires not only the processor but also an X58 motherboard and triple channel DDR3 memory. The Core i5’s aim is to offer what the i7’s couldn’t – an affordable mid-range CPU. The C2D and Pentium processors still make up a significant amount of the market but the Nehalem micro-architecture is expected to take over gradually. As a rule of thumb, the i7 series is high-end intended for hardcore enthusiasts, Core i5 is mid ranged with the Core i3’s (yet to be released) aimed at entry level customers. Without further ado, let’s take a better look at the CPU on offer today. Introducing the Core i5 750.
Straight off the back of my previous AM2 3800 review I was able to acquire a lovely Conroe E6600 CPU from our lovely friends at Chillblast. Now if you know what a Conroe is then you will already know that this processor has taken the enthusiast scene by storm. Their reputation as being awesomely powerful and having insane overclockability is well founded as you will see in this review; as I take this processing monster for a test drive.
As computer enthusiasts we are currently entering a new era of CPU performance with the launch of Intel's new processor range, Core 2 Duo (Conroe) and AMD's new socket, the AM2. There has been much praise directed towards the whole range of Conroes available, and some criticism thrown towards the higher end AM2s at our disposal. However, what of the lower end of the AM2 market? Today here at XSR we are testing the X2 3800+ CPU from AMD, to see just what it can do.