Stories by David Murphy

AMD Launches Phenom II CPU, Its Fastest Yet

The story sounds familiar: Intel hits a new milestone in nanometer architecture, and <a href="">AMD waits a while to follow up</a>. It happened with 65nm processors, and it's happening again now. Two days shy of a year since Intel launched Penryn, its first 45nm chip, AMD is finally ready to counter with a few 45nm CPUs of its own--Phenom II has finally arrived. But based on our hands-on testing of two Phenom II machines--the <a href="">Dell XPS 625</a> and the <a href="">Maingear Dash</a>--the chip isn't quite as dominating as AMD would have you believe.