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=" http://www.pcworld.com/article/141881/penryn_phenom_pcs_fast_not_phenomenal.html">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=" http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/product/44038/review/xps_625.html">Dell XPS 625</a> and the <a href=" http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/product/44037/review/dash.html">Maingear Dash</a>--the chip isn't quite as dominating as AMD would have you believe.