As far as processors go, this was an out and out Intel year, which had its Sandy Bridge E series of processors at the beginning of the year and the Ivy Bridge processors launch in April. The flagship Ivy Bridge launch was followed by a wide range of SKUs for various budgets. This made the Sandy Bridge processor prices quite attractive. On the AMD front, last year we saw the 8-core FX-8150 which was taken over by the 4-core Intel Sandy Bridge Core i7-2600K in terms of performance, offered hardly any competition in that department. AMD did come out with its Trinity line of APUs towards the end of the year, which gave a brilliant integrated graphics performance as compared to an already impressive Llano APUs which were launched last year. We did not get the latest Piledriver processor – the FX-8350 from AMD at the time of writing, so its review can be expected next year.
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