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Archive for April 15th, 2021

What if I told you an R9 290X was competing with a GTX 980 Ti?

So, I’m browsing the internet trying to find out whether I should save some cash and go with the i5-6600K, or go all out with an i7-6700K. I already know that there won’t be much of a discernible difference with current games, but DirectX 12 games are on the horizon, I just got a beta invite to one such game, and there could be some performance to gain from the hyper-threading. I didn’t find the info I wanted, but I did find something astonishing. The GTX 980 Ti seems almost untouchable, but you can imagine my shock when I saw an R9 290X tying, and even beating the Maxwell behemoth in several benchmarks. Yesterday, I did a pretty heavy write-up on some Ashes of the Singularity benchmarks that surfaced about a week ago. It turns out, those weren’t the only ones done. Ars Technica decided to do a very comprehensive set of tests that involved comparing an old school R9 290X with a very state of the art GTX 980 Ti and pretty much showed the card matching the NVIDIA flagship on every turn. The 980 Ti still destroys AMD’s part in DirectX 11, but once we get to 12 we see a super competitive landscape. Here’s a couple patterns I noticed. The GTX card benefits slightly more from 6 cores and hyper-threading than the R9 card does at higher resolutions. The NVIDIA card also has a slight advantage with average framerates during the heavy scenes. An interesting thing that was happening was that once hyper-threading was disabled and the CPU was reduce...

Bitfenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED Strips

Introduction OK, let’s lay this right out there before we really get started… Here at Pure Overclock we sometimes like to create mods for our PCs that are not strictly about performance. Yes indeed, on occasion, we also mod our PCs to make them look great, or make them quieter, or to make a statement. Today’s review is about two of these: making your PC look great and making a statement. Today, we’re going to be looking at the newly released Bitfenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED-Strip lighting kits. As part of the BitFenix Premium Modding Series, the Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED Strips are an update of the BitFenix Alchemy LED Strip line. They do have a couple of significant new features, which we’ll get to a bit later in the review. Before we get to the bright glowy things, let’s see who BitFenix is: Focused on combining superior design with the latest advances in technology, BitFenix creates state-of-the-art computer hardware and peripherals that blur the line between man and machine. Users shouldn’t have to adjust themselves to the way their hardware works. So, we strive to put the user in complete control of his hardware, so that it functions as an extension of his will, and not as another variable he has to compensate for. In the heat of battle, the user should not have to worry about the state of his equipment, which is why BitFenix products are engineered to perform under even the most extreme conditions. No matter how taxing the s...

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