October News Round Up: SWIFTECH Apogee XL2, GAMER STORM Genome II, GTX 1050 Ti and More!
Welcome back to our second roundup of hardware news that happened this month. The CPU and GPU side of things may have slowed down a tad, but there’s a lot that happened with cooling and cases. Let’s dive in and get excited about what’s coming down the road!
Let’s start out with an update on Kaby Lake. Geekbench came out with some impressive results and the story made it look like INTEL has merely been holding back for a while. Recently however, an i5-7500K sample was benchmarked and only showed about a 10% improvement over Skylake. This is actually pretty disappointing, especially considering that the 4970K is still a top tier single thread performer. On the plus side, it looks like all 100 series motherboards will be able to support Kaby Lake with a BIOS update, but I doubt many will see the need to upgrade from Skylake in such a short time table. At the time being, ASUS is the only brand this is confirmed for, but that’s a good indication that other manufactures will follow suit. We’re still a ways out from release so we can almost expect performance to fluctuate a bit more until closer to release.
The big news this month was the release of the GTX 1050 Ti and the 1050. Each GPU offers a great budget option for 1080p gaming while being extremely energy efficient. Rather than reinvent the wheel, WCCFTech has a great review roundup that’s linked below. What I can do is sum up the results in that, both versions fill the gap between the RX 460 and RX 470 performance. The 1050 is right around the performance of the 2 GB GTX 960, while the 1050 Ti seems to fall right in the middle of the GTX 960 and the RX 470. I feel like the budget gamer is getting a golden age of options this year.
On the speculation front, Polaris could see some updates in the desktop market with a 50% improvement in performance/watt. The reason this is pure speculation is that AMD only reported releasing this for embedded and mobility platforms. However, the naming structure is designed so that the final number represents revisions. The first revision is shown by a 0 (RX 480) and the second revision is shown by a 5 (RX 485). An improvement in efficiency can help increase clock speeds which would help performance on their own, as well as having the possibility of other architectural performance improvements.
We couldn’t call ourselves and overclocking site if we didn’t cover this monstrosity. GIGABYTE launched a new GTX 1080 factory equipped with a full cover waterblock. The GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming Waterforce WB not only fits right in with a custom loop, but it also has a 12+2 power phase design for optimal overclocking. Top it off with a stylish back plate and you have a design that would make any computer lover drool.
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