CPU & Motherboards
AMD announced the new Combat Crate to help with the cost of graphics cards. The included Ryzen 1600 CPU, MSI Motherboard, and RX 580 seems like a decent deal. After adding up the individual components though, there isn't a ton of savings happening. Especially since the crypto mining craze seems to be dying down.
AMD had officially stated that if you use any CPU cooler other than their included ones, you will void your Ryzen processor warranty completely. However, they quickly updated their page and now shows that aftermarket coolers, if properly used and installed, will not void a warranty. Whew!
The release and reviews of the Ryzen 2000 series has been an up and down day. At first I was excited, then I felt like overclocking was going to be gone, then I had an epiphany. AMD probably revolutionized the way overclockers benefit from it!
The overclocking results are in and the Ryzen 2700X is both amazing and awful at the same time. AMD is making it easier than it's ever been for everyone to overclock, but manual overclocking is basically pointless on 2nd gen Ryzen. It's a tough day to be in the news!
This is my favorite looking design among X470 motherboards I've seen so far. Not only have I waited for Gigabyte to release a Gaming 7, but the Aorus features indicate some stellar performance. However, what's the deal with that 4.6 GHz Overclock tease? Could it be???
A story came out claiming a Ryzen 2700X was overclocked to 4.35 GHz. On further investigation, the real number was 4.19 GHz. Could AMD have a let down on their hands when it comes to overclocking? Don't make that call just yet since the motherboard in question is a huge factor.
AMD announced today that global pre-orders of their 2nd generation of Ryzen processors are now available. Well the friendly experts at PureOC are here to help with a list of reasons on why you should, or why you shouldn't pre-order one of the shiny new CPUs from AMD.
The Ryzen 2000 series is about to release and price listings on Amazon reveal to be better than originally expected. Of course, the question arises if AMD will release a 2800X CPU later on. I don't think they will, and I really think they shouldn't add another processor to the Zen+ lineup like that.
As a special thank you from the Hardware Hound, Pure Overclock is running a contest to win one of two AMD Ryzen 3 CPUs. First place will win the 1300X and second place will win the 1200. Each processor comes with the Spire cooler. Have fun with the Giveaway and Good Luck!
AMD's Ryzen 2000 series looks great in certain comparisons, but when the 2700X is compared to the 1800X, the gains are a bit more modest. Still, the support for better RAM frequencies and the potential for great overclocking makes the Zen+ refresh an exciting release.
Finding the best AMD motherboard for Ryzen is tricky right now. Asrock does such an excellent job of having a smooth experience, that combined with good overclocking and features, it is a top pick among X370 motherboards. It's not the best for RAM overclocking, but XMP profiles work great.
AMD makes a bold move in sending a loaner CPU to builders who can't boot their system with a new Ryzen APU. Some motherboard don't have the proper BIOS for Vega support, so AMD will loan a previous model CPU for flashing, but as expected the loaner will need to be returned.
AMD finally released the awaited pairing of Ryzen and Vega with the 2400G and 2200G. Sometimes we don't get the opportunity to review a product, so we tried to help you find the right one. Whether you want gaming performance, a quick review, or video, we have some great options to choose from.
Determining the VRM count for X370 boards is a bit complicated. Sometimes, more of them are dedicated to the SOC, limiting the amount for the CPU cores. After some digging and questioning, we found out how many VRMs are dedicated to the CPU cores on the MSI X370 Gaming M7 ACK.
The next generation of Ryzen is about to release, properly named Zen+, and a lot of speculation is floating around about the CPU performance. We should probably curb the expectations though since, AMD is unlikely to bring massive gains on a year after refresh.