CPU & Motherboards
The Mother of All Boards I’m a huge fan of Gigabyte’s Aorus branding. The latest addition to their lineup is the X399 Aorus Xtreme motherboard. Since Threadripper Gen 2 is about to release, it makes sense that we’ll see some board refreshes. It looks like the Xtreme pulls out all the stops. The design continues what the X470 Gaming 7 introduced in fins on the heat sinks, RGB covers and addressable lighting. That said, there is a large gamut of solid performance features as well.
ChinaJoy Say What? The SUBOR announcement is something you would think would make a huge splash. AMD has a new gaming console? That’s big news! That said, announcing a new console at ChinaJoy may not mean a whole lot to you. It might help if I told you that this particular trade show is the largest gaming and digital entertainment show in Asia. The company is actually called Subor, but the console appears to have the same name. This is a new gaming PC expected to launch later this year in China.
Less than Stellar Releases When AMD first announced the chipsets for Ryzen, the B350 should have caught most everyone’s eye. It would still handle the premium features of other boards with overclocking and connection options. However, less PCIe lanes meant that it would only have what the majority of builders needed. A buyer could save some money, but still have excellent performance. That said, B350 boards axed too many high end features to make them worth it in comparison to X370. The B450 chipset was looking to have similar problems with most manufacturers, but Aorus stood out from the crowd.
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.