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Ryzen

Because Ryzen is Coming Sounds Better than Winter is Coming!

By Jove, we have an official announcement from AMD about Ryzen. It looks like our first CPUs will be the Ryzen 7 series, which are 8 core 16 thread beasts that range from a really good 95W TDP, to a massively astounding 65W TDP. You might want to check out those release prices in the press statement below since seeing is believing. It looks like AMD was able to get a 4.0 GHz boost on the 1800X which, based on preliminary performance leaks, is very impressive. Keep an eye out on PureOC since we plan to have many more Ryzen details in the future! Innovation and Competition Return to High-Performance PCs March 2nd with Worldwide AMD Ryzen 7 Availability — AMD Ryzen 7 Lineup Includes the World’s Highest Performing and Lowest Powered 8-core Desktop PC Processors; Immediate Pre-order Availability From More Than 180 Retailers and Boutique OEMs — SAN FRANCISCO — Feb. 22, 2017 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced the global launch of AMD Ryzen™ 7 desktop processors, with pre-orders starting today from more than 180 global etailers and boutique OEMs, to the delight of PC gamers, content creators, enthusiasts, and fans worldwide. After four years and more than two million engineering hours of development, Ryzen is ready to unleash its powerful purpose, shake up the market, and connect millions more people to high performance personal computing. “Four years ago we began development of our ‘Zen’ processor core with the goal to deliver unprecedented generational perform...



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FX-8350 CPU and 990FX Chipset Overclocking Guide

It might seem weird to publish this when we’re so close to the release of Ryzen. On the other hand, there’s still a decent number of requests for tips on how to overclock the good ole FX series chips on the 990FX platform. Plus, it’s not like this hardware is going completely away anytime soon. Check out the video for a pretty detailed guide to overclock your own FX CPUs, as well as hardware recommendations and a few tips on best practices. If you’re interested in a particular section, the times for each category will be below as well. As always, keep checking back at PureOC for more content and don’t forget to go to the forums for any extra questions you might have. CPU Configuration Settings 6:20 AI Tweaker Settings 9:23 Digi + Settings 14:41 Voltage Settings 21:25 Stability/Monitoring Programs and Testing 28:50



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New Leaked Benchmarks Show Ryzen being Crazy Competitive

Finally! Finally! Finally! We have the first leaked benchmark for Ryzen that shows us AMD is back in a big way!!! Granted, we’re still in the leak/rumor phase of this ordeal, but at this point it’s looking way more realistic to say that AMD is going to be competing heavily with Intel in the CPU market. There’s several performance numbers, but it’s the single-threaded chart and the price leaks that should utterly blow your mind, especially since it’s been so long since we’ve seen something like this on the CPU side. I started trying to get this single threaded benchmark announced earlier this week, but my schedule only allows me to do so much. However, some leaked benchmarks are showing us that AMD seems to be living up to their claims in big way. In two recent cases, the leaks show performance per core that matches the level of Intel Broadwell and Haswell CPUs. Considering many of us would have been happy to merely see Sandy Bridge level of single thread performance, this is huge news. However, the really big deal is the expected pricing schemes of the new chips. Even though the top tier 8 core, 16 thread chip will cost $499, it’s looking like the entry level one will only cost $319. The 6 core 12 thread variants are ranging from $230-$260 and what I would really deem as the i7 killers are the 4 core 8 thread chips that range from $175 to $199. While Kaby Lake looks like it’s going to maintain it’s single core performan...



Swiftech is Prepping for the AM4 Socket

Looks like Swiftech is all aboard the AMD Ryzen hype train! A more reasonable explanation would be that they’re following good business practices by being ready for the new release, but I like to believe in my hype theory. We’re pretty big fans of Swiftech around here and when it comes to top recommendations for AIO liquid cooling, we have a hard time finding a unit that compares to the Drive X2 series. Check out the press release below and get your adapter kit if you already have the appropriate Swiftech blocks. Swiftech Releases Socket AM4 Adapter Kit Long Beach, CA, February 9, 2017 – Rouchon Industries Inc., dba Swiftech® (OTC Pink Current: RCHN), today announced the release of a Socket AM4 Adapter Kit. The kit is compatible with the Apogee XL and XL2 waterblocks, and with the H140/220/240/320 X and X2 all-in-one cooling kits. NOTE: This mounting kit is also compatible with previous AM2/AM3 mounting sockets. For more information, please go to: http://www.swiftech.com/AM4MountingKit.aspx Pricing and Availability Product is now for sale and MSRP is USD $6.99. Purchase via our online web store and through our reseller channel worldwide. For a list of our current worldwide resellers: www.swiftech.com/usresellers.aspx Socket AM4 Adapter Kit   About Swiftech Swiftech is one of the leading forces driving the high-end thermal management scene in the personal computing industry. Known for pioneering work, innovation, and dedication to high performance and qu...



Intel Kaby Lake

Intel Responding to Ryzen with i7-7740K and i5-7640K

We keep telling you competition is great for the consumer and this latest bit of news seems to be confirming this rather well. It looks like Intel is going to have an early response to Ryzen by adding a couple of chips to their high-end Kaby Lake lineup. While nothing in the specs are earth shattering, their is one rumor that is particularly intriguing and there’s little doubt that pricing is going to get pretty interesting with the new additions. The subjects of our release discussion are the i7-7740K and the i5-7640K. The 7740K looks like a simple up scaling of the original 7700K, trading higher frequencies for higher TDP. The 7640K is taking a similar approach, but what makes it really interesting is the rumor that it might sport hyper-threading. As all of you probably know, HT is something the i5s have been lacking so if this turns out, the 7640K could be a gamer’s dream come true. It does leave the question of what position the quad core i7s end up in as a result, though. We’ve already seen how close an i3 can come to an i5 when it’s unlocked, so I doubt the 7640K will be far behind it’s bigger brothers if it ends up with HT. The biggest news is that it looks like the pricing is going to be fairly reasonable. It’s not confirmed yet, but the previous versions look like they’ll take a bit of a drop and I imagine the new versions will release at a slightly higher than usual price. If the 7640K ends up around a $275 price point, I...



Ryzen

Wait! Ryzen is Going to be a Success!!!

We’re all biting our nails waiting for Ryzen to release, hoping that the worst doesn’t happen. Any leak that would give away the single-thread performance would go a long way to easing our minds, but I think I found the proof I needed and didn’t even put the pieces together until tonight. I’m going on a limb and saying that Ryzen is going to be a Success! Years ago, I wrote an article about Steamroller and CPU Benchmark. It was there that I saw that those cores would probably never make it to the FX series chips. I checked it out recently, saw some new stuff, and somehow didn’t put the pieces together right away. Did you know we already have an AM4 APU in the market right now? The AMD Pro A12-9800 is out and has a score on CPU Benchmark. Now, the A10-5800K released right at the same time as the FX-8350. As you’d expect, the 8350 has a tiny boost in single-thread performance over the 5800K. The A12-9800 is pushing a respectable 1900+ single-thread score! Is the puzzle starting to come together? This APU is still on the 28nm process and has a meager 2 MB L2 cache with no L3 cache. With Ryzen moving to a much smaller process, having much larger caches and an expected better architectural design, it’s no longer a stretch to believe this release is going to compete with Intel nicely. Did I just get excited? I certainly did! Tom Brady may have one the first Super Bowl that went into overtime, but I had more important things to do tonight...



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A Walk Down Memory Lane: Baeca, Bulldozer and Zen

Remember when off the wall rumors at the end of 2013 told us that AMD had a monster chip coming? Pepperidge Farms remembers! At the time, the rumor was so far fetched that nobody gave it a second thought. If you’re still a bit hazy on the details, check out the following link so you can get a refresher on it. http://www.eteknix.com/amd-phenom-iv-x12-170-baeca-25nm-cpu-leaked-has-12-cores-6-ghz-core-clock-and-am4-socket-compatbility/ The rumor seemed absolutely ridiculous, yet today we’re staring into the face of a CPU that has 8 cores, 16 threads and runs off of a meager 95W of power. Here’s why I think this rumor is interesting. Jim Keller rejoined AMD in 2012 to begin helping them redesign their architecture from the ground up and it was only a year later that this rumor surfaced. It’s extremely possible that Baeca was an early engineering attempt that, while being a failure in and of itself, was a crucial step towards bringing Ryzen to the market. Let’s take a journey and see what’s bringing us to one of the most anticipated releases in quite a while. For starters, let’s hop back on the Baeca train for a little bit. The term is pretty obscure, but a quick google search led me to an interesting horoscope definition. It’s the idea of someone who’s mind is going a mile a minute, always sees the lighter side of a situation and believes something new is always on the ho-“Ryzen.” Could be a coincidence, but the...



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Ryzen AM4 Motherboards Resurface: Aorus, Titanium and Crosshair VI in the Mix

For anyone looking for mini-ITX love today, I’m sorry I don’t have that for you. For those wanting to see AMD have high-end ATX motherboards again, I’ve got ya’ covered. AMD had a “Meet The Experts” webinar recently which revealed more details on the new AM4 boards coming with Ryzen. It’s been so long since we’ve seen fully up-to-date boards for team Red that I had to show off some of the great additions coming from Gigabyte, MSI and Asus. Let’s start off with Gigabyte’s big showing since this board already looks very impressive. If you’ve followed Gigabyte recently, you know they started a new branding of high end motherboards by putting them under the Aorus badge. It looks like the board from the slide is named the AX370 Gaming 5, which is interesting because that leaves room for even beefier boards down the road. I also say interesting because the Gaming 5 looks very impressive in its own right. A quick count indicates a 10 phase VRM, support for the new RGB fusion feature and other Aorus features like Smart Fan. Having been on AM3+ since Vishera, you can imagine I’m quivering with excitement at how excellent this board is looking in comparison. MSI is bringing their big guns to the designing table by introducing AM4 to their Titanium series lineup. Titanium is the overclocker’s dream in a lot of ways, but I still can’t get over how great that silver PCB looks on the design. It still see...



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HyperX Expands Sound by Expanding their Headsets: Cloud Revolver S

I’m not an audiophile, but I’m beginning to think it’s only because I can’t afford to be one. Each time I get to hear a better quality listening experience, I’m blown away by the clarity and feel of the music I’m listening to. CES 2017 gave me one such experience while I was there and while I sort of mentioned it in the video, I wanted to point out that the HyperX Cloud Revolver S not only sounded great as expected, but I was really surprised by how well it’s 7.1 surround feature worked. Surround headsets haven’t impressed me that much until this point. They do seem to work well for games, but once you try to settle into a nice music listening session, the sound seems a bit hollow or too tinny. HyperX had a display of their Cloud Revolver S so I got to put it on, pick a song I knew and take in the experience. It blew me away! It seems that while the headset has the unique feature of being a plug-and-play Dolby 7.1 Surround unit, it’s also the feature that might be attributing to the amazing sound. The Cloud Revolver S relies on an external USB dongle that’s designed to support the surround feature, I can’t help but suspect that it’s playing a role in the general sound quality as well. Needless to say, the 50mm drivers themselves play a critical role, but the end result regardless of the causes is hard to argue with. HyperX certainly has a winner on it’s hands with this unit. Considering it was at...



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The Hardware Hound’s Ultimate PC Case Design: Episode 2

It seemed like yesterday I was starting this project, but a few reviews and a CES later and I realize that this could take a bit longer than expected. That said, the ultimate case design seems to be coming along nicely. Check out the latest episode below to begin seeing how the design is starting to pull together. Stay with us here at PureOC because we have a lot of product reviews on the way, including a new Z270 platform for benching. As always, huge thanks go out to NZXT for sponsoring my project. Take a moment to visit their site! https://www.nzxt.com/ Episode 1 Intro



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OPSEAT has a Gaming Chair for You

I was never a true believer in gaming chairs. Then I sat in one during CES that made every muscle in body breathe of sigh of pure ecstasy. Picking up a good gaming chair seems like an easy task, but after seeing several $300+ price tags, I began to realize that while I probably SHOULD pick up a chair that would benefit my general physical well-being, I could also choose to buy a GTX 1070 instead. Thankfully, I stumbled across a new company looking to help fill the gap between cheap throwaways and premium price tags with OPSEAT. OPSEAT might be a new name for you and it’s no surprise considering they look like they were founded in 2015. Looking through their website, they aren’t making any outstanding claim to fame, but rather telling prospective buyers about the build quality and normal features of the chair. While the Amazon review count is still fairly small, the ratings are very favorable and it seems most, if not all customers are very happy with the product. The big reason to bring it up is the $220 price tag. That’s a good price for a chair that seems to be checking the comfort box well. I’ve heard of some coupon codes that dropped that to an even $200. At that price, it’s hard to argue with what’s happening here. OPSEAT may not have a unique feature that separates it from every other gaming chair out there, but they seem to have a really good balance of cost and quality. Some of the main feature trades I noticed were a shorter w...



Intel Kaby Lake

How did I miss this Intel Pentium Chip!?!

Let me start off by saying that a large part of the “how” is the fact that things have been quite busy as of late. That said, I still have to wonder how I missed this release!!! Intel has been upping their game in the budget sector and the Kaby Lake Pentium series are bound to open up great budget opportunities for those trying to make affordable gaming rigs. Computer Base did some pretty extensive testing of the Pentium G4560 and the results are rather impressive for a chip that is extremely cost effective. The review article isn’t in English, so I figured I should mention that you might want to use a browser that has a translation feature for the link below. That said, the graphs easily show what’s happening with this chip. While the FX-6300 has long been my favorite budget CPU, Intel really changes everything with a dual core design that can outperform a 6 core chip. When you consider that the price on this guy is $64, it’s hard to argue against recommending it, even if the 6300 can be overclocked. The hidden secret that’s giving these great performance numbers is the fact that these Pentium chips introduced hyper-threading to the dual-core design. That little bit of extra data piping adds a solid amount of extra performance, while still keeping the chip at an extremely cost effective price point. The single core performance has always been great so gaming rigs and workstations alike will see a huge benefit to using the G4560 in walle...



RTG Releasing ReLive 17.1.1 Driver Today

As promised a long time ago, AMD is keeping up with it’s continuous release of updated drivers and consistent bug fixes. Check out the notes below to see if you have a specific issue being addressed. You can download it at amd.com as soon as it’s available.



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TUNAI has the Perfect Solution to Axed Audio Ports

We don’t usually cover mobile devices here at PureOC. PCs are what really matter to us, but every once in a while a product solves a problem that seems like it would be really helpful to let you know about. Tunai released the Clip which looks like it’s bound to help phone users continue using their audio headsets even if their devices quit installing ports for them. The biggest issue with Bluetooth is that it compresses the audio signal, degrading the quality of the sound your headphones receive before you can even hear it. While I’m not an audio expert, Tunai seems to be doing everything they can to retain audio quality as much as possible. The Clip not only uses Bluetooth 4.0 which has higher bandwidth, but they also support several audio codecs, including AAC. These are things that will help retain as much quality as possible when going over Bluetooth, based on my limited understanding. Normally, this wouldn’t be a big deal but after iPhone ditched their jack in the 7 and rumors are pointing to the Samsung Galaxy S8 doing the same, it’s nice to know that there’s an option that can help prevent buyers from having to ditch their high-end analog headphones with a phone upgrade. At $60, the price is a bit high but considering AirPods are $160, I think Tunai is giving us a pretty nice alternative. Check out the link below for more info and don’t worry, PC hardware isn’t going anywhere! http://www.tunai-creative.com/clip.html



CES 2017 Best of Show

CES may have their own awards, but we had our own ideas of who deserved the best of show from our trip. As always, let us know what your favorite picks were in the forums and stay tuned for more news and reviews coming in 2017!






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