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Intel Working on Discrete GPUs Sounds Good, but Might be Bad

At the end of last year, news came out that Raja Koduri was leaving AMD and moving over to Intel. I guess I can’t gauge what the general response was from the enthusiast community, but I personally felt like that was a bit of a slap in the face for those hoping for a Radeon turn around. Vega sounded interesting, but the end results were no where near what expectations were building it up to be. Now, it looks like a leak is showing that Intel is developing two discrete GPU solutions and while more competition is typically a good thing, the move could be a net negative to the industry instead. The most obvious ramification of this news is that we could end up with a more competitive environment to combat Nvidia. While the Green Giant has certainly fared well in the graphics division, they also have a price tag to match. I’m not saying they don’t deserve it, but it’s always nice when tough competition gives builders more value for their money. On the other hand, there’s a couple of things here that really bother me. First, this adds a third driver to the arena that developers will have to take seriously. Sure, Intel iGPUs pose a similar issue, but the low level performance of the hardware indicates it might not be as huge of a concern to AAA. This may be a concern that’s completely non-legitimate, but the concern of Intel hiring Raja may be of more concern. As much as I hate to say it, Vega is a failed launch in terms of gaming and Raja pro...



Gigabyte Gives us our First Taste of X470 with the Aorus Gaming 7, Great Audio Please?

I hate living vicariously through others, but I couldn’t get to CES this year so I have no choice. PC Perspective managed to answer my one major question though, so I’ll point you in their direction for the meatier details of the new motherboard after this. I’ve been waiting for Aorus to give us a Gaming 7 AMD board for a while now and I’m not completely surprised that it’s coming to the next chipset in the Ryzen family. The Aorus X470 Gaming 7 has plenty of cool features and a great VRM heatsink, but I really hope they do a very important thing with the built in audio. Right off the bat, we can see that we’ll have built in WiFi connectivity and the M.2 heatsinks look great. Cooling relies on surface area and these covers actually have fins to help dissipate NVMe heat production. Speaking of surface area, it feels like it’s been a real long time since I’ve seen actual fins on the VRM heatsinks. Even the smallest amount of airflow will make a much larger impact in keeping the power delivery cooler for overclocking, which happens to have 10+2 phases. The only thing I wouldn’t mind seeing changed is a black powder coated finish on the heatsinks, which I believe would look a little nicer, but that’s just a matter of personal preference. What I REALLY hope for on this board though, is that they are going to use a very specific audio chipset. PC Perspective said there wasn’t details on the audio yet, so I’m ...



AMD’s Ryzen APUs are Finally Revealed, and they Look Great!

I’m a huge, HUGE fan of AMD APUs. Intel may have had a huge performance lead in processing, but my experience with their integrated graphics has been just slightly above awful. Even in just a desktop office computer environment, the Intel integrated graphics are barely passable to keep programs running. Switching to FM2+ APUs smoothed out user experiences across our environment, but I had to custom build systems in order to get us set up that way (and cheaper). I’ll probably continue to build systems where I work, but the introduction of very cost efficient Ryzen APUs should be a great addition to laptops and workstations across the board. The Ryzen 5 2400G is the flagship model currently. It has 4 CPU cores, but one of the huge upgrades from the old families of APUs is the 2 threads per core. The graphics core has 11 GCUs, which theoretically adds up to a total of 15 cores in the package and a total of 19 available threads. In essence, this little chip is adding up to a heck of a deal considering the announcement of a $169 price tag. The Ryzen 3 2200G might be even more impressive though in that, while it does lose a bit of frequency and some GCUs/CPU threads, it comes at a very attractive $99 price tag. Oh, and if those prices weren’t interesting enough, AMD is officially cutting the prices on their entire Ryzen lineup. I’ve already seen some of these prices from sales, so there’s a good chance that sale prices will drop even further down. A...



It’s Dogs and Cats Living Together! Intel has Radeon Vega Graphics

I’ve checked my calendar as many times as I possibly can and I’m pretty sure we have 3 months to go before April hits. The other possible explanation is that we are the alternate reality, because I can’t figure out the real reason between AMD and Intel working together on anything. In fact, the real reality must be the one where they are still bitter rivals and we exist outside of that. On the flip side, Intel is using Vega graphics in their latest release and this is really great news. Intel’s new 8th gen processors, geared towards mobility, are adding the Vega graphics core with HBM2 memory. The huge benefit from this is saving space and power consumption, all while increasing computing and gaming performance. However, there’s another big reason why this is such big news. Nvidia may dominate the GPU market, but something that’s easy to forget is how many gamers use integrated graphics to play titles on a laptop. This could begin changing how AMD performs in gaming since developers may begin taking the Red side of things a lot more seriously. Forums have stated that AMD could perform much better based on their hardware level, but poor optimization hurts that. If Vega starts taking large market shares as an integrated graphic product, we may see a lot more attention given to AMD when games are developed. This merger is great news for a competitive market, but only time will tell on if we see some significant performance improvements as a...



Too Many Chipsets? The Differences Between Motherboards

Have you ever tried to figure out the minuscule differences in motherboard chipsets and had a really hard time finding the information you wanted? I believed that when I started this endeavor, I’d be pulling a few articles up, grabbing the info I wanted, and putting it together in my own chart, easy-peasy. Turned out that several hours later, I was still only about 85% certain I had gathered all the correct information. Still, I’ve put all my efforts into a video to share with you below. Not only do we take a look at the various features built in to AMD and Intel chipsets, but we also determine if there’s a good reason to have as many releases as there are. Check out the video below to see charts and explanations of all the info I found. Also, if you just want to see the charts, you can go directly to these timestamps to see some direct comparisons. ~2:05 for category explanations, ~3:03 for AMD chipsets, ~6:25 for Intel Professional chipsets, ~7:45 for Intel Enthusiast chipsets, ~10:00 for full comparison Also, if you want to check out the article on WCCF that explains a Z170 board modified to work with a Coffee Lake CPU, check out the link below. https://wccftech.com/intel-coffee-lake-100-series-motherboard-support/



Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition is Coming December 2017

AMD is getting into the teaser trailer business, though the wait time is admittedly less than your typical Star Wars movie in terms of the release date. Keeping to their promise of major software releases every year, Radeon is about to unveil the Adrenalin Edition of it’s video drivers and while there have been some rumors floating around, the official details are likely coming next week. Stay posted and check out the video below. It has some pretty cool music! Named after the vibrant Adrenalin Rose, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition continues AMD’s commitment to releasing major driver updates annually. The fully redesigned and supercharged Radeon Software Crimson Edition in 2015 received the highest user satisfaction rating of any AMD software ever, while Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition continued the 90 percent user satisfaction for 12 straight months in a row. As a reminder, over the past three years, Radeon Software has delivered to users 70 software releases, launch day support for more than 75 games and over 50 new or enhanced features, with more than 250 million downloads across the globe. Radeon Software continues to lead the way in elevating high-performance gaming and VR experience for gamers, professionals and game developers.



Starting Black Friday, get 2 FREE games with the purchase of any Radeon RX Vega GPU

Ah, Thanksgiving! Families getting together, eating way too much, turkeys everywhere, and sales!!! AMD has a pretty sweet promotion going on through the rest of December. If you were thinking of getting a Vega card and wanted to get a good deal as well, two free games added to the purchase always sweetens the deal quite a bit. Bonus Round: You have an option for punching Nazis as well. Check out the details below and have a happy holiday! Gamers looking for the best enthusiast-class gaming experience possible can get TWO FREE Games when they buy any Radeon RX Vega GPU, starting Black Friday until the end of December. Radeon RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 are the most advanced consumer graphics cards on the market, built on the forward-looking “Vega” GPU architecture. Previously reserved for high-end graphics products, RX Vega graphics cards use pioneering graphics technology in High Bandwidth Cache composed of 8GB of leading-edge HBM2 memory. Radeon RX Vega GPUs continue to see performance gains with the full realization of Vega’s robust feature set, including Rapid Packed Math, High Bandwidth Cache Controller (HBCC) and new Geometry and Pixel Engines, which better harness low-level APIs and excel in the latest DirectX 12 and Vulkan games. Offer varies by region. Available games include: Prey (Excludes China) Wolfenstein II: The Next Colossus (Excludes the DACH Region & China) Sniper Elite 4 (DACH Region only) The promotional period begins on November 24, and ex...



Noctua NH-S12L & NH-L9a-AM4 Low Profile CPU Cooler Review

Are you in the market for a compact yet efficient heatsink for your next HTPC that happens to be Ryzen based? Perhaps the Noctua NH-S12L or NH-L9a-AM4 is for you. Read on for more info...



GeIL Releases EVO SPEAR DDR4 Hardcore Memory for PC Gamers

Me and Press Releases have not gotten along well lately. It’s the side effects of being super busy in my real life. Still, the old slogan is better late than never and there were some good releases you might be interested in. Check out the full PR below for one of GeIL’s releases and expect more to come. GeIL Releases EVO SPEAR DDR4 Hardcore Memory for PC Gamers Available in 2133MHz to 3466MHz Frequencies Optimized for Intel Z200 Series & X299 Chipsets Verified by AMD Ryzen Processors and AM4 motherboards  Taipei, Taiwan — Aug. 3rd, 2017 — GeIL – Golden Emperor International Ltd. – one of the world’s leading PC components & peripheral manufacturers announced the latest DDR4 hardcore gaming memory modules, EVO SPEAR Series, and EVO SPEAR AMD Edition Series. Available as single modules and kits up to 64GB, runs as low as 1.2V and at max 1.35V resulting in less power consumption and higher reliability. Featuring a stylish and stealthy standard-height heat spreader, EVO SPEAR Series modules can be used in most case designs including SFF (Small Form Factor) systems and full-sized gaming PCs. The EVO SPEAR Series and EVO SPEAR AMD Edition Series are available in black with a black PCB and are perfect for gamers and enthusiasts who want a cost-efficient upgrade for faster gaming, video editing, and 3D rendering. ​ EVO SPEAR Series available in 2133MHz to 3466MHz frequencies, optimized for the Intel® Core™ X, i7, i5 Processors as well as...



This is What I Love About AMD!

The past few weeks have been miserable for myself. I had a major work project to get through and while I enjoy projects, the following weeks left my body turning against me with sickness and gout. I’ve felt my enthusiasm die down to a small ember, but sometimes I get to read an article that helps ignite my spark again. I got lucky and caught an article that talked about Threadripper being a spare time project for AMD engineers and I can’t tell you how much I love hearing that. PCGamer had a link on the article and it shows that the HEDT competition from AMD almost didn’t happen. It looks like the Red company didn’t have specific plans to design Threadripper when they did, but their engineers had enough freedom to come up with the design anyways. This indicates two huge things that make me become the biggest AMD fanboy I’ve ever been. For starters, the engineers probably have a huge passion for designing chips. Many people are content to use their spare time to gorge on entertainment, but these people saw an opportunity to take Ryzen to the next level. I not only love seeing passion, but I also see an indication of the freedom AMD’s management is giving to their builders. While this probably comes from the top with Lisa Su, AMD wasn’t afraid to let their engineers loose and try new things. As a result, we have a phenomenal product in Threadripper and a phenomenal company shaping up with AMD. I love hearing about this and even though...



AMD Threadripper: More like Thread-Demolisher

The year of Ryzen has turned out to be a very good year indeed. AMD’s new architecture only had some minor set backs to overcome, but now it’s poised to be the competitive champion of the PC market. I’m going to let you google the Threadripper reviews this time, because I’m going to focus on some incredible firsts that basically sum up how great this release is and why Threadripper is demolishing competition. For starters…. Holy Cats! Intel has dominated this chart for ages now, yet there’s a Threadripper at the very top!!! AMD is at the top of the charts!!!!! Wow! I’m sure Intel is working hard to dethrone that, but for the time being, AMD is at the top of the PassMark chart and that’s pretty incredible. However, shock and awe is just beginning….. Are we really seeing this!?! Was that Nvidia congratulating AMD!?!?!?!?!?! What’s going on? Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria! Did we ever see a day where Nvidia and AMD acted…. cordially to each other? But it didn’t end there…… AMD just high-fived Nvidia!!!!!! I’m not saying the future won’t have some sort of confrontation again, it’s just weird to see what what was thought as mortal enemies having such a great exchange. I remember during my sales years that I was told to essentially hate my competition. I think we can prove that you don’t have to hate someone to be competitive with them (all ...



AMD Radeon Software Releases Crimson 17.7.2 with Enhanced Sync and Color Saturation

Most driver releases are copy and paste ordeals, but this one is a bit bigger than that. Radeon continues to take feedback and make it reality, which is why their driver landscape is better than it’s ever been. With one great new feature and one huge throwback setting added in this update, you should definitely download this driver if you own compatible AMD GPUs. The new feature I want to point out is Enhanced Sync. This allows you to exceed your monitors refresh rate, but not have the tearing that typically comes with that. V-Sync is also supposed to help, but the input lag can be extremely noticeable, except with the possibility of Triple-Buffering, but not all games have that feature. This is similar to Nvidia’s Fast Sync, but the ability to decrease stutter below the refresh rate is something unique to Radeon. The throwback feature that I’m super glad is back is Color Saturation. All my life, I’ve used a tiny saturation boost to make the colors pop on all of my screens and remember discovering that I couldn’t find the setting anymore. Not only is it back, but all of the additional settings are completely incorporated into Radeon settings now. It turns out that AMD can bring in the new and the nostalgic feelings in one, simple driver update. It’s a bit surprising that it releases as a second driver version this month, but hey, I’m not complaining. Check out the release notes below because there is far more going on than the two...



NZXT Kraken G12 Video Card Cooling Bracket Review

Introduction Liquid cooling is all the rage with these kids today, but back in my day…. Ah who am I kidding? I’ve mostly experienced the ease and simplicity of CLC units myself. While I firmly believe that aluminum rads and integrated pumps have their clear performance limits, CLCs offer a simple, yet fairly safe alternative to air cooling while giving consumers a huge variety in aesthetic design. The only problem is that these units have primarily catered to cooling the CPU. NZXT is trying to change that with their Kraken G12 cooling bracket. Even though it isn’t a full closed loop cooler, it’s supposed to easily adapt the Kraken (an other) coolers to be used on a graphics card instead of your CPU. The concept is great and I suspect we’re getting closer to an age where extra cooling isn’t going to net near as much of a benefit on a 95W CPU as it is on a massive 300W GPU. Before we move on, let’s take a quick look at NZXT’s company values. 13 YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL SERVICE CORE VALUES These are the principles that inspire our creativity, drive our decision-making, and guide us in bringing you the best PC gaming products possible. PURSUE PASSION WE ARE A COMPANY OF GAMERS CREATING THE BEST PRODUCTS FOR GAMERS. REVEL IN THAT. FOSTER COMMUNITY WORK AMONG FRIENDS. LISTEN TO AND SUPPORT OUR USERS. BOTH ENSURE OUR CONTINUED SUCCESS. DEMONSTRATE COURAGE GO BEYOND WHAT’S EXPECTED. DO NOT COMPROMISE OR FEAR MAKING MISTAKES. BE HUMBLE...



Aorus Radeon RX 580 & 570 Review

Introduction It’s time to get back into the graphics foray and we have the perfect head-to-head match up to start it. While top-of-the-line cards are great to drool over, the vast majority of users are squarely in a budget realm when shopping for a GPU upgrade (more on that in the conclusion, however). AMD decided to focus more on this sector of buyers when they released Polaris, the GPU found in their flagship RX 400 and 500 series cards. Needless to say, we need to see how they measure up in gaming performance to see if Radeon is succeeding in this bracket. We also have to point out another new thing that’s happened with Polaris. Gigabyte has been doing graphics cards for a while, but they recently switched a lot of their gaming components to their Aorus branding. It started with motherboards and Nvidia based GPUs, but now they’ve include the RX 500 series with the Aorus line as well. I’ve been a huge fan of the new designs under Aorus so let’s find out if their GPUs hold up just as well. GIGABYTE shares the same passion for gaming as all gamers. Therefore we have extended the premium gaming brand – AORUS, the pinnacle of our hardware excellence, to provide a full spectrum of innovative gaming products that deliver the ultimate performance and exemplify PC’s capability of bringing gamers unprecedented delights. We continue to participate in global gaming events, connect with the community and actively listening to gamers’ desires in ...



AMD Ryzen: Best Motherboard and Overclocking Update

As one would expect, a huge passion of PureOC is overclocking. Needless to say, we certainly have plans to get the absolute most our of AMD’s Ryzen CPUs, but the motherboard landscape is such that improvements and bug fixes are still in the works. In the meantime, we have a quick video showing what we’ve found out about the new architecture and we even have a strong recommendation on which company is doing the best with the motherboard design at this point. Check it out and stay tuned for more news and reviews! Once again, The Hardware Hound thanks EpicGear for sponsoring his channel. Check out PureOC’s reviews of the Defiant and MorphaX below. EpicGear Defiant MMS Mechanical Keyswitches Gaming Keyboard Review EpicGear Morpha X Modular Gaming Mouse Review






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