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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...



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...



NZXT Announces it’s First Motherboard! The N7 Z370

NZXT just announced something amazing!!! By now, I’m used to seeing manufactures tepidly stay within their realm of expertise and if they dip their toes in new waters, it’s usually fairly shallow ones. NZXT took a head first dive in the middle of the Pacific ocean like a honey badger! Seeing a case manufacturer release a motherboard is a HUGE step, but there’s more to the N7 Z370 than just being a motherboard. Fan and RGB lighting controllers are starting to add a lot of connections to our motherboard headers, as well as our PSU power connections. The logical step is to build those controllers into the motherboard, but we’ve seen that the level of control is lacking when comparing to things like the Hue+ or Grid V3. That’s what makes this release such a huge deal for PC builders. NZXT built their epic fan and RGB control right into a high end Intel motherboard, which will instantly clear tons of cable clutter. However, I don’t want to see aesthetic features without having some raw performance. The N7 Z370 also has a 15 phase digital VRM which is very hefty for a first time release. Am I excited about it? Why yes, yes I am! NZXT also mentions having an adaptive noise reduction system that automatically adjusts your fan speed to the way your system is used in an attempt to perfectly adjust noise and performance ratio. I’d certainly be curious about how well this implementation works out. This is a great release from NZXT and I’...



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/



BIOSTAR Launches Flagship RACING Z370GT7 for Intel’s 8th Gen Core Desktop Processors

Computer hardware life is looking much brighter now that AMD has forced Intel’s hand. The new 6 core, 12 thread, 8th Gen, mainstream chip is the kind of processor Intel should’ve released 5 years ago. On the plus side, Biostar keeps shelling out some surprisingly nice looking boards to handle each new iteration. Check out the latest in the Racing lineup with the Z370GT7 and stay posted for more news and reviews! October 16th, 2017, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR introduces its flagship Intel Z370 motherboard under the third generation RACING series, the BIOSTAR RACING Z370GT7. This motherboard supports the latest 8th generation Intel Core processors also known as Coffee Lake. The RACING Z370GT7 sports premium features that gamers, overclockers, professional content creators, and modders demand. It has a luxurious golden black color theme and advanced RBG lighting customizations with Advanced VIVID LED DJ. New and improved features: the smart A.I FAN and reinforced PCI-E slots to handle heavier graphics cards make the new-gen RACING Series much more robust. Push performance and harness the power of the new Intel Core i7-8700K 6-core, 12-thread processor along with dual Intel Optane-ready M.2 slots for the fastest PCIe NVMe drives available today. BIOSTAR’s 3rd Gen RACING Design BIOSTAR revamps the RACING series motherboards with a much more flashy and high-end design with a golden black color theme. Gold I/O Armor – Gold I/O Armor strongly protects I/O int...



BIOSTAR Teases Upcoming 3rd-Gen RACING Series with Z370 Chipset Motherboards

BIOSTAR Teases Upcoming 3rd-Gen RACING Series with Z370 Chipset Motherboards Maximize Your Full Gaming Potential of the 8th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processors September 29, 2017, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR RACING series continues to be at the forefront of gaming motherboards and is set to offer the 3rd generation of BIOSTAR RACING series motherboards with Z370 chipset. These motherboards will feature a new gold theme design, strong and powerful hardware design, elevated HiFi sound quality, easy-to-control software control and new advanced VIVID LED DJ for more RGB lighting customization fun. This will be available October 5th for enthusiasts such as gamers, content creators and overclockers who plan to upgrade to the recently announced 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors: Intel Core i7, 6-core Intel Core i5 and 4-core Intel Core i3. Performance and Flexibility Fans will be pleased with BIOSTAR’s 3rd generation motherboards performance and flexibility, thanks to Intel’s performance options with unlocked “K” processors. The brand new BIOS and driver UI design will make this more intuitive and fun. There is also BIOSTAR’s brand new A.I. FAN to fully customize fan modes or auto-detect along with an easy-to-use software interface to monitor the temperature situations. More RGB LED Lighting Control BIOSTAR has a new advanced VIVID LED DJ for more customization of multiple RGB LED lighting zones. This time around, they have included dual RGB LED headers for add...



GIGABYTE Introduces Z370 AORUS Motherboards

Supercharge your gaming experience with these powerful motherboards City of Industry, California, September 25th, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, has unveiled the new Z370 AORUS motherboards based on the Intel® Z370 chipset. These supercharged motherboards are equipped with a server-grade digital power design which fully support 8th generation Intel Core™ processors. Performance tuned, the Z370 AORUS Motherboards are compatible with memory modules rated for 4400MHz. With unique features like an ESS Sabre DAC, Smart Fan 5 and RGB Fusion, there’s no doubt why gamers turn to AORUS for the ultimate gaming motherboard. “Following Intel‘s release of the Z370 chipset platform, GIGABYTE has designed a new, groundbreaking motherboard,” said Vincent Liu, Senior Associate Vice President of GIGABYTE’s Motherboard Business Unit. “GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS motherboards are designed for gamers who value powerful, yet highly durable motherboards. With our new digital power design, not only will Z370 AORUS motherboards unleash the power of the 8th generation Intel Core processors’ they will easily fulfill gamers’ demands.” Designed with 14nm technology, the 8th gen Intel Core processors range from 4-Cores and 4 threads to 6-Cores and 12 threads each performing better than its predecessor. Z370 AORUS Motherboards deliver the highest video quality, 4K UHD, and uninterrupted streaming to users through the use ...



iBuyPower Element PC Review: Intel i7-7900X & Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti

Introduction Most of the readers that will frequent a hardware review site will swear by the experience of building their own custom PC. Price, performance and customization are all highlights we love to point out, but sometimes we like to overlook the problems like compatibility, DOAs, and tons of troubleshooting. If you’re a troubleshooter by nature, then building a PC is the perfect way to appeal to that need for figuring out problems. If you aren’t then the idea of building your own gaming PC is probably a nightmare! So what are gamers supposed to do if they want performance on a custom built level, but are afraid to dive into putting their own components together? The answer that you shouldn’t go to is to buy a Dell. Perhaps the real answer is to look at a company like iBuyPower. They have custom built PCs that are pre-assembled and pre-configured so that a buyer has little to worry about on their end. The only question is if the company is offering a worthwhile system to spend your hard-earned cash on. We’ll find out soon how this variant of the iBuyPower Element stacks up, but first let’s look at a statement from the company on their values. iBUYPOWER symbolizes several key beliefs: unity, strength, ambition, and perseverance. These are fundamental attributes of life inside and outside of gaming. You need them all to win. Leading the pack, iBUYPOWER is gaming, defined.Since 1999, iBUYPOWER has been delivering on its promise to build the...



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...



Gigabyte Kills it at Computex 2017

I’ve become a huge fan of Gigabyte in recent months. Not only did their Z270 platform stand out in performance, but the Aorus branding and lighting design is fantastic and I had a great experience using them for my Ryzen reviews. (More testing in the works as you read this) At the very least, it comes as no surprise that Gigabyte has come away with some awards and records since Computex. Not only did they come away with a Best Choice Award, but the Aorus X299 set a few world records in overclocking performance. The Aorus Z270X-Gaming 9 ended up winning the Computex 2017 Best Choice Gold Award and while I can’t say whether the award is hard to earn or not, I can say the Gaming 9 is certainly deserving of recognition if the Gaming 7 has anything to say about it. What really caught my eye was the fact that their new Aorus X299 board reached a 7.5 GHz overclock on the upcoming i7-7740K chip. The team was able to set 4 related records in the process. Check out the press releases below for the full details and don’t forget to keep Gigabyte in mind the next time you’re looking for a solid motherboard for your system. Computex Award AORUS Z270X-Gaming 9’s Functionality and Innovation Stands Out Among Competitors City of Industry, California, May 24, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is excited to announce that its AORUS Z270X-Gaming 9 motherboard has won the prestigious Computex 2017 Best Ch...



Latest X299 Response to Ryzen Indicates AMD has a Great Release

AMD’s Ryzen release has been picked apart pretty well now, but it still stands as a solid release from team Red. Performance has been under the microscope so much, that power efficiency could get overlooked. Part of that is the fact that Intel doesn’t offer the wide range of variety in core counts that Ryzen has right now, but the other part is the fact that the wait for Intel competition has been long as well. However, with Skylake X about to release on the X299 platform, it strange to say that Intel looks like they’re struggling with power efficiency compared to AMD. WCCFTech has more info on the upcoming chips from Intel, including TDP ratings. I still can’t wrap my head on around the 7740K that is supposedly the “fastest” chip in the Kaby Lake lineup. When you go down the chart, the specs are identical accept for the socket type. Oh, and it somehow has a higher TDP in spite of having the same clockspeeds and L3 Cache. Moving on to the new i9 chips though, their TDPs range from 140W to 160W. This seems to show us two really important things about Intel. The great news is that Intel hasn’t been holding back single-thread performance for the purpose of squeezing the market dry. Their IPC architecture is truly a marvel. The bad news is that Intel could’ve been offering more cores to buyers way before now. Considering the flagship gives us 12 cores and 24 threads pretty easily, it’s hard to imagine why mainstream has bee...



Should you use all AMD for your Next Build?

The debate of AMD vs Intel vs Nvidia is an age old one that will probably never cease. As long as there’s innovation in the PC market, there’s bound to be a new top dog in the fight. Intel still has the IPC lead in processing and Nvidia is killing it in performance and energy efficiency with their GPUs. So why, when given a sizeable budget and asked by my friend to build a PC, would I go all out with an AMD base? Check out the video for the full answer because the Red side seems to be offering one of the best, non-compromised experiences we’ve ever seen from them. As always, remember that experiences vary and feel free to add your thoughts to the equation by heading over to the PureOC forums!



GIGABYTE Validates Quadro Support on Designer Boards

What happens when Gigabyte supports Quadro graphics design cards? They get a silver PCB of course! Outside of the Quadro support, it’s hard to say how this board differs so much from some of the Aorus Z270 gaming flavors. On the other hand, does it matter when you have a board that looks as amazing as this!?! Check out the full press release below for some more details and links to the website. GIGABYTE Creates a Solution Geared Towards Content Creators City of Industry, California, March 24th, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is proud to announce the addition of the Z270X-DESIGNARE to GIGABYTE’s 200 Series Family. The DESIGNARE motherboard, as the name implies, is geared towards the creative minds of content creators. This series of motherboards was first introduced in the Intel 100 Series Chipset to promote Nvidia Quadro graphics cards. By placing it through tried and tested benchmarks with real world environment settings, the DESIGNARE Motherboard is optimized for content creators of all levels. With the 200 series GIGABYTE has done it again and this time with a distinctive silver alloy PCB design and unique markings along the front and rear of the board. Just like its predecessor, the 200 series DESIGNARE Motherboard is fully validated and optimized for Nvidia Quadro graphics cards and high-performance graphics to ensure designers have nothing holding them back. “Content creators need a high-per...



Aorus Z270X-Gaming 7 Motherboard Review

Introduction Well, I’ve finally done it. I’ve decided to dive into reviewing a motherboard. If you’re trying to build your own computer, the motherboard is probably the most important choice you can make. Even if you don’t plan on overclocking, chipsets, features, and quality make a huge impact on how your experience will turn out. I’ve been through my fair share of motherboards, but today I’ll be dealing with not only a new chipset, but a new branding as well. Let’s take a look at Aorus! By now, you’re probably pretty familiar to Gigabyte. They’ve been one of the premier motherboard manufacturers for years now, but in recent times they’ve been way more competitive in the gaming market. Aorus was a branding they used for gaming laptops, but they moved it to their motherboard series starting with the Z270 chipset. This gives Gigabyte a great branding strategy for gamers, but we’re looking for more than just gaming features on the Z270X Gaming 7. We’ll begin looking closer at the board soon, but first let’s take a closer look at Gigabyte as a company. It’s YOU That Matters. GIGABYTE is always consumer-oriented from the very beginning of product design to the end of value chain. With the focus on consumer needs, the delivery of customer experiences has been transformed into tangible and understood customer cares. Therefore, GIGABYTE has integrated the best quality of components to ensure outstandi...



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...






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