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Best Reviews of AMD’s Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G

The long awaited pairing of AMD processing and Vega graphics has finally arrived. We may not be able to put the chips to the test ourselves, but there’s a decent number of reviews on the web doing the work for us. Sorting through all of the reviews can take some work though, so we decided to help steer you towards the ones that seem to do the best job of bringing the best information to the table. Check out what we have and if you think a review covers something not listed here, leave a link in the comments below with a reason why you think it should be looked at. Short and to the Point, but Good Benchmarks If you just want a nice, fast read that still gives good testing results, ExtremeTech seemed to hit the nail on the head here. It’s a one page review, but there’s a number of graphs to click through. This should give you a solid overview of what the new Ryzen 5 2400G is capable of. AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Review: The Best Blend of CPU and GPU Performance We’ve Ever Seen Detailed Review of CPU and iGPU I sort of knew AnandTech would be my likely choice for a detailed, comprehensive review ahead of time, but the choice was confirmed after checking several other reviews out. This isn’t to say other sites weren’t detailed, or did a poor job, but this review is certainly one of best ones for digging into a ton of results for the reader to view. https://www.anandtech.com/show/12425/marrying-vega-and-zen-the-amd-ryzen-5-2400g-review OVERCLOCKING? ...



ANSWERED! Can anyone Answer how many VRMs are for the CPU Cores on this MSI X370 Gaming M7 ACK?

Update: Not only did MSI get me an answer, but the answer was also the one I was hoping for.Based on this, we can make a pretty good assumption on which VRMs are for the CPU core and which ones are for the SOC. Remember, what we see as the objects that are being circled are just the capacitors. Each phase of a VRM involves multiple pieces, only some of which are visible from above. Counting the capacitors is an easy way to get a close idea what a board has to offer. Needless to say there are some points I can’t say with 100% certainty are correct, but this is a much closer picture of where each VRM is at and what their role is. Thank you MSI for your help in answering this! Let’s get the two obvious answers (that I already know) out of the way before all the “smart” people try show off their superiority. We can easily count the chokes on the board and see there is 12. If we do a bit of digging, which I did, we can find out that some say it’s a 10+2 power phase design. Neither of these figures completely answer my question. Let me explain the exact information I’m hoping to find, while I also gloat about how great this MSI X370 Gaming M7 ACK motherboard looks on the surface. Zen+ is coming soon and for builders who want a long term motherboard solution, I like to help them find X370 boards that look like they can handle a few iterations of Ryzen. When it comes to overclocking, finding a good strong VRM is important, but AMD has more to th...



AMD Ryzen 2: What to Expect, What to Hope for, and What to Dismiss

New iterations of AMD’s Ryzen architecture are on the horizon and as always, rumors will be circulating heavily until the day of the release. A big one (I’m glad I happened to miss) was that a magical 12 core, 5.1 GHz chip was slated to release at $329. Even if you wanted to believe in a 12 core 5.1 GHz Ryzen 7, the $329 price is a clear indication of a fake leak based on the performance lead a chip like that would have. We may not have clear specs or performance, but I think there’s some pretty safe predictions that can be made based on previous experience. Ryzen 2 vs. Zen+ The first thing we need to address is determining what the naming schemes are referring to. A lot of sites are calling it Ryzen 2, but I can’t verify that AMD has an official slide using that nomenclature. Also, Ryzen 3 is already taken so…. The official term for the refresh is “Zen+”, which means AMD may opt for a term like Ryzen+ to describe the refresh in April. Zen 2 is slated to release in 2019 and that will be a legitimate, 2nd generation design on the 7nm manufacturing process. For our purposes here, I’ll maintain the Zen+ title for the upcoming release and Zen 2 for the 2019 one. Specs We can expect the Zen+ specs to be almost identical to the original Zen counterparts. Core counts, Cache Sizes, and even socket compatibly will all be the same. There really isn’t any hope for additional cores or cache, which means you can probably dismiss any...



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...



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...



Swiftech has Blocks for Ryzen and Vega

Some news just can’t be covered because the real-life schedule won’t allow it. Other news is so important that it just gets delayed for a while. Swiftech ended up in the delayed boat not because I wanted them to, but because life just caught up with me for the last few weeks. On the flip side, they have some great looking blocks coming down the pipes for all of the AMD releases. Check out the full PRs for AM4 and Vega and stay posted for more news and reviews! Swiftech Introduces New Apogee SKF-TR4 Heirloom Series PICO RIVERA, CA, August 31, 2017 – Rouchon Industries Inc., dba Swiftech® (OTC Pink Current: RCHN), today announced the release of their Apogee SKF-TR4 Heirloom Series. Swiftech is proud to announce that they’ve just finished a Threadripper customized Apogee SKF that features a larger cooling engine (with 30% more surface area) that is optimized for the multi-dies design of the new Ryzen Threadripper CPU’s. With a larger copper base plate, the entire surface is covered on the HIS. The Swiftech Apogee™ SKF-TR4 is a highly innovative CPU waterblock featuring a revolutionary cooling engine and customization options that allows users to go beyond their limits. The Apogee SKF-TR4 features an entirely new cooling engine made of 125 micron (< 5 thousandth’s of an inch!) thick slotted fins. This new technology is at the very least one generation ahead of the competition and will be the foundation of Swiftech’s next generation CPU waterblocks. ...



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 ...



Enermax NEOChanger RGB Reservoir and Pump Combo Review

Introduction This was it. The moment I’ve been waiting for from the first day I joined PureOC. I took the res out of the box, grabbed a fitting, and gently screwed it into the port…..OH MY GOODNESS! That was my last moment to turn back and be a normal computer user. From this moment on, I can only imagine making even better custom cooling loops in the future. The look of a new XSPC fitting inside the Enermax NEOChanger brought new levels of joy that reminded me of my very first PC build, then I bent the edges of the next fitting by screwing it in a bit too tightly and knew that the experience was just like my first computer build. Enough about me, though. Let’s get into this beautiful looking piece of hardware from Enermax. I think their designers have pointedly found pieces of hardware that don’t represent RGB LED enough and decided to fix the problem themselves. I absolutely love them for this! Here at PureOC, it started with the NEOllusion and continues today with the NEOChanger. How will Enermax fair in the custom cooling arena? We’ll find out right after a brief word about the company. Lepatek Corporation an ENERMAX Company is an exclusive authorized supplier for ENERMAX and LEPA brand products for both North America and South America. Lepatek Corporation strives to provide only high quality products within the Computer Hardware & Components and Consumer Electronics market. Both manufacturers specialize in high-end computer componen...



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



Threadripper is AMD Responding to Intel Responding to AMD

That title is fun right? Yesterday AMD had it’s Financial Analyst Day which turned out to be quite the product announcement. Zen was a pretty disruptive release and it seamed to prompt Intel to add more core options to their X299 platform releasing sometime this year. It looks like AMD doesn’t want to be outdone though, so they’re releasing a monstrous 16 core, 32 thread chip that will thoroughly compete with Intel’s enthusiast offerings, but there might be some slightly disappointing news from yesterday as well. Technical details are pretty scarce right now, but PCWorld as an excellent slide showing the major highlights of yesterdays event. We only know the core and thread count of Threadripper for the time being, but seeing as how it’s based on Zen architecture, it will most likely have super competitive TDP and multi-threading performance numbers. AMD also announced Epyc, which looks like it will have 32 cores and 64 threads. This is completely designed for the enterprise market though, since it appears to have lower clockspeeds as well. The other fun announcements were related to Vega, but gaming seems like a minor focus in comparison to the professional uses mentioned during the FAD. This where things get a bit murky. It’s looking more and more like AMD isn’t releasing a card that directly tackles the GTX 1080 Ti initially. While Vega, labeled Frontier Edition, has high levels of compute power, Raja had a straightforward menti...



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!



AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X CPU Review

Introduction AMD has officially shaken up the CPU market in a great way with Ryzen. While I know some of you wanted to see Intel brought to their knees with every single benchmark, the reality is we now have a clear picture of what the strengths and weaknesses are in the industry. Single-thread performance has certainly improved well over the past 5 years, but quality measures and multi-threaded ceilings needed a shot in the arm. The Ryzen 7 series does an amazing job of opening up professional performance to a wider audience of PC buyers. That leaves us answering the question of exactly how Ryzen 5 fits in the market. In fact, we’re only going to worry about tackling that question in this review. I’ve been squeezing everything I can in trying to complete review content, but life is catching up with me and I have to slow my pace down slightly. There’s just too many fun things to test and not enough time to do it, at least in fast of a time frame as I would like. While this focus will be on Ryzen 5 performance, I’ll be adding two more reviews down the road with one focusing solely on the newly designed Wraith Coolers performance and another focused entirely on overclocking guides and performance for the Ryzen 7 and 5 lineups. Let’s begin with a look into the philosophy behind AMD’s CPU designs, then we’ll start looking at the details of the 1600X and 1500X.  







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