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Another AMD Tease but Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

AMD teases are starting to become a bit of a joke. The last exciting release from them (for CPU enthusiasts) was the FX-8350. The chip made some good improvements on the previous Zambezi architecture, but after that things went downhill. Of course the FX-9590 was nothing more than a factory overclocked 8350. AMD announced they were done with the FX lineup. They refused to adopt Steamroller to the FX series. They announced FX but then said it wouldn’t come out til 2016 and finally, they teased an FX chip that was just a 9590 with a new liquid cooler even though they knew that AMD fans are wanting a new FX chip. So when AMD releases a video that says “Core is Back,” you can probably understand why we need to be slightly skeptical. With absolutely no official info, all we know is that there is an A series logo and a possible promotion image that shows 12 cores. At this point, the A series logo seems to negate the possibility of an FX refresh. If that’s the case, then it seems pretty confusing to put this much hype into an APU. While APUs can fill a very appropriate computing niche, they usually don’t make up the kind of material that deserves major hype build up. Enthusiasts would want to see something big so that should leave two options here. Either this is going to be a type of high end APU aimed more at the enthusiasts market, or this is a marketing gimmick to try and pick up sales for something that may not deserve it. This brings us to the ...

NZXT Gives Less Colors than Expected

Over the past week, NZXT had a teaser page up with the quote, “Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing?” While I don’t understand art nearly as well as others, the color changing graphic had me quite excited about a plethora of color options, preferably by color changing LEDs, that consumers could do with their case. Unfortunately, the color choices aren’t as elaborate as I hoped for and even the case designs are merely others that have already been released. The first teaser to release was the H440 Special Edition Colors. The H440 was an exceptional case, so the option to give it more color trims isn’t a bad idea. Now, instead of white or red/black, you can choose a blue/black, green/black or orange/black scheme. While that extra feature is a nice option for consumers wanting variety, what’s unusual is the way they chose to release it. They gave a different color to three different vendors! It’s true that this is fairly unique, but it doesn’t really serve a practical purpose. If you’re the type of consumer who typically shops from one vendor, or has special accounts with them, then you may not be able to get the color scheme of choice without extra hassle and finagling. So while the choices are nice, it seems like NZXT should have given the color options to all vendors. At least the first teaser however, seemed like an appropriate build up, but the second was more of a let down. The next case revealed was th...

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