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February 20, 2019

The Best CPUs of 2019

The CPU, or Central Processing Unit, along with the motherboard is generally considered the most important core component of any PC. The reason for this is that the combination of the CPU and the motherboard determines what other components can be used with the system. As a result, this makes the decision of which CPU to buy one of the most important decisions you can make. Unfortunately, there are far too many CPU choices out there, so today we’ll be sharing what we think are the best CPUs you can buy at various price-ranges.

 

Best Overall CPU Under $100

AMD Ryzen 3 2200G

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G is a 4-core, 4-thread CPU which in today’s [...]

 
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January 12, 2019

AMD Announces Radeon VII Packing Vega II, 16GB HBM, $699 Pricepoint

At CES 2019, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa SU spoke on several products at their keynote and while many users were disappointed that AMD did not announce a rumored $250 GPU that would give GTX 1080 class performance, AMD did surprise the world by announcing the world’s first 7nm GPU for the consumer market. Rather than being built on the Navi architecture, the new GPU is based on the second iteration of Vega, and will be named Radeon VII. The new GPU is expected to bring performance comparable to the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 and GTX 1080TI.

This year marks the first time that AMD has ever had a keynote at CES, and this product was definitely a shocker. The Radeon VII will heat [...]

 
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January 12, 2019

Nvidia Announces Support for Adaptive Sync (FreeSync) Displays on GeForce Graphics Cards, What It Means For AMD

In a stunning move from Nvidia earlier this week, the GPU company announced that they would finally begin supporting adaptive sync functionality on AMD FreeSync monitors. Previously, Nvidia graphics cards were only compatible with their proprietary G-Sync system, which is technically a slightly better implementation of adaptive sync monitor technology when compared to FreeSync however, monitors that support G-Sync require an additional piece of hardware from Nvidia to handle the variable refresh rate of the monitor which makes the monitors supporting G-Sync more expensive (usually in the range of $100-$250) than monitors of similar feature sets without the G-Sync [...]

 
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January 10, 2019

Nvidia Unveils its RTX 2060 Priced at $349 Packing 6GB of GDDR6 at CES 2019

With the launch of Nvidia’s 20-series GPUs seemingly an eternity ago, Nvidia has finally announced a January 15th release date for their Geforce RTX 2060. The new graphics card uses the same GPU core as the GTX 2070, the TU106, though is cut down featuring 1920 CUDA cores, 240 tensor cores, 30 RT cores, 120 TMUs and 48 ROPs. This allows the card to be capable of up to 6.5 TFLOPS, which is roughly equivalent to the performance of a GeForce GTX 1070 while still maintaining a 160w TDP compared to the 120w and 150w of the GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 respectively. It comes equipped with 6GB of GDDR6 running on an 192-bit bus, providing a bandwidth of 336GB/s (the same as the older GTX [...]

 
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December 18, 2018

Corsair Releases Vengeance RGB Pro Light Kits, Dummy DDR4 For Filling Ram Channels Priced $39.99

Do you own a set of LED-lit RAM, but still have extra empty slots on your motherboard? Do you find the emptiness a bit… empty yet, you don’t want to spend the money for an additional DRAM kit to fill those slots? Well, Corsair has the solution for you. Corsair has recently announced the Vengeance RGB Pro Light Enhancement Kit (CMWLEKIT2W/B) which is expected to retail at $39.99.

These kits are lacking any actual memory though feature the same heatsinks and RGB functionality featured on the Vengeance RGB Pro kits, without any of the costly memory. Just like the real Vengeance RGB memory kits, these “fake” kits use the same addressable RGB [...]

 
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December 18, 2018

Creative Reveals Sound BlasterX AE-9, a $300 Audiophile Grade Sound Card

Recently, Creative has announced their latest soundcard aimed at audiophiles and music enthusiasts. Priced at a rather expensive $300, the new Sound BlasterX AE-9 packs some unique, ultrapremium features including an DAC, removable opamps, breakout box, and a dedicated power supply which will help reduce the pesky digital interference and white noise emitted from your system’s electronics.

Powering the Sound BlasterX AE-9 is Creative’s staple sound chip, the Sound Core 3D audio processor. In addition to this, it also features replaceable operational amps which can be swapped out depending on the end user’s audio preferences. According to Creative, the [...]

 
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December 4, 2018

Asrock Launches Z390 DeskMini GTX Compact Gaming PC

ASRock, a brand that has been making motherboards since 2002, has recently announced the launch of their new Z390 DeskMini GTX series mini-PC.

The ASRock DeskMini PC crams up to an Intel 9th Gen Core i9-9900K and 32GB of DDR4 4,000MHz memory into a 2.7 liter case. The new DeskMini GTX series features USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C and Type-A interface, achieving up to 10Gbps transfer rate. As with nearly everything else released this year, its built-in addressable RGB header allows connecting the LED strips to create unique lighting effects.

The motherboard is equipped with Intel’s latest Z390 chipset and a 5+1 phase power design. While this might sound anemic to users who [...]

 
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August 21, 2018

Gigabyte Announces GeForce RTX 2000 Series Graphics Cards

Gigabyte, one of the more familiar names in the PC Enthusiast hardware space has announced their newest GeForce RTX 2000 series cards powered by Nvidia’s brand new Turing architecture GPUs.

According to the announcement, Gigabyte will be launching five new graphics cards:

Geforce RTX 2080 Ti GAMING OC 11G Geforce RTX 2080 Ti WINDFORCE OC 11G Geforce RTX 2080 GAMING OC 8G Geforce RTX 2080 WINDFORCE OC 8G Geforce RTX 2070 GAMING OC 8G

All five graphics cards feature Gigabyte’s Windforce 3X cooling system with alternate spinning fans, RGB fusion, sleek metal back plate, Gigabyte certified ultra-durable materials and one-click overclocking so that all [...]

 
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August 13, 2018

Intel to Launch 9th Gen 8-Core and 6-Core CPUs on October 1st, Core i9-9900K Flagship, Core i7-9700K and Core i5-9600K to Follow

Intel Preparing to Drop 8 Core 16 Threaded Beast on Mainstream Platform

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we have heard numerous rumblings that the 9th gen CPUs hinted at since last year will be arriving soon and thanks to a recent report by Wccftech, we now have a pretty reliable rumor that Intel will launch the new 9th gen CPUs with the Z390 series at the start of October.

According to the article, the Intel Core i9-9900k will be an 8-core and 16-thread CPU while the Intel Core i7-9700K will be an 8 core part without hyper-threading, marking the first time ever on the desktop that Intel is releasing an i7 without hyper-threading. Following this, Intel will then [...]

 
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January 11, 2018

AMD Reveals Ryzen APUs, Ryzen 2 and Threadripper 2 at CES 2018

Earlier this week, AMD addressed some key questions regarding its upcoming Ryzen APUs.

To set most at ease, the APUS will be fully compatible with AM4 motherboards, with only a BIOS updated needed for newer CPU support. This lowers the cost of entry into the Ryzen platform, with tremendous upgrade options available later on.

Zen APUs are coming in Febuary which feature the Global Foundries 14nm process found in the current generation Ryzen CPUs. Both models will feature quad cores, but the Ryzen 5 2400G features SMT, a base clock of 3.6GHz/boost clock of 3.9GHz and 11 Vega CUs for $169. The Ryzen 3 2200G will lack SMT, be clocked at 3.5GHz/ boosts up to [...]

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