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February 20, 2017

Graphics Shipments Increase Amidst Slumping Desktop PC Sales

More consumers are opting to keep their current systems as newer generation CPUs and their platforms are no longer offering enough performance gains to justify a new purchase. Consumers looking for high-performance computing are instead turning to upgrading other components such as graphics or storage for a speed boost.

In graphics, a report by JPR has revealed that total AIB graphics shipments in 4Q2016 increased by 5.6% quarter-to-quarter and 21.1% year-to-year. In contrast, overall desktop PC shipments fell by 10.9% over the year.

Over the course of 2016, graphics has seen some major performance improvements as both Nvidia and AMD released their next [...]

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February 20, 2017

AMD Ryzen Wraith Stock Cooler Pictured, Specifications Revealed in Latest Rumor

Following up on the leaked image of trays of AMD Ryzen CPUs as well as an up close shot of the CPU, a new image of a chart with SKUs and specifications of the stock Ryzen Wraith Cooler have also popped up around the web.

Currently, there seem to be two coolers available. The Wraith Max cooler is designed for up to 140W TDP CPUs while the Wrath Spire is designed for 95W TDP CPUs. The Wraith Max looks to have at least two heat pipes that extend out from the base and into the heatsink. The Wraith Spire simply has a fan seated on top of a circular cooler. Despite being rated for up to 140W and 95W TDP, both coolers are quite compact. Horizontal footprint is rated at 105mm [...]

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February 20, 2017

Trays of AMD Ryzen CPUs Pictured and It’s Beautiful

Luckily, today’s a national holiday in the US as the guys over at Videocardz just leaked some dirty, dirty, almost NSFW hardware porn to start you off on your day.

The recently leaked images include pictures of upcoming AMD Ryzen CPUs on their shipping trays ready to be packaged and sent out to a retail store near you.

While not too much is going on in the images, one thing we can see that the CPUs will feature massive RYZEN logos in the middle. In smaller text at the top of the chips, it is also additional confirmation of AMD Ryzen’s X XXXX naming convention.

Additionally, an up close and personal image of the [...]

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February 18, 2017

ASUS Crosshair VI Hero AM4 Motherboard Unboxed Before Launch

As expected, more leaks are springing as AMD gets closer to the Ryzen CPU launch.

Recently, Sean from YouTube channel KWASTEK got his hands on an early sample of the new ASUS Crosshair VI Hero AM4 motherboard designed for the upcoming Ryzen CPU and has released the first unboxing and first look of the board.

The Crosshair VI Hero is expected to be ASUS’s most premium motherboard for the AMD X370 platform and has been a long time coming. Aesthetically, it’s a very beautiful motherboard. Featuring a fully blacked out PCB, the board also includes some beautiful new heatsinks with a new interlacing stripe design along with the massive cover bearing the [...]

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February 17, 2017

Blizzard Ending Support for Windows XP and Vista Later This Year

Looks like Microsoft isn’t the only company no longer supporting older versions of Windows. Blizzard has officially announced the final end of support for Windows XP and Vista. Affected games include Starcraft, World of Warcraft, Heartstone, Diablo, and Heroes of the Storm.

According to a post on Blizzard’s Battle.net community forums,

Starting later this year, we will begin the process of ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. Microsoft ceased mainstream support for these versions of Windows in 2009 and 2012, respectively, but since a decent portion of our [...]

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February 17, 2017

AMD Ryzen 7 1700X, 5 1600X, 3 1300X 3DMark Physics Benchmarks Leaked

Another day closer to the launch of AMD’s Ryzen CPU and another leak. This time around, we get our first sneak preview of how the AMD Ryzen will perform as well as the first preview of the mid/entry-level Ryzen CPUs, the Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 3 1300X.

The 3D Mark Phsyics benchmark scores, which were pulled from the official Futuremark benchmark database were recently compiled by WCCFTech. Sitting at the top is the 8-core Ryzen 7 1700X overclocked to 4.0 GHz, besting the 10 core Intel Core i7-6950X. The 6-core Ryzen 5 1600X at 3.3 GHz managed to beat out Intel’s i7-6850K despite a clock disadvantage. Lastly, we have the 4-core Ryzen 5 1300, which [...]

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February 17, 2017

Biostar Launches X370, B350 AMD Ryzen Motherboard Lineup

After a recent leak of almost all the motherboards expected to be coming down the pipeline, BIOSTAR recently launched their entire lineup of AM4 motherboards in anticipation for the AMD Ryzen CPU launch coming within the next few weeks.

At launch, BIOSTAR will introduce three X370 chipset based motherboards along with two X350 chipset based motherboards. All motherboards will feature BIOSTAR’s 2nd Generation RACING features including Digital Power+ digital power controllers, M.2 cooling heatsink, Lightning Charger, Fly.net QoS software, VIVID LED Armor, and 5050 LED headers for RGB lighting enthusiasts.

And without further ado, here they [...]

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February 17, 2017

T-Mobile’s New Projected Coverage Map is Beautiful

T-Mobile recently released their 2016 annual earnings to another kickass year and along with their earnings, they also announced some major network improvements to come for 2017.

Among the network improvements include continuing to add new spectrum to increase coverage, re-farming existing spectrum to increase LTE coverage, and implement new technology to help improve capacity.

In terms of spectrum, T-Mobile is looking to acquire new spectrum and aggressively roll out 700MHz spectrum in new markets such as Chicago, Eastern Montana, and other areas where 700MHz spectrum is already owned. T-Mobile currently owns 700MHz A-Block spectrum covering 272 million people [...]

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February 17, 2017

Ghost Recon: Wildlands PC Requirement Revealed, Open Beta Starts February 23

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, the latest chapter in the Tom Clancy series of games, is set to start open beta testing on February 23. Along with the beta date, Ubisoft has also announced the system requirement for PC players.

Title Ghost Recon: WildlandsMinimum RecommendedCPU Intel Core i5-2400S / AMD FX-4320 Intel Core i7-3770 / AMD FX-8350GPU Nvidia GTX 1050 / AMD Radeon RX 460 Nvidia GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 480RAM 6 GB 8 GBOS Windows 7, 8.1, 10 Windows 7, 8.1, 10

Something Ubisoft has yet to disclose is the storage space required to store the game. The closed beta, which launched February 03, requires around 50GB of free [...]

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February 16, 2017

ASUS, ASRock, Gigabyte, Biostar AMD Ryzen AM4 Motherboard Packaging Revealed

In the latest round of leaks, stock images of AM4 motherboards and their packaging has been revealed for ASUS, Gigabyte, Biostar and ASRock. These are likely images being sent to retailers to prepare for the upcoming AMD Ryzen CPU launch in a few weeks.

The motherboards include the ASUS PRIME X370 PRO, ASUS Crosshair VI Hero, ASRock AB350 Gaming K4, ASRock X370 Killer SLI/ac, Gigabyte AORUS AX-370 Gaming 5, BIOSTAR X370 GT7, BIOSTAR X370 GT5, BIOSTAR B350 GT5 and BIOSTAR B350 GT3.

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