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July 28, 2017

AMD Ryzen 7 1700X and 1800X Review

The AMD Ryzen Flagships

AMD launched their newest Ryzen CPUs to great fanfare back in March and while we found performance to be good in our launch review of the Ryzen 1700, we noted that there were quite a few growing pains that needed to be fixed before Ryzen could really shine against Intel. As such, rather than publishing another review of Ryzen on motherboards using incomplete BIOS firmware and badly optimized Windows, we decided to wait it out until AMD and its motherboard partners roll out the badly needed updates to allow Ryzen to really shine in all its glory.

As such, today we’ll be finally reviewing the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X and 1800X, the flagship AMD [...]

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May 1, 2015

AMD CPU Roadmap Leaked, 14nm Summit Ridge CPU Possibly Coming Next Year [update]

It’s no secret that AMD’s high end desktop CPU business has been stumbling for the past few years. Whereas Intel has been improving their high end microarchitecture for the past few years, AMD has shifted their focus into the low end and the mainstream however, according to some new leaked slides,  AMD may finally be gearing up for a fight come 2016.

The leaked slides show that AMD is aiming to replace its current Piledriver based lineup of performance FX CPUs with a new chip called Summit Ridge in 2016. Capable of hosting up to 8 cores, Summit Ridge will be using AMD’s upcoming “Zen” architecture built on the 14nm FinFet manufacturing [...]

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September 2, 2014

AMD Introduces New FX CPUs, Slashes Prices on Current Line-Up

For the upcoming holiday season, AMD recently released a couple brand new FX series CPUs to fill out their enthusiast CPU lineup and slashed prices on their existing lineup to improve competitiveness.

On the performance gaming side, AMD added the new AMD FX-8370 which is designed between the existing AMD FX-9370 and AMD FX-8350. This is a slight upgrade above the AMD FX-8350 with a slightly increased turbo clock speed of 4.3GHz. While pricing is an additional $20 over the AMD FX-8350 for a mere 100MHz speed bump, AMD tells us that they’re seeing great overclocking results internally, which may make this enticing for users looking to significantly overclock [...]

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January 27, 2014

CES 2014: AMD Launches Kaveri APU – GCN, 28nm, hUMA

As many of you may heard, the largest announcement to come out of CES 2014 from the AMD side is AMD’s recent launch of their Kaveri desktop APUs. Carrying on from their belief that APU technology is the future, AMD hopes to regain their position from Intel’s grasp in the mainstream/mobile computing market.

For those unfamiliar with AMD’s Kaveri APU, it’s AMD’s next generation APU which succeeds the Richland APUs which were announced last year. Among Kaveri’s improvements include a die shrink down to 28nm (from Richland’s 32nm), improved graphics performance based off of AMD’s GCN technology and compute performance [...]

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September 8, 2013

Review: CyberPowerPC Zeus EVO Lightning 2000 SE Gaming PC

Zeus, and Lightning, and, EVO, and, 2000, and SE (SElenium?)

You know, after reviewing a number of CyberPowerPC systems, I’ve always wondered how some of their naming schemes work. I mean, with a name comprised of badass sounding greek gods, natural disasters, adjectives, and numbers combined to form a single name that makes almost no sense, but sounds ridiculously awesome, it almost makes you wonder where the heck they come up with all these names.

Now, you’re probably asking why I’m even talking about CyberPowerPC’s system naming scheme. Well, that’s because today we’ll be reviewing a brand new system from CyberPowerPC, which [...]

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January 27, 2014

AMD Unveils First Ever 5GHz FX-9590 Processor

According to a recent press release, AMD unleashed the first ever processor clocked at up to 5GHz right from the factory. The AMD FX-9590, the new flagship part of the FX-9000 lineup is the latest addition to the FX series of CPUs and can reach an impressive 5GHz even while under heavy load.

Along with the FX-9590, AMD is also introducing another FX-9000 series SKU, the FX-9370 clocked at up to 4.7GHz, which is will serve as the baby brother of the FX-9590. Both FX-9000 series processors will feature 8 Piledriver cores and will come unlocked for those overclocking junkies.

The new AMD FX-9000 series processors will begin shipping in prebuilt system this [...]

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July 31, 2012


ARCTIC’s Trinity Inspired HTPC Powerhouse

The supremacy a HTPC has over a DVD/CD player or a cablebox is evident. Being capable of extending its use beyond simply playing disks, more and more people are leaning towards HTPCs as the center of their home entertainment systems. Today, we’ll be taking a look at one such HTPC designed for just that purpose, the ARCTIC MC101 “Most Advanced Home Entertainment Centers“.

When ARCTIC first announced the MC101, I was extremely excited for the new product. It had a beautiful brushed aluminum design that I haven’t seen on any other device in the same class and even looked better in comparison to most [...]

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January 27, 2014

AMD Officially Releases Trinity Second Generation APUs

It’s been over a year since AMD first launched their first generation Llano APUs which brought with them solid CPU/GPU performance and power efficiency on a single die, and it looks like AMD’s is now releasing their new highly anticipated second generation APU, codenamed Trinity. The Trinity APU will be based off the new Piledriver microarchitecture, so we’ll be expecting to see improvements in both clock frequency as well as instructions per clock.

That said, the main changes from the Llano to Trinity is the switch to Piledriver x86 module which is derived from the desktop based Bulldozer CPUs. This means higher clock speeds starting at a base [...]

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January 27, 2014

AMD 2012 CPU Roadmap and Trinity APU Specifications Leaked

First we had the 7000 series leaks and now thanks to the guys at DonanimHaber, we’ve got some CPU leaks for you guys.

So, first things first, we’ll take a quick look at the CPU roadmap which details AMD’s plans for 2012.

Several interesting things to note:

Q1 – Nothing happening here. According to the chart, we’ve already got pretty much everything. Q2 – Looking at a couple more Zambezi processor releases which look like minor updates. AMD’s top of the line Trinity APUs will be released. The new Trinity APUs will include the new “Piledriver” modular cores along with some [...]

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