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February 12, 2017

Rumor: Leaked AMD Ryzen Spec Sheet Details 17 SKUs Including 8, 6, and 4 Core Variants

A new post from AnandTech forums appears to contain a full list of the upcoming Ryzen CPU SKU sheet which seemingly details all the upcoming Ryzen SKUs, their core count, TDP, the thermal infrastructure group each belongs to and the OPN (Ordering Part Number).

According to the chart, it appears that all the Ryzen 7 series CPUs will feature 8 cores and 16 threads. This will be followed by the Ryzen 5 series CPUs which will be split between 6 cores and 12 threads for the Ryzen 5 PRO 1500 and up, and 4 cores and 8 threads for the Ryzen 5 1400X and below. Finally, there will be the Ryzen 3 series CPUs which will feature 4 cores and 4 threads.

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February 12, 2017

Best Custom Gaming PC Build Under $1,200 [February 2017]

Mid-Range Gaming PC Build

Late last year, we put together a $1,200 custom gaming PC build which was very popular among the readers, but with new hardware releases over the past few months, we decided to once again put together a new build with the latest components. Our goal for this month’s build is once again put together a system with the greatest amount of performance for running all the latest games at mid to high settings at 1080P, 1440P, or 1600P without compromising style or going overbudget.

Let’s take a look at how we did!


Best Gaming Computer Build Component Summary – Budget: $1,200CPU Intel Core [...]
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February 11, 2017

8 Best Tools to Stress Test Your PC (CPU, RAM, GPU, and more)

So you just spent days on days researching, purchasing, and building your perfect new PC. You’ve gone the whole nine yards making sure the entire system is cable managed to a tee, your bright RGB LEDs are installed in just the right spots, and there’s plenty of airflow flowing through the entire system.

You power on your new PC and it seems to be working fine, but you want to make sure it’ll also be perfectly fine when the system has Battlefield loaded at the highest settings while streaming to Twitch for hours on hours.

In order to ensure that there’s no hidden defects, the most important thing to do after building a new PC is to stress [...]

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February 11, 2017

Verizon and T-Mobile Tied for Best Wireless Networks, According to OpenSignal Report

Network performance testing service OpenSignal recently published data on the US telecom carriers from the period of October 1st – December 31st, 2016.

Based on 4,599,231,167 data points from 169,683 users, it looks like T-Mobile and Verizon are tied for the best networks. In the report, T-Mobile took top spots in 4G download speeds, 3G download speeds, overall download speeds, and 3G latency. Verizon took top spots in 4G download speeds, overall download speeds, 4G latency and 4G availability.

Taking a closer look at the download speeds here, T-Mobile and Verizon were neck and neck for the top spots with overall download speeds showing somewhere [...]

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February 11, 2017

First AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Benchmarks Leaked, Competitive Against Intel Core i7-7700K and i7-6800K

Once again thanks to benchmark databases, some of the first Ryzen 7 1700X Passmark benchmarks were leaked showing competitive performance against the Intel Core i7-7700K and Core i7-6600K.

According to the search results in the Passmark database, the processor that was tested is the AMD ZD3406BAM88F4_38/34_Y processor.

Decoding the codename “ZD3406BAM88F4_38/34_Y”, Z stands for Qualification Sample, D stands for desktop chip, 340 stands for base frequency, 6 stands for revision, BA stands for 95W TDP, M stands for AM4 socket, 8 stands for number of cores, 8 stands for 4MB L2 + 16MB L3, F4 stands for B-stepping, 38 stands for boost clocks and [...]

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February 11, 2017

Intel Optane DC P4800X 3D XPoint SSD Spec Sheet Leaked

Intel’s collaboration with Micron to develop 3D XPoint storage has been a long time in the works and for the first time, we’re getting a concrete idea of how Intel’s upcoming Optane 3D XPoint-based enterprise SSDs will perform.

According to a recently leaked spec sheet by Chinese technology website, Techbang, the upcoming Intel Optane DC P4800X a very admirable drive. Coming in the HHHL form factor, the Optane DC P4800X features up to 375TB of storage and features the PCIe NVMe interface which allows for sequential read/write speed of up to 2,400/2,000MB/s, and 4K random performance up to 550,000/550,000 IOPS respectively.

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February 10, 2017

NSA Approves Windows 10, Surface Devices for Classified Data

In a lengthy blog post, Microsoft confirmed that its Windows 10 operating system and select Surface devices have been added to the NSA’s Commercial Solutions for Classified Programs (CSfC) list for use with classified data. Current list of approved devices includes the Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book.

“Our customers are the most security-conscious in the world and demonstrating our commitment to meeting their needs is incredibly important to us. Today, I’m excited to share that both Windows 10 and Surface devices including Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book have been added to the NSA’s Commercial Solutions for Classified Programs [...]

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February 10, 2017

8th Gen Intel Core CPUs May Use Both 10nm,14nm Process

Remember the slide Intel recently presented at their annual investor day conference that may have looked a bit strange? The one above where it shows “ADVANCING MOORE’S LAW ON 14nm” with 8th Gen Intel Core i7 right underneath showing a >15% performance increase in SysMark? While many have chalked it up to a typo, it seems like it actually confirms that not all of Intel’s upcoming 8th Generation processors may be manufactured on Intel’s 10nm manufacturing node.

In a recent tweet sent out by Motley Fool Senior Technology Specialist, Ashraf Eassa, Eassa had some interesting bits to share about his experience at the investor [...]

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February 10, 2017

Intel Launches Beast Xeon E7-8894 v4 24-Core Hyper-Threaded Processor

Although AMD’s Ryzen CPU is the hot topic of the tech world at the moment, let’s not forget about Intel, which recently launched their new beast of a processor, the Xeon E7-8894 v4.

Designed for scale-up workloads in an enterprise environment, the new 14nm Broadwell based Xeon E7-8894 v4 is a socket FCLGA2011 socket processor featuring a clock speed of 2.4GHz with boost clocks up to 3.4GHz, support for a whopping 24TB of DDR4 ECC memory, a monstrous 60MB of onboard cache, and a whopping 24-cores with Hyper-Threading allowing it to crunch up to 48-threads simultaneously all at a TDP of 165W.

Want one? Yeah, me too. The Intel Xeon E7-8894 v4 is [...]

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February 9, 2017

Intel 8th Gen Cannonlake CPUs to be 15%+ Faster Than 7th Gen Kaby Lake

Although AMD’s Ryzen chips are the hot topic at least until their launch either end of this month or early next month, Intel recently held their investor day to convince investors why it’s still a great idea to invest in Intel.

During the presentation, Intel President of Client & IoT Business and Systems Architecture Group President, Dr. Murthy Renduchintala, told investors that Intel’s upcoming 10nm Cannonlake CPUs (8th Generation Core) will perform over 15% better when compared to current generation 14nm Kaby Lake CPUs (7th Generation Core). Of course, these numbers are only based on the SYSmark 2014 benchmark, so it’s unclear where the [...]

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