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AMD Ryzen 3 1200 and 1300X CPU Review

Bringing in the tail-end of the newest AMD CPUs we have the Ryzen 3 lineup. This is AMD’s offering for the budget-minded PC user. Today we’ll be looking at the two quad-core offerings, the 1200 and 1300X. The 1300X has the XFR technology we’ve seen from the Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X, and Ryzen 5 1500X/1600X allowing for boost speeds over their typical max. The 1200 is locked to its listed speeds, unless you’re overclocking. One major difference from the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 CPUs is the exclusion of Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT) from the Ryzen 3 processors. While this does mean a performance hit for multithreaded applications, it also cuts the cost of the product making it accessible to more users. Let’s take a closer look at the lineup now. Read More

AMD Ryzen 5 1500X and 1600X CPU Review

Coming in swiftly behind big brother we have Ryzen 5. This is AMD’s offering for the more budget-minded PC user. Today we’ll be looking at the hex-core 1600X and the quad-core 1500X. These CPUs both have the XFR technology we’ve seen from the Ryzen 7 1800X and 1700X allowing for boost speeds over their typical max. Without further adieu, on to the main show. Read More

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X CPU Review

It feels like it has been years since we’ve had an AMD CPU on hand for a review, because it has! The last part we saw was an APU back in 2014. Since those years ago, AMD has come out with a completely new architecture, moved to a 14nm process, gotten rid of those “modules” we’ve grown accustomed to, and are boasting a self-proclaimed 52% IPC gain over their previous CPU. Desktop processors now range from four cores without SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading) all the way up to eight cores with SMT. All of the processors have a vastly reduced TDP with the highest SKU coming in at 95W (just four watts higher than the i7-7700K). This is a huge improvement of the 220W the top Vishera CPU pulled down and the 125W of the FX-8580.

Today, specifically, we’ll be talking about the Ryzen 7 series, the flagship 1800X CPU in the lineup. IPC improvements are huge over Excavator, thread count is up (depending how you view modules the core count is up also), and I know all of us enthusiasts are excited to see the new challenger who has been looming. That said, enough from me, let’s get to the chip. Read More

ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex Motherboard Review

Intel has recently released Union Point, the Z270 chipset, for their new desktop CPU lineup. ASUS has taken this opportunity to redefine their motherboard lineup a bit and go back to their ROG roots with the ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex. The Apex line is made specifically with a eye on overclocking, particularly extreme overclocking, when looking at its feature set. Never fear! Enthusiasts, Gamers, and RGB LED lovers will not be forgotten either! Read on to see some of the great features the Apex has and we will look into its performance and overclocking. Read More

Thermaltake Riing 14 Premium Fans Review

The Thermaltake Riing 14 LED RGB TT Premium Edition 3-Fan Pack is an eyeful to see. These fans offer ring shaped LED’s in 256 colors. The kit was designed for radiators. We will look at these fans as fans. We will also look at the software that gives us those 256 colors, as well as controlling the fan
speed. Read More

MSI Announces Full Line-up GTX 1070 GPU's

MSI has just announced the release of their full line-up for the NVIDIA GTX 1070 series GPU’s. The line-up will include the GTX 1070 Aero 8G, Aero 8G OC, Armor 8G, Armor 8G OC, Gaming X 8G, and Seahawk X. Here is what MSI has to say about their latest product line. Read More

ASUS ROG Matrix GTX 980 Ti Platinum Edition Video Card Review

The ASUS ROG Matrix platinum video cards are well known among many enthusiast circles. From the hardcore liquid nitrogen-using, competitive overclocker down to the hardcore gamer that wants some of the fastest clocks and “best of the best” hardware. I remember this line of cards from the HD5870 series on forward being a beast in nearly all aspects of its use. I have a funny feeling that will not change with the latest flagship, the ASUS ROG Matrix GTX 980 Ti Platinum Edition video card, we have for review today. We will talk about some of its unique features, as well as check out its performance. Seat belts on, tray tables in their upright and locked positions…we are a go for launch! Read More

Scythe Ninja 4 Heatsink Review

The Ninja heatsinks are beautiful, symmetrical heatsinks. The Ninja 4 is all that; you would love to have this heatsink decorating your computer from its looks alone. But will it cool? Is it easy to mount? Let’s see. Read More