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Posted by Damon Bailey
on Sunday, July 7, 2019 - 9:01am
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

About two years ago, AMD launched its new ‘Zen’ architecture as the AMD Ryzen series desktop processors. In a single day, AMD jumped from being ‘the other guys’ to being back on the radar in a polarized cacophony of love and hate, depending on the brand preference. For nearly a decade, if you wanted top performance on the mainstream desktop, you went blue. If you wanted to avoid a second mortgage you went red. While there were a few teething issues, as is the case with any new architecture, by and large, Ryzen delivered a CPU any AMD fan could be proud of and that gave more than one Intel purchaser a bit of buyer’s remorse.  Fast forward through a refined second generation ‘Zen+’ to this month with the launch of AMD’s 3rd generation Ryzen and true 2nd generation Zen architecture and AMD has redefined the very definition of a “mainstream” desktop.

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Sunday, July 7, 2019 - 9:00am
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

AMD’s Ryzen 7 3700X is an interesting CPU to write about. Until today, an 8 core, 16-thread processor on the mainstream desktop would be considered a flagship and would command a matching price tag. The first consumer mainstream 8-core CPU, the Ryzen 7 1800X is a prime example of this with its launch price of $499 barely two years ago. With the launch of the new Ryzen 9 segment, 3rd generation Ryzen CPU’s will extend up to a core count of 16 which was previously only found in the High-End Desk Top or server space with a substantial four-digit price tag. Today we’ll be taking a look at the new Ryzen 7 3700X, a mainstream 8-core, 16-thread CPU that carries high-end features like PCIe 4.0 support, a massive 36MB GameCache, fully-unlocked overclocking potential and a very mainstream and modest $329 price tag. Is a flagship CPU at a mainstream price too good to be true? Let’s find out!

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, June 10, 2019 - 8:00am
Biostar A10N-8800 AMD SoC Motherboard

With as much attention as the latest flagship gaming products get, it’s easy to believe that’s the majority of the market. In reality, the bleeding edge makes up a miniscule fraction of the gamer population. More gamers have and use more sensible (read: affordable) machines. Outside of the high cost, many popular games just simply don’t need that level of horsepower. Most of the games that E-sports have made popular will run well on just about anything. Biostar’s A10N-8800 motherboard combines AMD’s FX-8800P low power Accelerated Processing Unit with a desktop compatible ITX form-factor to capitalize on the single-chip CPU/GPU budget gaming category. Featuring four cores up to 3.4GHz and a Radeon R7 graphics solution in a single chip, the Carrizo APU can handle daily use and light gaming without the cost associated with a larger and more complex machine. Let’s see how it does!

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Friday, November 16, 2018 - 12:00pm
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AM4 CPU

A very short time ago in the PC world, flagship CPU’s came in with 4 cores, and maybe 8 threads. A mere couple of generations later, budget level CPU’s have 4 cores while flagships measure into the dozens. Of course, the price tag for dozens of cores matches the raw power and most users simply have no use for upwards of 32 cores. AMD already makes a strong case in the realm of price per performance, and CPU’s around the middle of the pack exemplify that. Today we’ll be taking a look at the Ryzen 5 2600. Carrying six cores, twelve threads, a base clock of 3.4 GHz, the Ryzen 5 2600 provides the highest multiprocessing performance in its class for gamers and creators.

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 8:00am
AMD Athlon 200GE AM4 Dual Core and Vega CPU

AMD’s Zen architecture has been making waves for more than a year and a half now with a seemingly never-ending stream of high-performance CPU’s that continually climb in core counts, All the way up to the staggering 32-core Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX. Today we’ll be looking at its polar-opposite, the very budget friendly new AMD Athlon 200GE. Featuring twin Zen cores coupled to three Vega Graphics units and one of the lowest wattage ratings of any desktop Zen CPU, the Athlon 200GE might just be perfect for your next media or office PC. Being based on the versatile AM4 socket, you can even use it to get your foot in the door if you are looking to upgrade an older machine. Let’s see how it does!

Posted by Heath Coop
on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 7:30am

A couple of days ago we reviewed the Ryzen 7 1700X, a member of AMD’s much anticipated replacement for the aging FX series processors. We came away quite impressed. It offered performance rivaled many more expensive processors from Team Blue. Today we get to look at least expensive processor in the Ryzen 7 lineup, the Ryzen 7 1700.

Posted by Heath Coop
on Monday, April 3, 2017 - 8:00am

AMD fans are dancing in the streets. Why? AMD’s much anticipated Ryzen processor is finally here. Ryzen is the replacement for the long maligned FX series processors. Ryzen features an all new design that promised far great performance and far greater efficiency.

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