Test of AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor: 32 threads on AM4

The Ryzen 9 5950X is the highest performance processor designed for the “small” AMD AM4 socket. At the same time, it is a rarity that has essentially no competition (Intel has nothing against it) and is roughly halfway to high-end Threadrippers. Compared to those, however, it has a higher gaming performance and a cheap motherboard will also suffice. This processor is even sometimes more power-efficient than the slower 5900X. Read more “Test of AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor: 32 threads on AM4” »

Single-thread boost analysis of Vermeer, Rocket and Comet Lake

In a recent test of processors, we focused on everything, even single-threaded boost. We will now take a closer look at it, because its behavior is remarkable. Modern processors also use two cores in turns for single-threaded tasks. This creates a short pause for the unloaded core to cool down. We captured how it works in bar graphs with waveforms, and you will also find out whether the specifications are closer met by AMD or Intel. Read more “Single-thread boost analysis of Vermeer, Rocket and Comet Lake” »

TL-B12 Extrem: New fan by Thermalright with 3,150 rpm

A remarkable fan—TL-B12 Extrem—has appeared among the products on Thermalright.com. It will be one of the few options with very high speed and therefore high static pressure and air flow. According to specifications, it even defeats the industrial variant of the Noctua NF-F12 fan (iPPC-3000 PWM) in some aspects. However, the TL-B12 Extrem could be cheaper. Read more “TL-B12 Extrem: New fan by Thermalright with 3,150 rpm” »

Intel Core i9-11900K vs. AMD Ryzen 9 5900X. Who’s the winner?

Have you already created a perfect picture of the current generation of desktop processors or are you still willing to reconsider some things? For the start of HWC processor tests, we’ve picked the hottest hardware from Intel’s mainstream offer – the Core i9-11900K, which is going to compete against the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X in 40 chapters full of information. The older Core i9-10900K has also successfully been re-tested by the new methodology. Read more “Intel Core i9-11900K vs. AMD Ryzen 9 5900X. Who’s the winner?” »

Graphics card prices fall sharply, now lowest since February

Last month we had tentative reports of possibly improving  situation in graphics card market, which is afflicted by shortages and high prices this year—largely due to the return of cryptocurrency bubble and the resulting Ethereum mining obsession. The crisis seems to really be on its way out. Prices continue to fall, in Germany they’re already at lowest levels since February. And their decline is pretty fast too. Read more “Graphics card prices fall sharply, now lowest since February” »

Low price, high thermal conductivity – SPC Pactum PT-4

A new thermal paste has been introduced – Pactum PT-4. Its specifications are admirable, considering the lower price range. The thermal conductivity is more than double that of the previous Pactum PT-2. At least on paper. It could finally be a real competition for the Arctic MX-5. Particularly the application of the PT-4 should be comfortable for its low viscosity. Read more “Low price, high thermal conductivity – SPC Pactum PT-4” »

SilentiumPC Navis Evo ARGB 360 – AIO cooler for everyone

In today’s review, I would like to show you another all-in-one liquid cooler. This time it is the highest AIO model from SilentiumPC – Navis Evo ARGB 360. In terms of price, AIO coolers from the Navis series are very attractive and offer an interesting price-performance ratio. So today, we’re going to check whether the manufacturer did not save costs in the wrong areas and whether this cooler can defend its place in a market full of competitors. Read more “SilentiumPC Navis Evo ARGB 360 – AIO cooler for everyone” »

Asus ZenBook 13 OLED: Affordable ultrabook, outstanding display

Last year, Asus introduced new ZenBooks, which are gradually improving, and in addition to new gen CPUs, we have also seen a change in display technology, which we have written about in a separate article. We got the cheapest model with an OLED display for the test. In addition to the 13-inch body, it also has a revamped Ryzen 5500U. We have only recently tested a configuration with Intel, so an interesting comparison is awaiting us. Read more “Asus ZenBook 13 OLED: Affordable ultrabook, outstanding display” »

„Windows 11 requires TPM“. Don’t panic, just do this in BIOS

Microsoft has unveiled Windows 11. In addition to new features and improvements, it also has higher HW requirements than Windows 10. It’s not performance that’s needed, but rather special features that not every PC may have. W11 requires TPM 2.0 (or Trusted Platform Module), which many people are now looking for. But there’s no need to get nervous, because in fact you probably already have it, just need to enable it. How to do it? Read more “„Windows 11 requires TPM“. Don’t panic, just do this in BIOS” »

Computex 21: Q&A with EK Water Blocks

Just a few days ago, we covered a plethora of exciting news and upcoming products from EKWB, a leading company in the water cooling industry. But we’ve also reached directly to EKWB for an „under the hood“ interview. In order to pierce the veil a bit, we sent a set of questions to EKWB. Just a few days ago, we finally received EKWB‘s answers to those questions and we’d like to share the whole interview with you today. Read more “Computex 21: Q&A with EK Water Blocks” »

Leak shows performance of 1024 and 3584 shader Intel Xe GPUs

Data on the performance of two of Intel’s gaming graphics cards with the DG2/Xe HPG architecture have been leaked: cheaper cards could compete with the GeForce GTX 1650 to GTX 1650 Super, mainstream cards with 448 EU are expected to be just behind the RTX 3070. Which means that a full-fat version with 512 EU could be even faster. Intel thus could have a chance to take hold in a large parts of the gaming graphics market. Read more “Leak shows performance of 1024 and 3584 shader Intel Xe GPUs” »

Noctua NH-U12S redux – Affordable version of the popular cooler

Noctua NH-U12S redux was recently introduced as a more affordable alternative to the premium NH-U12S variants,especially the NH-U12S Chromax. The body of the cooler is slightly redesigned compared to the original version, and we can also find a NF-P12 redux fan here. Redux products are known for a budget-friendlier design, which is reflected in the lower price of this cooler. Let’s find out whether the savings were made in the wrong places. Read more “Noctua NH-U12S redux – Affordable version of the popular cooler” »

Noctua NH-P1 – First impression with some preliminary testing

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen the prototype, but the first passive cooler from Noctua with the designation NH-P1 was finally introduced this week. Its design is rather different from usual coolers as the main priority is maximization of heat dissipation to its surroundings. And to increase its efficiency, a new A12x25 LS-PWM fan with very quiet operation was also introduced as complementary accessory for semi-passive cooling. Read more “Noctua NH-P1 – First impression with some preliminary testing” »

SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD V2: bigger and faster

We have already tested external SSDs from SanDisk several times. However, it has always been a model of Extreme Portable SSD, namely from 2018 and 2020. However, the manufacturer also offers another model, which it refers to as Extreme Pro Portable SSD. We have tested its second generation from 2020 in detail and we will be interested in whether it’s worth paying extra for the “Pro” label or whether you can do with the base model. Read more “SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD V2: bigger and faster” »

AMD GPUs will be chiplet, confirmed for 5nm Aldebaran

After Ryzen and Threadripper chiplet CPUs, AMD’s GPUs are apparently next to take this approach using several smaller chips to replace a single bigger one. AMD staff have now confirmed that the next generation of compute GPUs, likely coming next year (possibly as the first 5nm GPUs), will consist of at least two chiplets. Chiplets have not yet been confirmed in gaming graphics cards, but they could appear in the new RDNA 3 architecture. Read more “AMD GPUs will be chiplet, confirmed for 5nm Aldebaran” »

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