AMD AM5 platform: B650, X670, X670E chipsets and how they differ

This week, AMD unveiled the Ryzen 7000 CPUs and Zen 4 architecture at Computex 2022. These new desktop processors will also introduce a brand new platform with the AM5 socket and new chipsets – B650, X670 and X670E. We now have details of these platforms and an overview of the connectivity that the AM5 boards will offer. Some of it has been revealed directly by AMD, but there’s also an unofficial leak with many more details. Read more “AMD AM5 platform: B650, X670, X670E chipsets and how they differ” »

GeForce GTX 1630 launches next week. Full specs revealed

It looks like Nvidia’s new budget graphics card, which we just wrote about on Friday, will be out a lot sooner than it might have seemed. VideoCardz has already found out practically full specs of the GPU, so we have a better idea of where it might fit in terms of price and performance. In particular, though, they write that its launch should be practically around the corner, and we’ll probably see it at the end of this month. Read more “GeForce GTX 1630 launches next week. Full specs revealed” »

Photos of GeForce RTX 4090 Ti Founders Edition cooler have leaked

The news of this week is that the new GPU generation will not be waiting for September, with Nvidia planning to release (or at least unveil) the new Lovelace architecture and the first GeForce RTX 4000 graphics in July. And indeed, the leaks are starting to pour in. After the specs leak, a photo of the cooler for the top-of-the-line GeForce RTX 4090 or 4090 Ti Founders Edition cards directly from Nvidia has also surfaced. Read more “Photos of GeForce RTX 4090 Ti Founders Edition cooler have leaked” »

AMD Ryzen 7000 sample leaked: Zen 4 cores boost up to 5.2 GHz

AMD CPUs bringing the 5nm manufacturing process, the new Zen 4 architecture and also a new desktop platform (AM5) with DDR5 memory, look to be quite close, these Ryzen 7000 processors could be here as early as September. An interesting teaser has emerged now: it seems AMD tested a Ryzen 7000 sample in the Phoronix Test Suite, and the result went public in the OpenBenchmarking database. And it shows quite interesting specifications. Read more “AMD Ryzen 7000 sample leaked: Zen 4 cores boost up to 5.2 GHz” »

Arctic BioniX P120 A-RGB: The lit specialist for filters and grilles

Now that’s what we call a turnaround. Remember how the BioniX F120 failed on obstacles? The newer BioniX P120 (A-RGB) no longer has such a fundamental limitation. On the contrary, it is significantly less stifled by obstacles than many competing fans. Just tame those vibrations, fine-tune the acoustics, where there are some flaws, and it’ll be great. The basis (the rotor) is better in practice than the label parameters suggest. Read more “Arctic BioniX P120 A-RGB: The lit specialist for filters and grilles” »

Lian Li Lancool II Mesh Performance: Modularity first

Lian Li Lancool? Lian Li is historically known for using more aluminium than its “steel” competitors. Lancool, on the other hand, was at a time a separate brand for, say, cheaper Lian Li derivatives. But what does a “Lian Li Lancool” Mesh Performance look like? The name promises an emphasis on cooling, but the case is also characterized by the extra modularity of the individual parts. Read more “Lian Li Lancool II Mesh Performance: Modularity first” »

FSR 2.0 is no eyesore now. AMD upscaler analysis in Deathloop

The second version of FidelityFX Super Resolution is officially released. This upscaler premiered in Deathloop, the first and so far the only supported game. We compared FSR 2.0 with FSR 1.0 in our tests, both visually and performance-wise. While FSR 1.0 couldn’t compete visually with Nvidia’s DLSS, and the result was significantly worse, AMD pulled the thorn out of its heel with FSR 2.0. A full-featured alternative is now available. Read more “FSR 2.0 is no eyesore now. AMD upscaler analysis in Deathloop” »

Intel Arc graphics cards due in a few weeks, pricing has leaked

Intel’s entry into gaming GPU market currently held by just Nvidia and AMD has been long awaited. Intel took its first step with Arc GPUs in late March, but only with low-end mobile models so far. But the three-way competition could start as soon as this month with the arrival of regular Arc graphics cards in desktop PCs. According to the WCCFtech, mainstream models will come out first and we already have some price estimates. Read more “Intel Arc graphics cards due in a few weeks, pricing has leaked” »

Sapphire RX 6650 XT Nitro+ test: RTX 3060 falls even further behind

The Radeon RX 6650 XT replaces the RX 6600 XT in AMD’s lineup. That one beats the GeForce RTX 3060 in performance under certain circumstances, but always only narrowly. Now, after the GPU’s frequency and memory bandwidth increase, Radeon’s dominance is clear, and yet efficiency is still on AMD’s side. The non-reference Sapphire Nitro+ design is also super-quiet – the cooler is now quite a bit more robust. Read more “Sapphire RX 6650 XT Nitro+ test: RTX 3060 falls even further behind” »

Radeons RX 7000 to support PCIe 5.0, will get HW AV1 encoder

While so far unconfirmed, reports have surfaced that the next generation of gaming GPUs in Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 4000 “Lovelace” will not yet support PCI Express 5.0 connectivity and will stay at 4.0 with half the lane speed. But it seems that PCIe 5.0 could be coming for the competition. This is hinted at in the code adding support for these GPUs to Linux, which also gave some other hints of the features of the RDNA 3 graphics. Read more “Radeons RX 7000 to support PCIe 5.0, will get HW AV1 encoder” »

Asus ZenWiFi Pro XT12 – tower router with WiFi 6 and 2.5 Gb LAN

Routers, for the most part, are not among the design-appealing devices you’d want to show off. They are usually white or black boxes with antennas sticking out of them and you hide them somewhere behind your computer, TV or in a closet. But that doesn’t have to be the rule, and the new Asus ZenWiFi Pro XT12 is proof of that. In addition to the unconventional design, the tested model impresses with its focus on mesh networking, which Asus routers are known for. Read more “Asus ZenWiFi Pro XT12 – tower router with WiFi 6 and 2.5 Gb LAN” »

Intel Meteor Lake already boots Windows. Launch pushed forward?

Late last week, Intel released Q1 financial results. In addition to sales, profits and margins numbers (which were noteably down), the company also announced news more technical in nature. The company already has the first functional CPUs manufactured using the 4nm “Intel 4” node, the 14th generation Core “Meteor Lake” chiplet design processors. This means that these CPUs could come out sooner than expected. Read more “Intel Meteor Lake already boots Windows. Launch pushed forward?” »

Arctic Freezer 7 X rev. 3: The cooling legend that missed the boat

How many generations of processors could the Freezer 7 cool? The most. No other brand of coolers has been around for so long. That’s worthy of respect, but the fact remains that the progression in efficiency is rapid from revision to revision. Some improvements do come, but at a slower rate than competing solutions that are way more cost-effective. Thus, Freezer 7 often reaches the shelves of brick-and-mortar stores and PC builds only by inertia. Read more “Arctic Freezer 7 X rev. 3: The cooling legend that missed the boat” »

Next year’s Ryzen 7000 APUs will have RDNA 3 GPUs

This fall, AMD is releasing a new generation of graphics cards (Radeon RX 7000) and Ryzen 7000 “Raphael” desktop processors with Zen 4 cores. However, this architecture should also be adopted quite quickly by Ryzen 7000 “Phoenix” APU processors for laptops. Little was known about these, but information on them has also started to leak: the Linux driver code has revealed the architecture of the integrated GPU. Read more “Next year’s Ryzen 7000 APUs will have RDNA 3 GPUs” »

Akasa OTTO SF12: Anti-vibration membrane, wavy blades and IP68

Predisposed to more demanding industrial conditions, Akasa OTTO fans go well beyond “normal” home computer use. Complete water and dust resistance, three-phase torque and, above all, a unique vibration elimination system. The effectiveness of the proven “S-Flow” rotor is high, but there is one thing Akasa has overdone a bit. That is, if the OTTO SF12 fan is really meant for system cooling. Read more “Akasa OTTO SF12: Anti-vibration membrane, wavy blades and IP68” »

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