Most MSI cases will support USB 3.2 gen. 2×2

MSI has been intensely committed to application of the 20-gigabit standard of USB 3.2 gen. 2×2 for a long time. So far this was only in regards to the external connectors on the rear panel of motherboards with an Intel chipset. According to current information, this interface will soon be supported internally and MSI even intends to add it to the cases as well. However, this will only apply to the next generation of motherboards. Read more “Most MSI cases will support USB 3.2 gen. 2×2” »

AMD Ryzen 5 3600: Older bestseller head-to-head with new CPUs

One of the most popular CPUs in recent history. That is the Ryzen 5 3600. In stores It’s almost totally unavailable, yet it’s performance numbers are very valuable. Many of you own this processor thanks to its popularity so I presume you will appreciate a little head-to-head with more recent and more available models. From these tests, you will get an idea how the 6 Zen 2 cores stack up against Zen 3 (5600X) or Intel (be it Rocket Lake or Comet Lake). Read more “AMD Ryzen 5 3600: Older bestseller head-to-head with new CPUs” »

HWC’s testlab #1: New average CPU score measuring method

Since the last processor test (including) we have changed the way we evaluate the overall or average performance of all games. You suggested to us in the discussion half a year ago that it would be better for all games to have the same weight. However, the right time to incorporate this new calculation came only recently. So how do we actually do it and why is it better than before? Read more “HWC’s testlab #1: New average CPU score measuring method” »

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X: Worth €120 more than the Core i5?

We’ve already discussed the middle class Intel processors (Core i5) in tests, but so far without comparing it to the equivalent Ryzen 5. We will gradually add these, but before the R5 3600, do not miss the extensive comparison of R5 5600X to Ci5-11400F. It’s a bit of an unequal fight, as the AMD piece is significantly more expensive, but maybe in your eyes it will defend its price in tasks where it is clearly better than the Core i5 Rocket Lake. Read more “AMD Ryzen 5 5600X: Worth €120 more than the Core i5?” »

Future AMD AM5 socket will likely support current coolers

It seems that CPU coolers compatible with AMD AM4 will also fit nicely on the upcoming AM5 socket. And that’s with no modifications or the need for new components. This is indicated by an information leak from the technical documentation with details about the future AMD socket. Its construction changes significantly and is therefore particularly remarkable that the same range of mounting holes for coolers and other hardware is maintained. Read more “Future AMD AM5 socket will likely support current coolers” »

Thicker fan, better properties? Phanteks has a 30 mm fan

Phanteks has released a 120-millimeter fan with an atypical thickness of 30 mm. Thanks to such a profile, the rotor with the same cross-section can have a larger blade area. And since the blade shape on the new Phanteks fan resembles that of the Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM, there was immediate speculation about “the new king” and so on. However, this may not be so clear for several reasons. Read more “Thicker fan, better properties? Phanteks has a 30 mm fan” »

Review of AMD Ryzen 7 3700X processor. Zen 2 still rocks

Even after the release of the Ryzen 7 5700G, the Ryzen 7 3700X is currently the cheapest octa-core processor. It still doesn’t have a proper successor. The Ryzen 5 5800X is significantly pricier, but it is fully stocked in stores. This last-gen model could thus be considered up-to-date and should not be omitted in comparisons with other processors. It also beats the Rocket Lake Core i7 not only in efficiency but also occasionally in performance. Read more “Review of AMD Ryzen 7 3700X processor. Zen 2 still rocks” »

Intel Core i7-11700KF: A hair slower, but better value than Core i9

8 cores, 16 threads. From this point of view, it is the same configuration as the Core i9-11900K(F). However, the Core i9 is a significantly more expensive processor and, especially in games, it has a much higher power consumption. At the same time, the difference in performance is minimal. It follows that with higher efficiency, the Core i7-11700K(F) has a more attractive price-performance ratio. Read more “Intel Core i7-11700KF: A hair slower, but better value than Core i9” »

MS Flight Simulator July update test: More than twice the FPS

The announced update to increase performance in MFS is out, and we have a “before” and “after” comparison for you. Developers has worked to ensure that the processor does not significantly bottleneck the GPU. So far, the performance of the graphics card did not matter much, because only a fraction of its potential was used. But newly, you will achieve better performance on low-end hardware than you did before on a top-end rig. Read more “MS Flight Simulator July update test: More than twice the FPS” »

Radeon RX 6600 XT with Navi 23 revealed: specs, price, benches

Reports that AMD was to unveil a new and so far the cheapest graphics card with RDNA 2 architecture on Friday turned out to be true and AMD has announced Radeon RX 6600 XT. Full specifications has been revealed, but with a price a bit higher than what has been leaked. The card using the new Navi 23 GPU should offer higher performance and a slightly lower power draw than Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3060, but for a price 15% higher. Read more “Radeon RX 6600 XT with Navi 23 revealed: specs, price, benches” »

Noctua seems to be working on a cooler for Asus Strix graphics

We have exclusively come across an information leak, which indicates that some of the upcoming ROG Strix graphics cards will have a cooler from Noctua. The headline could easily have a tabloid undertone “we’re first to know!”, but on the contrary, we will approach this thing with humility. There is little information and it is rather about clues. But it seems that the question at the moment is not IF, but WHEN. Read more “Noctua seems to be working on a cooler for Asus Strix graphics” »

The new (11400F) vs. older (10400F) Intel Core i5 processor

Intel has practically no direct competition in the segment of cheaper processors. The lowest Core i5 CPUs are significantly cheaper than the Ryzen 5 5600X, which is AMD’s entry level in this class. Therefore, this brotherly duel of the new (11400F) with the older (10400F) Core i5 is more attractive than comparing the processors between the two companies. That was also a wish of one of our readers, and now it is finally coming true. Read more “The new (11400F) vs. older (10400F) Intel Core i5 processor” »

The story of building the exclusive Metro Exodus EE-themed rig

Coincidentally, we’ve got our hands on one extremely interesting project with graphically improved Metro Exodus (Enhanced Edition), which was released relatively recently. Gigabyte and Nvidia have ordered a thematic setup for this game, which has been adopted by TichéPC. And the result? That’s on you to judge. I have admired Gabo’s work for years and now it was finally a good opportunity for a hardware interview. Read more “The story of building the exclusive Metro Exodus EE-themed rig” »

Nvidia RTX Studio – when CPU and graphics shaders won’t do

Nvidia uses the term RTX Studio for desktop or laptop PCs with a high performance GeForce RTX or Quadro RTX graphics card. In certain applications, it can significantly increase computing power (and productivity) by incorporating tensor cores which, together with the Turing architecture, joined the high-end of Nvidia’s GPU. We will demonstrate how and where this form of hardware acceleration runs in this review. Read more “Nvidia RTX Studio – when CPU and graphics shaders won’t do” »

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” »

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