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AMD Threadripper Released!

AMD, or Advanced Micro Devices has finally offically pulled the lid off their new high end desktop cpus. Looks to be a stellar platform!, if you are interested in reading a few reviews, or perhaps watching a video review I have you covered down below.  Click Here to go to AMD’s website to learn more.

Here are links to Reviews. Credit to forum user: onjoy on forums for completing the list.

AnandTech: The AMD Ryzen ThreadRipper: CPU on Steriods
Bit-Tech: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X Review
GamersNexus: AMD Threadripper 1950X & 1920X Review: MCM Bet Pays Off
Guru3D: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
HWC: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X & 1950X Review
HWZ: AMD Ryzen Threadripper vs. Intel Core i9-7900X: The fastest chips money can buy
HotHardWare: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X And 1920X Review: Unleashing The Multi-Threaded Beast
Hexus: Review: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X
KitGuru: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (16C32T) & 1920X (12C24T) CPU Review
PcPer: The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X Review
PCWorld: Ryzen Threadripper Review: AMD’s monster stomps on other CPUs
TweakTown: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X CPU Review

Video Reviews:
Paul’s Hardware:
OC3D Tv:
Hardware Unboxed:

AMD releases 17.7.2 drivers

Yesterday AMD released a new set of drivers. Nothing to really note other than Enhanced sync, which is basically a improved version of Freesync. You can download them here

  • Enhanced Sync– Increased responsiveness, decreased stuttering
  • Game Responsiveness – Enable faster response time in supported titles
  • Radeon™ Chill² – Now supporting DirectX® 12 and Vulkan® and available for laptops, multi-GPUs and Radeon XConnect™ capable systems
  • Radeon™ ReLive – enabling gamers to record and stream gameplay with better video and audio controls and real-time notifications
  • Radeon™ WattMan¹ – Comprehensive control over engine clock, voltage, power, temperature and acoustics
  • And Many More

I did a few Benchmarks of game performance vs the old 17.7.1 drivers. Both GTA V and Civ 6 saw decent gains in performance.   Not much else to note.

17.7.1 17.7.2
Far Cry Primal
min 49 48
max 67 67
avg 60 60
Civilization 6
99% Percentile 31.242ms 30.817ms
avg 25.008ms 24.625ms
Pass 0 avg 52.62 53.49
Pass 1 avg 53.51 54.51
Pass 2 avg 50.54 51.064
Ashes of Singularity
All Batches 58.6 58.4
Normal batches 68.6 68.9
Medium batches 59.6 58.7
Heavy Batches 50.3 50.5

Thoughts on Intel vs AMD on the HEDT Platform

We have not seen competition on the high end for quite some time. Starting in August for the first time in a long time AMD will have product stack to complete across the entire cpu stack.  While Intel have been key to show their bitter side towards AMD with marketing slides such as “4 glued together desktop dies. ” I tell you that is some serious mud slinging along with a dash of unprofessionalism.  So are comments like this from Intel warranted?

Well lets break down AMD Threadripper, a bit. First AMD has new tech they call Infinity Fabric. This is a high speed interconnect that handles all chip to chip communication.  It has a few advantages compared to traditional interconnects.  One of the major advantages is their ability to connect several packaged dies together. Instead of one large monolithic die, such as we have seen in the past.  AMD uses this fabric to place 2 separate dies on the same package.  So these dies are not glued together, but there are in fact 2 separate dies which connect to one another with Infinity Fabric. This process is further scaled on with AMD Epyc, which features 4 separate dies.

Ok so AMD Threadripper and AMD Eypc are not glued together dies. Will they be competitive in the market?

On the High end side of things AMD will have the R9-1998x which will feature 16 cores and 32 threads of x86 compute goodness.   Base clock of 3.5ghz and boost clock of 3.8ghz. Compared to Intel Core i9 7980XE which features 18 cores and 36 threads. Of course the later is slated to be much more expensive.  More to come on this later.

Ryzen 7 Build complete.

I decided to build a new computer. So what parts did I choose? and why?  Well more on that later in a separate article.  Here’s a photo and a spec sheet of the new rig.

AMD Ryzen 7 1700 + EK Supremacy Evo Waterblock

Asus Crosshair Formula VI Hero

Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 3000mhz 16gb (8gbx2)

Asus Rx-480 + Bitspower RGB Water Block

Mushkin Reactor 1TB SSD

Seagate BarraCuda ST4000DM005 4TB X2

OCZ Vertex 4 256gb SSD

Seasonic X-850 Gold Power Supply

Cooling: AlphaCool Xt 45 280mm Front Radiator ,AlphaCool Xt 45 240mm Top Radiator, EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 Water Pump, ThermalTake Riing RBG Fans

All Housed inside a Fractal Arc Midi



Customer Service Woes XSPC

I haven’t updated the site in awhile and I apologize for that.  My day job has been eating up all my free time.  Anyway back to my rant. I contacted XSPC about my newly purchased replacement water pump.  I’ve owned this pump about little over 2 months now, and It started to vibrate and make noise.  First I thought it was just a loose mount, but I checked all of that and all seemed good. I contacted XSPC and they prompted me to record a video of the problem and so I did just that.

Here is the video I took.

XSPC responded and said to turn the fans off because that is all they could hear. I responded by saying the noise you hear is not the fans but the water pump and it is defective. It’s been almost  2 full weeks with out a response.  Rant over.  Pump noise has continued to get louder forcing me to remove the pump from my system, and install a different pump.

AVOID XSPC, and their products, they have very poor customer service, and do not stand behind their products.


Intel I7-7700k Sneak Peak

“You guys likely know that synthetic benchmarks are not our favorites when it comes to evaluating and reviewing enthusiast PC hardware. That said, these synthetic benchmarks do certainly have a place in our community. First and foremost these benchmarks are easy to run, take little time, and probably most importantly allow for you to have the ability to make a solid comparison with your own system at home. While we are hoping to have a full review up covering the Intel i7-7700K up later this week, I wanted to give our readers a quick peek at what the new Kaby Lake processor looks like through the synthetic benchmark lens.”

The crew over at Hardocp have released their sneak peak. To read the full article check it out here

AMD Radeon GPU tech will power Intel’s next-gen iGPUs

The bigger news that has just dropped is that Intel and AMD have reportedly signed a new contract that will see AMD Radeon GPU technology inside of Intel’s next-gen CPUs. AMD would provide Radeon GPU technology for Intel’s integrated graphics, after years of Intel trying to make it work – and it looks like they just can’t get their GPU game up to scratch, so they’re going to their main rival… AMD.   The news is coming from HardOCP boss Kyle Bennett, who wrote on the HardOCP forums: “The licensing deal between AMD and Intel is signed and done for putting AMD GPU tech into Intel’s iGPU”. Bennett continued, saying that “Intel in no way wants this to be public”, but that’s kind of hard on a public forum – and now, here with this post”

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AMD Zen 8 Core SR7 Flagship To Sell For $499, Boost To 3.5Ghz & Outperform Intel’s $999 i7 5960X

Of course with information not coming out about Kabby Lake, some of you are like well what about AMD’s upcoming zen cpus.  Thanks to WCCFTech for providing some early info floating around the interwebs. Apparently this engineering sample is clocked at 3.5ghz which is 500mhz faster than the sample AMD demoed a few months back matched Intel Broadwell-E clock for clock in a Blender benchmark.

Head over to WccfTech to find out more here