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

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.11.5

AMD has released new drivers today. Grab them here

Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.11.5 Highlights

Support For:

    • Watch Dogs®2

New AMD CrossFire profile added for DirectX® 11:

    • Dishonored™2

Fixed Issues

    • The Division™ game world may flicker during game play when using AMD CrossFire technology.
    • Battlefield™1 flickering may be experienced while using AMD CrossFire technology mode.

Cooler Master Liquid Pro 280 review

“Several years ago, water cooling was limited to high-end custom builds that enthusiasts with deep pockets would show off at all the tech shows. Remember the first time you saw a water cooling system on a computer? Talk about the “wow!” factor. I remember when I first saw one, and I remember thinking that one day I would have one whether I needed one or not. Since the beginning of the PC, air coolers dominated the PC market for the average Joe, but eventually CPUs became more powerful and generated more heat. Overclockers pushed CPUs even further, and a few system builders began to experiment with their own custom water cooling. Manufacturers caught on to the trend and took advantage of this new type of cooling method and developed the compact and afforable AIO or All-in-One systems. This took the guess work out of water cooling and allowed the average builder to enjoy the benefits (and bragging rights) of water cooling. Cost has come down and pretty much stabilized, and reliability has improved over the years. I think it is safe to say that liquid cooling is here to stay.”

Check out the full review here

Rx-480 in depth look

Hey everyone. I haven’t posted to many updates as of late, but that is about to change.  I wanted to get my hands on a RX-480 and play around, so I did exactly that.  Sadly I don’t have to many video cards to compare it with on hand.  However, I do have an XFX R9-290 DD under water for comparison.  Now that wouldn’t be a fair comparison since one card is water cooled and the other is not.  I decided to go ahead and buy a water block for the RX-480.  That’s another question I plan on answering is water cooling the Rx-480 worth it?  Also if you are a current Hawaii gpu owner is the Rx-480 a worthwhile upgrade or side grade. Stay tuned I will have the review published by this time next week. Teaser shot of the Asus Rx-480 I picked up for these tests.


Titan X Performance: PCI-E 3.0 x8 vs x16

Have you actually ever wondered how much of an effect going from a  8x wide PCI-Express lane to a X16 wide PCI-Express lane makes with the fastest graphics card currently on the market?  Well then look no more, Puget systems has released their tests showing exactly that!

“A number of years ago, we published the article “Impact of PCI-E Speed on Gaming Performance” investigating whether you would see a difference between a video card in a PCI-E 3.0 x8 slot versus one in a x16 slot. At the time, we found that even the fastest video card available had nearly identical performance whether it was running at x8 or x16.”

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