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.”

Click Here to Read the Full Article.

Building ‘Star Wars’ in Unreal Engine 4

So what happens when you have a bunch of Star Wars fans that are Pc gamers?

“We’ve had the pleasure of talking with Jason Lewis about his team’s most recent Unreal Engine 4 scene, which features some of the most realistic real-time rendering of Star Wars-themed assets. It’s an astonishing project, which you can actually download and play on your PC. We’ve talked about the choice of tools, the production pipiline, the lighting, textures and of course the use of UE4. Staggering work!”

Check out some of the work here.

Alphacool Eisbaer 240 CPU AIO Cooler Review

The folks over at Hardocp have posted a review of this new All in one water cooler. Is it worth your hard earned dollars?

“The “Eisbaer,” or “Ice Bear” as I like to say, is an hybrid all-in-one (AIO) CPU water cooling unit that features a quick connect fitting allowing future expansion of the cooling loop. It has all the features you’d expect from a modern AIO like a copper radiator with a dense array of fins and a water block with micro channels for increased heat dispersion. On paper, the Eisbaer has the making of a top tier cooler and that certainly has us interested. But we’ve been interested before by what’s on paper and let down. Let’s hope Alphacool can add some substance to all these specs.”

Click here to Read the Full review.

Intel Skylake-E Socket spotted at Computex

Thanks to foxconn we have spotted the new Intel Skylake-E motherboard socket. It features 3647 pins! According to OC3D here is what they say about it.

In recent years, every series of Intel motherboards has supported two generations of CPUs, be it LGA 2011 (X79), LGA 1155, or LGA 1150. It is now expected that with Intel’s upcoming Skylake generation of Xeon and Skylake-E series CPUs that Intel will be moving to a new, larger socket designs and will be upgrading several key parts of their server platform.

Below we can see a picture of what is thought to be Intel’s upcoming Skylake-E socket LGA 3647, which will feature 6-channel/Hex-channel DDR4 memory and will feature a larger number of PCI lanes than the previous generation of Intel Xeon CPUs.

Right now it is believed that Intel’s Skylake-E Xeon CPUs will feature 48 PCI 3.0 lanes, giving CPUs on this platform the ability to run with more PCI devices like GPUs, ultra-fast storage, and other PCI devices with the hex-channel memory providing the CPU with much more memory bandwidth and support for much higher amounts of onboard memory.


AMD RX-480

AMD was on fire at Computex giving details about new products making their way into the market place. We covered the details of the 7th generation APUs, but AMD also announced their first gpu based on their new Polaris architecture (Graphics Core Next 4). Here is the press release.

AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today unveiled the company’s strategy for its upcoming Polaris architecture-based Radeon™ RX Series graphics cards, introducing impressive levels of VR performance and future-proof technologies1 at a variety of price points.  The Radeon RX 480 delivers premium VR capability at a stunning price of starting at just $199 for the 4GB edition.
Set for launch and availability on June 29th, the Radeon™ RX 480 will deliver the world’s most affordable solution for premium PC VR experiences, delivering VR capability common in $500 GPUs.

Click here to read the full press release.

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