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Posts tagged “AMD Ryzen”

Feature: Overshadowed by the Ryzen 5 5600X

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X review

After seeing the stonking gaming speeds of AMD's Ryzen 5 5600X at the end of last week, the Ryzen 7 5800X was always going to have a difficult mountain to climb if it was going to prove its worth as a top-notch gaming processor - especially after the rather middling gaming performance of the even more expensive Ryzen 9 5900X didn't really leave it much…

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Feature: AMD's Core i9 killer

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X review

I've always been sceptical about the need for high-powered processors like AMD's Ryzen 9s and Intel's Core i9s in ordinary gaming PCs. It's all very well if you use your PC for work editing videos, animating 3D models or running virtual machines and the like, as the extra processing power afforded by their considerable number of cores and threads is no doubt exceedingly useful in…

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Feature: AMD sets a new benchmark for mid-range gaming CPUs

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X review

When AMD first unveiled their Ryzen 5000 CPUs at the beginning of October, their new Zen 3 architecture hinted at several tantalising performance boosts, both in terms of power efficiency and overall gaming speeds. Alas, they're also coming at much higher than expected prices, with their mid-range Ryzen 5 5600X starting at a decidedly not-mid-range £280 / $299. It had me worried. While AMD's outgoing…

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AMD Ryzen 5000: everything you need to know from AMD’s Zen 3 event

AMD have officially unveiled their next generation of Ryzen 5000 CPUs and their new Zen 3 core architecture. Launching worldwide on November 5th 2020, AMD's new Ryzen 5000 CPUs will be headlined by the 12-core Ryzen 5 5900X, which promises up to 26% faster gaming performance compared to AMD's previous flagship CPU, the Ryzen 9 3900XT, and record-breaking single core performance that beats Intel's Core…

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AMD’s Ryzen 4000 CPU series has arrived, sort of

AMD have announced the first batch of processors in their upcoming Ryzen 4000 family of desktop CPUs today, but you're going to have to wait a while before they're available to buy as standalone chips. Instead, the six APUs making up AMD's Ryzen 4000 G-series (the ones with built-in Radeon graphics, in case you've forgotten) will only be available in pre-built PCs initially, with a…

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Get AMD’s best gaming CPU for an all-time low of $260

If you're looking to take advantage of AMD's free Assassin's Creed Valhalla bundle with select Ryzen processors at the moment, then there are some great CPU deals happening over at Newegg right now as part of their Fantastech sale (yes, I just did a big shudder as well). The best deal of the bunch is definitely the Ryzen 7 3700X, which can now be had…

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Get Assassin’s Creed Valhalla for free with select AMD Ryzen CPUs

Thinking about upgrading your PC this year to play Assassin's Creed Valhalla? Then AMD have a new free game bundle just for you. From now until October 3rd 2020, anyone who buys a select 3rd Gen Ryzen processor or Ryzen-equipped PC or laptop will get Ubisoft's upcoming Viking 'em up for absolutely nothing when it launches at the end of this year. Here's how it…

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AMD’s Ryzen CPU family got a little bigger today with three new XT chips

If their new B550 motherboards going on sale today wasn't enough, AMD have just announced three brand-new Ryzen CPUs. Going on sale on July 7th, the Ryzen 5 3600XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT and Ryzen 9 3900XT are part of a new XT series of desktop processor that offer higher clock speeds to help get the best possible performance. Here's everything you need to know.

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AMD’s B550 motherboards go on sale in the UK today, and Asus have a great cashback deal to go with it

AMD's new B550 motherboards for their 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUS finally go on sale in the UK today, with prices starting from £110 (or £135 if you're Ebuyer) in a range of form factors. The B550 chipset is the long-awaited successor to AMD's mid-range B450 boards, and is one of the only chipsets guaranteed to offer future built-in support for AMD's next generation of Zen…

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AMD’s new free game bundle gets you Horizon Zero Dawn with select Ryzen CPUs

Horizon Zero Dawn still only has a vague 'summer' release date at the moment, but AMD's latest free games bundle suggests a proper release of Guerrilla Games' cyber-dino-hunting adventure could be just around the corner. The bundle isn't up on AMD's own website yet, but various system builders and component retailers in the UK such as Scan, Overclockers and Chillblast have all got pages outlining…

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AMD’s B550 motherboards are finally here, bringing PCIe 4.0 to the masses

If you've been eyeing up AMD's excellent Ryzen 3 3300X CPUs recently, then you'll be pleased to hear that AMD's new mid-range B550 motherboards have finally arrived to buy alongside them. The long-awaited successor to AMD's popular B450 chipset, the main advantage of buying a new B550 board is that it's got built-in support for AMD's next CPU architecture, currently code-named Zen 3, giving you…

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Feature: An incredible gaming CPU for the money

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X review: the $120 Core i5 killer

AMD really outdid themselves when they launched their Ryzen 3000 CPUs last year, and the Ryzen 5 3600 was a particular highlight. It was excellent value in the face of Intel's more expensive (and cooler-less) Core i5-9600K, and it's been my processor of choice in both my best gaming CPU rankings and my RPS Rig build ever since it came out. Somehow, though, they've managed…

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Feature: A great budget gaming CPU that's undermined by its $120 sibling

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 review: get the 3300X instead

AMD's Ryzen 3000 CPUs made a huge impression when they launched last year, with many of them speeding straight in my best gaming CPU rankings, while the Ryzen 5 3600 continues to be my CPU of choice in the RPS Rig. The only things missing from their initial line-up last year were their entry-level Ryzen 3 CPUs. At long last, AMD are finally filling out…

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AMD have two new budget Ryzen 3000 CPUs on the way

After claiming several top spots in my best gaming CPU list last year, AMD have just announced they've got two more Ryzen 3000 CPUs on the way for desktop PCs: the Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X. Based on AMD's Zen 2 core architecture, these are set to be AMD's fastest Ryzen 3 processors to date. They're also the first Ryzen 3 CPUs to…

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Feature: Slaying those frames

Wired2Fire’s Predator PC is primed and ready for 1440p gaming for just under £1300

At the end of last year, I put together our official RPS Rig, which included everything you needed to build a gaming PC for less than £1000, including your monitor, mouse and keyboard and all the extra peripherals that go with a modern PC. However, many of you asked what that rig would look like if it was just the PC that cost £1000 (you…

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AMD want their Ryzen 4000 CPUs to be “the best laptop processors ever built”

AMD kicked off their CES 2020 press conference with some big promises last night. Not only are they calling their upcoming Radeon RX 5600 XT GPU the "ultimate 1080p graphics card", but they're also hoping their new set of 3rd Gen Ryzen 4000 mobile CPUs will be "the best laptop processors ever built". Those are fighting words considering AMD have always been a bit of…

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AMD’s Ryzen 9 3950X will launch on the same day as their 3rd Gen Threadripper CPUs

The final member of AMD's Ryzen 3000 CPU family, the ultra powerful Ryzen 9 3950X, finally has a release date - as do AMD's freshly-announced 3rd Gen Threadrippers. So far, AMD have only teased two Threadripper/Dataduke™/Bitbasher™/Loadmother™ CPUs, but these will be launching on November 25th together with their Ryzen 3950X sibling. If you like a CPU with more cores than your can shake a stick,…

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Feature: A rad(eon) Ryzen PC

PC Specialist’s Inferno R4 is a fantastic 1440p gaming PC for just over a grand

AMD have knocked it out of the park with their RX 5700 graphics card and Ryzen 5 3600X CPU this year, and if I were looking to build a PC for just over £1000 in the next month or so, I'd probably be very tempted to put both of them inside it. After all, the RX 5700 is currently our best graphics card recommendation for…

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