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Posts tagged “AMD”

Feature: Taking back Control

Control PC performance: How to get the best settings

Like Alan Wake before it, Control is one tough customer when it comes to getting smooth PC performance. As you may have already seen in my dedicated Control RTX ray tracing guide, even some of today's [block id="604467" title="Best graphics card"]s struggle to run this eerie behemoth of a game at higher resolutions, so I thought it was high time to have a look at…

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Feature: It's also crazy expensive

Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master review: Loads of features, but only middling performance

At £390 / $360, Gigabyte's X570 Aorus Master motherboard is currently one of the most expensive X570 boards you can currently buy for AMD's latest crop of Ryzen 3000 CPUs. Sure, you get a number of handy extras, such as three PCIe 4.0 M.2 connections (plus accompanying heatsinks) for your SSDs and three PCIe 4.0 x16 slots for your graphics card and other expansion cards,…

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Feature: A great foundation for new AMD PCs

MSI X570 Gaming Edge review: Great performance without breaking the bank

If you're thinking about buying one of AMD's Ryzen 3000 CPUs, such as the excellent Ryzen 7 3700X, then you may want to think about pairing it with one of their new X570 motherboards. AMD's Ryzen 3000 CPUs still work with older AM4 motherboards, of course, including those with X470 or B450 chipsets, but they may need a BIOS update before you can start using…

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Feature: Not a good fit for heatsink-equipped SSDs

AsRock X570 Taichi review: Flawed design

On paper, the AsRock X570 Taichi sounds like a well-equipped X570 motherboard. All three of its PCIe x16 slots support the new, super fast PCIe 4.0 standard, as do its trio of M.2 NVMe SSD ports. It also comes with its own screwdriver for easy assembly in the box, as well as multiple M.2 screws and standoffs, an SLI HB bridge and four SATA cables.…

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Feature: It'll cost you, though

Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero review: The X570 king of USB ports

The Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero has probably more USB ports than you'll ever need, but if you're thinking of building a new PC with one of AMD's Ryzen 3000 CPUs in it and have a bunch of peripherals you want to plug into it, then this one is almost certainly going to fit the bill. It's going to be a pretty big bill, mind,…

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Feature: Our exodus into the graphics performance apocalypse

Metro Exodus graphics performance: How to get the best settings

The first of Metro Exodus' two DLC expansions arrives on PC today, so I thought it was high time to revisit my jumbo graphics performance test to tell you how to get the best settings on even more of today's [block id="604467" title="Best graphics card"]s. After all, there have been several new Nvidia RTX and AMD Navi cards released since Metro Exodus came out in…

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Feature: A chip off the old block

Best gaming CPU 2019: The top Intel and AMD processors

We don't often think about our CPU as being a vital gaming component like our trusty old graphics card, but finding the right processor for your PC can make a surprisingly big difference to your overall gaming performance - particularly if you like playing games at 1920x1080. To find out which ones are the best CPUs for gaming, I've tested as many of the latest…

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Feature: Ryzen to the occasion

AMD Ryzen 5 3600 review: A great value gaming CPU

When I tested AMD's Ryzen 5 3600X CPU just over a week ago, I said it was a great alternative to our [block id="701123" title="Best gaming CPU"] mid-range champ, the Intel Core i5-9600K. Well, scratch that recommendation, because its regular, non-X sibling, the Ryzen 5 3600, is even better value for money than its £240 / $250 big brother - and almost certainly the CPU…

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Feature: Ryzen up the ranks

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X review: A fantastic mid-range gaming CPU

After years of playing catch-up to their Intel rivals, AMD have definitely come out swinging with the launch of their new Ryzen 3000 CPUs. Their high-end Ryzen 7 3700X, for example, made a pretty good impression when I reviewed it a couple of weeks ago, and as an overall value for money play is probably well worth considering over Intel's Core i7-9700K, even if its…

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Feature: And which one should you buy?

Nvidia RTX 2070 vs 2070 Super vs AMD RX 5700 XT: Which is best?

Over the last seven days, you might have noticed there have been a lot of new graphics cards shaking up our [block id="604467" title="Best graphics card"] list. First we had Nvidia's pair of RTX Super cards, the RTX 2060 Super and the RTX 2070 Super, and just a couple of days ago they were joined by AMD's RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT. Yesterday, I…

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Feature: And should you upgrade to an RTX 2060 Super or RX 5700 XT?

Nvidia RTX 2060 vs AMD RX 5700: Which one should you buy?

It's all gone a bit Game of Thrones in the world of [block id="604467" title="Best graphics card"]s this week. Having enjoyed a very comfortable stint on the 1440p Iron Throne ever since it rose to power in February of this year, Nvidia's RTX 2060 was just about to assure its legacy with the birth of the RTX 2060 Super card when AMD pitch up and…

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Feature: Sort of, yes, but also not really

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X review: The long-awaited Core i7 killer?

Earlier this week, I put together a list of what I think are the [block id="701123" title="Best gaming CPU"]s you can buy today. At the top end of the scale was Intel's Core i7-9700K, a £350 / $365 processor that, at least in my admittedly rather limited, non-water-cooled PC, was easily the fastest CPU for gaming that didn't cost an absolute fortune *cough*Intel Core i9-9900K,…

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Feature: But you probably still shouldn't buy it

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X review: Finally, some competition for Intel’s Core i9-9900K

Should you ever spend $500 on a gaming CPU? Personally, I think you'd be mad to spend that kind of money on a processor, especially when Intel's Core i7-9700K offers such incredible gaming performance for about two thirds of the cost. If you are one of these so-called power users with $500-odd to spare on getting the absolute bestest [block id="701123" title="Best gaming CPU"] money…

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Feature: Turning up the heat on Nvidia's RTX Super GPUs

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT review: XTra is the new Super

Man alive, I was a bit worried about AMD's Radeon RX 5700 XT for a minute there. Not from a pricing point of view, you understand. Even before AMD did their unexpected Navi price cut on Friday, I was always semi-confident that this supposed RTX 2070 rival would be able to hold its own against Nvidia's RTX Super competitor simply by virtue of already being…

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Feature: AMD's first Navi GPU demands you sit up and LISTEN

AMD Radeon RX 5700 review: Move over, RTX 2060

What a whirlwind week it's been over in [block id="604467" title="Best graphics card"] land. Just as we were getting all excited about the launch of AMD's Navi cards, Nvidia went and crashed the party with their pair of RTX Super cards. Offering superior performance for roughly the same price as AMD's Navi GPUs, it looked like it was curtains for AMD before they'd even had…

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Shots fired as AMD cut price of Navi GPUs just before launch to combat Nvidia’s RTX Super cards

AMD's Navi cards are just over 24 hours away from release right now, but after having been gazumped by Nvidia's RTX Super graphics cards earlier in the week, AMD have just announced a little gazumping of their own in the form of an unexpected price cut for both the RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT. How about that for a nice bit of friendly competition,…

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AMD Navi: Everything we know about the RX 5700 XT and RX 5700

AMD's new Navi GPUs are finally almost upon us. Unveiled at AMD's E3 2019 Next Horizon Gaming event and launching on July 7, the first two Navi graphics cards going on sale will be the RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT, which are AMD's answers to Nvidia's RTX 2060 and RTX 2070 cards respectively. Based on AMD's all-new 7nm (nanometer) architecture known as RDNA (or…

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AMD’s Ryzen 9 3950X is a ludicrous 16-core monster gaming CPU

If a big reveal of two new [block id="682017" title="AMD Navi"] GPUs wasn't enough this evening, AMD also announced the world's first 16-core gaming CPU in the form of the Ryzen 9 3950X. The monstrous gaming CPU is now the top dog of AMD's Ryzen 3000 series, sitting above the previously-announced Ryzen 9 3900X, which made its debut back at Computex a couple of weeks…

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AMD’s RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT Navi GPUs bring the fight to Nvidia’s RTX 2060 and RTX 2070 on July 7

AMD have finally lifted the lid on two of their new [block id="682017" title="AMD Navi"] GPUs, the Radeon RX 5700 XT and the Radeon RX 5700. Unveiled at their Next Horizon Gaming event at E3 this evening, the RX 5700 is AMD's answer to Nvidia's RTX 2060, while the RX 5700 XT is their RTX 2070 competitor, and if AMD's performance stats are to be…

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Another AMD Navi GPU sits at the heart of Microsoft’s Project Scarlett console, with real-time ray tracing a go-go

We already know Sony's PlayStation 5 will support real-time ray tracing courtesy of its new custom [block id="682017" title="AMD Navi"] GPU, and now Microsoft's next-gen Project Scarlett console has hitched itself to the ray tracing bandwagon as well thanks to, yep, you guessed it, another custom AMD Navi GPU. Confirmed this evening by Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer during Microsoft's E3 press conference, Project Scarlett…

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