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AMD’s new Ryzen Threadripper CPUs are really quite nippy

In the great 'CPU core-off' at Computex 2018, AMD definitely came home the winner. Their monstrous 32-core 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper not only had more core doodads than Intel's mysterious 28-core effort, but it was also destined for actual, real-life PCs owned by regular humans, not corporate enterprise servers that are presumably controlled by heartless robots. It also has, I have to say, the best…

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AMD’s AM4 motherboards get a mid-range face-lift with new B450 chipset

When AMD launched their 2nd Gen Ryzen+ CPUs earlier in the year, they made a pledge that their AM4 motherboard sockets would continue to receive support until the year 2020. To that end, AMD have just announced a brand-new mid-range chipset for AM4 motherboards, the B450. Read below for the full low-down.

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Capcom weigh in on Monster Hunter: World performance woes

First impressions on Monster Hunter: World's PC performance haven't been stellar, to say the least. Not only are today's best graphics cards struggling to hit 60fps at 1920x1080 on max graphics settings, but - as our own band of RPS hunters have found out over the weekend - it's also subject to crashing. A lot. Some of these problems will hopefully be fixed with Day…

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Intel accidentally spills the beans on new 9th Gen CPU series

Intel might have accidentally revealed some details of their new 9th generation of processors last night, giving us our first glimpse at what lies beyond the company's current crop of 8th Gen Coffee Lake CPUs. Nothing's been announced officially yet, but a couple of internal documents that were made public yesterday mentioned a string of 9000-series processors we'd never seen before. Here's the lowdown.

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Intel Coffee Lake: Everything you need to know about Intel’s 8th Gen Core CPUs

Intel's 8th generation of Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs are in full swing. Officially launched in October 2017 under the umbrella term 'Coffee Lake', these are the CPUs powering almost every new PC and laptop you can buy today. There's a smaller subset using AMD's Ryzen+ CPUs (which have plenty to recommend them if you have a gander at our Ryzen 5 2600/2600X…

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How to build a PC: A step-by-step guide

Building your own gaming PC isn't too bad if you know what you're doing, but for first-time builders it can be quite the daunting experience. Sometimes, it's just easier to get someone else to do all the legwork for you, especially if you're after something small and diddy like the rather swish Zotac MEK1. Other times, though, it can be both cheaper and more satisfying to make one…

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How to install your CPU

Here comes the tricky bit in our How to build a PC guide. I know I said that earlier when we were learning how to install a motherboard, but that was just fiddly. Installing your CPU requires a delicate sense of precision, as bending one of its many pins underneath could spell disaster for your entire build. So, take a deep breath, and let's get…

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What motherboard / CPU combo do I need to build an Intel Coffee Lake or AMD Ryzen PC?

When it comes to building your own PC, there are some bits of the upgrade process that are easier to work out than others. Picking the best graphics card for your system is pretty easy, as is deciding which CPU you want to go for. The hard part is finding the right motherboard for everything you've just bought. We're here to help. Below, you'll find an…

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Intel’s 28-core CPU monster vs. AMD’s 32-core 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper

The battle for 'how many cores can you possibly fit onto a CPU' has been getting rather toasty at this year's Computex show, as last night Intel and AMD both unveiled (or teased, in Intel's case) some monstrously powerful CPUs in the form of 28-core and, wait for it, 32-core chipsets.

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Intel’s Core i7-8086K is their best CPU yet – and there are 8086 of them up for grabs

In happier Computex news today (which doesn't involve having the vague release date of Nvidia's Turing graphics cards being dashed from sometime this autumn into the vague nothingness of "a long time" into the future), Intel have announced their very first CPU with a 5.0GHz turbo frequency to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their x86 architecture, the limited edition (and very aptly-named) Intel Core i7-8086K - and to…

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Intel accidentally leak Z390 Coffee Lake chipset

Until recently, anyone looking to buy one of Intel's 8th Gen Coffee Lake CPUs was limited to just a single chipset on their accompanying motherboard: the rather expensive Z370. Then Intel announced two more entry-level chipsets at the start of April in the shape of the H370 and B360, and now it looks like there's another one in the works as well: the enthusiast-oriented Z390.

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AMD Ryzen 7 2700 / 2700X review: A tense showdown with Intel’s Coffee Lake Core i7s

AMD's 2nd Gen Ryzen+ CPUs have put on a pretty impressive show so far, from the entry-level Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G with integrated Radeon Vega graphics right up to the mid-range Ryzen 5 2600 and 2600X - which for my money are better buys than Intel's current crop of Core i5 chips. Now it's time to look at AMD's pair of flagship…

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AMD Ryzen 5 2600 / 2600X review: The Intel Core-i5 Coffee Lake killers

The Ryzen 5 2600 and 2600X are AMD's new mid-range desktop CPUs, and they're primed and ready to take on Intel's 8th Gen Core i5 Coffee Lake processors. With six cores and 12 threads apiece, plus respective base clock speeds of 3.4GHz and 3.6GHz, they may not look like huge improvements over their 1600 and 1600X Ryzen predecessors on paper, but this time it's what's…

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Intel’s Kaby Lake X CPUs are getting discontinued

In the age of Intel's 8th Gen Coffee Lake CPUs, not to mention AMD's Ryzen+ chips, it's probably unlikely that you'll be considering one of Intel's old Kaby Lake X processors for your next PC build. Still, just in case you are thinking about buying an Intel Core i7-7740X or Core i5-7640X, you should probably know that they're about to be discontinued starting in this merry month of…

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AMD Ryzen+: Everything you need to know about AMD’s 2nd Gen CPUs and more

AMD's second generation of Ryzen CPUs are finally here. Also known as Ryzen+ or the 2000-series, these four new desktop chips are set to replace last year's Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 families, offering more competitive performance compared to Intel's 8th Gen Coffee Lake CPUs. There's a fair amount to get your head round, though, especially when you start throwing AMD's 2000-series (but not Ryzen+) Ryzen Vega APUs…

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AMD Ryzen 5 2400G review: Impressive 1080p gaming without the need for a dedicated graphics card

Graphics card prices have been up in the clouds so long that the idea of them ever falling back down to something that doesn't make us weep with despair seems almost as fanciful as the idea of earning more than six pence from the dreaded ongoing crypto-mining craze. They will, of course, come down at some point, but that's of little comfort to us in the here and…

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AMD Ryzen 3 2200G review: The Vega CPU with 1080p gaming chops

Graphics card prices continue to outrage and frustrate almost every PC person on the planet. No one likes spending more than they have to in order to play the newest, shiniest games, but the current cost of GPUs is almost enough to make you want to throw your PC out the window and turn tail to join the console brigade. It's that bad. Before you…

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Intel stop Spectre and Meltdown updates for older CPUs

Bad news for anyone still rocking a really, really old Intel processor today, as the CPU giant has announced it's going to stop developing microcode updates to deal with the ongoing security problems caused by Spectre and Meltdown for certain types of architecture. The news comes with the release of a new microcode revision guide that sets out the current schedule of planned updates for each type of affected CPU.

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Intel’s new 8th Gen Coffee Lake CPUs will have built-in Spectre and Meltdown hardware fixes

Good news for Intel fans this morning. PC security flaws and definitely not James Bond movie titles Spectre and Meltdown will likely be largely eradicated in future hardware releases, the CPU giant's CEO Brian Krzanich has said in a blog post. We suspected this would probably be the case when the flaws were first unveiled at the beginning of the year by Google's Project Zero…

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Bought an AMD Ryzen Vega APU from Newegg this week? You could be in for a partial refund

Earlier this week, AMD's new Ryzen APUs with built-in Vega graphics - the Ryzen 3 2200G and the Ryzen 5 2400G - finally went on sale for $99 and $169 apiece. That's how much AMD said they would cost and most retailers, lo and behold, have been selling them for those exact amounts. Newegg, however, haven't been playing ball this week, as their initial prices for the pair of…

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