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AMD's Raja Koduri talks moving past CrossFire, smaller GPU dies, HBM2 and more.
 
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Please consider supporting PC Perspective and technical content through our Patreon: http://patreon.com/pcper Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Full story link: http://www.pcper.com/news/Graphics-Cards/AMDs-Raja-Koduri-talks-moving-past-CrossFire-smaller-GPU-dies-HBM2-and-more After hosting the AMD Capsaicin event at GDC tonight, the SVP and Chief Architect of the Radeon Technologies Group Raja Koduri sat down with me to talk about the event and offered up some additional details on the Radeon Pro Duo, upcoming Polaris GPUs and more. The video below has the full interview but there are several highlights that stand out as noteworthy. Very cool stuff in here.
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HSA Explained - How Heterogenous System Architecture will improve computing
 
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Some of the biggest names in high tech came together in June and announced the formation of the Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation. Companies like AMD, ARM, Imagination, MediaTek and Texas Instruments are the initial founding members and they build technology that everyday users use - for PCs, tablets, smartphones, TVs, cloud servers. But when they say they want 'to drive a single architecture specification and simplify the programming model to help software developers take greater advantage of the capabilities found in modern central processing units (CPUs) and graphics processing units (GPUs), and unlock the performance and power efficiency of the parallel computing engines found in heterogeneous processors', do you as the end user really understand what they are trying to do here and how HSA works. In the next video I will explain to you how HSA is attempting to change the future of computing...
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AMD A-Series APU Dual Graphics Gaming Performance - PC Perspective
 
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Last week we posted a short video about the performance of AMD's Llano core A-series of APUs for gaming and the response was so positive that we have decided to continue on with some other short looks at features and technologies with the processor. For this video we decided to investigate the advantages and performance of the Dual Graphics technology - the AMD APU's ability to combine the performance of a discrete GPU with the Radeon HD 6550D graphics integrated on the A8-3850 APU. For this test we set our A8-3850 budget gaming rig to the default clock speeds and settings and used an AMD Radeon HD 6570 1GB as our discrete card of choice. With a price hovering around $70, the HD 6570 would be a modest purchase for a user that wants to add some graphical performance to their low-cost system but doesn't stretch into the market of the enthusiast. The test parameters were simple: we knew the GPU on the Radeon HD 6570 was a bit better than that of the A8-3850 APU so we compared performance of the discrete graphics card ALONE to the performance of the system when enabling CrossFire, aka Dual Graphics technology.
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The Fable Legends Benchmark at 4K!!
 
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Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Full story link: http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Fable-Legends-Benchmark-DX12-Performance-Testing-Continues This is a 4K run of the new Fable Legends benchmark using DX12. Hardware configuration: - Core i7-6700K - 16GB DDR4-2800 - EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB - Windows 10 Pro x64
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Unreal Engine 4 Kite Demo - Real Time - Running on TITAN X
 
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Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Full story link: http://www.pcper.com/news/Graphics-Cards/GDC-15-NVIDIA-Shows-TITAN-X-Epic-Games-Keynote This is the demo shown at the Epic Games keynote from GDC 2015. It's all running on a single TITAN X graphics card!
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A New Perspective on Multi-GPU Memory Management
 
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Please consider supporting PC Perspective and technical content through our Patreon: http://patreon.com/pcper Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Full story and transcript link: http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/New-Perspective-Multi-GPU-Memory-Management We're trying something new here at PC Perspective. Some topics are fairly difficult to explain cleanly without accompanying images. We also like to go fairly deep into specific topics, so we're hoping that we can provide educational cartoons that explain these issues. This pilot episode is about load-balancing and memory management in multi-GPU configurations. There seems to be a lot of confusion around what was (and was not) possible with DirectX 11 and OpenGL, and even more confusion about what DirectX 12, Mantle, and Vulkan allow developers to do. It highlights three different load-balancing algorithms, and even briefly mentions what LucidLogix was attempting to accomplish almost ten years ago. If you like it, and want to see more, please share and support us on Patreon. We're putting this out not knowing if it's popular enough to be sustainable. The best way to see more of this is to share!
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Review: WD Black SN750 NMVe SSD
 
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A quick overview of our review of the WD Black SN750 SSD, the latest NVMe SSD from Western Digital. Check out pcper.com for the complete review, benchmarks, and testing methodology: https://www.pcper.com/reviews/Storage/WD-Black-SN750-NVMe-SSD-Review-Benchmarks Support PCPer via Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pcper Contact us via Twitter: https://twitter.com/pcper Background music: https://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music/track/straight
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Turn Your Crappy Desktop into a Gaming PC for $150
 
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Please consider supporting PC Perspective and technical content through our Patreon: http://patreon.com/pcper An Upgrade Story: Can the GTX 750 Ti Convert OEMs PCs to Gaming PCs? http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Upgrade-Story-Can-GTX-750-Ti-Convert-OEMs-PCs-Gaming-PCs Amazon GTX 750 Ti cards: http://amzn.to/1gIoXZj EVGA 750 Ti with no power connector: http://amzn.to/1jSHTYx MSI 750 Ti with no power connector: http://amzn.to/1fjOHuR When NVIDIA started talking to us about the new GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics card, one of the key points they emphasized was the potential use for this first-generation Maxwell GPU to be used in the upgrade process of smaller form factor or OEM PCs. Without the need for an external power connector, or so the story went, the GTX 750 Ti provided a clear performance delta from integrated graphics with minimal cost and minimal power consumption. Eager to put this theory to the test, we decided to put together a project looking at that the upgrade potential of off the shelf OEM computers purchased locally. A quick trip down the road to Best Buy revealed a PC sales section that was dominated by laptops and all-in-ones, but with quite a few "tower" style desktop computers available. We purchased three different machines, each at a different price point and with different primary processor configurations. The lucky winners included a Gateway DX4885, an ASUS M11BB and a Lenovo H520.
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Sapphire Joins PCPer to Talk and Giveaway a Nitro+ RX 480!
 
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Please consider supporting PC Perspective and technical content through our Patreon: http://patreon.com/pcper Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Full story link: http://www.pcper.com/news/Editorial/PCPer-Live-Sapphire-Joins-PCPer-Talk-and-Giveaway-Nitro-RX-480 Buy on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2aawiBI ** This is the recording of a LIVE event. You cannot win the card in question anymore. Sorry!! ** Though the Radeon RX 480 was released last month, based on AMD's latest Polaris, we are bringing in our first board partner. Ed Crisler, NA PR/Marketing Manager for Sapphire will be joining us in studio to talk about the RX 480 and Sapphire's plans for custom cards.
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PCPer Mailbag #12 - 10/6/2017
 
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PC Perspective's weekly Q&A series where Ryan and the team answer YOUR questions about the tech industry, the latest and greatest GPUs, the process of running a tech review website, and more! On today's show: 00:32 - Where are the Ryzen X370 mATX motherboards? 02:41 - Testing air coolers vs. AIO water coolers? 05:35 - Consumers' right to know GPU memory manufacturer? 07:46 - Resolution vs. refresh rate? 09:11 - Guest hosts on the PCPer podcast? 10:31 - Why is VEGA a power hog? 12:06 - High Performance Windows power plan for low-end CPUs? 13:59 - What is asynchronous compute and why is AMD better at it? 16:51 - Why do game devs use NVIDIA SKDs when consoles run AMD? 19:00 - CPUs: soldered vs. TIM 20:12 - Ryan's parenting time management? Please consider supporting PC Perspective through our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pcper Subscribe for more videos each week! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper
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PCPer Mailbag #51 - Josh Measures It In Nanometers
 
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PC Perspective's weekly Q&A series where Ryan and the team answer YOUR questions about the tech industry, the latest and greatest GPUs, the process of running a tech review website, and more! On today's show, Josh is back in the hot seat: 00:59 - PCPer studio audio interfaces? Thunderbolt 3 on chipset? 03:39 - PCPer microphones? 04:54 - PCPer audio podcast vs. YouTube video sound quality? 06:03 - 144Hz HDR at 1440p? 07:33 - Running ASUS 144Hz 4K HDR monitor at 1080p? 09:25 - PCIe 4.0 availability? 11:17 - HBM2 vs. GDDR6 for next-gen GPUs? 13:07 - Ryzen APU stuttering? 14:03 - "So, when's Tom Petersen coming back?" *wink wink* 14:43 - Intel skipping 10nm for 7nm? Want to have your question answered on a future Mailbag? Leave a comment on the latest Mailbag video or on the latest Mailbag post at pcper.com. Check out new Mailbag videos each Friday! Get your exclusive PCPer gear! https://teespring.com/stores/pcper Please consider supporting PC Perspective through our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pcper Subscribe for more videos each week! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper
Views: 3911 PC Perspective
Importance of Choosing the Right Memory in APU Systems
 
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Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Buy on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1KNp9I3 Upgrading the memory used in your APU system can improve performance in significant ways. We ran the A10-7850K through a handful of benchmarks to see if AMD's claims were true!
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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Review - GP102 for $699!!
 
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Please consider supporting PC Perspective and technical content through our Patreon: http://patreon.com/pcper Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Full story link: https://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-1080-Ti-Review Buy on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ngzORO It’s a very interesting time in the world of PC gaming hardware. We just saw the release of AMD’s Ryzen processor platform that shook up the processor market for the first time in a decade, AMD’s Vega architecture has been given the brand name “Vega”, and the anticipation for the first high-end competitive part from AMD since Hawaii grows as well. AMD was seemingly able to take advantage of Intel’s slow innovation pace on the processor and it was hoping to do the same to NVIDIA on the GPU. NVIDIA’s product line has been dominant in the mid and high-end gaming market since the 900-series with the 10-series products further cementing the lead. The most recent high end graphics card release came in the form of the updated Titan X based on the Pascal architecture. That was WAY back in August of 2016 – a full seven months ago! Since then we have seen very little change at the top end of the product lines and what little change we did see came from board vendors adding in technology and variation on the GTX 10-series. Today we see the release of the new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, a card that offers only a handful of noteworthy technological changes but instead is able to shake up the market by instigating pricing adjustments to make the performance offers more appealing, and lowering the price of everything else.
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Corsair Carbide 200R Overview - PC Perspective
 
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http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Cases-and-Cooling/Video-Perspective-Corsair-Carbide-200R-Overview-Corsair-Case-49
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RODE VideoMic Shotgun Microphone Review - PC Perspective
 
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http://www.pcper.com/reviews/General-Tech/Video-Perspective-RODE-VideoMic-Shotgun-Microphone-Review Though we are a PC hardware and technology website by day, we are also video creators by night (and sometimes day as well). If you don't believe me, check out our PC Perspective video tag or even our very own YouTube channel. See?!? While we do have a big fancy studio setup for in-house production, sometimes on the road you just need something quick and easy but also high quality for recording. While our collection of DSLR cameras does amazing with video quality, the audio from the in-camera microphones has always sucked and lugging around wireless mic packs seemed unnecessary much of the time.
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AMD A10-7850K Kaveri APU Overclocked Gaming Performance
 
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http://www.pcper.com/news/Graphics-Cards/Video-Perspective-Gaming-Overclocked-AMD-A10-7850K-APU Amazon link A10-7850K: http://amzn.to/1bN0XEZ Overclocking the memory and GPU clock speeds on an AMD APU can greatly improve gaming performance - it is known. With the new AMD A10-7850K in hand I decided to do a quick test and see how much we could improve average frame rates for mainstream gamers with only some minor tweaking of the motherboard BIOS. Using some high-end G.Skill RipJaws DDR3-2400 memory, we were able to push memory speeds on the Kaveri APU up to 2400 MHz, a 50% increase over the stock 1600 MHz rate. We also increased the clock speed on the GPU portion of the A10-7850K from 720 MHz to 1028 MHz, a 42% boost. Interestingly, as you'll see in the video below, the memory speed had a MUCH more dramatic impact on our average frame rates in-game. In the three games we tested for this video, GRID 2, Bioshock Infinite and Battlefield 4, total performance gain ranged from 26% to 38%. Clearly that can make the AMD Kaveri APU an even more potent gaming platform if you are willing to shell out for the high speed memory.
Views: 72948 PC Perspective
Nerdytec COUCHMASTER Review - PC Perspective
 
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http://www.pcper.com/reviews/General-Tech/Nerdytec-COUCHMASTER-Premium-Video-Review-Game-Comfort Sometimes really unique products come across our door step and we just love to tell our readers about things that might normally fall outside the PC hardware field. The COUCHMASTER, essentially a piece of furniture made for gaming, is one of those items.
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PCPer Mailbag #56 - Ray tracing, Raytracing, Ray-tracing!
 
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PC Perspective's Q&A series where Ryan and the team answer YOUR questions about the tech industry, the latest and greatest GPUs, the process of running a tech review website, and more! On today's show: 00:40 - AMD ray tracing vs. NVIDIA? 03:00 - RTX tensor and RT cores? 04:55 - DirectX Raytracing vs. NVIDIA RTX? 08:18 - Ray tracing vs. Raytracing vs. Ray-tracing? 09:22 - HDMI 2.1 missing from RTX? 10:52 - Isolating drives in a dual-boot PC? 12:47 - Underclocking Ryzen for lower TDP? 14:37 - Cooling M.2 NVMe and Optane? 16:01 - Tariffs and PC hardware prices? 17:18 - RIP optical media? Want to have your question answered on a future Mailbag? Leave a comment on the latest Mailbag video or on the latest Mailbag post at pcper.com. Get your exclusive PCPer gear! https://teespring.com/stores/pcper Please consider supporting PC Perspective through our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pcper Subscribe for more videos each week! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper
Views: 3912 PC Perspective
Corsair Carbide Air 540 Review - PC Perspective
 
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http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Cases-and-Cooling/Video-Perspective-Corsair-Carbide-Air-540-Case-Review The Corsair Carbide Air 540 is a very unique case. It fits a full size ATX motherboard and up to four dual-slot graphics cards but it's shorter than you might expect thanks to a design choice that splits the active components from the mostly passive ones. The result is a case that is more square than rectangular yet still combines the charm of Corsair designs with the performance enthusiasts want.
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3dfx Voodoo 3 2000 PCI Unboxing - What year is it??!?
 
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Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Full story link: http://www.pcper.com/news/Graphics-Cards/3dfx-Voodoo-3-2000-PCI-Unboxing-What-year-it Buy on Amazon: HAHA, just kidding. What do you do when you have a new, in box 3dfx Voodoo 3 2000 graphics card that gets some water damage? You do a classic unboxing and then try to get that PCI graphics card from 1999 up and running and playing some Unreal Tournament. Were we successful?
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CES 2016: AMD Shows Polaris Architecture Demo
 
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Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Thanks to our CES 2016 sponsor, Logitech! Find the latest gaming peripherals at http://gaming.logitech.com/ Full story link: http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/AMD-Radeon-Technologies-Group-Previews-Polaris-Architecture Though we told you about it on pcper.com previously, AMD did have its Polaris architecture on display at CES 2016, showing the power benefits it will offer when it shows up in the middle of the year.
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What is a Compute Core?
 
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What is the definition of a Compute Core, according to the new methodology found in AMD's HSA products?
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ASUS PA328Q 4K IPS LCD With 100% sRGB ProArt Series - CES 2015
 
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Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Full story link: http://www.pcper.com/news/Displays/CES-2015-ASUS-PA328Q-4K-IPS-LCD-100-sRGB-ProArt-Series The ASUS PQ321Q was the first 4K 60 Hz screen that we had experience with back in 2013 but it had a couple of hiccups. First and most importantly, the monitor was an MST display that required a pair of inputs to function at the full 60 Hz refresh rate. It was initially very complicated (though it has been worked out for a while) and required specific drivers and hardware configurations. It was also expensive at the time of launch, hitting as much as $3500 in most regions. At CES 2015, ASUS has announced the successor to that panel, the PA328Q, a ProArt series display that has better image quality, a better user experience and a much lower starting price. Available in Q2 for around $1400, the PA328Q is a 32-in 4K 60 Hz monitor that supports full refresh rate in a single stream from either DisplayPort or HDMI 2.0. The true beauty is in the panel itself, using in-plane switching technology for incredible viewing angles and bright, high contrast images. It comes pre-calibrated out of the box.
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Gigabyte X99-SOC Champion Motherboard Launches - CES 2015
 
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Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Full story link: http://www.pcper.com/news/Motherboards/CES-2015-Gigabyte-X99-SOC-Champion-Motherboard-Launches Gigabyte has been catering to extreme overclocking with several recent motherboard releases, the most recent of which is the new X99-SOC Champion. Gigabyte made some interesting decisions for this design that focus on increasing overclocking capability over just about everything else. First, you'll notice that the board features only 4 DIMM slots over the eight that are found on most other X99 boards. This lowers the amount of electrical noise, increases signal integrity and trace length can be reduced, all in an effort to increase stable memory clock rates. Gigabyte was proud to show off that they were able to reach DDR4 memory speeds of over 4100 MHz using some Corsair memory! SMT mounted DIMM slots also help with this. The CPU socket is also different in that it has 2083 pins on it rather than the standard 2011 pins that the socket uses. These added pins increase the amount of power available to the processor, which is useful for extreme LN2 overclocking. Interestingly, Gigabyte has put a dip switch on the board that enables and disables those pins should you wish to disable them for safety or other reasons. Pricing is still up in the air though the Gigabyte X99-SOC Force currently sells for $349 so I would expect the Champion to be above that. Availability starts this month.
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What is NVIDIA FastSync technology?
 
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Please consider supporting PC Perspective and technical content through our Patreon: http://patreon.com/pcper Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Full story link: http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/GeForce-GTX-1080-8GB-Founders-Edition-Review-GP104-Brings-Pascal-Gamers This is a segment from our GTX 1080 launch day interview with NVIDIA's Tom Petersen.
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Intel Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon Review and Overclocking
 
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Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Amazon link: http://amzn.to/1lgu7hK Full review: http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Processors/Intel-Core-i7-4790K-Devils-Canyon-Review-and-Overclocking Intel is not very good at keeping secrets recently. Rumors of a refreshed Haswell line of processors have been circulating for most of 2014. In March, it not only confirmed that release but promised an even more exciting part called Devil's Canyon. The DC parts are still quad-core Haswell processors built on Intel's 22nm process technology, but change a few specific things. Intel spent some time on the Devil's Canyon Haswell processors to improve the packaging and thermals for overclockers and enthusiasts. The thermal interface material (TIM) that lies in between the die and the heat spreader has been updated to a next-generation polymer TIM (NGPTIM). The change should improve cooling performance of all currently shipping cooling solutions (air or liquid), but it is still a question just HOW MUCH this change will actually matter. You can also tell from the photo comparison above that Intel has added capacitors to the back of the processor to "smooth" power delivery. This, in combination with the NGPTIM, should enable a bit more headroom for clock speeds with the Core i7-4790K. In fact, there are two Devil's Canyon processors being launched this month. The Core i7-4790K will sell for $339, the same price as the Core i7-4770K, while the Core i5-4690K will sell for $242. The lower end option is a 3.5 GHz base clock, 3.9 GHz Turbo clock quad-core CPU without HyperThreading. While a nice step over the Core i5-4670K, it's only 100 MHz faster. Clearly the Core i7-4790K is the part everyone is going to be scrambling to buy.
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PCPer Mailbag #41 - Cache Me If You Can
 
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PC Perspective's weekly Q&A series where Ryan and the team answer YOUR questions about the tech industry, the latest and greatest GPUs, the process of running a tech review website, and more! On today's show, Allyn is here to answer your storage questions: 00:27 - Building a cheap 60-drive storage array? 06:48 - Insane SSD prices? 09:18 - SSDs improve game frame rate? 12:58 - Using Optane to cache an SSHD? 18:34 - Formatting hard drives that won't mount? 20:29 - HD Tune & benchmarking large drives? 26:41 - RAID drives showing up as individual disks? 30:43 - Benchmarking high queue depth on single threads? Want to have your question answered on a future Mailbag? Leave a comment on the latest Mailbag video or on the latest Mailbag post at pcper.com. Check out new Mailbag videos each Friday! Get your exclusive PCPer gear! https://teespring.com/stores/pcper Please consider supporting PC Perspective through our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pcper Subscribe for more videos each week! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper
Views: 3798 PC Perspective
AMD Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850 Review - PC Perspective
 
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http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/AMD-Radeon-HD-7870-2GB-and-HD-7850-2GB-Pitcairn-Review When we went to Austin, Texas to sit with AMD and learn about the Radeon HD 7900 series of cards for the first time, an interesting thing happened. While the official meeting was about the performance of the Radeon HD 7970 and HD 7950, when things started to settle several AMD employees couldn't help but discuss Cape Verde (7700-series) and Pitcairn (7800-series) GPUs. In particular, the HD 7800 cards were generating a lot of excitement internally as a spiritual follow up to the wildly successful HD 5800 and HD 5700 series of cards in terms of price and performance characteristics. So while the Radeon HD 7970 and HD 7950 are being labeled as the world's fastest GPUs, and the Radeon HD 7700 is the fastest GPU for everyone, the HD 7800s are where many of our readers will find their budgets, and their next graphics card purchases. Be sure to check out our video review posted here and then continue on to our full, written review for all the benchmarks and analysis!!!
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Lenovo at CES 2017 - New ThinkPad X1 Carbon, Thunderbolt 3 dock and more!
 
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Please consider supporting PC Perspective and technical content through our Patreon: http://patreon.com/pcper Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Full story link: https://www.pcper.com/news/Mobile/CES-2017-Lenovo-Announces-new-ThinkPad-X1-Carbon-Laptop Lenovo's 2017 version of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is “the lightest 14-inch business notebook” on the market at 2.5 lbs, and fits its 14-inch IPS display into a compact 13-inch laptop form-factor. "Featuring a carbon-fiber reinforced chassis, the X1 Carbon is as durable as its predecessor, and features a smaller footprint—making it the lightest, thinnest X1 Carbon. Yet it’s power-packed with: Windows 10 Pro, 7th generation Intel Core processors, lightning-fast Thunderbolt 3, and a 14” Quad-HD display. All that—plus our legendary ThinkPad heritage and support." Lenovo still left room in the slim chassis for plenty of battery capacity, as they claim “more than 15 hours of battery life” from this new X1 Carbon, which is available in both the traditional “ThinkPad Black” and a new metallic silver color. Another new addition to the X1 Carbon is Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, with wireless options including LTE-A and WiGig.
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Intel NUC D54250WYK SFF System Review - Haswell Update
 
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http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Processors/Intel-NUC-D54250WYK-SFF-System-Review-Haswell-Update Just about a year ago Intel released a new product called the Next Unit of Computing, or NUC for short. The idea was to allow Intel's board and design teams to bring the efficient performance of the ultra low voltage processors to a desktop, and creative, form factor. By taking what is essentially Ultrabook hardware and putting it in a 4-in by 4-in design Intel is attempting to rethink what the "desktop" computer is and how the industry develops for it. We reviewed the first NUC last year, based on the Intel Ivy Bridge processor and took away a surprising amount of interest in the platform. It was (and is) a bit more expensive than many consumers are going to be willing to spend on such a "small" physical device but the performance and feature set is compelling. This time around Intel has updated the 4x4 enclosure a bit and upgrade the hardware from Ivy Bridge to Haswell. That alone should result in a modest increase in CPU performance with quite a bit of increase in the integrated GPU performance courtesy of the Intel HD Graphics 5000. Other changes are on the table to; let's take a look.
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Building a High Powered MicroATX Gaming PC
 
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Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper System specs and details here: http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Systems/Video-Perspective-Building-High-Powered-MicroATX-Gaming-PC Full Amazon parts list: http://amzn.to/1747pGm Though the mindset that a small PC is a slow PC is fading, there are still quite a few out there that believe the size of your components will indicate how well they perform. That couldn't be further from the case, and this week we decided to built a small, but not tiny, PC to showcase that small can be beautiful too! Below you will find a complete list of parts and components used in our build - but let me say right off the bat, to help alleviate as much vitriol in the comments as possible, there are quite a few ways you build this system to either get a lower price, or higher performance, or quieter design, etc. Our selections were based on a balance of both with a nod towards expansion in a few cases. MicroATX Build TOTAL - $1600 ------------------------- Intel Core i7-4790K - $334 http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i7-4790K-Processor-Cache-BX80646I74790K/dp/B00KPRWAX8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419969646&sr=8-1&keywords=4790k&tag=pcper04-20&tag=pcper04-20 Corsair Hydro Series H80i - $87 http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Series-Extreme-Performance-Liquid/dp/B009ZN03AA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419970090&sr=8-1&keywords=H80i&tag=pcper04-20&tag=pcper04-20 Gigabyte Z97MX-Gaming 5 - $127 http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-graphic-Motherboard-Motherboards-GA-Z97MX-Gaming/dp/B00K8HNGXS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419969720&sr=8-1&keywords=z97mx-gaming+5&tag=pcper04-20&tag=pcper04-20 G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB DDR3-2133 - $88 http://www.amazon.com/G-SKILL-Ripjaws-240-Pin-Desktop-F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL/dp/B0050119O0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419969770&sr=8-1&keywords=F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL&tag=pcper04-20&tag=pcper04-20 EVGA GeForce GTX 970 FTW - $399 http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-256bit-Graphics-04G-P4-2978-KR/dp/B00OSS0AG4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419969802&sr=8-1&keywords=04G-P4-2978-KR&tag=pcper04-20&tag=pcper04-20 Samsung 250GB 850 EVO - $139 http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-75E250B-AM/dp/B00OAJ412U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419969849&sr=8-1&keywords=MZ-75E250B%2FAM&tag=pcper04-20&tag=pcper04-20 Western Digital 2TB Green - $79 http://www.amazon.com/WD-Green-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B008YAHW6I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419969891&sr=8-1&keywords=WD20EZRX&tag=pcper04-20&tag=pcper04-20 Corsair Carbide Series Air 240 - $89 http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Airflow-MicroATX-Mini-ITX/dp/B00LA6Y5XQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419969923&sr=8-1&keywords=CC-9011069-WW&tag=pcper04-20&tag=pcper04-20 Seasonic Platinum 860 watt PSU - $174 http://www.amazon.com/SeaSonic-Platinum-PLATINUM-860-SS-860XP2-Supply/dp/B00608MP5E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419969961&sr=8-1&keywords=SS-860XP2&tag=pcper04-20&tag=pcper04-20 Windows 8.1 x64 - $92 http://www.amazon.com/Windows-8-1-System-Builder-64-Bit/dp/B00F3ZN2W0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419970009&sr=8-1&keywords=Windows+8.1+System+Builder+OEM+DVD+64-Bit&tag=pcper04-20&tag=pcper04-20 FULL CART ON AMAZON http://amzn.to/1747pGm
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Intel NUC5i7RYH SFF System Review - Broadwell and Iris Graphics
 
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Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Full story link: http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Systems/Intel-NUC5i7RYH-SFF-System-Review-Broadwell-and-Iris-Graphics Buy on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1E2eKP9 If you thought that Intel was going to slow down on its iteration in the SFF (small form factor) system design, you were sadly mistaken. It was February when Intel first sent us a NUC based on Broadwell, an iterative upgrade over a couple of generations for this very small platform, 4" x 4", that showed proved to be interesting from a technology stand point but didn't shift expectations of the puck-sized PC business. Today we are looking at yet another NUC, also using a Broadwell processor, though this time the CPU is running quite a bit faster, with Intel Iris 6100 graphics and a noticeably higher TDP. The Core i7-5557U is still a dual-core / HyperThreaded processor but it increases base and Turbo clocks by wide margins, offering as much as 35% better CPU performance and mainstream gaming performance boosts in the same range. This doesn't mean the NUC 5i7RYH will overtake your custom built desktop but it does make it a lot more palatable for everyday PC users. Oh, and we have an NVMe PCI Express SSD inside this beast as well. (Waaaaaa??)
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CES 2016: Lenovo ideacentre 610S Micro PC and Projector
 
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Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Thanks to our CES 2016 sponsor, Logitech! Find the latest gaming peripherals at http://gaming.logitech.com/ Full story link: http://www.pcper.com/news/Systems/CES-2016-Lenovo-ideacentre-610S-Micro-PC-and-Projector The ideacentre 610S is a tiny PC with a triangular shape, designed for the living room (or any situation where a small-footprint computer is needed). But this is more than just a PC, as the 610S is bundled with a TI DLP micro projector. In addition to the 35W Intel processors a desktop GPU (the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti) is available as an option for better graphics performance. I/O is good for a small form-factor system like this with 4 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, and Gigabit LAN, and there is integrated 802.11ac wireless. The micro projector is a separate device that can be powered through contacts at the top of the 610S (or via AC). It uses a WirelessHD connection to the system and also has an HDMI input, and outputs a 720p image at 220 lumens at up to 100 inches.
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How to install the AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processor
 
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The new TR4 socket requires a unique installation process. We walk you through the Threadripper install! Please consider supporting PC Perspective and technical content through our Patreon: http://patreon.com/pcper Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Buy on TR 1950X on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ulzF2K Buy on TR 1920X on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2um0AeQ Buy X399 boards on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ulExVx
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Crucial BX100 250 and 500GB SATA SSD Review - Silicon Motion Returns
 
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Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Full story link: http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Storage/Crucial-BX100-250-and-500GB-SATA-SSD-Review-Silicon-Motion-Returns Super Secret Outtake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A1PfPcFCv4 Buy on Amazon: http://amzn.to/17NRBID Micron's Crucial brand has been cranking out some great low cost SSDs for the past several years now. While their early drives pushed into the SATA 6Gb/sec interface before most of the competition, their performance was inconsistent and lagged behind some of the other more nimble solutions available at that time. This pattern was broken around the time of the M550 and MX100 launches. Those two drives were heavily competitive in performance and even moreso in pricing. Actually the pricing is probably the bigger story - when they launched, one of our readers caught a 512GB MX100 on sale for $125 ($0.24/GB)! We are coming up on a year since the MX100, and at CES 2015 Micron launched a pair of SSD models - the BX100 and MX200. Today we are going to look at the BX100 series.
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Intel Optane Demo - File Transfer at 2GB/s - IDF Shenzhen
 
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Please consider supporting PC Perspective and technical content through our Patreon: http://patreon.com/pcper Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Full story link: http://www.pcper.com/news/Storage/IDF-Shenzhen-Intel-Demos-3D-XPoint-Optane-File-Copy-2-GBs At IDF Shenzhen, Intel talked more about 3D XPoint (spoken cross-point). Initially launched in July of last year, 3D XPoint is essentially a form of phase change memory which has speeds closer to that of DRAM. See the full story at PC Perspective:
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PCPer Mailbag #42 - May the Fourth Be with Most of You
 
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PC Perspective's weekly Q&A series where Ryan and the team answer YOUR questions about the tech industry, the latest and greatest GPUs, the process of running a tech review website, and more! On today's show, Allyn is here to answer your storage questions: 00:45 - PCPer crew coding skills? 01:51 - Allyn's headset? 03:05 - Network wiring, Cat6 vs. coax? 04:19 - Optane cache for RAID array? 05:47 - Page file on RAM disk? 07:31 - Making an SSD last? 09:28 - SSD game load times: SATA vs. NVMe? 10:49 - Intel hiring AMD employees? 13:13 - Will Zen 2 beat Intel? 15:29 - Windows 10 April Update HDR improvements? 16:49 - Ryan's favorite Star Wars t-shirt? Want to have your question answered on a future Mailbag? Leave a comment on the latest Mailbag video or on the latest Mailbag post at pcper.com. Check out new Mailbag videos each Friday! Get your exclusive PCPer gear! https://teespring.com/stores/pcper Please consider supporting PC Perspective through our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pcper Subscribe for more videos each week! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper
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MSI Big Bang XPower Motherboard Preview - PC Perspective
 
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MSI Big Bang XPower Motherboard Preview - PC Perspective http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=929
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Video Perspective: MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt for under $160 - PC Perspective
 
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http://www.pcper.com/news/Motherboards/Video-Perspective-MSI-Z77A-G45-Thunderbolt-under-160
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An Upgrade Story 2: Using the GTX 1050 Ti to convert an OEM PC to a Gaming PC
 
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Please consider supporting PC Perspective and technical content through our Patreon: http://patreon.com/pcper Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Full story link: https://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Upgrade-Story-2-Using-GTX-1050-Ti-convert-OEM-PC-Gaming-PC Buy on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fXU8E5 A couple of years ago, I performed an experiment around the GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics card to see if we could upgrade basic OEM, off-the-shelf computers to become competent gaming PCs. The key to this potential upgrade was that the GTX 750 Ti offered a great amount of GPU horsepower (at the time) without the need for an external power connector. Lower power requirements on the GPU meant that even the most basic of OEM power supplies should be able to do the job. That story was a success, both in terms of the result in gaming performance and the positive feedback it received. Today, I am attempting to do that same thing but with a new class of GPU and a new class of PC games. The goal for today’s experiment remains pretty much the same: can a low-cost, low-power GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card that also does not require any external power connector offer enough gaming horsepower to upgrade current shipping OEM PCs to "gaming PC" status? Our target PCs for today come from Dell and ASUS. I went into my local Best Buy just before the Thanksgiving holiday and looked for two machines that varied in price and relative performance.
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Corsair Obsidian 750D Case - PC Perspective
 
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Here is our overview of the Corsair Obsidian 750D case!
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John Carmack Interview: GPU Race, Intel Graphics, Ray Tracing and Voxels and more! - PC Perspective
 
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http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Editorial/John-Carmack-Interview-GPU-Race-Intel-Graphics-Ray-Tracing-and-Voxels-and-more Last week we were in Dallas, Texas covering Quakecon 2011 as well as hosting our very own PC Perspective Hardware Workshop. While we had over 1100 attendees at the event and had a blast judging the case mod contest, one of the highlights of the event is always getting to sit down with John Carmack and pick his brain about topics of interest. We got about 30 minutes of John's time over the weekend and pestered him with questions about the GPU hardware race, how Intel's intergrated graphics (and AMD Fusion) fit in the future of PCs, the continuing debate about ray tracing, rasterization, voxels and infinite detail engines, key technologies for PC gamers like multi-display engines and a lot more! One of our most read articles of all time was our previous interview with Carmack that focused a lot more on the ray tracing and rasterization debate. If you never read that, much of it is still very relevant today and is worth reading over. This year though John has come full circle on several things including ray tracing, GPGPU workloads and even the advantages that console hardware has over PC gaming hardware.
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Lenovo ThinkPad Stack Review - Portable Router, HDD, Battery and Speaker
 
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Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Full story link: http://www.pcper.com/reviews/General-Tech/Lenovo-ThinkPad-Stack-Review-Portable-Router-HDD-Battery-and-Speaker Way back in January of 2015 at CES we were shown a new line of accessories from Lenovo called ThinkPad Stack. The company is targeting the professional user on the go with a collection of four devices that can be used together in a stackable form that offers up some impressive capability and function in a small package, though it does come with a business-user markup. Last week Lenovo sent us a full set of the ThinkPad Stack devices including a portable router, external USB 3.0 hard drive, Bluetooth speaker and external battery. With a price tag totaling nearly $400 for the entire set, there is a pretty high expectation for functionality, build quality and usability that Lenovo needs to hit, and they do a better job than I expected (honestly) to hit it. You don't have to buy all of the available Stack accessories, and that is part of the charm of the new product line - you can customize them to your own needs. Though it's not for everyone, I do find myself enjoying the idea of Lenovo's ThinkPad Stack products and how it enables the mobile professional. Let's take a look at what it is, how it works and if it's something you need.
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Corsair Carbide Series Air 240 Micro-ATX Case Review
 
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Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Full story link: http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Cases-and-Cooling/Video-Perspective-Corsair-Carbide-Air-240-Micro-ATX-Case-Review Buy on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1mPeOu7 Corsair continues to march down the path of making a PC case for just about every user imaginable. At Computex this past June, Corsair announced the Carbide Air 240 case, a smaller version the very popular (and well reviewed) Carbide Air 540. These unique cases include two separate compartments - one for the motherboard, CPU and graphics card and another for the power supply storage and miscellaneous cable clutter. The result is a cube-shaped form and a very clean look that is easy to build inside. Available in both black and white (with UV resistant paint), the $89/99 case fits both Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX motherboards allowing quite a bit of component flexibility. A quick look at the front of the case shows the cube-like shape that both the Air 540 and Air 240 share, part of the design that allows for the two-compartment style. The Corsair logo in the center can actually be rotated depending on the orientation of the case that can be rotated to allow the windowed-door on top rather than on the side.
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AMD Vega GPU Architecture Preview: Redesigned Memory Architecture
 
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Please consider supporting PC Perspective and technical content through our Patreon: http://patreon.com/pcper Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Full story link: https://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/AMD-Vega-GPU-Architecture-Preview-Redesigned-Memory-Architecture Apart from AMD’s other new architecture due out in 2017, its Zen CPU design, there is no other product that has had as much build up and excitement surrounding it than its Vega GPU architecture. After the world learned that Polaris would be a mainstream-only design that was released as the Radeon RX 480, the focus for enthusiasts came straight to Vega. It’s been on the public facing roadmaps for years and signifies the company’s return to the world of high end GPUs, something they have been missing since the release of the Fury X in mid-2015. Let’s be clear: today does not mark the release of the Vega GPU or products based on Vega. In reality, we don’t even know enough to make highly educated guesses about the performance without more details on the specific implementations. That being said, the information released by AMD today is interesting and shows that Vega will be much more than simply an increase in shader count over Polaris. It reminds me a lot of the build to the Fiji GPU release, when the information and speculation about how HBM would affect power consumption, form factor and performance flourished. What we can hope for, and what AMD’s goal needs to be, is a cleaner and more consistent product release than how the Fury X turned out.
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Samsung 840 / 840 EVO TLC Read Speed Degradation Issue Discussion
 
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Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Full story link: http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Editorial/Samsung-840-840-EVO-susceptible-flash-read-speed-degradation-over-time Over the past week or two, there have been growing rumblings from owners of Samsung 840 and 840 EVO SSDs. A few reports scattered across internet forums gradually snowballed into lengthy threads as more and more people took a longer look at their own TLC-based Samsung SSD's performance. I've spent the past week following these threads, and the past few days evaluating this issue on the 840 and 840 EVO samples we have here at PC Perspective. This post is meant to inform you of our current 'best guess' as to just what is happening with these drives, and just what you should do about it.
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Sony VAIO Tap 20 Touchscreen AIO and Tablet Review - PC Perspective
 
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http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Systems/Sony-VAIO-Tap-20-All-One-Touchscreen-Computer-and-Tablet-Review When new and interesting architectures and technology are developed, it enables system designers to build creative designs and systems for consumers. With its renewed focus on power efficiency as well as performance, Intel has helped move the industry towards new form factors like the Next Unit of Computing and the evolution of the All-in-One design. Today we are taking a look at the new Sony VAIO Tap 20 system, an AIO that not only integrates a 10-point touch screen on a 20-in 1600x900 resolution display and an Ivy Bridge architecture ultra low voltage processor, but also a battery to make the design semi-mobile and ripe for inclusion in high-tech homes. Check out our quick video overview below and then follow that up with a full pictorial outline and some more details!
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Dissecting G-Sync and FreeSync - How the Technologies Differ
 
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Subscribe for more hardware videos! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pcper Full story link: http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Dissecting-G-Sync-and-FreeSync-How-Technologies-Differ Buy G-Sync on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1CUdhyF Buy FreeSync on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1CUdsu3 As a part of my look at the first wave of AMD FreeSync monitors hitting the market, I wrote an analysis of how the competing technologies of FreeSync and G-Sync differ from one another. It was a complex topic that I tried to state in as succinct a fashion as possible given the time constraints and that the article subject was on FreeSync specifically.
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AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB CrossFire Testing - PC Perspective
 
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http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/AMD-Radeon-HD-7950-3GB-Graphics-Card-Review Today we are reviewing that sibling, the Radeon HD 7950 3GB GPU that offers basically the same technology and feature set with a slightly diminished core and a matching, slightly diminished price. In truth I don't think that the estimated MSRP of $449 is going to really capture that many more hearts than the $549 price of the HD 7970 did, but AMD is hoping that they can ride their performance advantage to as many profits as they can while they wait for NVIDIA to properly react.
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