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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X

Introduction, Design Features How many computing threads do you actually need? This year, first there was the eight-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 chips that made their debut in March. Then came Intel’s Core X-Series/Core i9 response at Computex 2017 in June. And most recently, AMD’s high-end Ryzen Threadripper platform has topped out at 32-thread capability with the $999 AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. ... Read More »

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X

Introduction, Design Features How many computing threads do you actually need? This year, first there was the eight-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 chips that made their debut in March. Then came Intel’s Core X-Series/Core i9 response at Computex 2017 in June. And most recently, AMD’s high-end Ryzen Threadripper platform has topped out at 32-thread capability with the $999 AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. ... Read More »

Mean:It 4PM Arc Blue

Introduction, Design Features We wish we could start gaming at 4PM, but most days, the name of Mean:It’s new cube PC chassis is, for us, merely aspirational. But whether you get your game on before dinner or not, the 4PM is an intriguing case. Cube-style PC cases are fun to work with because they give you plenty of elbow room. There ... Read More »

AMD Radeon RX Vega 56

Introduction, Design Features As a rule, the top-end performers on the PC-component front get the most attention. In AMD’s world in 2017, that’s been processors such as the beastly Ryzen Threadripper 1950XRyzen 7 1800XRadeon RX Vega 64Ryzen 5 1600XAMD Ryzen 7 1800X. Its six cores are a slight downtick from the Ryzen 7 1800X’s eight, but with that 25 percent downstep ... Read More »

AMD Radeon RX Vega 56

Introduction, Design Features As a rule, the top-end performers on the PC-component front get the most attention. In AMD’s world in 2017, that’s been processors such as the beastly Ryzen Threadripper 1950XRyzen 7 1800XRadeon RX Vega 64Ryzen 5 1600XAMD Ryzen 7 1800X. Its six cores are a slight downtick from the Ryzen 7 1800X’s eight, but with that 25 percent downstep ... Read More »

Asus GeForce GTX 1060 OC Edition (9Gbps GDDR5)

Introduction, Design Features [Editors’ Note: Be aware that pricing and features for video cards based on a given graphics chip can vary, depending on the actual card maker. AMD and Nvidia make video “reference cards” based on their graphics processors, which they often send out for review. Third-party partners—MSI, Sapphire, Gigabyte, EVGA, Asus, and many others—make and sell some cards ... Read More »

AMD Ryzen 3 1300X

Introduction, Background Features [Editors’ Note: Parts of this review appeared previously in our review of the AMD Ryzen 5 1400.] AMD Ryzen 7 1800XRyzen 5 1600Xwe’ve tested and reviewed all of them, alongside chips from the new Core X-Series lineup from Intel. (The current head of that line, at this writing, was the 10-core Core i9-7900XRyzen Threadripper enthusiast chip platform is also ... Read More »

SilverStone Redline Series RL06

Introduction, Design Features SilverStone’s Redline Series RL05Top 100 story as our pick for best budget chassis. And in our labs, that case is currently housing our storage testbed, running an Asus Strix X99 Gaming motherboard and a 10-core Intel Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition processor with an Intel NVMe SSD 750 Series boot drive. So we know it’s capable of housing ... Read More »

MSI X299 SLI Plus

Introduction, Design Features The MSI X299 SLI Plus is one of the first wave of motherboards to support Intel’s Core X-Series CPUs. The motherboard straddles the business and consumer markets, capable of being the foundation of a hip professional workstation or a home-use gaming ultra-PC. And although you can find plenty of other X299-based motherboards that are more overtly designed ... Read More »

Asus ROG Strix X299-E Gaming

Introduction, Design Features Intel released its “Skylake-X” and “Kaby Lake-X” processors just this summer, under the larger umbrella of the company’s new Core X-Series processors for enthusiasts. (See, for example, our review of the Intel Core i9-7900X, for the current top-end chip in the line that you could buy at this late-July writing.) And no surprise: Motherboard king Asus already ... Read More »

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