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AMD Ryzen 3 1200

Introduction, Background Features [Editors’ Note: Parts of this review appeared previously in our review of the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X.] 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 imminent, ... Read More »

Intel Core i5-7640X

Introduction, Features Chipset Most of the time, component makers such as Intel, Nvidia, Samsung, and AMD make predictable moves when it comes to product launches: a new product generation a year or so on from the last one, with a modest-to-moderate uptick in performance, and an upticked integer shoved somewhere in the product name. Sometimes, a product comes along that’s ... Read More »

AMD Ryzen 5 1400

Introduction, Features Platform Details [Editors’ Note: Parts of this review appeared previously in our review of the AMD Ryzen 5 1600.] Ryzen 7 1800XRyzen 5 1600X (a six-core chip) are far more efficient and powerful than the company’s previous-generation FX parts. And they deliver as many as 16 threads of compute performance at prices that are sometimes just half of Intel’s similarly ... Read More »

SilverStone Primera PM01-RGB

Introduction, Design Features SilverStone’s classy full-tower PC case is back, with some noteworthy upgrades and a limited-edition model that will have you either grinning or cringing. The Primera PM01-RGB, which was hitting U.S. retailers just as we wrote this in late June 2017, has an in-your-face front panel that showcases its three 140mm intake fans with the help of SilverStone’s ... Read More »

Intel Core i7-7740X

Introduction, Features Chipset 2017 has been a busier year in the desktop-processor market than, arguably, the last few years combined. And as we write this in late June 2017, we’ve still got half a year to go, with plenty of new chips on the horizon from both AMD and Intel. Let’s take a quick look at how we got here and ... Read More »

Intel Core i9-7900X

Introduction, Features Chipset Whether it’s the market for cars, fresh fruit, or the world’s most advanced silicon, competition is important. In the computing world, we’ve seen no better indication of that than the high-end desktop market over the last several years. AMD’s FX processor line, which debuted with the AMD FX-8150 way back in 2011, was serviceable, but it never really ... Read More »

Biostar Racing B350GT3

Introduction, Design Features Nothing shapes a PC build quite your budget. If you’re working with a hard ceiling in mind for that final price tag, you’ll quickly learn which components matter most to you. Finding those parts is probably the easiest part of the process, because you’re allocating more money to them. Trimming your expectations for the rest of your ... Read More »

Biostar Racing B350GT3

Introduction, Design Features Nothing shapes a PC build quite your budget. If you’re working with a hard ceiling in mind for that final price tag, you’ll quickly learn which components matter most to you. Finding those parts is probably the easiest part of the process, because you’re allocating more money to them. Trimming your expectations for the rest of your ... Read More »

ECS Durathon 2 Z270H4-I

Introduction, Design Features If the 9.6×9.6-inch standard of MicroATX motherboards isn’t quite small enough for your compact-PC aims, the 6.7×6.7-inch Mini-ITX is the way to go. Case makers have upped their game in the niche world of Mini-ITX chassis of late, giving DIY builders (and particularly gamers) some exciting options for compact PCs. The ECS Durathon 2 Z270H4-I is one ... Read More »

AMD Ryzen 5 1600

Introduction, Features Platform Details [Editors’ Note: Parts of this review appeared previously in our review of the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X.] Six cores and twelve available computing threads for not much more than $200. That’s what AMD’s Ryzen 5 1600 is all about. And on paper at least, it’s a very appealing proposition when you consider Intel’s similarly outfitted six-core Core ... Read More »

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