Pro Overclockers Make AMD’s Ryzen 7 2700X CPU Run at 6.0 GHz Across All Cores – Feat Achieved on ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero With LN2 Cooling

What happens when pro overclockers gather to test a newly released processor? World records are achieved. This is what happened with the recent AMD Ryzen 2000 series launch where pro-overclockers Der8auer and Neo (TheOverclocker) managed to push the flagship AMD Ryzen 7 2700X CPU to its limits.

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Overclocked To 6.0 GHz Across All Cores By Pro Overclockers

The feat was achieved over at ASUS ROG’s Taiwan HQ where professional overclockers, including Der8uer himself, had the chance to play with an endless supply of LN2 and lots of Ryzen 7 2000 series CPU samples to break records with Pinnacle Ridge CPUs. Since the testing was done at ASUS HQ, the motherboard used was ROG’s flagship Crosshair VII Hero which we have tested in our own review over here. We previously also saw up to 5.88 GHz overclocking results show up on MSI X470 motherboards.

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The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X was tested in various benchmarks but the most impressive result was a huge 6.0 GHz overclock (validation here) across all 8 cores and 16 threads using a voltage supply of 1.85V. This is an incredible clock speed which although not stable, does show that this is an overall better chip compared to its predecessor that was overclocked up to 5.9 GHz. The chip doesn’t feature an OC bug which means that overclockers can fill the LN2 pot up to the top reaching temperatures around -190C (degrees).

There were also some benchmarks run at 5.7 GHz (1.550V) and memory at 1.95V (due to really tight timings). The surprising thing found out in these benchmarks run was not only did Ryzen 7 2700X manage to break some 8 core world records but it also performed vastly better than the similar 8 core Skylake-X processor that clocked higher at 6.1 GHz.

This just goes off to show the higher efficiency and added IPC improvements that deliver better multi-tasking performance in various applications. You can check out a more detailed overview of the overclocking session in the video provided below:


AMD Ryzen 2700 CPU Review – The Zen+ Refresh and 400-Series Platform Featuring ASRock X470 Taichi Ultimate and ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero


A year ago, AMD launched Ryzen, a new processor family based on their latest CPU architecture, Zen. When AMD launched Ryzen along with the Zen cores, they made a commitment to gamers, enthusiasts and high-performance users that Ryzen will get better year after year. Fast forward a year and we are now looking at the second iteration of Ryzen, a better and faster processor in all ways possible, at least on the table, along with a refreshed platform.

Known as the AMD Ryzen 2000 series, the new generation of processors is similar to an Intel’s Tick which involves the move to a smaller process node while improving the core architecture. There is not much in terms of core architecture evolution but refinements from the updated process node do help in efficiency and clock rate increase.

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The latest processors are based on a 12nm process node and feature 8 and 6 core SKUs ranging all the way from $199 up to $329 US. The prices are strategically well placed against the Intel 8th Gen core offerings along with the faster overall clock speeds which would help improve parity with Intel based processors. That said, AMD also has a brand new platform in the form of 400-series which is said to go along well with the Ryzen 2000 series processor. And while the chips are compatible on 300-series motherboards, some new features which we will detail in this review are solely limited to AMD 400 series platform.

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For our review, I will be testing the AMD Ryzen 7 2700 processor which is an 8 core, 16 thread chip clocked at 3.2 GHz base and 4.1 GHz boost clock and priced at $299 US. The CPU will be tested on the ASRock X470 Taichi Ultimate and ASUS ROG Crosshair VII HERO (Wi-Fi) motherboards. I would like to thank both ASRock and ASUS for providing these motherboards for our review.

AMD X470 Chipset For Enthusiast and High-End Motherboards – The New Flagship AM4 Platform PCH

The AMD X470 motherboards will be housing several key technologies that would offer the best experience on Ryzen 2000 processors. These features include advanced power deliveries for memory and processor, support for faster memory, support for Precision Boost overdrive and XFR2 along with a range of other features that expand overall I/O capabilities of the motherboards.

The X470 is AMD’s high-end chipset for overclockers and tweakers who need robust platforms. This chipset provides the ultimate low-level control to its users and delivers ultimate graphics card bandwidth. By bandwidth, AMD is referring to max PCI Express lanes as this is the only chip in the stack that supports multi-GPU functionality. The chipset supports both, CFX (CrossFire) and SLI. Features of X400 series chipsets include:

  • Optimized memory routing for high-speed memory support
  • Optimized VRM and power layout for CPU overclocking
  • Lower idle power (<2W)
  • Designed for 2019 CEC energy requirements
  • USB per-port disable
  • Improved maximum data transfer rate
  • Bootable NVMe RAID support
  • Enmotus FuzeDrive technology bundle
  • AMD StoreMI Technology

AMD has mentioned two full x16 (Gen3) lanes for GPUs. AIBs can add additional lanes through a PLX chip but that would add to the cost. X470 features full overclocking support with a very sophisticated GUI that will allow the best overclock tools and experiences. Since all AM4 CPUs have an unlocked multiplier, record breakers will definitely put X470 boards to the test on liquid and LN2 setups. The motherboards are also compliant with the new AMD XFR 2.0 Enhanced and PBO (Precision Boost Overdrive) features which scale boost clocks in a more refined manner when compared with 1st gen chips.

AMD AM4 Chipset Features and Specifications:

Wccftech X470 X370 B450 B350 A320 X300 A300
CrossfireX/SLI Tri-Fire/2-Way SLI Tri-Fire/2-Way SLI N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
PCIe Gen3 Lanes 16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU) 16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU)
8 (with Bristol Ridge)
16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU) 16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU)
8 (with Bristol Ridge)
16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU)
8 (with Bristol Ridge)
16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU)
8 (with Bristol Ridge)
16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU)
8 (with Bristol Ridge)
PCIe Gen2 Lanes 8 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe) 8 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe) 6 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe) 6 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe) 4 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe) 4 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe) 4 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe)
USB 3.1 Gen2 2 2 2 2 1 0 0
USB 3.1 Gen1 10 10 6 6 6 4 4
USB 2.0 6 6 6 6 6 0 0
SATA 6Gb/s 6 6 4 4 4 2 2
SATA Express 2 2 2 2 2 1 1
DDR4 DIMMs 4 4 4 4 2 2 2
Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
XFR2 Enhanced Yes No Yes No No No No
Precision Boost Overdrive Yes No Yes No No No No
NVMe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

AMD AM4 Socket – Extending The Ryzen Compatibility Further

Just like the AMD 300 series motherboards, the 400 series motherboards will feature the AM4 socket. Nothing has changed with the design or pin layout which means that any old AM4 CPUs and APUs will be able to run on the 400 series boards just fine.

The AM4 socket has a total of 1331 contact points for interfacing with Ryzen processors. There was a need to develop a new socket for Ryzen processors since the latter comes with support for DDR4 memory and PCIe Gen 3.0 interface directly from the Ryzen chip. The AM4 socket is featured on the AMD 400 series boards and will extend support to all future AM4 compatible processors.

Cooler Compatibility With the AM4 Socket

Since we are looking at a slightly bigger socket that measures 90mm x 54mm, the previous cooler mounting brackets from AM3+ will be non-compatible with AM4. This would require new brackets. Manufacturers in the cooling industry are now offering proper mounting brackets for Ryzen CPUs. Desktop builders who currently have an older AM3+ cooler can also grab the mounting kit for free.

While cooler manufacturers are offering their side of the support, AMD has developed a family of new Wraith coolers that are available with the Ryzen processors. AMD has three new coolers that are optimized for a range of 95W and 65W Ryzen processors. These include the Wraith Prism (95W) , Wraith Max (95W), Wraith Spire (65W), Wraith Stealth (65W) coolers. All coolers operate with less noise while delivering good cooling potential. The fans also come with RGB lighting which looks gorgeous for a reference design cooler.

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NVIDIA GTX 1000 Series GPU Lineup Is Now Being Sold at MSRP, but You’ll Have to Be Very Quick

If you are looking for an NVIDIA graphics card belonging to the GTX 1000 series that is not stamped with an inflated price tag, the company’s online store is going to be the place to do it. That is correct; if you want to purchase an NVIDIA GPU that features the same MSRP that came with it during its official launch, then some models are stocked on the company’s website right now.

NVIDIA GTX 1000 Series Founders Edition Cards Are Available at This Time

There is going to be just one little problem; the Founders Edition lineup is currently available at the company’s online store and that is not a bad thing but we just checked and some models belonging to the series have just gone out of stock. This only means that it is not going to take long for the other models to go out of stock so you’d best hurry if you want to experience gaming fidelity at its finest.

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If you are not familiar with the term, Founders Edition cards are GPUs that do not feature any modifications from NVIDIA’S AIB partners such as EVGA, ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI, and others. Currently, the following graphics cards are available and are in stock.

Also, Founders Edition cards tend to get louder under GPU load since they are outfitted with vapor chamber coolers and not factory calibrated aftermarket solutions. Still, if you are not a serious overclocker and do not mind a small amount of noise, then these GPUs will hardly be a deal breaker for you anyway.

Just make sure that you do not waste any previous time in purchasing any one of these. Keep in mind that the products listed below are the ones that are currently in stock. The rest of them have sold out.

Buy NVIDIA GTX 1000 series GPUs from its online store.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1180 – Specs, Performance, Price & Release Date (Preliminary)

The GeForce GTX 1180 is a high-end graphics card from NVIDIA based on the Turing architecture and 12nm process technology set for release in 2018.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1180

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I’d be remiss if I did not mention that some of this information is preliminary and subject to change as more information is revealed and/or existing information is confirmed or debunked. This page will be kept up to date with the latest information available at any given time.


According to the latest leaks, rumors and information provided to wccftech the GeForce GTX 1180 is powered by a 104 class GPU, codenamed GT104. The GPU measures around ~400mm², features 3584 CUDA cores, a 256-bit GDDR6 memory interface and 8 to 16 gigabytes of 16Gbps GDDR6 memory. The graphics card is expected to have a core clock of around ~1.6GHz and a boost clock of around ~1.8GHz. The TDP of this graphics card is unconfirmed to date, but is expected to be somewhere between 170-200W.


Peak FP32 compute performance is expected to be around 13 TFLOPS, depending on how high of a clock speed the graphics card will be able to hit and how often. This puts it slightly ahead of the existing GeForce GTX Titan Xp and GTX 1080 Ti. So you can expect around GTX Titan Xp performance or slightly better, but at significantly lower power consumption.

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Price & Release Date

Pricing and the release date are the most fluid parts of a product launch, so this could definitely change. But, you can expect the GeForce GTX 1180 to be released in the summer. All leaks and rumors point to a debut around the month of July.

In terms of pricing, whispers say that NVIDIA is looking to charge more for the GTX 1180 as compared to the GTX 1080, with some sources quoted as saying to expect a price tag of around $699.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1180 Preliminary Specifications

Wccftech GeForce GTX 1180 GTX 1080
Architecture Turing Pascal
Lithography 12nm FinFET 16nm FinFET
GPU GT104 GP104
Die Size ~400mm² 314mm²
CUDA Cores 3584 2560
TMUs 224 160
ROPs 64 64
Core Clock ~1600MHz 1607MHz
Boost Clock ~1800MHz 1733MHz
FP32 Performance ~13 TFLOPS 8.7 TFLOPS
Memory Interface 256-bit 256-bit
Memory 8-16 GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR5X
Memory Speed 16Gbps 10Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 512GB/s 320GB/s
TDP 170-200W 180W
Launch Q3 (July) 2018 July 20 2016
Launch MSRP ~$699 $599
$699 (Founder’s)


Kingston Shipping UV500 Series 3D NAND SSDs, 120GB-1920GB Capacities Listed

Kingston, a well known brand in all things memory has announced it is shipping the UV500 line of SSD Products, available in 2.5″, M.2 and mSATA the UV500 will be Kingstons first 3D NAND enabled SSD with full-disk encryption. The UV500 packs Marvell’s 88SS1074 controller, which should put this firmly in the mid tier to budget SSD range. It delivers read and write speed of up to 520MB/s and 500 MB/s respectively which is right around the SATA bottleneck.

Kingston says the UV500 will dramatically improve system performance over standard HDD’s something readers of the site should already be incredibly aware of. It also includes 256-bit AES hardware based encryption to protect sensitive data. It also supports TCG Opal 2.0.

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It is available in three different form factors (2.5″, M.2 2280, mSATA) to accommodate any client system. UV500 is perfect as a boot drive or for primary storage as it is available in 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB, 960 GB and 1920 GB capacities..

“We are proud to bring the UV500 family of SSDs featuring self-encryption to market, ,the combination of a powerful controller, 3D NAND and data encryption in multiple form factors makes UV500 perfect for both consumers and enterprise users looking for a performance boost on existing systems.”

Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston.

Kingston UV500 SSD Features and Specifications

  • Form factor: 2.5″/M.2 2280/mSATA
  • Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0 (3Gb/s)
  • Capacities:
    o 2.5″: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, 960GB, 1920GB
    o M.2 2280: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, 960GB
    o mSATA: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB
  • Controller: Marvell 88SS1074
  • NAND: 3D TLC
  • Baseline Performance:
  • Data Transfer (ATTO)
    o 120GB – up to 520/320MB/s
    o 240GB – up to 520/500MB/s
    o 480GB – up to 520/500MB/s
    o 960GB – up to 520/500MB/s
  • Maximum Random 4k Read/Write (IOMETER)
    o 120GB – up to 79,000/18,000 IOPS
    o 240GB – up to 79,000/25,000 IOPS
    o 480GB – up to 79,000/35,000 IOPS
    o 960GB – up to 79,000/45,000 IOPS
  • Power Consumption:
    o 0.195W Idle / 0.5W Avg / 1.17W (MAX) Read / 2.32 W (MAX) Write
  • Storage temperature: -40°C~85°C
  • Operating temperature: 0°C~70°C
  • Dimensions:
    o 100.1mm x 69.85mm x 7mm (2.5″)
    o 80mm x 22mm x 3.5mm (M.2)
    o 50.8mm x 29.85mm x 4.85mm (mSATA)
  • Weight:
    o 120GB – 480GB – 41g (2.5″)
    o 960GB – 57g (2.5″)
    o 120GB – 6.6g (M.2)
    o 240GB – 6.7g (M.2)
    o 480GB – 7.7g (M.2)
    o 120GB – 6.2g (mSATA)
    o 240GB – 480GB – 6.7g (mSATA)
  • Vibration operating: 2.17G Peak (7-800Hz)
  • Vibration non-operating: 20G Peak (10-2000Hz)
  • Life expectancy: 1 million hours MTBF
  • Warranty/support: Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support
  • Total Bytes Written (TBW):
    o 120GB – 60TB
    o 240GB – 100TB
    o 480GB – 200TB
    o 960GB – 480TB

Pricing And Availability

Unfortunately we were not able to reach pricing and like always we will try to get any information as it becomes available.


Cooler Master Unveils First Addressable RGB AIO CPU Cooler 240mm and 120mm

Cooler Master, one of the most well known brands cooling including CPU coolers, computer components and peripherals, has today introduced its first addressable RGB all-in-one (AIO) liquid CPU coolers. The MasterLiquid ML240R RGB and MasterLiquid ML120R RGB are certified compatible with ASUS, MSI and ASRock motherboards for their respective RGB functionality with Gigabyte conspicuously absent and feature addressable RGB LEDs on both the fans and water block.

Cooler Master To Release MasterLiquid ML240R 240mm And ML120R RGB

The MasterLiquid ML240R RGB and MasterLiquid ML120R RGB feature a newly designed pump with 12 addressable RGB LEDs on the water block and eight addressable RGB LEDs on each fan, capable of 16.7million color options. Users can easily customize each LED, individually, through the addressable RGB software from ASUS, MSI and ASRock motherboards, or with Cooler Master’s upcoming MasterPlus+ software for complete ambient control.

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Cooler Master’s MasterLiquid ML240R RGB and ML120R RGB come equipped with a new addressable RGB LED controller for use and compatibility with non-addressable RGB components and easy lighting and mode control. A 3-in-1 addressable RGB splitter is also included in the packaging.

With Cooler Maser designing in-house, the MasterLiquid ML240R RGB and ML120R RGB are constructed with a low-profile, dual chamber pump that separates incoming coolant from the radiator-bound heated coolant. Cooler Master’s unique pump design maximizes CPU cooling results and assists in maintaining ideal system temperatures. In addition, Both the MasterLiquid ML240R RGB and ML120R RGB feature a precision machined microchannel cold plate to quickly dissipate heat, FEP tubing on the interior and sleeved tubing on the exterior for a premium look and extended durability.

MasterLiquid ML240R RGB And MasterLiquid ML120R Features

  • Addressable RGB LED pump with 16.7 million colors
  • Dual chamber pump design to separate incoming and outgoing coolant
  • MasterFan MF120R ARGB (Addressable RGB fans)
  • Double Layer Tubing – Inner FEP Tubing, Outer Sleeve Tubing
  • Low Resistance Radiator
  • Wired addressable RGB Controller and addressable RGB splitter cable

Motherboard Compatibility


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  • ROG Maximus X Formula
  • ROG Maximus X Code
  • ROG Maximus X Hero (Wi-Fi AC)
  • ROG Maximus X Hero
  • ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming
  • ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming
  • ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming
  • Rampage VI Extreme
  • Prime X299-Deluxe
  • ROG Strix X299-XE Gaming
  • ROG Strix X299-E Gaming
  • ROG Zenith Extreme
  • ROG Strix X399-E Gaming
  • ROG Strix X370-I Gaming
  • ROG Crosshair VI Extreme


  • Z370 Godlike Gaming
  • Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
  • Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon
  • Z370I Gaming Pro Carbon AC

No Asrock boards are named unfortunately and Gigabyte as mentioned previously is suspiciously absent.

Pricing And Availability

The MasterLiquid ML240R RGB and MasterLiquid ML120R RGB are available for purchase today for a starting MSRP of $119.99 USD (240mm) and $99.99 USD (120mm). While the non addressable variants are still cheaper at $69.99 for the Master Liquid Lite 240 and $59.99 for the Master Liquid Lite 120 these do feature a newer pump design and fully addressable RGB Lights for the fans and Pump

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AMD’s Response to NVIDIA’s GPP – This Means War

Today, AMD has come out with an official response to NVIDIA’s controversial GeForce Partner Program and it’s a declaration of all out war. For those out of the loop, the GeForce Partner Program came into the limelight under very peculiar circumstances last month after HardOCP’s Kyle Bennett published an investigative report detailing how NVIDIA was allegedly using the GPP effectively as a monopolistic market domination tool.

The program allegedly demanded from PC and graphics card makers the exclusion of AMD from their gaming branded products, essentially cutting NVIDIA’s only competitor in this arena from the gaming market. Companies that refuse to be part of the GPP are allegedly put at crippling disadvantages that would render them almost entirely unable to compete. More specifically, they are denied high-effort engineering engagements, early tech engagement, launch partner status, game bundling, sales rebate programs, social media and PR support, marketing reports, and even GPU supply/allocation.

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NVIDIA has publicly denied these allegations.

There have been several major developments over the following weeks after the story originally broke, and you can read all about them here.  Starting with Gigabyte & MSI removing AMD products from their roster of gaming products, to gamers calling for a boycott of NVIDIA and its GPP partners, HP & Dell refusing to join the program, Intel considering legal action against NVIDIA and finally the FTC’s and EU Commission’s acknowledgement of consumer complaints and calls for an investigation of the GPP.

AMD Calls NVIDIA’s GPP “Anti-Gamer” & “Anti-Competitive”

“Our proud pastime of PC gaming has been built on the idea of freedom. Freedom to choose. How to play the game. What to do and when to do it. And specifically, what to play it on. PC gaming has a long, proud tradition of choice. Whether you build and upgrade your own PCs, or order pre-built rigs after you’ve customized every detail online, you know that what you’re playing on is of your own making, based on your freedom to choose the components that you want. Freedom of choice is a staple of PC gaming.

Over the coming weeks, you can expect to see our add-in board partners launch new brands that carry an AMD Radeon product. AMD is pledging to reignite this freedom of choice when gamers choose an AMD Radeon RX graphics card. These brands will share the same values of openness, innovation, and inclusivity that most gamers take to heart. The freedom to tell others in the industry that they won’t be boxed in to choosing proprietary solutions that come bundled with “gamer taxes” just to enjoy great experiences they should rightfully have access to. The freedom to support a brand that actively works to advance the art and science of PC gaming while expanding its reach.

The key values that brands sporting AMD Radeon products will offer are:

• A dedication to open innovation – AMD works tirelessly to advance PC gaming through close collaboration with hardware standards bodies, API and game developers, making our technologies available to all to help further the industry. Through our collaboration with JEDEC on memory standards like HBM and HBM2, Microsoft on DirectX and Khronos on Vulkan, and through the GPUOpen initiative where we provide access to a comprehensive collection of visual effects, productivity tools, and other content at no cost, we’re enabling the industry to the benefit of gamers.

• A commitment to true transparency through industry standards – Through industry standards like AMD FreeSync technology, we’re providing the PC ecosystem with technologies that significantly enhance gamers’ experiences, enabling partners to adopt them at no cost to consumers, rather than penalizing gamers with proprietary technology “taxes” and limiting their choice in displays.

• Real partnerships with real consistency – We work closely with all our AIB partners, so that our customers are empowered with the best, high-performance, high quality gaming products and technologies available from AMD. No anti-gamer / anti-competitive strings attached.

• Expanding the PC gaming ecosystem – We create open and free game development technologies that enable the next generation of immersive gaming experiences across PC and console ecosystems. These efforts have resulted in advancements such as AMD FreeSync adoption on TVs for Xbox One S or X, integration of forward looking “Vega” architecture features and technologies into Far Cry 5 without penalizing the competition, and inclusion of open sourced AMD innovations into the Vulkan API which game developers can adopt freely.

We pledge to put premium, high-performance graphics cards in the hands of as many gamers as possible and give our partners the support they need without anti-competitive conditions. Through the support of our add-in-board partners that carry forward the AMD Radeon RX brand, we’re continuing to push the industry openly, transparently and without restrictions so that gamers have access to the best immersive technologies, APIs and experiences.

We believe that freedom of choice in PC gaming isn’t a privilege. It’s a right.”

AMD did not mince words and its response is effectively a declaration of all out war on the GPP and what the company believes it represents, which it describes as “anti-competitive” and “anti-gamer”.

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What It All Comes Down To

NVIDIA has claimed that the GeForce Partner Program is “transparent” and “great” for gamers. All the while, evidence pointing to the contrary kept mounting by the week. The company refused to answer some of the most basic questions about the GeForce Partner Program, like who exactly are those partners that have signed up, what they stand to gain rather than lose by doing so, and what the program actually offers to gamers that does not already exist.

It all comes down to this: a company’s bid to remove their only competitor from the market by means of strong-arming their “partners” in a “transparant” attempt to consolidate market power and limit your choice as a PC gamer is and can only be described as anti-competitive and anti-gamer. It is the antithesis of what PC gaming is all about, freedom.

I have made an argument and have come to a conclusion in my original evaluation of what the GPP, as alleged, means to us as PC gamers. It’s essentially the same one that AMD’s Scott Herkelman is mirroring in his blog post and the one I continue to stand by today and it’s this.

Khalid Moammer – 2018, 13th of April

“PC gamers have picked the PC as their platform of choice because of the incredible freedom that it offers. Begin to chip away at what has made this platform so great and what this passionate community has cherished for decades and you will awaken a sleeping giant. The GPP could very well prove to be a grave mistake for the company and a very costly lesson.”


ASUS AREZ Radeon Graphics Cards Production Has Started – No Features Lost In Transition From ROG [Updated]

Update: ASUS has just officially announced the AREZ series. Full presser at the end. Gallery over here. Packaging is courtesy of

As many of you undoutedly know, NVIDIA’s GPP program is causing some serious branding changes (and some alleged anti-trust concerns) in the graphics industry at large. Pretty much all Radeon graphics cards will no longer be shipped under the same gaming brand as GeForce tagged cards. This means that the Republic of Gamers (ROG) branding from ASUS is no longer a viable home for the Radeon series.

AREZ radeon graphics cards will be ready within two months, only a branding change, no features to be lost

Faced with this condition from NVIDIA, ASUS decided it is  going to be launching a new brand that is dedicated to AMD Radeon cards: AREZ. MSI has already removed their GAMING branding from AMD Radeon cards (and received significant backlash for it) but it looks like ASUS’s way might be going down a different and more palatable route: creating a separate identity for Radeon cards. An identity that is just as gaming centric as the ROG brand.

The official ASUS website also now has the AREZ series category added, confirming all the rumors before hand. We reached out to some contacts in ASUS and they had the following to say:

“AREZ cards production started today. Will take a month or two to completely change the packaging with new one”

This is some good news for all those concerned. For now, it seems the only difference between ROG and AREZ branded cards will be a simple marketing difference. From what they said, it appears that no features will be lost and this in essense an exercise in re-branding. Furthermore, the sub-branding like STRIX/GAMING nomenclatures will be retained under the AREZ branding – this is in contrast to MSI who decided to ditch all gaming-related branding completely.

The nomenclature will change like so :

  • ASUS ROG Strix will become AREZ Strix, so the new branding of an RX Vega 64 graphics card, for example, will become AREZ-STRIX-RXVEGA64-O8G-GAMING.
  • ASUS Dual will become AREZ Dual, so the new branding of an RX 580 graphics card will become AREZ-DUAL-RX580-O8G.
  • ASUS Expedition series will become AREZ Expedition while ASUS Phoenix will become AREZ Phoenix. The nomenclature change here will just constitute the addition of AREZ before the SKU title: EX-RX570-O4G -> AREZ-EX-RX570-O4G.

Here is the complete list of cards being re-branded to AREZ:

  • AREZ-R5230-SL-1G-L
  • AREZ-R5230-SL-2G-L
  • AREZ-R7240-2GD5-L
  • AREZ-R7240-2G-L
  • AREZ-R7240-O4GD5-L
  • AREZ-R7240-O4G-L
  • AREZ-DUAL-RX580-4G
  • AREZ-DUAL-RX580-8G
  • AREZ-EAH6450-SL-1G-L
  • AREZ-PH-RX550-2G
  • AREZ-PH-RX550-4G-M7
  • AREZ-EX-RX570-4G
  • AREZ-EX-RX570-8G
  • AREZ-EX-RX570-O4G
  • AREZ-EX-RX570-O8G

ASUS did have an ARES series before, and it’s interesting to see only a single digit was changed from that to AREZ. That said, ARES was actually named after the Greek God of War, AREZ stands for nothing. If you google it, you might find some jokes about the God of Gym, but those are entirely unrelated. It looks like this is a branding strategy that was probably created for the purpose of imparting some of the old ARES legacy while differentiating it entirely.

Radeon graphics card have been short supply due to mining demand but as the prices are coming down we will see supply catch up again and its only a matter of time before they are selling at the usual rate (what used to be usual at any rate) and it will quickly become clear where the marketing nomenclatures diverge and where they do not.

All in all, I think this is probably the best possible outcome that consumers could have seen from a company forced to pariticipate in GPP: a different brand with no features lost in the transition. We really hope that AIBs like MSI etc will also take a leaf out of the ASUS handbook and create a home for Radeon cards that is equal to its green counterpart.

Full Presser:

TAIPEI, Taiwan, April 17, 2018 — ASUS today announced AREZ, a new brand identity for ASUS Radeon™ RX graphics cards. Derived from Ares, the Greek god of war, AREZ-branded graphics cards are built using industry-leading automated manufacturing to provide AMD gamers and enthusiasts with superior cooling technology and a robust software ecosystem.

The new AREZ brand underlines the strong working partnership between ASUS and AMD that spans decades. Gamers and enthusiasts will enjoy a combination of exclusive ASUS innovations and technologies and AMD’s Radeon graphics processors and software.

“Gamers around the world rally behind AMD Radeon because of what the Radeon name stands for: a dedication to open innovation such as our contributions to the DirectX and Vulkan APIs, a commitment to true transparency through industry standards like Radeon FreeSync™ technology, and a desire to expand the PC gaming ecosystem by enabling developers to take advantage of all graphics hardware, including AMD Radeon graphics. We invite gamers everywhere who believe in these values and the value of the exceptional gaming experience Radeon graphics delivers to join the Red team,” said Scott Herkelman, Vice President and General Manager, AMD Radeon Technologies Group.

Extreme durability: Auto-Extreme technology and Super Alloy Power II components

AREZ graphics cards are produced using Auto-Extreme technology, an industry-exclusive, 100%-automated production process that incorporates premium materials to set a new standard of quality, performance and longevity. Since the introduction of Auto-Extreme technology in ASUS graphics cards, reliability has improved by 30%. This manufacturing process is also environmentally friendly, eliminating harsh chemicals and reducing power consumption by 50%.

Super Alloy Power II components deliver enhanced efficiency, reduce power loss, reduce component buzzing by 50% under full load and achieve thermal levels that are approximately 50% cooler than previous designs for enhanced quality and reliability.

Hi-tech cooling: MaxContact, patented Wing-Blade IP5X-certified fans and FanConnect II

MaxContact is an industry-first GPU cooling technology featuring an enhanced copper heat-spreader that directly contacts the GPU. MaxContact utilizes precision machining to provide a 10X-flatter surface for up to 2X more contact area with the GPU than traditional heat spreaders, resulting in improved thermal transfer. Select AREZ graphics cards are also constructed with up to 40% more heatsink surface area than previous dual-slot designs, further improving heat dissipation for dramatically cooler and quieter performance.

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A patented Wing-Blade fan design delivers 105%-greater static pressure over the heatsink for more efficient cooling and up to 3X-quieter operation compared to other fan designs. The fans are certified under the International Protection Marking (IP code) as IP5X dust resistant for improved reliability and a longer lifespan. This stringent certification process ensures AREZ graphics cards provide optimal fan performance, even under severe operating conditions. Additionally, 0dB technology stops the fan completely when the GPU temperature is below a set level, letting players enjoy light gaming sessions in complete silence.

ASUS FanConnect II features two four-pin hybrid-controlled headers that can be connected to both PWM and DC system fans for optimal system cooling. The connected fans reference both the GPU and CPU, and operate automatically based on the one with the higher temperature. A comprehensive set of tuning options allow gamers to tune fan speeds for efficient cooling.

Software ecosystem: GPU Tweak II, plus Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition

Redesigned with an intuitive user interface, GPU Tweak II makes gaming and overclocking easier than ever, while retaining advanced options for seasoned overclockers. With one click, the Gaming Booster function maximizes system performance by removing redundant processes and allocating all available resources automatically.

AREZ graphics cards also support the latest AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition drivers for comprehensive control over AMD GPUs. Core features include power-saving Radeon Chill technology; Radeon WattMan for profile-based custom control of voltages, engine clocks and fan speeds1; and Radeon ReLive for easy capture and sharing of in-game action.


ASUS AREZ-branded graphics cards will be available from May 2018 in selected markets.


AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Gaming Benchmarks vs 1700 at 4GHz, 10% Faster on Average

Another day another Ryzen 7 2700X review makes its way to the web. This time we get to take a look at how 2nd generation Ryzen compares to its first generation predecessor in gaming and productivity benchmarks.

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Gaming Benchmarks vs 1700 at 4GHz, 10% Faster on Average

The Ryzen 7 2700X was put in a head-to-head comparison with an overclocked Ryzen 7 1700 at 4.0GHz paired with a custom water cooling loop. At stock clocks, the Ryzen 7 2700X managed to outperform the 1700 by up to 14%, thanks to lower cache and memory latency and better inter-core communication in addition to very smart Turbo functionality.

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The productivity benchmarks are not any less impressive with the Ryzen 7 2700X showing a performance lead of up to 13% at stock clocks versus the overclocked Ryzen 7 1700.  The first generation Ryzen part simply can’t keep up, even with a hefty 4.0GHz overclock on a custom liquid cooling loop.

This demonstrates that second generation Ryzen CPUs aren’t just “factory overclocked” first Ryzen 1000 series parts as some have suspected. The small micro-architectural refinements to the cache and memory subsystems do seem to play a decently significant role in helping the 2700X maintain a clock for clock lead over the Ryzen 7 1700.

The cleverness of the new XFR2 turbo frequency algorithm is also clearly allowing the Ryzen 7 2700X to hit higher clock speeds without inflicting a disproportionate rise in power consumption.

The official embargo on 2nd generation Ryzen ends on the 19th, so stay tuned for more reviews and benchmarks to come out in a couple of days.

AMD 2nd Generation Ryzen Specs:

CPU Name AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600X AMD Ryzen 7 2700 AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
CPU Family Ryzen 2 Ryzen 2 Ryzen 2 Ryzen 2
Release Date 19th April 2018 19th April 2018 19th April 2018 19th April 2018
TDP 65W 95W 65W 105W
Total Cache 19 MB (L2+L3) 19 MB (L2+L3) 20 MB (L2 + L3) 20 MB (L2 + L3)
CPU uArch 12nm Zen+ 12nm Zen+ 12nm Zen+ 12nm Zen+
CPU Threads 12 12 16 16
CPU Cores 6 6 8 8
Boost Clock 3.9 GHz 4.25 GHz 4.1 GHz 4.35 GHz
Base Clock 3.4 GHz 3,6 GHz 3.2 GHz 3.7 GHz
Memory Support DDR4-2933 DDR4-2933 DDR4-2933 DDR4-2933
Cooler Bundle Wraith Stealth Wraith Spire Wraith Spire LED Wraith Prism
Price $199 US $229 US $299 US $329 US

Source: Ryzen 7 2700X Review – Part 1: Zen Vs Zen+ Vs Intel i7


Sennheiser Announces New 300 Pro Headphones and Headsets

One of the most well known brands in audio equipment Sennheiser has announced the new HD 300 PRO headphones and HMD 301 Pro communication headset. The headsets are aimed at remaining comfortable while still providing high fidelity sound for those working backstage in front of the camera, or even at home.

Sennheiser To Launch Pro Audio 300 Pro Series Lineup In August

“Comfort was a paramount design criterion for the circumaural 300 PRO series, thanks to multiple field tests and a thorough fine-tuning process, these headsets have met with very high user approval. We found operators and engineers to be incredibly pleased to listen to a pair of headphones that was modelled so closely on the legendary HD 250 Linear.”

Nicole Fresen – product manager at Sennheiser.

The 300 PRO series is a pleasure to wear due to a combination of factors, including new padding material, a comfort zone for the temples of glasses and split headband padding that removes any pressure from the sensitive area of the fontanelle. The headphones have also been given a new fork design that ensures their contact pressure is evenly distributed over the entire ear pad, ensuring both increased comfort and excellent sealing against outside noise.

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For inspiration during the design process, Sennheiser’s acoustic engineers turned to the HD 250 Linear, a classic model that is still highly regarded amongst professionals today. Despite the difference in the ear cup shapes, the engineering team was able to get extremely close to the precise, linear sound reproduction of the original model, thus placing the HD 300 PRO at the peak of Sennheiser’s monitoring headphone portfolio. The detailed, linear response makes the 300 PRO series ideal for music-makers, too.

The Pro 300 series also features the detachable cables you should expect from a high end production quality set of cans like these. It should help in handling noise due to a small series of coils that decouple the cable from the headset.

The series come with a rugged, bendable and twistable headband and customizable nameplates to feature a company logo on the ear cups. The new headset models also feature a noise-compensated, super-cardioid boom microphone for clear communications in loud production environments.

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They are also fitted with Sennheisers ActiveGard technology which keeps you from going deaf from sudden sound bursts which they claim does not interrupt the audio signal and is compliant with European EC directives for safety in the workplace.

Model Information

  • HD 300 PRO – the new top-of-the-range monitoring headphones
  • HD 300 PROtect – as HD 300 PRO, with selectable (on/off) ActiveGard .
  • HMD 300 PRO – closed, circumaural communications headset, selectable (on/off) ActiveGard , noise-compensated dynamic, super-cardioid boom microphone, cable to be chosen separately according to production environment
  • HMD 300-XQ-2 – as HMD 300 PRO, with detachable cable featuring XLR-3 and ¼” jack connectors
  • HMD 301 PRO – as HMD 300 PRO but single-sided headset with side support

Pricing has not been announced but they will be releasing in August 2018