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:

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

Introduction

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
Overclocking
Support
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
Form Factor ATX, MITX ATX ATX, M-ATX ATX, M-ATX M-ATX, Mini-ITX Mini-ITX M-ATX, Mini-ITX

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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Code Vein Mido, weapons, Louis, and Mia screenshots

Code Vein Mido, weapons, Louis, and Mia screenshots

A wild villain appears.

Code Vein

Bandai Namco has released a new set of Code Vein screenshots featuring new character Mido, various weapons, and more of previously revealed characters Louis and Mia.

Here is an overview of Mido, via Bandai Namco:

Before the Great Collapse, Mido adopted orphans to conduct barbaric experiments on them and sent his “experiments” on the battlefield. Although he’s already extremely powerful, he continues to strive for power & strength. What could his intention be?

Weapons featured in the screenshots include the Broadsword, Hounds Blood Veil, Nagimukuro, Stinger, Sunset Sword, Warped Blade, and Zweihander. Louis and Mia are shown using various atacks.

Code Vein is due out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC worldwide in 2018.

View the screenshots at the gallery.

Battlezone: Gold Edition announced for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC

Battlezone: Gold Edition announced for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC

Due out on May 1 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, this summer for Switch.

Battlezone: Gold Edition

Rebellion Developments has announced Battlezone: Gold Edition. It will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on May 1, and for Switch this summer for $39.99 / £29.99.

In Battlezone: Gold Edition, players will jump into the cockpit of “the most powerful tank in the galaxy” and battle the maniacal corporation ravaging Earth across a procedurally-generated campaign for up to four players. It is playable without a virtual reality headset, and will be available as a free update to the currently virtual reality-exclusive Battlezone for PlayStation 4 and PC.

Here is an overview of the game, via Rebellion Developments:

Originally released as a PlayStation VR launch title and later for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, Battlezone offers hours of exhilarating, futuristic tank warfare in a stunning first-person view. Delivering a procedurally generated campaign for 1-4 players ensuring no two playthroughs are the same, and drop-in, drop-out online co-op play, Battlezone brings back one of gaming’s icons like never before.

Battlezone: Gold Edition includes the game and ALL the additional content ever released for it. That’s all the tank skins, bobbleheads, and horns, as well as the fantastic Classic Mode based on the original’s iconic 80s arcade cabinet.

And anyone who already owns Battlezone on PS4 or PC will automatically upgrade to Battlezone: Gold Edition. That means they’ll receive all the extra content and be able to play without a VR headset, all FREE!

Watch the announcement trailer below.

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle adds DLC characters Hakumen, Naoto Shirogane, and Vatista

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle adds DLC characters Hakumen, Naoto Shirogane, and Vatista

The fighters of “Cross Tag Character Pack 3.”

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle will add playable characters Hakumen from BlazBlue, Naoto Shirogane from Persona 4 Arena, and Vatista from Under Night In-Birth via its “Cross Tag Character Pack 3” downloadable content, developer Arc System Works announced.

The “Cross Tag Character Pack 3” add-on will cost $4.99 on its own. It is also available as part of the “Cross Tag Character Collection,” which includes all six “Character Pack” add-ons, for $19.99.

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is due out for PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC on May 31 in Japan and Asia, June 5 in North America, and this summer in Europe.

Watch a new trailer featuring Hakumen, Naoto Shirogane, and Vatista below.

Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass teaser trailer

Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass teaser trailer

Full debut set for E3 2018.

Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass

Croteam has released the official teaesr trailer for Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass.

The game will be fully revealed at E3 2018, which runs from June 12 to 14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

PC is currently the only confirmed platform for the title Visit the game’s page on Steam here.

Watch the teaser trailer below.

Latest Windows 10 1803 RTM Candidate Is Facing Its Own Serious Bug – Public Release Could Be Further Delayed

Windows 10 1803 is seeing no end to drama as every RTM candidate appears to be plagued with issues. Following the release of Windows 10 Preview Build 17133 which was supposed to be the release to manufacturers build, Microsoft had to send another build to Insiders on the Fast ring as the previous one would have likely resulted in BSODs.

Now it appears the latest Windows 10 Preview 17134 is dealing with its own issues. Build 17134, which is currently being tested by the Fast ring Insiders, is experiencing problems with the Settings app. Every time a user tries to change default apps in Settings, the entire app ends up crashing.

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If you are a Fast ring Insider currently on the build 17134, you can test this bug yourself by going to Settings > Apps > Default apps > Set defaults by app > Set defaults by app. The Settings app should crash when you click on the Set defaults by app.

Windows 10 17134 bug reportedly affects a number of devices

So far the bug has been reported by Insiders running the latest Preview on a number of different systems, suggesting that the issue could be widespread (via WindowsLatest). Those of our readers who are on the Skip Ahead ring and testing the Redstone 5 builds, you won’t be experiencing this issue as it appears to be plaguing only build 17134 and in some cases 17133.

Microsoft is already 9 days late as the upcoming Windows 10 version was expected to drop on April 10 to the public. The previous RTM candidate had also been promoted to all the rings, had received cumulative updates and was ready for the public drop when a blocking bug was discovered. If this current bug turns out to be a serious problem that can’t be fixed with a future cumulative update, we will end up receiving yet another fresh build that will just add to the delay.

Source: Reddit

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Shenmue I & II story screenshots

Shenmue I & II story screenshots

More screenshots of the long-awaited re-release.

Shenmue I & II

Sega has updated the official Japanese website for Shenmue I & II with pages detailing the story of each game, which provide a host of new screenshots.

Shenmue I & II is due out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC worldwide in 2018. In Japan, it will only be available for PlayStation 4.

If you missed the announcements last week, read up on the game’s refinements, which include graphical improvements, additional options, and other changes like an updated user interface, here.

View the screenshots at the gallery.

Dragon Ball FighterZ DLC character Fused Zamasu announced

Dragon Ball FighterZ DLC character Fused Zamasu announced

The Zamasu and Goku Black fusion.

Dragon Ball FighterZ

Fused Zamasu will be the next character to join Dragon Ball FighterZ as playable via downloadable content, the latest issue of V-Jump reveals.

A fusion of Supreme Kai apprentice Zamasu and Goku Black, Fused Zamasu is the strongest god with the greatest strength and an immortal body, according to the magazine.

Some of Fused Zamasu’s special moves enable him to fly. After activating a special move, Fused Zamasu will shift to a flying state, which supports eight directions of movement on the joystick or d-pad.

His “Holy Wrath” special move fires a huge energy ball generated from his fingertips. And his Meteor special move, “Lightning of Absolution,” sees Fused Zamasu appear as if he is spreading his wings, and rains down thunder across a wide area.

A release date for the character was not announced.

Dragon Ball FighterZ is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Light Fall launches April 26

Light Fall launches April 26

Atmospheric platformer dated.

Light Fall

Platformer Light Fall will launch worldwide for Switch via the Nintendo eShop, and PC and Mac via Steam on April 26 for $14.99, developer Bishop Games announced.

Here is an overview of the game, via Bishop Games:

About

Light Fall follows the story of a young boy and his quest through Numbra, a mysterious universe where darkness prevails over light, to be reunited with his dearest friend who vanished in the night. With the aid of the magical Shadow Core and his companion Stryx the old and grumpy owl, follow his courageous journey across an entire continent, braving many challenges and foes standing in the way, led only by a glimmer of hope. Do you have what it takes to survive in perilous Numbra?

Key Features

  • The Ultimate Freedom: Control the Shadow Core, a magical box beneath your feet that can be used and controlled at will, to propel yourself into the air and move across the land in the way that you see fit to face the challenges of the game. With the Shadow Core, you become the master of your surroundings and create your own path.
  • An Immersive Journey: Immerse yourself in Light Fall’s strange universe where darkness prevails over the light. Joining you on this adventure, Stryx the old and grumpy owl, will act as your sidekick and in-game narrator. Depending on his mood, he will either offer useful advice or bluntly mock your failures.
  • A Vast World to Explore: With the Shadow Core in hand, reach new heights and explore every nook and cranny of Numbra. Wander through the Lunar Plain, the Marshlands of Sorrows, the Vipera’s Forest and the Unknown Depths, where shortcuts, alternative paths, hidden collectibles and easter eggs await you in large numbers.
  • Speedrun Competition: Quench your thirst for competition in the complementary Speedrun Mode. Revisit the world of Numbra and experience exclusive levels where the difficulty has been drastically increased. Compete with players worldwide and compare your fastest times with theirs on the online leaderboard.

Watch the launch trailer below.