Analyzing Graphics Card Pricing: May 2018 and more
Posted on: 05/15/2018 09:35 AM

Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles:

1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones Review
AMD Expands Ryzen Pro With Radeon Graphics Processor Family For Enterprise Desktop And Mobile Markets
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Review
AMD Ryzen Pro APUs swoop into business-friendly desktops and notebooks
Analyzing Graphics Card Pricing: May 2018
Android P Preview 2 hands on
Arozzi Vernazza Gaming Chair Review
Cooler Master MasterAir MA620P Review
CORSAIR Hydro H60 High Performance 120mm Liquid CPU Cooler Review
Destiny 2: Warmind Xbox One Review
Four Years After Launch, AMD Kaveri Sees Huge Performance Boost On Linux
Kingdom Come: Deliverance benchmarks
Lenovo Yoga 730 13 Review: New CPU, same small battery
MSI Vigor GK80 Keyboard and Clutch GM70 Mouse Review
NZXT H400i Review
The Best Graphics Cards 2018
Viotek GN27D 27-inch Curved 1440p 144Hz Monitor Review

1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones Review
Their main selling point is the triple driver configuration that implements a single dynamic driver and dual balanced armature drivers. This setup is supposed to provide the listener with highly accurate yet powerful sound. But just having three drivers isn’t enough, so 1MORE sought the expertise of Grammy award-winning sound engineer Luca Bignardi to help fine tune the sound profile.

Not only do they have the triple driver combination, but they’ve equipped the 1MORE Triple Driver with two metal resonators that work in tandem to boost the sound and to create more power. They also have a Patented metal diaphragm structure that utilises a sandwich arrangement. This is composed of an outer PET diaphragm, a Titanium core and inner PET diaphragm. This is used to increase sound transmission speed as well as offering an extended treble.


Read full article @ Vortez

AMD Expands Ryzen Pro With Radeon Graphics Processor Family For Enterprise Desktop And Mobile Markets
Today marks the official launch of AMD’s latest additions to the Ryzen Pro family, which include new processors with integrated Radeon Vega graphics. AMD has released Ryzen Pro APUs for both desktop and mobile form-factors, and all include features specifically geared towards business customers.

With AMD's new Ryzen Pro offerings, you’ll find security-centric features like AMD GuardMI Technology with on-chip DRAM memory encryption, secure boot, fTPM/TPM 2.0, and what the company calls “enterprise-grade” reliability. On that latter point, AMD is guaranteeing a stable supply of chips for its enterprise customers, with at least 18 months of software updates, two years of guaranteed processor availability, and a 3-year warranty (compared to a 1-year warranty for consumer Ryzen processors).


Read full article @ HotHardware

AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Review
The launch of AMDs Ryzen 1st Gen chips went down a storm with the PC market last year, but outright clock speeds were somewhat lacking when compared to the blue corner. That’s where the Ryzen 5 2600X hopes to make up some ground, with a boost clock of 4.2GHz and base clocks of 3.6GHz.

The new Zen+, codenamed “Pinnacle Ridge”, utilises the new 12nm process from GLOBALFOUNDRIES offering slightly better transistor density and performance but it’s nothing revolutionary. Architectural differences aren’t huge over the previous Zen, but we do see focus placed on improving latency and memory speeds – these differences should translate directly into overall system improvements due to Zen’s reliance on AMD’s Infinity Fabric (The internal communication system used within the CPU die).


Read full article @ Vortez

AMD Ryzen Pro APUs swoop into business-friendly desktops and notebooks
AMD dipped a toe back into the world of corporate PCs last year with its Ryzen Pro family of desktop processors. On top of the Zen architecture's competitive processing performance, those chips exposed business-friendly features from the AMD Secure Processor that's baked into every Ryzen chip to protect data, empower administrators with open-source DASH remote manageability features, and provide PC makers with hardware roots of trust for secure boot and trusted computing applications.


Read full article @ The Tech Report

Analyzing Graphics Card Pricing: May 2018
One of the most heated issues plaguing the PC building industry at the moment is the price of graphics cards. Over the past 12 months we’ve seen some absolutely ludicrous prices for popular GPUs; in fact back in January we commented on how massively inflated graphics card prices made it difficult for an enthusiast to upgrade or build a new PC.

Today we’re revisiting the issue to see how the GPU market sits right now, what pricing and availability is like relative to various points in the past year, and what the trends in pricing are looking like. We’ll also go through some performance figures to show which graphics cards make the most sense to purchase right now.


Read full article @ TechSpot

Android P Preview 2 hands on
New changes and new bugs make Android P 2 a mixed bag. With Google I/O winding down, we finally have a spare second to look at the newest release of Android P. The second developer preview moves the OS into "beta," and it's not just for Pixel devices, as it also runs on a host of third-party flagship phones, thanks to Project Treble.

Recent Apps, system navigation, and the settings have seen major upgrades; other than that, it looks a lot like Preview 1.


Read full article @ ArsTechnica

Arozzi Vernazza Gaming Chair Review
We try out one of Arozzi's top gaming chair models. The Vernazza offers good comfort and support for users who weigh up to 145 kg. It is no larger than your average chair, but has wide seating and backrest areas even though it adheres to a classic bucket seat design.

The time has come for another chair from this brand to be reviewed. One of Arozzi's more recent chair models is the Vernazza, which comes in seven different color combinations and will, as such, fit into most gaming environments. The Vernazza is covered in PU and has a high backrest and broad sitting area. This chair sports ergonomics typical to most gaming chairs, and the Vernazza World of Tanks special edition is currently Arozzi's most expensive chair model with a €359 (including VAT) price tag. All other Vernazza models are €10 less, while in the US, their price tags are set to $399. This puts the Vernazza chair model into the medium gaming chair category since high-end models ask for more than $500.


Read full article @ TechPowerUp

Cooler Master MasterAir MA620P Review
After the MA410P and MA610P, today we are testing the Cooler MasterAir MA620P, a dual-tower cooler with 6 heatpipes and equipped with 2x 120mm fans! In the following Cooler MasterAir test, there is also the new 360 degree view, a new video and yet another video with all RGB effects in our OCinside YouTube channel.

Cooler Master stays true to its packaging design with the MasterAir MA620P and presents the cooler in a wrapper printed with bold colors. On the front we find, as always with Cooler Master RGB products, the RGB logos of the relevant mainboard manufacturers: ASRock RGB LED, Asus Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion and MSI Mystic Light Sync. Also, the reference to the RGB controller is available again this time.


Read full article @ OCInside.de

CORSAIR Hydro H60 High Performance 120mm Liquid CPU Cooler Review
The Hydro H60 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler by CORSAIR is not only back for the 3rd time (2nd revision) in less than a decade but this time over it shares no parts with its predecessor.

The new Hydro H60 2018 AIO liquid CPU cooler is actually the third product by CORSAIR to bear that name after the 2011 and 2013 models (both where co-developed with CoolIT systems and judging by the radiator used this is too - although some of their latest models like the H115i were co-developed with Asetek). Now we have no reason to go as far back as the 2011 model so compared to the 2013 model the new 2018 Hydro H60 has changed in several areas. The more noticeable differences are with the longer radiator (152x120x27mm - 157x120x27mm), different 120mm PWM fan (2000RPM/54CFM/2.36mmH2O/30.85dBA - 1700RPM/54.2CFM/2.08mmH2O/28.3dBA), brand new pump (LED illuminated top) and the cold plate (different shape). Unfortunately once again CORSAIR doesn't provide the exact specifications of the pump used but judging by the design of the pump/waterblock combo it should be identical with the ones used in their new H115i/H150 Pro RGB models (up to 2850RPM).


Read full article @ NikKTech

Destiny 2: Warmind Xbox One Review
Unfair rewards and poor balancing make Warmind seem like a step back.

Over the past few months, Destiny 2 has lost a lot of its players due to the restrictive nature of the previous "Curse of Osiris" expansion. Numerous activities were placed behind a paywall, and even beloved missions like Strikes weren't accessible to those who didn't own the new content.

While the developer eventually addressed these concerns, it seemed like it was a little too late. This was increasingly obvious on Xbox One because the players you were matched with varied widely in skill. This wasn't the case with the prequel or base game.


Read full article @ Windows Central

Four Years After Launch, AMD Kaveri Sees Huge Performance Boost On Linux
For those making use of AMD Kaveri APUs, the latest Linux graphics stack improvements will now yield much better performance -- up to twice as fast in some instances! Here are some benchmarks with Ubuntu 18.04 on the AMD A10-7870K.


Read full article @ Phoronix

Kingdom Come: Deliverance benchmarks
Aside from all the games published by so-called triple-A studios every now and then there is a game that, despite having a much smaller budget, still gets a lot done. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is one such game. The video cards in our test lab are mobilized. What do you need to survive in the medieval world of the Kingdom of Bohemia?

The Czech Warhorse Studios has been developing Kingdom Come: Deliverance for quite a while. In February 2012, the studio announced they started work on a role-playing game, after a license for CryEngine 3 was obtained. Further development did not go without a struggle either, because Warhorse was not able to convince their target investors and had to collect money via a Kickstarter campaign in order to be able to make and release Kingdom Come.


Read full article @ Hardware.Info

Lenovo Yoga 730 13 Review: New CPU, same small battery
The usual refresh cycle for laptops is in full 2018 swing, and Lenovo's convertible 13-inch Yoga 730 is the latest that I've been testing out for about the last two weeks. I reviewed its predecessor, the Yoga 720, almost exactly a year ago, pointing out weak battery life and a dim display as a couple of the cons.

Now sporting 8th Gen Intel processors (CPU), different ports, a lighter chassis, and Lenovo's Rapid Charge technology, let's see if the 13-inch Yoga 730 is a worthwhile upgrade that's worth your money.


Read full article @ Windows Central

MSI Vigor GK80 Keyboard and Clutch GM70 Mouse Review
I don't think it would be unfair to say that if you are anywhere near the PC gaming scene, MSI will be a name you are all too aware of. With their famous red dragon logo (who I only recently learned is called 'Lucky'), signature red colour schemes, and aggressive looking products, MSI has normally been a brand to focus on 'gamer' focused product, sporting accents and design choices that scream 'gamer' like there is no tomorrow. That said, they do some products that are markedly on the more 'stealthy' side of things, e.g. their 'Pro Carbon' series of motherboards are distinctly more muted in their appearance, though naturally, they sport RGB like every other mid to high-end board of 2017/18.

This is going to be a combined review of these two products. I got both at the same time, and it made sense to pair two products that are traditionally viewed as 'going together' in the same article. A review of MSI's highest end headset (the Immerse GH70) is also coming shortly. The products we have today are certainly aimed at the traditional 'gamer,' for sure. It's often said that peripherals marked as gaming ready can vary fairly wildly in their quality, and it does seem that you can slap the term on any product you feel like, and mark the price up accordingly. Right now, at MSRP the GK80 keyboard will run the buyer for 160.00 USD, or - looking on Amazon Germany - 180 EUR. This puts it at the very top end of the gaming keyboard price spectrum, and really isn't much cheaper than some excellent custom boards from the likes of Das Keyboard, WASD, and even highly sought after items like the White Fox and products from Topre. The mouse is equally highly priced, available from Amazon US @ $108.43 (at the time of writing), and Amazon DE for a very high 145.90. I expect a lot from these products, for these prices.


Read full article @ The Guru of 3D

NZXT H400i Review
With the H-series, NZXT offers three new cases. Today we are going to review the H400i which features a compact form factor as well as space for high-end components. Despite its small dimensions, there is actually enough space for a 280mm radiator. There is also a separate compartment for the power supply allowing for very clean looking builds as well as a left side panel that's been made from tempered glass.


Read full article @ ocaholic

The Best Graphics Cards 2018
f you're looking to upgrade or buy a new graphics card today, don't mind all the testing, marginal fps gains, power consumption figures, or overclocking potential. TechSpot's Best Graphics Cards is written to get a simple question answered: Given a certain budget, which is the graphics card you should buy? Fret no more.

With that said, for the past year or so buying a graphics card has been messy, tricky, and for the most part expensive. GPU pricing has been all over the place for reasons we've explained, inflating demand and making it less appealing to buy new or upgrade. But of course, things can always change and they've done so recently for the better.


Read full article @ TechSpot

Viotek GN27D 27-inch Curved 1440p 144Hz Monitor Review
Not that long ago we took a look at Viotek’s 32-inch GN32Q, which was their 1440p curved 144Hz display with a really cool rose gold design. While 32-inches is a good size, it seems most serious gamers feel a 27-inch or 24-inch display is really the sweet spot as you really don’t have to move your head around at all the view the entire screen. Viotek’s GN27D features a 27-inch curved VA panel with a 1440p (2560 x 1440) resolution, a 144 Hz refresh rate, and FreeSync. Compared to the GB32Q the GN27D definitely looks more like a gaming display with its all black design and slim stand. Even better is that this display is only $369.99 on Amazon, making it one of the most affordable 27-inch 1440p 144Hz curved display out there. Is this display worth picking up? Read on as we find out!


Read full article @ ThinkComputers.org




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