CPU’s & Motherboards

ASUS ROG STRIX X299-E Gaming Review

Forum Comment Thread: Click Here When Intel announced their new LGA2066 HEDT platform at Computex 2017, it came as a surprise to many since the company wasn’t expected to unveil their new X299 chipset and mix of Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors until much later in the year. And they certainly weren’t expected to announce any…

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Intel i9-7980XE & i9-7960X Performance Review

So here we are on the eve of yet another ultra high end Intel processor launch and while there’s been the usual stress and navel gazing at results, one thing is certain: the rapid fire pace of recent CPU introductions has injected some much-needed excitement into a somewhat stale segment. While the sundering of Moore’s…

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MSI B350 Tomahawk AM4 Motherboard Review

Forum Comment Thread Having reviewed a handful of enthusiast-oriented AMD X370 AM4 motherboards, we have become fans of this new platform. However, since all of the models that we have tested thus far have been firmly in the higher-end category – diminutive Biostar Mini ITX motherboard aside – we thought that it was time to start looking at what…

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MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium Review

Since we have already reviewed two of the three motherboards that AMD handpicked to send to reviewers for the Ryzen launch, it only makes sense for us to review the third, the ASUS Crosshair VI Hero. However, while that day will come, today we are focused on reviewing the most expensive AMD AM4 motherboard on the market right now,…

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Fixing Bent Pins on AMD’s Ryzen PGA CPUs

If you follow Hardware Canucks on Twitter (and you should!) you’ll know that a few weeks ago I shipped a Ryzen 7 1700X processor to Anthony –aka AkG- and let’s just say that things didn’t quite go as planned. Even though it was securely packaged in a padded, form-fitting box and then packaged in another…

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X & 1950X Review

I’m going to start this article off with a simple number: five. Not only is that the number of months it has taken AMD to effectively turn the x86 processor world on its ear, but that’s also the number of distinct model families that they’ve introduced over a relatively short time. The rapid staccato of…

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Biostar X370GTN ITX AM4 Motherboard Review

If you live in North America, chances are that Biostar is not the first name that pops into your head when thinking about motherboard manufacturers. While they have a significant presence in Asia, they haven’t really made a big splash on this continent, partially because they don’t make the flashy high-end motherboards that get everyone’s…

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