End users need to be aware of the performance of their current cooling solutions in order to reasonably assess the upgrade that will fit their needs. In this review we will showcase the thermal performance of some popular stock CPU coolers, including the controversial aftermarket Intel BXTS15A and the highly touted AMD Wraith, marketed as offering 125W of near-silent cooling and the equivalent of a $30 freebie. We also included one of the most popular mainstream coolers available, the Cooler Master EVO 212, as a baseline comparison against aftermarket solutions.

SAPPHIRE Announces NITRO+ Radeon RX 480

This morning SAPPHIRE is announcing their latest card in the NITRO+ family, the NITRO+ Radeon RX 480. Some key features of SAPPHIRE’s new NITRO+ RX 480 cards include higher...

41 by Daniel Williams yesterday

AMD Releases Q2 FY 2016 Financial Results

This afternoon, AMD announced their second quarter earnings for the 2016 fiscal year. It’s been a while, but AMD finds itself in the black for this quarter, with higher...

31 by Brett Howse yesterday

AMD Carrizo Part 2: A Generational Deep Dive into the Athlon X4 845 at $70

Prior to the announcement for AMD's 7th Generation of APUs, Bristol Ridge, the latest micro-architecture from AMD based on the x86 instruction set was given the codename Excavator, using...

120 by Ian Cutress on 7/14/2016

Doom Vulkan Patch Released

Bethesda PR has sent over a quick note this morning that the long-awaited Vulkan patch for Doom is now available, allowing the game to be played with either the...

73 by Ryan Smith on 7/11/2016

AMD Posts Radeon 16.7.1 Drivers, Fixes RX 480 Power Consumption Issues

In what’s hopefully the final chapter on AMD’s saga over the last week with the Radeon RX 480’s power consumption, AMD has posted the previously promised 16.7.1 driver set...

104 by Ryan Smith on 7/7/2016

AMD's Tuesday Radeon RX 480 Status Update: New Driver By Late Thursday

Following up on this weekend's statement from AMD about a potential power issue with the reference Radeon RX 480, AMD has just sent over their previously promised update on...

121 by Ryan Smith on 7/6/2016

AMD Releases Statement On Radeon RX 480 Power Consumption; More Details Tuesday

Following up on this week's Radeon RX 480 launch, there has been some questions raised about the power consumption of the card. This is after some sites whom directly...

180 by Ryan Smith on 7/2/2016

AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson 16.6.2 Drivers

AMD has now brought us their latest card in the Radeon RX 480. With new cards comes new drivers. We are also getting fixes and a list of new...

4 by Daniel Williams on 6/30/2016

ASUS Reveals Their New RX 480 GPU Design

After a lengthy tease from AMD we are finally seeing the new AMD Radeon RX 480 roll out. As we saw in our preview the card successfully makes leaps...

33 by Daniel Williams on 6/30/2016

The AMD Radeon RX 480 Preview: Polaris Makes Its Mainstream Mark

Back in December of last year, AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group began slowly trickling out the plans for what would be their first GPU architecture built for the now-modern FinFET...

444 by Ryan Smith on 6/29/2016

Best CPUs: Q2 2016

When building a custom PC, especially on the consumer side, the processor is typically second or third down the list of priorities, behind graphics (for gamers), storage or specific...

22 by Ian Cutress on 6/28/2016

A Bit More on AMD’s Polaris GPUs: 36 & 16 CUs

Along with this week’s teaser of the forthcoming Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 at E3, AMD also held a short press briefing about Polaris. The bulk of AMD’s...

102 by Ryan Smith on 6/15/2016

AMD Teases Future Radeon RX 470 & Radeon RX 460 Cards

With the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo once again upon us, this week has been a flood of gaming hardware and software news. On the PC front, AMD is once...

104 by Ryan Smith on 6/13/2016

AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.6.1

Here we are with AMD's next driver update, Radeon Sofware Crimson Edition 16.6.1. This brings the driver version to 16.20.1025. With the changes that come along with the update...

20 by Daniel Williams on 6/7/2016

AMD Briefly Shows Off Zen “Summit Ridge” Silicon

After an already packed Computex 2016 event with Radeon Polaris and Bristol Ridge/Stoney Ridge news, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su had one final surprise to close out the company’s...

89 by Ryan Smith on 5/31/2016

AMD Announces the 7th Generation APU: Excavator mk2 in Bristol Ridge and Stoney Ridge for Notebooks

The Carrizo SoC, using Excavator cores, was touted in the press as being the biggest upgrade to the base Bulldozer design since the introduction of Bulldozer itself. This was...

61 by Ian Cutress on 5/31/2016

AMD Teases Radeon RX 480: Launching June 29th For $199

Kicking off at this moment is AMD’s Computex 2016 keynote. The company has multiple announcements scheduled this evening, but we’re going to jump right into an area that has...

376 by Ryan Smith on 5/31/2016

Computex 2016: AMD Press Conference Live Blog

I'm here at the Westin Taipei for AMDs Computex Press Conference. We've just posted some news, and we get to hear some more!

29 by Ian Cutress on 5/31/2016

AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.3

New technologies come along, new games release, things break, and developers fix them. As this cycle continues we are brought to this latest update from AMD which gives us...

10 by Daniel Williams on 5/24/2016

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