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Low budget doesn’t necessarily mean low quality and although there are always exceptions to this rule, MSI looks to break the stigma behind this with their lowest cost X470 chipset motherboard, the X470 Gaming Plus. This model is specifically aimed at gamers looking to be more gingerly with their cash which allows users to potentially upgrade their other components without sacrificing too much on quality. With a selection of components including a Realtek pairing consisting of an ALC892 HD audio codec and RTL8111H Gigabit LAN controller, MSI’s attempt to dominate the low to mid-range X470 market with this $120 offering hinges on its implementation and performance.

AMD's CEO Dr. Lisa Su to Host a CES 2019 Keynote: 7nm CPUs and GPUs

AMD has announced that its CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, is to hold the stage for one of CES 2019's daily keynotes. The company stated in the press release that...

50 by Anton Shilov on 10/3/2018

AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G Integrated Graphics Frequency Scaling

One of the last poignant questions from our previous Ryzen APU coverage is the way that integrated graphics scales with overclocking. As these low-end Ryzen APUs are all about...

47 by Gavin Bonshor on 9/28/2018

AMD’s Athlon 200GE Processors Now Available

AMD this week started selling its entry-level Athlon 200GE APUs designed for the most affordable PCs. The Athlon 200GE costs less than $60 at retail and happens to be...

24 by Anton Shilov on 9/21/2018

A Quick Look at the Subor Z+ Console/PC Hybrid: A Custom AMD SoC Called FireFlight

One of the most interesting things in August (there were a lot) was that a company in China invested the best part of 400 million RMB / $60 million...

36 by Ian Cutress on 9/19/2018

AMD Launches Ryzen 7 2800H & Ryzen 5 2600H APUs for High-Performance Laptops

AMD has quietly added two new APUs into its lineup of products. Based on AMD's existing Raven Ridge silicon, the new Ryzen 7 2800H and Ryzen 5 2600H chips...

16 by Anton Shilov on 9/18/2018

AMD Announces New $55 Low-Power Processor: Athlon 200GE

Everyone likes discussing headlines: the latest mainstream processor, or super 32-core behemoth, are topics ripe for deep discussion. Despite this, a lot more volume occurs in the mid-range and...

42 by Ian Cutress on 9/6/2018

AMD Updates its 25x20 Goal: Progress in a Generation

Last year we published an article detailing AMD’s progress on its self-set 25x20 goal for its processors: 25x more energy efficiency of its chips by the year 2020. In...

47 by Ian Cutress on 9/5/2018

More Details About the ZhongShan Subor Z+ Console, with Custom AMD Ryzen SoC

One of the exciting elements from last week’s coverage was the announcement of the upcoming Chinese market PC and Console, from Zhongshan Subor, featuring some AMD custom silicon. Through...

33 by Ian Cutress on 8/6/2018

The AMD Threadripper 2 Teaser: Pre-Orders Start Today, Up to 32 Cores

The biggest news to come out of Computex, AMD’s second generation of its Ryzen Threadripper platform, is almost here. Today’s announcement is all amount images, speeds and feeds: specifications...

105 by Ian Cutress on 8/6/2018

AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G Core Frequency Scaling: An Analysis

When AMD launched their first generation Ryzen-based APUs with a Zen cores and Vega graphics, both of the new parts entered the market at two very different budget-focused price...

33 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/20/2018

Best CPUs for Gaming: Q3 2018

In our series of Best CPU guides, here’s the latest update to our recommended Gaming CPUs list. All numbers in the text are updated to reflect pricing at the...

42 by Ian Cutress on 6/19/2018

ASUS Zen Press Event Live Blog (11:30am Taiwan, 3:30am UTC)

Anton and I are at ASUS' consumer press event, more often called the 'Zen' press event. We expect a quick flurry of launches from Jonney Shih, so stay tuned...

12 by Ian Cutress & Anton Shilov on 6/4/2018

A Thought on Silicon Design: Intel’s LCC on HEDT Should Be Dead

In the past couple of weeks, we have been re-testing and re-analysing our second generation Ryzen 2000-series review. The extra time and writing, looking at the results and the...

31 by Ian Cutress on 6/1/2018

AMD Launches Ryzen Pro with Vega: Mobile APUs and Desktop APUs

Both AMD and Intel have product lines catered to the commercial market: large scale business deployments that require stability and administration-at-a-distance across tens of thousands of units. Imagine a...

20 by Ian Cutress on 5/15/2018

The AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen Deep Dive: The 2700X, 2700, 2600X, and 2600 Tested

With 2017 finished, and Ryzen being very successful for AMD, the inevitable question was due: what happens next? Early in 2018, the plans were laid bare: a second generation...

540 by Ian Cutress on 4/19/2018

Overclocking The AMD Ryzen APUs: Guide and Results

With AMD’s new launch of Raven Ridge APUs, the Ryzen 3 2200G ($99) and Ryzen 5 2400G ($169), AMD holds the current integrated graphics apex when directly compared against...

54 by Ian Cutress & Gavin Bonshor on 4/16/2018

AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen Details: Four CPUs, Pre-Order Today, Reviews on the 19th

Today marks the initial start of AMD’s pre-sale of 2nd Generation Ryzen processors. The full launch is set for April 19th, which is when reviews and performance numbers will...

102 by Ian Cutress on 4/13/2018

The MSI B350 Tomahawk Motherboard Review: Gaming On a Budget

Without key buzzwords such as 'RGB' and 'gaming', MSI is looking to target AMD users on a strict budget with the B350 Tomahawk. Compared to X370, the B350 boards...

35 by Gavin Bonshor on 3/12/2018

AMD Readies Ryzen 3 2200GE & Ryzen 5 2400GE APUs with Reduced TDP

AMD is preparing to release low-power versions of its Ryzen APUs with built-in Radeon Vega graphics. The new Ryzen 3 2200GE and Ryzen 5 2400GE chips will have a...

25 by Anton Shilov on 2/12/2018

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