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XFX tease AMD RX Vega design, but no launch date for patient customersXFX tease AMD RX Vega design, but no launch date for patient customers
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I noticed some RX580 cards specifically dropping in price recently too. Maybe these price hikes due to mining are finally tapering off...

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Prices went up the next day by a minimum of $50. Odd. But still getting closer to MSRP slowly! I technically got under, I got mine for $505 (as opposed to $600) but it no longer comes with any games either as far as I can tell and the aluminum shroud really isn't worth an extra $100 (But $5? Sure haha).

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Beware low-flying pigs: Intel and AMD are working together on a mobile chipBeware low-flying pigs: Intel and AMD are working together on a mobile chip
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This is so exciting. I look forward to their future secret price-fixing agreements.
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I wouldn't worry about too much collaboration just yet. I believe this is more or less just an 'enemy of my enemy...' situation for the time being. I doubt this changes much for AMD or their attemps to undercut Intel in the long run.

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Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti Review: The final Pascal graphics card has little room to breatheNvidia GTX 1070 Ti Review: The final Pascal graphics card has little room to breathe
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Well, this turned out just as I thought... Pointless!
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The GTX 1070 Ti is built to fit a slight gap in the market, a gap that AMD Vega 56 kind of covered, but even then I'm not convinced by that logic.


Unfortunately Nvidia have been careful, maybe more so than expected, to ensure that this card slots into that slim market gap with little issue on either side. If the pricing was $30 cheaper, this may have been an entirely different story, but as it is, you'll get your money's worth, but it's not particularly game-changing. Maybe a top overclocker can unlock some serious hidden potential down the line, but that likely won't matter much to the regular customer.

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Jacob Ridley responded to Jezcentral comment in
3 Weeks ago
AMD's next-gen EPYC server chips may have triple-digit thread countsAMD's next-gen EPYC server chips may have triple-digit thread counts
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At last, reading about CPUs is exciting again, and makes me feel like I'm living in a sci-fi novel.
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This year has certainly shaken up the CPU market, it's great to finally see some competition back in the market. Let's hope it continues.

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Jacob Ridley responded to Anakhoresis comment in
1 Month ago
Asus hints Coffee Lake's lack of backwards compatibility is down to future 8-core CPUsAsus hints Coffee Lake's lack of backwards compatibility is down to future 8-core CPUs
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"Despite the software limitations, it is still likely that the potential for high clockspeeds and further overclocking headroom may have been limiting for Coffee Lake on Z270 boards and below - in which case, most customers would likely opt for a Z370 board and its enhanced power delivery, regardless."

I could be wrong, but I thought that there was research showing that the majority of consumers don't actually overclock their hardware, that it's actually a very very tiny percentage... In which case wouldn't this be false?
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It is possible that the Coffee Lake's out-of-the-box clockspeeds would be unreachable for some boards, potentially limiting the high 4.3 - 4.7 GHz boost clocks that it runs at now.


Unfortunately, this is one of many 'what if' situations, and we may never have all the answers from Intel or their board partners.

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Jacob Ridley responded to Sorbalok comment in
1 Month ago
MSI’s Gaming X Trio is a silent powerhouse, but a lavish purchase nonethelessMSI’s Gaming X Trio is a silent powerhouse, but a lavish purchase nonetheless
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Idles at 44c? PFFFFFF

The 1080ti Strix idles at 35-37c. At least mine does, and I live in a pretty hot country.
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The Strix has a fantastic cooler, and to be fair to the MSI Gaming X Trio, we are running it on a testbench with zero airflow fans. The card should drop at least a few degrees at idle with even a single case fan installed.


As long as the card stays silent and at a reasonable temp, idle temps aren't always indicative of overall cooling performance.

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