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Absolutely. The 40 dBA target for Max-Q is a massive part of the appeal - it was especially impressive with the original Zephyrus.
Hopefully the latest model will match the thermals of the original model despite the full-fat GPU. Alongside the lower price, it could be a top contender in 2018 if it all works out.
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I believe pricing is one of the more important aspects of reviewing products such as this. Price vs. performance makes all the difference between competing products and is often the main consideration among consumers. The fact you can get near-enough the same performance, or even greater, for a vastly reduced price is key.
Having said that, regardless of price, the X72 is exceptionally large and it's, more or less, wasted space considering the relative performance of smaller units. It's not quieter than the Corsair H115i Pro for its bulky size, either.
Overall, it's an okay unit which won't disappoint. But for that price, size, and performance I couldn't realistically give it a better score compared to the other units we've reviewed.
Do you have a link to the source for this?
Based on GloFo and AMD's Wafer Supply Agreement, which outlines exclusive supply of wafers for use in all of AMD's microprocessors and APUs and a portion of their GPU business, I would assume it would be their GPU business that would make the transition to TSMC's 7nm tech.
Having said that, AMD did pay GloFo a significant sum to amend their wafer agreement for some 7nm and 14nm products, so it's not impossible for TSMC to pick up their entire CPU business. It would be surprising, however. We discussed the potential split when Lisa Su announced it here: https://www.pcgamesn.com/amd-7nm-tsmc-globalfoundries
The agreement and the amendment are outlined in the SEC filing in the story above.
I haven't had a chance to give it a whirl with a GTX 1070 as of yet, but it will likely make it into our tech review once the game has actually shipped.
As for motion blur... agreed.
Interesting! Is that with the ‘highest’ preset and Nvidia’s GameWorks all enabled?
We found LOD to be an easy tweak that bumped performance quite considerably, and wasn’t too detrimental to the experience overall. Only with LOD turned down a notch and GameWorks off entirely did we reach somewhat near 60 on a FE 1080 Ti.
I believe so. I tried it out just after release for about 5 minutes just to see how it would look and run. I'll give it a more though run-through tonight (and note ALL my settings) and report back.
Nope, I'm afraid I haven't been able to retire off this article alone.
After speaking with a few companies working in this space, it seemed to me that there could potentially be some real utility in the blockchain technology for gamers down the road - at least once the graphics card market has leveled out.
I wouldn't hold my breath for this issue to fix itself. Once one cryptocurrency reaches a difficulty beyond GPU mining, another will always be ready to take its place.
So the idea is to set up a mining farm powered by GPUs that is not as powerful as one built on ASICs but more versatile, being able to switch to another crypto overnight? That's interesting but it rests on the crypto economy continuing to expand at, at least, its present rate. Again, not sure how many "larger mining outfits" would go with this strategy over playing it safe with bigger, more established cryptocurrencies, that can be mined with ASICs.
ASIC-resistant doesn't mean ASIC-proof, btw. It's just a matter of whether the market capitalization and revenue can make an ASIC profitable.
Fascinating stuff, regardless.
I believe US taxes are not included in that price, whereas UK VAT is. (Not to say that British folk don't sometimes get hit by poor exchange rates, however)
Even including VAT that would make the British price higher even if Forex rate was 1:1
I noticed some RX580 cards specifically dropping in price recently too. Maybe these price hikes due to mining are finally tapering off...
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).