AMD Ryzen 7 7700X "Zen 4" CPU Review

AMD Ryzen 7 7700X "Zen 4" CPU Review

AMD's new Zen 4-based Ryzen 7 7700x processor looks to be the best blend for gaming and productivity! Join us as we fully investigate it.

Russian nuclear submarine with 'doomsday weapon' has just disappeared

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Oct 3, 2022 10:11 PM CDT

North Korea reportedly fired a missile over Japan a few hours ago, and now Russia's flagship nuclear-powered submarine with its "doomsday weapon" have "gone missing". An entire submarine, in 2022, is missing.

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NATO has reportedly warned members that the nuclear-powered submarine isn't in its White Sea base, where it has been sitting active since July. Officials are now warning (fear-mongering, blame-shifting) that Russia will use its Belgorod nuclear-powered submarine and its doomsday weapon "Poseidon".

Poseiden is a next-gen weapon system that has a drone carrying a nuclear bomb, with Italian media reporting that a 1600-foot "radioactive tsunami" would be the result of the doomsday weapon being used. The drone would drop the bomb at a depth of 1 kilometer near a coastal city, where a gigantic 1600-foot wave would smash the coast, irradiating it, and the environment, and killing untold amounts of people in the process.

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Here's when Overwatch 2 unlocks in your region, not long to go now

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Oct 3, 2022 9:33 PM CDT

Activision-Blizzard has officially shut down the servers for the original Overwatch, with a 24-hour blackout between that and the launch of Overwatch 2. But when does Overwatch 2 launch in your country, specifically? Not long from now, folks.

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It all kicks off at 12pm PDT on October 4 in LA, which is 3pm EDT in New York, 8pm BST in London, 9pm CEST in Paris, 4pm BRT in Santos, 4am KSR in Seoul, and finally -- 6am AEDT in Sydney, Australia. It's funny, Australia is meant to be in the future and not even a real country, yet they (we, I'm an Australian Overwatch gamer) have to wait until tomorrow.

PC gamers who purchased the Overwatch 2 Watchpoint pack or are an Overwatch prime player, pre-loading Overwatch 2 should've already started by now. Console gamers will have to wait, with pre-loading of Overwatch 2 kicking off on consoles at 9am PDT on October 4.

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Secretlab Overwatch 2 Collection revealed: Tracer, Genji gaming chairs

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Oct 3, 2022 8:41 PM CDT

The release of Overwatch 2 is literally right around the corner, with my favorite game -- Overwatch -- having its servers closed down (forever) a few hours ago... Overwatch 2 drops in the next 24 hours, and now Secretlab has your back (quite literally) with their new Overwatch 2 Collection gaming chairs.

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Secretlab has revealed the first two members of the Overwatch 2 Collection with the Tracer Edition and Genji Edition gaming chairs, which are both available in Small, Regular, and XL versions and upholstered in Secretlab's comfy NEO Hybrid Leatherette.

As usual, the company puts in a wicked amount of detail into the new Tracer Edition and Genji Edition gaming chairs, with Secretlab tweeting out that "next-generation heroics demand next-generation ergonomics. Inspired by two of the most iconic characters in Overwatch history - between cyborg ninja Genji and Tracer the time-jumping adventurer, who's your pick?"

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AMD's new Zen 4 CPUs just launched, now HWiNFO supports new Zen 5 CPUs

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Oct 3, 2022 8:23 PM CDT

AMD's new Ryzen 7000 series "Zen 4" processors have only just hit the market, but now HWiNFO is wanting to get ahead of the rest with support for next-gen Zen 5 processors.

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HWiNFO now has "early support" for AMD's new Zen 5 processors, and while we won't see much on Zen 5 for a while yet, once the engineering samples (ES) processors start dropping, HWiNFO will be ready to support them. HWiNFO's new update also includes enhanced support for Intel's next-gen Meteor Lake and Granite Rapids platforms.

AMD's new Zen 5 CPU architecture isn't expected until 2023, Intel's new Meteor Lake CPUs aren't due until late 2023 at the earliest, while Granite Rapids is a 2024+ product. HWiNFO wants to get in early with its "early support" and "enhanced support" it seems.

Continue reading: AMD's new Zen 4 CPUs just launched, now HWiNFO supports new Zen 5 CPUs (full post)

North Korea fires missile over Japan, Japan doesn't shoot it down

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Oct 3, 2022 7:34 PM CDT

North Korea has reportedly fired a ballistic missile directly over Japan, with the country stepping up its weapons testing that AP reports are "designed to strike key targets in regional US allies amid stalled nuclear diplomacy". They sure know so much about North Korea, without, uh, visiting or interviewing anyone.

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The country reportedly fired at least one missile according to the Japanese Prime Minister's office, with the missile flying into the Pacific Ocean. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) have confirmed the North Korean missile launched from North Korea's Mupyong-ri area in Jagang Province at around 7.23 am local time, saying that the missile flew eastwards over neighboring Japan.

The middle flew over the northeastern prefecture of Aomori, landing outside of Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone at around 7:46 am local time (6:46 pm ET).

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NVIDIA Hopper H100 GPU specs upgraded: FP32 perf from 60 to 67 TFLOPS

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Oct 3, 2022 7:25 PM CDT

NVIDIA has just updated the specifications for its new Hopper H100 datacenter GPU, with the updated specs coming just two weeks after the company detailed its huge Hopper H100 GPU.

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The new NVIDIA Hopper H100 GPU has improved single-precision and double-precision compute performance numbers, where during the announcement we heard it would have 30 TFLOPS of FP64 compute performance, but Hopper H100 now has 34 TFLOPS of FP64 compute performance.

NVIDIA has up to 16896 CUDA cores inside of its Hopper H100 GPU, which will be clocked at a higher GPU clock of at least 1982MHz -- not the 1775MHz GPU clocks that were previously reported -- NVIDIA is tapping the same custom TSMC N4 process node as its Ada Lovelace GPU architecture inside of the upcoming GeForce RTX 40 series graphics cards.

Continue reading: NVIDIA Hopper H100 GPU specs upgraded: FP32 perf from 60 to 67 TFLOPS (full post)

ASRock B650E Taichi mid-range mobo: DDR5, PCIe 5.0 GPU + SSD in E-ATX

Anthony Garreffa | Motherboards | Oct 3, 2022 6:29 PM CDT

ASRock's new mid-range B650 motherboards have leaked, with the new flagship ASRock B650E Taichi smiling for the leaker camera in all its... uh... E-ATX form factor glory.

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The new ASRock B650E Taichi motherboard is a bigger E-ATX motherboard with 24+2+1 VRM phase design and the new AMD AM5 socket, while the current-gen B550E Taichi from ASRock has a 16 phase (14+2) design and comes in a regular ATX form factor.

We've got 1 x PCIe 5.0 x16 slot for a new graphics card, as well as 1 x Blazing M.2 (PCIe Gen5 SSD capable) slot, and then 2 x Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4 SSD capable) and 4 x SATA3 for storage. ASRock injects some super-speed connectivity onto the back of the B650 Taichi motherboard with 1 x Thunderbolt 4 / USB4 Type-C, multiple USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, 10 x USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, and 4 x front USB 2.0 ports.

Continue reading: ASRock B650E Taichi mid-range mobo: DDR5, PCIe 5.0 GPU + SSD in E-ATX (full post)

Microsoft launches website devoted to Activision-Blizzard merger

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Oct 3, 2022 4:55 PM CDT

Microsoft has officially launched a dedicated website that's devoted to its proposed $68.7 billion merger with Activision-Blizzard.

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Microsoft now has a website for its hopeful acquisition of Activision-Blizzard. The site serves as a one-stop shop for archived data, information, and communications from Microsoft regarding the merger, complete with a list of all the benefits that the merger would pose for gamers, creators, and the industry as a whole.

It includes quotes, links, and a diagram expressing how the deal is good for everyone involved--except for maybe Sony, who recently confirmed Call of Duty, a $30 billion franchise that's poised to expand exponentially this year, would only remain on PlayStation for 3 years after existing contracts had ended.

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Amazon celebrates Stadia's demise with Luna game streaming sale

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Oct 3, 2022 4:26 PM CDT

Amazon is responding to Google Stadia's demise with a well-timed sale on its own game streaming platform.

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Today Amazon announced a substantial discount on its game streaming service, Luna. Gamers can get the Luna controller and one month of the premium Luna+ subscription service for $39.99, which represents a 43% savings over the bundle's original MSRP of $69.99.

Luna+ includes access to 130 games across AAA, indies, and casual gametypes. The lineup includes hits like Yakuza Like A Dragon, Control, the Castlevania and Contra collections, Metro Exodus, Alien Isolation, and both Resident Evil 2 and 3 remakes. Luna+ originally costs $9.99 a month but is free for all Amazon Prime subscribers (shared accounts don't work, however).

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Xbox Game Pass freebie perks could be big for Activision games

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Oct 3, 2022 3:36 PM CDT

If the Activision merger goes through, Microsoft could use Game Pass to deliver in-game content bonuses to key franchises like Call of Duty, Diablo, and Overwatch.

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Bethesda is celebrating Fallout's 25th anniversary with some freebies. One interesting freebie is one month of Fallout 1st, the premium Fallout 76 subscription service, for all Xbox Game Pass subscribers. This isn't new: Microsoft routinely gives out extra perks and bonuses for Game Pass subscribers.

It did remind me that Game Pass delivers more than just games. It also delivers content. Xbox Game Pass perks could have big implications for Activision-Blizzard's live games should Microsoft's $68.7 billion mega-merger go through. Microsoft could offer extra perks to sweeten the deal and incentivize more Game Pass sign ups. This content wouldn't even have to be exclusive to make a meaningful contribution for adoption and retention (Microsoft has said it will make the same version of Call of Duty available on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC if it acquires Activision).

Continue reading: Xbox Game Pass freebie perks could be big for Activision games (full post)

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