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Ryzen Diary Part III: Gaming on the Ryzen 7 1800X

When the first reviews emerged of AMD’s Ryzen 7 processors, benchmarks suggested solid multithreading performance in high-end applications, good multitasking performance, and surprisingly anemic Ryzen 7 gaming performance. But to understand Ryzen gaming benchmarks, you need to understand several things: Ryzen is the first really new x86 architecture variant in years. PC game benchmarks for …

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The Dedicated Testbed

I admit to a certain laziness in my advanced years. When I was editor of ExtremeTech years ago, I maintained a certain rigor about having dedicated testbeds for graphics and CPU. A dedicated test system requires some specific tender loving care to ensure you get reproducible results. In addition, you want the test system to …

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Untrustworthy Numbers: a Troubleshooting Lesson

Corsair H60 Sealed Liquid Cooler

Recently I ran into a weird issue when running some comparative graphics benchmarks which illustrate why you shouldn’t always trust the numbers. The scenario involves graphics cards, a CPU cooler, and why one system’s quirks may affect your attitude about a completely different system. This little puzzle also illustrates how we tend to trust numbers …

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