The Ryzen 1800X Parts List

The Ryzen 7 1800X Killer Production Rig Part I: Gathering Parts

I build a new production system every couple of years. This time around, I thought I’d use AMD’s intriguing Ryzen 7 1800X. I haven’t used an AMD CPU for my main production system, well, ever, as far as I can recall. Let’s define what I mean by production system. I work out of my house almost exclusively, so I spend anywhere from four to ten hours a day in front of the system. My main production PC gets used for […]

Loyd Case

A Cornucopia of Tech Bits

Welcome to this week’s podcast. Eric and I discuss a variety of tech subjects this week, ranging from Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, Nvidia’s insane new graphics card, and what’s Intel trying to do in automotive processing. We also talk about the Garmin VivoActive HR smartwatch in tools, replacing fluorescent lighting, and try to answer the question about just how much graphics cards improve each succeeding generation. As for fun, I finally catch up with Game of Thrones Season 5 (yes, […]

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 allow the component under test to shine. So several key aspects need to be maintained: You need to keep the OS fairly clean. In the […]

The PC Wins the Console Wars

Recently, I’ve been fielding a lot of questions related to buying or building gaming PCs. What goes around, comes around, I guess. At the recent E3 Gaming Expo, Microsoft announced the Xbox One S, a more svelte, more powerful Xbox One capable of 4K output. The company also mentioned it would develop an even more powerful Xbox One, code-named Project Scorpio. Oh, yeah, and all Xbox One consoles run a flavor of Windows 10. That feels somewhat… familiar. Oh, yeah, […]