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GIGABYTE GA-AB350 GAMING MOTHERBOARD

The Gigabyte GA-AB350 Gaming is a mainstream ATX motherboard for AMD AM4 systems, AM4 motherboards using the A320 and B350 chipsets are aimed at budget gaming enthusiasts. The GA-AB350 Gaming  motherboard is for Bristol Ridge and Ryzen processors. DIY gamers will like this board with the B350 chipset which provides a good platform for gaming. AMD AM4 …

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GIGABYTE GA-AB350M GAMING 3 MOTHERBOARD

The Gigabyte GA-AB350M Gaming 3 is a mainstream µATX motherboard for AMD AM4 systems, AM4 motherboards using the A320 and B350 chipsets are aimed at budget gaming enthusiasts. The GA-AB350M Gaming 3 motherboard is for Bristol Ridge and Ryzen processors. DIY gamers will like this board with the B350 chipset which provides a good platform for gaming. …

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AMD RYZEN

AMD is now ready to launch of the Ryzen. AMD will have processors for worldwide distribution on March 2, 2017 and motherboards will be widely available to go with the new processors. AMD R3 and R5 processors will be available for budget systems.   MODEL CORES/THREADS L3 TDP CLOCK TURBO PRICE R7 1800X 8/16 16MB …

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ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2 UEFI VBIOS

After much digging around we finally found a UEFI updater for the Asus HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2 video card. Unfortunately Asus has configured the software to only work with Asus branded UEFI capable motherboards, even though the VBIOS is for a video card. That is called compulsory tied selling and it’s illegal in Canada and many other countries. Restrictive …

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ROOM SCALE VIRTUAL REALITY

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Oculus Rift posted some comments recently regarding their hardware.They reported that using 3 sensors in a larger area can become too taxing for most USB 3.0 ports. Intel’s Z270 motherboards largely have only have USB 3.0 on the read panel. This is largely due to full backwards compatibility. There are still some USB 2.0 headers …

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SEAGATE DEVELOPS LARGER DESKTOP HARD DISKS

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Seagate is presently testing some new 12TB desktop SATA hard disks. We see this disk being very handy for backups of games, iTunes and other media collections. Seagate CEO Stephen Luczo says that initial feedback has been very positive. Seagate is also working to get a 14TB disk into testing soon. Looking into 2018 Seagate …

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MSI 970A-G43 BIOS FAULT

We have a MSI 970A-G43 motherboard which generally works fine. We have 4 hard disks attached and a BD drive. We have not had problems with the machine. We own a front panel card reader box with USB 3.0 ports. It also has fan control which was intended to augment the motherboard. When we connected …

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MSI SOFTWARE UPDATES

Today MSI delivered several new programs that actually do seem to make the machine run much better. The MSI X Boost seems to be a good disk caching program that seems to be able to speed up the system rather nicely. Modern systems have much more memory but Windows does not use it to deliver …

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MIGRATING TO DDR4

Lots of DIY enthusiasts are still using DDR3 based rigs. These are plenty powerful to handle contemporary games. Intel changes the CPU socket every 2 years while AMD only changes it every 5 years with the memory cycle. CPU motherboard memory DDR4 speeds are faster than DDR3 and recent tests show it can reach 68 …

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DDR5 BY 2020

While AMD’s Ryzen is sill a few months away, the JEDEC is now close to finishing the DDR5 standard which is expected to be done by year’s end. DDR5 will increase the maximum capacity. At present consumer DDR4 is being mass produced at 4GB and 8GB capacities with 16GB at the high end. DDR5 will …

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