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Under The Hood: This Week In PC, Component And Software News

Thinking of building a new gaming PC? Struggling with whatever random error your desktop is throwing up this week? Under The Hood gives you a quick and concise run-down of the most important things that happened to the PC master race in the last seven days.


AMD Has New CPUs And A New Stock Cooler

Where its competitor Intel has decided to cut the air cooler out of its enthusiast-targeted Skylake CPU packages, perennial underdog AMD has doubled down. It’s launching a new, more efficient cooler alongside new desktop chips for gamers and non-gamers alike.


Under The Hood: This Week In PC, Component And Software News

Thinking of building a new gaming PC? Struggling with whatever random error your desktop is throwing up this week? Under The Hood gives you a quick and concise run-down of the most important things that happened to the PC master race in the last seven days.


AMD Drops Radeon R9 Nano Price To $849

AMD’s Radeon R9 Nano was the most interesting card in the company’s most recent graphics refresh — not because it was the most powerful (that’d be the watercooled R9 Fury X), but because it was the most efficient, and used its power in a tiny footprint that would fit a Mini ITX motherboard. Now, it’s had a pretty significant price cut in Australia.


AMD Takes A Swing At Intel's SysMark Benchmarks, Misses Completely

It always fun when major corporations decide to publicly slag the other one off. So to help round off your Friday with a smile, let’s enjoy AMD having a good old whinge about benchmarks and bias towards Intel.


Microsoft: Windows 10 To Be The Only Supported OS On Modern CPUs

It’s been a long time since we’ve had to worry about CPU / OS incompatibilities. In fact, the last time it was an issue was the shift from x86 to x64, but that was largely transparent to consumers thanks to AMD and its x86-64 specification, which was later adopted by Intel. Now, with Windows 7 having just entered its extended support phase, Microsoft has taken the opportunity to drop the news that only Windows 10 will be supported on upcoming CPUs.


AMD Cards Will Support HDMI 2.0a And DisplayPort 1.3 Next Year

It’s always nice to get an insight into what we can expect over the next year when it comes to hardware, and AMD were happy to open the lid recently and share some information about what you will get from their Radeon GPUs over the next 12 months.


AMD Rectifies Crashes In Diablo 3 And GTA 5 With New Crimson Drivers

In the latest announcement for their Crimson drivers, AMD took steps to show how they’ve listened to the community and improved the user experience for gamers. “The community feedback gave us a clear list of issues,” the company said.

As it turns out, performance in games is a bit of a priority for AMD’s customers. And being able to play GTA 5 and Diablo 3 without crashing: surprisingly high on the list.


PC Graphics Card Showdown: NVIDIA Versus AMD

The hardest part of building a PC is picking the parts, especially when everyone around you seems to have an opinion. And no flame war is more prevalent than the NVIDIA snobs vs the AMD fanboys. What’s really going on with these two companies, and which card should you get?


MSI's Radeon R9 390X Graphics Card Is Everything You Need For Sub-4K PC Gaming

I’ve been using Nvidia graphics in my gaming PCs for quite a while — at least a couple of generations. Short dalliances with water-cooled monsters like AMD’s R9 295X2 and R9 Fury X haven’t been enough to tear me away. Maybe it’s time to change, though; after some time away from AMD cards, I gave MSI’s R9 390X Gaming 8GB GPU a bit of a test drive, and came away impressed.


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