The ASUS Z370-I Gaming Review: Mini-Me Mega Motherboard

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The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming is one of the major Mini-ITX options for Intel’s latest Coffee Lake processors. ASUS has a good history of building substantial Mini-ITX offerings, particularly with the ROG Impact line, however it is the Z-series mainstream Mini-ITX models that are the more cost effective option. For this generation, ASUS is combining dual M.2 slots, USB 3.1, EMI shielded audio and Wi-Fi on this small square platform. In this review we put it through its paces.

 

Delidding The AMD Ryzen 5 2400G APU: How To Guide and Results

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Delidding is a process with the aim being to reduce CPU core temperatures on processors with a less-than-ideal thermal interface between the silicon and headspreader. The benefits of delidding a design with such an interface lead to having a cooler system, or the ability perform extra overclocking with a larger delta for thermal headroom. However, delidding a processor does carry risk, such as potentially damaging the CPU when done incorrectly and certainly voiding the warranty. In this article, we have produced a How-To guide for delidding one of the latest desktop processors: AMD’s Ryzen 5 2400G APU.

The AnandTech Podcast, Episode 46: More Choice on x86

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The recent discussions at AnandTech have been about the latest updates in desktop computing. We recently went live with our Ryzen 2000-series review of all four processors, and our subsequent follow up with regards how operating systems like Windows rely on timers of different accuracy to account for time passing. In this podcast we cover the details of both topics, and then discuss how Intel’s ‘Core with Radeon RX Vega’ is not a true Vega chip, but is actually built on AMD’s Polaris architecture. Finally, we comment on Intel’s recent hires from AMD’s staff, as well as a new generation of power supply components.

The AnandTech Podcast, Episode 46:

Featuring

Ian Cutress, Host
Senior Editor
@IanCutress
Ryan Smith
Editor-in-Chief
@RyanSmithAT

iTunes
RSS – mp3m4a
Direct Links – mp3m4a

 

Total Time:  1 hour 11 minutes 52 seconds

Outline mm:ss

00:00 Introduction
01:34 Ryzen 2nd Generation (Ryzen 2000 Series)
20:28 Ryzen 2nd Generation Timer/HPET Situation
41:46 Intel Kaby Lake G’s Vega M: Not True Vega
54:25 Intel Hires Jim Keller and Chris Hook
62:47 Corsair AX1600I 1600 W Power Supply
71:52 FIN

Edited by Gavin Bonshor

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