It seems a number of folks who’ve picked up one of AMD’s Ryzen 3000 processors have encountered a critical issue which can prevent booting. It’s all tied into using previous-gen X470, X370, B450, or B350 motherboards with the latest Ryzen processors. If you haven’t updated to the latest firmware for your motherboard prior to installation, this could mean you can’t boot your system.
The easiest solution to this problem would be to reinstall your previous CPU, update the firmware, and then slot in your new CPU while keeping your fingers tightly crossed. However, anyone picking up a cheap previous-gen motherboard with a Ryzen 3000 CPU, or those who’ve already sold their old CPU, are pretty much out of luck.
It's been a steady rise from AMD but after lots of pushing and proving, the newly-released Ryzen 3000 series processors provide some stiff competition to Intel. This crop of 7nm Zen 2 CPUs has got Intel sweating, and with good reason.
The top-end Ryzen 3rd generation processors have released. The dust has begun to settle and hundreds of thousands, if not millions of PC gamers are beginning to get these CPUs in their hands and into their rigs. The review samples sent out were largely restricted to the Ryzen 7 3700X and the Ryzen 9 3900X, so we'll be sticking to those two for now.
UPDATE: Remember last week's Intel 10th Gen CPU leak? Well, it turns out it's probably fake. As if the ridiculous naming structure wasn't enough, it's being reported on over at Gamers Nexus that several motherboard sources have confirmed these Comet Lake desktop processors are very much fake.
We'll have to take their word on the matter here, although judging from the difficult-to-parse nomenclature such as the Core i3-10100, we'd be immensely surprised if Intel actually went down this route.
For a while there, Intel was running a near monopoly on CPUs. Thankfully, AMD has stepped up to the plate in recent years with the advent of Ryzen. Now, the CPU market is the most vibrant its been in many a year, with exciting new processors released last weekend from AMD. We will incorporate those into this page very shortly.
If you're on the hunt for a new CPU though, it can be tough to know where to start. The good news is that the performance of most mid-range and high-end processors massively outstrip the demands of today's games. Once you start hitting about the best value threshold, you're really paying for stronger performance in threaded workloads outside of gaming.
The French website, Cowcotland has reported that AMD announced the Radeon VII flagship graphics card is no longer competitive in terms of production value, especially against the RTX 2080 Nvidia cards and so it will cease manufacturing of this line.
This piece of news, while plausible due to the awesome new RX 5700 Navi cards released on Sunday, is somewhat light on fact at this point. And so is regarded as rumour until AMD make a more public announcement.
Ahh Nintendo. You guys get it. You understand gamers in a very wonderful and particular way. And we thank you for it. Here comes the next Nintendo console, the Nintendo Switch Lite. We have been hearing whisperings about it for months, but today it has finally been unveiled.
When will the Nintendo Switch Lite be available to purchase?
As mentioned in our recent RX 5700 XT performance article, the new Navi architecture cards are coming in with a bunch of new tech features. The more popular ones from a gaming tech point of view are Radeon Image Sharpening, Radeon Anti-Lag and Automatic Low Latency Mode. These have been activated within the latest RX 5000 Adrenalin driver 19.7.1, now released by AMD.
Radeon Image Sharpening
Yesterday was launch day for AMD's RX 5700 & the RX 5700 XT and both cards were long awaited, heralding in the 7nm architecture known as Navi.
Pre-launch AMD took 30 and 50 dollars off their RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT launch price tags, respectively. They did this to compete with the Nvidia RTX 2070 Super and the RTX 2060 Super cards that Nvidia slipped in unannounced just ahead of the RX 5000 series grand launch. You know, to steal a bit of the thunder from the grand unveiling of the AMD Navi cards. How do we feel about all this as GPU hungry gamers? Well, when companies start slashing prices of things we want to buy, we normally encourage it.
Today is launch day for AMD's latest graphics cards, the AMD RX 5700 & the RX 5700 XT. These two cards are built on the long awaited Navi 7nm process architecture, which has been reportedly chosen as the foundation of the next gen consoles, PS5 and the Xbox 2, which is in itself quite the vote of confidence.
Its certainly a shame that today's launch, which is one of the first big AMD graphics card launches in a while, has been purposefully confused by the competition, who released a sneaky set of cards of their own. But that is the nature of the industry and meant that AMD responded with pre-launch price cuts for both Navi cards. So while unsportsmanlike, thats a win for us gamers despite being a bit over shadowing.
When it comes to PC gaming, which graphics card you buy is just about the most important decision you can make in terms of performance. Fortunately, it's also the most modular of components so you're free to change your mind and upgrade whenever you want without worrying too much about motherboard compatibility, what sockets it uses, or any of the other potentially fiddly sides of gaming.
Ultimately, the graphics card you choose is going to come down to price. The more you spend, the better your PC gaming frame rates. For those who want to game at 1080p or lower, a budget graphics card will do. Anything shooting for AAA games at 4K will have to fork out for a top-tier graphics card.