After all the extensive testing you are familiar with, we've come up with this quick guide to bring you the best CPU choices available right now, divided into three categories: the best enthusiast/value CPU, best budget CPU, and best high-end CPU.
With most Windows 10 machines receiving the Creators Update this week, AMD has readied a new Radeon Hotfix driver with support for the OS' new Game Mode and high dynamic range (HDR) in anticipation of AMD FreeSync 2 monitors. Worth mentioning is also a fix that solves poor scaling in Multi GPU mode using DirectX11 in Battlefield 1.
As we begin to recover from the roller coaster ride that was Ryzen 7, we now have Ryzen 5 to address. AMD has announced four models in this series, including a pair of six-core CPUs as well as two quad-core models. We'll be pitting the sub-$200 1500X against the locked Core i5-7500 and the 1600X against the unlocked 7600K which compete in the $250 price range.
Since our initial review we've been looking at Ryzen from a few different angles. But there's a rumor going around that Ryzen's gaming performance is better than we think... if you use a Radeon GPU. Curious to see if there is any truth to the story, we put together a test designed to eliminate GPU bottlenecks and see what happens.
AMD confirmed the official specifications for its upcoming Ryzen 5 CPUs last week, however by announcing those specs, the company has largely let the cat out of the bag. Now armed with that knowledge and the ability to mimic Ryzen 5 settings, I pulled a stack of GPUs out of storage and got testing.
Developed by BioWare and published by EA, Mass Effect: Andromeda vows to be bigger and more beautiful than prior releases. Although initial impressions indicate that the game delivers on some of those promises, we're not here to review the game but to test its PC performance so you know how it'll run on your hardware at home.
AMD's latest Radeon Crimson Hotfix driver release adds support for Mass Effect: Andromeda and as a bonus it improves performance up to 12% for the Radeon RX 480 8GB, when compared to the previous 17.3.1RS-112 drivers. AMD Optimized Tessellation Profile has also been added. Andromeda's official release date is March 21, but Xbox and PC gamers with early access can start playing now.
AMD Ryzen processors made a strong impression last week, however time constraints resulted in more questions than answers when it came to the four games we managed to benchmark in time for launch. As promised, we're back to follow up on our initial 1080p testing with a more in-depth look at Ryzen's gaming performance across a 16 titles played at 1080p and 1440p resolutions.
After more than a decade of playing underdog and years of hyping its latest undertaking, we've reached the moment of truth: AMD Ryzen processors are on our testbed and we can finally discuss our findings.