A few weeks ago we put together a list of what we felt were the worst CPU and GPU purchases of 2017, and boy did that stir up some discussion. Still overall many of you really seemed to enjoy the exchange and requested a best of version, so here we are, our best CPU and GPU purchases of 2017. So let's get into it...
In case you missed it earlier, AMD has cut down Ryzen prices further down. Highlights include the Ryzen 3 1200 selling for $99, Ryzen 5 1600 is now $190, R7 1700 is now $270. Ryzen 7 1800x was $420 and is now $320 and the monster Threadripper 1950x is now $800 down from $999.
Today we're discussing what we feel were the worst CPU and GPU purchases of 2017. Some were just bad from the get go while others started life as viable options that sadly proved poor choices before year's end.
Opened just days ago to those who preordered the game, today we have a beta copy of Destiny 2 on hand for a heap of GPU benchmarking. Although the PC retail release won't be until late October, this seemed like a great opportunity to see what kind of hardware the game is likely to require.
You've read the reviews and now we are putting them together on a single CPU comparison. On deck for this one we tested 8 processors in 9 games at not only 1080p, but also 720p and 1440p, amounting to more than 650 benchmark passes.
If you're looking to upgrade or buy a new graphics card today, don't mind all the testing, marginal fps gains, power consumption figures, or overclocking potential. TechSpot's Best Graphics Cards feature is written to get a simple question answered: Given a certain budget, which is the graphics card you should buy?
By using the Core i7-7700K and Ryzen 5 1600, each with the Vega 64 and GTX 1080 at 1080p and 1440p we have some very interesting results to go over. Further, we suspect these are typical hardware combinations many are considering for building a new high-end rig when gaming is a big factor.
It's time for another GPU battle, though this one is a bit different with GPUs under $100: from AMD we have the Radeon RX 550 and on Nvidia's side is the GeForce GT 1030. Our focus will be primarily on eSports titles including CS:GO, Overwatch and Dota 2 running on a Ryzen 3 test bench.
While we wait for Zen-based APUs, AMD released Bristol Ridge through OEMs late last year, it recently became available on the retail market and this caught the attention of many. The AMD A12-9800 costs $110 and along with promising pretty decent integrated graphics performance, you can take advantage of it on a new AM4 motherboard.
Hotfix driver releases usually introduce zero day support for popular titles, but this batch is more oriented toward bug fixes, and the list is long. One highlight for new Vega owners is a patch for system unresponsiveness after resuming from sleep and playing back video content.
Today we're going to do something a little different just for fun and look at the top 5 worst CPUs released in the last few years. This is not intended to be taken as seriously as one of our buying guides, and if you happen to have one of these CPUs please don't be offended. In fact, under certain conditions they might even be a justified purchase. Without further ado, let's see why we think these are bad picks for most users...