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Month Archives: December 2016


ThinkComputers Podcast #88

Our last Podcast episode of 2016! In this episode we talk about our reviews of the NZXT Kraken X52 Liquid CPU Cooler and Rosewill RMS-16003 Dual Monitor Desk Mount, Intel working on a new x86 architecture, AMD Ryzen, Game Mode in Windows 10, as well as some of the highlights from the past year!

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Case Mod Friday: Avoid

This week's build comes from Timeplay. This is one of the more interesting builds inside of the Cooler Master Mastercase Maker 5 case. The color combination is also something we don't typically see. Water cooling inside the case is all Alphacool and just looks awesome! Be sure to check out this build!

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Gigabyte AX370-Gaming K3 Motherboard PCB Pictured

Pictures of the PCB of the upcoming Gigabyte AX370-Gaming K3 socket AM4 motherboard have hit the web. These photos are of the bare PCB of the motherboard with all of the traces and printed markings, but at the stage before surface-mount components can be soldered on. You can still make out quite a lot about the board based on these photos. The X370 is AMD's upcoming high-end desktop chipset, which will be launched alongside the Ryzen 8-core processor in February 2017.

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New “Game Mode” Coming To Windows 10

It looks like a "Game Mode" will be coming to the Windows 10 operating system. In an upcoming build of the OS (14997) a feature ominously named "gamemode.dll" has been discovered. This is started speculation of what it might be. Many people think that it could be a special runlevel that is optimized for PC gaming. It is more than likely that when you are in Game Mode the operating system prioritizes CPU, Memory, and GPU allocation to games being run.

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Samsung Unveils CH711 Curved Quantum-dot Monitor

At CES 2017, Samsung Electronics plans to demonstrate how it has stepped up its game in the entertainment monitor space with the unveiling of its new CH711 Quantum Dot Curved monitor. Additionally, Samsung will also showcase its recently launched CFG70 and CF791 Quantum Dot displays at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth #15006, Central Hall.

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Kaby Lake-based Systems Carrying Intel Optane Solutions Coming Soon

Lenovo today released details on their 2017 ThinkPad lineup. All of the new models have the expected updates like being equipped with Intel's latest generation Kaby Lake processors and larger screen resolutions, but one new feature sort of stuck out. These laptops could be the first to feature consumer-level adaptations of Intel's Optane technology.

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Motherboard Makers Optimistic about High Price-Performance Ratio of AMD Ryzen

It is expected that AMD Ryzen, the high performance processor based on AMD's "Zen" micro-architecture, will increase AMD's overall market-share of the desktop CPU market in Q2-2017. This is according to sources from motherboard manufacturers, in a report by DigiTimes. In the report it says that motherboard manufacturers are "optimistic about [Ryzen's] high price/performance ratio," which is prompting them to ramp up orders of motherboards for the new platform.

NZXT Kraken X52

NZXT Kraken X52 Liquid CPU Cooler Review

NZXT has been at the AiO game for about as long as anyone else. Over the years they have released many coolers of varying degrees of efficiency, but always using Asetek hardware, and always with a little twist to add that special NZXT flavor to the mix. Always the trendsetter rather than follower, year in and out we are treated to unique, well informed parts from the Los Angeles based company. Today’s product is no exception. Taking color and lighting to the next level, the Kraken X52 is one 240mm AiO that at the very least is going to turn heads. Follow along as we dig in and find out if the performance matches the aesthetics.

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Intel Working on New Implementation of The x86 Architecture?

The rumor mill has been talking about something, that if true would be a pretty big deal in the CPU industry. According to, Intel has started work on a brand new x86 architecture that will succeed the current "Core" generation, which has been in place since Sandy Bridge. If this turns out to be true it will be a pretty big move and one that has been long overdue. It is apparently supposed to happen to in the 2019-2020 time frame. This new architecture will be more of a lean and mean approach, which we will explain below.

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