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The Full Nerd Episode 29: Threadripper review, final Core i9 specs, and an Intel eclipse

In this week’s Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray talk Ryzen Threadripper, reveal the latest specs on Intel's Core i9 CPUs, and wonder why on earth Intel scheduled its 8th-gen Core launch for the same day as the total eclipse?

Gordon goes full John Madden and breaks out detailed benchmark charts on AMD 16-core Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. Find out why it's now the biggest, baddest CPU in the valley of nerds.

Not to be outshined by AMD, Intel also just released the final specs of its 18-, 16- and 14-core Core i9 chips. Finally, is Intel going for symbolism with its 8th generation Core launch during the Great American Eclipse?

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The Full Nerd episode 28: Radeon RX Vega revealed, and why 8-core Threadripper exists

In this week’s The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray talk about this week’s hot topic: AMD’s long-awaited Radeon RX Vega reveal. You can check out our Radeon RX Vega launch coverage for the raw speeds and feeds details, but we dive in-depth in the video above, because live viewers of the show sure had a lot of questions. How does performance compare to GeForce cards? When will Radeon RX Vega cards launch? What’s up with these “Radeon packs,” anyway? The answers lie within. 

After that, we stick with AMD but shift focus to the potent Ryzen Threadripper processors. We now know the chips launch on August 10, but most of the conversation revolves around the recently revealed $550 Threadripper 1900X, the cheapest Threadripper CPU yet. Why would you need an 8-core Threadripper when 8-core Ryzen chips already exist for less money? We dig in. And as always, we wrap thing ups by answering several questions straight from you

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The Full Nerd episode 27: Ryzen 3 is here, AMD Threadripper's mystery chips explained

AMD’s budget-friendly Ryzen 3 processors are finally here. In this week’s The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, Melissa Riofrio, and Adam Patrick Murray talk about whether the latest Ryzen chips deserve your money more than Intel’s Core i3 CPUs. Short answer: It depends!

The gang also talks about the mysterious extra chips lurking inside AMD’s Threadripper processors, with Gordon bringing the inside scoop from a source in the know. Threadripper’s premium packaging sparks a chat about how hardware boxes could learn a lot from birthday cards. Then we break open those boxes and compare Intel’s stock CPU coolers against AMD’s Wraith coolers. As always, we wrap thing ups by answering several questions straight from you.

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The Full Nerd episode 26: AMD Threadripper's wild prices, Ryzen 3, Radeon Vega FE reviews

In this week’s The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray discuss all things AMD, starting with the bombshell Threadripper pricing. Sixteen cores and 32 threads for $999! Can the far more expensive Core i9 chips compete with such aggressive pricing by AMD, especially with Intel’s debut 12-core clocked at a mere 2.9GHz (as we discovered totally by accident, live, in the middle of the show)?

Then we turn our attention to the other end of computing—the affordable Ryzen 3 lineup. Well, we don’t actually know the final costs of those chips, but we make some educated guesses with the threat of literally eating our words on paper on the line. Finally, the Full Nerd crew discusses what Radeon Vega Frontier Edition’s performance means for consumer Radeon RX Vega graphics cards launching at the end of this month, drawing on data from superb PC Perspective and Gamers Nexus reviews of the $1,000 prosumer card.

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The Full Nerd episode 25: Core i9 review, build an Xbox One X PC, and Creative's 32-bit sound card

In this week’s The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray discuss Intel’s new Core i9-7900X ($1,000 on Newegg). This 10-core beast is the most powerful processor ever released, but is it a must buy? We dig in.

The gang also digs into Creative’s Sound BlasterX AE5 ($150 on Newegg), the first 32-bit sound card for consumers, and whether or not sound cards are worthwhile for PC gamers in the first place. (Spoiler: It depends.) Then we try to build an Xbox One X-beating PC for the same $500 price tag as Microsoft’s cutting-edge console. It gets bleak fast—but not as bleak as the current state of emergency around graphics cards.

And as always, we wrap thing ups by answering several questions straight from you.

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The Full Nerd Episode 24: Core Wars. AMD and Intel go nuts, RAID $$$ and a Radeon shortage

In this week’s The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray discuss Core Wars: A New Hope and how Intel and AMD have gone plumb crazy on cores and PCIe lanes.

After that the crew goes to town explaining a new form of RAID to Pay Intel is exploring called RAID Shift 4 (try it on your keyboard.)

Just what is Nvidia's Max-Q and how amazing is it? 

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The Full Nerd Episode 22: Surface Laptop, Radeon driver ads, and GPU coolers

In this week’s The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray talk about Microsoft’s Surface Laptop: a $1,000-plus notebook with 4GB of memory, a nerfed version of Windows 10, and no way to upgrade the storage. You can guess how that goes.

After that we get geeky, talking about outrage over Radeon drivers dropping Quake Champions links onto people’s desktops without permission, then we move on to the difference between reference and custom graphics card coolers. And finally, as always, the gang wraps things up by answering questions sent in by readers or asked in the moment by the live audience.

Watch the Full Nerd Episode 17 on YouTube here, or just click the play button below. Like and subscribe if you enjoy it!

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