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The Full Nerd Episode 17: Ryzen price and performance leaks, GTX 1080 Ti vs. Radeon Vega

In this week’s The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosHayden Dingman, and Adam Patrick Murray talk about AMD and Nvidia’s dueling GDC events and—whether it means we’ll be seeing Radeon Vega vs. GeForce GTX 1080 Ti or not.

Also, with the window fast approaching for AMD’s long awaited Ryzen, the crew goes Full Nerd on the the latest Ryzen price and performance rumors, digging into what it means for gamers, enthusiasts, and cheapskates. Gordon also compares the latest alleged Ryzen benchmarks directly against Intel’s best chips.

Finally, gaming guru Hayden Dingman gives us a breakdown of what to expect at this year’s Game Developers Conference before we answer your burning questions about PC hardware. 

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Full Nerd special episode: Radeon head Raja Koduri on Vega, FreeSync 2, and the 'P' in 'PC'

AMD wasn’t playing around at CES 2017. Not only did the CPU team reveal more than thirty new Ryzen motherboards and PCs along with new details about the hotly anticipated chips themselves, but the Radeon crew also made two major announcements: The unveiling of the FreeSync 2 display standard and a technical preview of its forthcoming Radeon Vega enthusiast-class graphics cards.

Of course, we were itching to learn even more. The Full Nerd crew caught up with Raja Koduri, the senior vice president and chief architect of the Radeon Technologies Group, to dive even deeper into the details. What does Vega’s revolutionary new high-bandwidth cache technology actually mean for gamers? Why isn’t playing PC games on Ultra at 4K resolution as satisfying as it could be today? How does FreeSync 2 improve the PC gaming experience, and could we ever expect Nvidia to embrace FreeSync? What should the “P” in “PC” stand for?

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The Full Nerd episode 12: The best PC hardware, laptops, and games of 2016

This week on The Full NerdGordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, Hayden Dingman, and Adam Patrick Murray debate the best PC hardware and games of the year. 10-core Intel chips or AMD’s new generation of APUs? The Radeon RX 480 or Nvidia’s beastly GTX 10-series graphics cards? Battlefield 1 or Forza Horizon 3? The gang chimes in on all that and more.

Spoiler: Some of the picks are so close that we needed to turn to the Facebook Live audience, as a tie-breaker—which helps to highlight that these picks are just the favorites of the Full Nerd cast, not official PCWorld awards. Subscribe to PCWorld's Facebook page and you'll be notified when we go on-air, giving you the chance to make your mark on the show when we film it live every other week.

Watch the Full Nerd Episode 12 on YouTube right here, or by just clicking the play button below.

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The Full Nerd Episode 10: The case for G-sync and against cheap SLI, plus the future of PC gaming

This week on The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray are joined by special guest Tom Petersen of Nvidia, who tells the crew just why G-sync is better than AMD’s FreeSync.

Petersen also tells us why Nvidia killed SLI support in the GTX 1050 and GTX 1060, what the state of DX12 gaming is (defending Nvidia’s performance, natch), and why he thinks desktop PCs aren’t going away.

Of course, we also answer your burning questions about PC hardware. Have a question? Drop it in the comments or email thefullnerd@pcworld.com and we’ll answer it in the next episode.

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The Full Nerd Episode 8: Gaming laptops, 4K gaming, and a $500 PC build showdown

This week on The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, and Alaina Yee show off a pile of Pascal-based gaming laptops that don't suck. Brad then walks you through what it takes to play games at 4K and whether it's even worth it.

In Builder's Corner, there's a fierce showdown as everyone tries to outdo Brad and his $500 gaming PC build. Gordon gets the first shot with a build configuration that the crew says has a fatal flaw. You can view his build here, but remember, prices fluctuate. Meanwhile, Alaina throws shade at Brad and Gordon with her own PC config. Producer Adam Patrick Murray, meanwhile, takes an unusual and dangerous approach with his build.

Of course, we also answer your burning questions about PC hardware. Have a question? Drop it in the comments or email thefullnerd@pcworld.com and we’ll answer it in the next episode.

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The Full Nerd Episode 7: GPU buyer's guide, AMD Zen pricing, and a 4K PlayStation

This week on The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, and Hayden Dingman predict just how much AMD's upcoming Zen CPU will cost, riff on how powerful the PlayStation 4 Pro will be, and then debate: Star Wars vs. Star Trek.

In the Builder's Corner, Brad gives us the best GPU for the most common resolutions and some strategy for high-frame rate panels.

Of course, we answer your burning questions about PC hardware. Have a question? Drop it in the comments or email thefullnerd@pcworld.com and we’ll answer it in the next episode.

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The Full Nerd Episode 5: Kaby Lake-X, the best new budget graphics card, and one honkin' hard drive

This week on The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, and Alaina Yee ponder Intel's future: Would the chip maker dare move to a single-socket world with Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X? Brad also has the 411 on which budget video card you should buy right now.

In Builders’ Corner, Gordon shows off Seagate’s new 10TB hard drive. Then he crunches the numbers to see if this big Bertha of consumer hard drives is worth it.

Of course, we answer your burning questions about PC hardware. Have a question? Drop it in the comments or email thefullnerd@pcworld.com and we’ll answer it in the next episode.

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