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The Full Nerd episode 52: Corsair's monster case, Z390 revealed, Coffee Lake H vs. Kaby Lake G

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray talk about some truly hardcore hardware. On tap:

Witness it all in the video embedded above. You can also watch The Full Nerd episode 52 on YouTube (toss us a follow while you’re there!) or listen to it on Soundcloud if you prefer the audio alone.

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The Full Nerd ep. 51: GeForce Partner Program dies, G-Sync HDR lives, and leaked CPU roadmaps

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray talk about dead programs and hardware that’s coming to life. On tap:

And of course, we answered plenty of questions from the audience. Witness it all in the video embedded above. You can also watch The Full Nerd episode 51 on YouTube (toss us a follow while you’re there!) or listen to it on Soundcloud if you prefer the audio alone.

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The Full Nerd episode 50: 10nm CPUs delayed, AMD inside Intel, and lots of Q&A

In the 50th episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray talk about big changes at Intel and spend a long time answering questions from viewers—because we wouldn’t have made it this far without your support.

First, the bad news: Intel’s delayed 10nm CPUs got delayed even further, into 2019. We’re going to get another series of chips based on a refined 14nm process as a result, code-named Whiskey Lake. What does it all mean? The gang digs in.

Many PCs may have Intel inside, but what does Intel have inside? Plenty of former AMD heavy hitters. After hiring one-time Radeon boss Raja Koduri to lead a new graphics division in late 2017, Intel announced over last week that chip guru Jim Keller—of Athlon 64 and Ryzen fame—is now in charge of the company’s silicon engineering division, and 20-year AMD PR veteran Chris Hook jumped ship to manage Intel’s GPU marketing efforts.  

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The Full Nerd episode 49: The fastest NVMe SSD, AMD Combat Crates, and the state of PC HDR

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray talk about the fastest NVMe SSD yet, a badass FreeSync 2 monitor and the state of HDR on PCs, and AMD dropping hardware-laden Combat Crates behind cryptocurrency lines.

First up: The Samsung 970 Pro is the fastest NVMe SSD we’ve tested, full stop. But is the massive price premium for “the best” worthwhile when more affordable NVMe drives like the WD Black 3D and Samsung’s own 970 EVO deliver much of the same performance at a fraction of the price? Should you even consider an NVMe SSD or just go for a standard SATA-based drive? We haven’t discussed storage in a while so we go deep on this one.

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The Full Nerd episode 48: 2nd-gen Ryzen review, AMD vs. Nvidia's GeForce Partner Program

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray talk new AMD hardware, and newly named AMD hardware.

First up: Impressions from our 2nd-gen Ryzen processor review, which hit the streets Thursday. The small tweaks and upgrades add up to a much more well-rounded chip than first-gen Ryzen. And it goes blow-for-blow with Intel’s flagship Core i7-8700K too. As we said in our final verdict of the Ryzen 7 2700X, “Higher clock speeds and a massive multi-threading advantage push AMD’s CPU performance to new highs. The bundled Wraith Prism cooler and overall polish push it over the top. In the battle of Intel and AMD’s flagship processors, the clear winner today is the Ryzen 7 2700X.”

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The Full Nerd ep. 47: 2nd-gen Ryzen Q&A with Jim Anderson, AMD's VP of computing

In this special episode of the Full Nerd,  Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray are joined by Jim Anderson, the senior VP of AMD’s computing and graphics business, to dig deep into the 2nd-gen Ryzen CPUs that launched today.

This is no mere spec overview though. Anderson explains how upgraded Precision Boost 2 and XFR2 technologies help 2nd-gen Ryzen chips maintain higher clocks for longer, regardless of how many cores are being stressed—a key improvement over the initial iterations. We also dig into AMD’s decision to include coolers with X-branded Ryzen CPUs after skipping them the first time around, and the design of the swanky new RGB-enabled Wraith Prism cooler that ships with the flagship Ryzen 7 2700X ($329 on Amazon).

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The Full Nerd episode 46: 2nd-gen Ryzen CPUs, Radeon RX 500X GPUs, and what makes a Vega?

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray talk all about AMD!

First, the big news: Second-gen Ryzen processors have been revealed, and they’re faster and cheaper than before. Plus, they all come with Wraith coolers now. We explain all you need to know about the Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 7 2600X, and Ryzen 7 2600 ahead of their April 19 launch.

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