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Gigabyte’s AB350N-Gaming WIFI – AM4 M-ITX, Finally!

When AMD released the new Ryzen processors back in March, the enthusiasts amongst us were pleasantly surprised by the capabilities and efficiencies introduced by the new platform. One major thing (well, two, if you count enthusiast M-ATX) missing from the launch, however, was any real M-ITX offering for the new chip. Months passed, and at CES 2017 we heard that M-ITX was indeed incoming, now that Ryzen had proven itself as a market player that had enough sales volume to placate board partners. We were told that three companies had boards incoming, but not who these companies would be. Eventually, …
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Intel Readies K-Series Core i3 “Kaby Lake” Processor

Well this was unexpected. One processor line that has never had an unlocked variant, the Intel i3, may now get that extra special letter denoted only to i5’s and i7’s. Even the Pentium Anniversary Edition G3258 did not get that ‘K’ tag. Possibly in response to the apparently negligible IPC gains, Intel appears to be adding this third ‘K’ CPU to Kaby Lake, meaning next generation will bring the i7-7700K, the i5-7600K, and the i3-7350K. While the ’50’ bugs my OCD nature, the purportedly $177 processor will add much needed flexibility to the lower end of the market. (Please Intel, i7-7700K, …
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EVGA K|NGP|N Edition GTX 980 Ti teased

Normally, I’ve been quick to dismiss EVGA’s K|NGP|N editions of flagship graphics as little more than overpriced hardware, complete with frivolous features and stats-happy marketing buzz to match. After all, most of the features provided by these cards are, plainly put, total overkill for the vast majority of system builders, only becoming useful in exotic scenarios like LN2 cooling. (The fact that these cards have tended to look pretty boring doesn’t help much, either.) I have to change my tune, though, and make an exception for the recently revealed K|NGP|N GTX 980 Ti, if not for one simple reason: It’s gorgeous. Of course, as has been the …