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The Threadripper 2 Launch (a.k.a AMD Flexes its Muscles)

TR 2990WX

AMD launched two CPUs today. The first is the 2990WX, a gargantuan 32-core/64-thread CPU $1800 ubermonster that will give every Intel board-member nightmares for the next ~2 years. Yes, you read that right: Thirty-two cores! Barely 2 years ago, a quad-core was the standard, recommended CPU for most people, and this 2990WX behemoth does not double or triple or even quadruple that: It octuples it! Maybe “octuples” is not a proper verb, but this is not a proper launch either.

The second CPU is the 2950X, a more modest 16-cores/32-threads $900 affair, but make no mistake: That makes it on par with Intel’s best consumer CPU, for half the price. In fact, if you took the time to read the reviews linked below, you will find that most reviewers enjoyed the 2950X more than the 2990WX.

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The End of the DDR3 Era

DDR4 RAMI cannot claim that DDR3 was my first RAM-love; DDR2 has that honour. Or shame, if you prefer. But DDR3 has a special place in my heart, for it was the only RAM that was available when I built my PC. It was also the only RAM available when Orion and I built our office. For about a decade, it was the only RAM for normal users.

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The Ryzen+ Update

Ryzen 7 2700X

This quick post on changes to the main chart was started many moons ago (after the Ryzen+ release)—and the chips themselves were added to the US version of the chart back then, too.

But in the interest of getting this announcement out sooner rather than later, there will be no flavour text. If you like Magic The Gathering, you are out of luck!

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Introducing The Logical ‘increments Phone

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please do NOT forget to read the disclaimer at the end.

Greetings!

After decades of leading the industry in the areas of computing recommendations, Logical Increments is moving in a bold leap forward by entering the hardware market. With all the pomp and flair that we know we think we deserve, we proudly present…

 

The  Logical ‘increments Phone! (abbreviated L’iPhone)

 

The Logical ‘increments Phone, or L’iPhone, is the best, greatest, most important, most disruptive, most intuitively magical product with rounded corners to hit the glass shelves, ever. No other luxury smartphone promises to change your life as directly as the L’iPhone does. We insinuate, without any sense of shame or guilt, that the L’iPhone is going to make you a cooler person, more hip and trendy than you ever thought possible.

 

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GPU Pricing Insanity: What Will Logical Increments Do?

After some very brief relief around the 2017 holidays, graphics card prices continue on the path of going absolutely insane.

We had a cryptocoin-induced inflation back in late 2013, but it was somewhat mild, and only lasted a couple of months. We had a second inflation in 2017, where the price hikes were higher, and lasted more than half a year. When this ended in December 2017, I thought: “Thank goodness that is over. Nothing could have been as bad as that!”

I was so naive, so wrong.

In short, there is not much we can do about graphics cards prices other than continue to recommend the best graphics cards at each price point. However, we want to be realistic about how bad the situation has gotten.

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