PCPer Mailbag #48 - 6/15/2018

Subject: Editorial | June 15, 2018 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: video, Ryan Shrout, pcper mailbag

It's time for the PCPer Mailbag, our weekly show where Ryan and the team answer your questions about the tech industry, the latest and greatest GPUs, the process of running a tech review website, and more!

On today's show:

00:35 - NVIDIA needs to hit 7nm for 2019 GPUs?
04:09 - Where are the microATX X470 boards?
05:56 - Threadripper APU?
07:33 - Buying a higher-end chipset just to overclock RAM?
08:58 - UHD Blu-ray playback vs. 4K gaming performance requirements?
10:25 - Itanium processors still around?
14:02 - Optane waterblock?
15:13 - Intel stole all the good 8700Ks?
16:47 - Why do cases and motherboards still have USB 2.0?

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June 15, 2018 | 10:24 AM - Posted by RavenRidgeMIA (not verified)

The ZOTAC’s ZBOX MA551 with Raven Ridge(1) Desktop APU options is Still MIA. So what's up with that?

It's been almost 6 Months and no sign of any Zotac/Raven Ridge options. That's very fishy for a product announced that long ago!

Where are the Raven Ridge mini desktops offerings in general as there is so little adoption by any OEMs? Something very fishy is going on in the mini-desktop OEM market and barebones market with regards to Raven Ridge Desktop SKUs not being offered for some time now and there are even 35 watt Raven Ridge regular and Pro SKUs available.


"ZOTAC at CES 2018: AMD Raven Ridge APU in a ZBOX MA551 Mini-PC
by Anton Shilov on January 16, 2018 4:00 PM EST"


June 15, 2018 | 11:27 AM - Posted by delerious (not verified)

I went with a Radeon Pro WX2100 (for console output) on Threadripper. They're going for ~$130 (I paid $120).

June 16, 2018 | 12:13 PM - Posted by Paul A. Mitchell (not verified)

Ryan, really good answer to the question about a Threadripper APU. The AMD Radeon Pro WX 2100 mentioned above is here at Newegg:


June 19, 2018 | 04:59 PM - Posted by elites2012

who would ask the question of why motherboards and cases stil have usb 2.0?

June 19, 2018 | 04:59 PM - Posted by elites2012

who would ask the question of why motherboards and cases stil have usb 2.0?

June 21, 2018 | 11:09 AM - Posted by Photonboy

What's your point?
It's actually a good question since technically USB3.0 is backwards compatible.

Plus it was answered in the video. Potential compatibility issues and cost. As both those issues get sorted out we'll see USB2.0 connectors simply fade away.

Some legacy products may not be fully compatible ever but that's generally the case for PC's overall that some things fall by the wayside.

June 22, 2018 | 05:01 AM - Posted by Dark_wizzie

Some say a 4k monitor can help distinguish the difference between 4k and lower res textures. I doubt this is true. Any comment?

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