Podcast #445 - Ryzen 5, 2017 Spring Buyers Guide, Alphacool, VIVO, Lian Li, and more!

Subject: Editorial | April 13, 2017 - 11:17 AM |
Tagged: windows 10, western digital, VIVO, UNIGINE, ryzen, podcast, nvidia, Lian Li, Buyers Guide, Alphacool, adata

PC Perspective Podcast #445 - 04/13/17

Join us for Ryzen 5, Spring 2017 Buyers Guide, Alphacool, VIVO, Lian Li, and more!

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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, Allyn Malventano

Peanut Gallery: Ken Addison, Alex Lustenberg


Program length: 1:26:29

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April 17, 2017 | 05:32 AM - Posted by James

If anyone is interested, this video has a good explanation on what is going on with nvidia drivers:


Basically, it is in nvidia's best interest to hold back DX12 for as long as possible since it will hurt AMD significantly. The dominate players have a huge investment in maintaining the status quo. It is up to the small players to push the industry forward. Both nvidia and Intel have been holding the industry back for probably a decade now.

At least we are at a point where I can say that I would not recommend buying an Intel CPU to anyone. The 4 core CPUs will be left far behind with properly multithreaded software. A few percent better in a single thread can not compete against double the number of cores, or even 50% more cores. This video, at about 14 minutes in, shows an i7-7700k running at about 94% on all threads:


The Ryzen processor isn't close to being maxed out. What this says to me (if it isn't cherry picked or outright fake) is that, going forward, a 4 core CPU is going to struggle running game code and Nvidia's software scheduler. AMD's hardware scheduler is probably more efficient overall, if both the CPU and GPU power are taken into account. The hardware scheduler also seems to take a lot of load off the CPU, making it available for other things.

My advice to my friends a few years ago was to get at least a 4 core CPU. Right now, my advice would be to get a Ryzen 1700 or 1800 if they can afford it and a Ryzen 1600 6-core if they can't.