PCPer Mailbag #31 - 2/16/2018

Subject: Editorial | February 16, 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, Ryan is back in town to tackle your questions:

00:34 - AMD EPYC marketshare in datacenters?
04:22 - Intel's x86 licensing to AMD?
06:10 - Third-party pin-compatible processors?
08:27 - HSA support in new Ryzen APUs?
12:18 - Do NVIDIA and AMD care that gamers can't compete with miners for GPUs?
15:53 - Will Intel switch back to soldered heat spreaders for HEDT?
17:35 - Companies not releasing Spectre/Meltdown fixes for older hardware?
19:23 - Ryan's oldest working PC?
20:55 - Games making better use of CPU?
22:26 - Why is the mailbag video shot from the chest up?

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PCPer Mailbag #30 - Josh Walrath, So Hot Right Now

Subject: Editorial | February 9, 2018 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: video, pcper mailbag, Josh Walrath

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, we find out how much Josh you can handle:

00:47 - PCIe 4.0 availability?
03:39 - GPU driver updates improve game performance?
05:37 - Hard drive recommendation for Steam games?
08:16 - Activating Windows 10 after motherboard upgrade?
11:00 - 16-thread mobile APU?
13:55 - XPoint memory temperatures?
17:26 - Memory shortages?
21:37 - Multi-Rail vs. Single-Rail PSU?
24:12 - Mining-specific GPUs?
25:44 - The return of sane GPU prices?

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PCPer Mailbag #29 - 2/2/2018

Subject: Editorial | February 2, 2018 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: video, Ryan Shrout, pcper mailbag, pcper

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:

00:39 - Ryan's worst PC build?
03:18 - PCIe vs. USB sound card?
06:10 - AMD APU Infinity Fabric for GPU & CPU?
08:06 - SSD prices in 2018?
10:42 - Firmware upgrades for GPUs?
13:13 - Storage configuration for Premiere Pro editing?
16:11 - PC hardware for Star Citizen?
19:18 - 10-gigabit networking?

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Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: AMD

Beating AMD and Analyst Estimates

January 30th has rolled around and AMD released their Q4 2017 results. The results were positive and somewhat unexpected. I have been curious how the company fared and was waiting for these results to compare them to the relatively strong quarter that Intel experienced. At the Q3 earnings AMD was not entirely bullish about how Q4 would go. The knew that it was going to be a down quarter as compared to an unexpectedly strong third quarter, but they were unsure how that was going to pan out. The primary reason that Q4 was not going to be as strong was due to the known royalty income that AMD was expecting from their Semi-Custom Group. Q4 has traditionally been bad for that group as all of their buildup for the holiday season came from Q1 and Q2 rampings of the physical products that would be integrated into consoles.

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The results exceeded AMD’s and analysts’ expectations. They were expecting in the $1.39B range, but their actual revenue came in at a relatively strong $1.48B. Not only was the quarter stronger than expected, but AMD was able to pull out another positive net income of $61M. It has been a while since AMD was able to post back to back profitable quarters. This allowed AMD to have a net positive year to the tune of $43M where in 2016 AMD had a loss of $497M. 2017 as a whole was $1.06B more in revenue over 2016. AMD has been historically lean in terms of expenses for the past few years, and a massive boost in revenue has allowed them to invest in R&D as well as more aggressively ramp up their money making products to compete more adequately with Intel, who is having their own set of issues right now with manufacturing and security.

Click here to continue reading about AMD's Q4 2017 Earnings analysis!

PCPer Mailbag #28 - 1/26/2018

Subject: Editorial | January 26, 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:

00:40 - Mid-range/budget Coffee Lake motherboards?
02:22 - Bitlocker performance hit?
05:05 - Optane for page file?
06:36 - GPU production, costs, and mining?
09:19 - Dissuade miners with offsetting GPU price increases and rebates?
12:08 - Higher end Ryzen APUs?
14:32 - Faster GDDR eliminating the need for HBM?
17:24 - Re-testing old GPUs after Meltdown/Spectre fixes?
19:20 - AMD comeback in discrete GPU market?
21:44 - Why do Metldown/Spectre patches negatively affect performance?

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Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: Intel

Another Strong Quarter for the Giant

This afternoon Intel released their Q4 2017 financial results. The quarter was higher in revenue than was expected by analysts. The company made $17.1B US in revenue and recorded a non-GAAP net of $1.08 a share.  On the surface it looks like Intel had another good quarter that was expected by the company and others alike. Underneath the surface these results have shown a few more interesting things about the company as well as the industry it exists in.

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We have been constantly hearing about how the PC market is weak and it will start to negatively affect those companies who's primary products go into these machines. Intel did see a 2% drop in revenue year on year from their Client Computing Group, but it certainly did not look to be a collapse. We can also speculate that part of the drop is from a much more competitive AMD and their strong performing Ryzen processors. These indications point to the PC market still being pretty stable and robust, even though it isn't growing at the rate it once had.

The Data Center Group was quite the opposite. It grew around 20% over the same timespan. Intel did not provide more detail but it seems that datacenters and cloud computing are still growing at a tremendous rate. With the proliferation of low power devices yet increased computing needs, data centers are continuing to expand and purchase the latest and greatest CPUs from Intel. So far AMD's EPYC has not been rolled out aggressively so far, but 2H 2018 should shed a lot more light on where this part of the market is going.

Click to continue reading about Intel's Q4 2017 earnings!

PCPer Mailbag #27 - 1/19/2018

Subject: Editorial | January 19, 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, Ryan is back from CES to tackle your questions:

00:30 - What is a core?
02:32 - Where are the FreeSync 2 monitors?
03:35 - Spectre/Meltdown updates for Sandy Bridge?
05:57 - What is Shrout Research?
07:12 - Day-to-day of Shrout Research?
08:13 - Insane GPU prices?
12:14 - Force miners to use Titans?
13:54 - Ryan's fallback career?
15:39 - PCPer website vs. PCPer YouTube channel?
17:58 - Livening up the Mailbag background?
18:43 - Optane SSD as standard storage drive?
20:17 - Hairstyle tips?

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PCPer Mailbag #26 - 1,141 Seconds With Josh Walrath

Subject: Editorial | January 12, 2018 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: video, pcper mailbag, Josh Walrath

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, with most of the PCPer crew in Vegas for CES, our very own Josh Walrath steps up to the plate to tackle your most pressing questions:

00:30 - Improving CPUs & Ryzen Refresh?
04:04 - Spectre/Meltdown vulnerabilities an opportunity for AMD?
06:23 - What's next for CPUs after the nanometer shrink race?
09:18 - Will Apple ditch Intel for its own Mac CPUs?
10:58 - Cheap racing wheel recommendation?
12:21 - Racing games that Josh is looking forward to?
13:25 - Why does high resolution display scaling in Windows suck?
14:37 - Why isn't Josh at CES?
15:27 - What's up with joshtekk.com?
16:06 - Josh's stance on booty shaking?

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PCPer Mailbag #25 - Pre-CES Edition!

Subject: Editorial | January 5, 2018 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: video, Ryan Shrout, pcper mailbag, pcper

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, we look forward to CES and all of the tech to come in 2018:

01:09 - Upgrading CPU for better gaming performance?
02:51 - GPUs with GDDR6 or HBM2 this year?
04:50 - Best time to buy a new GPU?
07:25 - NVIDIA better than AMD with OpenGL?
09:54 - Questions that haven't been asked on the Mailbag so far?
11:08 - PCPer's review process?
14:35 - PCPer office tour?
15:31 - Stagnant tech products?
18:44 - Finding PCPer at CES?
20:27 - Dell OLED monitors at CES?
20:49 - +1 for the Mailbag background!

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Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: Various

Quirks, Savings, and Conclusions

Welcome back to the third and final chapter in our recent cord cutting saga, in which the crew here at the PC Perspective office take a fresh look at dumping traditional cable and satellite sources for online and over-the-air content. We previously planned our cord cutting adventure with a look at the devices, software, and services that will replace our cable and satellite subscriptions, and then put that plan to action by deploying an NVIDIA SHIELD TV, Plex, and an HDTV tuner with antenna.

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Now, several weeks into this experiment, we wanted to take a step back to evaluate how the process went in practice, including a look at some of the challenges we failed to initially anticipate, projections of the increased Internet bandwidth usage that accompanies cord cutting (especially important for the many of you with home broadband usage caps), and finally a calculation of the initial and ongoing costs associated with cord cutting in order to determine if this whole process actually saves us any money.

Read on for our debriefing of PC Perspective ’s 2017 cord cutting guide!