Why it matters: From six cores through twelve, Ryzen’s third iteration kills it in multicore benchmarks, and we expected nothing less from the upcoming 16-core 3950X. But according to an accidentally published overclocking manual from Gigabyte, performance is even better than anticipated and an overclocked 3950X can surpass all of Intel’s HEDT processors and is beaten only by AMD’s 32-core Threadripper. Gigabyte’s engineers were able to consistently overclock the Ryzen 9 3950X to 4.3 GHz on their X570 Aorus Master motherboard (pictured above) using EKWB’s custom waterloop kit containing a 360mm radiator. The chip they used for benchmarking was running at 1.416 V with an x43 multiplier applied to a 99.98 MHz bus. Under a Prime95 workload, Die 1 had an average temperature of 97 C and a max of 101 C, and Die 2 averaged 93 C and spiked to 97 C. Not for the faint of heart, but not unmanageable. At 1.452 V they were able to get one specific chip to run at 4.4 … [Read more...] about Overclocked Ryzen 9 3950X outperforms 24-core 2970WX in Cinebench
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If you look on the back of your TV, you’ll likely see a few HDMI ports—but one of them may be labeled ARC, or something similar. This is no ordinary HDMI port. HDMI ARC can greatly simplify your audio cabling needs and setup if you know where to look for it and how to implement it. HDMI ARC: The HDMI Specification You’ve Never Heard Of Historically, an AV receivers was the heart of the home media experience, and everything connected through it. DVD/Blu-ray players, cable boxes, game consoles, and other devices all went into the box, and then video and audio signals were split between the TV and the speakers, respectively. While there is still a time and place for a dedicated receiver, many newer HDTVs—with smart features built right in and a plethora of ports on the back—can serve as the hub, with the receiver taking a back seat (if there is a receiver at all). RELATED: How to Improve Your HDTV's Sound with a Compact, Inexpensive Sound … [Read more...] about What Is This HDMI ARC Port on My TV?
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 is an unlikely candidate to spawn a franchise. The game, which debuted on the PS2 in 2008, tells the story of a group of high school friends in a small Japanese town who investigate a string of murders while also fighting off mysterious demons. Like the rest of the series, it’s a weird blend of life sim and role-playing game; by day you’re a regular high school student worried about exams and your dating life, but at night you’re part of a demon-hunting team, fighting off evil while the rest of the world sleeps. It’s an intriguing mix that made the original a cult hit, and led to a surprising number of spinoffs, including a Vita port, a 2D fighting game, and a dungeon crawling RPG that also starred the cast of Persona 3. And now comes Persona 4: Dancing All Night, a game about fighting evil through the power of dance. It’s ridiculous, wonderful, and the best reason in a long time to dig out your Vita. The game takes place … [Read more...] about Persona 4: Dancing All Night is fan service turned into a video game
Ever since Toy Story marked a new era for animated movies in 1995, we've had a friend in Pixar. Now the animation studio behind Wall-E and Cars starts a new chapter with a host of original stories on streaming service Disney Plus, which launched Nov. 12.Alongside the Marvel and Star Wars stuff coming to Disney Plus, Pixar has created a number of mini-movies called Spark Shorts, and a couple of episodic TV shows including Pixar in Real Life and Forky Asks a Question. You can watch the first shorts and episodes now on Disney Plus -- which is exactly what we did to see if they're as heartwarming as the much-loved movies.To infinity... and beyond!Sign up for Disney PlusPixar helps you learnEvery Pixar movie gently teaches us a valuable life lesson, whether it's the importance of family in Coco, understanding and accepting your emotions in Inside Out or to "just keep swimming" in Finding Nemo.But in the new Disney Plus original series Forky Asks a Question, Pixar's lessons … [Read more...] about Disney Plus: 5 things we learned from the new Pixar shows
The Canon EOS M3 isn't a new camera. It was announced at CP+ last February, and has been on sale in Japan and Europe for months. But now it's coming to the U.S., which is a bit of a surprise. The original EOS M received a very cool reception here. Its image quality didn't disappoint in any way, but a slow autofocus system made it a tough camera to recommend. Canon opted to skip releasing the EOS M2 completely in the U.S., and it looked like the M3 would receive the same treatment. But it's actually a late arrival to the party rather than a complete no-show. The M3 is one of the more compact mirrorless models I've held, measuring 2.7 by 4.4 by 1.8 inches (HWD) without a lens. It's heavy for its size at 12.9 ounces, but that's because its construction is beyond solid. For the most part, I find the M3 to be comfortable to hold, especially when paired with one of the native lenses. There's a modest handgrip and a rear thumb rest, and I like that there's a dedicated EV compensation … [Read more...] about Hands On With the Canon EOS M3