2020’s Best Gaming CPUs and GPUs
26 Jun 2020
With a brief reprieve from product releases, now's the perfect time to review some of the best CPUs and GPUs...
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The arrival of the B550 motherboards has caused somewhat of a broad discussion in the online tech community as to whether these mobos will in fact be the direct replacement for our beloved B450 boards. From a generational standpoint, they are the direct equivalent of the B450 but the biggest problem with the new B550 boards comes from their strange situation in the current motherboard market...
When we first heard that AMD were intending to release a refresh of their latest 3000 series of processors, many people were rightly excited, thinking it could have been a hidden Ace waiting to flush out any remaining competition they might have had from Intel's latest 10th Gen series of processors.
with the ever-rising popularity of 4K in film, television and streaming services, and with next-gen consoles on the horizon too, the notion of 4K gaming has never been more prominent than it is now... so should we be looking at the 4K resolution screen-space as an option?
With the release of Intel's latest line of processors, we've of course seen the new motherboards on which to mount them - the Z490 series is here and there's quite a few options. From MSI to Asus and Gigabyte to ASRock, we've seen a wide array of sexy looking LGA1200 boards arrive on the market, with prices starting at as little as £129.98.
This is datacentre tech at its finest, and it's designed to power deep learning, a form of Artificial Intelligence designed to analyse and learn from vast amounts of data. Under all those gold-plated heatsinks lies 8 of NVIDIA's A100 GPUs, boasting the all new 7nm Ampere architecture we've all been waiting to see. These have all been paired up and geared to go using their signature NVLinks, twelve of them to be precise, alongside 6 of their NVSwitches and 8 Mellanox ConnectX-6 NICs, with Dual 64-core Rome EPYC 7742s from AMD, making for a whopping 128-cores and 256 threads. There's also 1TB of RAM, 15TB of NVMe storage, and the whole thing operates on PCIe 4.0.