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Art-Friendly Neckties – The Coloring Book Tie Encourages You to Color All Over It


The Coloring Book Tie Encourages You to Color All Over It

The Coloring Book Tie is the perfect necktie for those who are either artistic or who don’t take life too seriously. This fun tie is filled with pictures of coffee and donuts, pictures that you get to color in. You could always choose to leave the tie colorless, but that would sort of defeat the purpose of it.Perhaps the only downside to the Coloring Book Tie is that washing it after it’s been colored could be a bit tricky. It’s also quite large, which means you’ll need to clear out some time to complete the picture or risk stepping out with a half-colored tie. The tie itself is made out of linen and does not include markers. It costs $29. 99 and is available in the ThinkGeek store.

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Ethical Checking Accounts – ‘ Aspiration’ Checking Accounts Assign Scores for Ethical Purchases


‘Aspiration’ Checking Accounts Assign Scores for Ethical Purchases

‘Aspiration’ is a financial start-up that sets itself apart with checking accounts that work with an ‘AIM’ system to help consumers become more conscious of the companies they are choosing to support with their money.

AIM (Aspiration Impact Measurement) assigns a score based on People and Planet, which take into consideration how well companies treat their people and the environment. By using Aspiration’s mobile app, users have the chance to see how their scores compare with other shoppers.

There are many web browser shopping extensions that can be downloaded to suggest more ethical purchases when online shopping, or boycott an item or company that may not be in line with a shopper’s values. However , Aspiration is setting itself apart from other financial institutions with a focus on empowering consumers to become conscious consumers and advocates for greater social good.

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Dreamfall Chapters Game – Review


Available on PC, PS4 (version tested) and Xbox One

Dreamfall Chapters is simultaneously both a wonderful throwback to the adventure games of yesteryear, and also a reminder that, in 2017, you probably need a little more refinement in your approach when handling that genre. A port of the PC version released episodically last year, this is every entry squeezed into one and now playable on your console. Whether you’ll want to do that is a different matter entirely.

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Set in 2020, and focused mainly on how an evil corporation has drugged the majority of its citizens with a device called ‘the dream machine’, residents are choosing to live in their made-up fantasies as a result of being in a drug-induced coma. As ever, there’s more to this than meets the eye, and it’s up to you to figure it all out by stepping into the shoes of Zoë Castillo and Kian Alvane.

The introduction of multiple main characters is nice, mainly because the constant jumping around keeps Dreamfall more interesting that it would have been otherwise, but the biggest issue here is how archaic it can feel. While the story is compelling enough to keep you going, it never really hits the heights you’d like or expect.

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The most important part of titles of this ilk is to be intriguing from the off. All you’re ever really doing is allowing a narrative to unwind as you solve puzzles and get to know the locals, and Dreamfall’s plot fails to ever truly get going.

This means there will be times where you force yourself to continue – as opposed to being compelled to – and that can be a problem, made worse because the mentioned puzzles aren’t exactly a high point either. Treading the line between old-school, illogical mental challenges and pretty straightforward solutions, developer Red Thread Games struggles to make either have the necessary impact. Before long you’re just going through the motions, or heading to Google to figure the damn thing out.

However , as contradictory as this may sound, if you were brought up on this kind of thing, or remember the likes of Grim Fandango with a huge smile etched upon your face, there’s a nostalgic charm here ready to transport you back to your younger days. It certainly isn’t as good as those LucasArts classics – and the humour isn’t in the same league – but its slow pace and methodical nature completely stand out against the in-your-face games of today.

You’re meant to take your time and think everything through, and becoming stuck isn’t considered a dead end. In fact , that’s the whole point, and while Dreamfall Chapters never gets that balance right to make it shine, that it does at all will be the appeal for some – especially if you miss the genre on the whole.

Over the years, companies such as Telltale have added a distinct spin whereby there’s a much greater emphasis on guiding you through a story. If you prefer a more back and forth approach, this is exactly what you’re going to get here.

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That is, of course, unless you’re new to the franchise. Although you may not realise from the title, Chapters is a continuation of the story introduced in The Longest Journey, and if you don’t have the time – or patience – to go back through all of that, on occasion you may be utterly baffled. Red Thread Games has done a poor job in trying to get debutants up to speed, and while long-term fans may be pleased in that sense (there’s very little hand-holding), it can nothing for those who just stumble across the game.

It’s very difficult to penetrate, which is a shame because Dreamfall is very well written and the characters are believable – the environments in which you find yourself are lovely to explore, too. Whether that’s enough to keep you hooked for the 20-plus hours you’ll need to see the credits, however , is a different story.

Ultimately, Chapters has been designed with its pre-existing audience in mind. If you’ve bought into this before, you’ll buy into it again, because it does nothing new to what came before. That’s fine in one sense – it’s familiar and has its moments – but this type of game could have far more appeal, even now, if it were to take on a modern spin.

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Reviews that end with ‘one for the fans’ always sound slightly ridiculous because that statement seems obvious in itself. However , I don’t think I’ve played a game that pushes that agenda so hard – if you’re desperate for more Dreamfall, you now have it. With that said, there’s a good chance you already played it on the PC…


Dreamfall Chapters stays true to the experience genre it embraced in 1999, but sticking to the same approach in 2017 means it feels a little past its prime.

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Why the Incomparable Rolls-Royce Dawn Is Actually Worth $400, 000


Rolls-Royce Dawn

Photo Credit: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce aims for a truly ethereal experience for its customers, and indeed there is simply nothing like riding behind the Spirit of Ecstasy, Rolls’ iconic mascot, floating along on a cloud of wood, leather, steel and, of course, money. While Rolls has given its newer models like the Wraith a bit of a sportier feel, it declines to engage in plebeian discussions of driving dynamics, road feel and other such matters. The machine performs as one expects it would; a gentleman needn’t be bothered with the technicalities. The experience is designed to be effortless.

Rolls-Royce Dawn

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To put it in suitable terms, in a Rolls you should never have to grip the steering wheel harder than you would a glass of champagne. Which by the way is chilling in a cooler in the rear console. And the car’s controls should never demand your attention to the extent that you’d be distracted from the lovely companion whom it must be assumed is reclining in the passenger seat.

Rolls-Royce Dawn

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These are the impressions we came away with after a weekend of putting the very latest Rolls-Royce, the Dawn, through its pedigreed paces in some of the poshest parts of New England. A regal four-seat, two-door convertible with a base price of $335, 000, the Dawn has the kind of chops that would make most sports cars emerald with envy: 563 bhp and 605 lb ft of torque from its twin-turbo 6. 6-litre V12 engine, and enough juice to accelerate from 0 to 100 kmh (62 mph) in 4. 9 seconds with a top speed of 250 kmh (155 mph).

Rolls-Royce Dawn

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Once you’ve got past the basic, and rather idiotic, question of “Is it worth it? ” – and here again obviously no one who buys these things is going to be much troubled by that—you can get on to the more important points such as which combination of paint, veneers, hide colors and stitching your particular cumulus cloud should be equipped with. Every Rolls-Royce is a bespoke commission, and with the truly stratospheric number of alternatives no two need ever be alike.

Rolls-Royce Dawn

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Most will, with the addition of a few essential options like an upgraded audio system, pure lambswool carpeting and a Sprit of Ecstasy that lights up, top out at over $400, 000, and for that sort of cabbage Rolls delivers a suitably heavenly ride—what Rolls CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös calls the “sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built. ”

Rolls-Royce Dawn

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With a real danger of veering into the vulgar, Rolls has done a bang-up job of making the Dawn extremely refined and nearly restrained in its elegance compared to the considerably larger Phantom Drophead Coupe. Of course its emphasis on complete customization can result in some rather unfortunate examples; not even a Rolls looks smart in bright purple paint. An orange leather interior on a gunmetal gray car, however? Rather spectacular.

Rolls-Royce Dawn

Photo Credit: Jared Paul Stern

Rolls-Royce Dawn

Photo Credit: Jared Paul Stern

Rolls-Royce Dawn

Photo Credit: Jared Paul Stern

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Fashion is one of those rare things that allows you to say everything without speaking a single word. Designer shoes are just a form of this unspoken sartorial communication, but it’ s one so subtle that only other sneakerheads are likely to pick up on it. And it’ s this understated luxury that makes tennis shoes so appealing— at least to us. Over the years with the release of exclusive collaborations, limited-edition lines and one-off collections that sell out in mere minutes, it’ s easy to see how collectors can drop thousands of dollars on sneakers. But there are plenty of designer kicks that cost just as much, if not more, then pre-owned, special-edition Jordans. The only difference is you don’ t have to spend months on resale sites trying to hunt down your preferred size, color and brand. Here are the most expensive kicks you can still own. None of these bad boys have sold out— yet.

Fashion is one particular rare items that allows you to say everything without speaking an individual word. Designer shoes are simply a form of this unspoken sartorial communication, but it’ s one so subtle that only other sneakerheads will probably pick up on it. And it’ s this understated luxury that makes athletic shoes so appealing— at least to us. Over time with the release of exclusive collaborations, limited-edition lines and one-off collections that sell out in mere minutes, it’ s easy to see how collectors can drop thousands on sneakers. But there are many designer kicks that cost just as much, or even more, then pre-owned, special-edition Jordans. The only huge difference is you don’ t have to spend months on resale websites trying to look for your preferred size, color and brand. Listed below are the most costly kicks it is possible to still own. None of the bad boys have sold out— yet.


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Lightweight Mobile Gaming Systems – The Nintendo 2DS XL Sports Large Screens and a Stylish Design


The Nintendo 2DS XL Sports Large Screens and a Stylish Design

The all-new Nintendo 2DS XL is a mobile handheld console from the iconic video game brand that aims to provide users with an immersive experience featuring all of their favorite game titles.

The new handheld gaming device is outfitted with dual screens that are expansive and clear to ensure that users are immersed as possible when taking time out to game wherever they are. Coming in a black and turquoise color scheme, the device packs NFC technology that makes it functional with amiibo figures and cards.

The Nintendo 2DS XL is set to be available for sale starting on July 28 at a retail price of $149. 99. This makes it a competitive option for gamers of all kinds to take advantage of.

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LG OLED65E7V TV – Review


What is the LG OLED65E7V?

The LG OLED65E7V, part of the LG E7 series, is LG’s first ‘normal’ OLED TV of 2017, arriving hot on the heels of the anything but normal LG OLED65W7V.

But calling it normal is an insult, really. The design, sound and especially picture quality are so good it’s easy to see why many people crave an OLED TELEVISION. The LCD vs OLED debate will continue to rage, especially where HDR is concerned, but there’s no doubting the quality on offer here.

LG OLED65E7V – Design and build

The LG E7 gives us an iterative improvement on the design of last year’s E6V series – which pretty much by default makes it one of the most gorgeous TVs of this or any other generation. LG OLED65E7V

For starters, the majority of its rear is still insanely thin – just the width of a slim but rigid sheet of glass, plus an extra millimetre or so for the OLED ‘film’ on the front. The way the glass protrudes a few millimetres beyond the outer edges of the OLED film exaggerates the sense of slimness too, while also looking gorgeous in its own right.

Finally, the built-in soundbar that runs along the LG E7’s bottom edge has been integrated into the look slightly more compactly and tidily than the one attached to the E6 range.

The E7’s desire to deliver decent sound and need to house connections and processors somewhere does mean that the bottom quarter or so of its chassis sticks out at the back a good few centimetres more than the rest. But this does precious little to dent the set’s all-round gorgeousness. Especially given that most normal folk look at the front of their TVs, not the back.

The remote control provided with the E7 feels a little flimsy for something partnering such a gorgeous, premium-looking TV. But it is mostly fun to use thanks to its well-delivered ‘point and click’ approach, and the spinning wheel at its heart for navigating quickly up and down on-screen menus.

LG OLED65E7V – Set Up

Initial set up of the LG E7 is easy enough. LG’s ‘bean bird’ cartoon character guides you through all the key installation steps with a level of efficiency and charm sorely missing from most TV set up procedures. LG OLED65E7V

Getting the best from the TV is a touch tricky, though, for two main reasons. First, while the Cinema picture preset looks a little too dark with high dynamic range content in its default mode, the brighter Standard preset tends to cause too much picture noise for comfort.

Second, as with 2016’s LG OLEDs, you can only shift the TV’s brightness setting up or down a handful of steps if you don’t want the screen’s otherwise awesome black levels to start washing out or losing so much subtle detailing they become hollow and over-dominant.

The combination of these issues left me settling on a ‘best compromise’ solution, where you go for the Cinema preset but shift the brightness up a couple of points.

If you really can’t resist the extra brightness and punch of the Standard picture preset you can use the TV’s noise reduction systems to tackle some of the noise that crops up. But this tends to soften the picture and cause unwanted side effects.

Other set up tips would be that you only use the motion processing on its lowest power setting, or on Custom with the judder and blur reduction settings set to around level three. You could also turn the motion processing off, though things can become a bit too juddery for comfort if you do. LG OLED65E7V

LG OLED65E7V – Features

The simple fact that the LG E7 is an OLED TV will be its biggest attraction for many. After all, every pixel in an OLED TV can make its light, potentially leading to a far better contrast performance than you can get from externally lit LCD screens.

The OLED65E7V ticks the 4K UHD resolution, high dynamic range and wide colour gamut boxes, as we’d expect of any high-end TELEVISION these days. What’s more, it should satisfy the last two of these modern picture quality features better than 2016’s OLED TVs did, thanks to a claimed 20-30% boost in brightness, and the expanded colour performance such a brightness increase makes possible.

Smart features on the OLED65E7V are provided by LG’s exceptionally easy to use WebOS system. Key services supported include Netflix and Amazon in their 4K and HDR incarnations, as well as access to the ‘big four’ UK broadcast catch up services and UKTV Play courtesy of the integrated Freeview Play app.

Sensibly, LG hasn’t tried to make any major changes to WebOS for 2017. There are a couple of useful new features, though: playback of 360 VR clips, where you can move the camera around with a wave of the ‘magic’ handy remote control, and the facility to map your favourite sources to the remote’s numerical keys for direct, single-button access. LG OLED65E7V

The OLED65E7V is more flexible when it comes to HDR formats than any current rival. As well as the industry standard HDR10 format, it supports Technicolor’s HDR system; the new HLG system developed predominantly for broadcast uses; and the Dolby Vision system, with its layer of dynamic metadata for issuing a TV with scene-by-scene instructions on how best to present the images it’s receiving.

This isn’t Dolby’s only involvement with the OLED65E7V, either. The soundbar attached to the TV’s bottom edge is claimed to deliver Dolby Atmos audio, despite not being accompanied by any rear or ceiling speakers. Frustratingly, though, as with the OLED65W7V the E7Vs can only decode Dolby Atmos from Dolby Digital+ streams, not from Dolby True HD streams. Which means, essentially, that it won’t play Dolby Atmos from Ultra HD Blu-ray discs – even though these are by far the most common source of Dolby Atmos tracks.

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Arabic Emoji Games – The New Wain Waleed Game Functions as an Extension of the Halla Walla App


The New Wain Waleed Game Functions as an Extension of the Halla Walla App

The Halla Walla emoji app was created in response to the lack of social media platforms that focus on Arabic and Khaleeji culture and lifestyle, and its new Wain Waleed game is an extension of that app.

The original app was designed to represent the passion for food, family, sports and social habits that Arabic people have, and Wain Waleed is able to add another playful twist to the characters in the app. It functions similarly to Pokemon Go, with characters from the Halla Walla app being digitally placed in players’ surroundings. Players of the game receive prizes based on their various achievements.

Wain Waleed functions as an extension to a growing platform that seeks to add playful exposure to some of the habits and customs of Arabic people.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick Gadget – First Look


Amazon’s second-generation Fire TV Stick has just gone on sale in the UK. It comes packing a stack of improvements, including a faster processer, refreshed interface and Alexa voice control. Consider this a review in process with some initial impressions – come back for the full review in a few days once we’ve had a chance to get fully acquainted.

The new Amazon Fire TV Stick is the service’s second iteration of its cheapest video streaming device. It aims itself squarely at rivals such as Google Chromecast Ultra and Roku Streaming Stick, squeezing all its streaming know-how into a dongle-sized device.

You can stream Full HD video from Amazon Prime, as well as Netflix and the full roster of the UK’s catch-up services. There are plenty more apps besides, including Prime Music and Spotify, plus access to Amazon’s growing games library.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 2017

So , what’s new? For a start, the interface has had a complete overhaul to make it look more attractive and easier to use. This will filter down to older devices over time, though, so the real benefits of the new Stick are its faster processor and the new Alexa voice remote.

While we’ve seen voice remotes before with the likes of the Fire TV box, this is the first time that Alexa has been built into a Fire TELEVISION product. The voice assistant is cleverer than your standard voice command system, so there’s much more you can do.

Setting up your Fire TV Stick is simple: just plug it into a spare HDMI slot on your TV, and its USB cable into a power source. Some on-screen instructions will get your Alexa remote paired and the Fire TV Stick hooked up to your home network, after which you’re ready to go.

If you’re familiar with the previous Fire TELEVISION Stick, you’ll notice immediately that the brand new UI has been redesigned with a more visual focus.

The main navigation menu has moved from the side to along the top, and a new picture-led carousel with Amazon-suggested content dominates the top half of the screen.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 2017

The idea is that the Fire TV Stick will learn your viewing habits over time and tailor this to you, with video teasers to draw you in.

Detail pages have been improved, too, with a large picture backdrop and more in-depth information. Once you start to watch the show, clicking upwards on the remote will open up Amazon’s X-Ray IMDb feature, for finding out more about the cast.

Unless you’re downloading apps, I found the homepage was the only place I needed to be. In a side-scrolling menu beneath the carousel, you’ll find recent shows and apps for quick access. Beneath that, you can browse your downloaded apps, scroll through several menus of Prime-suggested content, and even one for Netflix (subscription dependent).

That’s what’s particularly refreshing about this version of the Fire TV Stick. While Amazon Prime content is still its bread and butter – and dominates its menus – it doesn’t make it as difficult to surface content from other providers as it did before.

For example , Amazon Prime offers Breaking Bad as a paid-for box set, whereas it’s free to watch on Netflix. If you search for it, Fire TELEVISION will suggest you watch it on Netflix first, with the option to buy it in a “More Ways To Watch” menu. It feels more like it’s working for the user, and not for itself – which is how it should be.

It’s still very much a device aimed at Prime subscribers, however , and I’d certainly recommend signing up for the service to get the most out of it. With its new monthly subscription option (£7. 99/$8. 99 per month), it’s much more accessible now too.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 2017

Scrolling through the menus, it’s clear that the new quad-core processor has given the Fire TV Stick a welcome boost of power. Promising to be 30% quicker, it certainly feels slicker to browse and faster to load, as you flick in and out of menus and search for content.

Voice commands work well too. Rather than using the Alexa wake command as you would on the Amazon Echo, you press a button on the remote, hold it in and speak.

The results are incredibly accurate. You can search by actor, genre or film name, and during testing so far, Alexa hasn’t misunderstood a single command.

That said, some of the returned suggestions aren’t always as helpful as they could be. A seek out Brad Pitt offered up five TV shows and movies that don’t feature the actor at all, before finally bringing up movies such as for example Seven and Inglourious Basterds.

Specific movie searches fare better, though, and offer up similar such titles that you might like as well.

Alexa’s talents don’t stop there. You can also ask her about the weather, sports scores, check in on the news, or get her to set a timer. New functionality also means you can ask her to fast-forward or rewind during Amazon shows, which works seamlessly.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 2017

Opening impressions

The new Fire TELEVISION Stick doesn’t do anything revolutionary, but it does make a good product even better. And at £40, it’s only £5 more than the original.

The Alexa voice commands are a great way to navigate, and the extra speed from the newest processor makes using it a breeze.

With the new interface set to come to older devices later down the line, owners of the original Fire TV Stick might not find the upgrade necessary, but any Prime subscriber that hasn’t made the jump yet may find themselves very tempted now.

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AMD Ryzen 7 1700 – Review


What is the AMD Ryzen 7 1700?

The AMD Ryzen 7 1700 is the entry option in AMD’s new range of Ryzen 7 CPUs. Priced at just £330, it still offers an identical feature set to the £500 Ryzen 7 1800X and is by far the cheapest eight-core processor you can buy.

However , its clock speed is lower than the 1800X and lower still than its most direct competitor the quad-core Intel Core i7-7700K. Naturally this means it’s less suited to fast, single-threaded applications such as games, but it will happily power through multi-threaded workloads such as video encoding. As such, it’s an intriguing proposition.

AMD Ryzen 7 1700 – Design and Features

The Ryzen 7 1700 is almost identical to the Ryzen 7 1800X in every way. It looks the same, it has the same number of cores (8), it can deal with the same number of threads (16), it’s unlocked for easy overclocking and it fits in the same motherboards. There are just three differences between it and AMD’s current flagship CPU.

The first is clock speed. The 1700 has a base clock speed of 3. 0GHz and can boost its cores to 3. 7GHz. The 1800X, on the other hand, starts at 3. 6GHz and boosts to 4. 0GHz. That may not sound like much of a difference given the similar boost clock speeds, but since boost clocks aren’t guaranteed for any given workload, it’s the base clock that’s more important.

This applies even more so when you compare the 1700 to its nearest price competitor from Intel, the Core i7-7700K. This is only a quad-core chip but it has a base clock of 4. 2GHz and boost of 4. 5GHz – that’s a huge advantage in raw clock speed.

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AMD Ryzen 7 1700

However , this allows for the second key difference between the 1700 and 1800X, which is that the latter includes a TDP of just 65W. That’s an astonishingly low amount of power for an eight-core processor. By comparison, the 7700K features a TDP of 91W, the 1800X’s is 95W and the eight-core Intel Core i7-6900K is 140W.

The final difference between your 1700 and 1800X is that “X” on the end, which signifies that the 1800X can further boost the clock speed of one core by 100MHz, while the 1700 can only do so by 50MHz.

And that’s your lot; this is simply a relatively low clock speed version of the 1800X. So if you’d like to learn more about what makes this processor actually tick then you can read the 1800X’s review, which includes more of an overview of AMD’s new Zen CPU architecture at the heart of the chip.

The upshot is that the 1700 is potentially ideal for those seeking huge eight-core multi-threaded processing power for tasks such as for example video encoding, batch photo editing, file compression, encryption, professional 3D rendering or scientific calculations – but on the cheap.

But it’s less suited for what most home users actually need from a CPU: fast, single-threaded performance. Most programs, including the majority of games, still benefit most from having a single-core run as fast as possible, that is the reason that the majority of laptops can still get away with having just dual-core processors.

AMD Ryzen 7 1700

As such, a potentially crucial aspect of the 1700 is how well it overclocks. If it can be pushed closer to a 4. 0GHz base clock speed then potentially it will still be a great option for single-threaded tasks.

Note, however , that when talking about the 1700 maybe not being as good as faster-clocked alternatives, it’s all relative. This processor will still provide close to all the performance that most home users will ever need, even in single-threaded tasks.

For general day-to-day tasks it’s more than powerful enough, while the difference in gaming will only come to light in situations where you’re not otherwise limited by the speed of your graphics card and are running at ludicrous frame rates. In such situations, where you’d achieve 180fps from a higher clocked chip, you’d get “only” 140fps with the 1700.

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AMD Ryzen 7 1700 – The AM4 platform

The Ryzen 7 1700 is, along with the rest of the Ryzen 7 lineup and the upcoming Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 processors, meant to fit in motherboards with the new AM4 socket. Although this will mean having to buy a new motherboard now, AMD has committed to continuing to support the platform with future CPUs.

In addition , when Ryzen 5 (quad and six-core) and Ryzen 3 chips launch later this year, you’ll be able to buy a motherboard and entry-level dual or quad-core processor safe in the knowledge that you can upgrade all the way to an eight-core chip without having to change the rest of your system.

This isn’t possible with Intel’s current CPU lineup; its six- and eight-core chips are only available if you buy more expensive LGA 2011 motherboards.

AMD Ryzen 7 1700

AM4 is supported by five new chipsets: the X370, B350, A320, X300 and A300. All will support the range of Ryzen processors but only the X370, X300 and B350 will support overclocking; and only the X370 and X300 will support SLI/Crossfire. There are currently only X370 and B350 boards available and they range in price from £80-100 for a B350 board to £150-£300 for X370 boards.

AMD Ryzen 7 1700 – Zen Architecture

The Ryzen 7 1700 is based on AMD’s new Zen CPU architecture, which replaces the Bulldozer architecture that the company has relied on for the past several years. The main focus of its development has been to improve power efficiency and instructions per clock (IPC) – the number of calculations the chip can do with each core for each tick of the processors clock.

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X

The results – as seen in our 1800X review – are pretty spectacular, with the company improving IPC by 52% and hugely reducing power consumption. The new architecture also introduces simultaneous multi-threading, which is a similar technology to Intel’s Hyper-Threading, which allows each core of the processor to handle two workloads/threads at a time.

As a result, and thanks to moving to the latest 14nm manufacturing, the 1800X was the first CPU from AMD that could truly claim performance parity with the competition from Intel – and, in turn, the initial we’ve been able to outright recommend in the past ten years or so.

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