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Steve and Tim from the YouTube channel Hardware Unboxed bring to you a weekly show discussing all the latest news and interesting topics in the PC hardware and gaming scene. With our decades of experience testing and benchmarking hardware, you'll be sure to enjoy various insights into tech and the occasional guest, especially if you love building PCs and playing PC games. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Episode 38: A lengthy discussion about all the latest Zen 5 information, including the lack of pricing, some weird performance claims, and new potentially misleading chipsets. Also we tackle some CPU rumors and chat about Star Wars. CHAPTERS 00:00 - Intro 00:40 - Our Good Choice Not to Attend the Zen 5 Tech Day 14:25 - No Zen 5 Pricing!? 26:03 - Th…
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Episode 37: A chat about the various projects we're working, everything from preparing for Zen 5, to testing FSR 3.1, more thoughts on the Intel CPU crashing saga and of course our various home projects. CHAPTERS 00:00 - Intro 00:38 - Lead Up To Zen 5 Testing 12:45 - Further Thoughts on FSR 3.1 Testing 29:44 - Intel Power and Crashing Situation Is …
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Episode 36: Live from Taipei for Computex again, Tim chats with the third team member at Hardware Unboxed, Balin, about working on a YouTube channel, learning about the PC industry, and all the stuff we get up to outside of work. CHAPTERS 00:00 - Intro 00:34 - Meet Balin, Hardware Unboxed Video Editor 13:05 - Learning About the PC Industry 23:06 - …
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Episode 35: Live from Taipei for Computex again, we discuss the insane amount of rubbish "AI" products shown at the show and how things are reaching overhyped levels. Also, our impressions of Nvidia G-Assist and other things at the show. CHAPTERS 00:00 - Intro 01:31 - AI Is Reaching Insane Levels of Hype 19:42 - Our Impressions Using Nvidia G-Assis…
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Episode 34: Live from Taipei for Computex, we recap everything interesting we've seen at the show, from new AMD Zen 5 processors, to CAMM2 memory, to whispers of what RDNA 4 might bring. CHAPTERS 00:00 - Intro 01:14 - Our Initial Thoughts on Zen 5 Announcement 13:34 - Longer Platform Longevity for AM5 21:08 - More on Zen 5 24:18 - CAMM2 Memory is I…
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Episode 33: Ahead of Computex, we discuss Sony believing that PC gamers will want to switch to using a PlayStation for future games, potential tariffs impacting the PC component market, and of course a preview for what's to come in the next week of announcements. CHAPTERS 00:00 - Intro 07:59 - Sony Wants PC Gamers Playing on PlayStation 26:02 - Imp…
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Episode 32: We discuss the Gamers Nexus Asus warranty situation, giving our perspective as Australians with different consumer laws, plus give updates on the Intel power spec situation, and annoyances with Google Drive CHAPTERS 00:00 - Intro 05:42 - Tim Gets Frustrated By Google Drive 13:32 - Asus Screws Up with Warranties Again 43:10 - Current Int…
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Episode 31: After testing the new Intel Baseline Power Profile on Asus and Gigabyte motherboards, we've come to the conclusion that once again, Intel has a power spec problem. Also, some hot takes on the EKWB situation following Gamers Nexus second video. CHAPTERS 00:00 - Intro 02:14 - Further Thoughts on EKWB Situation 20:02 - Intel's Power Spec P…
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Episode 30: We spend most of this episode discussing a really bad article that claims Intel CPUs are clearly better than AMD CPUs for gaming PCs, including plenty of UserBenchmark-level reasoning. It's a bit of a roast to be honest. CHAPTERS 00:00 - Intro 00:27 - EKWB Update and a Few Rumors 09:58 - Breaking Down A Terrible Article on Intel CPUs 13…
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Episode 29: There's recently been some discussion about reviews, stemming from Marques Brownlee's review of the Humane AI pin. We have decades of experience doing product reviews, so it's time to give our thoughts on what reviews really are all about, and how we approach them CHAPTERS 00:00 - Intro 00:41 - Marques Brownlee Makes a Fair Review, Who …
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Episode 28: We discuss Intel 13th and 14th gen CPUs maybe being pushed a bit too far and crashing games, Steve has tested some really bad AMD B650 boards recently, Intel has started discontinuing 13th gen processors already and there's also XeSS 1.3 now. CHAPTERS 00:00 - Intro 01:58 - Intel CPUs Crashing Games and Being Pushed to the Limits 24:20 -…
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Episode 27: Two discussion topics in this podcast episode, firstly on CPU/GPU scaling and when it makes sense to upgrade a CPU vs a GPU, and then we re-rank all the current GPUs from worst to best. Lots of interesting chat in this one! CHAPTERS 00:00 - Intro 00:25 - CPU and GPU Scaling Discussion 28:25 - Re-Ranking All Current GPUs 1:05:10 - Update…
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Episode 26: Steve and Tim have been "playing" (for work) Horizon Forbidden West and Dragon's Dogma 2 and share their thoughts on what the games are bringing to PC. Then we answer some listener mails on voting with your wallet and how the channel has been going in a relatively slow period. CHAPTERS 00:00 - Intro 00:31 - Testing Horizon Forbidden Wes…
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Episode 25: Steve is back from his holiday, so that means a discussion on Intel's pretty dumb Core i9-14900KS that no one should buy, thoughts on AMD FSR 3.1 upscaling improvements, Steam gets better with new family share options and we're destroying OLEDs on purpose. CHAPTERS 00:00 - Intro 00:26 - Not Testing the Core i9-14900KS 17:56 - AMD FSR 3.…
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Episode 24: It's news time! Nvidia has apparently discontinued their last good $200 GPU series, the GTX 16 series. AMD AI-enhanced FSR and DirectSR discussion and talk of what GDDR7 will bring to next-gen GPUs. CHAPTERS 00:00 - Intro 00:25 - Nvidia Apparently Discontinues GTX 16 Series 19:58 - AI-Based FSR and Microsoft DirectSR 28:12 - GDDR7 Is Co…
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Episode 23: A recap of the Radeon RX 7900 GRE and all the issues with stock vs AIB testing, followed by our general thoughts on reviewing this generation of graphics cards. It's been boring, and Steve is feeling it! In more interesting news we also have a generator update and chat about the current state of gaming. CHAPTERS 00:00 - Intro 00:27 - Is…
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Episode 22: After Steve discusses his four day power outage, we chat about the new Nvidia App replacing the slow Control Panel and annoying GeForce Experience. Also some chat about moving from Threadripper over to AM5 for Tim's workstation PC. CHAPTERS 00:00 - Intro 00:32 - Steve Had No Power for Four Days 13:57 - Nvidia App Beta 29:58 - Tim Ditche…
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Episode 21: After a brief discussion of the Ryzen 7 5700, we dive into the survey results to look at what GPUs you own, how often you upgrade, your thoughts on switching brands, and the graphics features you find important. Some very interesting results! CHAPTERS 0:00 - Intro 01:12 - AMD Ryzen 7 5700 Recap 13:57 - Survey Results 14:53 - GPU Market …
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Episode 20: We recap the lack of excitement around the GeForce RTX 4080 Super, discuss our recent ray tracing poll, and chat about why the Ryzen 8000G APUs don't make any sense for someone to actually buy. Plus Steve has a rant about customer service. SURVEY: https://forms.gle/u43Pa7wEt63nZwSH7 CHAPTERS 0:00 - Intro 10:30 - Ray Tracing Poll Results…
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Episode 19: After three new graphics card launches in the space of two weeks, we fully recap and give extended thoughts on the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super and RTX 4070 Ti Super, as well as the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT CHAPTERS 0:00 - Intro 04:11 - Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super Recap 18:33 - Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super Recap 41:47 - New Approach…
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Episode 18: We get excited about 2024 hardware releases by working through what products we expect to launch, and what we think they will and should deliver CHAPTERS 0:00 - Intro 02:24 - Expectations: Intel 14th-gen Non-K CPUs 06:33 - Other RDNA 3 GPUs 10:07 - AMD Zen 4 APUs 24:23 - AMD Zen 5 CPUs 35:05 - Intel Arc Battlemage GPUs 48:50 - Intel Arr…
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Episode 17: A mixture of things in this episode, including discussion on the Igor's Lab testing of an Alphacool fan, rumors of a rather pointless RTX 3050 6GB, Intel frame extrapolation technology, our favorite hardware releases of 2023 and of course, updates from Steve's holiday. NEWS STORIES Igor's Lab Website: https://www.igorslab.de/en/ Der8aue…
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Episode 16: Simon from TFT Central joins to chat about everything monitor related. The best displays of 2023, the battle between OLED and LCD in 2024, the current state of bad monitor marketing, deal breakers, 500Hz brilliance and more CHAPTERS 0:00 - Intro 02:45 - Favorite Monitor of 2023 05:34 - OLED vs LCD in 2024 20:17 - Are 4K 240Hz OLEDs Real…
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Episode 15: We chat about Nvidia's rumored RTX 4090 D for China, get the latest updates on Steve's Threadripper system, then break down the main areas AMD, Intel and Nvidia need to improve on in 2024. Also, Steve's got a windshield story and Tim gives his thoughts on Alan Wake II. CHAPTERS 0:00 - Intro 00:36 - Nvidia Gives the D to RTX 4090s in Chi…
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Episode 14: Steve details even more issues with his Threadripper systems, including some oddities with new Zen 4 models, plus we discuss rumors surrounding Nvidia RTX 40 Super graphics cards. What should Nvidia do to fix the Ada Lovelace generation? What will they do? CHAPTERS 0:00 - Intro 02:35 - Steve Rants About Threadripper 7000 Issues 21:50 - …
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Episode 13: This week we chat about new Ryzen 5000 X3D CPU rumors, give our "solutions" to game optimization challenges, give more thoughts on Intel APO and discuss playing Cyberpunk 2077 with path tracing and all the DLSS features enabled. CHAPTERS 0:00 - Intro 01:59 - Rumor: New AMD Zen 3 X3D CPUs? 12:15 - What Are the Solutions to Poor Game Opti…
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