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Ah, Virtual Reality, VR, the closest we’ll ever get to a holodeck[i]. But if you’re like me, your hobbies tend to outweigh your checkbook, especially when it comes to technology. The good news is, you can build a PC that is capable of running VR, offers tons of features, looks great, and only costs around $650[ii],[iii], thus enabling you to dive into VR without breaking the bank. (Well, at least
not too much).

 

If you’re already bored and tired of reading then check out this video. If you have a general dislike for product videos that tend to take too long to get the point, (thank goodness for YouTube speed settings[iv]) read on below!

 

 

 

Testing VR performance is in its infancy, and utilities like FRAPS only measure the refresh rate of the mirrored window on your desktop, not the smoothness of the experience in the head-mounted display. Because of this, we tested the system the way you would: we turned it on and played a wide variety of game titles on it. We enjoyed excellent, playable VR experiences and
we were never disappointed when playing games like Elite Dangerous, Google Tiltbrush, Vanishing Realms, Hordez, Surgeon Simulator, and Space Pirate Trainer.

 

The ingredients:

  • We started with an AMD FX™ 6350 CPU ($126.50). The processor does an excellent job on nearly all VR titles, and in addition, DX12 enabled games can take advantage of the six cores. It comes with our new stock cooler, the Wraith, to help keep the system cool and quiet. You may see a compatibility warning pop up when using an Oculus Rift headset, but this is nothing to worry about – know that our CPU validation efforts with Oculus are underway!
  • For graphics, we’re using the 4GB version of the Radeon™ RX 480 graphics card ($199.99). It’s an ideal match of price to performance providing VR capability starting at SEP $199 USD, the
    most affordable solution for premium VR on the market today.
  • Our motherboard is the Gigabyte GA-970-Gaming-SLI ($98.99). This board is great for this system as it offers tons of features including USB 3.1 & 3.0 ports, which are crucial for supporting all the devices you need for VR. In addition, this board includes reinforced PCIe® slots, integrated lighting and is ready for M.2 storage.
  • Our case is the Corsair Spec Alpha ($64.99) which looks fantastic, is super easy to build with, comes with three case fans and is available in a few different color options. Note, pricing may vary based on color.
  • We’re using 8GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR3 memory ($38.99).
  • A Corsair CXM 550W Bronze Power Supply ($59.99).
  • And a Corsair Force LE 240GB solid state drive ($58.99).

 

In total that’s $649.34! Not too shabby for a PC that played VR for us just fine, as well as games, movies, just about anything you need. So what do you think? Are you jumping on the VR bandwagon? Would you use different parts? Let me know in the comments.

 

 


[i] At least in the next 12-18 months

[ii] Prices change and sales happen so this price may be higher or lower right now. These prices were current as of July 12th, 2016 from PCPartPicker.com and Newegg.com..

[iii] Price does not include keyboard, mouse, monitor, VR hardware (like a headset) or any software

[iv] https://www.google.com/?ion=1&espv=2#q=playback+speed+of+a+youtube+video

 

System configuration as tested: FX 6350, 4GB Radeon™ RX 480 GPU, 2x4GB DDR3-1866, 240GB SSD, Driver 16.7.2, Windows 10

 

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A little heat can be a good thing…When you’re talking about the weather, but not when it comes to your gaming system.

 

Giddy up, gamers! It just got easier and more affordable to build a high-performance system for online and eSports gaming that runs cool and near-silent. Today, AMD launched new thermal solutions, including the flagship AMD Wraith Cooler, as well as the new AMD A10-7860K and AMD Athlon™ X4 845 desktop processors.

 

New thermal solutions

AMD has heard your concerns about stock coolers, and we’re stepping up the game for select processors. Near silent? No problem. AMD now offers two new thermal solutions that make one-tenth the noise of past coolers, running at a near silent 39 decibels.i,ii

 

The AMD Wraith Cooler combines near silent performance with a sleek, illuminated style for those who believe that your PC should not only run smoothly and silently, but look good doing it. Don’t believe me? Check out our acoustic demo to see (and hear) for yourself. Wraith is shipping now with the AMD FX™ 8370 CPU.

 

In addition to the Wraith Cooler, AMD is introducing the new Near-Silent AMD 95W Thermal Solution that also offers the same virtually silent performance without the extra bling as the Wraith. These stock coolers are included with select AMD desktop processors, including the new AMD A10-7860K and new AMD Athlon™ X4 845, as well as the AMD A8-7670K, A8-7650K and the Athlon X4 870K and 860K.

 

AMD Wraith Cooler

AMD 95W Thermal Solution

 

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Included with:

  • FX 8370 CPU
  • NEW AMD A10-7860K
  • AMD A8-7670K
  • AMD A8-7650K
  • AMD Athlon™ X4 870K
  • AMD Athlon™ X4 860K
  • AMD Athlon™ X4 845

Near Silent Operation:

Yes

Yes

Fan Shroud with LED Logo:

Yes

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New AMD A10-7860K

Priced at just $116.99 (MSRP as of February 2, 2016), the AMD A10-7890K APU provides dead serious price-for-performance. This means you can dedicate any money you saved by not buying a separate processor and discreet graphics card to other areas of your gaming set-up, like upgrading to a new AMD FreeSync™ compatible display to eliminate stuttering and tearing.iii

 

With a quad-core processor at 4 GHz max turbo, full FreeSync support, and integrated Radeon™ R7 graphics, the A10-7860K gives you superb visual performance to crush your competition in popular online games like Dota 2™, League of Legends® and CS®:Go.

 

Plus, with a 65W TDP (Thermal Design Power) the A10-7860K fits well into tiny console-sized form factors and with our new, near silent thermal solution it fits perfectly into your “cozy” dorm room, living room or home theatre.

 

AMD AthlonX4 845 Desktop Processor

The AMD Athlon™ X4 845 processor brings the high-efficiency performance of four “Excavator” cores to the desktop. With a 3.8 GHz max turbo clock, it’s the ideal foundation for your eSports and mainstream gaming system.

 

Also equipped with AMD’s brand new 95W thermal solution, the AthlonX4 845 will keep your system running cool and quiet all day long.

 

These new processors are now available at select e-tailers and participating system vendors, so get ‘em while they’re hot cool!

 

Jason De Vos is Press Relations for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied

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i Subject to use according to product specifications. The AMD Wraith cooler has a maximum noise level of 39dbA. The AMD D3 cooler, which the Wraith Cooler has replaced on certain CPUs, has a maximum noise level of 51 dbA. In the logarithmic dbA scale, a ten decibel difference is equal to ten times the amount of noise, so the AMD Wraith Cooler generates less than one tenth the noise of its predecessor. WTH-1

ii The AMD 95W Thermal Solution has a maximum noise level of 36dbA. The AMD D2 cooler, which the AMD 95W Thermal Solution has replaced on certain CPUs, has a maximum noise level of 52 dbA.In the logarithmic dbA scale, a ten decibel difference is equal to ten times the amount of noise, so the AMD 95W Thermal Solution generates less than one tenth the noise of its predecessor. WTH-4

iii FreeSync is an AMD technology designed to eliminate stuttering and/or tearing in games and videos by locking a display’s refresh rate to the framerate of the graphics card.  Requires Monitor, AMD Radeon™ graphics and/or AMD A-Series APU compliant with DisplayPort™ Adaptive-Sync 1.2 (or newer).  AMD Catalyst™ driver 15.2 Beta (or newer) required. Adaptive refresh rates vary by display; check with your monitor manufacturer for specific capabilities. Only select AMD Radeon GPUs and A-Series APUs supported; see www.amd.com/freesync for full details

What do pudding, beer1, and AMD FX™ 9000 series processors have in common? They all need to be adequately cooled before you can really enjoy them.

 

The AMD FX™ processor delivers the highest clocks and the most cores you can get on an X86 compatible consumer desktop PC.2, 3

The AMD FX 9000 series CPUs run fast; the FX 9590 runs at 5.0GHz and the FX 9370 runs at 4.7 GHz max Turbo Core speeds. Which is why all AMD FX 9000 series processors require liquid cooling.

 

Installing a liquid cooling solution used to be complex, requiring custom parts and complicated tubing. Fortunately, today things are much easier. There are many affordable, easy-to-use, all-in-one liquid cooling solutions available that are remarkably simple to install. A few examples:

  • Antec Kuhler H20 925
  • Cooler Master Nepton 120XL
  • Corsair H80i Y

 

Below is an example of an AMD FX 9590 CPU installed with an all-in-one liquid cooler.

image of liquid cooler installed on FX 9590 processor

 

For full instructions on building a PC with an AMD FX 9000 series processor check out our FAQ or our build guide. Also, check out this FX 9590 build guy by our friends at MW Technology or our video of us building an FX 9590 based system. Bottom line. If you want to fully enjoy the 8-core power of an AMD FX 9000 series processor you need to keep it nice and chilly with a liquid CPU cooler.

 

Are you liquid cooling your processor today? What solution are you using? Let us know below. 

 


1 Excludes countries where beer is served at room temperature.

2 AMD FX™ 9590 has the highest nominal (4.7 GHz) and turbo (5.0 GHz) clock rates of any x86-compatible desktop CPU. Intel’s fastest CPU, the i7-4790K, has a 4.0 GHz nominal and 4.4 GHz max turbo clock rate. See ark.intel.com for competing models. DTV-34

3 Each of the AMD FX™ 8000 and FX™ 9000 Series CPUs have 8 CPU cores, the highest number of CPU cores you can get on an x86-compatible desktop CPU. Intel’s desktop x86 CPU with the highest number of CPU cores is the i7-5960X, which also has 8 CPU cores. See ark.intel.com for competing models. DTV-35

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Rocket Powered Processors

Posted by jason.devos Employee Aug 14, 2015
“SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY! Calling any and all hot rods, monster cars, dune buggies and rocket-powered, jumping vehicles. Come on down and participate in the craziest soccer game of all time!”

 

These are the words I hear whenever I’m loading up a new match of “Rocket League. If you can imagine RC cars turbo boosting, jumping and flipping around a ring trying to bounce a giant soccer ball into a goal then you have a pretty good idea of what “Rocket League” entails. What is less intuitive are the sounds I make while playing. They tend to sound like, “ohmygoshlookoutfortheooohjumpjumpc’monc’monboostboostahhhhGOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAALL!”

 

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The great thing about “Rocket League”, other than the awesome gameplay, is that it runs beautifully on AMD APUs such as desktop processors like the AMD A8-7670K or A10-7870K APU. An AMD APU is a single chip that combines a traditional processor with a dedicated graphics processor in a single convenient, powerful and affordable package. This means that with an affordably priced AMD based system you have all the processing and graphics performance you need to run Rocket League with smooth framerates and plenty of eye candy. Not to mention you’ll also have plenty of performance to handle any of those pesky ‘gaming-time-stealing’ everyday tasks like office productivity or photo management.

 

If you’re looking for a fun and exciting break that beautifully combines RC cars and sports into one thrilling game, check out “Rocket League”. If you’re looking for an affordable mainstream desktop or laptop that can handle popular online games and everyday tasks, look for one powered by an AMD APU. See you on the field.

 

Jason De Vos is the APU/CPU PR Manager for AMD. His/her postings are his/her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.