We’ve battled long and hard to find the supreme AMD superfans, those that live, bleed and breathe red, and the new Red Team Plus has finally arrived. Made up of new and returning members, this team brings enthusiasm and strengths of epic proportions to the AMD community.
Meet the faces of the new Red Team Plus and read what they want you to know about themselves:
Dave’s your average 22-year-old video game fanatic who would rather get a monitor tan than a real one. He works as a bartender, but makes time to stream for you!
Benedict enjoys flying around the world both for work and fun! He’s a pc and video game enthusiast who’s not afraid to show it in his love for gadgets and emerging technology. He loves to play all video games: consoles, handhelds and PCs. If it’s a game, Benedict is going to play it. You can find him at SXSW, San Diego Comic-Con, and others! Follow Benedict’s adventures with #SuperBenTravels.
A long-time gamer, Craig started building systems in 1995. He likes playing mostly RPG’s, First Person Shooters (FEAR series of games), and racing games (NFS and DiRT Rally). Craig works for Mepush and has an associate’s degree in Network Admin, along with CompTIA A+ and NET+ certifications.
Daniel, also known as Dan, DMoney and iwalkwithedead, takes care of his mentally-challenged brother who is also a PC gamer. The first PC Daniel owned was in 2002 and was an Intel 133MHZ CUP, 32MB of EDO RAM with Windows® 98, 3GB HDD, CD Rom in an HP slim desktop case – and it was really slow! Over the years he got chances to update, but then he stopped. Daniel began Xbox gaming and ignored PCs until 2012, when he decided to sell the Xbox® 360 and get back into PC building. To Daniel now, PC is life, PC is love.
Dean has been into computers, and gaming, for most of his life. From his early days playing on a ColecoVision and Atari 2600, to killing demons on Mars in DOOM on a PC, gaming has always been a part of what he loves. Dean began tinkering with computers in his early teens, when his family got an Intel 486 DX2 Packard Bell PC. One night, he decided he was brave enough to take apart the computer while everyone was asleep. After that, he was hooked and now claims to be a full-fledged techie! He builds systems, arcades, and even pinball tables. Dean loves all kinds of music and is the father of three amazing children.
He is a systems technician for a large ISP and a lover of all things tech, especially AMD. Derrick is a member of the AMD stream team, streaming on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8:30PM CST. He’s not one to pass up free candy, so he thinks it’s a miracle he hasn’t been kidnapped yet.
Frank was born and raised in the Chicago area. He is a husband, father, and lover of technology and music. He is fully invested in the PC enthusiast community and he believes that community is one of the best things he’s been a part of. Frank enjoys helping others in whatever way he can. Feel free to hit him up in the corners of the internet!
Ian is Canadian by birth, of Danish decent and now lives in “Sin City” (as they call Las Vegas). He grew up around cars and trucks, which led him to spending most of his time either racing, customizing or painting them. He took his passion for speed and tinkering to computers back in the late 80s and hasn’t looked back since. In Ian’s opinion, OC’ing is truly just a hobby now, and his advice is never under-buy hoping to squeeze what you need out of something. The best place to find him is on the Twitterverse!
Janet is an engineer and a mom. She says that Ruby Slippers and Enchanted Glass Sneakers are in her bag of tricks.
Jeremy is a father, husband, and a relative newcomer to the custom computer building arena. After seeing what his friend spent on a “custom” gaming computer and doing some research to find out it was a waste of money, he began building. The first computer he built had an AMD FX-6300 and XFX 6770 – he was hooked! Jeremy now builds, and rebuilds, from scratch regularly and has found some of his best friends that share the hobby of PC building.
Most people know Joe by his online handle, iWalkingCorpse. From researching specs to browsing builds and interesting gadgets, Joe lives, thinks, and breathes technology. He’s never happier than when he is broadening his knowledge on all things tech!
John, or more often called WarpFact0r10, began his PC gaming journey with the original DOOM back in 1993. Prior to that, John loved console gaming on whatever system was available – Atari, ColecoVision, Nintendo, Sega and others. He has been a long-time proponent of AMD technology and is a proud member of Red Team Plus.
First and foremost, Johnny is a husband and a father to his daughter. Johnny is a software engineer and a martial artist studying the art of Tang Soo Do. He is a gamer, a patriot, and has a bit of a superhero complex.
An AMD fan since the early 90s, Lenny is a gaming moderator and one of the leaders of Fragging Frogs, a non-competitive gaming group at PC Perspective. You can find him on twitter as @lennya42, and in game as FFLenny.
Marissa is a creative thinker with a passion for video games and technology. She enjoys many types of games such as MMORPGs, FPS, action, adventure, and simulators. Collecting video games and attending game conferences are a few of her favorite hobbies. Marissa enjoys getting her hands on new technology and gadgets.
Nikolas is an avid overclocking enthusiast and likes tuning performance on a wide variety of different hardware. He loves playing video games and interacting with the community!
Renee is a 30-year-old living in Oklahoma and is a stay-at-home mother. She started gaming as a little girl and her favorite games to play are survival horror, action, adventure, FPS, MMO, and RPG. She loves going to events like PAX to meet gamers and help in the community. Renee streams on the AMD Twitch channel and does community streams when she can.
Shannon is a variety gamer with a penchant for fighters and shooters. He’s been gaming since the age of four, and tinkering with PCs from as early as he could get his hands on one. Shannon became a firm AMD advocate when he built his first system in 2005. The rise of the PC gaming platform as a place where everyone can play together is what fuels him.
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The Cybertron Celestrium is a full ATX gaming desktop that has an FX 8300, 16gbs of DDR3, a Gigabyte 990FX motherboard, dual MSI GTX 950’s and a 2tb HDD, all in a gaming case that has a very nice side panel. It also has built in AC wifi which is a good thing to have in the event that you don’t have Ethernet cables where you want to put the PC. It is also bundled with a Logitech keyboard and mouse,
Here are few photos of the rig:
As you can see, the cable management is very impressive, and the looks of the case are pretty good as well. It's too bad there is no lighting to light up the internals, as that would make it look just that much better.
Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor:
Ultra settings got an average of 80 FPS with dips into the 50s, and maxed at 100 FPS. In game performance was similar, averaging around 75-80 FPS depending on the number of enemies on screen.
World of Tanks (SD Client):
110 FPS average on highest settings in a random match.
Average of 55 FPS through the benchmark run. Min of 50 and max of 60. For some reason GTA doesn’t recognize SLI on this rig unless Vsync is also turned on, which actually is not an issue. It did run very smoothly through the benchmark run with no stutters.
The Celestrium also is very quiet when playing games, it is never loud enough to be noticed (even when under heavy load, although the CPU fan can get loud if you are running the CPU at 100% for an extended period of time). The build quality of the computer is very good, and the included Logitech keyboard and mouse are decent. The mouse has a high sensitivity compared to most, but is accurate so it is good at FPS type games if you like high sensitivity mice. I have no way of testing the input lag but it doesn't appear to have any from using it. The keyboard is… also decent. It is not mechanical but is one of the better membrane keyboards that I have tested.
There are a few downsides to the system, the only main one being that there is no SSD to be found. The 2 Tb HDD is OK but at $1100 I would have liked an SSD or perhaps an SSHD could have been a good option as well.
A minor downside to the PC is the PSU is not a name brand one, however that doesn’t really seem to be an issue right now- it would just be nice to see a tried & trusted brand of PSU. The price is also somewhat high considering on the same site, for $1100 you can get a system that is the same CPU but with a GTX 1070.
*addendum: The price of the Celestrium has been reduced to $1000 as of this post, which alleviates this issue to an extent.
The Celestrium is a very well built machine, with no bloatware coming preinstalled and the Celestrium performs very well in 1080P and some higher resolution. The price of the machine could be better, but the machine does everything you would expect a gaming PC to do. If you wanted to build the exact same system (parts wise) yourself it would actually cost more than this PC does though, so you do get a bit of a discount there and an install of Windows. So I think it's a fair option, and while you may be able to build a better PC specs wise for less this is one impressive pre-built machine.
This is a review of the Cybertron Celestrium that AMD sent me for review. All opinions are my own. The system reviewed is available here:
We are excited to announce that AMD will be at PAX South 2016 in San Antonio from January 29th - 31st! Stop by our booth to see some incredible AMD powered battlestations, try the latest VR experiences, participate in our LAN tournaments, and have the chance to win an AMD Radeon™ series graphics card from one of our partners!
CYBERPOWER PC: powered by AMD FX™ 8320 and AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury X
CYBERTRON PC: powered by SAPPHIRE Radeon™ R9 390X
MAINGEAR: powered by SAPPHIRE Radeon™ R9 FURY X
ORIGIN PC: powered by AMD FX™ 9590 and VisionTek Radeon™ R9 390X
We are also offering the opportunity for you to game on Cybertron PC systems powered by AMD FX 8370 processors and AMD Radeon™ R9 390 graphics that will be powering stutter free ASUS 27" MG279Q gaming monitors.
You need thick-skin to be a Community Manager nowadays. Thankfully, being a Community Manager at AMD has its perks, especially when managing our Advocacy Program, the mighty Red Team Plus. And being a member of Red Team Plus has even greater perks, like the annual teambuilding event at our facilities in Austin.
It’s been almost two years since the launch of the AMD Advocate Program. And for the second time, we’ve held another successful event called “The Gathering”. I can confidently say that this year’s event was by far the highlight of the program for both the AMD staff and the members of Red Team Plus:
“It was great to actually have a little session with Dr. Lisa Su. I gathered great insight on why she is a great fit as CEO of AMD and how her leadership and experience as an engineer can drive the company forward.” – Benedict C.
“My favorite parts were the open discussion with Lisa Su, the Tech Lab tour with Tony Salinas and having discussions with AMD folks like Robert over dinner and strictly for the fun-factor the K1 Racing” – Leonard A.
“The trip was excellent. Honestly the whole package was put together perfectly from dinner on Thursday, all the meetings on Friday, and the go kart trip on Saturday.” – Keith M.
Like last year’s inaugural event, all members of Red Team Plus were flown to Austin for a “red” weekend filled with activities prepared by yours truly and the “amazing” Caitlin Stewart. They toured our campus, met with some of our staff, and participated in a focus group all while experiencing “The AMD Way”. Unlike last year however, they received a behind-the-scene sneak peak of our next-generation AMD Radeon™ graphics cards, including the AMD Radeon™ Fury X GPU and the AMD Radeon™ Nano graphics card by Tony Salinas and his team! Now that’s one hell of a perk!
Speaking of perks, the team had the opportunity to get a glimpse into AMD’s future thanks to President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su. From “Carrizo” and “Zen” to her least favorite class at MIT, the team asked numerous questions, including her thoughts on our competition and marketing strategies! In the afternoon, they enjoyed lunch with our AMD gurus Robert Hallock and James Trudeau where they learned more about Microsoft DirectX® 12, AMD LiquidVR™ technology, and insight into the relationship between AMD and our partner developers. To top things off, they had a roundtable session with our CTO Mark Papermaster where he shared his vision for our next-gen CPU cores and HBM.
Lead by Georgeanna Liu, the team participated in a focus group where they had the opportunity to offer their valuable, objective opinions about our company and our products. Later in the afternoon, the team got a tour of our Customer Engagement Center where Brandon Page provided an overview of the various AMD powered systems on display, his dual AMD Radeon R9-295x2 gaming rig…and introduced them to our beloved Ruby!
To close the tour, James Prior briefed the team on “Godavari”, held a Q & A, and surprised everyone with a giveaway! Two lucky members of the team received PC systems complete with AMD Freesync™ compatible displays.
Now I’m a huge fan of surprises. In fact, I’ve surprised the team with numerous gifts and special projects throughout the year. But nothing compared to our very own Corporate Vice President Ron Myers’ surprise. After a full day at our campus, the team had the pleasure to see Ron perform live at The Oasis on Lake Travis while drinking beers and chowing down on some good old fried-everything! My favorite part of the weekend? The following day, we took everyone go-kart racing at K1 Speed! Red Team Plus is made of overclockers, modders, system builders and gamers…but not racers I guess! I kicked their butt and took first place. I can’t tell you how gratifying this was for me since most of the team knives me in the back in Battlefield 4!
On behalf of Red Team Plus, thank you AMD for a great, red weekend!
Sam Tehrani is Community Manager for AMD. 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.