Intel i3-8350K vs Ryzen 5 1600 vs I5 8600k : Battle for Budget Supremacy?

Hi, folks. My pc upgrade point is nearing. I'm currently using Intel i3- 3210 CPU. It's nearing its end and will possibly replaced by a new CPU in Q1 2018. So I was curiously watching the recent developments and trends in the CPU industry.
Currently, a heated war is going on between Intel and AMD. My original plan is to get Ryzen 5 1600 CPU, but the new Coffee lake processor launch is near and thought I should wait a little longer before i3 8350k arrives or may be core i5 8600k.
The rumor circulating is that it trades blows with Ryzen 7 1700. Let's wait and see I'm upgrading in Q1 2018, So I will have enough time before the update.

The overall decision will be based on gaming and multitasking performance, future upgrade path. How much CPU+ MOBO combination costs and price-performance. Decisions haha


First, here's the spec war between I3 8350k vs. Ryzen 5 1600 vs core i5 8600K
CPURyZen 5 1600Intel i3- 8350KIntel i5 -8600k
Socket typeAM4LGA 1151LGA 1151
CPU Cores6 core/12-thread4 core/ 4 thread6 core/6 thread
Clock Speed4 GHZ3.4 GHZ/ Turbo 3.6GHZ3.5 GHZ
Power65 W65 W95 W
UnlockedYesYesYes
Cache8 MB16 MB9 MB
FamilyZenCoffee LakeIntel i3- 8350K
Manufacturing Process14nm14nm14nm
The Specs are almost identical but architecture is totally different. Lets wait and see who wins.
As you can see the quad core i3-8350K has a stock clock of 4.0 GHz, 8MB of cache and a TDP of 95W. What interesting is Intel's mid-range has shifted to lower side. i3 now comes with quad core. In fact its the first one to feature four core. My previous generation i3 has only 2 cores and 4 threads.

Ryzen 5 1600 on the other hand features overclock. The b350 motherboard is comparatively cheaper when compared to overclocking supported intel motherboard. And I also saw some hits silicon lottery and gets overclocking it to 4GHZ on air. Speaking of cooler Ryzen 5 1600 comes with wraith spire cooler

Well, that's it for now and let's wait and see the reviews and finally judge which one is the best bang for buck overall.

finally the covefefe lake is out. But curiously the mid range gaming champion is Intel i5 8400 because of lower price and performs similar to ryzen 5 1600 in games.
But the overall package may not be worth till Q1 2018 because the budget mobos are releasing at that time frame.
I think ryzen 5 1600 is still the best bang for now because of cheaper mobo and AM4 platform support till 2020. And also i can drop another good cpu without changing motherboard which could last another 4 years till 2024 before upgrading to a new complete setup or save the extra for a new GPU.

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30 Day Fit Challenge Workout App Review - Lose weight Trainer

Well, the following is the review of 30 Day Fit Challenge Workout app. This is a gaming blog and Why are you doing this?  Well. I'm currently taking break playing games and looking at myself, here are some reflections of me. Enough for me to workout
1. Can't concentrate on anything except videogames
2. I'm 25, 5"7 and weighs 75kg (165.347 pounds)
3. I sit too much time in a chair.
4. I can't walk that much. If I walk too long, i'm out of breath
5. Running 50 meter is my limit. Yup. More than that, I'm out of breath.
6. Last time I failed to qualify the firefighter exam due to extreme low fitness level and fell during running test. That was embarrassing!
7. I can't even do more than two chin-ups.
8. For some reason, I'm able to do 8-10 push ups.

FAQ

1. Do I have prior experience with workout?
NOP! I'm a workout newbie
2.What's my goal?
Shed a few kilos and get back into good fitness at the same time review this app.
3. Six pack abs?
Nah.I don't mind if it appears
4. Will this app work?
I don't know. Lets put it to test?
5. What's my diet?
Well, I eat four times a day drink only 1 liter of water may be.
6 Any change to diet?
Yes. I'm going to cut the quantity of food to 1/2 and going to drink plenty of water probably 3-4 liter a day. To combat the change in diet, I'll only eat it slowly. And completely avoiding snacks and fried dishes
7. How am i going to do the review?
I'm going to take the challenge. Let's do it!

30 Day Fit Challenge APP overview

The app is free to download from playstore and apple store. At the moment of downloading, the app has positive reviews. This gives a good indication that app is working for some.Also, there's instructions and calendar which gives info about how much weight you. Lets see the result at the end.

#1 Day 1 - 7/19/2017

I selected the full body workout plan with Easy plan 1.It shows the animation videos and voice instruction on how to to exercise.easy plan 1gave me some challenge probably 50% of my strength. Then I switched to easy plan 2. It probably tests 70% of my strength. Well, that's me. Too weak :(. After completing the training it shows you how much calorie (also in KiloJoule) you burned
Result: the progress is now 3.3% and 29 days left. I felt shivering during plank. I'm going to stick with Easy plan 2. my initial impression is positive

# Day 2 - 7/20/2017
Last day was effective. I'm saying this because my body is experiencing soreness at the moment.Hopefully, soreness will go away after 2-3 days. Day two done and it's good. I'm really happy that i'm doing some sort of physical activity. Diet is going as planned. Cutting meals is not easy. But drinking more water after meals is really helpful to compensate.

#Day 3 - 7/21/2017
The number of exercise increased. The time also increased. There's this new exercise push-up wit rotation which is a bit challenge for me. But done somehow

#Day 4- 7/22/2017
Its rest day on the app :(

#Day 5 - 7/23/2017
Better. I can do exercise a little better and the difficulty of doing it slightly decreased.

#Day 6 - 7/24/2017
Thighs are still hurting. But done it.

#Day 7 -7/25/2017
Since i completed a week, i check weight today. It's 164 lbs now. i lost 1 pound. Not bad!

#Day 8-7/26/2017
Its another rest day on the app

#Day 9- 7/27/2017
Missed :(

#Day 10 -7/28/2017
Done

# Day 11 - 7/29/2017
Yes

#Day 12 - 7/30/2017
NOP. sunday

#Day 13-15
Done except 1day.I think i'm getting lazy.Space key not working

#Day ? - Missed!


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Best Gaming Desks in 2017 - Buyer's Guide

So, I'm looking for a new gaming desk (still sitting at my stupid chair). Honestly, I want to build my own desk. But I don't have skill, time or resources to build gaming desk. If you are in the same boat as I'm, let's look for a cool gaming desk. The following are the desks that my sights are on. I'm looking for a nice looking, decently built, best bang in different price range and category. Hopefully, you'll like these gaming desks.

Gaming Desk Buyer’s Guide

Apparently, choosing the best gaming desk requires knowing about certain things. Because when you go through reviews on the internet, you'll see many technical terms used. Those terms are an L-Shaped or straight desk and material used for the construction of the desk. You've to prioritize those things before making your decision. Here's what it is and how it'll benefit you to enhance the gaming experience.
for gaming chairs check these chairs 

L-Shaped Desks vs. Straight Desks

An L-shaped desk is widely used and is popular among gamers as it can be used for multipurpose and comes with a relatively low price. The increased surface area allows you to fit multiple monitor setup.It'is beneficial for ultimate hardcore players who do different works simultaneously. And Even if you don't need that much area, you can detach it and use that part as something else.

Straight desks are also standard among gamers as its easy to move around without any difficulty. As there is no dead space within the design, the desk allows for more usability. Some come with cable management system. It's helpful if there's wires are hanging around.

Gaming Desk Construction

At the moment I use a cheap wood desk for my pc. The problem with cheap wood desk is the termite attack. After 4 or 5 years holes will start to appear on the desk. It's why you've to get a high-quality wood if possible.Also, I live in a high humidity area. The surface of the wood desk can easily scratch off or fall off in that particular season. Sometimes the top layer (mica on my desk) also fall off. And one another problem that I noticed is the accumulation of dust behind the monitor (half section of the desk)  for some reason. Dust is not easily to clean off from the wood desk for me at least. Compared to the wood desk, the metal desk doesn't have any problem. The dust is easy to clean. If your PC case doesn't have any legs and comes contact with the desk directly, then avoid metal desk.

Also, i see some says that wood desk is heavier than other, but it is not true. If both having same weight how come one weighs higher than other?. But, Glass desks, on the other hand, are more prone to cracks compared to other types.

Sitting Desks vs. Standing Desks

Sitting desk is better compared to a standing desk only if you are using the proper chair. The chair has an important role. Most adjustable gaming chairs are office chairs for some reason. most of the chair will last only max six months. After that, the comfort level will decrease (just my observation)

Best Entry Level Gaming Desk

Walker Edison Soreno 3-Piece Corner Desk

Most people will be happy with this desk. It's an L-Shaped table that offers lots of space at the same time having a minimal design. Suitable for people with small rooms or apartment. The weight limit is 100lbs on each piece, and there are no sharp edges on it. Speaking of build, the dimensions of this table is 51 W x 20 D x 29 H inches (Overall Depth: 51 inches).The pieces are made of thick tempered safety glass with metal frame. The desk installation is relatively easy. What I liked about this desk is that it can be used as two- standalone desk after disassembling. What we concern about are the support bar and keyboard tray. It does have a few support bars. As long as you don't overload the table, it's safe.The keyboard tray won't fit large keyboards. So you have to place it on the table top. Overall, it's worth what you're paying. Nothing more or nothing less. You'll get what you pay for.

Overall Rating - 8.7/10

Best Mid-Range Gaming Desk

Bush Business Furniture- Series A 72W Desk

A72W is a good solid desk for who loves the neat/spacious look. What I really liked about this desk is the cable management system. You can conceal the wires. Installation of the table is difficult.
The top surface is Diamond Coated so that it's scratch and stain resistant. Good for people who put other things like coffee/tea beside heavy gaming machines. It's  American made, and open C-Leg design looks cool.The dimensions of A72 is 71.54"W x 26.81"D x 29.78"H. It weights 102lb total. It got plenty of workspace and room. It can accommodate 3 to 4 24" monitor easily. It comes with a ten-year warranty. If you got multiple monitors, mid tower case and gaming accessories this one may be enough for you. There's another version A60W which I included on the honorable mention list

Overall rating - 7.8/10

Best High-End Premium Gaming Desk

DXRacer DGD/1000/NE

I like this from the design perspective.The best feature, in my opinion, is the 10-degree slope which provides the angle to rest your forearm.This is cool to me. I'm prone to carpal tunnel syndrome Which is a pain the wrists and palm due to bad position of the forearm. It can arise due to many factors like a bad mouse, table, keyboard ergonomics. The thing is, you can't use your arm anymore once you get affected by it. It'll take approx 4-6 months to get healed. The dimension of DXRacer is  31.5 x 31.5 x 47 inches and weighs 70 pounds. What we don't like is the price. It doesn't have space to accommodate triple monitor setup and no storage space. The cable management system is excellent, but the price doesn't justify it. You should think thrice when buying it.

Overall Rating - 7.4/10

Honorable mentions

some more tables that I like.

Series A 60W Desk
Z-Line Belaire Glass L-Shaped Computer Desk
Techni Mobili Deluxe
Z-Line Designs Cyrus Workstation



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Best AM4 Gaming Motherboards for AMD Ryzen 7 series CPUs

To cut the chase short, Here are the best motherboards to match the Ryzen CPUs with specific details. Ryzen CPU's start from 4-core and goes all the way up to the 8-core/16 thread. If you are an enthusiast, the best bet is Ryzen 7 1800X 8-core/16 thread processor with X370 Motherboard. If you are a high-end mainstream gamer, the better buy would be Ryzen 7 1700X or 1700 with the B350 motherboard, What's fascinating is, there's something for everyone in the entire line-up.

Source : AMD
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Best 4k UHD 144hz Gysnc HDR Gaming Monitors 2017

It seems PC Gamers wish come true at CES 2017. Guess what! The long waiting is over.Finally, not one but two 4k gaming monitor with 144hz refresh rate and virtually  zero input lag and top of that Gsync and HDR!Overkill!

First, Here's side by side comparison of these 4K 144HZ. Let me know what else you wanted to see in the table. More monitors will be added upon announcement. Sorry about the font.

 4k UHD 144hz Gysnc HDR Monitors


Model
 Screen Size
Resolution
Peak Brightness
(nits)
Adaptive Vsync
ASUS ROG  Swift
PG 27UQ

27"
3840x2160P
1000
Gsync
Acer Predator
XB-272 HDR

27"
3840x2160P
1000
GSync
Reserved
NA
NA
NA
NA
Reserved
NA
NA
NA
NA
Reserved
NA
NA
NA
NA
Reserved
NA
NA
NA
NA



If you recall, 4K UHD monitors are faking 144HZ for a long time now. Not anymore. The first announced ROG Swift PG 27UQ can do the incredible 144HZ. The brother Acer Predator XB272-HDR uses the same panel. Both are supplied by AU Optronics and spec wise both are identical. Can't go wrong with both. What's more impressive is the Quantum dots and HDR. They promise deeper black and color accuracy even though HDR has nothing to with 'deeper black.'
The black level depends on the display technology used. But this monitor can get deep black due to the full array local dimming (FALD). The 384 backlight zones in this monitor is enough to surpass some of the flagship TVs out there.

This monitor is not just a headline. The features are really impressive. Although it's 4K UHD (Ultra HD 3840×2160 resolution) rather than true 4K, it flashes more than 8 million pixels in front of you. The pixel density is 163PPI across 27" IPS panel if you are wondering. It's more than capable of displaying detailed images.

One of the most impressive features of this monitor is the 144HZ refresh. It's capable for the smooth gameplay you could ever get. This monitor promises 6.9ms to update its contents which we are aware what a 144HZ refresh rate can do. A regular 60hz monitor takes ~16.6ms to update its content. So the input lag is virtually low and the animations are super fast. Because the refresh rate is 144HZ, it cuts the delay between frames compared to 60HZ monitor offering a spectacular experience and edge against opponents (if you have any).
The high resolution will help every artists and content creators out there, and serious gamers will benefit from this fast 144HZ refresh rate.
It'll surely satisfy those who care about everything about the monitor and squeezing the last pixel of it.

Those who are getting this monitor should make sure getting the best graphics cards out there. Single GPU's won't be enough to push this into 144HZ. We are sure your single GPU's will fail to push it to 144fps. In the demo at CES 2017, they are rumored to be showing off the 144HZ via Quadro P6000 SLI.
This monitor requires Some beasts out there. However, thanks to nVidia Gsysnc technology you don't have to worry about the frames dipping. Gsync will smooths out the frames and screen tears.

If you don't know, HDR increases latency. But Gysnc HDR is tuned for HDR. Speaking of HDR, This is not an average performer. It can go up to 1000nit peak brightness which is something UHDA specifies for the displays to get certified for UHD premium. It's worth comparing it to typical monitor which only goes 300-350 nits today.

PG27UQ supports HDR10 Supports. Although the standard does not supports dynamic metadata (pros working towards it), It still kicks displays that do not support HDR. 1000 nits is really troublesome if there's no backlighting, but the 384 backlight zones are there for controlling the zones and no worries about backlight bleed.The pitch-perfect black is impossible on this monitor as marketing professionals say because it still uses LCD tech. But it does have more peak brightness than OLED displays.

There's this quantum dots tech on top of all this, although it doesn't have anything to do with the actual theory lads saying. Quantum dots is actually an improvement over the existing LCD tech.  But it does offer better colors and contrast compared to the typical monitors and supports the DCI-P3 color space. And the IPS panel gives better wide angles, colour reproduction, and accuracy.

There's some additional fantasy light works on PG27UQ and it sports dual DisplayPort 1.4 inputs and one HDMI to connect multiple devices.

Overall: - New Kings of the monitors crowned.
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