In this week's episode of Adored Tech, Donny and Alex welcome special guest Dr. Ian Cutress of and @TechTechPotato. We'll discuss the recent editorial by HardOCP founder Kyle Bennet about GPU MSRPs and the tech reviewer industry. Additionally, we'll discuss AMD's plans to release Zen 4 and RDNA 3 this year, as well as the EU 'Chips Act', Valve's Steam Deck getting FSR support and the news that Sony is buying Bungie.
The last two years have been a very frustrating time to be a PC gamer, to say the least. The perfect storm of a global pandemic and mining boom have made PC components --especially graphics cards-- not only incredibly expensive, but at times nearly impossible to obtain. That being said, we're now into the second month of a new year, and things are starting to look up. Today, we'll be illustrating that by putting together a build list of an affordable and actually good gaming machine.
The Noctua NH-U12A performs well as an air cooler with Alder Lake, able to handle up to 220w long term loads when paired with Intel's i9-12900k - performing almost as well as the bigger NH-D15. The all-black asthetic of this cooler will appeal to those who are tired of seeing RGB plastered everywhere, and Noctua's top-notch customer support means you'll know this cooler will be supported for years to come.
In multi-threaded tasks the 12700 is just shy (~8%) of AMD's Ryzen 5900x on average, and a bit faster (~16%) in single threaded tasks. Cooling it is easy, and for most users the included stock cooler will actually suffice in most tasks - although it does run a bit noisy. With an expected retail price of ~$350, the i7 12700 packs a great value - especially when paired with a b660 motherboard. It's crazy to think that for the price of a 5900x, you can get this CPU and a motherboard