[UPDATE] AMD Ryzen Zen 3 extended to B450 and X470

UPDATE (May 19): After fan backlash on Reddit and other platforms, AMD took the decision to take back their recent announcement. You can disregard some portions of my article like the title (AMD Zen 3 Not For Your Current Mobo) and the earlier announcement. Basically, AMD is now allowing Zen 3 CPUs on X470 and B450 (AM4) motherboards via BIOS update, but once you flash it, you won’t be able to downgrade as the update will make space by deleting data to accommodate Zen 3 support data into the BIOS.

“We’ve heard our audience, and we understand the concerns. We are going to work out a way to support Zen 3 on our 400-series chipsets between now and launch – we’re still working out the what and the how, but we will update you closer to Zen 3 launch.”

2020 Building an AMD Gaming Computer Guide

AMD has been dominating the market this past year, with Intel set to make a release very soon to counter AMD. So it is yet to be determined how well the new Intel CPUs will fare before AMD’s.

Until then, if you are in the process of getting a new computer for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands or any other favorite video game, the best option is to build a new computer yourself after buying the correct AMD CPU and other computer parts. Building a computer isn’t too hard once you know what CPU you wish..

It has been a while since my last article on building a computer. There are better CPUs, motherboards, and graphic cards since then. So let’s start with what you need in 2020 for a future-proof computer system built by you from scratch.

Windows 10 Update KB4524244 & KB4532693 Causing Issues (Uninstall)

From time to time, I write articles about computers. This seems like a real good timing to bring this to your attention.

These computer issues might happen to some people, and not others. I have noticed one in particular happening to me, but I wasn’t even sure it was a real issue until I read about it.

Some of the images I have been uploading for the Warcraft III: Reforged article have been disappearing from my hard drive. I know because they are auto-saved in a particular serial number pattern using VLC Player. Next day, when I take more screenshots in VLC, and I search for the new image to upload, the image isn’t saved in the normal pattern. It is because some images have disappeared or been deleted, and VLC fills in the missing image numbers.

It was a very specific task I have been doing the past 4-5 days. People like you might not even notice an automated file deletion until it is too late. Imagine playing a game, and a file is deleted? Or writing a document or drawing something — and that file is deleted next day. So the Windows 10 update responsible for this massive issue is KB4532693.

Another update gone wrong is the KB4524244. Some people have crash and freeze issues with this update. My sister called me to complain about her laptop crashing often. That’s the source of the issue. Each computer behaves differently to these two updates, but why run the risk?

Below you can read how to uninstall these two bad updates.

Possible New (Sub)Races Datamined

Happy two weeks until BlizzCon, everyone! I’ve covered several previous datamining clues towards expansion seven in these past few months, and unless something huge happens, this should be the last one. On MMO-Champion’s “Official Patch 8.0 Speculation thread,” a list from the game database was uncovered that could point towards four new (sub)races being added in. What are these potential subraces? What is the evidence for them? Find out after the jump!

Update: A new piece of information has surfaced, as well as a look back at an interesting quote from a Gamescom interview. Check them out at the bottom of the page.

EVGA GeForce GTX 460 2Win On Sale

Introducing the EVGA GeForce GTX 460 2Win (2048 MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0)! This card harnesses the power of two EVGA GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) GPU’s for blistering fast DirectX 11 performance, including tessellation performance that destroys the competition. Experience a whole new level of interactive gaming and combine up to three displays off a single card for the ultimate in 3D entertainment, or disable Surround and combine up to four displays for maximum productivity. With these features and more, the EVGA GeForce GTX 460 2Win gives you double the win!

Order it here to get a $30 mail-in-rebate for a limited time. You save $60 off the MRSP price. This graphic card has THREE fans to keep temperatures smooth. Instead of using two GPU video cards in SLI taking up four PCI-Express 2.0 slots, you have two GPUs in a single video card taking up two PCI-Express 2.0 slots.

The EVGA GTX 460 2Win has a three-years warranty upgradable upon product registration with EVGA.

If you aren’t new to EVGA, ensure your profile is up to date with your current postal address. Register your EVGA GTX 460 2Win product, and request your free Digital Creativity Suite 2011 Bundle (a $160 value): Adobe Photoshop Elements 9, Scrapbook Artist 2, and Printshop 2.0.

The Digital Creativity Suite 2011 Bundle will be shipped to the postal address listed on your EVGA profile via USPS within 7 business days.

  • Part Number: 02G-P3-1387-AR
  • Core Clock Speed: 700MHz
  • CUDA Cores: 672
  • Memory Clock Speed: 3600MHz
  • Memory Bandwidth: 230.4GB/sec
  • Shader Clock Speed: 1400MHz
  • Bus: PCI-E 2.0
  • Interface: DVI-I, DVI-I, DVI-I, Mini-HDMI
  • Product Warranty:
    Limited Lifetime warranty upon registration
  • Product Length: 11.5in – 292.1mm


Effective Memory Clock: 3600MHz
Memory Size: 2GB
Memory Interface: 512-bit
Memory Type: GDDR5

Connectors: 2 x 8 Pin


DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1


Minimum of a 700 Watt power supply.
(Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 46 Amps.)
Two available 8-pin PCI-E power dongles

Dual-Link DVI and Supported and HDCP Ready.

NVIDIA CUDA technology with CUDA C/C++,DirectCompute 5.0 and OpenCL support

NVIDIA PhysX technology

NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready

NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology

EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler Pre-orders

The EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler M020-00-000234 pre-order is finally available. EVGA is my favorite company for motherboards and graphic cards. Great tech support and forums, and product warranty. Especially, a great line of products for gamers and overclockers.

The new EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler fits several recent CPU sockets, and built for easy installation. I added at the bottom a good “How to install” video by HiTechLegion. It can be installed in a breeze, just a few minutes and comes with its own CPU thermal paste compound.

One important thing for you to know: You require a computer case that allows open access to the back of the motherboard. Otherwise you might have to remove the motherboard (which doesn’t sound cool in your case).

What’s amazing about this new EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler is that it was tested versus a Standard i7 CPU Cooler at full load. The results are stunning. With the i7 CPU Cooler the computer’s internal temperature reached 70 F temperature at full load. With the EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler, the computer’s internal temperature was nigh 20 degrees lower !!! The comparison chart shows only 52 degrees Farenheit.

Introducing the latest entry into the award winning EVGA enthusiast product lineup; the EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler. This product was built to perform with five 8mm heatpipes that are arranged to receive the maximum airflow, direct-touch base technology providing excellent thermal transfer, wind tunnel fin design for optimal air-flow and more.

The center section of the fins form an enclosure in front of the fan hub where air flow is at its lowest, and the edges of the fins are closed. This creates two wind tunnels that maximize airflow around the heatpipes.

And of course, the full sleek black look and PWM controlled red LED fan are the perfect match for any EVGA gaming rig!

EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler Specs

  • Intel CPU Compatibility: Socket 775, 1155, 1156, 1366
  • AMD CPU Compatibility: Socket 754, 939, 940, F, AM2, AM3
  • Fan Size: 120 x 120 x 25mm
  • Fan Speed: 750 – 2500 RPM
  • Fan Airflow: 26 – 84 CFM
  • Heat Pipes: 5 x 8mm Direct Touch
  • Fins: Aluminum / Wind Flow

Fan Specs

  • Size: 120 x 120 x 25mm
  • Fan Control: Via Motherboard PWM
  • Fan Voltage: 12v
  • Max Current: 0.32A
  • Noise Range: 13.2 – 41.5 dBA
  • Speed range: 750 – 2500 RPM
  • Airflow Range: 26 – 84 CFM
  • Bearing: Hydraumatic
  • Life: 30,000 Hours


  • Fin material: Aluminium
  • Heat Pipes: 8mm Copper
  • Direct-touch base technology

Low-End Graphic Card EVGA NVIDIA GT 520 Available

EVGA announced recently their new EVGA NVIDIA GT 520, a low-end video card with DirectX 11, GeForce CUDA, Blue-ray 3D, OpenGL 4.1 and Physix support.

This graphic card has a 1.4a HDMI, DVI-I and VGA connectors.

The current low-end consumption and desktop graphic card market is battled between the EVGA NVIDIA GT 520 and the AMD Radeon HD 6450. Something I love about EVGA is their 3 years warranty, great tech support and driver updates.

It’s ultimately everyone’s personal choice: NVIDIA or ATI.

According to NVIDIA, StarCraft II and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm take full advantage of the GeForce GT 520. Coming from NVIDIA, sounds like a good choice if you are building a new system, but don’t want to spend more than $100 for a graphic card. The EVGA GeForce GT 520 1024 MB DDR3 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card Video Card 01G-P3-1523-KR is available for pre-order for $79.80.

After pre-ordering, customers will get an email informing you an estimated delivery date, and customers won’t be charged until the item ships.

Those considering to go for the GT 520 should be aware it requires a motherboard with a PCI Express 2.0 connector.

Meh — I would rather get a high-end graphic card

If you are building your computer and want a high-end NVIDIA graphic card, the best one at the moment is the EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Superclocked 1536 MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card with Lifetime Warranty 015-P3-1582-AR. It sports a 1536 MB 384-bit 0.4ns GDDR5 memory, running at 4050 MHz memory clock and 1594 MHz shader clock. It’s NVIDIA 2-way, 3-way and 4-way SLI ready. Each video card costs around $513.49.

I would definitely go for the superclocked version, because the watered-down version of the GTX 580 (non-superclocked) costs around $499. Not much of a saving, much better performance.


Whether you stream 1080p online videos from sites like YouTube or Hulu or prefer immersive Blu-Ray 3D movies, the power of the GeForce GT 520 GPU makes your video playback fast and smooth.

In addition to rendering your high-res photos instantly, the EVGA GeForce GT 520 also speeds up the editing of your videos. And when you share your photos and videos online, you’ll enjoy a richer web experience with GPU accelerated browsers like Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 9.

Go beyond photos and videos and take your gaming to the next level. With the EVGA GeForce GT 520, your favorite DirectX 11 games come to life with lifelike characters and incredibly detailed terrain and game environments.

Microsoft® DirectX® 11 Support
DirectX 11 GPU with Shader Model 5.0 support designed for ultra high performance in the new API’s key graphics feature, GPU-accelerated tessellation.

Blu-Ray 3D Support
Enable a theater quality 3D in your home with seamless support for 1080p Blu-Ray 3D discs across any compatible 3D viewing system over HDMI 1.4, including active-shutter glasses and passive polarized displays.

Hardware Video Decode Acceleration¹
The combination of high-definition video decode acceleration and post-processing that delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise image scaling for movies and video.

TrueHD and DTS-HD Audio Bitstreaming Support
Full support for TrueHD and DTS-HD advanced lossless multi-channel HD audio codecs brings the rich sound of the master recording to your living room.

NVIDIA CUDA™ Technology
CUDA technology unlocks the power of the GPU’s processor cores to accelerate the most demanding tasks such as video transcoding, physics simulation, ray tracing, and more, delivering incredible performance improvements over traditional CPUs.

NVIDIA PhysX® Technology
Full support for PhysX technology, enabling a totally new class of physical gaming interaction for a more dynamic and realistic experience with GeForce.

HDMI Output
Support for HDMI 1.4 output enables sending both high-definition video and audio signals to an HDTV via a single cable.

Dual-link DVI Support
Able to drive industry’s largest and highest resolution flat-panel displays up to 2560×1600 and with support for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP).

PCI Express 2.0 Support
Designed for the new PCI Express 2.0 bus architecture offering the highest data transfer speeds for the most bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications, while maintaining backwards compatibility with existing PCI Express motherboards for the broadest support.



  • Brand: EVGA
  • Model: 01G-P3-1523-KR
  • Form Factor: Lo1`w Profile Ready
  • Interface: PCI Express 2.0 x16
  • Chipset Manufacturer: NVIDIA
  • GPU: GeForce GT 520 (Fermi)
  • Core Clock: 810MHz
  • Shader Clock: 1620MHz
  • Stream Processors: 48
  • Effective Memory Clock: 1800MHz
  • Memory Size: 1GB
  • Memory Interface: 64-bit
  • Memory Type: DDR3
  • DirectX: DirectX 11
  • OpenGL: OpenGL 4.1
  • Ports: 1 x HDMI, 1 x D-SUB, and 1 x DVI
  • RAMDAC: 400 MHz
  • Max Resolution: 2560 x 1600
  • SLI Support: No
  • Cooler: With Fan
  • Dual-Link DVI Supported: Yes
  • HDCP Ready: Yes
  • Card Dimensions: 5.7″ x 4.38″
  • Features: NVIDIA CUDA technology, NVIDIA PhysX technology, NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology and Blu-ray 3D Support

EVGA GeForce GTX 590 Classified Limited Edition Pre-Order Available

NVIDIA recently released the GeForce GTX 590! It has been in development the past two years, and dubbed it the best video card NVIDIA has EVER made. Bold words. We will find out why shortly.

EVGA has also announced their own version of the GTX 590 with a LIFETIME warranty. The Classified Limited Edition contains a GTX 590 card, a T-shirt, a huge mouse pad, and a few extras.

Starting today, now you can pre-order the EVGA GeForce GTX 590 Classified Limited Edition 3GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card – Lifetime Warranty. Once it’s on stock, EVGA will ship it straight to your home. Better yet … FREE shipping! Choose the Super Saver Shipping option at check out to get free shipping (only in United States).

What’s so special about this video card?

Introducing the world’s fastest DirectX 11 graphics card: the EVGA GeForce GTX 590 Classified. This card combines the power of two GTX 500 GPUs on a single card in an uncompromised design. A massive 3,072MB of GDDR5 memory leaves the competition begging for mercy. Experience a whole new level of interactive gaming and combine up to three displays on a single card for the ultimate 3D gaming experience. With these features and more, the EVGA GeForce GTX 590 Classified does not just obliterate the competition, it completely annihilates it.

The GTX 590 was designed from the ground up for the enthusiast. You have performance that decimates all takers, while at the same time delivering an experience unmatched in the enthusiast market. Acoustics were a primary design focus. With the dual vapor-chamber heatsinks and large cooling fan, the GTX 590 will barely be noticeable even under heavy load. The shroud and heatsink design were both made with the idea of easy removal and installation to clean or to install 3rd-party water cooling. Additionally, the GTX 590 is capable of crunching the latest games at the highest super-sampling anti-aliasing while giving you full 3D Vision Surround2 support, or you can split up to 4 monitors up – all off of a single card. The GTX 590 truly was designed from the ground up to compromise nothing while delivering the world’s fastest graphics card.

Power Up to Four Displays
Three dual-link DVI-I connectors and one mini-DisplayPort connector provide hook-ups for up to four independent displays.

GeForce Logo Lightning
Stylish backlit GeForce LED illuminates your graphic card.

Vapor Chamber Cooler
Dual vapor chamber coolers provide optimal thermal performance to each GPU for quieter gaming.

Check out the screenshots and three videos below for further info and demonstrations.

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