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A Generational Upgrade

Comparing the current lineup of hardware offerings in PC gaming right now can be confusing…

If you have used any gaming system built in the last couple of years, it is safe to say that the performance on offer will be impressive. Modern PC hardware at every price point offers impressive value for money. From lower price point systems featuring entry level hardware up to extreme class systems designed for ultimate gaming performance, there is a consistent performance output at every budget.

With AMD and Intel both offering a plethora of system configurations and options, the decision on what hardware to select can become quite daunting. It becomes even more difficult to advise new PC Gamers on what hardware to select when the offerings available are split over multiple generations.

In January 2023 there are currently four different processor generations from Intel and three different processor generations from AMD that are active and available. This means that every price point has something available for everyone, but as a customer it can be difficult to decide what product suits your needs the best.

At Stormforce Gaming we are slowly moving away from some of the older products as they begin to be phased out. We believe that it is really important to offer a good selection but older hardware becomes less desirable over time.

Our recent range refreshes have seen the introduction of Intel 13th Generation processors as well as the AMD Ryzen 7000 processors. These new platforms bring cutting edge computing performance to our range, but the fact is that they cost more money than the older products.

Latest Platforms

Intel 13th Generation processors work with all of the latest LGA1700 motherboards featuring the H610, B660, Z690, B760 and Z790 chipsets. This means that the latest intel products have access to a flexible platform that can use the latest hardware as well as older standards of memory and storage. Every current Intel chipset motherboard in the Stormforce Gaming range features strong connectivity.

AMD Ryzen 7000 is a little more specialist but does offer bleeding edge technology. The new AM5 socket from AMD is found on some of the most advanced motherboards on the market today. With a host of ultra performance X670, X670E, B650E and B650 motherboards featuring support for Ryzen 7000 processors, there is a plethora of options for power users, gamers and content creators looking for a multitasking powerhouse.

Last Generation

Intel 12th Generation and AMD AM4 processors are all still really good choices. The hardware in the market right now that is a year or two old is still really good value for money and will run any modern game or application. Products like the Intel i5 12400F still represent amazing value for money in gaming performance for the average gamer who wants a good value system to play a wide variety of games. Meanwhile any of the AMD 5000 series processors are still a fantastic choice for gamers and content creators who want strong multicore performance at a reasonable price point. System featuring the Ryzen 9 5950X are great options for power users who want the best of gaming and workflow performance without breaking the bank. Meanwhile, the more affordable 5600X Ryzen 5 is still a gaming powerhouse that covers all bases without the extra cost of DDR5 memory and other brand new components being mandatory inclusions in the build.

The high performance options from the latest hardware generations can take advantage of DDR5 memory, as well as high performance NVME storage solutions. Typically these bleeding edge products are higher cost which raises the value of the system significantly. They do add performance but where this is most noticeable is usually in intensive computing tasks like rendering, video editing and other professional application workflows. If you have specific applications that you use for work or creative purposes then it may be worth looking at these options a little closer to maximise your all round computing experience.

The typical gamer may not notice a tangible performance benefit by going for the latest and greatest but there is still a strong argument to go for the best you can afford. In many cases, a high performance graphics card will usually produce much higher results when paired with a high performance CPU. Getting the balance correct is really important.

All Stormforce Gaming pre configured systems are designed in a way that strikes a balance between price, performance and minimising potential bottlenecks in the capabilities of the system.

Stormforce Gaming Custom Systems have a sensible core configuration designed around the results of our extensive testing. Even when selecting your own storage, RAM, CPU and cooling choices, there is no way to get a ‘bad configuration’. We only pair products together that we have qualified ourselves as being a good compliment for each other.

 

What does the performance difference look like?

Our expert technical team have put together some CPU testing and game benchmarks to showcase how the leap from last generation to current generation hardware will look like for application performance, gaming and your wallet!

Rendering comparisons between the top two flagship products from AMD and Intel below show a significant difference between the two generations of processors in a rendering task.
We use Cinebench R23 to do a quick comparison that outlines the difference you are likely to see in computational performance for single threaded and multi threaded workloads.

Cinebench is an industry standard benchmark application that shows a score based on the performance of a processor when rendering a scene using a single CPU core or all of them together.

Uplift Between Generations
AMD 5000 vs 7000 series – 49%
Intel 13th gen vs 12th gen – 33% 

 

Uplift Between Generations
AMD 5000 vs 7000 series – 25.7% 
Intel 13th gen vs 12th gen – 14.5% 

You can see that there is a mild increase in performance between generations for both AMD and Intel processors on single core renders. However, we are testing high performance i7 and Ryzen 9 processors here so the real test is the multi core scores. The uplift between generations for the i7 models from Intel show a nice boost of 33% and the AMD Ryzen 9 comparison shows a staggering 49% increase.

These numbers really showcase that going up to the latest generation of hardware offers real benefits if you need them.

Gaming comparisons are where uplifts like this are a little more difficult to pinpoint. Information about average framerates are more relevant to gamers who only care about performance info.

For our gaming comparisons we tested two processors using the exact same platform for all tests. We avoided using AMD as their new platform uses a different motherboard and memory type.

We did three benchmark runs on each configuration and took the average framerate on each run, then took an average of all three runs to get our results.

Using the same platform across all of our games tests gives us a nice baseline that only shows the difference between processor performance and how this helps to boost the graphics card too.

We also used a 360mm Corsair Capellix H150 liquid cooler to remove any chance that the processors could throttle down performance due to thermal limitations of the cooler.

Intel Core i7-12700K – 8 performance cores, 4 efficient cores, 20 total threads, 5.0GHz Max Boost Frequency
Intel Core i7-13700K – 8 performance cores, 8 efficient cores, 24 total threads, 5.4GHz Max Boost Frequency

360mm Corsair H150 AIO
16GB DDR4 Corsair Vengeance RAM 3200 MHz
750W PSU
ASUS TUF 3080 Ti
WD SN770 500GB NVMe
Win 11 22H2

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a classic PC gaming title for benchmarking a wide range of hardware. at 1080p we are not testing the capabilities of the video card and are instead focussing on the differences between CPU generation. The 12th Generation i7 CPU throws up a score of 168FPS compared to the 200FPS produced by the 13700K. This shows a 19% performance uplift which is significant. On an older title like this, the difference will be much wider at a lower resolution. Typically the video card in this test should be used at much higher resolutions than 1080p where the performance delta would reduce. By testing this way, it helps identify bottlenecks in the system configuration and show how things perform in more CPU limited situations.

 

Moving onto the recently released Guardians of the Galaxy. The increase from 117FPS on the i7 12700K up to 147FPS on the 13700K shows just under 26% improvement in framerate performance by going with the faster CPU. This game is quite demanding at higher resolutions and from our testing, does like processors with lots of cores and fast frequencies.

 

Cyberpunk 2077 is this generations ‘system killer’ title that needs high power hardware to even begin approaching high framerates. The two CPUs both performed admirably on our Cyberpunk testing with a respectable 80.54FPS coming from the i7 12700K and 95.87FPS generated by the 13700K. An uplift of 19% improvement on the newer chip.

In summary, if you are looking to buy a new computer, the best option you have available to you is the latest hardware. The latest generation of Intel and AMD processors will provide you with staggering performance at every price point and give you plenty of power for the latest games and applications. With every latest gen CPU offering major multicore performance improvements at every pricepoint over their older predecessors, you will be making a solid decision by going for the current gear.

With that being said, those bar charts above this paragraph show big gaps. The reality is that whilst there is a performance difference in games, the lower result still shows perfectly fine gaming performance. The older CPU generations are still no slouch in multitasking and ultimately are providing you with another option at a lower price point.

You cannot go wrong with any of the current range of modern processors or hardware platforms on the market right now. You can certainly save some money in areas that don’t matter to you, but the tradeoff for going for older product models does mean that you can usually take advantage of a lower price point for similar performance.

If you are considering a new Stormforce Gaming system and would like to discuss your needs, our webchat, phonelines and contact forms will get you through to one of our expert team who can advise you on the best platform to power your passion.

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Stormforce Gaming – 2022 Wrapped

2022 has been a rollercoaster in the world of PC Gaming. From incredible game launches to ground breaking hardware releases and frustrating delays, this year has had it all.

After the past few years of hardware shortages, it has become a lot easier to get your hands on a reasonably priced system to game on. The Stormforce range has continued to grow and provide huge improvements to the performance on offer from our Gaming and Professional systems. We have a wider range of case and component options and a new Watercooled system range too.

In addition to this we have continued improving our strict component testing to make sure every component in a Stormforce Gaming system is reliable and wont let you down!

2022 has seen the performance bar raised in many ways. We have brand new CPU offerings from AMD and Intel which bring new chipsets and system capabilities as well as a host of new video card releases towards the end of the year.

All of this cutting edge new technology would be wasted without a raft of new and exciting PC games to play, we have narrowed a list down of our highlights from this year to include our favourite gaming and hardware launches. If you missed any of the launches or titles listed below, go and check them out as you might find your next favourite game or hardware upgrade here!

January 2022

NVIDIA launched the RTX 3050 & RTX 3090Ti, the last launches of the RTX 30 series bring new models to the flagship and entry level categories.

Loads of games got official RTX ray tracing support

Rainbow Six Extraction surpasses 3 million players in one week making the tactical shooter one of the most played titles in the series since Siege released.

PUBG went Free to Play the favourite battle royale title goes F2P giving everybody a chance to get eliminated 30 seconds after landing!

 

February 2022

Dying Light 2 launches and gains over 200k concurrent players on Steam. The zombie RPG remains one of the most tense first person gaming experiences.

SIFU a beat ’em up with a difference comes to PC. Showcasing cool martial arts combat paired with a brilliant storyline and engaging environments.

Total War: Warhammer III releases on all PC platforms including Game Pass, going on to be one of the best strategy games of the year.

Valve release the Steam DeckGabeN hand delivers the first units to the public.

Elden Ring launches breaking Steam user records and becoming one of the most popular games of the year overnight.

March 2022

Tunic is released, an action adventure RPG with a surprising level of depth and unique aesthetic – Play now on Game Pass for PC

Fortnite Battle Royale introduces no-build mode. Originally a temporary change that removes one of the games core mechanics, but it stuck around…

Microsoft Flight Simulator receives a major update that add extreme detail to European points of interest. The update shows the Simulator continuing to grow in content and visual fidelity 

Ghostwire: Tokyo comes to Playstation 5 and PC offering a unique single player experience. Initially not a sales success but reviews show this game is really worth checking out.

April 2022

Corsair released a host of new Hydro X custom cooling products and development started on the new range of Custom Watercooling system at Stormforce Gaming 

Insomnia 68 took place marking the return of the UK’s largest LAN party after the pandemic put a stop to large gaming events taking place.

Overwatch 2 gets a beta launch and sets new twitch records going on to be one of the most successful Free to Play game launches of the year.

 

May 2022

Western Digital release the WD_BLACK SN850X SSD. A cutting edge PCIe 4 NVMe SSD, offering speeds of up to 7300 MB/s. Stormforce Gaming offer this new drive in our configurator range. 

Bethesda delayed their upcoming major releaseStarfield until 2023 due to concerns about the quality of the finished product. Every PC Gamer became very sad about the news.

Computex 2022 takes place with a raft of new hardware announcements from AMD, Corsair and ASUS

 

June 2022

Fall Guys becomes free to play – cross platform mayhem ensues. Give Fall guys a try if you haven’t already. This game is a riot with friends together on a Discord server.

SQUAD gets its 3.0 update adding water based assault scenarios to the already deep tactical FPS title. Squad remains one of the best military simulators on PC today.

Neon White is easily one of the most unique games on the list this year. A single player speed running FPS title that has the addictive ‘just one more try’ feeling that many modern games lack.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge launches on all major platforms selling 1m copies in its first month of arcade beat ’em up action.

July 2022

Microsoft Flight Simulator gets FSR and DLSS support allowing the demanding simulation to access AI upscaling technology and improve performance and visual presentation on all hardware.

Multiversus launches in open beta with gamers flocking to the Smash Bros style fighting game making it one of the most played games on Steam in July.

Stray releases to critical acclaim with outstanding review scores. Turns out that everyone likes being a cat!

Stormforce Gaming release a new range of systems in Cougar Gaming cases. These new cases offer sleek aesthetics as well as fantastic cooling performance in an affordable package.

 

August 2022

Rollerdrome releases on PC, mixing arcade shooting and skating in a weird mashup that proves to be one of the most addictive game releases of the year.

Two Point Campus hits PC – a cool sequel to the brilliant Two Point Hospital. Management & strategy sim fans will be right at home here.

September 2022

Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered comes to PC with next gen graphics support running extremely well on a wide variety of hardware configurations.

Metal: Hellsinger hits Game Pass for PC. One of the most innovative takes on FPS shooters recently. Metal:Hellsinger gets you to sync your shooting and destruction with the soundtrack to boost your score and your abilities. Not only that but the game looks superb on PC!

Cyberpunk :2077 Edgerunners update goes live adding a huge amount of extra content to the game. CD Project RED give you a massive list of reasons to revisit Night City that coincides with a brilliant Netflix animated series based on the game. The refresh to the game sees it back on top of the charts.

BONELAB the new VR playground from the excellent development studio ‘Stress Level Zero’ puts VR users into an exciting sandbox to mess around in. Following on from their excellent 2019 release: Boneworks. This is one to try if you have a VR headset

AMD Ryzen 7000 Series & X670 Motherboards are released to critical acclaim. Featuring the first new socket from AMD in many years, the Ryzen 7000 series CPUs offer efficiency, huge thread counts and high instruction per clock performance that is hard to match for power users, professionals and multi tasking gamers. Content creators will love the power that this new AMD platform can bring to them.

Session: Skate Sim brings the realism of skateboarding to PC as it leaves early access. Developed by a small team of passionate skateboarders, this title is sure to be as rewarding as it is frustrating. Unique controls and a constant stream of updates keep this smaller title interesting and worth watching.

October 2022

Stormforce Gaming officially partner with Corsair as an iCUE Certified System Builder. After years of successfully delivering systems featuring the excellent products from Corsair, the new premium system range from Stormforce focusses on the excellent Corsair iCUE lighting and system control technology.

EA finally killed Origin. The game launcher has now been replaced with ‘EA app’, but you can buy EA games on other game launchers now.

Overwatch 2 officially launches coming out of beta and replacing Overwatch 1 completely.

DDR5 Memory drops in price allowing DDR5 based platforms to become much more affordable. The price performance sweet spot of DDR5 memory increases to 5200MHz as the cost to produce the new DIMMs reduces.

Intel 13th Gen & Z790 Motherboards are released to the public. Intel jump ahead with a feature rich flagship CPU and chipset architecture. With massive bandwidth on offer for power users and huge frequency per core available for gamers, Intel 13th generation processors are the refinement that everyone was hoping for.

NVIDIA release the GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card. Their new flagship card featuring Ada Lovelace architecture. The 4090 brings with it a huge boost to performance that remains peerless in the market at the end of 2022. RTX 4090 gamers can leverage the power of this flagship card which offers staggering performance uplift compared to last generation ampere technology.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 releases officially on Battle.net and Steam. following on from the success of MW2019, this year’s Call of Duty game is another thrill ride of single player and multiplayer mayhem. Developed by Infinity Ward, these games always deliver amazing experiences.

November 2022

Warzone 2 was released showcasing the biggest change to the Call of Duty battle royale formula in a long time. The new format is a hit with players who have been crying out for a weapon reset since ‘Cold War’ integration disrupted the meta of Warzone 1.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 comes to market bringing another potent video card release from NVIDIA. With many of the higher end 30 series cards becoming unavailable, the launch of the RTX 4080 fills a high end niche for gamers who want 4k gaming performance and support for the latest features.

Warhammer 40,000 Darktide finally releases on PC after months of delays. Bringing players the classic brand of co-op action that developer Fatshark is known for, Darktide is a showcase of incredible graphics showcasing a variety of environments in the 40k universe as well as a host of frightening enemy hordes to wade through. Darktide has quickly become one of the best gaming experiences of the year and is a joy to play with friends. Check it out on Steam and Game Pass for PC now.

Stormforce partners with Newpay to offer flexible credit on gaming systems in the run up to Christmas 2022. Newpay will be the approved credit provider for Stormforce Gaming moving into the new year!

Hot on the heels of Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered – Spider-Man Miles Morales comes to PC bringing with it support for DLSS, ultrawide support and all the other goodness that the PC platform can offer.

December 2022

Portal is one of the greatest PC games of all time. Considered by many as a masterpiece on our platform. Portal RTX is a modern version of the original with up to date graphical enhancements that really showcase how far PC visuals have come. Portal RTX is free for owners of the original game and the original is frequently included in the Steam holiday sales if you don’t already own it.

Callisto Protocol comes to PC bringing the ‘Dead Space’ vibes back to PC in this gripping sci-fi survival horror game. The game has launched to mixed reviews but the story is solid, the graphics are immersive and the tension remains high throughout. Well worth a play through if you are a fan of the genre.

AMD Radeon 7900XT & 7900XTX release bringing AMD RDNA3 architecture to the public. Using the advanced chiplet technology to efficiently deliver incredible 4k performance, the new Radeon 7000 series GPUs from AMD run every game we have tested really well and present superb value for money on a high end card. We have been using the ASUS TUF cards in house and they are one of the most impressive Radeon card releases we have evaluated in a long time. Cool operation, silent fans and a rugged aesthetic make them the perfect combo for your system.

Stormforce Gaming officially release Hydro X Watercooled systems as part of our system range. Taking years of product expertise and working closely with our partners Corsair our latest range addition showcases the best of the best in Gaming PC cooling and performance. Contact us directly for a custom quote or use our configurator to include a watercooling system as your cooling option.

High on Life headlines the December update for PC Game Pass. This quirky comedy shooter from the minds of the creator of Rick and Morty has solid game mechanics and interesting visuals. Perhaps one of the most unique looking game releases of the year, this single player adventure is a refreshing departure from the usually super serious shooter games you see on PC.

 

 

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Ryzen 7000 Desktop PRocessors

AMD Ryzen 7000 ‘Zen 4’ Desktop Processors

AMD Ryzen 7000 is here, bringing with it a new generation of performance hardware. Ryzen sets the bar in bleeding edge CPU speed and DDR5 memory bandwidth…

In 2020, we introduced you to the incredible AMD Ryzen 5000 series CPUs, which at the time provided staggering instructions per clock performance at all price points. These phenomenal processors proved to be our best selling range of AMD CPUs of all time here at Stormforce Gaming!

As we approach the end of the DDR4 memory generation, the always popular Ryzen 5000 processors continue to be one of our most in demand products. Gamers, content creators and professional power users still lean towards AMD Ryzen solutions to power their computing needs.

Ryzen 5000 will continue to live on, in the last two years not much has changed. The rapid Ryzen 5000 CPUs are still really fast and the Stormforce Gaming Ryzen range will continue to feature these truly fantastic products.

The new Ryzen 7000 series raises the bar with a truly next generation technology leap that showcases innovative CPU design by AMD where efficiency and performance converge to present one of the most compelling CPU architectures in the last decade.

AMD are doing things differently once again and changing the face of performance CPUs and supporting hardware in a way we have never seen before.

Desktop Performance – Redefined

AMD have been ate the forefront of enthusiast’s minds since the launch of Ryzen. The ethos of multiple, powerful CPU cores has been a surefire winning formula amongst gamers, power users and content creators alike. With ever improving efficiencies baked into each Ryzen generation each new Ryzen platform has showcased a compelling reason to upgrade, no matter what hardware was in your current system.

AMD bring Zen4 to the table now with a huge overhaul of the entire platform. One of the reasons that Ryzen was so popular is that the longstanding AM4 platform for AMD provided a wealth of chipset variations and features that catered for entry level users all the way up to the most demanding creators. Unfortunately though, despite AM4 being a mature and feature rich platform, new features and advancements would always eventually need a refreshed platform too.

Ryzen 7000 Series processors are high frequency CPUs with 5nm processor cores, large amounts of cache, high thread counts and DDR5 memory support. This raft of new features means that AMD needed to move away from the older AM4 platform and bring these new CPUs to market with a powerful new platform designed to integrate future technologies and harness the capabilities of these high performance desktop processors.

AM5 motherboards using the X670 and X670E chipsets for Zen4 AMD 5nm CPUs are the very latest in motherboard technology. Fusing together support for Dual Channel DDR5 and AMD EXPO™ memory profiles for easy DDR5 overclocking, motherboards with X670 and X670E chipsets offer unparalleled memory bandwidth for high speed application performance.

With X670E and X670 chipsets offering PCIe 5.0 support for Graphics Cards and NVME SSD storage, the latest AMD platforms allow you to consider your next system purchase with a view to futureproof your setup for the next generation of Graphics Cards and Solid State storage.

What The New Changes Bring for You

Zen4 architecture provides a huge clock speed improvement with a further focus on Instruction Per Clock performance enhancement over Ryzen 3000 (Zen3). In real world terms, this presents a significant improvement in most computing scenarios. Single threaded performance sees 20-30% performance enhancements over previous generation products which is huge for most day to day tasks.

Multi core performance is where AMD usually offer a compelling reason to consider their products over the competition and Ryzen 7000 is no exception with the Ryzen 9 products from the 7000 series showcasing between 30-48% increases in creator focused workloads.

AMD have also focused on efficiency too. It is no secret that the cost of having a high power computer on is skyrocketing this year and whilst a top of the range, cutting edge system will never be the most power efficient appliance in your house, there is good reason to ensure that it is using that power efficiently. There are significant power consumption improvements in this generation of Ryzen against older products and competitive products on the market.

All of these improvements have crucially come from another major overhaul in processor design architecture. Each Ryzen revision so far has shown  balanced changes that optimise the core performance of the platform. Zen4 is no different, with a huge rework of core architecture, AMD have enhanced the L2 cache in each of the Ryzen 7000 CPUs that deliver more performance where it matters. The latest boosting technology from AMD intelligently enhances core frequency according to load and allows your system to enhance core performance in all applications that benefit from high frequency core performance.

 

The New AMD Ryzen 7000 Series Processors

The new CPU models available from AMD will operate on AMD X670 and X670E motherboards on launch.
X670 is a high performance platform with high end features and generous connectivity.
X670E is an extreme performance variant of the same chipset with maximum connectivity for cutting edge PCIe Gen5 storage and video cards.

All of the new CPUs have 28 PCIe lanes, support DDR5 5200 memory speeds and are packaged for the AM5 CPU Socket.

Stormforce Gaming are proud ASUS partners and use ASUS AMD AM5 motherboards exclusively in our systems.

When pairing Ryzen 7000 CPUs with an X670E motherboard, users can benefit from full PCI Express Gen5 speeds on storage and graphics lanes.
When pairing Ryzen 7000 CPUs with an X670 motherboard, users can benefit from full PCI Express Gen5 speeds on storage lanes.
Should you choose a more affordable upcoming B650E or B650 chipset motherboard models there will be less cutting edge connectivity but still enough modern connections to extract performance from the new AM5 Ryzen 7000 CPUs.

All AM5 motherboards will take advantage of AMD EXPO memory. EXPO (extended profiles for overclocking) is a new feature that works to allow simple configuration of applying the advertised speeds of memory modules in your BIOS. This simple one touch configuration will allow you to optimise your system performance to get the rated speeds of your

Ryzen 5 7600X – 6 Cores, 12 Threads – 105W TDP – 38mb Cache – 5.3GHz Boost Clock
This CPU is being pitched as the best value processor for gamers. 7600X is a great value processor for gamers who want to multitask without breaking the bank. The high core frequencies of this CPU allow gamers to access top level performance.

Ryzen 7 7700X – 8 Cores, 16 Threads – 105W TDP – 40mb Cache – 5.4GHz Boost Clock
The octa-core Zen 3 is the best Zen4 processor for gaming. With a generous core count and fast boost frequencies, this CPU provides the optimal platform for gamers looking to take advantage of cutting edge CPU technology in their games.

Ryzen 9 7900X – 12 Cores, 24 Threads – 170W TDP – 76mb Cache – 5.6GHz Boost Clock
12 Core CPUs are suited to gamers who do a lot more with their system than just running titles at 1080p. This CPU is ideal for streamers and content creators who want to do multiple activities with their system simultaneously. Ryzen 9 7900X is priced very aggressively giving extremely high performance for the cost.

Ryzen 9 7950X – 16 Cores, 32 Threads – 170W TDP – 80mb Cache – 5.7GHz Boost Clock
The flagship 16 core powerhouse CPU from AMD. This Ryzen 9 will provide astonishing performance in core intensive workloads and provide one of the fastest multi core experiences available on a mainstream computing platform.
You can expect ultimate performance in games, editing 4k video files with smooth playback, super fast render times and class leading single core performance.

In House Testing Results

Stormforce Gaming are an AMD Elite System Builder and we have been testing these products in house. All of our systems include fully qualified products as part of a stringent quality control timeline. This ensures that every system developed by Stormforce Gaming provides exceptional compatibility, build quality, balanced specifications and reliability.

For our testing we have used the Crosshair Hero X670E motherboard from ASUS to qualify our full range of Ryzen 7000 CPU models. Using our extensive testing results we have ensured that all AMD Ryzen 7000 products shipped by Stormforce Gaming and Stormforce Pro are able to provide maximised, long term performance and reliability.

Our main system range will use a variety of ASUS X670 performance Motherboards with our main focus being on the ASUS Prime X670-P WiFi that provides excellent connectivity and reliable performance with a wealth of balanced, high end features.

Stormforce Gaming Ryzen 7000 Test Platform
ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E HERO Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance 32GB DDR5-4800

Cinebench R23 Single Core testing – higher is better. Single Core performance is important because it makes everything on your system feel fast.

Cinebench R23 Multi Core – higher is better. Multi core performance is important for both content creation and gaming

 

View our full AMD Ryzen 7000 series range HERE

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AMD Ryzen 5000 ‘Cezanne Zen 3’ – Desktop APUs for Gaming

AMD Ryzen 5000G APUs have arrived, offering all round performance in entry level gaming and productivity…

One of the most popular products within the Stormforce Gaming range over the past few years has been the AMD APU range. APU or Accelerated Processing Unit offers a unique product to gamers on a tight budget or with less demanding gaming requirements making them perfect for gamers who want a performance system that can tackle every day computing tasks with ease as well as handling games with lower system requirements.

An APU system is a great starting point for gamers new to PC gaming. If you purchase an APU based system you can start playing straight out of the box using the integrated graphics capabilities included in the APU and then potentially upgrade your system later down the line with a graphics card when budget allows or if you encounter a more demanding game you are keen to play.

APU is not a new proposition, in fact an APU simply means a processor with graphics on the same chip. Each APU includes processor cores which will vary in speed and cores depending on the model. The new APU products from AMD include the Ryzen 5 5600G, 5650G PRO, Ryzen 7 5700G and 5750G PRO which all come with high performance, multithread CPU cores and graphics on the same chip.

With built-in AMD Radeon™ graphics, Ryzen™ 5000 G-Series desktop processors get you onto the battlefield fast. Play top games in smooth 1080p right out of the box, or upgrade with a graphics card for an even bigger performance boost.

Why is APU a good option for less demanding games?

Most newer games have system requirements which call for a fast CPU and a graphics card to play at max settings. Whilst an APU is not going to take any performance awards for high resolution gaming, the new AMD APU products are targeted at providing a capable gaming experience on 1080p or lower resolutions. This might not sound compelling for hardcore gamers looking for extreme framerates on QHD or 4K resolutions, but the majority of casual and new PC gamers have access to a 1080p HD display.

The new Ryzen APUs from AMD are the perfect option for gamers who want to get PC gaming without having to spend big on a graphics card.

Every Stormforce Gaming APU system comes set up ready to take advantage of the onboard graphics but also gives you the option to install a graphics card later down the line should you want to increase the gaming prowess of your system, play at a higher resolution or run a title that exceeds the capabilities of the APU graphics.

 

Gaming Performance on AMD Cezanne APU Systems

The new AMD Ryzen Cezanne 5000G APU systems can produce great gameplay experiences using only the power of AMD Radeon integrated graphics. PC Gaming offers scalable performance in almost every title meaning you can modify graphics settings to suit your hardware. For a lower performance system this can be incredibly useful as ‘Low’ settings can be very visually impressive still and in some titles setting your graphics settings to low will increase framerates and the feeling of smooth visuals when you are gaming.

Many free to play games are designed to be accessible to the widest range of hardware and work well on lower performance or older specifications. This means that most popular modern titles will be able to run on entry level hardware but please check the system requirements for your games as really demanding, cutting edge games like Cyberpunk 2077 or Microsoft Flight Simulator will not run smoothly on an APU system and would need a dedicated graphics card.

  • Framerate is the number of frames you see per second, often referred to as FPS. (higher is better)
  • A smooth gaming experience is anything in the 60FPS region. (although games with slower gameplay will work well at less than 60fps)
  • 1% low is the lowest framerate seen and will highlight the worst case scenario for performance

We have benchmarked some popular titles to see how they perform on the new AMD Ryzen 5600G APU and give you an indication of what to expect from our new entry level systems.
All benchmarks carried out at 1080p resolution and using the integrated graphics on the 5600G APU.

Counter Strike Global Offensive is an older esports title. The 5600G provides strong performance at medium settings allowing for smooth gameplay.

Fortnite plays at 1080p on the 5600G using low settings. This provides a smooth gameplay experience of 60+ FPS.

Fortnite Performance mode at 1080p scales visual quality down in favour of performance. This provides a 100+ FPS performance experience.

Minecraft runs well on the 5600G and showcases good performance characteristics in all but the most complex of environments.

The popular Esports title, Rainbow Six Siege scales very well and gives consistent framerates on the 5600G APU.

Warzone is the most demanding title we tested and whilst it does mostly output 60+FPS at 1080p using medium settings, there are instances where framerate drops occur.

Warzone shows one scenario where a more demanding title can struggle at times on an APU. The game is mostly playable but in complex scenes with a lot of action taking place, the framerate can suffer. Other titles like Valorant, Apex Legends and Destiny 2 can work well on an AMD Ryzen APU but it is important to remember that the gaming performance will be limited if graphics settings are set too high.

As a rule of thumb it is best to start out setting graphics settings to the lowest possible setting and increasing visual settings in increments to maintain smooth framerates.

If you have an AMD Ryzen APU system from Stormforce Gaming and need advice on a specific title then our customer service team can help advise on settings to try.

 

Upgrade Time!

Each Stormforce Gaming system featuring the AMD Ryzen 5600G and 5700G APU is configured to provide an upgrade path for gamers. The AMD Ryzen 5000G series processors have the advantage of strong CPU performance and entry level graphics performance. When it comes to upgrading, your Stormforce Gaming system has a comprehensive 3 Year Warranty which allows you to add additional components to your system. Whilst extra components are not covered under your system warranty, Stormforce Gaming will support you with upgrade advice and installation tips if you are unsure about the best options for your upgrade.

 

The Stormforce Onyx Ryzen 5 5600G includes the 6 Core AMD Ryzen 5600G APU, 16GB of 3200MHz Memory and a 500GB SSD for rapid game loading times and snappy performance in Windows.

This system features a 500W Power supply meaning that you can install a graphics card in the system to bolster performance in more demanding games.
The AMD Radeon RX 6600XT is a fantastic choice to pair with this system and will increase framerates across every title.

Other great options to pair with this system are the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 and RTX 3060.

It is worth keeping in mind that this system has a WiFi card installed and will only accommodate graphics cards that are 2 slots tall.

You can install a 3 slot graphics card into this system but would have to remove the WiFi card to fit a video card with a larger cooling fan.

The Stormforce Onyx Ryzen 5 5600G can be found on our website here.

An upgraded system featuring the more powerful Ryzen 7 5700G APU is also available for gamers who need more multitasking performance and extra cores to deal with more demanding workloads. This system is available here.

 

 

 

WARFRAME

Warframe is a free to play, third person, co-op action game set in an ever evolving sci-fi world. Explore huge open worlds and assemble your arsenal with up to three friends. This exciting world is a perfect title to get started on an APU system with quick and fluid gameplay that is optimised to run smoothly and showcase impressive visuals.

For a limited time, Stormforce gaming are offering a a Warframe: G-Series Pack with all 5000G series APU systems. 

Buy any Stormforce Gaming system featuring a Ryzen 5 5600G or Ryzen 7 5700G and get a Warframe: G-Series Pack which contains an arsenal of in-game items.

  • Promotion period: August 5, 2021 – September 25, 2021
  • Redemption period: August 5, 2021 – October 30, 2021

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Cyberpunk 2077 – Overview and System Recommendations

Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most eagerly anticipated titles in the last decade…

Launching to much fanfare and after a series of delays, CD Projekt Red has finally released Cyberpunk 2077 to the public. You take control of V, a mercenary for hire in Night City, a fictional metropolis set in the near future where rival gangs wage war. This deep RPG has a mix of futuristic gunplay, cinematic missions and engaging character story paths to follow.

Announced back in 2012, Cyberpunk 2077 has become a title full of promise for PC gamers. Since the advent of ray tracing capable video cards, Cyberpunk 2077 has been high on the list of titles set to feature these new, advanced graphics technologies.

Titles that feature new graphics technologies usually stretch the capabilities of current generation systems. Gamers with high resolution, high refresh rate displays will need significant video card horsepower to achieve smooth framerates with all of the visual settings cranked up.

Make no mistake, this is a difficult game to run on even the most powerful modern system. Cyberpunk 2077 requires a lot of system resources and the graphics engine will tax even the new flagship next generation gaming hardware from NVIDIA and AMD. That being said, there are a lot of options within the graphics menu that will allow gamers with current hardware or lower specification systems to optimise their game visuals to give the best experience.

Cyberpunk 2077 – Next Gen Features

Cyberpunk 2077 features a host of next generation features which make PC the best platform to play the game. Cyberpunk 2077 takes advantage of next gen visual technologies by providing a plethora of video options within the settings allowing you to maximise game visuals and performance.

DLSS is an NVIDIA technology only found on RTX series graphics cards equipped with advanced Tensor cores. If your system has an RTX card installed, it is strongly recommended that you enable DLSS to increase framerates in the game. DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) works by using artificial intelligence machine learning to produce upscaled visuals in supported games. Essentially, the game will render at a lower resolution and upscale to your target resolution with the AI upscaling helping to sharpen and refine the final image. After much testing the ‘DLSS Quality’ mode on Cyberpunk 2077 seems to offer the best image quality on resolutions of 1440p and below. 4K and Ultrawide users may want to try running the game in ‘DLSS Balanced’ mode.

Static Fidelity FX is an option for gamers who don’t have an NVIDIA RTX card installed and works in a similar way to DLSS. We found in our testing that Fidelity FX does not provide quite the same gains in performance as DLSS, but it does a good job of adding more performance for non RTX users.

Ray Tracing is a key next gen feature that has to be seen to be believed. Ray Tracing is a rendering technique that traces light paths and simulates how light interacts with objects. This results in a much more realistic visual experience as shadows and reflections behave how you would expect in the real world. The downside to Ray Tracing is that it can be extremely demanding on your video card and will reduce your frames per second when enabled. In Cyberpunk 2077, Ray Tracing can be set to Medium, Ultra and Psycho. Enabling Ray Tracing on any video card in this game will mean that DLSS must be used to maintain higher framerates. NVIDIA RTX users can already take advantage of Ray Tracing in Cyberpunk 2077 with AMD Radeon RX 6000 GPUs looking set to support Ray Tracing after a future patch.
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Recommended Settings

CD Projekt Red provided a system requirement table before the game launched to act as a guideline for gamers looking to get the best from Cyberpunk 2077. These guidelines are a good base level performance indication but we have elaborated on each point from our own testing to help optimise your game experience. If you are planning to run Cyberpunk 2077 with Ray Tracing enabled at any resolution, a high performance card will be required.

 

1080P Gaming

Most gamers are still using the most popular resolution available. 1080P provides a good balance of affordability and clarity whilst not requiring super expensive video cards to drive the resolution reliably. The NVIDIA GTX 1660 Super will run at Medium graphics settings around 60 frames per second which will provide a smooth experience. To enable Ultra settings at 1080P you will need RTX 2060 or higher level video card. Performance on the RTX 2060 will be below 60fps so enabling DLSS in the graphics menu will increase framerates and allow for a significantly smoother experience.

1440P Gaming

Larger panels are becoming more commonplace in PC Gaming. Many 1440p Panels are around 27-32″ and offer much more screen real estate and visual clarity over 1080p. The downside to having more pixels on your monitor is that driving the pixels will require a higher level video card.

To run Cyberpunk 2077 at Medium settings using 1440p, an RTX 2060 is the minimum requirement for smooth gameplay. Lower class cards will run the game at this resolution if you are willing to adjust some settings to gain better performance but for a smooth 60fps experience, an RTX 2060 is the recommended choice. DLSS becomes almost mandatory at 1440p and above.

Increasing the graphics preset to Ultra, Cyberpunk 2077 becomes a much more difficult game to run at 1440p or higher. You will need some serious video card muscle to drive higher resolution monitors. To enable Ultra settings and have a smooth gaming experience, an RTX 2060 or higher is suggested.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060Ti, RTX 3070 and AMD Radeon RX 6800 are great options for gamers who want the best experience at 1440p in this title.

4K UHD and Ultrawide Gaming

It may not come as much of a surprise that a demanding title like Cyberpunk 2077 requires the highest performance video cards available to achieve performance at very high resolutions. Cranking the settings up to Ultra on a 4K or Ultrawide display will show just how demanding Cyberpunk 2077 can be. The level of visual fidelity and immersion is ‘breathtaking’ at these resolutions but at a severe cost to framerates.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 and AMD Radeon 6800XT provide a good entry level for gamers playing on the Medium preset. For the best experience at these vast resolutions then flagship cards are really the only option if Ultra preset is your goal. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080/3090 and AMD Radeon RX 6800XT/6900XT graphics cards are really the only choice at this resolution.
As mentioned previously, AMD Radeon cards are not currently supported for Ray Tracing or Super Sampling features within the game.

Optimising Cyberpunk 2077 for your Stormforce Gaming PC

Everybody will experience different results with Cyberpunk 2077. Our testing has shown that 60fps an acceptable threshold to aim for and the graphics card recommendations in this guide should help you decide what performance settings to set up with.

Cyberpunk 2077 really benefits from being installed onto an SSD. Whilst next generation PCIe 4.0 SSDs will provide huge load time reductions, any high speed M.2 or NVME SSD will perform well and give you an advantage in Cyberpunk 2077.

Higher core count CPUs can help you maintain good framerates when in crowded areas. Our testing has shown that 6 core processors seem to be the sweet spot on this game but CPU frequency is also very important at maintaining high framerates. Intel i5 9th gen or newer and AMD Ryzen 5 3600 or higher seem to be the best options for gamers looking to tackle Night City without any bottlenecks.

Ambient Occlusion, Volumetric Fog and Screen Space Reflections are the settings which seem to have the biggest impact on your framerates in Cyberpunk 2077. On some hardware configurations where the Ultra settings caused huge slowdowns, the adjustment of these settings were pivotal in achieving smooth framerates and in some cases made the difference between playable and unplayable framerates.

Ray Tracing is only available to GeForce RTX owners right now in Cyberpunk 2077 and RTX 20 series performance with Ray Tracing enabled can be hit and miss depending on your resolution. Disabling ray tracing can net huge performance gains at the slight expense of visual quality.

Ensure you have updated your video card drivers to the latest version to get the best from Cyberpunk 2077.

Even on medium settings, Cyberpunk 2077 looks great on PC and there is an expectation that future patches from the developer alongside video card driver updates will help to optimise the game further and increase performance.

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AMD Ryzen 5000 ‘Zen 3’ Desktop Processors

AMD Ryzen 5000 is here, offering significant improvements in productivity and gaming. The performance on offer is staggering…

In 2017, AMD released the first generation of Ryzen CPUs. These processors offered fantastic efficiency by offering modern multicore performance, high clock speeds and surprising energy efficiency.

The second generation of Ryzen CPUs from 2018 pushed the boundaries further with significant improvements in enthusiast and gamer orientated features.

In 2019, the speed, efficiency and optimisation continued with the launch of Ryzen 3000. Bringing wide socket compatibility and the introduction of PCIe Generation 4 connectivity.

AMD has taken huge leaps in efficiency and performance with every iteration of Ryzen since the initial release.

Things are about to change yet again with the launch of the new AMD Ryzen 5000 Range.

Push the Performance Envelope

Over the last few years, AMD have been working tirelessly to produce compelling desktop processors for gamers and creators. Each Ryzen line released in the past three years has improved and refined expectations in the desktop processor market. With significant wins in all areas of computing, AMD processors have been revolutionising performance in desktop, laptop, enterprise and console computing applications. Both the new Microsoft XBOX Series X and Sony Playstation 5 feature 7nm processor architecture from AMD.

AMD’s recent rise in popularity in the PC Gaming space can be widely attributed to the Zen CPU microarchitecture. Ryzen 3000 processors provided gamers with a multitude of refinements with more cores and more performance available whilst increased core counts improved multitasking performance for content creators on mainstream desktop platforms.

AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors increase performance further with higher maximum boost speed, new core layout and a significant improvement in IPC (Instructions Per Clock) that will all directly benefit gamers and content creators who need fast, multicore processing solutions to get the very best from their systems.

 

What The New Changes Bring for You

Zen 2 vs Zen 3 CPU Layout

The improvements in speed are easier to understand when you view the architecture diagrams comparing the new CPUs to the previous generation.

On Zen 2 (Ryzen 3000) processors, the Level 3 Cache was split in a way that it could be shared with each CCX (Core Complex).
With Zen 3 (Ryzen 5000) processors, the cores are combined into a single, unified CCD (Core Chiplet Die). The Level 3 Cache is combined and accessible to all of the cores.

Simply put, the amount of cache remains the same but the way each core accesses the cache is drastically improved by essentially doubling the pool of cache accessible to each core.

This approach will reduce latency across the entire processor and reduce the amount of communication paths the CPU has to make. This translates into a significant boost in Instructions Per Clock performance which is vital for achieving higher framerates in games.

Frequencies on the new processors are a little higher than the previous generation but the 5000 series efficiency improvements will translate to better raw performance in games as well as single and multi core optimised applications. Video rendering, game streaming, 3D modelling and other CPU hungry applications will all be able to take advantage of this new architecture.

AMD claims large gaming improvement across the board vs the old generation of Ryzen processors, especially in lower resolutions where gaming performance can be more CPU limited.

The New AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Processors

The new CPU models available from AMD will operate on AMD X570 and B550 chipset motherboards.

All of the new CPUs have 24 PCIe lanes, support DDR4 3200 memory speeds and are packaged for the AM4 CPU Socket.

When paired with an X570 motherboard, users can benefit from up to 40 PCIe lanes of connectivity, all at PCI Express Gen4 speeds.
Should you choose a more affordable B550 model, you can enjoy up to 20 PCIe Gen4 lanes.

Ryzen 5 5600X – 6 Cores, 12 Threads – 65W TDP – 32mb L3 Cache – 3.7GHz Base Clock – 4.6GHz Boost Clock
This CPU is being pitched as the ultimate gamers CPU. 6 high frequency cores provide ample thread count for multi threaded applications and games and provides gaming performance similar to processors much higher in the range.

Ryzen 7 5800X – 8 Cores, 16 Threads – 105W TDP – 32mb L3 Cache – 3.8GHz Base Clock – 4.7GHz Boost Clock
The octa-core Zen 3 processor is one of the fastest gaming chips in the Ryzen 5000 line-up. Providing strong performance increases in multithreaded applications, this CPU is ideal for gamers with high refresh rate monitors looking for high FPS figures in their games.

Ryzen 9 5900X – 12 Cores, 24 Threads – 105W TDP – 64mb L3 Cache – 3.7GHz Base Clock – 4.8GHz Boost Clock
12 Core CPUs are suited to gamers who do a lot more with their system than just running titles at 1080p. If you play demanding next generation titles and want to make sure you are achieving high framerates with the ability to stream and produce content then this CPU is ideal.

Ryzen 9 5950X – 16 Cores, 32 Threads – 105W TDP – 64mb L3 Cache – 3.4GHz Base Clock – 4.9GHz Boost Clock
The flagship Ryzen 9 boasts a thread count which rivals many High End Desktop platforms. AMD have labelled this CPU as ‘The World’s Best Gaming Processor’.
You can expect ultimate performance in games, editing 4k video files with smooth playback, super fast render times and class leading single core performance.

 

In House Testing Results

Stormforce Gaming are an AMD Elite System Builder and we have been testing these products in house. All of our systems include fully qualified products as part of a stringent quality control timeline. This ensures that every system developed by Stormforce Gaming provides exceptional compatibility, build quality, balanced specifications and reliability.

Stormforce Gaming Ryzen 5000 Test Platform
ASUS Crosshair VIII Motherboard (X570)
Asus TUF GAMING RTX 3080 OC 10GB
WD 500GB SN750 M.2 2280 Black NVMe
Corsair Vengeance RGB 2x8GB DDR4-3600

 

Cinebench R20 Single Core testing – higher is better. Single Core performance is important because it makes everything on your system feel fast.

Cinebench R20 Multi Core – higher is better. Multi core performance is important for both content creation and gaming

1080P Gaming Benchmarks – 5 Run Average Frames Per Second – higher is better – All Titles using maximum graphics settings

 

 

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