Now you’ll have that earworm for the rest of the day. This week’s Mosh Pit is more crammed than usual, and there’s a lot of neat stuff to take in this week. AMD launched their B450 motherboard chipset yesterday, and you can start planning your builds now if you want (there’s still about two week’s waiting time for stock to arrive, so use that time constructively). There’s also a series of books if you’re interested in teaching yourself about cybersecurity, a hardware giveaway, and a special mouse from Razer.
AMD B450 motherboards out now!
AMD this week has finally launched their B450 chipset to consumers. The company’s partners are now cleared to sell motherboards with the B450 chipset, and they’re going to be a lot cheaper overall than AMD’s X470 chipsets. For the uninitiated, the B450 chipset still allows for overclocking and tweaking the GPU speeds (if you have an APU, that is), but it still offers a wide array of connectivity including up to six SATA ports, M.2 slots for SSDs, a full PCIe 16x slot for graphics cards, and some variants will include a Wi-Fi slot as well. AMD’s chipset also now supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds of up to 10Gbps.
B450 motherboards aren’t available locally just yet, but will start trickling in later this month, and prices start at around R1,500. There are also mini-ITX and mATX motherboards coming, so if you’re building smaller systems be sure to look out for those. You can pair one with a Ryzen 1000 series, 2000 series, or Raven Ridge 2000 series processor.
The BLOPS 4 beta starts this weekend
If you’re a Call of Duty nut and you’ve already pre-ordered, or are planning to pre-order Black Ops 4, the game’s private beta mode will be opening this weekend. The game is a little over two months away from launch, and Activision is gearing up for a massive influx of players returning to the series after a long hiatus (turns 0ut that even space battles isn’t enough to sway some die-hards back into the series). The private beta tests are staggered, so each platform will get a different start.
Affectionally called BLOPS4, this is the first game in the series that chops out the single-player campaign and focuses entirely on multiplayer action and content. During the private beta, modes such as Team Deathmatch, Domination, and Hardpoint will be available. The game will also feature a battle royale-style mode called Blackout. Check out the trailer above to see a teaser about it at the end.
There are also, like, zero other pre-order incentives. Are we seeing a trend forming?
Razer Naga Trinity
Here at NAG, thumb buttons have been our bread and butter for the past decade. We literally cannot fathom a computing experience without at least two of them. They have so many uses: one for grenades and one for melee knifing, forward and back on web pages, macros for picture resizing and re-colouring, the list just goes on and on. But what if you want more than just two? What if you just want seven buttons sometimes? Razer answers that question with the Naga Trinity.
The original Naga had a full twelve buttons to choose from, and they were really gimmicky for the most part unless you were a) a MOBA player, or b) a power user who loves macros. Instead of having several mice for different things, why not just have one with different configurations? It’s been tried before by R.A.T and other companies, but the Naga Trinity folds that all into one device with the help of snap-on, magnetised interchangeable thumb grips. You can have as many as twelve buttons when necessary, or just two for gaming. This kind of flexibility doesn’t come cheap, but at a RRP of just R1,599 this should be be on your shortlist when looking for a new mouse this month.
Humble Cybersecurity Bundle
Maybe you’re upskilling yourself in the art of digital security and networking. Maybe you want to know more about hacking in general and how people get around safeguards in ingenious ways. Perhaps you want to just know more in general about how absolutely terrifying our digital security readiness as a species is (spoiler: we’re pretty horrible at this). The Humble Cybersecurity Bundle will help you get to grips with concepts like black hats, network intrusion detection, how data is leaked, what steps you can take to avoid being targeted, and learn what the new best practices for the industry are. Pay what you want for the bundle, and make sure you put a generous portion towards the benefiting organisation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Rebel Tech giveaway
If it’s free stuff you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place. For the next week, our old friends at Rebel Tech are hosting a giveaway. The giveaway is to celebrate a new brand coming to Rebel Tech’s catalogue very soon, and you can win some merch as well as prizes from the brand itself. Which brand? Well we can’t tell you, that’s part of the competition! But don’t worry if you don’t know the answer – signing up for the other entries still gives you a chance of winning something.
Use this link to check out the giveaway, and make sure you sign up using the email option instead of the other login options. Trust us on this – Gleam is perfectly fine as a competition platform, but you’ll be less annoyed when you need to link up social media to it just so that they can track you.
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Admit it, you had the jingle in your head, didn’t you? Mission Impossible: Fallout is the sixth movie in the series, and opened in cinemas last week. It’s just broken past a review rating of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, so it’s safe to assume now that it’ll be good.