CES 2017 - This year, the Consumer Electronics Show was a massive overload of technology unveilings, announcements, teases, and more. There has been so much unveiled that it would take weeks to disassemble and dissect all of it - but this is why we have our 'Best of CES 2017' awards, and this article. Below we list the products and tech that were lucky enough to get our award.
Let's kick things off with the CPU and GPU side of things:
CPU: AMD has impressed not just us, but gamers and consumers throughout the world with their next generation Ryzen CPUs. We're looking at 16-threaded CPUs that should hopefully come in at half the price of Intel's competing processors, offering new technologies like SenseMI - a self-overclocking, self-adjusting processor that learns how you use your system and predicts your next movement. Expect much more from us here at TweakTown on Ryzen in the coming weeks and months.
GPU: You have to hand it to Radeon Technologies Group, the upcoming Vega GPU architecture is beyond exciting. High Bandwidth Cache. HBM2 technology. The Vega GPU architecture itself. We're looking at 4K 60FPS performance in games like DOOM with all the graphical bells and whistles turned on. AMD is returning to the high-end in a very, very big way.
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If you are reading this news post, you have reached TweakTown's brand new web server. It actually went into full production use around 12 hours ago, after we flicked over the DNS IP to the new server. We experienced a few issues after we switched, but most of the issues have been fixed now. There is still some server tuning to perform over the next few days which will really make TweakTown fly super fast.
There was nothing particularly wrong with our old server, it was, however, holding us back since we were using an old version of CentOS. The new server is running CentOS 7.2 64-bit, which allows us to use the latest versions of PHP, MariaDB (MySQL), Perl, and so on. This is important because it enables us to offer you the fastest and most reliable web experience that we can. The old server was powerful enough, but our new beast of a server rig is just something else!
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Not only are we looking for US-based news reporters, but we are on the lookout for a US-based video professional, too. TweakTown is wanting to step into the world of video content in a big way, so we need a professional video guy or girl, too.
The candidate would need extensive experience in video content, with previous bodies of work as an example before applying. Preferably, we are looking for someone who is already in the industry who might work for a smaller site or company (or even on your own) and wants to join the big leagues, but you don't need to be intimidated by this. You might do kick ass work and just haven't been noticed yet, so this is your chance!
We would need someone based in the US who is willing to travel to trade shows and expos around the world, including CES in Vegas, E3 in LA, Computex in Taipei, and more. We are looking for someone who has considerable experience in YouTube, Vessel, and more - and has no issues dealing with deadlines. There's no super amount of technology expertise required, but this would be an advantage.
Previous experience is preferred, especially when it comes to trade shows and product reviews or unboxings of products. As we said, this isn't required, but it will go in your favor. This is a paid position, as we are looking for someone to grow into our team for the long term. We aren't looking for someone for a 3-6 month period or temporary, but someone who wants to build a future with TweakTown.
If you want to apply, send an email with your name, details, links to your work and why you think you'll be great for the job to email@example.com and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
TweakTown is expanding! We are on the lookout for a US-based news reporter that will join our team. The job is pretty straight forward and easy, and it's a ton of fun, too.
The candidate will of course need to be based in the United States, with the West Coast being preferred. The candidate would be required to have above average English and grammar skills, and a large interest in technology and games. Previous experience isn't required, but it is definitely favorable. You'll of course need Internet access, a computer of some sort to write on, and the time required (which varies depending on your typing speed, and how quickly you get used to writing news, hopefully for a living).
This is a paid position, where you'll start off on a trial for 1-2 weeks before joining our awesome news crew led by yours truly. We are looking for a serious candidate, so if you're working a full-time job, you'll have to think twice before applying. The candidate would also have to be excited about attending local technology and game trade shows, such as the Consumer Electronic Show in Vegas, E3 in LA, and more.
If you'd like to apply, send us an email with a few details about yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org - include your name, previous experience, where you're based, and then a little on why you think you'd be perfect for the job. Please remember, we're looking for serious candidates, as this will turn into a full-time position. There's a large future for you here at TweakTown, yes you - so apply now!
According to the latest data from JPR, NVIDIA has pushed into owning 81.9% of the GPU AIB market. AMD on the other hand, dropped from 22% to just 18% this quarter, and when looking at the year-over-year data, AMD has dropped down from 38%.
JPR's report finds that total AIB shipments decreased this quarter, down to 9.4 million units. AMD's quarter-to-quarter total desktop AIB unit shipments decreased by a sharp 33.3%, while NVIDIA's dropped 12%. JPR also noted that the "demand for high-end PCs and associated hardware from the enthusiast and overclocking segments has bucked the downward trend and given AIB vendors a needed prospect to offset declining sales in the mainstream consumer space".
Now that AMD has launched its new Radeon R9 Fury, something we were very impressed with in our review of the SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 Fury, NVIDIA's add-in board (AIB) partners are very silently dropping their pricing on the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and GTX 980 cards.
When NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, it dropped the pricing of the GTX 980 from $549 to $499, but the price has been dropped to $479 after the Fury launched. The GTX 980 Ti has been dropped to $629, down $20 from its MSRP of $649. This brings AMD to the point where they have to look at the price of their Radeon R9 390X, which is priced at $429 or so on Amazon.
It's an interesting turn, and while it's only $20, every little bit helps.
NVIDIA has been enjoying some great times since it launched its Maxwell architecture last year, but the domination of Team Green has been going on for a while, especially when you look at a graph from the Beyond3D forums.
The graph shows all of the GPU launches from Q3 2003, right up to Q4 2014. This includes the good old days of ATI with its Radeon X850 Pro/XT cards back in the first quarter of 2005, where AMD had 50.5% of the GPU market. Things really started diving down with the change to the HD 2000 series name change, where at the launch of the Radeon HD 2900 PRO, AMD had just 34.5% of the market.
Things hit another drop with the launch of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 295, GTX 285 and GTX 275, where AMD reached just 31%. But, with the launch of the very impressive Radeon HD 5000 series (including the HD 5850 and HD 5870, which at the time were beasts of VGA cards), AMD bounced back right up to 43.8%, but it didn't last long. They dropped down to 34.7% in Q1 2010, but bounced right back up to 44.5% in Q2 2010. It has stayed at around 38-40% of the GPU market share until recently, where in Q3 2014 (right at the time of the Maxwell launch from NVIDIA), AMD dropped from 37.9% in Q2 2014, to 28.4% in Q3 2014, and to just 24% in Q4 2014.
This isn't doom and gloom for AMD, and we're not saying that at all. This is a chart that shows the discrete GPU market only, and not everything else that AMD is involved in. Personally, I think the big swing around was with consoles, where AMD pushed to have its APUs in all of the next generation consoles (the Nintendo Wii U, Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4). It should've been investing heavily into GPU development for the PC, and we've seen no release of a new architecture from AMD since the release of the Radeon 200 series since Q4 2013 - some 18 months ago.
NVIDIA is left securing a massive 76% of the market, sucking up 14% of that from AMD in just six months. With AMD on the verge of releasing its new Radeon 300 series, there's no better time than now for AMD to try and scoop back a chunk of those consumers in the next two quarters, where we should hopefully see AMD back to around 35-38% of the GPU market by Q1 2016.
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Earlier today we discovered that TweakTown had been attacked with malicious code from rmr-group.com being inserted to most of our pages. We first discovered the attack due to a warning from Google Chrome. It's the first time this has happened to TweakTown in our long online history.
After having detected the problem, we removed all injected code from our pages. We are now running a full server scan to detect any issues. We are also changing all of our passwords and scanning our own personal systems for any issues.
We would like to apologize for any harm this may have caused to you or your PC. As a result, we recommend that all our readers run a full malware scan on their systems, as a precaution. It's unlikely any harm has been done, but it's better to be safe than sorry. We recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Microsoft Safety Scanner - both are free.
Thanks for your understanding on the matter, and we will do all we can to ensure this doesn't happen again.