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Apple has booked TSMC to make its next-gen M3 and M2 Pro chips on 3nm

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Mon, Jun 27 2022 10:16 PM CDT

Apple's new M2 processor is official, but after it comes better versions with the M2 Pro and M2 Max, which I reported on weeks ago. But now, it seems it's being highlighted that they're being made on the new TSMC 3nm process node.

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It was back on June 8 that I wrote about Apple's upgraded M2 Pro + M2 Max SoCs would be made on TSMC's new 3nm process node, and would release later this year. This was on information from 9to5Mac, who reported from Jeff Pu of Haitong Intl Tech Research who said that TSMC would start mass production of the more powerful M2 Pro chip later this year on its 3nm process node.

Now we have Digitimes saying that Apple has booked TSMC for its new M2 Pro and next-gen M3 processors. In their report, Digitimes explained: "Apple reportedly has booked TSMC capacity for its upcoming 3nm M3 and M2 Pro processors".

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Intel Arc Pro A50 workstation GPU: ACM-G11 with 6GB of GDDR6 memory

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Mon, Jun 27 2022 9:41 PM CDT

We only just heard about Intel's first Arc workstation GPU -- the Arc Pro A40 -- just yesterday, and now we're already hearing about the Intel Arc Pro A50 workstation GPU.

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Intel recently launched its new desktop Arc GPUs in a China exclusive, with benchmarks and more being revealed over the last few days, then news of the Arc Pro GPUs started. First, we heard about the Intel Arc Pro A40 workstation GPU, and now news of the Arc Pro A50 workstation GPU is here.

In new listings on SiSoft Sandra, the Intel Arc Pro A40 and Arc Pro 40 workstation GPUs are found -- with the new Arc Pro A50 workstation featuring the full ACM-G11 GPU with 8 Xe-Cores (128 Execution Units and 1024 FP32 cores). Both the Intel Arc Pro A50 and Arc Pro A40 workstation GPUs seem to be packing 6GB of GDDR6 memory, which should be pumping through a 96-bit memory bus.

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Apple AR/MR headset: base M2 chip + 16GB RAM being tested

Anthony Garreffa | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Mon, Jun 27 2022 8:30 PM CDT

Apple's upcoming AR/MR (augmented reality + mixed reality) headset will debut in 2023 with the base Apple M2 processor and 16GB of RAM according to the very, very latest leaks.

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In a new post by Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, we're being told that the new Apple M2 processor inside of the first-gen Apple AR/MR headset. Rumor has it Apple's new headset will offer both augmented and virtual reality content -- hence mixed reality -- with the Apple M2 along with 16GB of RAM.

Gurman explained "Outside of the Mac and iPad Pro, there's another place I expect the M2 to appear: Apple's mixed-reality headset. I'm told the latest internal incarnations of the device run the base M2 chip along with 16 gigabytes of RAM. And speaking of WWDC, there were plenty of software-related hints there about the headset's operating system, realityOS, and its features".

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ViewSonic VX2720-4K-PRO gaming monitor: 4K 144Hz + dual HDMI 2.1 ports

Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors | Mon, Jun 27 2022 7:45 PM CDT

ViewSonic has just announced their new VX2720-4K-PRO gaming monitor, rocking a 27-inch IPS panel that has a native 4K resolution and super-smooth 144Hz refresh rate.

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The new ViewSonic VX2720-4K-PRO gaming monitor offers its 4K 144Hz over not one, but two HDMI 2.1 ports on the monitor. HDR duties aren't so great, with ViewSonic offering VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification, with 130% sRGB and 90% NTC color space coverage, with 8-bit color depth.

ViewSonic says that its new 4K 144Hz gaming monitor has a 1ms "fast response time" as well as AMD FreeSync technology, and if the dual HDMI 2.1 connections aren't your thing, there's still a regular DisplayPort 1.4 connector. ViewSonic also provides a super-fast 90W fast-charging USB Type-C port, if you wanted to charge up your smartphone, tablet, or iPad through the VX2720-4K-PRO gaming monitor.

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AMD 'Phoenix' mobile Zen 4 CPU: 'should rip through' games at 1080p

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Mon, Jun 27 2022 7:34 PM CDT

The latest information on AMD's upcoming mobile Zen 4 processors is floating out today, with details pumped out on "Dragon Range" and now "Phoenix".

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The new AMD Phoenix APU will offer a lower number of CPU cores compared to Dragon (Phoenix with up to 8 cores, Dragon with up to 16 cores) but instead, Phoenix will be a great balance of GPU and CPU performance. According to Red Gaming Tech, it "should rip through games at 1080p fairly easily".

AMD's new Phoenix chips will have an integrated RDNA 3 GPU with up to 12 CUs (Compute Units) and 6 WGPs (Work Group Processors). We're told to expect 2.6GHz to 3GHz for the integrated GPU clock speeds, while CPU and GPU core counts on the new RDNA 3-based Phoenix are identical to the RDNA 2-based Rembrandt APU. RDNA 3 has architecture changes and more underneath, so performance boosts will be interesting to see when AMD Phoenix-powered gaming laptops arrive later this year.

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AMD 'Dragon Range' mobile CPU: 4 new Zen 4 CPUs for laptops

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Mon, Jun 27 2022 7:08 PM CDT

AMD will launch its new desktop Zen 4 processors later this year, with the new X670E and X670 chipset for motherboards that will introduce the new AM5 socket, DDR5 support, and PCIe 5.0 support. But now, now we're hearing about the new AMD "Dragon Range" mobile CPUs.

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The new AMD Dragon Range CPUs will be a competitor to the beefy new Intel Alder Lake-HX processors, with up to 16 cores of the new Zen 4 architecture: pretty much desktop Zen 4 processors for laptops. AMD will be dropping the integrated GPU to allow the beefed up CPU power to take control, as the new AMD Dragon Range family of CPUs are designed for "Enthusiast Gaming" laptops.

In a new video, Red Gaming Tech says that the new AMD Dragon Range CPUs are designed to maximize CPU performance and can/will be offered with 'discrete' GPU solutions. The Ryzen 9 7980HX for example will rip through content creation and professional workloads easily. The 3 new processors will be the Ryzen 9 7980HX with 16 cores, the Ryzen 9 7900HX with 12 cores, the Ryzen 7 7800HX with 8 cores, and finally, the Ryzen 5 7600HX with 6 cores.

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AMD FSR 2.0 plugin launches for Unreal Engine 5 + 4: download it now

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Mon, Jun 27 2022 6:29 PM CDT

AMD's new FidelityFX Super Resolution 2.0 (FSR 2.0) technology has been on a roll, with the company pushing out the FSR 2.0 source code, and into the arms of Xbox developers. But now, Epic Games is joining the FSR 2.0 party.

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The new FSR 2.0 upscaling technology has made it into some new Unreal Engine plugins, with the @GPUOpen account tweeting that it has been an "FSR2-tastic" week... love it. The tweet continued, saying that AMD was "delighted" to launch Unreal Engine plugins for UE5 and UE4.26/4.27.

Starting now, game developers using Unreal Engine 4 and 5 can pack in either NVIDIA DLSS 2.0 or AMD FSR 2.0 upscaling technologies into their game, where they're free to use one or the other -- or if they want to mix it up: both. Being that FSR 2.0 supports AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA graphics cards... FSR 2.0 integration into Unreal Engine 5 (and previous-gen UE 4.26, UE 4.27) is a big deal.

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Atari founder Nolan Bushnell explains the iconic Atari logo's meaning

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Mon, Jun 27 2022 3:09 PM CDT

Atari founder Nolan Bushnell explains the meaning behind the company's ultra-iconic Mt. Fuji logo.

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Atari is one of the most recognizable brands on the planet. Even after decades of not releasing new consoles, Atari has a long-lasting 50-year legacy that spans multitudes of games, hardware, and merch, and was arguably created the foundation of modern gaming as we know it today. Every legacy needs an icon, and for Atari and the rest of the industry, the Fuji logo became synonymous with gaming.

"When we chose the Fuji logo, I wanted it to be an upward swoosh. It's a collective. It's aspirational. So right now it would be good to take the innovation legacy and push it forward into the future," Atari founder Nolan Bushnell said in a recent 50th Anniversary video.

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Diablo II magic find weekend event will boost MF for all players

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Mon, Jun 27 2022 2:01 PM CDT

Blizzard is treating Diablo II Resurrected (D2R) like a live game with rotating events...and the first one is pretty epic.

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Today Blizzard made history in Diablo II by announcing a new timed event that could lead to much more interesting gameplay. Introducing Diablo II's Magic Find Weekend, a new event held from June 30 to July 4 that will temporarily boost magic find rates for all players across the globe. Gamers will get a flat +50% to MF that stacks with their existing magic find.

"You feel an intense rush of energy coursing through your veins, a faint internal humming overriding your own pulse. From June 30-July 4, a mysterious energy source will grant you a 50% buff to Magic Find, providing an increased chance to receive Magic, Rare, Set, or Unique loot as a drop from slain foes. This bonus stacks with any additional increases to Magic Find provided by your items," Blizzard said.

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Fall Guys Prime Gaming: Grab this freebie while it lasts

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Mon, Jun 27 2022 1:15 PM CDT

Amazon Prime subscribers will get six new in-game freebies for Fall Guys throughout the coming weeks.

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Fall Guys is now free-to-play on all platforms, including PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and Nintendo Switch and comes complete with cross-play and cross-progression. Epic Games and Mediatonic are going all out to make the game as widely accessible as possible, and so far the plan has worked incredibly well: the game has amassed 20 million players worldwide.

Buyable in-game microtransactions and cosmetics are a big part of Fall Guys' economy, and if you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can unlock a handful of new customizable skins for your bean. Right now the Fall Guys Prime Gaming promo is limited to just one skin (to unlock the free item, click here) which includes an exclusive Falldazzler Bundle. Amazon plans to bring five more free Fall Guys cosmetics to players in the coming weeks.

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