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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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Scientists discover a bacteria that breaks all previous size limits

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Mon, Jun 27 2022 4:35 AM CDT

A team of researchers have discovered a bacteria that has broken the theoretical limits of how big bacteria can grow.

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The bacteria was found swimming in the French Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe, and according to a study that has been published in Science, the bacteria measured more than a centimeter in length. The researchers describe the bacteria in their paper as "unusually large" and wrote that it's a sulfur-oxidizing bacterium that has a complex membrane organization.

For reference, the cells in most bacterial species are approximately two micrometers in length, with some of the larger specimens reaching up to 750 micrometers. The researchers were able to measure the cells in the bacteria that was found in Guadeloupe and discovered it was a whopping 9,000 micrometers - even visible to the naked eye. Jean-Marie Volland, a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, said that the bacteria is 5,000 times bigger than most bacteria.

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World's deepest shipwreck discovered, a US WWII ship sunk in 1944

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Mon, Jun 27 2022 1:41 AM CDT

A team of researchers have located a sunken vessel that is now the deepest shipwreck ever located. The USS Samuel B Roberts has been found.

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The USS Samuel B Roberts was destroyed on October 25, 1944, when it engaged in a conflict off the coast of Samar with Japan. At the time, the US was trying to liberate the Philippines from Japanese occupation, and now for the first time, the Samuel B (Sammy B) navy destroyer has been documented in a series of photographs that illustrate the rich history of time. According to a Texas-based undersea technology company Caladan Oceanic, the photographs were taken by a crewed submarine that traveled to a depth of 23,000 feet.

The team inspected the fallen vessel over eight separate dives with a submersible that were conducted over a month. According to Caladan Oceanic founder Victor Vescovo, who piloted the submersible vehicle that took the team down to the shipwreck, the small vessel rests at 22,621 feet and is "now the deepest shipwreck ever located and surveyed". Vescovo also said that Sammy B "took on the finest of the Japanese Navy, fighting them to the end".

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Mars spacecraft gets Windows 98 upgrade that makes it 5x better

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Mon, Jun 27 2022 1:03 AM CDT

The European Space Agency (ESA) will be rolling out an update for the Mars Express spacecraft that will bring massive improvements to the orbiter's science capabilities.

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The Mars Express space exploration mission conducted by the European Space Agency launched on June 2, 2003, and since then, the orbiter has been exploring the surface of the Red Planet from above. The orbiter has been operating for more than 19 years and uses its Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding (MARSIS) instrument to bounce low-frequency radio waves off the surface of Mars to see what is beneath.

Researchers prospect areas of the Red Planet, looking for underground water and any atmospheric changes. The MARSIS instrument is a 130-foot antenna that can see as far as 3 miles below the surface of the planet. The instrument was built on Windows 98, and according to the ESA, the coming software update with improve the antenna's performance drastically as it will increase signal reception, onboard data processing and increase the consistency of data that is sent back to Earth.

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Officials detect comet twice as big as Mount Everest approaching Earth

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Mon, Jun 27 2022 12:32 AM CDT

Astronomers have locked on to a comet that is estimated to be twice the size of Mount Everest - comet C/2017 K2.

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Researchers have used the Pan-STARRS survey instrument located in Hawaii to hone in on the massive comet. According to astronomers, C/2017 K2 is an Oort Cloud comet that was first discovered in 2017 when it was 1.5 billion miles away from the Sun, but now the comet is on its way to the inner solar system, where it will make an approach with Earth. When the comet was first discovered, it was located between Saturn and Uranus.

C/2017 K2 comes with many mysteries that astronomers are yet to figure out, and one of those mysteries is how the comet remains "active" so far away from the Sun. When a comet is "active" it's energized by rays from the Sun that produce that iconic glow and tail on a comet. What confuses researchers is how C/2017 K2 appears to be active but is still very far away from the Sun - making it a record-breaking comet in its own right.

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Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus Destroyer 2 SSD: 64TB SSD @ 28GB/sec insanity

Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Sun, Jun 26 2022 11:49 PM CDT

Sabrent doesn't sleep, with its thirst for storage dominance knowing no bounds, the company has just unleashed its new Rocket 4 Plus Destroyer 2 SSD... and man, it's a monster.

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The new Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus Destroyer 2 SSD features 8 x Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 8TB M.2 SSDs for a total of 64TB (terabytes) of SSD storage. They're all connected into Highpoint SSD7540 PCIe 4.0 x16 RAID card, with Sabrent adding a Broadcom PCIe 4.0 8 series PEX switch, which handles the 8 separate M.2 slots.

64TB of insanely fast SSD storage comes in a nice and thin single-slot design, and on a PCIe 4.0 x16 interface, requiring a single 6-pin PCIe power connector on the end of the card. We're looking at up to an insane 28,000MB/sec (28GB/sec) read and writes, which blows PCIe 4.0 (7.5GB/sec or so) and the next-gen PCIe 5.0 (12GB/sec to 15GB/sec) out of the water.

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