Bitcoin Antminer spotted completely submerged in cooled oil at Computex 2023
Computex 2023 is off to a racing start and while the showroom floor is inundated with PC gaming hardware we have spotted a pretty unique cryptocurrency mining rig.
While cryptocurrency has certainly taken a downward turn since the price of Bitcoin dropped, there are still some interesting products emerging from various companies. One of those companies is Engineered Fluids, which walked us through their custom cooling solution for a Bitmain Antminer S19 90T.
As showcased by the above image, the Antminer has been completely submerged in oil which is then filtered through a cooling unit. The cooled oil keeps the system running at lower temperatures, enabling better performance, and thus, a higher hashrate.
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NVIDIA Grace Hopper enters full production, with insane AI supercomputer coming
It's no surprise that NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang's opening keynote at Computex 2023 dived head-first into the company's impressive advances in AI hardware. And with news that its new GH200 Grace Hopper Superchip has entered full production, it points to some incredible performance gains on the horizon. It manages to build on the already impressive H100.
The GH200 Grace Hopper Superchip sees NVIDIA combine an Arm-based NVIDIA Grace CPU and Hopper GPU architectures using NVIDIA NVLink-C2C interconnect technology - which is capable of an impressive 900GB/s (up to) of total bandwidth. It's something of an AI beast, designed specifically for the most demanding generative AI and HPC applications.
With availability expected later this year, it doesn't stop there, with NVIDIA also prepping a new AI supercomputer called the NVIDIA DGX GH200. It includes 256 Grace Hopper Superchips, a whopping 144 TB of shared (i.e., unified) GPU memory, and 1 EFLOPS of processing power. On the memory front alone, that's 500x more memory than the previous generation NVIDIA DGX A100 introduced in 2020.
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ASUS tear-down its ROG Ally, showing off its glorious insides at Computex 2023
Computex 2023 is about to kick off, and we were lucky enough to explore the showroom floor a day early, which allowed us to catch a sneak peek at the dismantled ASUS ROG Ally.
For those who aren't familiar with the ROG Ally, ASUS has entered the handheld gaming market with a powerful device running Windows 11 and boasting what ASUS claims to be the "fastest" AMD APU.
Reports indicate that this "fastest" AMD APU is built on a custom 4nm process with Zen 4 and RDNA 3 architecture. Specifically, ASUS will ship the Ally with the Z1 Extreme, similar to the Ryzen 7 7840U but with certain modifications and specific features.
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NVIDIA ACE for Games uses AI to let you interact and talk with NPCs
With AI prevalent in the high-performance computing space, and NVIDIA's cutting-edge hardware pushing the company's worth to new heights, CEO Jensen Huang began his Computex 2023 keynote with a slice of RTX meets AI with a glimpse at the potential future of gaming. It's called NVIDIA Avatar Cloud Engine (ACE), an AI model that "transforms games by bringing intelligence to non-playable characters (NPCs) through AI-powered natural language interactions."
Imagine a Cyberpunk 2077 Night City open-world brought to life in Unreal Engine 5, with stunning ray tracing effects, where a futuristic ramen bar is a home to global illumination and lighting that looks as breathtaking as anything seen in CD Project Red's new Path Traced RT Overdrive mode.
The difference? The person behind the bar is bright to life with generative AI language models and can respond to your voice in a way reminiscent of real-world role-playing. And funnily enough the earliest days of gaming with tabletop Dungeons and Dragons.
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ASUS reveal its amazing 49-inch 144Hz super-ultrawide PG49WCD gaming monitor
If you thought ultra-wides were big, your socks will be blown off by ASUS's brand new ROG Swift PG49WCD OLED gaming monitor.
ASUS is gearing up to announce a bunch of new products at Computex 2023, and we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the company's upcoming PG49WCD: an OLED super-ultrawide display that measures an eye-watering 49 inches of high-definition doom.
ASUS has packed an impressive set of specs inside the PG49WCD, featuring a resolution of 5120x1440, an 1800R curve for intense immersive gaming, and a custom heatsink with a graphene rear panel that assists in lowering the operating temperatures, reducing the risk of burn-in.
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ASUS's world's first 38-inch 4K 144Hz gaming monitor spotted at Computex 2023
World Exclusive - ASUS is a day away from unveiling the first of its kind 38-inch 4K gaming display, with the company expected to unveil the product fully at Computex 2023 tomorrow.
Introducing the ROG Swift PG38UQ, the world's first 38-inch 4K gaming monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate, Adaptive-Sync technology, ASUS's IPS technology that enables a 1ms response time, AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, NVIDIA G-Sync to reduce screen tearing, and Display HDR 600. Notably, the coming monitor features improved connectivity with DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.1, USB Hub and a tripod socket located on the top of the monitor.
ASUS is no stranger to the gaming monitor market, as the company is renowned for producing some of the highest end displays that gamers can get their hands-on. As Computex 2023 continues, we expect to learn more about what ASUS has to offer gamers in terms of slick monitors. As for the PG38UQ, currently there is no word on a release date or price, but we can assume that it will be sometime within the next year.
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Sony's Jim Ryan is confident the PS5 can sell at least 108 million units
Sony executive management is confident the PlayStation 5 will exceed at least 108 million units in its lifetime.
In a recent games business briefing, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan said that he strongly believes that the PS5 family of hardware will break 108 million sales worldwide across its life cycle. This would put the PS5 just below the PS4's 117.2 million shipments, but above the PS1's 102.4 million lifetime shipments.
"Yes, I would anticipate that over the life of the PlayStation 5, that we should be able to exceed a figure of 70 million on top of the 38 million [we have achieved]," Ryan said in the Q&A section of the meeting's webcast.
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PC gaming is not yet substantial for PlayStation, but it's growing fast
Sony's PC gaming initiative is growing exponentially, but also missed internal targets by $50 million and has yet to become a significant contributor to overall revenues.
A new business briefing from Sony Interactive Entertainment gives a better perspective of its PC gaming presence. The company has released new figures of its PC games business that illustrates growth in the sector, but also shows just how relatively small PC gaming currently is for Sony.
According to the data, Sony made $250 million from PC gaming in FY22, which is $50 million below expectations. This figure allows us to weigh PC gaming revenues against Other segment earnings to see a proportional share of this new platform.
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Bungie acquisition helped Sony become one of the top 20 publishers on PC
Sony's acquisition of Bungie seems to be paying off big time, and has dramatically increased PlayStation's presence in PC gaming.
Sony's strategic $3.7 billion buyout of Bungie looks to be one of the company's most beneficial games acquisitions since the purchase of Insomniac Games in 2019. Not only has Sony conscribed Bungie to help vet its first-party live service titles with a "rigorous review process," which has unfortunately led to the delay and possible cancellation of some titles, but the Bungie buyout allows Sony to instantly recognize Destiny 2's hefty revenues on PC.
As a result, Sony Interactive Entertainment is now recognized as one of the top video games publishers "on a popular PC game store." In a recent business briefing, PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst had some interesting things to say about the company's new PC expansion.
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Spider-Man 2 hype is explosive, gameplay trailer has more views than PS showcase
Hype for Insomniac's Spider-Man 2 is off the charts and could end up being Sony's best-selling first-party game of 2023.
Sony's latest PlayStation Showcase event had mixed reception, with a portion of gamers being confused by the new first-party PlayStation live service games and others having a muted response to the overall tone of the show itself. But there's one thing that everyone seems to agree on: The new Spider-Man 2 game is an instant fan-favorite.
Sony saved the official gameplay reveal of Insomniac's Spider-Man 2 for the end of the show for good reason, and it really felt like the ace up their sleeve. Gamers had high and lofty expectations for the PlayStation showcase that were mostly too good to be true, as is usually the case for these summer-timed events, but the new Spider-Man 2 footage was met with near-unanimous praise.
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