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TT Show Episode 43 - Intel CPU troubles and AMD's exciting new game tech

Kosta Andreadis | TweakTown | Jul 19, 2024 7:16 PM CDT

This week on the TT Show, Jak and Kosta discuss the ongoing saga with Intel's 13th and 14th Gen CPUs, specifically the flagship 13900K and 14900K models that have been plagued with instability issues for several months. Over the past week, things have fired up with reports of game developers switching servers over to AMD and data showing that these Intel CPUs are failing at an alarming rate.

TT Show Episode 43 - Intel CPU troubles and AMD's exciting new game tech

Speaking of AMD, the company announced its new game-specific tech that can reduce install sizes by up to 70% - and yeah, Jak and Kosta cannot wait for this to become available. For reference, that would bring Call of Duty's install size down from 150 GB to under 50 GB.

In the world of AI, it's come to light that companies like Apple and NVIDIA have been using YouTube videos from popular channels and creators for AI training, which goes against Google's terms of service. Also, Microsoft has confirmed that it has created an AI voice generator that sounds indistinguishable from the real thing - and for that reason, it won't be released.

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Sabrent's new Thunderbolt 4 Docking Station with Monitor Desk Mount: supports up to 3 displays

Sabrent wants to provide even more functionality to your lifestyle with a new Thunderbolt 4 Docking Station with Monitor Desk Mount, using a gas-lift arm that supports up to two monitors.

Sabrent's new Thunderbolt 4 Docking Station with Monitor Desk Mount: supports up to 3 displays

The new Thunderbolt 4 Docking Station with Monitor Desk Mount (DS-T4WA) docking station connects through the ultra-fast Thunderbolt 4 standard, delivering a Thunderbolt 4 downstream port that's joined by 4 USB ports (2 x 10Gbps USB 3.2 Gen2x1, 1 x 10Gbps USB-A, and 1 x 5Gbps USB 3.2 Gen1x1)

Sabrent bakes in a UHS-II (312Mbps) microSD/SD card reader, a 3.5-inch audio in/out port, and gigabit ethernet (1GbE) for fast and reliable wired network connectivity. It's virtually got it all, and don't forget there's a monitor mount there, too.

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EA's College Football 25 made over $220 million via early access sales

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jul 22, 2024 4:12 PM CDT

EA Sports College Football 25 is a huge success with multiple millions of players buying into the lucrative early access period.

EA's College Football 25 made over $220 million via early access sales

If recent trends are any indication, gaming giant Electronic Arts might deliver stellar Q2'25 numbers. According to a recent press release, EA's latest sports sensation College Football 25 has pulled in 2.2 million unique players in the 3-day period from early access launch on July 16 to July 19.

"Football fans have jumped at the chance to get in the game and play as their favorite college teams. 2.2 million unique players played College Football 25 during Early Access, with an additional 600,000 playing via the EA Play trial," reads the press release.

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Report: Modern Warfare 3 coming to Game Pass shortly after subscription price hike

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jul 22, 2024 3:26 PM CDT

Microsoft plans to release Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 on Xbox Game Pass in a matter of days, sources have told multiple trusted media.

Report: Modern Warfare 3 coming to Game Pass shortly after subscription price hike

The first Call of Duty is coming to Xbox Game Pass this week--Modern Warfare 3 is set to launch on Game Pass on July 24, sources have told Insider Gaming, Windows Central's Jez Corden, notable leaker eXtas1s, and the Xbox Era podcast.

The timing here is curious, especially within the context of 2023's FTC v. Microsoft federal trial. If Modern Warfare 3 does indeed drop on Game Pass this week, it will arrive shortly after a price hike for the Xbox Game Pass subscription service. Microsoft recently announced it would be raising the price of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate from $16.99 per month to $19.99 per month, a +17% increase ($3).

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EA dominates PlayStation Store as EA Sports College Football 25 tops best-sellers charts

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jul 22, 2024 2:41 PM CDT

EA's latest College Football 25 has exploded on the console gaming charts, topping the PlayStation Store's best-sellers just days after release.

EA dominates PlayStation Store as EA Sports College Football 25 tops best-sellers charts

After 12 years, the triumphant return of collegiate football is here with EA Sports' College Football 25. The sports sensation has taken over gaming's largest console storefront, becoming #1 in both in the top 25 best-sellers and top 25 most-downloaded games on the PlayStation Store for July 21, 2024.

The trend is eye-opening as College Football 25 has pushed Fortnite out of the top spot on the PS Store--typically Epic's battle royale commands the #1 spot thanks to Fortnite's microtransactions. EA's dominance doesn't just end with the latest game, though: Among publishers, EA had 5 games on the top 25 best-sellers list, beating out Sony Interactive Entertainment, Take-Two Interactive, and Microsoft. EA also had multiple higher-priced premium games including College Football 25 ($70), FC24 ($70), FC25 Ultimate Edition ($100), and Madden NFL25 ($100).

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PS5 Pro Trinity graphics preset spotted in No Man's Sky update

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jul 22, 2024 2:00 PM CDT

It looks like No Man's Sky will be among the first games to support Sony's mid-gen PlayStation 5 Pro console at launch, new datamined information indicates.

PS5 Pro Trinity graphics preset spotted in No Man's Sky update

References to Sony's upcoming PS5 Pro console have been found in No Man's Sky's latest World's Beyond update. The PS5 Pro's codename, Trinity, was spotted as a new graphical preset within the space sim's source code. The interesting tidbit was uncovered by dataminers and shared via No Man's Sky modder and reverse-engineering specialist @bomber_that on Twitter.

"Graphics Preset Options for "Trinity", the apparent internal codename for the PS5 Pro. Standard PS5 Graphics Preset for comparison," the modder wrote.

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Want Windows 11 on your iPhone? Of course you don't, but it's been done on an iPhone 15 Pro

Darren Allan | Software & Apps | Jul 22, 2024 1:49 PM CDT

Windows 11 has been shown running on an Apple iPhone 15 Pro, and it's a pretty cool - if pointless - feat, one that was achieved with Tiny11.

Want Windows 11 on your iPhone? Of course you don't, but it's been done on an iPhone 15 Pro

Those familiar with the world of Windows will doubtless recognize Tiny11, the stripped-down version of Microsoft's desktop OS. So, how does this get installed on an iPhone?

Well, via the magic of emulation, as it's all thanks to the release of a new PC emulator, which has only just been approved for the Apple App Store last week.

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Elon Musk turns on xAI's new AI supercomputer: 100K liquid-cooled NVIDIA H100 AI GPUs at 4:20am

Anthony Garreffa | Artificial Intelligence | Jul 22, 2024 8:37 AM CDT

Elon Musk has just powered on xAI's new supercomputer, powered by 100,000 x NVIDIA H100 AI GPUs worth up to $4 billion at its Memphis Supercluster, the "most powerful AI training cluster in the world".

Elon Musk turns on xAI's new AI supercomputer: 100K liquid-cooled NVIDIA H100 AI GPUs at 4:20am

Elon Musk took to X, posting: "Nice work by xAI team, X team, NVIDIA and supporting companies getting Memphis Supercluster training started at ~4:20am local time. With 100K liquid-cooled H100s on a single RDMA fabric, it's the most powerful AI training cluster in the world!"

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Report: GeForce RTX 50 Series delayed to 2025, NVIDIA v AMD GPU showdown at CES

Kosta Andreadis | Video Cards & GPUs | Jul 22, 2024 7:29 AM CDT

After months of back-and-forth between Q4 2024 and a potential 2025 release for the next-gen Blackwell-powered GeForce RTX 50 Series from NVIDIA, it looks like the latter is going to be the case. Industry insider and leaker @kopite7kimi has taken to X to say they think we won't see the GeForce RTX 50 Series and the new RTX 5090 and RTX 5080 flagship combo until CES 2025.

Report: GeForce RTX 50 Series delayed to 2025, NVIDIA v AMD GPU showdown at CES

After reports that AMD was going hold off until CES 2025 before announcing its plans for its next-generation Radeon RX 8000 Series line-up powered by RDNA 4, this news that NVIDIA could also be eyeing a January 2025 reveal in Las Vegas would make for quite the GPU showdown in the desert.

Albeit one where AMD's new flagship will be a mid-range refresh versus NVIDIA's next-gen RTX 4090 killer. For those of us looking forward to picking up a GeForce RTX 5090 this holiday season, this delay is disappointing.

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Scientists want to build an information superhighway between Earth and the Moon

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Jul 22, 2024 7:02 AM CDT

For space travel to become an affordable reliable form of transportation Earth needs to be able to communicate quickly and efficiently with our destinations, which will be at first then Moon and then Mars.

Scientists want to build an information superhighway between Earth and the Moon

Establishing a high-speed data network between Earth and the Moon will enable real-time communication, navigation, and monitoring of missions through sending and receiving audio, images, and video. To achieve this, a team of researchers at the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) and the Beijing Institute of Spacecraft System Engineering proposed a network comprised of 30 satellites and three lunar ground stations.

This network would enable 20 or more travelers to simultaneously communication with Earth in the aforementioned formats. In addition to the communication abilities, the network would also enable researchers to track objects as small as 3 feet in diameter in the region between Earth and the Moon. The project by China is aiming to be rolled out in three stages.

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Samsung announces partnership with AMD to supply high-perf substrates for next-gen CPUs, GPUs

Anthony Garreffa | Artificial Intelligence | Jul 22, 2024 4:44 AM CDT

Samsung has just announced a new partnership with AMD, with the South Korean giant to provide high-performance substrates for AMD's next-gen CPUs and GPUs for data centers.

Samsung announces partnership with AMD to supply high-perf substrates for next-gen CPUs, GPUs

Samsung Electro-Mechanics (SEMCO) announced the collaboration with AMD today, to supply high-performance substrates for hyperscale data center compute applications. Market research firm Prismark predicts that the semiconductor substrate market will grow at an average annual rate of around 7% from 15.2 trillion KRW to 20 trillion KRW in 2028.

SEMCO is placing a 1.9 trillion KRW investment in the FCBGA factory shows it's committed to pushing substrate technology and manufacturing capabilities to meet the highest industry standards and future technology needs. SEMCO's collaboration with AMD focuses on meeting the unique challenges of integrating multiple semiconductor chips (chiplets) on a single large substrate.

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