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AMD partners still don't have Vega GPUs for custom cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 3 days, 9 hours ago

It was only 24 hours ago that we reported about the delayed custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, but now Hardwareluxx has talked with four manufacturers that have provided very similar answers.

 

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I reached out to some of my AIB contacts and can also personally confirm AMD hasn't shipped any Vega GPUs yet, and that they should turn up sometime next month. VideoCardz has also reached out to their contacts, with the same news, as it seems AMD is in trouble with Vega production.

 

As for the four manufacturers that Hardwareluxx talked to, this is what they said (in a rough translation):

 

  • Manufacturer A: Custom RX Vega models are already developed and ready to be launched, company is waiting for GPUs from AMD. They can't estimate when more variants of RX Vega 56 will be available.
  • Manufacturer B: AMD is always focusing on reference models first, however the availability is a major issue and causes delays of custom models. They have no date for custom designs to be available.
  • Manufacturer C: Manufacturer has no final specs nor launch date for their custom design. They waiting for GPUs to be delivered, they assume no cards will be ready by mid-October.
  • Manufacturer D: They are waiting for GPUs, no comment on their custom designs.

AMD's next-gen Vega: made on 12nm FinFET, coming in 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 3 days, 10 hours ago

AMD can't get enough Radeon RX Vega cards into gamers' hands, or any Vega 10 GPUs into AIB partner hands at all, but we're already looking to the future with Vega 20 and the upcoming shift to the 12nm FinFET process.

 

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AMD has confirmed it will be moving to the 12nm FinFET process for both Ryzen and Vega parts, withi the upcoming Zen+ parts to launch in the second half of 2018. We should expect naming systems like Ryzen 7 1850X (up from 1800X), and changes to Threadripper.

 

But for the new Vega 20 GPU, we should see it pushed onto 12nm FinFET with "more than 10% improvement in performance over industry 16nm FinFET solutions", with "up to 15% improvement in circuit density".

 

All I can say is that we're going to need it if AMD wants to push into a single GPU product that is capable of 4K 60FPS, let alone the GPU horsepower required for 8K 60FPS.

$150 copy of NBA 2K18 costs half of Switch console price

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 11 hours ago

2K Games is selling a $150 copy of NBA 2K 18 on the Nintendo Switch...which is half of the console's asking cost. Yes, really.

 

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In today's industry the gaming world is inundated with expensive collector's editions, pre-order bonuses, season passes, and over-priced digital deluxe special edition gold-platinum mega editions, publishers it seems games-makers are all too eager to sell you anything but the base $59.99 copy of the game. One such explosively expensive digital version has popped up on the Nintendo Switch's eShop and is asking gamers to spend $150--or 50% of the Switch's $299 price tag--on a single game: NBA 2K18.

 

The NBA 2K18 Legend Edition Gold version costs a staggering $150, easily making it the most expensive game on the Switch's eShop. Yes, this kind of thing has invaded the Switch too--no longer is it the last bastion of hope against crazy expensive video game temptations. A quick cursory search showed that there are currently no other digital deluxe versions of games available on the Switch storefront. So what do you get if you spend $150 on this edition? 250,000 VC, which are units to spend on the game's massively lucrative microtransaction packs, 40 MyTEAM Packs--what you spend VC on--that are only doled out once a week, and a bunch of in-game digital jerseys and shoes.

 

Yes, really.

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Xbox's Phil Spencer promoted to vice president of gaming

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 14 hours ago

Xbox division head Phil Spencer has now been promoted to a bigger leadership role at Microsoft, a move that strongly re-iterates the technology titan's support for gaming.

 

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Phil Spencer, the man who's credited with essentially "saving" the Xbox brand and reversing significant damage incurred by the 2013 Xbox One launch, has now been promoted to a new role in Microsoft's executive branch. Mr. Spencer is now the Executive Vice President, Gaming at Microsoft, a promotion from his previous role as Head of Xbox

 

"Phil Spencer is executive vice president, Gaming at Microsoft. In this role, Spencer is accountable for leading Microsoft's gaming business across all devices and services," the company's leadership profile reads. "With his team and game development partners, Spencer continues to push the boundaries of creativity, technical innovation and fun across gaming genres, audiences and devices."

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HTC ceases stock trading, takeover likely

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 3 days, 17 hours ago

Beleaguered Taiwanese smartphone-maker HTC has halted trading of its shares, lending credence to buyout rumors.

 

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HTC today announced that it has paused all trading of company stock on the Taiwan Stock Exchange ahead of a "major announcement," which is likely an official takeover reveal. The company, which once sat alongside the biggest phone-makers in the industry, recently reported its eighth straight consecutive loss in May, with losses of $66 million in first quarter of the current fiscal year.

 

Speculation indicates HTC will sell its research and development and smartphone divisions to Alphabet Inc, and other reports say the company will likewise spin off its VR division that's responsible for the HTC Vive headset.

 

As The China Post reports, HTC has seen a significant drop in stock value in the last few years. The company's shares currently sit at NT $69.30, only 5% of the company's all-time TSE high of NT $1,300 achieved in 2011.

Broker: Nintendo to sell 130 million Switch by 2020

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 19 hours ago

Nintendo will sell 130 million units of its Switch handheld-console hybrid in four years of availability, investment firm Credit Suisse predicts.

 

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Japanese console-maker Nintendo has been lifted to "outperform" status by Swiss investment broker Credit Suisse, who now forecasts the company to sell around 130 million Switch consoles by 2020. This prediction, which would see the Nintendo Switch beating the mega-popular Wii and the 3DS' current 67.08 hardware sales by 94% in four years, is predicated wholly on the basis that the Switch will be accepted mainly as a handheld by consumers. However Nintendo has been adamant in defining the Switch as a "home console first and foremost," and the portability aspect is seen as a sidenote, despite the fact regions like Japan thrive on handheld gaming.

 

Credit Suisse analyst Keiichi Yoneshima explains the prediction by saying the Switch will hit its sales peak about three years after its launch, or 2020 during Nintendo's fiscal 2019 year timeline.

 

"As Nintendo's Switch is a unique game platform for use as either a console or handheld, there was initially some uncertainty over whether its sales cycle would more closely resemble that of a console or handheld. Although the Switch is currently categorized as more of a console, we expect it to sell like a handheld," the analyst said.

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Intel delays 10nm CPU tech for the third time: late 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 3 days, 20 hours ago

Update: Intel reached out to me for some clarification on this article, informing me they're talking to the original source of this article, Digitimes, too. Intel said that their 10nm production is "on track and not delayed", adding that: "We'll be shipping our first 10-nanometer products near the end of the year beginning with a lower volume SKU followed by a volume ramp in the first half of 2018".

 

Intel has been reacting to AMD for most of the year, but now their plans for 2018 just went into disarray as the once champion of the industry has hit yet another roadblock of its next-gen 10nm CPU node.

 

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Intel's upcoming Cannon Lake CPU architecture has been delayed, for a third time, to the end of 2018. Cannon Lake was once pitched as a mid-2017 release, and is now 18 months behind. Digitimes is reporting that Intel's delay of Cannon Lake is hurting OEM partners, who are thinking of skipping Cannon Lake for Ice Lake, which is reportedly coming out very close to the release of Cannon Lake.

 

This gives Intel's competitors in the semiconductor business with a chance to dash up to, and ahead of Intel. We have TSMC, Samsung and Globalfoundries (a close partner of AMD) who all expect to have 10nm or better nodes online by 2019, which now won't be too far away from Intel.

Sarah Connor is back, new Terminator movie with Arnie

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 3 days, 20 hours ago

The last few Terminator movies haven't been good at all, but now there's a new Terminator movie on the way from Skydance and Paramount.

 

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During a private event, James Cameron announced the news of a new Terminator movie that would see the return of Linda Hamilton, who was last scene in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Cameron said: "As meaningful as she was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it's going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she's become return".

 

He continued: "There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys", in reference to older actors still making big action movies, finishing by adding "but there isn't an example of that for women".

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Toshiba to sell memory business for $18 billion

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: 3 days, 21 hours ago

Toshiba will sell its lucrative storage chip memory business to a consortium of buyers led by Bain Capital for $18 billion, Reuters reports.

 

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After long weeks of negotiations, Japanese chip-maker Toshiba has agreed to sell its Toshiba Memory Corporation storage company for 2 trillion yen, or about $18 billion, down from the original 2.4 trillion offer. Toshiba has agreed to sell the business to a group of buyers led by Bain Capital instead of the Western Digital helmed consortium. The Bain group includes other companies such as SK Hynix, Dell, and others. Tech titan Apple also contributed to the investment, likely in an effort to get as close as possible to the chip supply chain.

 

The chip business is responsible for Toshiba's wide array of memory solutions, which include its latest high-efficient 3D NAND technology which has high use cases in modern smartphones, servers, and other major devices. Toshiba is the world's number 2 supplier of flash memory and remains a significant force in today's electronics market.

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GeIL add the Super Luce RGB Lite Series to their range

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: RAM | Posted: 3 days, 23 hours ago

GeIL today announced the Super Luce RGB Lite DDR4 memory range. If you're a fan of GeIL products, you may remember that GeIL have recently released the Super Luce RGB Sync variant. These modules are practically identical with only a few subtle differences.

 

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There is no software support for The Super Luce RGB Lite, this means you can't customize your RGB LED settings and are locked with the manufactures preset lighting. The Super Luce RGB Sync supported a cable that connected to your motherboard, allowing customization via software.

 

As for performance, as expected they're identical. Both feature single and dual-channel kits up to 32GB (2x16GB), speeds of DDR4-2133MHz to DDR4-3200MHz and are available in black and white finish. Backed with lifetime warranty, GeIL also offer AMD variants of the Super Luce RBG line up for those AMD Ryzen builds.

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