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AMD Van Gogh APUs: Zen 2 CPU + RDNA 2 GPU for ultra-low power laptops

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Sun, Apr 18 2021 8:51 PM CDT

AMD is currently preparing its next-gen Van Gogh line of APUs for ultra-low power notebooks, with new leaks teasing that we are to expect a quad-core APU powered by the Zen 2 architecture as well as an RDNA 2-based GPU.

The news is coming from Moore's Law is Dead, with Tom reporting that AMD's next-gen Van Gogh APUs will be made on the 7nm node by TSMC and will feature a monolithic design packing a CPU, GPU, and I/O IPs -- all ready for ultra-low power notebooks and ready for 2021.

AMD's new Van Gogh APUs will not only have Zen 2 CPU cores and RDNA 2 GPU cores, but it'll also pack LPDDR6 memory which offers more bandwidth -- great for gaming and content creation on-the-cheap (and inside of ultra-low power notebooks of the future). AMD is using the FF3 socket for its new Van Gogh APUs which is an compact low power socket, something that AMD will use to fight against Intel's new Tiger Lake-U processors.

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HDD and SSD crypto mining frenzy begins, could see shortages like GPUs

Anthony Garreffa | Cryptocurrency & Mining | Sun, Apr 18 2021 8:25 PM CDT

If you were pissed off about the worldwide GPU shortage was bad, then we might be in for some trying times when it comes to HDDs and SSDs as Chinese crypto miners are buying them up in bulk to mine cryptocurrency on them.

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Chia is the cryptocurrency that the Chinese miners are digging into right now, which doesn't use a CPU, GPU, or ASIC -- it uses your hard drive or SSD. Chia uses a proof of space and time model, versus the proof of work model that cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are mined through.

Chia was created by BitTorrent creator Bram Cohen, with the idea behind Chia being that HDDs and SSDs use less power -- so mining on them is much cheaper (as the HDD and SSDs are cheaper than CPUs and GPUs for the most part, and they use far, far less power and output even less heat).

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ASUS CMP 30HX mining GPU spotted, packs RGB lighting for max crypto

Anthony Garreffa | Cryptocurrency & Mining | Sun, Apr 18 2021 7:48 PM CDT

We saw GIGABYTE's own NVIDIA CMP 30HX mining GPU -- and now it's time for ASUS to shine with its CMP30HX-6G mining GPU. Check it out:

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ASUS is doing things a little differently with its CMP 30HX mining card: by adding ARGB lighting onto the card we have some RGB bling for when these things are crammed into Bitcoin mining rigs and crypto mining rigs across the world. Inside, ASUS has 6GB of GDDR6 memory on a 192-bit memory bus at 14Gbps, a single 8-pin PCIe power connector and we're sure to expect a Turing TU116-100 GPU.

We have a thicker 2.7-slot design with a dual-fan cooler, with ASUS set to charge around $800 for its new CMP 30HX mining card.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard 'held back so bad' by previous-gen consoles

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Sun, Apr 18 2021 7:11 PM CDT

We have already heard rumors that the next-gen Call of Duty: Vanguard is a steaming pile of sh*t with Battlefield leaker saying that it is a "f***ing disaster"... yeah well, now that f***ing disaster is going to be massively held back by previous-gen consoles.

In a new tweet, Battlefield leaker Tom Henderson says that "WW2 Vanguard is going to be held back so bad by previous generation consoles, and from my understanding they are planning previous gen for both Vangaurd and IW's next title". Interesting news there, especially with the hype building for EA's next-gen Battlefield 2021 title that is reportedly called "Battlefield".

Henderson only just a few days ago now teased that he had not heard "anything concrete" on whether Battlefield was coming top previous-gen consoles. I think -- no, I hope -- that EA and DICE have pushed the boundaries on Battlefield 2021 far enough that it simply needs to played on a high-end PC or next-gen console.

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Battlefield 6 last-gen reports clarified by leaker

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Apr 18 2021 5:36 PM CDT

Back in January, leaker Tom Henderson aka LongSensation said Battlefield 6 could come to Xbox One and PS4. Now Henderson says Battlefield will be next-gen only, and offers quick clarification on those previous rumors.

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Insider Tom Henderson has been stealing headlines lately with his Battlefield info. Henderson has outlined a possible map for Battlefield 6, and claims the game will have huge environmental disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis, and that it takes place in 2025 with high-tech robotic dogs, drones, and other advanced war machines.

The biggest claim is that the new Battlefield will be next-gen exclusive on PS5, Xbox Series X, and Series S, and skip the PS4 and Xbox One systems entirely. We actually predicted this back in 2020 based on how EA talked about the project.

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Resident Evil Village's lycan werewolves are pretty terrifying

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Apr 18 2021 3:16 PM CDT

The first Resident Evil Village gameplay demo went live yesterday on PS4 and PS5, revealing a world soaked in atmospheric horror and some freaky new enemies.

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While I felt the RE Village demo was overall lackluster and tantalizingly short, the experience did leave something behind. The gameplay was decent--gunplay is fluid, doors are a bit finicky--but the atmospheric storytelling and grisly new lycans were the star of the demo (Of course Lady Dmitrescu wasn't on the stage in this demo, or she'd immediately steal the show).

The werewolf enemies are pretty unsettling to fight. They roam on all fours like beasts, exhibiting a kind of brutal feline grace. The first encounter is pretty memorable; you're in high snow-covered wheat and you actually hear them before you see them. The wheat shakes, something snarls, and you have a sense of dread. Then the monster pops up and smacks you around a few times.

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Hitman was supposed to be a live game with Hitman 2 & 3 as expansions

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Apr 18 2021 2:11 PM CDT

Hitman 2016's sequels were supposed to be major expansions, not separate retail games, IO says.

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In a recent interview with GamesIndustry.biz, IO Interactive CEO Hakan Abrak reveals the studio's original live game vision for Hitman. According to Abrak, IO wanted to make a "world of assassination" and roll out huge expansions similar to a live game like Destiny 2. The idea was to make one game and simply launch new expansions and updates in that game and allow players to pick and choose what content they wanted to install and play.

"I don't think a lot of people know this, but Hitman 2016 was supposed to be one ever-expanding big live product, just like an MMO or something. You would have this one executable, so Hitman 2 and 3 would just expand within this...you'd have Hitman world of assassination and just growing from there, it would be the same executable," Abrak said.

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Spider-Man Miles Morales US sales beat Last of Us 2, Ghost of Tsushima

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Apr 18 2021 1:14 PM CDT

In the U.S., Spider-Man Miles Morales is more popular than other major PlayStation exclusives like The Last of Us Part II and Ghost of Tsushima, the NPD Group reports.

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In the NPD Group's March 2021 earnings report, analyst Mat Piscatella revealed U.S. game sales rankings for the last 12 months. The results show a trend that Sony's big-budget dramas don't always hold the largest appeal among U.S. gamers; the top spot goes to your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

According to the rankings, which include sales in last 12 months from March 2020 - March 2021, Spider-Man Miles Morales digital and retail sales beat The Last of Us Part II and Ghost of Tsushima. This is no small feat considering Miles Morales had 5 months of sales, whereas TLOUII (launched in June) had 10 minutes and Ghost of Tsushima (launched in July) had 9 months to accumulate sales.

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In June, ESO players can buy lootbox items without spending money

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Apr 18 2021 12:10 PM CDT

ESO's new Endeavors daily/weekly challenges will allow players to buy Crown Crates without spending real money.

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ESO's new Update 30 in June will roll out a new mode called Endeavors that gives you a new currency for completing various daily and weekly objectives. The currency--Endeavor Seals--can be used to buy items contained in lootboxes. This is the first time that players are able to acquire these items without spending money.

Elder Scrolls Online's lootboxes--also called Crown Crates--feature cosmetics like tattoos, character appearances and mounts, as well as XP scrolls and potions.

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Beloved Mercenaries mode returns in Resident Evil Village

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Apr 18 2021 11:12 AM CDT

Capcom aims to please Resident Evil 4 fans by resurrecting the game's beloved Mercenaries mode for Resident Evil 8.

Resident Evil Village is a kind of upgraded modern throwback to Leon's medieval supernatural fantasy adventure in RE4, complete with werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and horrifying monstrosities that roam a Victorian-style village. The style, themes, characters, and environments all connect back to the Gamecube-era survival shooter. Now Capcom confirms another connection: Resident Evil Village will also have The Mercenaries mode.

Mercenaries is kind of like a self-contained Firefight or horde mode where you have to complete objectives in a set amount of time, all while slaughtering enemies and fighting to survive. There's a nifty combo bonus system that inspires players to unleash total carnage.

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