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2 Days ago
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 review: a high-end GPU waiting on a future it’s trying to createAMD Radeon RX Vega 64 review: a high-end GPU waiting on a future it’s trying to create
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"They may have a similar level of R&D investment as Nvidia"

How do you figure?
https://ycharts.com/companies/AMD/r_and_d_expense
https://ycharts.com/companies/NVDA/r_and_d_expense

AMD spends 67% of what Nvidia does...

I'm annoyed with how little stock there is. Was wanting to get one, but the silly bundles appear to be doing it in. I don't want a bundle, a special edition, or any of that, sheesh AMD.
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Eve: Valkyrie's Warzone update will remove the need for VR headsetsEve: Valkyrie's Warzone update will remove the need for VR headsets
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Huh. So I got an Oculus Rift with the sale, and got it from Best Buy which offered a free copy of EVE: Valkyrie as well. It's alright, but one of the features of it are weapons tied directly to where you're looking with your headset, including missile lock and one ship that has something like flak cannons that target where the pilot is looking.

I'm not sure how that's supposed to work without a headset, besides being changed to locked to the orientation of the ship, which then either takes away a neat VR element or, if it's only locked for non-VR users, gives the VR users an advantage.
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Forza Horizon 3 is $35.99 on PC, but only if you have Xbox Live GoldForza Horizon 3 is $35.99 on PC, but only if you have Xbox Live Gold
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I have it, played quite a bit of it. I like it, though there are aspects I would have liked to be different. One thing that kinda frustrates me (not related to the game itself) is that for some reason there is no way to upgrade to the Ultimate Edition... It would literally be cheaper right now to buy the Ultimate Edition than to buy the upgrades that are part of the Ultimate Edition on their own.
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AMD Vega launches August 14 with RX Vega Nano to follow later onAMD Vega launches August 14 with RX Vega Nano to follow later on
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Boy, people sure are disappointed, but I think people forget the size of AMD. They released Ryzen, they're releasing EPYC and Threadripper soon (as well as the new APUs they're working on), and then VEGA is coming soon... And they're doing this with an R&D budget comically small compared to their competitors. Last quarter, AMD spent $279M, Nvidia spent $411M, and Intel spent $3.36B. That's pretty impressive to me. Would I like to see better? Of course! But the negativity a lot are showing is a shame.

However, I will say those bundles are truly terrible.
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AMD release a chunky new driver update in preparation for the RX Vega launchAMD release a chunky new driver update in preparation for the RX Vega launch
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"Enhanced Sync combats this by disabling VSync when the frame rate drops below the monitor’s refresh rate." - essentially adaptive sync. Which you could do for so many years now.
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It's closer to Fast Sync, not Adaptive Sync, which came out with the 10xx series. So yes, still Nvidia did it first, but not "so many years" ago.

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AMD and Nvidia won’t talk about crypto-currency mining… and that’s a worry for gamersAMD and Nvidia won’t talk about crypto-currency mining… and that’s a worry for gamers
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I'm curious what kind of volume numbers they're actually putting out though, for AMD at least. Vega is on the horizon, and the 5xx series is clearly a stopgap, so why bother having a ton when you know the real player is coming soon?Reply
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While you're right Vega will be here soon it's still only going to be as a high-end card initially. Mainstream reworkings of the Vega architecture are unlikely to surface for a good while yet.


The 500-series/Polaris cards then are still going to have to cover the lower-end of the market.


But that in itself makes it really interesting what kind of volume numbers they're putting out! :)

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AMD Ryzen 5 1500X review: after the six-core highs come the quad-core lowsAMD Ryzen 5 1500X review: after the six-core highs come the quad-core lows
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I don't see why this is so disappointing. Sure, the 1600 is only $30 more, but where it's at it does perfectly fine. It competes pretty dang well with the i5-6600k, which is also $30 more, and while the dual-core i3 may offer higher clock speeds and therefore sometimes better gaming, just like the i7-7700k/1800x, as a general computing CPU the 1500x is the better deal. Is it exciting? No, but is it still a pretty solid offering when someone's trying to penny pinch? Yes. It feels like in most areas you can fall into the 'trap' of "Just a little bit (like $30?) more" with components, so it doesn't seem bad to have an offering to fill the space.Reply
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I do see your point re. always being able to spend just a little more on components, but I genuinely think the performance/spec gap between the 1500X and 1600 is way bigger than the $30 saving. Normally that small a price differential wouldn't deliver something so much better specced.

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4 Months ago
G2A say they're already doing everything Gearbox demandedG2A say they're already doing everything Gearbox demanded
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Yeah, I don't see any incentive for G2A to do this. That's a lot of work, and really, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Special Edition sales is what they get out if it? Yeah I'm sure that will make up for it.Reply
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The thing is that G2A has been trying to get deals like this directly from developers for a while, They want to seem like some big kid on the playground that can influence things. Also if G2A doesn't do this it will without a doubt show that does not have the consumers interests in mind, like they try so hard to seem like they do.

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Microsoft’s Project Scorpio is awesome. It means finally everyone’s a PC gamerMicrosoft’s Project Scorpio is awesome. It means finally everyone’s a PC gamer
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The big point isn't just about the hardware, it's that there will be tiered software. The Xbox 360 refresh and the PS3 slim didn't have anything extra enabled (to the best of my knowledge, or at the very least it wasn't very noticeable) for games to utilize. With PS4 Pro and Scorpio, games look noticeably different (beyond just 4k possibility) than with just PS4 and Xbox One because the developers are allowed to enable better graphics on the higher tiers, and lower graphics for the base tiers.

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yes this is a more noticeable change than the previous versions, but it is still just the hardware refresh.


the changes are larger this time as at launch the price of hardware to run at 4k would have pushed the launch price way to high and would have killed sales so both held back rather than cater to a minority at the time with 4k screens.


but in 3 years the hardware prices and the market has changed 4k got more common the hardware to run 4k got way cheaper, so the firms chose to put out 4k, the same as in 2007 after its 2005 launch the 360 finally had HDMI support added.


as for the graphics changes they are roughly the same as using the upscaling on an Nvidia card, some games add a few more particle effects but the difference is still fairly minor.


there will still be a new generation of consoles, it's Sony's biggest money maker and that next generation likely wont see a similar jump unless it comes out running at 4k and there is a jump to 8k early it's life span, that is the only reason it was done this time as there has been a call for 4k support since the PS4 and X1 were announced, so really it's nothing more than a way to do a refresh and know you can sell the same console to the same people again, as why sell something once when you can sell it multiple times? it's pretty much the model the likes of Apple and Samsung have been running on for several years now with phones.

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Microsoft’s Project Scorpio is awesome. It means finally everyone’s a PC gamerMicrosoft’s Project Scorpio is awesome. It means finally everyone’s a PC gamer
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What about PC games that have been releasing on Steam that don't really support mouse and keyboard? We're getting muddy waters!

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True, aside from certain classes of titles I usually use my XB1 controller if the game fully supports it.

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