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Dave James commented on
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2000 AD is now available to other developers outside Rebellion, but who should make what?2000 AD is now available to other developers outside Rebellion, but who should make what?
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I would love me an ABC Warriors game. Some sort of isometric heist-y one maybe.
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How to overclock: it's easier than you thinkHow to overclock: it's easier than you think
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Heh, maybe. But my case doesn't have enough space for 4 ssd (both in terms of space for SATA SSDs that plug in into the drive bay and in terms of pci-e slots) and I need at least 1tb to be comfortable with all the shit I install/play.

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Yeah, in that case it's going to have to be an old spinning platter then I'm afraid, unless you start saving. 1TB SSDs are still about £300/$300 :(

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Where's the steam controller?

There is nothing else like it, love mine to death. Don't think i could go back to regular pad. Don't need a wheel, or a hotas to play racing or flight sims, either. Just setup the gyro and you're golden. The pads are 10x more accurate than a stick, and the pad/gyro combo can compete with mouse users with just a bit of practice.
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Sorry fella, but I'm really not a fan of the Steam Controller.


Totally get that some people really dig it, but I personally wouldn't recommend it to anyone as the best PC pad.


For me a wheel for racing sims is almost as much about the feedback as it is about the sensitivity of the wheel itself. I don't think any pad could replicate that.

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How to overclock: it's easier than you thinkHow to overclock: it's easier than you think
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As far as I'm aware there is no way to overclock the standard spinning platters of a hard drive. The 10,000RPM Western Digital Raptor drives are the speediest traditional HDD I've seen and even then is a long way behind even old SSDs.


Though Intel were working on storage overclocking that was only for SSDs.


http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/computing-components/storage/computing/pc/intel-demonstrates-experimental-overclocking-of-ssds-1180509


If the bottleneck in your system is the storage your only option is to upgrade to an SSD I'm afraid.


I believe the attrition rate on modern solid state drives though is getting beyond HDDs now and while there is far less space for the cash 250GB SSDs are now quite affordable.

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Heh, maybe. But my case doesn't have enough space for 4 ssd (both in terms of space for SATA SSDs that plug in into the drive bay and in terms of pci-e slots) and I need at least 1tb to be comfortable with all the shit I install/play.

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Intel to unveil their most advanced 10-core CPUs in AugustIntel to unveil their most advanced 10-core CPUs in August
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I reckon they'll stick with the crazy $1,700 for the deca-core Skylake-X chip, but still not really sure what to expect from the smaller, quad-core Kaby Lake-X CPUs.

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Well, it's really not that crazy considering the power. Wonder how well it will be supported by the mobo vendors, so you can save on that.

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Intel won't be selling you a Kaby Lake chip with an AMD GPU in it this yearIntel won't be selling you a Kaby Lake chip with an AMD GPU in it this year
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David;


I never once said in my post that "people will be able to pick off the shelf and build systems around themselves. " You made that up all by yourself. Don't put words in my text.


You missed my point completely. AMD is likely intending to sell Intel dGPU silicon that Intel can place on an Interposer along with an Intel server CPU.


This would not impact AMD APU sales as it is not the same thing. AMD is doing the very same thing with it's exascale Tarnhelm and Naples for the Chinese server market.


However it also does not mean that a dGPU would not be placed on an Interposer with HBM and a CPU for workstation uses.


AMD has remade itself into a graphics company that happens to sell x86 CPUs and APU's rather than a CPU company that happens to sell GPU's.


This is a huge difference. AMD is not going to turn it's back on dGPU sales to Intel as Intel has 95% of the server market. The best AMD can hope for server penetration is maybe 5% growth. However it makes a hell of a lot more sense to sell dGPU for servers to Intel as now AMD not only has penetration into a new market but that is a hell of an endorsement for the Radeon Tech.

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Fair enough, from what Bennett was saying in the thread it didn't seem like he was expecting it to be something for the server space.


Still, if it is going to be as you say it's still not going to be a Kaby Lake processor you'll be able to buy and drop into your gaming rig. Which is the thrust of the story - this AMD/Intel collaboration isn't going to be a chip for the general PC upgrade market.


If it were that would be creating competition for themselves which they've said they won't do when licensing out IP.

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Intel won't be selling you a Kaby Lake chip with an AMD GPU in it this yearIntel won't be selling you a Kaby Lake chip with an AMD GPU in it this year
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I'm not disputing a closed, on-die solution, closely integrating the GPU and CPU silicon in a way that they can be accessed interchangeably by the system would be faster than simply tacking a graphics chip onto an existing package, but I can't see AMD willing to let that happen in a space they already operate in.


Given Intel's historic dominance of the CPU space that would result in unnecessary competition for their Raven Ridge chips, competition they would've then helped foster.


My contention is that this is not going to result in a hybrid Core/Radeon chip that people will be able to pick off the shelf and build systems around themselves. It's a chip that's more likely to occupy a segment of the tech market where the RTG won't be in competition with AMD in a wider context - hence dropping it into a closed system like a Mac or a sealed HMD.

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David;


I never once said in my post that "people will be able to pick off the shelf and build systems around themselves. " You made that up all by yourself. Don't put words in my text.


You missed my point completely. AMD is likely intending to sell Intel dGPU silicon that Intel can place on an Interposer along with an Intel server CPU.


This would not impact AMD APU sales as it is not the same thing. AMD is doing the very same thing with it's exascale Tarnhelm and Naples for the Chinese server market.


However it also does not mean that a dGPU would not be placed on an Interposer with HBM and a CPU for workstation uses.


AMD has remade itself into a graphics company that happens to sell x86 CPUs and APU's rather than a CPU company that happens to sell GPU's.


This is a huge difference. AMD is not going to turn it's back on dGPU sales to Intel as Intel has 95% of the server market. The best AMD can hope for server penetration is maybe 5% growth. However it makes a hell of a lot more sense to sell dGPU for servers to Intel as now AMD not only has penetration into a new market but that is a hell of an endorsement for the Radeon Tech.

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Calling Windows 10 Cloud ‘ransomware’ is a bit much, Mr. Sweeney…Calling Windows 10 Cloud ‘ransomware’ is a bit much, Mr. Sweeney…
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You make a reasonable point, and for the most part I agree with you. For some bizarre reason this writer has it out for Sweeney, so his opinion is a compromised one.

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I genuinely have no issue with Tim Sweeney at all. My opinion is that talking in such hyperbolic terms about an unreleased, unannounced operating system - which isn't likely to replace anything that's currently available from Microsoft - is over the top.


If Windows Cloud does release restricting usage of Win32 apps (like Win RT before it) then it will be a license-free version for low-end Chromebook style machines and won't impinge on your rights to run Win32 software on your standard version of Windows. This is not going to be taking anything away from you.


And anyways, if it is like RT it's doomed to failure so we won't have to be talking about it in 12 months ;)

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Calling Windows 10 Cloud ‘ransomware’ is a bit much, Mr. Sweeney…Calling Windows 10 Cloud ‘ransomware’ is a bit much, Mr. Sweeney…
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To be fair it was Sweeney who started using emotive terms such "ransomware" and "steal" in reference to MS potentially creating a restricted, license-free version of their OS.


My point is that saying it's being designed to "steal your Steam PC game library and ransom it back to you" is going a bit far.


Freeware is pretty much always restrictive if there's a paid-for version, isn't it?

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Well there is restrictive, and then there is an OS that doesn't allow you to even run software, by design. At the extreme edge of such practices are things that deserve to be called out for being ridiculous. Hyperbole is a relatively common method of accentuating the ridiculous.


It's not much different than Facebook offering free internet to the third world, that violates net neutrality in most first world countries.


Or on the legality front, the grey area war for forcing users to submit to their distribution platform. No one has managed to 'stop' apple, but it is the reason Jailbreaking had to be defined in a court of law as being perfectly legal. The same reason Google never had a leg to stand on to prevent amazon from essentially poaching it's app store revenue.


If this OS does release like this, I would be surprised if it didn't end up in court for trying to monopolize it's user base. The openness of being able to develop and distribute win32 applications has kept windows safe from such claims for a long time. Barely. It would be pushing the boundaries of legality as much as it does decency.

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Intel SSD 600p 512GB review: PCIe speed for the price of a sluggish SATA mid-rangerIntel SSD 600p 512GB review: PCIe speed for the price of a sluggish SATA mid-ranger
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To be fair you might actually be better off with a decent size 850 EVO. Was a great drive and you might find that because it's booting natively from your motherboard, rather than an SSD going through a third-party M.2 adapter, it might actually get you into Windows quicker.

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Just ordered 500GB 850 Evo £144, and 2TB HD to go with it. Checked the SMART data on my HDs, one shows 1,393 days power-on time! Time to retire the pair, I think. Thanks for the help!

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