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Dave James responded to Oninoshiko comment in
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AMD are still scared Intel will outspend, outflank and outmuscle RyzenAMD are still scared Intel will outspend, outflank and outmuscle Ryzen
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Here's the thing, INTC doesn't have to give any incentives. A simple price cut is all they need: AMD's comparing it to a 1000USD part? Make that a 400USD part.

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Suddenly wiping 60% off the price of their chips isn't going to be easy, or look good to the markets either.


And resellers aren't going to want to swallow a cut in already tight margins so Intel might be forced to swallow that cut too.


I'm not convinced Intel will be able to offer such a radical price restructuring especially with Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X on the way in the summer.

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Dave James responded to Crocodisiac comment in
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Clash of the GTX Titans: three generations of Nvidia’s top card go head-to-head...to-headClash of the GTX Titans: three generations of Nvidia’s top card go head-to-head...to-head
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First, you made mention of the Kepler's tremendous DPFP ability then never bothered to benchmark that. I'd really like to see that done, just out of curiosity.

2nd, the Pascal version is NOT a GTX. It is a NVIDIA Titan X, period.
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It wasn't a question of not bothering to benchmark double precision performance it's just that as a professional-level feature it wasn't relevant to an article about performance in a gaming setting.


And to me the Titans are still GTX cards even if they don't put that in their marketing material anymore because of the double 'X' ing. Full stop.


Nvidia do often refer to it as a GeForce GTX 10-series card too ;)

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Dave James responded to ✪ TheCatOfWar comment in
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The Ryzen response: Intel have forgotten how to deal with a genuinely competitive AMDThe Ryzen response: Intel have forgotten how to deal with a genuinely competitive AMD
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Yes, but Zen is *very* different to Bulldozer in design and a lot closer to how Intel's architecture works. I made https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfZFNR5igtY a while back if you want to know why.

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Yeah, the whole reason I'm more confident about Zen than the 'dozer gamble is that they seem to have made IPC a focus, as much as multi-threading capabilities.


Giving more logic to the individual cores, rather than the shared logic 'modules' of Bulldozer ought to make a big difference.

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The Ryzen response: Intel have forgotten how to deal with a genuinely competitive AMDThe Ryzen response: Intel have forgotten how to deal with a genuinely competitive AMD
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I hear you, I was there with Bulldozer and R600...


But I'm hoping against hope that this time will be different. The omens at least are better this time around, and so are the early benchmarks. We'll know for sure soon though.

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Yes, but Zen is *very* different to Bulldozer in design and a lot closer to how Intel's architecture works. I made https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfZFNR5igtY a while back if you want to know why.

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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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Dave James responded to Darkhog comment in
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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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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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akamateau responded to Dave James's comment in
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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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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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