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Belimawr responded to Dave James's comment in
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Would you sign up to clean toilets for free wi-fi? Over 22,000 have by not reading a EULAWould you sign up to clean toilets for free wi-fi? Over 22,000 have by not reading a EULA
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You're totally right, but I'd still love to be sat in a court room with the someone suing because they refused to paint a snail in order to brighten up its life! :)

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yeah it would be funny to watch.

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AMD is targeting GTX 1080 performance for their first public showing of the RX VegaAMD is targeting GTX 1080 performance for their first public showing of the RX Vega
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The entire launch train had been very very confusing. Seriously I can't wait for the day the tech enthusiasts get their hands on the GPU and only then we can know how it really performs.
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You're right. It's very similar to the Ryzen hype train, which could have used a little bit of managed expectations. Glad AMD are starting to definitely set Vega's stall out as a GTX 1080 competitor now, so we know they're not aiming at the fastest GPUs from the other team.

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Dave James responded to Optimaximal comment in
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Intel’s 12-core i9 7920X will run slower than their ten-core 7900XIntel’s 12-core i9 7920X will run slower than their ten-core 7900X
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12 cores running at a base clock speed of 2.9Ghz = more theoretical cumulative power (34.8) than 10 running at 3.3Ghz with less heat generated and power consumed per core.

The Turbo rating of the 12-core isn't available yet, so the claim that 'it won't hit the 4.3Ghz of the 10-core' is also spurious - we don't know.

Yes, single threaded or programs that only address a few cores out of the box on't see any significant improvement, but you get more overall power when running stuff that will address all of the cores, such as virtualisation or CAD/3D & Video Editing/Encoding.
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The clockspeeds of higher core-count chips will almost inevitably be lower. There really is practically no chance of Intel being able to get all 12 cores running at 4.3GHz given the heat generation of the 10-core at that speed.

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Why now is the time to enter the Matrix (or just buy a VR headset...)Why now is the time to enter the Matrix (or just buy a VR headset...)
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Well we at least agree the Vive's "lighthouse" has "less" blind spots then a single pair of Oculus sensors : The "lighthouse" is exactly the only thing that's technologically superior about the HTC Vive.


But for me the hand controller tracking is perfectly adequate on both systems (and the headset tracking is ~perfect on both), so I'll take the lighter, more comfortable headset, along with the crisper display and convenient built-in audio, the optimized drivers, the thinner and lighter headset cable, the lighter and more ergonomic Touch hand controllers, the easier installation process (both hardware and software)... and make that my "technologically superior VR solution", over having more tracking then I need instead :)


Also the Touch tracking is perfectly accurate (within their tracked space), and as for their reliability, it's more like it's the HTC Vive controllers that have been know to make your virtual hands suddenly fly off for no reason (due to software driver issues) despite the increased range and reduced blind spots of their "lighthouse" hardware.


I mean the best choice would be to have CV1 for the headset, Touch for the hand controllers, and lighthouse for the tracking. And if you can't have that then the closest you can get to that (regardless of pricing) is CV1+Touch+Oculus Sensors, and not HTC Vive+wands+lighthouse.


Because VR immersion isn't about the strongest point : It's about the weakest points.

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Yup, as I said in the article, the Rift is definitely the most consumer-friendly of the VR headsets and the one we'd recommend.

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g.poubelle responded to Dave James's comment in
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Why now is the time to enter the Matrix (or just buy a VR headset...)Why now is the time to enter the Matrix (or just buy a VR headset...)
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As I said, it's the tracking which makes the Vive technologically superior to the Rift. Even in smaller spaces, the Vive's lighthouse system is more accurate and reliable than a pair of Oculus trackers.


But the fact is they're not $400 better :)

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Well we at least agree the Vive's "lighthouse" has "less" blind spots then a single pair of Oculus sensors : The "lighthouse" is exactly the only thing that's technologically superior about the HTC Vive.


But for me the hand controller tracking is perfectly adequate on both systems (and the headset tracking is ~perfect on both), so I'll take the lighter, more comfortable headset, along with the crisper display and convenient built-in audio, the optimized drivers, the thinner and lighter headset cable, the lighter and more ergonomic Touch hand controllers, the easier installation process (both hardware and software)... and make that my "technologically superior VR solution", over having more tracking then I need instead :)


Also the Touch tracking is perfectly accurate (within their tracked space), and as for their reliability, it's more like it's the HTC Vive controllers that have been know to make your virtual hands suddenly fly off for no reason (due to software driver issues) despite the increased range and reduced blind spots of their "lighthouse" hardware.


I mean the best choice would be to have CV1 for the headset, Touch for the hand controllers, and lighthouse for the tracking. And if you can't have that then the closest you can get to that (regardless of pricing) is CV1+Touch+Oculus Sensors, and not HTC Vive+wands+lighthouse.


Because VR immersion isn't about the strongest point : It's about the weakest points.

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AMD confirm final price and specs for August's 12 and 16-core Ryzen Threadripper CPUsAMD confirm final price and specs for August's 12 and 16-core Ryzen Threadripper CPUs
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I think I'm going Red for my next upgrade.
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That's what we've done for our Video Channel Editor! ;)

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Xbox engineer lead: "Who cares about a couple of hundred million PCs anymore? This is about billions of phones.”Xbox engineer lead: "Who cares about a couple of hundred million PCs anymore? This is about billions of phones.”
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Looking at Intel, they haven't designed 'desktop processors' in years. They've got two design schools, one for mobile, aimed at creating low-power, high-efficiency cores, and another focused on high-performance, multi-threaded grunt work in the server space.

The actual desktop chips we get in our gaming rigs are an offshoot of either one of those design principles; they haven't been an industry focus for a long time.
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DustyGerkin responded to Dave James's comment in
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The Oculus Rift and Touch just got a permanent price cut to $499The Oculus Rift and Touch just got a permanent price cut to $499
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Or maybe they've got a lot of spare inventory to shift with the serious slow down in VR sales this year!


Think they're going to be in it for the long haul though, they can't have expected VR to have been a huge industry immediately. Triple-A game development alone can take five years, so just to get the best content was always going to take a while.

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True. Only time will tell.

How is the Rift figuring compared with the other VR outfits?

With the speed VR has improved in terms of hardware it be interesting to see how AAA titles are designed with rapidly moving goal posts.

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Karagra responded to Dave James's comment in
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AMD either made a mistake launching Vega’s Frontier Edition first... or they had no choiceAMD either made a mistake launching Vega’s Frontier Edition first... or they had no choice
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I've never said the FE was designed specifically for gaming, but it isn't a straight workstation card either. It's using the exact same GPU core configuration and memory array as the top RX Vega gaming card will, even if it lacks the promised driver optimisations, therefore it is still an interesting representation of how the gaming Vega cards will eventually perform. Not 100% identical, as I say in the article, but a good preview of the architecture.


Also, in the little blurb you've quoted directly from AMD, they talk about using the FE for gaming performance optimisation. Wouldn't be much point recommending that usage case if the card wasn't in some way representative of final Vega gaming performance.

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Your article is based on assumptions of your own in the end where you have very little backing proof. When the Rx Vega line comes out we will see

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Karagra responded to Dave James's comment in
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AMD either made a mistake launching Vega’s Frontier Edition first... or they had no choiceAMD either made a mistake launching Vega’s Frontier Edition first... or they had no choice
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Except it's not really a workstation GPU is it? The FE is a pricey spin of the Vega GPU ostensibly for game/VR developers, it's even sporting a specific 'gaming mode'. The Radeon Pro WX 9100 sounds like it'll be the Vega workstation card, not the FE.


As to the hate, that is absolutely not true. I bare no animosity towards AMD, indeed I had previously praised their conduct around Vega. And, genuinely, the people I know at AMD are some of the nicest people around too - there's no hatred here.

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You can say what you want but AMD themselves have stated it is not for gaming, just for devs to test games out. Big difference. I'll take the companys word all day long over a article that is claiming a card is something its not.

Straight from the AMD site

(Be the Pioneer in Game Development


The Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition graphics card is designed to simplify and accelerate game creation by providing a single GPU that is optimized for every stage of this workflow, from asset production, to playtesting, to performance optimization.


When creating assets and working with game development tools, developers can take advantage of the professional application performance and rock-solid reliability of Radeon™ Pro Software to help ensure maximum stability and productivity when using tools like Autodesk® Maya®, Unity®, and Unreal® Engine.)

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