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JEMC said:

*** NEW CONTEST**

It's at Guru3D and the prize is a Toshiba XS700 240GB External SSD: https://www.guru3d.com/news-story/guru3d-2018-december-5-win-a-toshiba-xs700-240gb-external-ssd.html

 

 

By the way, have you heard the new rumor about the Zen 2 based Ryzens, the 3000 series? I find it too good to be true, and that's why I decided to not post it, but if one of you wants, I'll put it here so we can trash talk about it .

You talking about the PCI-E 4.0, 16 cores operating in excess of 5ghz?

Entry level chips are set to be 6-core parts... And come with Navi integrated graphics all the way up to 20CU's. - The Vega versions at the moment top out at 12CU's. - Not sure if I am willing to believe those claims, but 7nm is a big step up from the 14/16nm (20nm with Finfet) processes so it could very well be plausible.

Look at it this way... Intel will need to pull it's finger out and get on with 10nm or AMD will take the performance lead if that all holds out to be true, something it hasn't actually done since the Athlon 64 X2 days. (Pre-Core 2 Duo.)


And while I am enjoying my Ryzen 7 2700U notebook with 11CU's... Which is enough for Overwatch @ 1080P @ 60fps... If AMD can almost double that with Ryzen 7 3700U and 20CU's... I will be all over that like flies to poop.

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Pemalite said:
JEMC said:

*** NEW CONTEST**

It's at Guru3D and the prize is a Toshiba XS700 240GB External SSD: https://www.guru3d.com/news-story/guru3d-2018-december-5-win-a-toshiba-xs700-240gb-external-ssd.html

 

 

By the way, have you heard the new rumor about the Zen 2 based Ryzens, the 3000 series? I find it too good to be true, and that's why I decided to not post it, but if one of you wants, I'll put it here so we can trash talk about it .

You talking about the PCI-E 4.0, 16 cores operating in excess of 5ghz?

Entry level chips are set to be 6-core parts... And come with Navi integrated graphics all the way up to 20CU's. - The Vega versions at the moment top out at 12CU's. - Not sure if I am willing to believe those claims, but 7nm is a big step up from the 14/16nm (20nm with Finfet) processes so it could very well be plausible.

Look at it this way... Intel will need to pull it's finger out and get on with 10nm or AMD will take the performance lead if that all holds out to be true, something it hasn't actually done since the Athlon 64 X2 days. (Pre-Core 2 Duo.)


And while I am enjoying my Ryzen 7 2700U notebook with 11CU's... Which is enough for Overwatch @ 1080P @ 60fps... If AMD can almost double that with Ryzen 7 3700U and 20CU's... I will be all over that like flies to poop.

Yep. Goodbye to those 4, 6 or 8 Ryzen chips and to welcome the 6, 8, 12 & 16 ones that go up to 5 GHz...

I know that the new 7nm process woul allow them to clock higher and that the chiplet design would, in theory, allow them to push the frequencies up a bit more too, but 5 GHz for a 16 core processor looks rather suspicious. It would be easier to believe for the 6 core parts, not the higher end ones.

But we'll see in roughly a month at CES.

By the way, there's another rumor from the same source, AdoredTV, that talks about AMD's GPU side:
https://wccftech.com/amd-rx-3080-3070-3060-navi-gpu-specs-prices-leaked-rtx-2070-gtx-1070-gtx-1060-challengers-at-249-199-129/

RX 3060:  RX 580 levels of performance, 4GB DDR6, 75W, $129.99

RX 3070: Vega 56 levels of performance, 8GB DDR6, 120W, $199.99

RX 3080: Vega 64 +15% levels of performance, 8GB DDR6, 150W, $249.99

This rumor don't look as incredible as the CPU one as the gains aren't really that big. Plus, if true, that would put Nvidia's RTX 2070 in a very bad position. *Edit* What I meant to say with this last part is that this could put pressure to Nvidia to drop its prices.

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Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

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I call BS on the rumours, given what we know already about the power consumption and performance of the 7nm Radeon Instinct. And Navi is another GCN part, so yeah. I remember how it went for the Fiji, Polaris, Vega rumours etc. as well, and this looks exactly the same sort of baseless hype WCCF thrives with.



 

 

 

 

 

Let's go with the news:

SALES & DEALS

Steam has a new daily as well as two Midweek Madness deals:

At Fanatical, there are a couple new deals:

 

SOFTWARE/DRIVERS

NVIDIA GeForce 417.22 WHQL driver available for download, optimized for Battlefield 5 RTX
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/nvidia-geforce-417-22-whql-driver-available-for-download-optimized-for-battlefield-5-rtx/
NVIDIA has released a brand new driver for its graphics cards. According to the release notes, the NVIDIA GeForce 417.22 WHQL driver provides the optimal gaming experience for Battlefield V Tides of War Chapter 1: Overture Update (that was meant to come out today but was delayed).
Moreover, this new driver 3D profiles for Just Cause 4 and Project Nova, resolves some display corruption issues that could occur on higher refresh rate DisplayPort monitors upon resume from sleep mode, and resolves some NVIDIA panel issues.
>> Available from here.

 

MODS/EMULATORS

Final Fantasy XIV HD Hairworks 2 Mod available for download, features over 700 reworked hair textures
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/final-fantasy-xiv-hd-hairworks-2-mod-available-for-download-features-over-700-4k-hair-textures/
Final Fantasy XIV fans, here is something for you today. Modder ‘Saika Darkmoon’ has released a new mod called Hairworks 2 that upscales every hair texture in the game to 4K, and hand-touches and downsamples them to 1K and 2K across the board.
The Texture Pack features over 700 reworked hair textures for every race, and gender including Miqote tails.
>> Check the article for the link to the mod as well as the instructions to install it.

 

GAMING NEWS

Flashback Remaster is now available on GOG
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/flashback-remaster-is-now-available-on-gog/
Anuman Interactive has released the remastered version of Flashback on GOG. As with all GOG releases, this version of Flashback Remastered is DRM-free and comes with a 10% discount (meaning that it will currently cost you $10.41).
>> I loved this game on my Mega Drive. Sooner or later, it will be mine again.

Total War: Three Kingdoms – Zheng Jiang In-Engine Trailer
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/total-war-three-kingdoms-zheng-jiang-in-engine-trailer/
Creative Assembly has released its latest cinematic trailer for Total War: THREE KINGDOMS, which is said to be the fastest selling pre-order for a Total War game in the history of the franchise. The trailer introduces the fierce outlaw Zheng Jiang with her devoted warriors at her side, ready to slay those who stand in her way.

Insurgency: Sandstorm open beta phase begins on December 7th
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/insurgency-sandstorm-open-beta-phase-begins-on-december-7th/
New World Interactive has announced that starting on Friday, December 7 and running through the weekend, an open beta period will invite everyone to try Insurgency: Sandstorm for free on Steam. Insurgency: Sandstorm is the FPS sequel to indie smash-hit Insurgency, brings action-packed, nerve-wracking modern military combat to PC that is scheduled for a December 12th release.

First Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales update available for download, full release notes revealed
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/first-thronebreaker-the-witcher-tales-update-available-for-download-full-release-notes-revealed/
CD Projekt RED has released the first patch for Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales. According to the release notes, this patch will update your game’s version to 1.01 and will scale your opponents’ power and armor values – depending on the map – in the “Battle-Hardened” and “Bonebreaker” difficulty settings.

GODS Remastered is now available on Steam
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/gods-remastered-is-now-available-on-steam/
Robot Riot UG has released a remastered version of GODS, in which players can experience a true-to-original reworked classic Gods for the first time with improved controls and frame rate, with save points and an extensive soundtrack.

Full release notes for Battlefield 5 Chapter 1: Overture update revealed, is now available for download
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/full-release-notes-for-battlefield-5-chapter-1-overture-update-revealed-releases-later-today/
Electronic Arts and DICE have revealed the full release notes for the Battlefield 5 Chapter 1: Overture update. The changelog for this major update is huge and details every change that has been made to it.



Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

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Part two of the news:

Overwatch Winter Wonderland returns on December 11
https://www.pcgamer.com/overwatch-winter-wonderland-returns-on-december-11/
The Overwatch Winter Wonderland will go live on December 11, Blizzard announced today—but what we've got to look forward to under this year's metaphorical tree remains tightly wrapped in the festive gift paper of mystery.

Blizzard kicks off Hearthstone: Rastakhan's Rumble with free card packs for everyone
https://www.pcgamer.com/blizzard-kicks-off-hearthstone-rastakhans-rumble-with-free-card-packs-for-everyone/
The Hearthstone expansion Rastakhan's Rumble is now live, bringing 135 new cards to the game, a new mechanic, and for a limited time, six free Rastakhan's Rumble card packs, plus a random Legendary Loa and two copies of the Spirit card for the same class, just for logging in.

Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove is now set for release in March
https://www.pcgamer.com/toejam-and-earl-back-in-the-groove-is-now-set-for-release-in-march/
Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove, a new tale about a pair of alien weirdos who crash-land on Earth and find success as a rap duo (which I guess seemed like a reasonable premise in 1991) has been scheduled for release on March 1, 2019. And if you're thinking, "Wait a minute, I thought it was supposed to be out this year," give yourself a pat on the back, for you are correct.

Unreal Tournament is not being 'actively developed'
https://www.pcgamer.com/unreal-tournament-is-not-being-actively-developed/
It is arguable, with all due respect to Jazz Jackrabbit, that Unreal—and specifically, Unreal Tournament—is the game that put Epic Games on the map. Sequels followed in 2003, 2004, and 2007 (confusingly called Unreal Tournament 3), and in 2014 a new UT was announced. Don't feel bad if you've forgotten about that (or just hadn't heard), though, because it's been a couple of years since the last time we checked in—when, ironically, we declared that "it's time to pay attention to the new Unreal Tournament."

Destiny 2's Black Armory is open, so let's take a look at the patch notes
https://www.pcgamer.com/destiny-2s-black-armory-is-open-so-lets-take-a-look-at-the-patch-notes/
Destiny 2's Black Armory is open for business, promising a hot new lineup of guns, grenade launchers, and other implements of mayhem—for Guardians willing to put in the effort to acquire them, of course. It also brings with it the dry prose of patch notes, explaining exactly what's coming in the 2.1.1.1 update.

A bug made a Destiny 2 boss triple its normal size, and it is freakin' huge
https://www.pcgamer.com/a-bug-made-a-destiny-2-boss-triple-its-normal-size-and-it-is-freakin-huge/
Today's Destiny 2 update was fairly bland as these things go—fixes and tweaks, mostly—but one note was worthy of a double-take: "Fixed an issue where Protheon, the Modular Mind grew three times larger than intended in Update 2.1.0." Protheon, Modular Mind is a pretty big fella to begin with, so three times his size? That's something I want to see.

Rumour: Dragon Age 4 is being announced at The Game Awards
https://www.pcgamer.com/rumour-dragon-age-4-is-being-announced-at-the-game-awards/
Reports say a new Dragon Age game is set to be revealed at The Game Awards tomorrow—but it'll be at least three years until you can play it. This follows an earlier tease by BioWare that something Dragon Age-related would be announced in December.
>> BasilZero made a thread about it.

Tour Anthem's hub city in latest dev livestream
https://www.pcgamer.com/tour-anthems-hub-city-in-latest-dev-livestream/
The town hub is a vital place in an action RPG. It's where you tend to turn in loot, upgrade your gear and chat to NPCs. Destiny has the Tower, and BioWare's upcoming shared world shooter Anthem has Tarsis. A new dev livestream has a wander, picks up some books, and chats to NPCs.

Fallout 76's live in-game events will start in early 2019
https://www.pcgamer.com/fallout-76s-live-in-game-events-will-start-in-early-2019/
Bethesda has confirmed that we can expect Fallout 76's live in-game events to begin early next year. Not much more information was revealed on what they'll entail, other than that there'll be a whole bunch at once during a single week.

Two Point Hospital gets surprise Bigfoot-themed DLC today
https://www.pcgamer.com/two-point-hospital-gets-surprise-bigfoot-themed-dlc-today/
Hospital management simulation game Two Point Hospital gets its first DLC expansion today, called Bigfoot. As the trailer above illustrates, it features three new hospitals to sort out and 34 new illnesses to cure. It costs £7/$9.

Fortnite gets Creative mode with the arrival of Season 7
https://www.pcgamer.com/fortnite-gets-creative-mode-with-the-arrival-of-season-7/
Leaked a little earlier and just officially announced, Fortnite Creative is arriving with Fortnite Season 7 tomorrow. For the first week of Season 7, Battle Pass owners will have access to a private island, where they can make their own games, scrap with friends, race around, or do whatever they can think of. On December 13th, everyone will get a private island. Battle Pass owners can invite players to their island during that first week.



Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

Steam / Live / NNID : jonxiquet    Add me if you want, but I'm a single player gamer.

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haxxiy said:

I call BS on the rumours, given what we know already about the power consumption and performance of the 7nm Radeon Instinct. And Navi is another GCN part, so yeah. I remember how it went for the Fiji, Polaris, Vega rumours etc. as well, and this looks exactly the same sort of baseless hype WCCF thrives with.

Well, I'm not jumping on the hype wagon yet with all these rumors. As I said, it's too good to be true.

That said, I was at HardOCP checking the discussion of this video, that is from AdoredTV (Wccftech only reports it), and Kyle Bennett stepped in to comment: "There is a whole lot of reality in that video. A lot. There is a little wrong, but not a lot."

That makes me thing that either he's trolling the members of his own site, or that there's more true than we are willing to accept.



Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

Steam / Live / NNID : jonxiquet    Add me if you want, but I'm a single player gamer.

JEMC said:

Flashback Remaster is now available on GOG
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/flashback-remaster-is-now-available-on-gog/
Anuman Interactive has released the remastered version of Flashback on GOG. As with all GOG releases, this version of Flashback Remastered is DRM-free and comes with a 10% discount (meaning that it will currently cost you $10.41).
>> I loved this game on my Mega Drive. Sooner or later, it will be mine again.

Had this game on Amiga back in days, really liked it.

As for this remaster, honestly, to me it looks a lot like emulator with 2xSaI (Scaling and Interpolation) turned on.



HoloDust said:
JEMC said:

Flashback Remaster is now available on GOG
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/flashback-remaster-is-now-available-on-gog/
Anuman Interactive has released the remastered version of Flashback on GOG. As with all GOG releases, this version of Flashback Remastered is DRM-free and comes with a 10% discount (meaning that it will currently cost you $10.41).
>> I loved this game on my Mega Drive. Sooner or later, it will be mine again.

Had this game on Amiga back in days, really liked it.

As for this remaster, honestly, to me it looks a lot like emulator with 2xSaI (Scaling and Interpolation) turned on.

It launched on the Amiga? I didn't know it was also on that console.



Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

Steam / Live / NNID : jonxiquet    Add me if you want, but I'm a single player gamer.

JEMC said:
HoloDust said:

Had this game on Amiga back in days, really liked it.

As for this remaster, honestly, to me it looks a lot like emulator with 2xSaI (Scaling and Interpolation) turned on.

It launched on the Amiga? I didn't know it was also on that console.

I'm sure you meant computer, not console. ;)

Yeah...in fact, it released on Amiga first. Delphine Software was quite computer-oriented, I got to know them first through adventure games (Future Wars and Operation Stealth), then, of course, Another World launched and minds were blown, and after that Future Wars. Didn't like much Fade to Black, AKA Flashback 2. That's the last game I've played released by them, though Eric Chahi who created Another World made Heart of Darkness few years later and i really liked that one.



JEMC said:

Yep. Goodbye to those 4, 6 or 8 Ryzen chips and to welcome the 6, 8, 12 & 16 ones that go up to 5 GHz...

I know that the new 7nm process woul allow them to clock higher and that the chiplet design would, in theory, allow them to push the frequencies up a bit more too, but 5 GHz for a 16 core processor looks rather suspicious. It would be easier to believe for the 6 core parts, not the higher end ones.

But we'll see in roughly a month at CES.

The move from say... 14nm to 7nm is pegged at 2.8-3x in terms of transistor density. - That's massive and opens up a ton of possibilities.

Power, clock scaling and so on have seen just impressive gains from 14nm to 7nm. - I don't think people realize how inherently limiting 14nm has become... Especially until they realize Sammy/GlobalFoundries 14nm is based on a 20nm process with Finfet.

6-Core CPU's for the low-end sounds amazing though, it was only a couple years ago where dual-cores reigned the low-end segments.

haxxiy said:

I call BS on the rumours, given what we know already about the power consumption and performance of the 7nm Radeon Instinct. And Navi is another GCN part, so yeah. I remember how it went for the Fiji, Polaris, Vega rumours etc. as well, and this looks exactly the same sort of baseless hype WCCF thrives with.

Navi seems to be compared to Pascal at most outlets. - You would think it would be compared to Turing? But I digress.

Maybe AMD has fixed up and enabled primitive shaders and draw stream rasterization and introduced some new aspects to drive home efficiencies in Navi? If they are just relying on fabrication to draw improvements from... Well. That's just Polaris 2.0.