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Bofferbrauer2 said:
JEMC said:

*** NEW CONTEST ***

With a new hardware launch, HEXUS comes with a new contest. Except this time it's two hardware launches, so there are two very, very good contests:

Well, hope I'll win. My Athlon 2 X4 635 is getting very old now...

Also took part of their SSD contest. Who knows...

I wish you good luck... but not better luck than me .



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Tuesday news:

SALES & DEALS

A third of Cyberpunk 2077 digital preorders on PC have been on GOG
https://www.pcgamer.com/a-third-of-cyberpunk-2077-digital-preorders-on-pc-have-been-on-gog/
A third of Cyberpunk 2077's digital preorders on PC have been made on GOG, according to developer and platform owner CD Projekt Red. An exact figure hasn't been given, but the reception to the recent release date announcement and Keanu's E3 cameo almost certainly ensures that the numbers are pretty big.
"Thank you for your support—it's breathtaking," CD Projekt Red said on Twitter, repeating a phrase that will absolutely follow the John Wick star around for at least another year. I really wouldn't be surprised to see Johnny Silverhand, his character in Cyberpunk, referred to as breathtaking as a nod one of E3's most memorable moments.

GOG has a special 2K Games sale, with up to 80% discounts for the next 13 days: https://www.gog.com/promo/20190709_special_sale_2k_publisher_sale

On the Humble Store there are two new sales:

At Fanatical, Men of War: Assault Squad 2 is 80% off for the next 13 days: https://www.fanatical.com/en/game/men-of-war-assault-squad2

SOFTWARE & DRIVERS

Valve says sorry for Summer Sale Grand Prix confusion, gives away 5000 more games
https://www.pcgamer.com/valve-says-sorry-for-summer-sale-grand-prix-confusion-gives-away-5000-more-games/
The Steam Summer Sale Grand Prix has sputtered to its inevitable finish, with an easy win for Team Corgi and a promise from Valve to do better next time around.
The summer sale for 2019 was relatively unremarkable as these things go, but the Grand Prix event was something else entirely. It confused the hell out of everyone, and some indie developers worried that it was leading users to dramatically cut back their wishlists. Valve tried to compensate with rule changes aimed at cutting into Team Corgi's huge off-the-line lead and making the game more "fun to play," but Corgi still won and I still don't really understand why. Or how.
"Thank you to everyone who participated in the Grand Prix. We realize that the race track had some unexpected turns—we tried to straighten them out when we could, and we’ll anticipate the curves better next time we invite you to the races," Valve wrote in its checkered-flag wrapup.
"As an extra gift for those that participated, we have randomly selected 5000 users that contributed from any team in the Steam Grand Prix to receive the top game from their wishlist. Users that were randomly selected will receive their gift within 48 hours from the end of the Steam Grand Prix."
>> It was a mess, there's no denying. Also, good luck, I hope you're selected for one of those games.

MODS/EMULATORS

Keanu Reeves’ John Wick & Johnny Silverhand now playable in Metal Gear Solid 5 thanks to this amazing mod
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/keanu-reeves-john-wick-johnny-silverhand-now-playable-in-metal-gear-solid-5-thanks-to-this-amazing-mod/
Keanu Reeves fans, here is something for you today. After the gaming community embracing Keanu Reeves, we were expecting the first mod based on the actor to be for CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 3. However, it appears that the first Keanu Reeves mod is available for Konami’s Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.
Created by modder ‘JinMar’, this mod allows you to play as John Wick or Johnny Silverhand from Cyberpunk 2077. Naturally, these 3D models are based on Keanu Reeves so we are pretty sure that his fans will be very pleased with this mod. Now imagine if the modder could also, somehow, add the “You’re breathtaking” line.
Naturally, and since this is a 3D swapper, it does not alter/change the voices so it will be a bit weird listening Keanu with Kiefer’s voice. Furthermore, this is still a WIP project, meaning that there might be some glitches and graphical issues (in the John Wick screenshots you can clearly notice the different skin colours of the neck and head for instance).
>> Get this mod from Nexus Mods.

First-person mod for Mass Effect: Andromeda, with FOV slider, is now available for download
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/first-person-mod-for-mass-effect-andromeda-with-fov-slider-is-now-available-for-download/
Last month, we informed you about the amazing first-person mods for Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3. And today, we are happy to report that a brand new first-person mod, from a different modder, has been released for the latest part in the Mass Effect series, Mass Effect Andromeda.
Created by modder ‘wavebend’, this mod adds a fully-featured, toggleable first-person mode, and does so while leaving the default third-person camera intact. What this ultimately means is that players are free to switch between first and third perspectives on the fly while exploring hubs or during combat.
Now contrary to the previous first-person mods for Mass Effect 2 and 3, this one for Andromeda appears to be working great. Not only that, but there is also a FOV slider that PC gamers can adjust, something that we were not expecting to find in a mod.
>> This mod is available from Nexus Mods, but be wary that you'll need the Frosty Mod Manager in order to run it.

This modded Minecraft sponge is so powerful it can slurp up an ocean
https://www.pcgamer.com/this-modded-minecraft-sponge-is-so-powerful-it-can-slurp-up-an-ocean/
Sponges in Minecraft are pretty darn absorbent—a single sponge block can suck up a total of 65 blocks of water before it becomes completely filled and needs to be dried out in a furnace.
(...)
A modder named Quanted on Reddit wasn't happy with the absorbency of Minecraft's vanilla sponges, so they created their own modded sponge. And boy can it sop up water. A lot of water. All the water?
When placed in water, the modded sponge spreads in six directions, replacing water blocks with empty air (and leaving a lot of confused squids flopping around). The intention is for the sponge to expire after 150 blocks, but as Quanted demonstrates, the mod code can be tweaked for the sponge to simply keep absorbing water forever. You might need some of that water to put out the flames on your GPU, from the looks of it.

Make Pathfinder: Kingmaker's combat turn-based with this mod
https://www.pcgamer.com/make-pathfinder-kingmakers-combat-turn-based-with-this-mod/
Some people love the realtime-with-pause combat of Baldur's Gate and games like it, and Pathfinder: Kingmaker was made with them in mind. In the 90 hours it took me to finish Kingmaker, I have to say that combat never grew on me. I spent the whole time wishing it was turn-based instead.
...
But now, thanks to modder Hsinyu, Kingmaker does. The turn-based combat mod even reinstates one of the Pathfinder tabletop game's rules that didn't work with a realtime system—the free five-foot step a character who doesn't take a regular move action is allowed, which gives spellcasters, archers, and other ranged attackers the ability to reposition away from attackers without drawing an attack of opportunity.
Maybe the biggest advantage of turn-based combat in Kingmaker is that area of effect spells, which it has quite a lot of, can now be set up and cast reliably. No more lining up a burning hands spell then watching as the enem
>> Before grabbing this mod, you'll need to install AND RUN the Unity Mod Manager, to let it know which game you're tweaking and to set up a mods folder wherever Kingmaker's installed.

GAMING NEWS

Gearbox shares new details about Borderlands 3 social, streaming, accessibility & pinging features
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/gearbox-shares-new-details-about-borderlands-3-social-streaming-accessibility-pinging-features/
Gearbox Software and 2K Games hosted two panels during Guardian Con in Orlando, FL this past weekend. During Friday’s panel “Borderlands 3: At the Corner of Social and Streaming,” Gearbox shared new details about three key aspects of the Borderlands 3 experience: social features, livestreaming tools, and accessibility options.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey patch 1.4 comes out today, is 5.6GB in size, full release notes revealed
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/assassins-creed-odyssey-patch-1-4-comes-out-today-is-5-6gb-in-size-full-release-notes-revealed/
Ubisoft has announced that brand new update will be coming out for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey today. According to the release notes, this patch will upgrade your game’s version to 1.4, is 5.6GB in size on the PC, and comes with a number of changes and tweaks.

System Shock – New comparison screenshots between original 1994 version and Unreal Engine 4 Remake
https://www.dsogaming.com/screenshot-news/system-shock-new-comparison-screenshots-between-original-1994-version-and-unreal-engine-4-remake/
Nightdive Studios has released some new comparison screenshots between the original 1994 version and the upcoming Unreal Engine 4 remake of System Shock. These screenshots showcase the visual improvements – and perhaps slight changes to the environments – that will be featured in the upcoming remake.

FIA European Truck Racing Championship releases on July 18th, gets new gameplay trailer
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/fia-european-truck-racing-championship-releases-on-july-18th-gets-new-gameplay-trailer/
Bigben and N-Racing announced today that FIA European Truck Racing Championship, the official racing simulation of the ETRC developed by KT Engine, will be available on July 18th. In order to celebrate this announcement, the publisher has also released a new gameplay trailer that you can find below.

Anno 1800 patch 3.2 available for download, fixes numerous issues, improves stability
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/anno-1800-patch-3-2-available-for-download-fixes-numerous-issues-improves-stability/
Ubisoft has released a brand new update for its latest strategy/city building game, Anno 1800. According to the team, this latest patch will update your game’s version to 3.2 and comes with numerous bug fixes as well as stability improvements.

Kingdom Under Fire 2 is coming to PC in 2019, to be published by Gameforge, new screenshots
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/kingdom-under-fire-2-is-coming-to-pc-in-2019-to-be-published-by-gameforge-new-screenshots/
Gameforge — the leading Western publisher of popular multiplayer online games, including AION, Elsword, Guardians of Ember, OGame, SoulWorker, and TERA — today announced that it has acquired the North American and European publishing rights to Kingdom Under Fire 2, the long-awaited and highly-anticipated massively multiplayer online action roleplaying game from South Korean developer Blueside.



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.

Tuesday news, part two:

G2A offered 10 outlets the chance to publish pre-written advertorials without disclosure
https://www.pcgamer.com/g2a-offered-10-outlets-the-chance-to-publish-pre-written-advertorials-without-disclosure/
Indie Games Plus writer Thomas Faust posted an email from G2A on Twitter where a representative for the company asked the site to publish a pre-written article claiming that selling stolen keys was impossible. The representative said that the article conjured up by a key reseller with a significant investment in the subject was "unbiased". The real kicker, however, was the instruction that the post not be marked as sponsored.

Bungie is investigating why Destiny 2 won't run on Ryzen 3000 PCs
https://www.pcgamer.com/bungie-is-investigating-why-destiny-2-wont-run-on-ryzen-3000-pcs/
Several Destiny 2 players who upgraded to a Ryzen 3000 series CPU are reporting that the game will not load properly. It's not clear what is causing the hiccup, though the good news is that Bungie is aware of the problem and is looking into it.
>> Weird.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's hero is human because non-humans might 'alienate' players
https://www.pcgamer.com/star-wars-jedi-fallen-orders-hero-is-human-because-non-humans-might-alienate-players/
In an interview with Game Informer, game director Stig Asmussen said that Respawn actually talked about "doing an alien creature" in the early stages of development, but decided against it for fear of—wait for it—alienating potential players.

InXile boss Brian Fargo says the Wasteland series 'is our Fallout'
https://www.pcgamer.com/inxile-boss-brian-fargo-says-the-wasteland-series-is-our-fallout/
My eyes bugged a little bit when Microsoft announced its purchase of inXile Entertainment last year, because I really like what inXile does (and I'm really looking forward to Wasteland 3), and my mind immediately leapt to all the ways the acquisition could end badly. Studio boss Brian Fargo seemed pretty happy about it, though. Shortly after the deal was announced he called off his planned retirement, and in a recent interview with Wccftech he said he hopes to keep working on it for another ten years.

There's a new Turok game releasing this month, but it's not what you're expecting
https://www.pcgamer.com/theres-a-new-turok-game-releasing-this-month-but-its-not-what-youre-expecting/
Turok is a name synonymous with ultra-violent games about murdering dinosaurs with guns called the 'Cerebral Bore'. But did you know that the Turok games are (very loosely) based on comic books dating back to the 1950s? And more to the point, did you know that there's a new Turok game coming out later this month called Turok: Escape from Lost Valley? It's not a first-person shooter, it has a distinct lack of gore, and surprisingly: it's very, very cute.

Here's the first 13 minutes from Remedy's Control
https://www.pcgamer.com/heres-the-first-13-minutes-from-remedys-control/
Remedy's telekinesis 'em up Control is set to release on August 27, and above you can watch the opening 13 minutes courtesy of IGN. As you'd expect, given it's the first 13 minutes from the game, it's all about setting scene, so there's not a great deal of action. But it does show off Remedy Entertainment's typically impressive cinematics.

The zombie apocalypse has come to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
https://www.pcgamer.com/the-zombie-apocalypse-has-come-to-call-of-duty-black-ops-4/
Not content with being stuck in Zombies mode, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's undead menace has broken lose and spread to the rest of the game, kicking off a zombie apocalypse. Operation Apocalypse Z is out today on PS4 and will appear on PC at a later date.

Mortal Kombat 11 Sindel DLC teased
https://www.pcgamer.com/mortal-kombat-11-sindel-dlc-teased/
Sindel, the former Queen of Outworld and hair metal enthusiast, is joining the Mortal Kombat 11 roster. Creative director Ed Boon teased the character's return in a tweet this week, posting some art of her emerging from the shadows. She's looking a bit undead.



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:

Each lucky winner will bag an eight-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 3700X CPU, an Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula X570 WiFi motherboard and a super-fast Corsair Force Series PCIe Gen.4 MP600 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD! And just because we can, we're also throwing in a Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 16GB DDR4 memory kit, a Corsair Hydro Series H100i RGB Platinum 240mm liquid CPU cooler and a Corsair RM Series RM750 power supply!

The best part is that this amazing contest is GLOBAL.

Wow, that's like... literally every single thing I need for my PC lol. Except for the power supply, that's surplus I guess. Would be cool if I won, but hey, I already got a Switch from a giveaway, can't expect that much luck again.



mZuzek said:
JEMC said:

Each lucky winner will bag an eight-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 3700X CPU, an Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula X570 WiFi motherboard and a super-fast Corsair Force Series PCIe Gen.4 MP600 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD! And just because we can, we're also throwing in a Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 16GB DDR4 memory kit, a Corsair Hydro Series H100i RGB Platinum 240mm liquid CPU cooler and a Corsair RM Series RM750 power supply!

The best part is that this amazing contest is GLOBAL.

Wow, that's like... literally every single thing I need for my PC lol. Except for the power supply, that's surplus I guess. Would be cool if I won, but hey, I already got a Switch from a giveaway, can't expect that much luck again.

First of all, congrats on getting a free Switch.

Second, if you manage to also win this contest... I'll start thinking that you're into Magic (White/Black I don't know) and are using it for your benefit, in which case I hope you'll be kind enough to teach me.



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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JEMC said:
mZuzek said:

Wow, that's like... literally every single thing I need for my PC lol. Except for the power supply, that's surplus I guess. Would be cool if I won, but hey, I already got a Switch from a giveaway, can't expect that much luck again.

First of all, congrats on getting a free Switch.

Second, if you manage to also win this contest... I'll start thinking that you're into Magic (White/Black I don't know) and are using it for your benefit, in which case I hope you'll be kind enough to teach me.

I am sorry to say it, but I don't really understand the magic I'm subconsciously doing. If I do learn it one day, I'll teach you.



fatslob-:O said:

I don't know if I'd say AMD is 'beating' Intel when they still have some gaming performance advantages but at the very least it could be considered a 'stalemate' ...

AMD needs to break the stalemate and improve their gaming performance fast before Intel reacts (they're good at this) but maybe just maybe they'll finally go down and quietly at that ... 

When AMD's Ryzen chips beats Intels chips in gaming, they do so by a fairly significant margin... It's the games that leverage the extra threads and impressive cache amounts where AMD's chips truly shine.

When Intel finally release it's 10nm chips to compete with Ryzen 3000, AMD will likely be gearing up for it's Ryzen 4000 series, so they have a good cadence going on now if they play their chips right.

In saying that... I find it overtly difficult to recommend Intel's CPU's right now, which is a complete role reversal back in the AMD FX days, not only are Intel CPU's  generally more expensive, they consume more power and tend to have lesser performance, especially in heavily threaded scenarios.

Whether the 16-core model ends up being bandwidth starved with only Dual-Channel DDR when all 32-threads are pegged should be an interesting benchmark/review to read I think.

fatslob-:O said:
Pemalite said:


As for Navi or the Radeon RX 5700XT... Anyone who buys those GPU's for 1080P gaming is a moron or is chasing greater than 60fps, they aren't the ideal resolutions that showcases Vega 7's insane memory bandwidth... In saying that, Navi does blow out transistor counts somewhat.

Of course Intel are going to use smaller nodes for Desktop CPU's. Wow. 10nm isn't where the buck stops.

The VAST MAJORITY of current laptop display resolutions today are overwhelmingly sub-1080p!

Irrelevant. No Laptop is using a desktop Radeon RX 5700XT. - In-fact a mobile variant doesn't even exist yet.

fatslob-:O said:

The fact that Navi can match a Radeon VII using HBM2 memory in 1080p graphics performance while using ~25% less power is a substantial improvement and that especially counts when most systems won't be able to supply the GPU with tons of power like we see on desktop ... (Navi still uses less die area than the Radeon VII coming in at a ~25% smaller die size)

Navi is a substantial improvement, no doubt about it. - But the Radeon 5700XT at 7nm is still not able to definitely beat nVidia's 12nm chips... Heck it's still not even able to beat some of nVidia's 16nm chips like the 1080Ti.
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-radeon-rx_5700-rx_5700_xt,6216-2.html
https://www.anandtech.com/show/14618/the-amd-radeon-rx-5700-xt-rx-5700-review/4

Whether Navi is able to scale downwards effectively in terms of TDP still remains to be seen, Vega was actually extremely impressive on this front at lower clocks and voltages, AMD obviously pushed out the efficiency curve with Vega in order to garner better benchmark results on the desktop, power consumption be damned.

fatslob-:O said:

Delivering a Zen 2/Vega combination just to rush out a product is downright sub-optimal. 1080p graphics performance in the portable space will matter for some years to come down the road since reviewers hold lower standards for them in terms of resolution capability in comparison to desktop systems ... (being more efficient at lower resolution is especially important since most portable systems won't have 100s of watts of cooling power to play with) 

I never said they should rush anything.
Integrated Graphics tends to target 720P-1080P... Vega actually doesn't do to bad, it's just bandwidth starved... Which is the Achilles heel of integrated graphics in general.

It would be nice to see Navi, I don't think it's realistic, but what is realistic is Zen 2 at 7nm using Vega for the mobile space.

fatslob-:O said:

As for 10nm being used for desktop CPUs, Intel's current roadmap might say otherwise since they don't plan on having sub-14nm desktop CPUs at least until the end of 2021 ... (definitely not expecting sub-14nm in the near future)

Anyone who thinks Intel will stop at 10nm for the desktop is not someone that should be taken seriously.
Desktop chips are still billions of dollars in revenue... And is used as a platform to build other chips for other lucrative markets.

Fabs don't stop at 10nm.

fatslob-:O said:

By the end of 2020, I expect either a make it or break it revelation from Intel. Intel are either going to have a breakthrough (make it) or finally call it quits and then go fabless (break it) because they can't keep going in like this when their competitor is going to be eyeing 5nm well before they even get to 7nm ... (Intel can't afford to have sagging revenues due to a fierce competitor when logic fabrication R&D is more capitally expensive than ever) 

Intel has hired a key AMD engineer that gave us Zen, Intel could possibly take AMD's approach... Aka. Chiplets.
Not all logic in a CPU scales downwards in geometry, so it makes sense keeping some part of a chip at an older process for cost reasons.

That way... Intel won't have to resort to using it's latest processes just for tiny chips like the 10nm Cannon Lake CPU it released in 2018.
https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/136863/intel-core-i3-8121u-processor-4m-cache-up-to-3-20-ghz.html?q=8121U







JEMC said:

Tuesday news, part two:

G2A offered 10 outlets the chance to publish pre-written advertorials without disclosure
https://www.pcgamer.com/g2a-offered-10-outlets-the-chance-to-publish-pre-written-advertorials-without-disclosure/
Indie Games Plus writer Thomas Faust posted an email from G2A on Twitter where a representative for the company asked the site to publish a pre-written article claiming that selling stolen keys was impossible. The representative said that the article conjured up by a key reseller with a significant investment in the subject was "unbiased". The real kicker, however, was the instruction that the post not be marked as sponsored.

G2A is really digging itself deeper and deeper...

I like it, that shop really shouldn't have the success it has. Just pure greed, both by their executives, their sellers and their customers.



Bofferbrauer2 said:
JEMC said:

Tuesday news, part two:

G2A offered 10 outlets the chance to publish pre-written advertorials without disclosure
https://www.pcgamer.com/g2a-offered-10-outlets-the-chance-to-publish-pre-written-advertorials-without-disclosure/
Indie Games Plus writer Thomas Faust posted an email from G2A on Twitter where a representative for the company asked the site to publish a pre-written article claiming that selling stolen keys was impossible. The representative said that the article conjured up by a key reseller with a significant investment in the subject was "unbiased". The real kicker, however, was the instruction that the post not be marked as sponsored.

G2A is really digging itself deeper and deeper...

I like it, that shop really shouldn't have the success it has. Just pure greed, both by their executives, their sellers and their customers.

Don't really get the G2A hate, it's just Ebay but for game keys. I've sold keys on there myself and bought keys and never had a problem. Bad Apples are going to sell stolen keys whether G2A exists or not. There are 100+ key sites on the internet. As long as steam keys exist they will be sold.

Demonizing G2A will accomplish nothing, and I've yet to see someone give a suggestion on how it could improve beyond "G2A is bad, should die." Besides within the last year they've already changed it so you need to verify ID before you can even begin selling, if someone is selling stolen keys they can easily be tracked down and punished.



PS4 Pro, Nintendo Switch, PC: i5-4670k, RX470.

I hope this is true.

https://www.overclock3d.net/news/cpu_mainboard/intel_comet_lake_specs_leak_-_10_cores_new_socket_and_14nm/1