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hinch said:
Captain_Yuri said:

Gigabyte preparing X570S motherboards, could be for AMD Zen3+ “Warholâ€Â CPUs

https://videocardz.com/newz/gigabyte-preparing-x570s-motherboards-could-be-for-amd-zen3-warhol-cpus

Maybe that leak about Zen+ really was real as it wouldn't make any sense to come out with a new chipset for the current lineup of CPUs.

So it sounds like this will be small revision with a more efficient chip-set and passive cooling. With Warhol rumored to be incoming this is good time to release a new board.

Update from the article -

Update: Moore’s Law is Dead claims that the S stands for ‘Silent’, which implies that those boards will rely on passive cooling:

I'd be curious as to what the difference will be as the Dark Hero is already passive cooling. Granted it's a $400 mobo but I doubt there's anything very care worthy in terms of actual cooling in the Mobo. Still, it will be interesting.

Kinda lame that Zen 3+ won't be happening. I do still suspect they might do a special XT version at the very least like they did last year with the 3000 series.



             

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[Rumour] Latest AMD CPU Roadmap

https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/mjst0p/latest_amd_cpu_roadmap/

There's some additional "leak" about RDNA 3 as well. Take it with a grain of salt:

"RDNA3: Q3 2022

  • Official roadmap: 50% better performance/watt

  • Actual improvement: better than 50%"

Now the biggest question for me is how it does with Ray Tracing as well as how good is AMD's Super Resolution. We have been seeing quite a number of Major Titles having Ray Tracing support over the past year and it will continue to grow. And thanks to how easy it is to integrate DLSS, quite a number of Ray Tracing and Raster only games are getting it too. Hopefully AMD has major advances in both because Ray Tracing Ultra makes Raster Ultra look like Medium while DLSS helps quite a lot with maintaining it's performance at reasonable framrates. AMD needs a counter to Nvidia's One Two Punch!

AMD latest GPU chiplet patent reveals plans for active bridge chiplet with integrated cache

https://videocardz.com/newz/amd-latest-gpu-chiplet-patent-reveals-plans-for-active-bridge-chiplet-with-integrated-cache

Hong Kong authorities foil smuggling attempt of 300 NVIDIA CMP 30HX mining cards

https://videocardz.com/newz/hong-kong-authorities-foil-smuggling-attempt-of-300-nvidia-cmp-30hx-mining-cards

2020: Smuggling Drugs
2021: Smuggling GPUs

Intel Rocket Lake Desktop CPUs Finally Receive Their First Official Graphics Driver For Iris Xe GPU

https://wccftech.com/intel-releases-first-graphics-card-driver-for-rocket-lake-desktop-cpus/

A bit unrelated but very note worthy in the mobile space

LG to close mobile phone business worldwide

http://www.lgnewsroom.com/2021/04/lg-to-close-mobile-phone-business-worldwide/

Realistically, I expect many other phone companies to also start shutting down in the future. I think in the Android space, the only ones that will remain are Samsung, Google and Chinese phone companies.

I expect them to be Samsung, Motogoogle/Googlerola, Xiaowei (Xiaomi+Huawei) and Oppome (Oppo and Realme) to be the only ones remaining. 



Epic was right all along... 

Captain_Yuri said:
hinch said:

So it sounds like this will be small revision with a more efficient chip-set and passive cooling. With Warhol rumored to be incoming this is good time to release a new board.

Update from the article -

Update: Moore’s Law is Dead claims that the S stands for ‘Silent’, which implies that those boards will rely on passive cooling:

I'd be curious as to what the difference will be as the Dark Hero is already passive cooling. Granted it's a $400 mobo but I doubt there's anything very care worthy in terms of actual cooling in the Mobo. Still, it will be interesting.

Kinda lame that Zen 3+ won't be happening. I do still suspect they might do a special XT version at the very least like they did last year with the 3000 series.

Well, Zen+ was only a thing because AMD needed to push Ryzen out the door as soon as possible, meaning not everything was fully working and thus some parts were deactivated until further notice. That further notice was Zen+, which is when the chip was finally fully activated.

The server variants were already fully activated and thus never had a Zen+ version since they basically all were selected from the start to be able to run the things the early desktop variants needed to have turned off to work properly. In other words, they were Zen+ before Zen+.

I do agree that AMD will make some filler based on Zen3 (OEMs will pretty much oblige them to), but this will probably only be a small speedbump



Captain_Yuri said:

I'd be curious as to what the difference will be as the Dark Hero is already passive cooling. Granted it's a $400 mobo but I doubt there's anything very care worthy in terms of actual cooling in the Mobo. Still, it will be interesting.

Kinda lame that Zen 3+ won't be happening. I do still suspect they might do a special XT version at the very least like they did last year with the 3000 series.

I doubt there will be much in it, maybe one or two other small tweaks here an there. Idd Dark Hero comes with a huge heatsink on its chipset and and has excellent cooling all round and performance. I feel this X570(s) refresh is a release to keep AiB's happy and have people buy new boards. Releasing a 'new and improved' silent X570 boards will keep peoples eyes on AMD and Ryzen, even when Alderlake releases later this year.

But yeah I can see AMD going for a XT refresh to go against Alderlake.

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The news:

SALES /PLAYER COUNT & DEALS

Death Stranding has generated over €23 million on PC
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/death-stranding-has-generated-over-e23-million-on-pc/
According to the latest Digital Bros (505 Games) half-year reports, Death Stranding has generated over €23 million on PC. Death Stranding came out on PC in July 2020, meaning that it took it five months in order to hit these sales.
Digital Bros also claimed that Control generated €16 million in 2020. Assetto Corsa generated almost €9 million and Ghostrunner generated around €7 million.

GOG has a new sale:

Steam has six new deals, including the Midweek Madness ones:

The Humble Store has two new sales:

And Fanatical has three new deals:

SOFTWARE & DRIVERS

Microsoft will showcase new DirectX 12 features & SDK on April 21st
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/microsoft-will-showcase-new-directx-12-features-sdk-on-april-21st/
Microsoft has announced that it will hold its Game Stack Live event on April 21st. During that event, the team will reveal its DX12 “Agility” SDK, as well as some new DirectX 12 features.
As WindowsCentral noted, the DX12 Agility SDK aims to “solve a pain point for developers who say adopting new DirectX12 graphics features is cumbersome.”

MODS, EMULATORS & FAN PROJECTS

Doom and Jedi Knight Mods released for Blade & Sorcery
https://www.dsogaming.com/mods/doom-and-jedi-knight-mods-released-for-blade-sorcery/
DukeGoliath and Redline90 have released two cool mods/map packs for Blade & Sorcery, bringing maps from Doom and Star Wars: Jedi Knight.
>> Check the article for more infor about them and the Nexus Mods links for both of them.

You can finally pet the dog in Skyrim
https://www.pcgamer.com/you-can-finally-pet-the-dog-in-skyrim/
Is there a dog in a videogame? Well, players damn well better be able to pet that dog, especially since the rise of game-shaming Twitter account Can You Pet The Dog? which catalogues the games in which you can and cannot pet the dog.
Over the past few years, many developers have patched their games to appease Twitter's harsh judgment, but Bethesda has remained unmoved. So a modder has taken the matter into their own hands, as modders have been doing with Bethesda games since the dawn of time.
Pet The Dogs - Animations is a mod that allows you to stoop down and give your favorite mutt a good scratch behind the ears. There are three different animations depending on the friendly dog's position (keyword: friendly—you probably shouldn't try this on angry wolves). Standing, sitting, or lying down, you'll now be able to give your pooch a pat. Lovely.

Prime 2D is a gorgeous sidescrolling take on Metroid Prime, and it’s playable now
https://www.pcgamer.com/prime-2d-is-a-gorgeous-sidescrolling-take-on-metroid-prime-and-its-playable-now/
Metroid Prime was the first 3D Metroid game and it’s still considered a GameCube classic, spawning two sequels and at least one fan attempt to port it to PC. But one team is taking a completely different tack: they’re remaking Metroid Prime as a 2D platformer, in keeping with the style of classic NES and SNES Metroid games.
Dubbed Prime 2D, it’s the work of Team SCU, which has apparently been working on the project since 2004, albeit with some personnel changes along the way, as well as the help of “hundreds of volunteers.” The team issued a free demo of the project late last week, and you can download it here if you’re keen (or you can just watch the video above).
>> It actually looks good.

GAMING NEWS

Hitman 3 April 6th Hotfix resolves PC freezes and frame drops
https://www.dsogaming.com/patches/hitman-3-april-6th-hotfix-resolves-pc-freezes-and-frame-drops/
IO Interactive has released a new hotfix patch for the PC version of Hitman 3. According to the team, the April 6th Hotfix will resolve some PC freezes and frame drops that were introduced with the previous update.

Immortals Fenyx Rising Update 1.30 is 4.9GB on PC, tweaks controls, fixes bugs & more
https://www.dsogaming.com/patches/immortals-fenyx-rising-update-1-30-is-4-9gb-on-pc-tweaks-controls-fixes-bugs-more/
Ubisoft has released Update 1.30 for Immortals Fenyx Rising. This patch is 4.9GB in size, tweaks the keyboard and mouse controls, resolves some gameplay issues, brings performance improvements and more.

Diablo 2 Resurrected Technical Alpha begins on April 8th
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/diablo-2-resurrected-technical-alpha-begins-on-april-8th/
Blizzard has just announced that the Technical Alpha phase for Diablo 2 Resurrected will begin on April 8th. This technical alpha test will last until April 12th.

Call of Duty Warzone April 6th Update released, full patch notes revealed
https://www.dsogaming.com/patches/call-of-duty-warzone-april-6th-update-released-full-patch-notes-revealed/
Raven Software has released a brand new update for Call of Duty Warzone. According to the changelog, this latest patch fixes the Camo Challenges for the “R1 Shadowhunter” so that it can now appear correctly for the Geometric, Flora, and Science Camo Categories.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground releases on May 27th
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/warhammer-age-of-sigmar-storm-ground-releases-on-may-27th/
Focus Home Interactive has announced that Warhammer – Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground will be releasing on May 27th. In order to celebrate this announcement, the publisher has also released a new trailer that you can find below.

FMV thriller Erica is coming to PC on May 25th
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/fmv-thriller-erica-is-coming-to-pc-on-may-25th/
Flavourworks has announced that their premier title Erica will come to Steam on May 25th. In order to celebrate this announcement, the team also released a trailer that you can find below.

Here are some new screenshots for Resident Evil Village
https://www.dsogaming.com/screenshot-news/here-are-some-new-screenshots-for-resident-evil-village/
Capcom and IGN have shared some new screenshots for Resident Evil Village that focus on Lady Dimitrescu and her daughters. These new screenshots do not show much, however, we are certain that most RE fans will appreciate them.

Ninja Gaiden Collection’s Ninja Gaiden Sigma is based on the PS3 version
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/ninja-gaiden-collections-ninja-gaiden-sigma-is-based-on-the-ps3-version/
When KOEI Tecmo announced Ninja Gaiden Collection, there were some rumors suggesting that Ninja Gaiden Sigma would be based on the PSVita version. However, KOEI Tecmo has confirmed that it has used the PS3 version and not the PSVita version.

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise is reportedly coming to PC in 2021
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/deadly-premonition-2-a-blessing-in-disguise-is-reportedly-coming-to-pc-in-2021/
According to an internal document from Thunderful Group, Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise will be coming to PC in 2021. Thunderful Group plans to release the game via Steam, meaning that this won’t be a new exclusive to EGS.



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Part two of the news:

Here's why 'boycott Genshin Impact' is trending on Twitter
https://www.pcgamer.com/heres-why-boycott-genshin-impact-is-trending-on-twitter/
The hashtag #boycottgenshinimpact is currently trending on Twitter and it appears to be, at least in part, due to questionable depictions of race in the Chinese free-to-play RPG. Now at over 10,000 tweets, the hashtag (and several others including #dobettermihoyo and #boycottgenshin, which have collectively nearly 100,000 tweets) began as a conversation about different criticisms of Genshin Impact's depictions of race, but has more recently devolved into an incoherent mess of different debates.

A nasty Outriders bug is completely wiping inventories
https://www.pcgamer.com/outriders-inventory-wipe-reset-bug/
The nightmare scenario for a loot game has become a reality for some Outriders players. Many on the Outriders subreddit are reporting that their entire inventories have been wiped of all gear following a crash. People Can Fly is aware of the issue and has helped a few players recover their lost gear, but there's no word on when the bug will be fixed.

Hearthstone's overdue rebalance is coming 'early next week'
https://www.pcgamer.com/hearthstones-overdue-rebalance-is-coming-early-next-week/
As Ben "RidiculousHat" Goodman pointed out yesterday, the Hearthstone meta has descended into lunacy. (...)
That's about to change, although perhaps not soon enough for everyone's liking. As Hearthstone lead designer Alec Dawson said on Twitter today, "Balance changes [are] to go out early next week with 20.0.2. We'll be targeting some cards in Mage, Paladin, Rogue, and Neutral. Hoping to create more space for experimentation in the early Barrens meta and have a more diverse field of classes. 6 changes in total, details coming soon."

One of China’s biggest MMOs is coming to the West later this year
https://www.pcgamer.com/one-of-chinas-biggest-mmos-is-coming-to-the-west-later-this-year/
One of China's most popular MMOs, Gu Jian Qi Tan Online, is coming to the West later this year. Entitled Swords of Legends Online, the "fully remastered and improved" version of the game will explore the timeless war between the forces of light and darkness, fought by those few chosen by the legendary (and hopefully metaphorical) sword buried deep within themselves.

Sea of Thieves Season 2 has a new emote that lets you be a sneaky sailor
https://www.pcgamer.com/sea-of-thieves-season-2-has-a-new-emote-that-lets-you-be-a-sneaky-sailor/
Sea of Thieves is bringing new booty with a second season pass dropping next week.
Rare teased the arrival of the new plunder pass in a short video. It didn't show much, except for a damn nice-looking red ship set and some new cosmetics. More interestingly, though, was a new emote that lets you hop inside a barrel.

Call Of Duty: Warzone's nukes are landing early
https://www.pcgamer.com/call-of-duty-warzones-nukes-are-landing-early/
Nuclear bombs have begun falling on Call Of Duty: Warzone's battlefield. But fortunately for players, it seems someone forgot to arm these warheads before dropping them on Verdansk.

Arma 3 is going to Vietnam
https://www.pcgamer.com/arma-3-is-going-to-vietnam/
PC gaming's biggest military sandbox will be expanding soon with S.O.G. Prairie Fire, a new paid DLC focused on the Vietnam War.
The $23 (€23/£20) DLC will add a bunch of new era-specific weapons ("pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns, grenade launchers … and deadly grenades, traps, and other special items."), along with 50-plus vehicles from the period, "armed helicopters, gunboats, light tanks, cars, trucks, static weapons, one jet, five small boats, and two bicycles," Bohemia Interactive says.



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AMD to launch Radeon RX 6800 XT “Midnight Black” today

"Update: The Midnight Black edition has been released. Unfortunately, the graphics card is already out of stock:"

https://videocardz.com/newz/amd-to-launch-radeon-rx-6800-xt-midnight-black-today

Thank you AMD for giving the scalpers a version that they can charge even more than they usually do...

Dell launches Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition with up to 5900HX and RTX 3070

https://videocardz.com/newz/dell-launches-alienware-m15-r5-ryzen-edition-with-up-to-5900hx-and-rtx-3070

Seems that at least for now, they are limiting Ryzen CPUs to the 3060 and 3070 and not putting AMD as an option on their flagship 3080 laptops. No word on the 17 inch either just yet. Baby steps I suppose.

Intel running out of wafers - shortage and extreme price jumps expected for Rocket Lake S in Q2 2021

https://www.igorslab.de/en/intel-going-out-of-wafer-scarcity-and-extreme-price-prices-for-q2-2021-expected/

Well if you were gonna buy Intel which granted, some of them are priced very competitively in the mid ranged, I'd buy them sooner than later if the report is to be believed.



             

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Tuesday news, part two:

E3 2021 is now coming sooner, on June 12–15
https://www.pcgamer.com/e3-2021-is-now-coming-sooner-on-june-1215/
The Entertainment Software Association has now announced its final plans for this year's event, and a change in date. E3 2021 will run from June 12 to June 15, and has "early commitments from Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games and Koch Media." That is a fairly decent lineup of big-hitters, though whether anyone brings their AAA game remains to be seen.

Kinda surprised Sony isn't showing up as they have generally been a big player.



             

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Captain_Yuri said:
JEMC said:

Tuesday news, part two:

E3 2021 is now coming sooner, on June 12–15
https://www.pcgamer.com/e3-2021-is-now-coming-sooner-on-june-1215/
The Entertainment Software Association has now announced its final plans for this year's event, and a change in date. E3 2021 will run from June 12 to June 15, and has "early commitments from Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games and Koch Media." That is a fairly decent lineup of big-hitters, though whether anyone brings their AAA game remains to be seen.

Kinda surprised Sony isn't showing up as they have generally been a big player.

They already backed out in 2019, when they had nothing to show, and it worked well for them. I guess that, since there was no E3 last year either and that didn't hurt them, they've decided to go on their own.



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