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Captain_Yuri said:

Intel's Process Roadmap to 2025: with 4nm, 3nm, 20A and 18A?!

https://www.anandtech.com/show/16823/intel-accelerated-offensive-process-roadmap-updates-to-10nm-7nm-4nm-3nm-20a-18a-packaging-foundry-emib-foveros

So going forward, Intel is rebranding it's nodes. So when Intel says "7nm," it's actually the same node as their "10nm." One thing I will say is that the density on Intel's rebranded 7nm is still higher than TSMC's 7nm so I can see why. But the naming will get a bit confusing.

Intel reveals the design of Alder Lake, Sapphire Rapids, Meteor Lake and Granite Rapids CPUs

https://videocardz.com/newz/intel-reveals-the-design-of-alder-lake-sapphire-rapids-meteor-lake-and-granite-rapids-cpus

So in other words, since they're unable to make smaller nodes, they just start calling them smaller until they catch up to the competition? Brilliant!

Also, not sure what to think of Meteor Lake. It really needs to make a big jump to catch up to AMD. Alder Lake already has troubles beating Zen 3, and Meteor Lake will most likely be pitted against Zen 5 by the time it releases.

Captain_Yuri said:

Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 Mini-LED 49-inch ultra-wide monitor launches on August 9th

https://videocardz.com/press-release/samsung-odyssey-neo-g9-mini-led-49-inch-ultra-wide-monitor-launches-on-august-9th

"Additionally, Quantum Matrix Technology, which harnesses enhanced 12-bit gradation for greater control of the light source – the Quantum Mini LEDs makes dark areas darker and bright areas brighter with 2,048 dimming zones, ensuring viewers enjoy the content as it is meant to be seen. Quantum HDR 2000 offers a peak brightness of 2,000 nits, with certification received from VDE (Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker), alongside a static contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1"

"Based on the high performance technology pioneered by the current Odyssey G9, the Odyssey Neo G9 features an ultra-wide 49-inch display with a 32:9 aspect ratio that offers Dual Quad High-Definition (DQHD; 5,120×1,440 resolution) with a rapid, 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time.** "

"The Odyssey Neo G9 provides Adaptive Sync on DP1.4 and HDMI2.1 VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) through HDMI 2.1 with NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatibility and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro"

Now it's a bit too big for me but it does make me excited about their future offerings.

A 49-inch monitor?

That's larger than my 46-inch TV ffs. Who has a desk large enough to fit a thing like that and still can see the entire screen?



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Bofferbrauer2 said:

So in other words, since they're unable to make smaller nodes, they just start calling them smaller until they catch up to the competition? Brilliant!

The other way to look at it is before Intel was only some what off with there naming from reality and now they just as far off from reality as TSMC, Samsung etc.  None of the companies process node name actually close in anyway to the actual size of anything.  Which is why even after the name change Intel new 7nm is still slightly more dense then TSMC 7nm.



The Wednesday news:

SALES /PLAYER COUNT & DEALS

GOG's Midweek Sale comes with "games that will take you to the skies" up to 90% off until Saturday: https://www.gog.com/promo/20210728_midweek_sale

Steam has three new deals:

Fanatical has three new deals:

SOFTWARE & DRIVERS

-Empty-

MODS, EMULATORS & FAN PROJECTS

This hyper-realistic Minecraft map looks as good as the real deal
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/this-hyper-realistic-minecraft-map-looks-as-good-as-the-real-deal/
Community created Minecraft builds continue to blow people's minds, and a new map built by user qwryzu is another impressive example of what's possible with a lot of blocks. The build is called 'Vales of Amoril' and is a custom continent map complete with snowy mountains, dense forests, winding rivers, and lush valleys. The level of detail that qwryzu has put into the build is astonishing, I had to do a double-take to make sure it wasn't a photograph.
On their Planet Minecraft page, qwryzu explains that the build took them four months of work, and plenty of practice through the other smaller maps they've created. They use the usual software for Minecraft building—World Machine and World Painter—but include the detail that all the rivers were created by hand, which is impressive considering the patience involved.

GAMING NEWS

Microsoft Flight Simulator July 27th PC Performance Update released, full patch notes
https://www.dsogaming.com/patches/microsoft-flight-simulator-july-27th-pc-performance-update-released-full-patch-notes/
Microsoft has just released the highly anticipated PC performance patch for Microsoft Flight Simulator. While this update does not feature the promises DX12 API, it significantly improves performance on all PC systems.

Marvel’s Avengers Update 1.8.2 released, full patch notes revealed
https://www.dsogaming.com/patches/marvels-avengers-update-1-8-2-released-full-patch-notes-revealed/
Square Enix has announced that Marvel’s Avengers has launched a free update with the first of the game’s end-game challenges: Omega-Level Threat: Family Reunion.

First Halo Infinite Multiplayer Tech Preview launches this weekend
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/first-halo-infinite-multiplayer-tech-preview-launches-this-weekend/
It appears that Microsoft and 343 Industries are sending invitations for the first multiplayer tech preview for Halo Infinite. Spotted by Wario64, this multiplayer preview event will launch this weekend.

Edge of Eternity now supports both NVIDIA’s DLSS and AMD’s FSR
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/edge-of-eternity-now-supports-both-nvidia-dlss-and-amd-fsr/
Midgar Studio has released a new patch for Edge of Eternity that adds support for AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution. As such, Edge of Eternity is yet another game that supports both NVIDIA’s DLSS and AMD’s FSR.

Back 4 Blood Open Beta begins on August 12th
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/back-4-blood-open-beta-begins-on-august-12th/
Warner Bros and Turtle Rock Studios announced that the Open Beta phase for Back 4 Blood will begin on August 12th. In order to celebrate this announcement, the teams released a new trailer that you can find below.

Medieval Dynasty leaves Early Access and fully releases on September 23rd
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/medieval-dynasty-leaves-early-access-and-fully-releases-on-september-23rd/
Toplitz Productions and Render Cube announced that Medieval Dynasty, their Middle Ages survival sandbox life sim, will leave Early Access and fully release on September 23rd.

Nixxes Software will help Sony port its next PS4/PS5 games to PC
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/nixxes-software-will-help-sony-port-its-next-ps4-ps5-games-to-pc/
Earlier this month, Sony announced the acquisition of Nixxes Software. Nixes is well known for its quality PC ports and from the looks of it, the studio will help Sony port its next PS4/PS5 games to the PC.
>> Not much of a surprise, is it?



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Wednesday news, part two:

A Total War Saga: Troy says screw it, have mythological monsters after all
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/a-total-war-saga-troy-says-screw-it-have-mythological-monsters-after-all/
In the most recently announced piece of DLC for A Total War Saga: Troy (titled Mythos), the strategy game about the Trojan War takes an unexpected turn: we get mythical monsters now.

A Total War Saga: Troy Linux port dropped because Valve's Proton means 'less demand for native titles'
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/a-total-war-saga-troy-linux-port-dropped-because-valves-proton-means-less-demand-for-native-titles/
Feral Interactive is a studio that specializes in porting games to MacOS and other platforms. Earlier today, following the announcement of the Mythos DLC for A Total War Saga: Troy, it announced on Twitter that it is bringing both the base game and the DLC to MacOS on Steam after the Windows release. At the same time, however, it also said that work on a previously-announced Linux port will not be resumed, because Valve has effectively killed the market for it.

Blizzard quietly reveals all the new cards in the Hearthstone: United in Stormwind expansion
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/blizzard-quietly-reveals-all-the-new-cards-in-the-hearthstone-united-in-stormwind-expansion/
Under normal circumstances, the launch of a new Hearthstone expansion is preceded by days of card reveals on gaming sites and YouTube channels, followed by a final Blizzard livestream in which the remainder are 'dumped' en masse in the form of some fun games.
But with Activision Blizzard facing serious allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment, and a pervasive "frat boy" culture, Team 5 has decided to forgo the usual fanfare for the upcoming United in Stormwind expansion, and instead have quietly released all the new cards at playhearthstone.com.

PAX West announces attendees now require vaccinations or negative Covid-19 tests
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/pax-west-announces-attendees-now-require-vaccinations-or-negative-covid-19-tests/
On June 24 events company Reedpop confirmed that PAX West will be held in Seattle this year, over September 3-6, but one part of the announcement had folk troubled. The event had a laundry list of health and safety precautions and new practices for the (hopefully) post-pandemic era of live events, but one thing it did not do was require attendees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition brought out the basic Paragon Shepards
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/mass-effect-legendary-edition-brought-out-the-basic-paragon-shepards/
No judgment, especially because all this data comes without any supporting info, but the basic Shepards are out in full force in Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, according to player stats released by BioWare. There's no way to know how many players are on their first run or their fifteenth, so I'll ignore the lack of context and carry on with the psychoanalysis anyway.

World of Warcraft developers pledge to remove in-game references that are 'not appropriate' following sexual harassment lawsuit
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/world-of-warcraft-developers-pledge-to-remove-in-game-references-that-are-not-appropriate-following-sexual-harassment-lawsuit/
In the wake of Activision Blizzard's lawsuit for alleged widespread sexual harassment and discrimination, World of Warcraft's developers issued a statement that said it will be stripping out in-game references that are "not appropriate for [the game]"—most likely meaning NPCs and items related to former creative director Alex Afrasiabi who was directly named in the lawsuit as an alleged sexual abuser. Since the lawsuit became public, other women have also come forward to accuse Afrasiabi, who left the company in 2020, of sexual assault and harassment.

Fuse and Caustic will get major buffs in Apex Legends Season 10
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/fuse-and-caustic-will-get-major-buffs-in-apex-legends-season-10/
Apex Legends Season 10 is close on the horizon with a new legend (the stealthy tracker Seer), new LMG, a bundle of new Arenas maps as well as Ranked mode, and a World's Edge map update that drowns even more of the landscape in hazardous lava pools. Beyond these flashy additions, Respawn is also preparing a few major buffs to underperforming legends that could finally inspire me to play Fuse and Caustic more often.

Activision Blizzard employees are planning a walkout on Wednesday
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/activision-blizzard-employees-are-planning-a-walkout-on-wednesday/
Activision Blizzard employees have announced plans to stage a walkout on July 28 to protest the company's response to a lawsuit alleging discrimination, sexual harassment, and a "frat boy" culture at the company. The call for a work stoppage comes as an open letter condemning company leadership and calling for "compassion for victims" has now surpassed 3,000 signatures.
Update: Blizzard senior software engineer Valentine Powell says the World of Warcraft leadership team will pay employees for the time they spend participating in Thursday's walkout.

Bobby Kotick finally responds to Activision Blizzard employees: our initial response was 'tone deaf'
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/bobby-kotick-finally-responds-to-activision-blizzard-employees-our-initial-response-was-tone-deaf/
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has issued a letter to all employees in the wake of a lawsuit alleging widespread sexual harassment and discrimination at the company. In the letter Kotick describes the company's initial responses to the lawsuit as "quite frankly tone deaf," and promises that leadership is "immediately evaluating managers and leaders across the company." The letter comes the evening before a planned walkout by Activision Blizzard employees.

Time-looping murder mystery The Forgotten City is out today
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/time-looping-murder-mystery-the-forgotten-city-is-out-today/
The Forgotten City is a murder mystery for an entire city: when one person sins, in this ancient Roman town, everybody dies. And it's out today, if you want that weight on your shoulders.

Guild Wars 2's End of Dragons expansion introduces a siege turtle and fishing
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/guild-wars-2s-end-of-dragons-expansion-introduces-a-siege-turtle-and-fishing/
The pandemic has caused problems for lots of developers, and ArenaNet among them: last year it delayed the long-anticipated launch of Guild Wars 2 on Steam, in order to focus on the major End of Dragons expansion due by the end of this year. Then that got delayed until early next year too. Things are getting back on-track, however, and now we've got our first look at what's coming.

New blockbuster studio That's No Moon boasts an embarrassment of talent
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/new-blockbuster-studio-thats-no-moon-boasts-an-embarrassment-of-talent/
New game development studio That's No Moon is opening across Los Angeles and San Diego, led by game development veterans from across some of the largest studios in the industry. That's No Moon intends to create narrative-driven experiences across both interactive and linear media.

Dull Grey looks anything but
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/dull-grey-looks-anything-but/
Free will vs determinism is one of the more hashed-out philosophical debates. It's an easy one to see in action, too: how often is the answer to oversimplified advice, "it's not that easy—I don't really have that choice". It might technically be there, but there's a web of other factors involved.
This is what the trailer for upcoming visual novel Dull Grey highlights, as it drifts over the landscapes of its setting. (...)



Please excuse my bad English.

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DF Direct Weekly #21: Unreal Engine 5 Coalition Demo, Intel CPU + Graphics GDC 2021

So the Coalition switched to UE5 and they had a few things to say about it which are interesting as this will affect a lot of games being made by UE5 including on PC. So DF goes over some of the key points and I noted a few of them here:

- 1080p TSR UE5 > 1440p TAA Upscaling UE4
- Their Demo runs at minimum 1080p to 1440p at average of 46FPS on the Series X
- UE5's bigger features are architected around 30fps
- Still early access so it could get better
- UE5 is still highly customizable
- Expect 30fps games initially for games that use the big features of UE5

There was also a segment regarding developing for Intel GPUs/CPUs of the future:

- Full Direct X 12 Ultimate support
- Hardware Ray Tracing: Intel Recommends to use DXR 1.0 for upcoming Intel GPUs and not DXR 1.1 while AMD recommends DXR 1.1 for RDNA 2. DXR 1.1 apparently has certain limitations that DXR 1.0 doesn't have.
- Using Texture Space Shading with Sampler Feedback Streaming and Direct Storage can have 23% workload benefit
- Their hardware Sampler Feedback implementation was 3.1x faster than their software version
- For Intel CPUs, Intel is recommending for devs to change the way they think:



To me, it sounds like there's going to be some janky situations with Alder Lake S. Especially on it's early days with big.LITTLE.

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AMD Bathes In Dollars As It Posts 99% Revenue Growth In Second Quarter 2021

https://wccftech.com/amd-bathes-in-dollars-as-it-posts-99-revenue-growth-in-second-quarter-2021/

Crazy numbers!


AMD & NVIDIA Rumored To Refresh Their Radeon RX & GeForce RTX Mobility GPUs Early Next Year

https://wccftech.com/amd-nvidia-to-refresh-radeon-rx-geforce-rtx-mobility-gpus-early-next-year-rumor/


AMD Next-Gen Zen 4 Ryzen CPUs & RDNA 3 Radeon RX GPUs On Track For 2022 Launch

https://wccftech.com/amd-next-gen-zen-4-ryzen-cpus-rdna-3-radeon-rx-gpus-on-track-for-2022-launch/

Good to have confirmation from the CEO herself


[Rumour] Intel only to launch Alder Lake K(F) series and Z690 chipset this year, the rest coming at CES 2022

https://videocardz.com/newz/intel-only-to-launch-alder-lake-kf-series-and-z690-chipset-this-year-the-rest-coming-at-ces-2022

One interesting thing:

"There have been reports that motherboard vendors are not eager to implement Intel’s new ATX 12V standard, which by principle would reduce the size of the existing 24V connector and power the consumption in certain scenarios. What those reports do not mention is that Intel is actually selling 600-series chips at a lower price, but only if the motherboard maker is willing to adopt it for the 12VO version. Most of the Z690 24V motherboards have already been finalized, but there are plans to launch some sub-variants with ATX12VO support."



             

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Big numbers from AMD indeed! Zen 3 was a big hit for them and a great product and their mobile CPU and APU's in laptops are decent. Well deserved. I just hope Alderlake hits it out of the park from Intel. Competition is greatly needed on the CPU side of things as prices are ever looming higher. Also will be interesting next year with Alderlake and Zen 4 battling it out. And lol at Intel and TDP rating still 125W - not happening

Also looking forward to RNDA 3 next year. Decided to skip this gen altogether due to silly GPU prices and availability. Would be great if out by Q2.



JEMC said:

Nixxes Software will help Sony port its next PS4/PS5 games to PC
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/nixxes-software-will-help-sony-port-its-next-ps4-ps5-games-to-pc/
Earlier this month, Sony announced the acquisition of Nixxes Software. Nixes is well known for its quality PC ports and from the looks of it, the studio will help Sony port its next PS4/PS5 games to the PC.
>> Not much of a surprise, is it?

Ngl I'd triple dip for an Uncharted collection and UC4 lol.



hinch said:

Big numbers from AMD indeed! Zen 3 was a big hit for them and a great product and their mobile CPU and APU's in laptops are decent. Well deserved. I just hope Alderlake hits it out of the park from Intel. Competition is greatly needed on the CPU side of things as prices are ever looming higher. Also will be interesting next year with Alderlake and Zen 4 battling it out. And lol at Intel and TDP rating still 125W - not happening

Also looking forward to RNDA 3 next year. Decided to skip this gen altogether due to silly GPU prices and availability. Would be great if out by Q2.

Yeah I'm also going to have to wait for the new refresh GPU's or new gen at this point. Scalpers and miners have pretty much made that choice for with without my way.

I just hope we don't get screwed over with the new gen/refresh.



Yea with all the early impressions that devs are giving with UE5, I think we really gonna need next gen GPUs for a true 60fps experience at 1440p or above. Series X according to DF can sometimes go down to 1080p 30fps depending on the scene. That's like a 2080/3060 Ti. While there will be further optimizations, we really gonna need that crazy performance uplift to really get that 1440p 60fps or 4k 60fps UE5 experience.

Apparently the internal resolution of the Series S was so bad when running the UE5 demo that they weren't happy with it at all.



             

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