So, Intel unveiled the X-Series yesterday at Computex, but AMD responded with Threadripper, my dudes! We’ve already heard that the Threadripper will have 16 cores where the high-end Core i9 will have 18. BUT, where Threadripper was expected to have 44 PCIe lanes like the i9, AMD announced that it would actually have 64 PCIe lanes. Take that Intel! Threadripper will also be on the X399 platform simply because higher number are better. Everyone knows that. AMD put the Threadripper CPU through some games and benchmarks in a system running Radeon RX Vega graphics cards in Crossfire Mode. But oh ya, AMD announced that they will announce Vega at SIGGRAPH at the end of July. Other than that, AMD announced that their EPYC server CPUs will arrive on June 20th and they also announced Ryzen Mobile chips. They will feature 4-cores and run Radeon graphics on a single chip, powering 2-in-1 laptops set for release early next year. All right. Moving along.
And on the Intel side of things at Computex… well actually, this is on the VR side of things. Intel is working with HTC in developing a wireless module for the Vive. A prototype of this new wireless Vive was shown off and it’s expected to release early next year. The wireless module is developed with Intel’s WiGig technology, which uses 802.11ad Wi-Fi and works solely in the interference-free 60GHz band. This will provide real crisp video at less than 7 millisecond latency and could support multiple users in the same space. Riley did a video on an AD WiFi router by the way, so you can check out what that’s all about over here. Apparently, HTC is showing off this prototype more at E3 in a few weeks. So, maybe we’ll hear more about it then.
And the last larger story from Computex things is that Qualcomm will be using their ARM-based Snapdragon 835 mobile processors to power Windows 10 2-in-1 devices. Asus, HP, and Lenovo have jumped on board, offering a combination of the PC form factor as well software features common in smartphones like on-the-go connectivity, silent operation, and long battery life Apparently they will have 50 percent more battery life than x86 systems, four to five times longer standby times, and of course, with Snapdragon, you won’t need Wi-Fi. You can get online wherever there’s cellular connectivity. Anyways, these Qualcomm powered devices will launch at some unknown time for some unknown price in the future. And this is not Windows RT because you will be able to run Windows applications unmodified from their original form. It’s ok. What do you think?
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MSI showed off their X299 motherboards at Computex, which includes the new Gaming M7, Gaming Pro Carbon, Tomahawk, and SLI Plus. Gigabyte showed off their X299 motherboards as well, featuring lots of RGB and other things too. They’re set for release in June.
Gigabyte also announced the SabrePro15, a lower end gaming laptop featuring an i7-7700HQ CPU, GTX 1060, 15.6-inch full HD panel, RGB backlit keyboard, and 8, 16, and 32GB RAM options.
Wow, finally we’ve escaped Computex news. There’s a new map on Overwatch called Horizon Lunar Colony. It’s in the Public Test Region for PC right now. I just played it at lunch and can confirm, it is fun.
Oculus has added Google Chromecast support for the Samsung Gear VR, so now people can watch on a TV what you are seeing in the Gear VR. So, now your friends will have more empathy when you throw up after taking the headset off. Ok, I haven’t tried Gear VR for a few years. I’m sure it’s gotten better.
And Sound Heroes are new Bluetooth speakers that look like a futuristic cyborg hero, monster thing, featuring RGB LED lighting, a smoke dispenser, and comes in 10 different colours. Yes, of course, I want one.
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