The day has come. After all the little teases and delays, Vega has arrived. AMD launched the $499 Radeon RX Vega 64 and the $699 liquid-cooled RX Vega 64 today, but while the review embargo went up for both of those cards and the $399 RX Vega 56, that last one releases on August 28th, not today. These are the first high-end Radeon chips built on the 14nm process – Polaris was 14nm, but it was aimed at the mainstream – so how do they stand up against Nvidia? Well, according to PCWorld, in most games, it looks like Vega 56 is pretty much on par with the GTX 1070 and both Vega 64 cards compete with the GTX 1080 pretty evenly. The liquid cooled card does a little better in most games, but can’t quite catch the 1080 Ti. So, the general response to Vega, so far, has been…thank you, AMD, for finally releasing Vega, but after all that, it can’t even catch the 1080 Ti, not to mention the Titan X. And Nvidia still has yet to release their Volta architecture. Mind you, apparently, Volta is now being delayed, maybe because Nvidia realized they have nothing to worry about from AMD now?? Anyways, it’s not that Vega is bad…but it aint Ryzen!!
New details about the LG V30 have emerged online today, so let’s talk about what we know about the phone so far. Firstly, there was a promo video that leaked online showing what the phone looks like. It…looks…big and has dual cameras on the back. LG has promised a 6-inch, 2880 x 1440 display with HDR10 support. The display is P-OLED and made by LG, themselves. Apple is actually apparently in talks with LG to use their displays on the next iPhone and Google will be using LG displays for the Pixel 2. Today though, the company has revealed that the V30 can be unlocked with a face recognition feature from the selfie cam, which works even when the phone is off and there are also voice recognition unlocks. Additionally, there is ‘The Floating Bar,’ a retractable, semi-transparent menu which is a replacement for the Lg V20’s secondary screen. Ok, that’s it for now. We’ll find out how much of that was BS when the phone is officially unveiled at the end of August.
And as time moves forward, the world moves closer to a civilization dominated by robots. And this weekend likely was a step in that direction as a bot created by Elon Musk’s company, OpenAI, beat Dota 2 professionals like Dendi, Blitz, and Suma1L at their own game during The International Tournament put on by Valve. Dota 2 is a pretty complex game with lots of different types of actions available for play, so this is as impressive as it is frightening. Althoughhhhh, The AI bot did not play the full game, but only played 1 v 1 and was only able to play one hero, Shadow Fiend. It could also only play against Shadow Fiend. So, there were still definitely limitations, but of course OpenAI says they are currently developing the bot to be able to compete 5 on 5. So…that’s good.
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Overwatch is bringing both free-for-all and team deathmatch to the arcade mode. The new mode will also bring a new map called Chateau Guillard, which was the family estate of Widowmaker. Now go and kill just for the pure joy of it.
YouTube is testing a live count of viewers on regular videos, so you can see how many other people are watching the video you are currently watching. The testing seems to only be on select Android phones. Maybe with this, we can get a little more investigative about what appears on the trending tab…lots of random stuff.
The Division has released a new update that will include loot boxes, but what I’m more interested to hear is, who is still playing this game? I won’t judge you. I’m just curious.
The NVIDIA Geforce 385.28 WHQL drivers released today, optimized foir Agents of Mayhem, Crossout, and Killing Floor: Incursion.
And Delorean is making a flying car…ya Delorean, you’re a little late? 2015 has already passed.
Sources for all of today’s news stories can be found in the NCIX Forum post linked in the description.
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