AMD has started their Radeon on the Road tour, yesterday in Budapest, Hungary and it will continue in Portland and then end at Siggraph where RX Vega will officially be unveiled. But in Budapest, they are showing off the RX Vega to the public for the first time, where it’s being tested in games against the GTX 1080.This confirms that they are specifically going after the 1080, which was already rumoured. At this event, AMD is asking gamers to play Battlefield 1 and Sniper Elite 4 on two systems, one with the RX Vega on a 3440 x 1440 ultra-wide monitor with Freesync, and the other system has the GTX 1080 on an ultra wide monitor with G-Sync. So, if AMD is doing this test, we can assume they’re saying that this RX Vega performs better than the 1080, which isn’t crazy exciting, but it’s also supposed to be $300 cheaper, which is a little more exciting. Either way, Siggraph is in a week or so, so we’ll have all the RX Vega details then.
Intel has quietly announced the base clock speed for their 12-core X-series processor, the i9-7920X, and it’s slower than some might expect? Ya, the CPU has a base clock of 2.9GHZ, which is 400MHz slower than the cheaper 10-core i9 7900X. Oh also, that clock speed is 600MHz lower than its competition, the AMD 12-Core Threadripper 1920X, which has a 3.5GHz base clock and is $400 less than the 7920X. Of course, there’s more to be said for Intel. We don’t know the boost clock yet and there needs to be a head-to-head test. It’s only fair. But, so far, the news is looking pretty good for AMD today. I swear I didn’t plan this. I’m not wearing my Ryzen shirt today.
And after far too long a wait, Samsung’s Bixby Voice Assistant has finally arrived in the US. Honestly, this probably shouldn’t be a main story because Bixby really should’ve launched with the S8 back in April with all that marketing, but Samsung’s failure to do that has become a story in itself. BIxby has been out in South Korea, but it took a long time for the Voice Assistant to learn English with several delays. But, apparently, with an update coming out this evening, Bixby will be available in the English language to S8 users in the US, which hopefully means that the rest of the Western World, like us here in Canada, will be getting it soon as well. Apparently, there’s new tweaks as well that have made Bixby better at understanding natural language and interacting with third party apps like Google Maps.
According to sources, a private equity firm called EagleTree Capital is in talks to buy Corsair for over $500 million. It’s just a rumour at this point with no comments from either company, but I don’t know, Corsair. Do you really want to go work with these guys? Look at these suits. This is not a Google stock photo either. But ya, that’s a lot of money. You should probably take it.
Apple has filed a patent for an iPhone dock that seems to have wireless charging and Siri voice control. While Apple has there HomePod which goes for $350, this is speculated to be a cheaper option that would compete with the $180 Echo.
Indie, self-published games are now appearing in the Xbox One Store as part of the Xbox Live Creators Program, which was announced earlier this year.
Amazon Treasure Truck, the program that allows customers to purchase specialty items for discount online, then go pick them up physically from the truck, is expanding from Seattle to more States. So, that’s fun.
And I know lots of people were was sad that Terry Crews did not end up voicing Doomfist in Overwatch, but the actor says he’s ok with it, saying he didn’t want hi-jack the game or take attention away from it, which makes sense. He did add that he thinks he’ll do something with Blizzard down the line.
Sources for all of today’s news stories can be found in the NCIX Forum post linked in the description.
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