More Ryzen details, Qualcomm VR headset, Steam Audio

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Just so you guys are aware, this video… DOES contain some tech news. Maybe you expected that, maybe you didn’t, but I just thought I’d give you fair warning. Wouldn’t want to startle you.

 

Ryzen soft-launched yesterday, so we got all the official details from AMD concerning specs and price points – but the internet had a bit more to say on the matter. A reddit user posted slides from AMD’s Tech Day for the press, showing AMD’s benchmarks comparing the Ryzen 7 1800X and 1700 to Intel’s Core i7 6900K and 7700K, respectively, and we gotta say, good on AMD for showing the tests where Ryzen actually did worse than Intel as well. The slides also revealed that the mid-tier Ryzen 5 processors, led by the Ryzen 5 with 6, cores, 12 threads, and a 3.6 to 4GHZ base to boost clock, will be coming in Q2. And finally, in other Rzyen news, Overclock3D.net has gotten their hands on a screenshot of the Ryzen Master overclocking utility, which appears to offer per-core clock adjustment, CAS latency adjustment, and the ability to disable cores, among other features. Aaaand now it’s time for everyone to just chill with the Ryzen leaks, ok? It’s going to officially launch March 2nd, so just find something else to do with your time. Maybe live in VR for a few days!

 

Qualcomm can help with that, as they’ve just made a couple of big moves in VR. Today the mobile tech company announced the Snapdragon 835 VR Development Kit, or VRDK. We don’t actually know what the headset looks like yet – probably something like the Snapdragon VR820 Qualcomm released last year – but we do know it’s wireless, has a 2560 by 1400 display, 4GB of RAM, built-in eye trackers, and a trackpad on the right side for controls. Qualcomm also announced a partnership with Leap Motion to integrate hand-tracking tech into the VRDK. The headset won’t enter the consumer market, but will serve as a reference design for product manufacturers to build on. Qualcomm should give us a closer look at the headset at the upcoming Game Developers Conference and Mobile World Congress.

 

And in more VR news, Valve has announced a new feature that should make games more immersive: Steam Audio. The new tool is a result of the company’s purchase of audio tech startup Impulsonic in January. It automates the lengthy scripts and filters that developers have had to create in order to approximate the way audio bounces around environments in real life. This means developers can simply integrate Steam Audio into their games and get immersive, high-fidelity spatial audio. The tool supports Unity at the moment, but will soon support Unreal Engine as well, with more game engines being supported down the line. What do you guys think? Does audio in games need better spatial tracking, or is it good enough already? Leave a comment!

 

It’s time for… SNIPPEH SNIPPEHTS

 

Samsung has denied reports that the company would sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7s, although, they TECHNICALLY only denied they’d sell them in India, so… realistically… that probably means they won’t sell them period. Sorry, anarchists.

 

Samsung unveiled its latest mobile chip, the Exynos 9 8895, a 10nm based chip with eight cores, an ARM Mali G71 GPU, and support for 4K video recording at 120fps. So look out for some super-powered phones coming down the line.

 

Sony, meanwhile, super-charged their SD cards, with the SF-G series. The company says it will reach read speeds of 300 megabytes per second and write speeds of up to 299 megabytes per second. I’m glad they made that distinction. Sony doesn’t want to give you the wrong idea.

 

An alleged AMD employee has published Ashes of the Singularity benchmarks for the previously-unheard-of Radeon RX 560 and 580, showing performance similar to the GTX 1050 Ti and 1070, respectively. But … this story needs a healthy dose of salt, so don’t get too excited.

 

And popular leaker Evan Blass has tweeted the full specs for Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8+, showing an Iris scanner, microSD card support, and GASP! An Android operating system!? Slow down, Samsung, we can only take so much innovation.

 

Sources for all of today’s news stories can be found in the NCIX forum post linked in the description.

 

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This week is NCIX’s COLLOSAL SALE EVENT because that Anne Hathaway movie is coming out soon about a kaiju! … That’s not actually why, it’s actually just because the sale is huge. So huge that orders of over 50 dollars and under 25 pounds will get free ground shipping in Canada, excluding certain areas because Canada is also colossal. AND! You also get 2 times reward points! Now, for the featured Canadian deal, we got a Logitech G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for 89.98, that’s 60 bucks off, and for the American deal we’ve got an LG 34UM88-P 34 inch Ultrawide QHD monitor for $635.99, that’s 264 bucks off! Good gravy! Click the i up there in the corner or the links in the description for all of this week’s deals.

 

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