Hey, guys, so I’m not sure if you saw Netlinked Daily last week, but this guy, part of Ivanonymous, is that what you call yourself? Well, he came in and took myself and Manny hostage. I’m not really sure why he’s letting Keys, Jack, and Julia come in and out of the studio as they please, but…to the tech news!
Well guys! Today’s the day! AMD has officially announced Ryzen…and I’m not even wearing my shirt! I’ve ruined everything. The trio of Ryzen CPUS were announced today. The Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X, and 1700 all have 8 cores and 16 threads, 16MB level 3 cache across all all cores, and are unlocked for overclocking. The top end 1800X is $499 American, with a 3.6GHz base speed and a 4.0 GHz boost speed and a 95W TDP. This chip is up against Intel’s i7-6900K, which has a 3.2GHZ base speed, 3.7 Boost and is $1100, more than double the price of this Ryzen chip. DAMN DUDE!! AMD also says that the 1800X scores 9 percent higher than Intel’s in the Cinebench R15 multithreaded rendering test. As for the other two parts, the R7 1700X is $399 with a 3.4GHz base speed and 3.8GHz boost, and the R7 1700, has a 3.0 base, 3.7GHZ boost, and goes for $329. Check the sources down below for a bit more info on this, but these first 3 Ryzen CPUs are available for pre-order now and buy…able on March 2nd.
A few Valve VR things in the news today, firstly the company has announced they’re ditching their $3000 tracking course that was required to become a SteamVR tracking partner. This means that basically anyone can develop SteamVR enabled hardware. The course and in-person training will still be available, but Valve is also making its training documentation freely available. This certification program was announced in August and now Steam says that after working with numerous third parties and having updated the tools, they realized that that idea kinda sucked, except that the ticket did include free developer hardware. SteamVR support is also coming to Linux, so Linux content on the HTC Vive headset, trackers and other hardware will be possible. Lastly, Valve VR trackers will soon be sold separately. Until now, you could order the tracking stations from HTC, but now you can purchase straight from Valve’s online store, so that’s cool. There were a few things there, so let us know how about you feel in the comments below…about the story or just your life currently.
And I don’t know how tech news this is, but NASA certainly used technology to discover 7 Earth-sized planets. The organization used the Spitzer Space Telescope to find these planets, which are 40 light years away from us and exist in the ‘Goldilocks zone,’ where apparently liquid water is possible, so it would be habitable for life.This is the first time astronomers have discovered another solar system roughly the same size as ours. And guys it’s only 235 trillion miles from Earth! That’s like a trip from your house to the corner store. For real though, Elon Musk has to be excited about this one.
It’s time for Shorter News Stories
Nvidia, after lots of rumbling, has given a pretty big hint that they will be announcing the GTX 1080Ti at GDC, as they’ve put a countdown timer for the ‘Ultimate Geforce’ livestream on the GeForce website that have the letters ‘TI’ bolded in ‘time.’ Or maybe they were trying to bring more focus to M E….’me’….hmmm. Lots to think about.
New leaks of the Samsung S8 show the screen on with a real thin bezel. There also appears to be no physical home button on this model.
Apparently, games on Steam will be priced higher in 10 different countries starting in March. Some of those countries include Switzerland, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, and India. I’m sorry guys. It’s a hard knock life for you.
Google Daydream did a little experiment where they made a HTC Vive headset transparent in mixed reality, so you could see a user’s face through the headset they were using. This is done by using a 3D scanned model of the person’s face, along with HTC Vive eye tracking technology. In an effort to make VR less isolated, they’ve made it only far more frightening.
And on the Nintendo Youtube Channel, two Nintendo employees unboxed the Switch, and this is the first unboxing, so check that out. The video is almost as cringey as our channel, but ya check it out.
Sources for all of today’s news stories can be found in the NCIX forum post linked in the description.