Surface Book 2, RX 500 GPUs + Vega, Vulkan multi-GPU needs W10

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TOP O’ THE MORNIN’ TO YE LADDIES! My name is Jac…. Well, it’s not Jacksepticeye, actually, it’s Keys, but my real name, as some of you may know, is Riley Murdock, and I do in fact, have some Irish ancestry, although… I’m half German as well so.. Can’t really go too far with that lest I get myself a fierce baying from a real Irishman. BUT! Happy St. Paddy’s Day to all of ye. Let’s celebrate with one of Ireland’s favorite things! (BEER!) tech news.


Insider secret industry sources, they’re so mysterious, but you know what? They know things. Some of them claim that Microsoft has begun mass production of its new Surface Book. For its second iteration, Microsoft has reportedly ditched the 2-in-1 form factor that defined previous Surface products, adopting a traditional clamshell laptop design instead, and will likely be announced at the end of March or April. The sources also say that the new Surface Book will again feature a 13.5-inch display, with a price around a thousand bucks U.S, a much lower initial MSRP than the first one, which started at around 1499. A cheaper Surface Book! Do you guys have a Surface, or would you be interested in one that doesn’t detach from the keyboard? If you’re the type of person who comments on things, I invite you to do so. In the comments. Down there.


Some slightly more concrete information has popped up concerning AMD’s upcoming Radeon Vega and 500 series graphics cards. Photos of an AMD marketing video for Vega were posted on twitter, showing a white backplate with the red Vega logo. It also apparently has both a brain, and a soul. That’s gotta be a metaphor, though… right? And in other Radeon news, the latest Crimson 17.3.2 driver lists the RX 580 and 570 as part of the 67DF family, which means they’re based on the Polaris 10 GPU. The RX 560 is also listed as part of the 67EF family, which means it’s based on Polaris 11. So this seemingly confirms that the RX 500 series will indeed be based on the same chips as the RX 400 series, with Vega being a new high-end architecture. And you know what? That’s fine. Our grandparents kept stuff and fixed it instead of throwing things away like we do. It’s time we all learned that lesson. AMD, you keep refreshing your GPUs, I’m sure that will have no ill consequences. At all.


And at their talk at GDC, The Khronos Group laid out some interesting new information about the Vulkan graphics API. While DirextX12 is fully Windows-10 exclusive, many are hoping Vulkan will bring next gen features to previous gen systems, but turns out you will need Windows 10 for at least one feature – multi-GPU support. Vulkan’s multi-GPU mode requires Windows 10’s WDDM feature, which isn’t found in Windows 7 and 8.1. According to the GDC info, Vulkan will also not natively support configurations using both a discrete graphics card and the integrated graphics on a CPU. Man, remember when everyone was getting all pumped about that? Or I was anyway. Gah, I was so naive! Now? I’m super smart.


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According to an AMD statement, the Ryzen 7 1800X and 1700X add 20 degrees celsius to their temperature readings, so many CPUs may have been appearing to run very hot when they were much cooler. Software fixes are expected soon, but do you want that? You can brag to your friends that your CPU runs the hottest. That’s how that works, right?

Oxenfree, an excellent game that I played on PC, is now available for iOS! And I only included this because I think the game is awesome, so if you have an iDevice, pick it up why don’t ya.

Google has developed a new compression method called Guetzli, which can shrink the size of JPEG images by 35%. Guetzli is Swiss German for cookie, which doesn’t make any sense, because no one wants a 35% smaller cookie. Stupid.

The US Navy is once again enlisting the help of gamers as part of their Massively Multiplayer Online War Game Leveraging The Internet, or MMOWGLI, to figure out how to deal with the AI Singularity when it happens, because see, games are important, MOM! She doesn’t even WATCH these…

After playing what is clearly an ad for the new Beauty and the Beast movie on Google Home devices, Google denied that it was an ad, saying it was just “timely content” being called out. ..K but it was an ad.

And the closed beta for Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski’s Lawbreakers began yesterday, and runs until the 19th. So if you’ve been yearning for Overwatch with weird gravity and less cute characters, you can try to get in.

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


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