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AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 64 will cost $499 and battle the GeForce GTX 1080

AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 64 will cost $499 and battle the GeForce GTX 1080

After months of anticipation, AMD on Sunday finally unveiled its Vega gaming GPU lineup that it expects will put the company back into the high-end graphics card game. Here are the details on Radeon RX Vega 64 and Radeon RX Vega 56.

  • The $499 Radeon RX Vega 64 will feature 64 compute units, 4,096 stream processors, and 8GB of advanced HBM2 memory with 484GBps of bandwidth. It will run at 1,247MHz base clock with a boost clock of 1,546MHz. The card is rated at 12.66 TFLOPS of performance.
  • The Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition will feature 64 compute units, 4,096 stream processors, and 8GB of HBM2 with 484GBps of bandwidth. However, thanks to its liquid cooling, AMD will increase the base clock to 1,406MHz and its boost clock to 1,677MHz. The higher clock speed also ups its floating point performance to 13.7 TFLOPS. Although only included as part of a “pack” (details below), the card essentially costs $699.
  • The $399 Radeon RX Vega 56 will feature 56 compute units, 3,584 stream processors, 8GB of HBM2 RAM with 410GBps of bandwidth, and will run at a 1,156MHz base clock and 1,471 boost clock. It’s rated at 10.5 TFLOPS.

Although functionally no different than the black plastic-shrouded Radeon RX Vega 64, AMD will also offer a Radeon RX Vega 64 Limited Edition with a brushed aluminum shell.  The Limited Edition will be shipped to initial buyers until they run out. AMD wouldn’t say how many Limited Edition versions it produced, but said it wasn’t being “chintzy,” so most early buyers should expect to get them. read more

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Zombie Shooter ‘Killing Floor 2’ Will Only Run At 1800p On Xbox One X: Why Not At Native 4K?

Zombie Shooter ‘Killing Floor 2’ Will Only Run At 1800p On Xbox One X: Why Not At Native 4K?

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Intense first-person zombie shooter “Killing Floor 2” is finally coming to the Xbox One in August. However, the game will not run at native 4K on the upcoming Xbox One X.  ( Killing Floor 2 )


Killing Floor 2, an intense first-person shooter, is finally coming to the Xbox One in August, but it will not run at native 4K on the upcoming Xbox One X. read more

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Radeon RX Vega Unveiled: AMD Announces $499 RX Vega 64 & $399 RX Vega 56, Launching August 14th

Radeon RX Vega Unveiled: AMD Announces $499 RX Vega 64 & $399 RX Vega 56, Launching August 14th

At this point, one must give credit to AMD for their marketing program for the Radeon RX Vega. The company has opted to dip feed information over many months, and as a result this has kept the public interested in the architecture and consumer RX Vega cards. Since it was by name back in the spring of 2016, we’ve had architecture previews, product teasers, and even a new Frontier Editions to tide us over.  Suffice it to say, there’s a great deal of fascination in finally seeing the products AMD has been beating the drums about for so long. read more

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The cheapest Ryzen Threadripper yet: AMD’s new Threadripper 1900X will cost $549

The cheapest Ryzen Threadripper yet: AMD’s new Threadripper 1900X will cost $549

Continuing its attack on Intel’s high-end desktop chips, AMD on Monday unveiled a third Ryzen Threadripper CPU priced at $549. The Ryzen Threadripper 1900X will feature 8-cores and 16-threads of computing power, but unlike the Ryzen 7-series, which also features 8-cores and 16-threads, the 1900X will slip into the company’s X399 socket.

Although some may question the logic of duplicate CPUs, in many ways it makes sense. One of the dings against the 8-core Ryzen 7—despite its great value and performance—is its light-duty X370 platform, which offers only 20 lanes of PCIe for GPUs and M.2 drives.  read more

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Facebook Shuts Down AI System After It Continued To Communicate In A Language Humans Can’t Understand

Facebook Shuts Down AI System After It Continued To Communicate In A Language Humans Can’t Understand
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This is why we can’t have nice things. Did you ever have the feeling that people are talking behind your back, but you can’t quite make out what they’re saying? Imagine for a minute if instead of people, there were artificial intelligence (AI) bots plotting and scheming in the background — and to make matters worse, they’ve been communicating in their own language.

That’s exactly the dilemma that Facebook ran into when it found that its AI bots were communicating in a shorthand mutation of English. For example, Facebook provided the passage from two of its bots — Bob and Alice — while communicating with each other: read more

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Every video game would be better on Nintendo’s newest console

Every video game would be better on Nintendo’s newest console
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers“Ultra Street Fighter II” for the Nintendo SwitchCapcom

It turns out that “Ultra Street Fighter II,” a souped-up version of the 1991 classic for the new Nintendo Switch console, is a certifiable smash hit.

So far, game developer Capcom says “Ultra Street Fighter II” has sold 450,000 copies, reports IGN — despite lukewarm reviews, and the ongoing shortage of the Switch console itself. Now, Capcom says it’s planning to release a flurry of new Switch games to meet this apparent demand. 

From my perspective as a Nintendo Switch owner, the reason for the runaway success of this game is simple: Every video game ever made is better, or would be better, on the Nintendo Switch. All of them. Full stop.  read more

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I play the security odds in Las Vegas by rolling the Wi-Fi dice

I play the security odds in Las Vegas by rolling the Wi-Fi dice
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Inside the Network Operations Center at Black Hat, where a team of volunteers were working to protect the Wi-Fi from hackers.

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It’s worse than the Wall of Shame. It’s the Wall of Sheep.

You’re going to get hacked at Black Hat or Defcon, two of the largest hacker conventions in the world, if your device is insecure. And every year, hackers, security researchers and incognito federal agents attending the events, which run back to back, turn Las Vegas into a petri dish of cyberattacks. No phone, laptop or ATM is safe. 

If you get hacked, you end up on the Wall of Sheep.

The wall is a massive shame list projected inside the Packet Hacking Village at Caesar’s Palace during Defcon. Each year, hundreds of names are displayed though the organizers redact email addresses and passwords to protect the victims’ privacy. read more

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Meet Bollinger Motors’ B1: the first EV off-road truck

Meet Bollinger Motors’ B1: the first EV off-road truck

This week saw the announcement of the world’s first all-electric sport utility truck (SUT). But it didn’t come from Tesla or any of the major car manufactures. It’s called the B1 and it’s made by Bollinger Motors, a small startup in upstate New York. With looks that fall somewhere between the Land Rover Defender and a classic Jeep Wrangler, the minimal, boxy truck is capable of 200 miles of off-roading range.

Right off the bat, the B1 has a number of impressive specs. The dual electric motors provide 360 horsepower and 472 lb-feet of torque, giving the SUT a 0 to 60mph time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 127mph. Bollinger Motors says its 100kWh battery will offer a range of 200 miles — just within reach of the 220 miles from Tesla’s new Model 3. There’s also a 60kWh battery option that gives the B1 120 miles of range on a single charge. read more

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The Regalia From ‘Final Fantasy XV’ Will Soon Be A Playable Car In ‘Forza Horizon 3’

The Regalia From ‘Final Fantasy XV’ Will Soon Be A Playable Car In ‘Forza Horizon 3’

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The Regalia, the beloved royal ride of Prince Noctis in “Final Fantasy XV,” will soon be a playable car in “Forza Horizon 3.” The best part is that the vehicle will be a free addition to the fun open-world game.  ( Xbox Wire )


A new car is coming soon to Forza Horizon 3, and for Final Fantasy XV fans, it will look very familiar.

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The Full Nerd episode 27: Ryzen 3 is here, AMD Threadripper’s mystery chips explained

The Full Nerd episode 27: Ryzen 3 is here, AMD Threadripper’s mystery chips explained

AMD’s budget-friendly Ryzen 3 processors are finally here. In this week’s The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, Melissa Riofrio, and Adam Patrick Murray talk about whether the latest Ryzen chips deserve your money more than Intel’s Core i3 CPUs. Short answer: It depends!

AMD Ryzen 3 1300X with Wraith Stealth cooler

The gang also talks about the mysterious extra chips lurking inside AMD’s Threadripper processors, with Gordon bringing the inside scoop from a source in the know. Threadripper’s premium packaging sparks a chat about how hardware boxes could learn a lot from birthday cards. Then we break open those boxes and compare Intel’s stock CPU coolers against AMD’s Wraith coolers. As always, we wrap thing ups by answering several questions straight from you. read more

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