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Techspot Tests a Multi GPU Setup in 2018

Multi GPU setups have fallen out of favor in the past few years. Games rarely advertise support for it anymore, and AMD has even deprecated the "Crossfire" brand. TechSpot noted that the last multi-GPU test they ran was in 2016, so they decided to grab a pair of RX 590s and see what the experience is like today, and the results were mixed. Battlefield V, for example, doesn't seem to support the 2nd 590 at all, while second card boosted Battlefield 1 performance by 46%. Scaling was about as perfect as it can be in Strange Brigade's DX12 mode, while Battlefront II performance was significantly worse with 2 GPUs.

As for the RX 590s in Crossfire, we'd much rather have a single Vega 64 graphics card. It's extremely rare that two 590s will provide higher frame rates than a single Vega 64, while also offering stutter-free gaming. If you're only ever going to play a game like F1 2018 that supports Crossfire really well, then getting two RX 570s for $300 will be a hard combo to beat. But who buys a graphics card to only ever play one or two games? Other drawbacks that are also part of this conversation include heat and power consumption. Those two RX 590s were dumping so much heat into the Corsair Crystal 570X case that you could justify spending more money in case fans and even then you'll still be running hotter due to the way the cards are stacked. You'll also lose out on the power supply. The RTX 2070 works without an issue with a 500w unit, and 600w would be more than enough. The Crossfire 590s though will need an 800 watt unit, 750w would be the minimum.

Posted by alphaatlas December 11, 2018 11:01 AM (CST)

AMD Files Trademark for New Vega Logo

Twitter user BoMbY spotted what appears to be a new logo for AMD's Vega architecture. The image trademark was filed on November 29th, and features two stripes that seemingly indicate a second iteration of Vega. AMD already revealed the 7nm Vega-based MI50 and MI60 at the Next Horizon event, but those cards don't feature any visible AMD Vega branding.
It's possible that the new logo could foretell the launch of 7nm Vega outside the server space. But I would bet on a Radeon Pro or Vega FE-like prosumer launch over a gaming card with RX branding, assuming anything new is coming at all. Thanks to Videocardz for spotting the tweet. Discussion
Posted by alphaatlas December 10, 2018 8:05 AM (CST)

Microsoft Claims the iPad "Isn’t a Real Computer"

Microsoft released a holiday ad earlier this week promoting its new, lower-cost Surface Go lineup, and while it’s a cute video, some are saying the company has embarrassed itself by directly namedropping the competition: the ad features a little girl who explicitly tells her Grandma she doesn’t want an iPad because it isn’t "a real computer." Longtime Surface users wouldn’t disagree, however, being that Redmond’s devices aren’t limited to a mobile OS.

The ad opens with a little girl singing, "Grandma, don’t run out and buy an iPad. Fine when I was six, but now I’m 10. My dreams are big, so I need a real computer. To do all the amazing things I know I can." The assertion being the iPad isn’t a real computer. If the iPad isn’t a real computer, then what is? Why, a Surface Go, of course. Because it can help you learn to code, and help you "help the gentle manatee". Which may just be the strangest pairing since John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Posted by Megalith December 09, 2018 3:50 PM (CST)

Fortnite Streamer Reportedly Arrested after Beating Wife on Stream

Fortnite streamer "MrDeadMoth" has allegedly been arrested and charged by police for slapping and attacking his wife, whose crying and screaming was overheard by viewers during a disturbing live broadcast. While he could have just paused the game and sat down for dinner, MrDeadMoth decided to engage in domestic violence instead. Fortnite is a new form of heroin, they say.

"Can you not? I said I’ll be out soon," MrDeadMoth says in the clip, before throwing down his keyboard and appearing to slap her off screen. "Don’t hit me in the face," she says as their child begins to cry. "How many times do I have to tell you guys, I’ll be out soon," MrDeadMoth says. The clips then descend into more screams and confusion, with his wife saying that she had cooked dinner an hour ago.

Posted by Megalith December 09, 2018 1:35 PM (CST)

Scientists Develop 10-Minute Universal Cancer Test

Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia have figured out a way to detect traces of cancer in a patient’s bloodstream with a "cheap and simple" test that utilizes "a colour-changing fluid to reveal the presence of malignant cells anywhere in the body and provides results in less than 10 minutes." The caveat is that it "does not reveal where or how serious it is."

Led by Matt Trau, a professor of chemistry at the University of Queensland, the researchers have run the test on 200 human cancer samples and healthy DNA. "We certainly don’t know yet whether it’s the holy grail for all cancer diagnostics, but it looks really interesting as an incredibly simple universal marker for cancer, and as an accessible and inexpensive technology that doesn’t require complicated lab-based equipment like DNA sequencing," Trau said.

Posted by Megalith December 09, 2018 12:15 PM (CST)

CS:GO Receives 14,000 Negative Steam Reviews in a Single Day after Going Free to Play

In another case of what some are calling "gamer entitlement," CS:GO is being review bombed by players who previously spent money on the now free-to-play title. While the developers did provide a new Battle Royale mode, that wasn’t enough to quell the anger of fans, many of whom are demanding more than the simple loyalty badge they received for being prior investors. Long-time players also worry that F2P will lead to an influx of hackers and cheaters.

Many negative reviews also take issue with the change to Prime matchmaking. Previously, Prime matchmaking was limited to players who added a legitimate phone number to their accounts and had played enough to attain Rank 21. Now, anyone who had purchased CS:GO prior to the switch to a free to play model has been elevated to Prime.

Posted by Megalith December 09, 2018 11:50 AM (CST)

Microsoft Pulls Another Windows 10 Update Following BSOD Reports

Windows 10 version 1803 Build 17134.441 (KB4467682) is no more: Microsoft began investigating the November 2018 cumulative update following reports of BSODs on Surface Book 2 units and has decided to pull it completely after users realized the only fix was uninstalling it. The "good" news is that the update is optional and only affects devices still on the April 2018 Update.

After installing this optional update some users have reported getting a blue or black screen with error code, "System thread exception not handled." As a precaution, we have removed this optional update from Windows Update and Microsoft Update Catalog to protect customers. Fixes and improvements will be available in the December 2018 security update release and will include a resolution for this issue."

Posted by Megalith December 09, 2018 11:25 AM (CST)

Anthem Alpha Streamer Loses Entire EA Origin Library after Breaking NDA

Anthem fans who were lucky enough to get into the alpha, beware: EA is banning anyone who streams the game and is "publicly discussing issues" they may be having, as the closed test is under strict NDA. One gamer found out the hard way; his entire Origin game library has been deleted.

The streamer started the game while he was live streaming it all on Twitch. It was a rather quick job from EA who managed to push some buttons on their side that led to the crash of the Origin app on his PC. He forcefully closed it through Task Manager and then restarted it only to find out that his whole library is gone including Anthem.

Posted by Megalith December 08, 2018 4:00 PM (CST)

Mozilla CEO: Microsoft's Adoption of Chromium Is "Terrible" for the Web

In a blog post titled "Goodbye, EdgeHTML," Mozilla CEO Chris Beard shared his thoughts about Microsoft’s decision to adopt Chromium, calling it a "terrible" decision that "gives Google more ability to single-handedly decide what possibilities are available to each one of us." In light of a growing monopoly, Beard explains that companies such as Mozilla are more important than ever for promoting competition and choice.

From a social, civic and individual empowerment perspective ceding control of fundamental online infrastructure to a single company is terrible. This is why Mozilla exists. We compete with Google not because it’s a good business opportunity. We compete with Google because the health of the internet and online life depend on competition and choice. They depend on consumers being able to decide we want something better and to take action.

Posted by Megalith December 08, 2018 1:00 PM (CST)

VW Says Combustion Cars Will Fade Away after 2026

Volkswagen is predicting that 2026 will mark the beginning of the end for combustion vehicles. The world’s largest automaker has already made plans to spend $50 billion over the next five years to transition to self-driving, electric cars. "VW plans to launch fully or partly electric versions across its lineup of more than 300 cars, vans, trucks and motorbikes by 2030."

"Our colleagues are working on the last platform for vehicles that aren’t CO2 neutral," Michael Jost, strategy chief for Volkswagen’s namesake brand, said Tuesday at an industry conference near the company’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. "We’re gradually fading out combustion engines to the absolute minimum."

Posted by Megalith December 08, 2018 10:30 AM (CST)

TSMC Is Building New 8-Inch Fab Capacity and Updates 5nm Node Progress

TSMC CEO CC Wei has announced plans to begin work on building a new 8-inch wafer fab to satisfy robust customer demand for specialty process technologies. He also announced that the company is still on "schedule to move a newer 5nm node to risk production in the second quarter of 2019, followed by volume production a year later."

Wei reiterated TSMC's target for a 5-10% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for revenues through 2021. Meanwhile, annual capex through 2021 will be maintained at between US$10 billion and US$12 billion, Wei continued.

Posted by cageymaru December 07, 2018 10:43 AM (CST)

The Game Awards 2018

The Game Awards start today at 7:30PM CDT. There are already rumors of several high profile announcements, including a new Dragon Age game, a high budget RPG from Obsidian, and a post apocalyptic Far Cry. Be sure to vote for your favorite titles from 2018 on their website, and check out the live stream below:
Posted by alphaatlas December 06, 2018 6:57 PM (CST)