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Microsoft builds its own AI hardware: Project Brainwave

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 23, 2017 7:35 am

Microsoft has teased that it's working on AI technology, with the heart and soul of Redmond's artificial intelligence powered by Intel's new Stratix 10 field programmable gate array (FPGA) chip.




Microsoft calls its AI hardware platform "Project Brainwave", which is capable of a huge 39.5 teraflops of machine learning performance, with less than 1ms of latency. What makes Microsoft's ventures into AI better than their competitors? Well, the new chip handles complex AI tasks as they're received instead of batching the operations together and working on them after.


Thanks to Project Brainwave relying on a "soft" dynamic neural network processing engine using off-the-shelf FPGA-based processors, Microsoft's own AI framework (Cognitive Toolkit) also works with Google's own TensorFlor, and other systems. This means you can build a machine learning system, and run everything in real-time instead of being bottlenecked by hardware.


Microsoft wants to push out its new Skynet Project Brainwave systems into their Azure cloud services, so that companies can use super-powerful, live AI. We don't know what Microsoft will achieve from this in the short term, but you can bet your bottom dollar this will turn into something big in the next 5-10 years, and beyond.

HP Omen X gaming notebook: GTX 1080, 120Hz LCD, more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 23, 2017 6:31 am

HP has just unveiled its new Omen X gaming laptop, which offers a decent upgrade path for those who want to make their gaming laptop a little faster, or add more storage over time.



HP's new Omen X won't let you upgrade the CPU or GPU, so there's nothing new there, but the RAM, HDD and SSD are all replaceable. HP says that you won't need to rip the Omen X open to replace out the components, but instead there's a back panel on the Omen X that needs a Philips head screwdriver, and that's all.


Inside, the new Omen X is a 15.6-inch 1080p 120Hz gaming laptop that rocks an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, and 8GB of DDR4 RAM - all for $1200. If you want to spend a little more, you can ramp up to the Core i7-7820K, GTX 1080, 32GB RAM, and NVMe-based SSD storage.

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Final Fantasy XV doesn't need 170GB HDD space on PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 23, 2017 5:55 am

Final Fantasy XV is coming to the PC, where it will utilize up to NVIDIA's best GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card, but the install size on PC had gamers worrying, and double checking if they had enough space on their HDD/SSDs.



Square Enix made a mistake on the press release for the install size of FF15, making people think that they needed 170GB of HDD space for the installation. That's not the case, and now Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata has come out saying that the HDD space requirement numbers were a "miscommunication".


Tabata said: "That was a mistake, actually. That was a communications mistake - something got put in a memo that really shouldn't have. What that is [the specifications that went out to press] based on the specs that we're running the demo on today. Again, the final specs for the release version haven't been fixed yet. There's a very good chance they can change. Someone put that in there and it got reported as the recommended specs, but that's not the final fixed version. The fact that it became that number is a communication error".


The demo systems that Square Enix were running Final Fantasy XV on were rocking GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards and hitting 4K resolution, but Tabata said that the game will go down "at least as far as the same level as the console edition, maybe looking to going even further than that in future".

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Bungie couldn't get Destiny 2 to hit 60FPS on consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 23, 2017 4:56 am

Bungie is weeks away from the release of Destiny 2, and even on the faster PS4 Pro and upcoming Xbox One X consoles, the developer couldn't maintain 60FPS and instead opted for 30FPS on consoles.




The reason? The old junk CPU inside of the consoles, powered by AMD's older Jaguar CPU architecture. Executive Producer Mark Noseworthy talked with EDGE in their upcoming October 2017, issue #310 release, where he said: "It's about the simulation of the Destiny world. Thirty AI at once, large open spaces, six players, sometimes with vehicles, and dropships coming in; that's where we're using the CPU".


He added: "Could we make a Destiny game that ran at 60 fps? Yes, but the space would be smaller, it would be less cooperative, and there'd be fewer monsters to shoot. That's not the game we want to make. First and foremost, we're trying to make an incredible action game. We don't feel we've been held back by the choices we've made about world simulation versus frame rate; in fact, we think we're offering a player experience you can't have elsewhere because of the choices we're making".

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 64: now $700+ on Amazon and Newegg

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 23, 2017 3:32 am

AMD might have launched Radeon RX Vega 56 at "$399" and the slightly faster Radeon RX Vega 64 at "$499" but those prices quickly changed for a reason that is, well... I don't even freakin' know. Remember our world exclusive piece on AMD having less than 16,000 units of Radeon RX Vega post-launch, and this continues to ring true as time goes on.




Both AMD and NVIDIA blame miners for global GPU shortages, and then gamers (for buying them so quickly with so much enthusiasm), and then there's reports of $100 rebates to partners and retailers that had exhausted them so quickly (from the lack of actual RX Vega cards) that the price shot up $100 overnight. Well, now it's even worse.




Having a quick look on Amazon and Newegg shows us that Radeon RX Vega 64 air-cooled is $719... far from the "$499" - and I keep using inverted commas because AMD launched RX Vega 64 at $499, but then it was $599 - and now it's $700+... I just don't know what to say anymore. But hey... you get Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Prey.

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Hollywood, not miners, gobbling up Radeon RX Vega supply

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 23, 2017 12:52 am

I remember AMD starting off their Ryzen Tech Day earlier this month in LA talking about how cryptocurrency miners are eating up all of the global GPU stock of Radeon RX series graphics cards. They were careful in launching their AMD Radeon RX Vega series of cards with miners waiting with bated breath on Vega performance.




Then came the #FakeNews that AMD Radeon RX Vega was pushing 100MH/s mining Ethereum, and anyone who mines Ethereum (like myself) knows that was pure "Hollywood magic", a spectacle. A performance, something that wasn't real, but perceived, as real. This turned out to be so completely unfounded, as I'm looking to my left and seeing the top of the line Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition and it is only pushing 33.6MH/s... This is only one-third of what the #FakeNews on RX Vega 64 mining performance.


But now Digital Trends has a story about AMD "Radeon" Studios, which is one of the better moves that AMD has done in the last couple of years - something you can read about here. One of the facts of Radeon Studios is Project 47, another one of the better things AMD has done in the last couple of years. Project 47 is a beast of a PC that has 1 petaflop of performance... perfect for Hollywood level operations.

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Microsoft introduces Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 23, 2017 12:36 am

Microsoft has made the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition console real, with an awesome trailer below to show it off.



What makes the Project Scorpio Edition console stand out? Well, the console itself comes in a beautifully textured black, graphite textured case - with a limited edition console that rocks "Project Scorpio Edition" in green text. It looks slick AF, but I wish we had the LCD display that the developer units featured. Oh well.


There's a massive 'X' on the Project Scorpio Edition box, a throwback to the original Xbox from all the way back in the day. This console is for the early adopters of Xbox One X, and it looks awesome... even as someone who is very anti-console.

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Tesla's Gigafactory shows huge progress in a new video

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Aug 22, 2017 9:35 pm

Tesla's Gigafactory 1 in Nevada has expanded significantly over the last year. We recently saw a video how the factory has grown in a year.




A new video has appeared on YouTube showing that the factory is coming along great with lots of activity on site. Musk recently said that Tesla Motors plans to manufacture 100 Model 3 vehicles in August, and above 1,500 in September. By the end of the year, they should reach 20,000 cars per month. This is where the Gigafactory comes in.


The Gigafactory will be more than five million square feet (including several floors) once it's completed, and it will be capable of producing more battery cells than any other lithium ion battery factory in the world, Musk has said.

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Final Fantasy XV will support 8K resolution on PC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 22, 2017 8:36 pm

UPDATE: Square Enix has provided us with an official statement that specialization requirements for Final Fantasy XV's incoming Windows Edition on PC were published in error. "The recommended specs text that accompanied the Windows Edition trailer were posted in error and have since been removed," a Square Enix representative told us. "The specs listed were not final as the game is still in development. We will officially publish both minimum and recommended specs for the game once we finish development, so that they are fully accurate."


Final Fantasy XV is coming to PC in 2018, and Square Enix isn't holding anything back: the developer has ensured the game will hit insane high-end performance with 8K resolution support and optimizations on NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 10 series video cards.



When I played Final Fantasy XV on my PS4 in 2016, I knew right away that the game had been watered down to run on outdated console hardware. Sure the game looked fine, and played fine, but it revved my PS4 to its limit, and I longed to jump in the dynamic open world of Eos without limitations. With the Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition, enthusiast PC gamers will be able to experience the unfettered explosive power of Square Enix's behemoth Luminous Engine. The PC version, which has been built specifically to leverage today's most demanding hardware and graphics technologies, will support native 4K and even 8K resolution--provided you have the graphics horsepower to hit that perf.


Make no mistake: FFXV on PC is fine-tuned and tailor-made for enthusiast rigs. The game has mind-boggling recommend specs of a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card as well as 16GB of RAM, and clocks in at a huge 170GB install size. "FFXV Windows Edition will support high-resolution options and is compatible with native 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution and HDR 10. Graphical options can also be configured to support up to 8K. Thanks to NVIDIA, you can experience the beautiful and carefully-crafted world of Eos like never before," Square Enix wrote on the game's Steam page.


Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition Recommend PC Specs:


  • Monitor: 4K with HDR support
  • Video Card: GTX 1080 Ti
  • Processor: Ryzen 7 1700 or Intel Core i7 3.4GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Headphones Surround 5.1 or 7.1
  • Disk Space: 170 GB


Square Enix has partnered with NVIDIA to power Final Fantasy XV's PC version, and the game will leverage Team Green's key Gameworks technologies for real-time graphics and physics simulation, including Hairworks, ShadowWorks, Turf Effects, and VXAO.


"With the help of NVIDIA, we are creating a stunning visual experience in FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION, one worthy of this beloved franchise," said Hajime Tabata, Director of FINAL FANTASY XV. "NVIDIA pushes the pace of innovation in our industry, and that benefits gamers and developers alike."


We can't wait to see the world of Eos in a whole new dimension of graphical clarity and performance. Final Fantasy XV's PC version is slated to release Early 2018, and will likely launch before Square Enix's fiscal year timeline ends on March 31, 2018.

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Galaxy Note8 pricing to start at $950

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 22, 2017 7:44 pm

Just a day before the official Galaxy Note8 launch, a new rumor has appeared claiming that the device with 6GB/64GB configuration would carry a CNY 6,288 price tag which translates to around $944. Have in mind that this is the price for the Asian market so that it could be higher in Europe and the US.




There will also be two other models - 6GB/128GB which should cost $1,065 and the rumored Emperor Edition priced at $1,200.


The Galaxy Note8 will be unveiled tomorrow when we will finally have all the details about the phone.

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