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  Navi Dicussion Thread
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 09-04-2018, 02:38 AM - Forum: Video - No Replies

This is directly from AMD:

Quote:AMD's next major milestone is the introduction of our upcoming 7nm product portfolio, including the initial products with our second generation "Zen 2" CPU core and our new "Navi" GPU architecture. We have already taped out multiple 7nm products at TSMC, including our first 7nm GPU planned to launch later this year and our first 7nm server CPU that we plan to launch in 2019. Our work with TSMC on their 7nm node has gone very well and we have seen excellent results from early silicon. To streamline our development and align our investments closely with each of our foundry partner's investments, today we are announcing we intend to focus the breadth of our 7nm product portfolio on TSMC's industry-leading 7nm process. We also continue to have a broad partnership with GLOBALFOUNDRIES spanning multiple process nodes and technologies. We will leverage the additional investments GLOBALFOUNDRIES is making in their robust 14nm and 12nm technologies at their New York fab to support the ongoing ramp of our AMD Ryzen, AMD Radeon and AMD EPYC processors. We do not expect any changes to our product roadmaps as a result of these changes.

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  AMD Loses Jim Anderson, Gains Stock Value
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 08-28-2018, 07:48 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies


Quote:It has been a rollercoaster Monday for AMD as it bled yet another bright executive. Jim Anderson, who led Computing and Graphics Group after the departure of Raja Koduri, and who is rumored to have conceived the idea of Threadripper and the client-segment monetization of the "Zen" architecture, left AMD to become CEO of Lattice Semiconductor, a company that designs FPGAs. Anderson will be paid an inducement award of company shares valued up to $2.9 million.

On the same day, AMD stock crossed $25 to close at $25.26 up 5.34 percent, a historic high since way back in 2006 as Intel was beginning to regain its footing with its Core processor family. This raises the company's market cap to $22.9 billion. AMD is better funded than ever (in over 12 years), to start a new GPU project, for example. CTO Mark Papermaster, in a company blog post assured customers that AMD is going all-in with 7 nanometer, and it could bank more heavily on TSMC to achieve its roadmap goals of first-to-market 7 nm CPU and GPU by end of the year.

Quote:Not long ago, droves of cybersecurity research-backed short-sellers wrote obituaries of AMD after buying themselves shorting positions against the AMD stock on the backs of "Spectre-rivaling" security vulnerabilities comically named "Ryzenfall," et al. With AMD stock closing at 12-year highs of above $25.26 on Monday, those short-sellers (who now have to cough up interest on their shorting positions), bled $177.5 million in a single day. On Monday's peak stock price, short-sellers were a staggering $370 million down in the gutters. AMD's gains throughout 2018 impoverished short-sellers by over $2.67 billion.

Quote:AMD has appointed Saeid Moshkelani in Anderson's place. Moshkelani joined AMD in 2012 and currently serves as the EVP and GM of the Client Compute Group. AMD also announced that Darren Grasby, SVP of global Computing and Graphics sales and the president of AMD's EMEA operations, will now report directly to AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su.

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  Person Gets Freesync To Work On APU + GTX 1060, At Least For Now
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 08-28-2018, 07:38 AM - Forum: Video - No Replies

It requires a pretty specific set of hardware, so this is impractical.

Quote:To use the workaround, you need an AMD Ryzen processor with integrated graphics, or in other words an Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), a normal monitor, a FreeSync monitor and a Nvidia GeForce graphics card.

You plug the FreeSync monitor into the motherboard and the non-FreeSync monitor into the Nvidia GeForce graphics card. Survfate's workaround basically forces the Nvidia graphics card to do the dirty work of rendering the frames. Afterwards, the frames are transported to the APU, which in turn sends the frames to the FreeSync monitor.
So, do we recommend Nvidia owners start buying FreeSync monitors? Absolutely not. While the workaround seems to be working, Nvidia could easily patch it on a driver level at any given time. Not to mention that you'd have to buy an additional non-FreeSync monitor just for the trick to work.

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  Amazon Using Employees To Damage Control
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 08-25-2018, 01:10 AM - Forum: Technology News - No Replies


Quote:It has been revealed that Amazon has a small selection of staff based in America defending the firm’s practices. Around 16 accounts, which contain “FC ambassador” in the bio, have been created by Amazon staff in the last few weeks and jump into action to defend the company when people criticise the company on Twitter over issues such as toilet breaks, the monotony of warehouse work, pay and conditions, and management relations.
To Amazon's credit, it's good to see the firm coming clean about these actions when there are undoubtedly other firms who take similar actions anonymously.

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  Google Tracks Your Location Even If You Turn Location Tracking Off
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 08-18-2018, 01:42 AM - Forum: Technology News - No Replies


Quote:Google has acknowledged that it still tracks users who disable Location Tracking, after an investigation from The Associated Press. It’s not the first time the company has slammed into privacy problems related to its phones — in November 2017, the company acknowledged it tracked cell phones that didn’t have a SIM card installed by checking the address of local cell tower masts. Turning phones off and enabling all of Android’s privacy features did nothing to stop the problem, but Google promised to cease such behavior forthwith.

Nine months later, here we are. This exact cause may be different, but the issue is the same. Google rolls out features it claims will respect or enhance the end user’s privacy. End users believe it. Then, at some later point, we discover it’s not true. And Google’s response to the AP’s investigation has been to simply reword the text.

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  DRAM Prices Fall
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 08-18-2018, 01:40 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

Despite the factors listed here, I wonder if the Chinese government's price fixing investgation has something to do with this.

Quote:Market analysis firm DRAMeXchange says memory prices could drop 15-25% in 2019. Contract negotiations with DRAM suppliers have begun for the fourth quarter, and while prices of PC RAM have remained steady, pricing for graphics memory has begun to recede amidst signs of softening DRAM demand across the board.

The industry is quickly transitioning to new, smaller 1X/1Y RAM nodes that have higher density, but demand is simultaneously flattening. That sets the stage for a pricing slump. Additional fab capacity has also come online, and SK Hynix's new Wuxi fab will begin pumping out bits in 2019. Chinese regulators have also recently met with memory vendors, like Micron and Samsung, to express concerns about the continuing shortage among fears of price fixing, but the impact of those talks on the supply situation remains unclear.

Graphics DRAM pricing has been one of the prime contributors to the recent graphics card shortage, though cryptominers also played a key role in boosting demand beyond supply. The crypto craze has finally petered out as the price of cryptocurrencies plunge at coin exchanges, and the sudden drop in demand has surely had a role in reduced graphics memory pricing.

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  NAND Predicted To Reach $0.08/GB By 2019
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 08-17-2018, 07:45 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

It's a bit optimistic to me, but this same prediction for 2020 sounds reasonable.

Quote:Prices of NAND flash could drop to historic lows of $0.08 per gigabyte in 2019, according to Jim Handy from Objective Analysis, addressing delegates at the 2018 Flash Memory Summit. If you add the cost of the controller, optional DRAM chip, and other low-cost parts that make up an SSD, 480~512 GB drives under $70 could finally be a reality; followed by 1 TB under $120, and 2 TB under $200. Handy attributes the low prices to a catastrophic oversupply of NAND flash in the industry, which could push manufacturers to the brink of economic collapse.

The price drop is also accelerated with the introduction of the QLC (4 bits per cell) technology, which increases densities (and conversely decreases price/GB). Luckily, most NAND flash manufacturers also happen to make DRAM, and are offsetting some of their NAND flash losses with DRAM profits, as DRAM remains in undersupply. The NAND flash price-crash threatens to wipe out conventional hard-disk drives from the consumer-space, at least in matured markets; relegating them to developing markets.

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  Apple Has 90 GB Of Files Stolen
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 08-17-2018, 07:44 AM - Forum: Technology News - No Replies


Quote:The Age reported that a teenager from Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria in Australia, pleaded guilty to compromising Apple's mainframe. The unnamed teenager is said to have accessed the company's servers multiple times over the course of a year, eventually stealing 90GB of "secure files" whose contents are currently unknown. He's also said to have accessed some Apple accounts; it's not clear which ones or how many.

Apple was able to block the teen's access to its systems once it detected his presence. The company then informed the FBI, which investigated the hack, and eventually the Australian Federal Police raided the kid's home and found hacking tools in a folder called "hacky hack hack," (which, admittedly, probably isn't the most discreet way to store illicit software used to steal data from one of the world's largest companies).
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the case is the fact that the teenager doesn't appear to have hacked Apple out of spite or desire for money. Instead, he's said to be a big fan of the company and eventually wanted to work there. Sentencing on the case was delayed until next month, but assuming he's not barred from using computers for a while, the kid could have quite a resume to submit to security companies.

For anyone else looking to compromise Apple's servers or products, the company is currently running a bug bounty program, though it's not currently open to the public (and it's reportedly offering too little financial compensation to offset the appeal of selling vulnerabilities to someone else). Going through official channels is probably a better career path than breaking in and bragging about it to the hacking community.

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  Valve Working On Linux Game Compatibility Tools
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 08-17-2018, 07:42 AM - Forum: Gaming - Replies (1)


Quote:In recent years, game developers started to include support for Linux in their titles. But the truth is gaming on Linux still has a long way to go. Linux gamers have turned to third-party applications, such as Wine or DOSBox, to play Windows games that lack official support for the OS. However, Valve may be about to shake things up as it is allegedly working on a proprietary compatibility tool for its popular Steam client.

The compatibility tool is purportedly named Steam Play and WILL apparently come with its own graphical user interface and settings menu. Steam Play automatically installs the necessary compatibility tools to allow Linux gamers to play titles that were designed for the Windows operating system. In addition to working without hiccups with an existing list of supported games, Steam Play features a useful function to test games from users' Steam libraries that haven't been verified with a supported compatibility tool.

There is speculation around the internet that Steam Play is nothing more than a simple wrapper function to call up Wine or DOSBox since Steam's native Linux client presently lacks the function to run emulation tools within itself. However, nothing in the code makes reference to any of the aforementioned programs, so Steam Play could be a service of its own. Either way, it's too soon to tell at this stage.

SteamDB has been tracking the compatibility tool's progress since December 2017. According to the Valve Compatibility Manifests for Beta Testing log, Valve has been working diligently on it. However, the last update was made about two months ago. Without any official word on Steam Play, its future is uncertain.

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  The End Of GPU Cryptocurrency Mining, For Now
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 08-16-2018, 11:34 PM - Forum: Cryptocurrency Mining - Replies (3)


Quote:Cryptocurrency prices continue their downward slide making them no longer viable to mine on GPUs. The value of Ethereum has dropped to USD 256, down from its historic high of $1,250 this January. Bitcoin fell to below $6,000 Wednesday, way down from its late-2017 high of $19,000. A 79 percent devaluation isn't the worst of Ethereum's problems. The currency is facing stiff inflation from conversions to other cryptocurrencies or the Dollar. At its peak, ETH held 32 percent of all cryptocurrency market cap, beaten only by BTC at 39 percent. Now ETH only makes 14 percent.

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