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  1. It's not really a "Plan B". It's Plan A, they just have variants pre-planned. They do occasionally cancel them, however. Or in the case of the 2060S/2070S, are forced to change plans because they screwed things up.
  2. People are forgetting that RTX cards sold terribly. They blew a hole in Nvidia's quarterly financials until the GTX cards got out. Consumer Turing 1.0 (RTX) is likely Nvidia's worst selling product stack since the early 2000s. Turing 1.5 (GTX) sold enough to cover it up in their data, while the Server versions of the Turing 1.0 cards is why their stock is skyrocketing. When you can sell 500USD gaming GPUs for >5k each, the profit margins are massive. What we're seeing is that Nvidia screwed up, they know it and they also know AMD isn't taking a couple of years off in the >500USD price bracket. Nvidia knows they can move cards at 800USD, but they can't move them well at 1200USD. The 3080 is actually a 750-800 card in reality, for what Nvidia is charging AIBs, so Nvidia is also semi-suppressing prices in the opening before AMD can cause them issues.
  3. This always made sense and was bound to happen. Should be good for the game as well.
  4. For 2-5 year cycle deployments, this makes sense. They're nitrogen filled, so you get less oxygen exposure issues, along with the biggest cost saver: world's largest water cooler outside the system. I could see the use for these in a lot of places. The main thing is that Major Cities are always new large bodies of water. In the case of ocean-side cities, it's basically a "Free Real Estate" play because you can just put them right off the coast. I could see MS even doing this in the Bay near Seattle as a next feasibility testing. I suspect these could be very popular in a decade in, say, Tokyo Bay or Singapore.
  5. I assumed a long time ago that someone had figured out how to use it as a money laundering point and RSI was just simply too incompetent to realize it. They liked all of the money coming in to make their game and simply didn't care. That's been the most charitable conclusion I can come to about what Star Citizen actually is.
  6. First, that's too low of an offer for what he was asking. Second, China would offer more for code. If this was State Sponsored, it wasn't Russia. Russia is Russia, but they ain't stupid like that. Also, if it was a major State Actor, this would involve hookers, drugs and compromising video. If you can't honeypot someone in Nevada, you're a failure at life.
  7. This feels like a study commissioned by a publisher that doesn't want to allow Game Streaming.
  8. TikTok: from terrible meme generator to terrible meme.
  9. Epic wants to run their own App Stores, basically, so they're playing a really slimy game with their PR. However, they aren't necessarily wrong with the issues with Apple and the slightly different ones with Google. They've also, clearly, "gamed" out the scenarios and are willing to take the monetary hit in the current run. There's a background issue to keep an eye on with this. When they showed UE5, they basically admitted the EGS on PC was being all but put into mothballs as they move to selling an inter-connected platform with Unreal Engine. Basically, they're going to take a different direction from Valve, but they've finally given in and started building systems like Valve has for years. The Apple/Google vs Epic stuff is a logical result of that shift. Epic is going to be selling wholly integrated platforms to developers, who aren't going to want to fork over 6x as much to Apple as they do Epic for the being "free" on the App Store.
  10. The Lake-designs are narrower with faster caches. Zen is wider with larger caches. The places where things are purely latency bound, i.e. old single threaded games, you'll see the narrow/faster win out. Anything that requires heavy workloads will favor the wider/larger. This is basically IBM's still current PowerPC approach. Basically, AMD sells their Server CPU designs on desktop and they work very well. They don't scale quite as hard as the high-clocking, top-SKU Intel parts, but AMD doesn't really care about that. Neither does Intel, oddly enough. Everything is about that OEM market.
  11. An AMD tech lead gave a talk at a HPC conference and it got put online last March/April. As a result, we know a lot about the design. The deeper architecture upgrades we won't see until they give presentations on it.
  12. The 8c is almost assuredly where the real potency will be with zen3, unless you really need the rendering horsepower. The 8c CCX means a lot. And I'm also sure AMD will be happy to sell the upper bins for a lot, as well. Expect 12% to be the general number when talking about IPC improvements. Higher & lower in some workloads, but the server builders have had working silicon since late 2019, why we seem to know quite a lot about the product. "TSMC N7e" is the node, mostly as TSMC has renamed their 7nm nodes a bunch.
  13. Intel 7nm is in the same class as TSMC 5nm, but... yay marketing things.
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