Earlier this year the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held its annual tech convention in Las Vegas that announced news, highlights and product reveals for the 2017 year. The gathering place is the world’s number one launch pad for innovative technology that is introduced to the market place. Over 3,800 companies, manufacturers, developers and suppliers attend the meeting and an additional 165,000 attendees from 150 countries are present. Although there was a load of news for all sorts of new products, what we know about AMD’ Ryzen CPU is incredible.
In late December, AMD leaked out just enough information about their products that left us salivating for more. Release dates and prices are still not available, but plenty of details are now on the table. AMD announced that they will be offering 16 AM4 motherboards and more than a dozen Ryzen PCs which will be available the same date as the new chip launch. There processor is now even more long-lasting but at the expense of a yearly update.
The single 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen chip will not be the only model. Although they did not go into severe details, it is known that there will be a full selection of Ryzen chips for all types of the AM4 motherboards and PCs. The brand new AM4 socket has 1331 pins which is substantially more than the older AM3+ models. AMD is now advising those with existing CPU coolers using clips should transfer to the newly designed AM4 systems.
Each unique Ryzen CPU will now be overclockable which continues the FX line’s tradition. This feature is limited to the X370, X300 and B350 chipsets but will provide incredible speeds for its AM4 motherboard products. To add to their awesome launch, Ryzen released a preview of the Radeon Vega graphic cards at the CES 2017. This decision was meant for the consumers who purchase budget systems that do not tend to work with expensive multi-GPU configurations.
The CES 2017 offered plenty of new information of AMD’s Ryzen CPU, but there is much more to discover. More light has been shed on memory configuration, high speeds and feed details but techies around the globe are still waiting for more with bated breath.
The fabled Nintendo Switch is almost here and excitement among gaming enthusiasts is building. Set for a worldwide release in March 3 this year, the Nintendo Switch has many preparing their fingers (and wallets) for the hopefully epic console. Before you fork out several hundred dollars for it, here are the essentials you need to know.
1. The costs add up pretty quick
The base price for the Switch will be $299. This is actually pretty fair. There are other far pricier consoles in the market. But before you sigh in relief, there are a few more costs you need to be aware of. For example, you will soon discover that you need a charging grip for the Joy-Cons. The Joy-Cons only charge when plugged into the tablet screen. This could prove pretty inconvenient especially if you plan to play games on your large screen frequently. A charging grip will cost you $30.
You can also upgrade to a pro controller for $70, pricier than many other controllers. Other optional accessories include $80 for another pair of Joy-Cons and $90 for another Switch dock. This is not to mention the unspecified fees for Nintendo’s online service as well as the SD card you will need to add storage (only 32GB storage is available).
2. Third party support is promising
There are only a few notable games that will be bundled with the Switch at launch. But the company has promised a ton of games in the future with more than 50 developers having signed up. While Nintendo-owned games are pretty good, it will be nice to have variety.
3. It is truly versatile
This is perhaps the best feature of the Nintendo Switch. You can play it at home on your TV, you can play on the go, you can play with friends, you can transform the tablet into a standalone screen using kick stands and so much more.
AMD’s next generation GPU project is set to compete with Nvidia’s GTX 10 series that is now creating waves in the market. The next-generation GPUs, called AMD Vega is being marketed to work alongside the company’s Ryzen CPU.
And since the market reports suggest that AMD has lagged behind the CPU and GPU department in comparison with Intel and Nvidia respectively, the company is now trying to step up their game desperately. The new Vega GPU has made a demo appearance at many events in the technology and gaming world, most recently being in CES.
LinusTechTips has released a video that speculates how powerful the new Vega GPU will be during the upcoming CES 2017 demos. AMD is also expected to launch their Ryzen CPU at GDC and follow it up with a demo of Vega models in the later event.
According to WCCFTech, the new line of Vega GPUs will probably see a May launch date, which would take place just before or during the Computex event slated to happen in Taipei. The company is likely to announce both the Vega 10 and Vega 11 GPUs that are lower end and higher end versions respectively.
We can also hope to see the debut of the dual-chip card based on Vega 10×2 at the event, but it’s very unlikely that it will go on sale until the later part of this year. From all the details we know so far, AMD is marketing the Vega GPU to beam faster than Nvidia’s GTX 1080 and be far more competitively priced.
According to reports, the specs of the upcoming card will blow away the performance of their upcoming releases including, Rx 480 and R9 Fury, both of which were said to be VR supported cards. The Vega models are also expected to have greater power efficiency, making it a cheaper option for VR ready laptops and desktop.