Monday, 5 June 2017

THE WAR FOR THE WAGES

I burst out laughing ... at that. It is not even mine but someone put it in a comment on one of Gamer Meld's recent video about the 18 Core Intel HEDT chip they announced.

In the comment he simply said "Walletripper v Threadripper" and he might as well as added 'Sideripper' because I thought my sides were going to burst open I laughed that hard!

Heh, jokes aside I had watched a couple of things on CPU stuff tonight and engaged in a long conversation with an Apple fanatic.

It was funny when he put all these new expanded cores in Threadripper and ... Walletripper, hehe, down to Apple! I stopped in the conversation and went ... "Errr what?!"

No, son. Just no.

He put all these things down to Apple because he had just watched an announcement that Apple were introducing new Power Mac Pros, or whatever they are called, with up to 18 core Intel chips that start, not 18 core, at $5,000!

I said "No, son. Apple do not make CPUs so this has nothing to do with them ... look? I was going to build an AMD PC Rig when Ryzen came out but I was not that bothered that I couldn't because I believed strongly that they would announce 10 and 12 core Ryzens a few months later. They have. I also stated that Ryzen was far better than they were stating and that 95% of tech journalists proved in a matter of days that they do not know what they are talking about. Hang on? Did I not tell you 6 months ago that this was going to happen? I told you that there was going to be an explosion in power and core count along with artificial intelligence in 2017?"

I then remembered that when I told him this he simply would not have it.

Now we have this announcement, he gets excited and thinks it is all thanks to Apple?! Jesus!

I then explained that AMD announced a new platform for HEDT and that they announced not only 10 and 12 core CPUs but also 14 and 16 core ones for this platform too.

I then explained that Intel reacted like they had shat themselves in a way, that would make Stewie Griffin proud, and that what has happened is that Intel rushed to Apple and said ... "Oh you know those server CPUs we would not let anyone have for less than a telephone number? DO you want them now at a cut down cost?!" and that this was purely to stop AMD approaching Apple of vice-versa.

I had a mate that thought Apple created the smartphone. That they invented the WIMP system and when I pointed out that they did not has answered "Oh I suppose your going to say Microsoft invented it?!" to which I smiled and said "Well, no. It was Rank Xerox actually". Before you wonder my friend was not aware it was known as a WIMP system, though technically ... I am not sure Apples iOS can be classified as a WIMP? Is it not all about icons? Lol.

If you do not know WIMP simply stands for ... not not that skinny scrawny bloke in the corner, it stands for Windows, Menus, Icons and Pointers. See?

That leads me onto the two videos I saw ...

One stated that Intel's 18 core chip that they announced wont be available until next year, 2018? Umm, what? Apple will have it in their system in December? Ooooh!

The other one stated that Ryzen has had yet another update and that now the games that performed badly, this time Rise of the Tomb Raider, got a massive speed boost of like 30%.

Ugh, told yah!

You cannot claim that something is slow or too slow when other figures show that it is more than capable. The end.

AdoredTV showed in a very clear and easy to understand way that Ryzen was in fact fast and that the ... umm Tech reviewers had totally missed that and that everyone and his brother wanted the slow numbers of a badly coded game to the the best case scenario when it clearly wasn't.

So now and if your dumb enough to be brand loyal all those brand loyal Intel fanboys are getting this Basin Falls platform that will be known as X299 and get up to 18 cores .. though it seemingly is becoming rapidly debatable when it comes to when this will actually take place?

Also Intel has become .. animated .. or just orally so, lol. But the way they are talking seems to strongly point to the fact that they are going to pull their thumbs out of their arses and I hope they end up feeling this in a strong way to the point it is almost painful. Then maybe in future they wont keep ripping people of for tiny increments in speed? Though in all honesty they used to do this many years ago in the days of the 286, 386 and 486 chips so ... it is not likely.

Which reminds me ..

'Walletripper'?! So funny, lol.

Oh wait? I do not think I was supposed to mention that I will be building a Ryzen based PC? I am sure I was supposed to only hint at a big change and not state what it was?

Oh wait? Did I say 'What it was'? Sorry the 'it' in that sentence is so very much an understatement it simply ain't true!

LOL!

Now where exactly is Whitehaven?

Hmm I wonder when I will start seeing people rip into these so called PC tech journalists because they went and bought an Intel CPU with only four cores and now realise it is going to be too slow before very long?

Hmm probably with most of them I will have to wait until their PC's actually physically slow down and that is when they realise, go back to these tech journalists and rip them one in the comments sections?

LOL.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

CPU-Z RHYMES WITH 'DEAD'

I am sort of reeling in shock and confusion right now.

I spotted a video by RedGamingTech on YouTube, who I often watch and so get them in my recommended feed a fair bit. This one said something about the people who create the CPU-Z benchmark making changes where the AMD Ryzen scores go down.

I thought this bizarre and ... well in benchmark software changes the numbers should always ... ALWAYS go up.

You see this is the natural course of things ...

Benchmarks show you what a particular microprocessor can do and every single time a new architecture comes out the existing benchmark software is ... ALWAYS un-optimised.

ALWAYS.

See my use of the word 'ALWAYS'?

So I naturally thought that there must be a bug they discovered and the figures being produced are not accurate? I normally just glance over CPU-Z results anyway and I cannot recall a time, does not mean that I did not, when I took a lot of notice of that particular benchmark.

So imagine my confusion, how I did not burst out laughing I do not know, when the guys that create CPU-Z actually said that the AMD Ryzen performs particular tasks very efficiently and that these do not translate into real world scenarios?! WHAT?!?! Are you fucking serious?!?!


Umm ... yeah ... that is why everyone tests a suite of games along with Cinebench and a raft of other benchmarking suites.

Ooh boy. Some are catching onto this very quickly though not realising the obvious truth from this latest debacle.

Benchmarking is supposed to show us what a processor can do and therefore give us an idea how well it will perform further down the road. If it does not do this then what is the point of it? If they all failed to do this then you would only really be interested in the frames per second of a list of games.

I am reluctant to start stating that anyone is conspiring with one company or another to be biased but this is so brain-dead a move as to look extremely biased where you cannot come by any other conclusion than they 'are' conspiring.

Or perhaps the people that created CPU-Z in the first place have all but gone and it is now created, updated and run by complete idiots?

I am also now thinking that the honest Intel chip owners must be reading this or hearing this news and saying "Waaaaaait a minute?!"

Re they now going to take out all the other stuff too now which does not fit into the 'real world'? There is a big list to go through and double check from your MMX to whatever was implemented by Intel lately that may or may not be used?

Do you know what rhymes with 'Z'? Dead. Dead rhymes with 'Z'.

Take a gander at the comments section of the RedGamingTech video below ...


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

A FAILED UNITY

Well ... this one is a surprise.

The firm Canonical has announced its ending it's work on the Unity project. Unity was basically a GUI, Graphical User Interface, for Ubuntu what is an Operating System which is built on Linux ... which is kinda ... a version, free one, of Unix.

Confused?

Yeah well that's probably why it failed.

And did I say I was surprised?

Yeah, I was only surprised by the fact this was reported on in the BBC News app!

I had a little try of Unity and Ubuntu on a laptop and I was not impressed. It was also overheating my laptop which was shutting itself down.

I ... published an article or piece somewhere criticising Unity and Ubuntu and basically got rid my some idiot fanboys that I was a newbie and did not know what I was talking about.

Funny then that we fast a forward a few years and not only is there this announcement that its ending, in part, but that there is also a mention of difficulties with laptops.

Funny, no one who criticised me mentioned that there was a long running issue getting it to work on laptops.

I was criticised for trying to run it on an AMD Radeon as apparently they didn't work so well as they did not have an open system when it cage to drivers. I stated that this only made things even worse! I pointed out that there are not one but TWO companies producing graphics cards and that you would think that was something with warning people about?!

No ... all I heard and read was how fantastic the OS was, easy to install and worked great. Umm ... no.

What my critics failed to know, as is often the case with fanboys in anything that are obviously brain dead, is that I have a BSc Single Honours Degree in Applied Computing.

They also failed to realise I'm somewhat older than your average teenager by more years than I care to admit.

But what this does mean is I had a Binatone Pong gaming system, Atari 2600, Commodore VIC-20, Commodore Amiga and my first PC was a Pentium 2.

I also built one of the first SLI rigs with an Athlon64 and two Before 6800GT's. Or was it 8800? I forget. It was around a month or so before CustomPC did an article on it and his difficult it was. 

Umm ... no it wasn't. Well ... except for the fact it didn't occur to me that I had to install the GPU driver twice!!

No, nor did they know that I set up my PC to dual boot with various operating systems which included Linux RedHat 4.5, I think it was, back around 1998. Now that was a pain in the arse. Considering attending lectures and assignments to complete it took me two days to get it working. One lecturer I was friendly with said I would not get it working. The look on his face when I told him that I had got Windows and RedHat dual booting but that it did take two days.

One again, like the damned SLI setup it never occurred to me they might use different file formats and to achieve this you had to use specific partitions a certain way and think about the boot sector.
Yeah but if you've played around with something for five minutes you get the right to accuse everyone else of being thick newbies if you don't praise the thing you love.

Hey?! At least in this case it's something that is free they have not paid through the nose for.
The reason I tried it again is like I said with RedHat all those years ago, Linux needs to go a long way before it will become relevant. That was because back then they said it would overtake Windows eventually. "Not anytime soon out won't" I said to this remark.

The funny thing is I see people saying that when I run down the operating system.

On the one hand they said it was better than Windows and would overtake it in its market share.
But they also said it was an operating system for people who liked to 'tinker'. Errr no.

Those two things don't go together and of you just want to get things done you can't have something you need to keep buggering about with.

It also needs to be bloody intuitive for it to ever come close to the number of installs Windows has.
The funny thing is something else that also runs on a Unix, is it actually Linux as I forget, core gets launched and does overtake Windows to boot ...

Android.

Boy I would have hated being Mark Shuttlecock or worse still, anyone who had been working on Linux for like well over ten years. To watch Android just get launched and then rocket upwards.
Funny thing is I'm not a fan of Android either and it seems to have developed faults and bad habits as it is supposed to get better.

I really wouldn't want an Android desktop computer! Nor, even, a laptop.

Maybe one day someone might actually being out a version of Linux where I know I could give up Windows entirely?


I just hope that wait is not as long as my last one from RedHat 4.5 to Ubuntu 14.6, I think it was, Pangolin ... that one?
Maybe if Canonical had just concentrated on desktops and laptops we might have already gotten one?
Oddly I never liked the look of many of the other Linux distros, Mint probably being about the best outside of Unity.

I might build a PC to run Linux on later this year and I'll look into the GUI's then to see what's on offer.

I guess I can stop searching for that Ubuntu Phone now?

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it: Ubuntu ends Unity software unification project - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39490848

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

THE PLOT THICKENS .. THEN TWISTS AND TURNS

Well .. it seems that since its launch the number of videos about AMD's Ryzen CPU, which was crazy before launch, ,has actually increased in frequency.

I guess I should have seen that coming with new technology, architecture and lithography?!

However it has actually had more subjects attached to it than even I could have dreamed up. I was also encouraged to make this video after, not one but, two new subject areas concerning Ryzen cropped up.

First off was an extremely interesting rumour that stated that part of the issue of Ryzen's performance, though it was not an issue in my mind, had something to do with nVidia cards and more precisely nVidia's driver. Despite my complete lack of concern about performance in existing games, being a new architecture and NOT optimised for in any way, this particular issue is a problem. Because it will affect the performance of future games if not addressed.

Now this makes things quite interesting and what should take place is that when AMD's Vega becomes available the performance should increase. Well unless nVidia resolves the driver issue in the meantime.

Of course this problem was compounded by the lack of a high end graphics card from AMD which is why everyone will have to wait until either AMD RX Vega is launched or nVidia fixes their drivers, whichever comes first. As nVidia would now realise that they will lose a shed tonne of sales for everyone buying Ryzen I would imagine they will fix the issue pretty quick.

From now on, those that do theiur research like me and many others, everyone that is about to or planning a Ryzen build, like me, will either buy an AMD RX 480 and then an RX Vega when launched. Or they could purchase two RX 480's or wait a few days for the RX 580 and buy one or two of those or wait until May and just get the RX Vega.

As for the sudden jump from RX 480 to RX 580 .. I am not sure I agree with that AMD. I am not sure because .. well the RX 580 has not been out or its performance fully tested and out there in the wild. Yet.

The RX 580 is reported to be a refined Polaris chip so an improved RX 480. What I find, as do many others, odd about this is .. how much of a refinement and improvement did they get to justify calling it an RX 580? For me it would have to be damn close to the nVidia Geforce 1070 to be called an RX 480. I mean after all, leaving aside models ending in 'X' which was obviously never going to happen, you still have the '590' as well as 'Vega'.

In other words now announcing the RX 580 suggests to me that the RX 590 and the RX VEGA would be better than the Geforce 1070 and 1080 respectively...and are there not two Vegas coming out? So if the RX 590 is a cut down Vega I am wondering if there will be a huge gap in performance between the RX 580 and the RX 590? Bit weird.

The other thing that has cropped up is the re-emergence of the Ryzen Pro name. In that recent post I did with the leaked list of a head spinning 17 models of Ryzen I first called the list a pile of crap. But then later I gave it some thought and realised that the chances are that the Ryzen Pro models with be mobile parts.

Well the name has cropped back up and I still believe they will be mobile parts. I mean the desktop line up looks pretty tied up to me and introducing more models will just make everything confusing to many.

Blimey. This comes literally mere days after something no one expected with the leak and now almost confirmed rumour that AMD plans on doing a high end desktop platform, HEDT, and planning a 16 core processor followed by a leak of a 12 core processor!

Bloody hell. Along with improvements to be made we did expect, plus one that evaporated with Windows scheduling, plus some we did not expect, nVidia driver, faster RAM improving performance and now with these two Ryzen rumours and launches Ryzen is going to be talked about for a fair old while yet.

AMD has managed to raise the talk about Ryzen pre-launch and still managing to do this post launch in a way that, in my memory, has been better than anything they did in the past. Maybe this was part of their planned marketing strategy? If so ... well they are now looking to have outdone themselves here?

A common complaint among tech enthusiasts is AMD's marketing and claiming that their difficulty is most people do know Intel but do not know AMD. Well Ryzen has been heavily talked about for the last year or two that has increased to a peak lately and likely to stay in that peak for at least one year?

In other words recently almost all everyone has talked about it Ryzen and we cannot predict precisely when it will end. Now considering that there is also the Ryzen based APU's yet to come, the launches of the Pro models and these 12 and 16 core models over the next 6 months or so I would imagine that before everyone has even stopped talking about that engineering samples of the next Zen core will be doing the rounds and it may well continue on?

Hence why I said 'at least one year'.

I was planning to build a new rig based on Ryzen and Vega at the end of May or sometime in June but now I am like 'Oooh wait a minute ... 12 cores? Maybe I should wait and see the benchmarks on that?!' Lol. Well you have the final clock frequencies to consider as well as improvements and optimisations between now and then?

To those that said that 2017 was going to be a great year for PC tech mostly said it just about the launch of the known Ryzen CPUs, Vega GPUs and nVidia's 1080Ti.

Now I am wondering how many are sitting at their monitors frozen in place with their eyes wide and their chins resting on the floor with a pool of dribble gradually increasing its radius? Lol.

You do know water and electronics don't mix, right? Lol.

We do not know, fully at any rate, exactly what nVidia and Intel is going to do, launch or indeed leak this year either!

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

THE HEAT IS RYZEN

I just got something of a surprise when I looked at my YouTube recommended videos.

I look at a lot of different videos and so much so that some things I look at regularly seem to fall off the radar and do not get recommended any more, until I physically go and look at more videos of a particular channel.

Now a very good example of this was one that I noticed fell off my radar and as I am big on various areas of science, one channel, or guy, that I watch has a PhD in science and worked in nuclear reactor plants. He calls himself Thunderf00t, though I always refer to him in other blogs as 'The Man With The Loud Feet'.

I have been waiting patiently for the latest AMD Ryzen CPUs to come out and things were even better than I thought.

The only things is that ... umm some channels that I watch to do with computer tech acted completely differently to what I expected them to. Some even changed their ... personality?! In fact I found some downright odd and even a little creepy if I am honest.

Oddly three of these I had started watching only recently seem to all be in the same part of the world and the other side of it to me in the UK.

These guys seem to be acting and talking like there was some ... agenda. I really do not like all the fanboy talk from either side of claims of being shills or in the payroll of this company or that ... I really do detest it.

HOWEVER ...

If a gun was pointed at my head and I was told to come up with names that are most likely ... got a hidden agenda or even shills ... there are three names I would put forward. They are not the ones I thought I would be putting forward 6 months ago.

I saw many comments about Linus and JayzTwoCents and statements about them being shills or biased but that never crossed my mind and wondered if this would become obvious when Ryzen was released. It was not.

However there was one other not in the part of the world of the previous three I mentioned and is in fact in the US and I did think a great deal of. This guy also seem to have an odd and negative tone in his reviews of Ryzen and then there was that ... umm trouble.

Joker Productions correctly pointed something out, a video I personally watched and thought his discovery very interesting, and the next thing I know so much mud was being slung all over the place that I could barely see any light from my monitor.

Well feck me sideways if I do not go to who I think to be the best tech guy on the Internet, I just hope he does not hate me being English with him being a Scot, also gets attacked from these same three people?!

What the FUCK is going on?

Two guys I never thought for one second having any agendas at all and one coming across interesting things, Joker, and one having excellent methods for reviewing CPU and GPU tech, AdoredTV.

The really bizarre thing is one of these guys did one of those ... oooh feck I forget what you call it, but joint liove chat streaming ... thing-a-ma-bob! The other funny thing is that I have this knack for getting a ... feel for what someone's true personality is like and ... well let me say that there was someone that I did not look the look of.

I remember thinking that I did not like the feel for this guy and would not trust him if I met him or was to do anything with him. Well I wouldn't in the first place to be honest. Sorry ... did not like the look of him and ... well I am well known for being pretty spot on with these kinds of feelings.

Let us just say that I have a unique knack for getting these feels on people and with the use of various hidden microphones and cameras I have managed to do ... things that if told you simply would not believe.

I have a blog about it and though it is mainly on corruption within all of the UK's public services, or at least all of the big ones, I have worked ... with a few others to that you simply would not believe.

I have also done this with a number of rather large retail chains too.

Oh and I have never ... EVER lost.

Ergo I am pretty confident in my abilities and I have not divulged anything I have been working on for the last two years but when I do ... let us just say that it will cause a number of big waves.

So then back on track ... I go to see a video uploaded by AdoredTV and as he continues to talk he explains that there has been a bit of bother ... over his research and methodologies.

He then shows a number of things being said and there are the familiar names of people that have started to sound somewhat ... odd to me of late.

AdoredTV then explains how he just let it go, that he seem to have upset someone and now become a target for them and let it go, even explaining himself too. All from that part of the world and all the ones I have been suspect of, of late.

But then a different guy I also sometimes watch gets involved too. This was Bitwit and I was surprised he got involved.

Now there are some egos becoming big, heated and over-inflated that are behaving just like some fanboys and I am going to say this ...

In my view professionals are just that. Scientific professionals are included when I say that being these people does not mean that we know everything. What we are, however, are people that can understand scientific things and work out our numbers to get to the logical conclusion or the truth. It does not mean that we know it all and nor does it imply that we are infallible. Part of being a professional and/or scientist is to accept when you have failed and when you are wrong and then working out why, correcting your methodologies and getting to the truth.

But ...

It seems to me that there are a great many people that have appeared on YouTube that have sounded like they know what they are doing, or just had the cash flashing around long enough to build a number of tasty enthusiast PC rigs that have built up a huge following.

I have slowly realised and a number have stood out that are not actually all that they make themselves out to be. They have shown that they clearly lack an understanding of how things work in the computing world.

Others have stood out to show that they do understand this and that things can change with time and especially so with brand new tech. This is something that many have not realised and even after weeks has still not occurred to them.

Ergo they have been giving extremely bad advice.

According to them both major gaming consoles cannot play games, or rather you cannot play games on!

Bad. Wrong. Stupid.

Now I do not know whether or not they are trying to fit a narrative wrongly adopted by their fanboy base or they are just naive or just plain stupid?

Of the dozens of people I have listened to over the last few years there is one guy that stands head and shoulders above the rest for not only doing the CORRECT research but doing the research that not a single other tech reviewer has thought of doing. Not one!

That man is AdoredTV.

So you could imagine the look I must have had on my face as he explains he has now become a target of other YouTubers and when I get to the comment where he states something was said and that is where it went too far and he made the video I was watching.

My lower jaw must have now been in the region of my patella?!

I bet if any of those three guys I mentioned have been reading this they are googling 'patella' right about now? Lol.

What utter dumb-arses.

One did a video that Linus had already done and ... well I could not give a flying feck who did what and when ... but I found it odd that he had to state "I didn't copy Linus ... honest!" Yeeewww, give me a bucket ... SOMEONE?!

Lol.

After all those times when they rant off about fanboys in their own comments section they go and turn into fanboys themselves and do the same childish tricks!

If I could talk to AdoredTV ... well I did look for an email but as I have NEVER been compelled to email anyone on YouTube, not really keen on commenting either, I did not know where, if there are any, the button for emailing someone is. Oops ... I digress ...

If I could talk to AdoredTV I would tell him to ignore it. If people are happy to go and be misinformed ... let them. You can lead horses to water and all that jazz.

The people that you are probably better off with are the more inquisitive ones and not fanboys of this company or that company.

I see this fanboyism disease spreads everywhere and from computing tech, with nVidia, Intel and AMD to even movies, like Marvel and DC.

It is most certainly a disease that is spreading. but have no fear of being afflicted by said disease as ...

... I have noticed it is only contracted by half-wits.

You just know that there has to be a day when 'Fanboyism' gets added to the Oxford English Dictionary and I cannot wait to get a huge amount of laughter and joy at reading their description of the word.

I think if and when it does appear the description just might cause said disease to disappear ... overnight?

LMAO!

Oh crap?!

Nearly forgot ...

12 and 16 core Ryzens, I expected but, this early ... are you effing kidding me?!

DROOOOOOOL!!

I would drool over a 12 core Intel too ... but then have a coronary over the price tag and ... well let us just say that I have a number of health problems, morons on YouTube did not stop to consider but hell, I have been in and out of hospital with ... chest problems that has some a little ... concerned and I have to be monitored for 48 hours sooooo ... yeaaaah looking at Intel pricing is not a good idea right now!

LMAO!

EDIT:

There has been a lot of tech within chips that have come out that I have not become familiar with and I will need to before very long ... but I will say this ...

 One microprocessor having a higher clock speed is not an indication of a faster processor.

Nor is the IPC, or Instructions Per Clock.

A chip with the lower clock speed could still be faster overall than the one with a faster clock speed.

Another thing is that in this instance ... yes Intel still has a higher IPC, or so I keep reading ... but that does not tell the whole story either, perhaps, as ...

You also have the extra threading and from what I keep hearing Ryzen's Simultaneous Multi Threading works better then Intel's Hyper Threading. This will also confuse things further ... just as this umm Fabric thingey scaling with faster RAM.

I have ALWAYS STATED that if a benchmarking program gives an impressive result then it is impressive ... feck all this real world bullshit.

If a core can process something damn fast if it is coded the right way then it processes something damn fast and that is the end of it. If something else does not then it is down to the software being used and I doubt anything has been coded with Ryzen's architecture in mind, it IS brand new after all.

Now if it turns out that it just so happens that Ryzen does not work that will on a game title loved b you and you only want 160 fps then sure ... go buy a quad Intel.

However I feel pretty certain that anyone buying a quad core today might start to regret it in as little as 12 months to 18 months. If your someone that does not upgrade for 4 or 5 years this will become an issue for you.

Yeah you can up the CPU cores with Intel but I am pretty sure this means a new motherboard too? Hey?! but maybe by then the six and eight core Intel's might be a sensible price? Who knows?

Monday, 27 March 2017

MY FOREHEAD HURTS - RYZEN

OK then ...

Many, many people still making idiot mistakes, still quoting stuff like they know what they are talking about and still quoting crap that is simply not the case at all. All the cues are there already but for some reason people are blind to them.

Let us take one simple comment I saw on Tom's Hardware in the Ryzen 1700X review I have seen over and over again elsewhere ...

Some people have correctly stated that more cores will be needed in gaming in the future while naysayers without the intellect have stated that this will be years away ... if ever?!

If ever ... I just love some of these statements.

Games are coded based on what the mainstream is .. not the top end so sorry to all those that base, ,and even buy, everything on the top end. It is just simple economics.

Everyone has been purchasing Intel 4 core CPU's, that may or may not be hyper-threaded, and have done for years and simply because 6 and 8 core CPUs were not worth it if you were just gaming.

Right now two things are happening and the first is that the 8 core Ryzen's have been selling ... a lot. You also cannot base things on what your bloody friends do or say ... gaming is a global thing. The second thing is that more and more gamers are streaming and so much so that even Google and YouTube are trying to cater for those that want to stream there games.

That is two very good reasons for the Ryzen 7's and games being coded for more than four cores already and before I get to the next and best reason of all...

Every single rumour out there, forgetting the fact that gaming consoles already use 8 cores, is stating that the up and coming XBox Scorpio is going to use Ryzen cores as well as a Vega GPU.

That was Ryzen cores.

Did no one notice how quick game developers came out and said that they were both excited and working with Ryzen in mind? Did no one realise why this was?

Yeah ... when consoles are on their way they already have games being coded for them, which is why there is always a few titles available at launch. The Nintendo Switch not withstanding. Which only had two ... or one and a quarter from the sounds of it?

The XBox Scorpio is supposed to be coming out this year, 2017, and before the end of the year and we are already a few months into this year. Games do not get coded in a few months, not even indie bloody titles, lol.

Which likely means that games are already well into development for Ryzen.

Though none of this matters to myself personally.

I do not build a PC to play games on with three year old titles in mind and nor have I ever and nor will I ever do this. I really do not see how anyone does ... unless they are these die hard fanboys for old titles that just keep on playing them, not matter what.

The only game in recent memory that had me play through it far more than any other is Alien Isolation. Played through that around 6 times and the next closest title to that was three times and Call Of Juarez Gunslinger. The first was over atmosphere and the latter because playing it on its hardest setting, no cross-hairs at all, was a fun challenge. So fun I did it twice, lol.

As much as I loved, ,and completed, games like Skyrim, Fallouts, Dragon Age Inquisition and The Witcher 3 ... I have never been tempted to play them again. With the exception of Deus Ex Human Revolution that was far shorter than those others so did not mind going through it two, might have been three, times.

But I will get excited about the future RPG's along with other titles ... if they look good though of late that looking good a year or so before launch has not amounted to much. Despite all the raving about nVidia's latest GPUs, pre 1080 and 1070.

If things go according to plan I am building a Ryzen PC with a Vega card in a couple of months time when Vega is released. This might now get pushed back a little because of the news that a 12 and 16 core Ryzen might be coming. Something I thought would happen if I am honest but as there was absolutely no talk about this, or foresight, ,from any of the tech professionals I thought it was not going to happen.

I should know better than to ignore my instincts based on what tech journalists are or are not talking about!

Whether I go this route for more than 8 physical cores I am not sure right now. It would all rather depend somewhat on clockspeeds as well as RAM speed scaling, as is being noted with Ryzen 7.

Despite the whiners as well as those speaking about things they do not have the intellect to speak of I for one am very happy with what AMD have released. Because for the next 3 to 5 years things are going to be extremely interesting. Not 'might be' but 'will be'.

I thought it would be good to get on the AM4 platform as the next iterations of Ryzen should be pretty good. New node and new architecture alone are two areas where things will improve.

In all honesty the only negative point right now is the dual core RAM and the PCI-E lanes, though I am not entirely sure this is an issue. AS unlike so many armchair experts I cannot see into the future and am not sure whether those PCI-E lanes of 16x will be swamped by the next generation of cards?

Dual channel RAM is not really an issue as long as its frequency keeps increasing but will it get to a point whereby it cannot be increased? Which means to feed data faster you have no choice but to go quad channel, at which point you need a new motherboard.

But if a new motherboard is not need until, say, Zen 4, for arguments sake, and this is 3 years or more away then ... it is a non issue.

Oh I also find it hilarious that every single person that states that Ryzen is NOT a gaming CPU, even the ones trying to make excuses for it. Really?! I mean, REALLY?!

I wonder if they then go and play games on an XBox or a Playstation at 30 frames per second after hitting that return button and stating that Ryzen is not a gaming CPU because 140 frames and not 180 frames per second.

Now if I was a dedicated console owner I would get pretty irate at all these snobs going on about differences of ten or even twenty frames per second when there close to or above 100 frames per second by a fair old margin.

In fact I am amazed that console owners have not ripped into these people just yet.

I also mentioned about optimisations of current and slightly older games in a recent post on AMD's Ryzen? Yeah ... do not really care about that either ... unless it happens to be a game that I will go back to AND it is getting less than 40fps minimum.

Why?! Unless you are MMO'ing and doing it for money ... just, WHY?!

I also find it hilarious that everyone is scrambling to get Ryzen 5's performance metrics from Ryzen 7's, lol. Really?!

Oh dear.

You might get it right, you have a 50/50 chance, or you might get it wrong but you have no way of knowing. That is NOT, however, what some of them are stating. The are stating that they have tested by switching off cores and stating this is what will happen. I do not know and I do not care as outside of going for a 6 core Ryzen I have no interest.

I am aware, however, that there is no way of knowing how the cores will overclock and no way of knowing how the shared cache memory will make a difference. Will there be more cache memory available to cores because the other cores that would otherwise share this memory are no there? Or would it be that it remains the same depending on how cores are switched off, or failed in the production process? Who knows? I presently do not and I am damn sure no one else does.

Buuut ... if they get it right and there is no difference watch how all of them that predicted no change will crow about it, which will likely lead to irate people telling them to feck off and go and design CPU's as they are obviously engineers? Lol.

I get so annoyed when I read some of the comments. Hands over my face with my uttering "Oooh for the love of God, man!" Lol.

I am doing something I find funny ... I am going to hold off buying a laptop until they come out with Ryzen APU's. I do not bloody know why? Lol.

Well I have always been aware that despite all the crap everyone talks about then CPUs come out they fail to see that ... if something is faster in just one single thing then anything else that is slower comes down to a software issue.

Sorry but that's it and that's all.

If it was a hardware issue then it would show in every single thing tested and I imagine that, without bothering to go back and check, this would be the case with AMD's previous bulldozers. Not quite as bad as everyone made out but clearly slower in everything ... CLOCK FOR CLOCK.

This is not the case with Ryzen and so things are very, very different.

Yet I have very literally and a long time ago lost count of the number of remarks like "AMD has failed again" and "It is bulldozer all over again". Oooh boy, oh boy.

There is an old saying ... you cannot see the wood for the trees.

If you want to remain blind then go and be blind. Do NOT go around on the Internet trying to blind others because .. the Internet is NOT forgiving and it may come back to bite you in the arse?

EDIT: Oh and some so called tech journalists and reviewers might want to seriously change their tone too ... because what I hear a lot is "Oooh Ryzen was supposed to be sooo good at gaming and it is SOOOO NOOOT!"

Your giving out the wrong impression, maybe intentionally without having to actually state it, when that is simply NOT the case at all.

I for one never expected ANY Ryzen CPU to beat out the fastest Intel CPU on any level ... but it has or come close on all of them.

I expected 35% improvement but hoped they, AMD, were being honest when they stated a 40% improvement and we got over 50% improvement. It has worked out better than I had hoped so I actually find all of the negativity somewhat surprising, if I am perfectly honest.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

YET ANOTHER RUINED FAVOURITE

Jesus.

Funny how you see small things and changes you know are going to lead to much bigger problems but that no one takes any notice.

I have seen many things I do not like pop up in the gaming industry as well as a recent trend regarding politics .. no I cannot call it politics as it is nothing more than sheer madness because lame brained and twisted individuals have now been discovered to be groups, mainly with an identity crisis they want to force upon others, that seems to be affecting everything.

I think that corporations, I can think of two that consist of Disney and now possible Electronic Arts, have gotten scared?

It is like when there are protests and there are 50,000 to 100,000 and all the tabloids and TV news go on about how large it is. Yeah well it could be 200,000 or more but even here in the UK that is a tiny fraction of the entire population.

This does not seem to occur to some organisations and corporations though who seem to get spooked internally on some level that they might lose money. Or maybe they blindly and foolishly think they see a way of making more money. Because they do not see that 200,000 or even 500,000 do not in any way represent the majority. Especially within certain industries.

You have an established audience and you sell to that audience and if there are changes they do not like you do not then persist with these changes and then go and make even greater changes in the same direction.

Unfortunately in some areas the addiction is far too great for people to resist and therefore vote or give out clear messages via their wallets.

Also unfortunate is that in these instances less and less is taken notice of until one day it all goes off with a bang and everyone stands around scratching their heads wondering what happened.

My head has hurt very much so from all the facepalms I have given myself in the different areas I cover, mainly gaming and corruption and failures of the public service sectors.

Jesus Christ I could do a much better job standing on my head while fast asleep!

Still ... I then get forced to watch my predictions unfold in an almost slow-motion type fashion and wonder if I should be so heavily invested any more? Or indeed hold off investing into areas I previously loved. Sometimes said investments can be ... steep.

Now the latest thing I have been hearing about on YouTube that forced me to type out this post is this debacle involving Mass Effect Andromeda and to be honest this has taken me by surprise, even if I am not entirely sure of the facts.

There are also some things I find a little amusing in all this and I will start off with this one on the fact that character modelling in Mass Effect Andromeda is complained to look like it was created, in part, in 2007.

Yeah well I recently did a couple of posts about what you need hardware wise for gaming, calling the majority out to be idiots in their statements about all you need is four cores and looking smug and saying ... well I told you so.

I have lost count of the number of games that have launched and not been anywhere near as good as people thought that they would or that their special previews actually showed. Watchdogs, The Division, The Witcher 3, Dragon Age Inquisition and now Mass Effect Andromeda with no doubt others I am forgetting. Any title that is a subject of this post is another personal favourite that is Deus Ex in the Mankind Divided title.

Everyone has waxed lyrical about the last two generations of nVidia cards while at the same time complaining about how computer games have not advance very much.

The simple fact is that until 8 core CPUs are more widespread and AMD have Vega out to drive down nVidias prices your simply not going to get much.

There is a reason that the 'but can it run Crysis' line has become a thing. Because not much has come out to the able to run it that well and how long ago did Crysis 3 get launched? Bearing in mind this was a game that likely caused the software developers a great deal because nothing was launched that could run it for in inordinate amount of time.

Like those people that call others peasants because they wont go out and spend £700 plus on a GPU or a CPU ... yeah and while they do not do that, which is most of them, you are stuck with overkill until all that you splashed out for has become mainstream. It is just how it works folks.

But Mass Effect has more issues it turns out than just looking up to date graphically? There are some really dodgy animations and some bleak story telling? Sorry I thought this was a Bioware game?

Ugh.

Games seem to be constantly being eroded on several fronts ... and I have to ask myself what bloody idiots are in the gaming industry today? Micro-transactions, watered down graphics, RPG's missing the 'R' component. Well for some that is. Pre-order crap and splitting the games into a 70/30 fashion and having the gall to call it downloadable content.

Yup ... ever since the Internet was widely picked up by the masses the companies have queued up to take advantage of this. You should have heard the things I said when Half-Life 2 and Steam first arrived on the scene ... W ... T ... F!! Lol.

Now they do not even have to provide working games any longer before taking your hard earned cash from your wallets.

Fifteen years ago I stated to many and even to government that the Internet should be looked at to keep in check from a whole raft of abuses. Nahhh ... as per usual everyone wants to wait until the proverbial horse has bolted, a shit-fest has been left behind that is doggedly hard to correct and take way more time and cost way more money .. if it can be done at all.

Of course you get the bloody nutters and idiots, like the Zelda fans attacking Jim Sterling over his Zelda Breath of the Wild review. Now Electronic Arts staff are being attacked over the latest Mass Effect. I do not condone attacks like this ... well any threats at any rate. Especially from queues of idiots so fast to add 2 and 2 together and come up with 5 before even thinking things through.

As for Electronic Arts and any other major games labels making millions or billions for sitting with their thumbs up their backsides ... yeah, sorry but you should have seen this coming ten years ago.

You have pushed and pushed and pushed and taken the piss out of your customers and there was always going to be a point where there would be a big backlash. Take no notice of the small backlashes and you inevitably will end up with a big one.

Then there are the fools that want to defend them and talk about the time taken to create a game when most of them are built upon engines that were created by someone else.

Added to the fact that items in game, like buildings and stuff, are largely re-usable but with different textures applied.

I mean think about it ... you do all these 3D models today ... different textures and suddenly you have what looks like a different building entirely. You cannot always do it and yes you would need to some tweaks and adjustments for things like vehicles.

Except how many buildings have been modelled over the years and how many tweaks would they need?

How many types of guns are there?

How many types of human body are there? Yes OK, faces is different and the variations seemingly endless ... except in games they are not even that varied in many titles.

Still you do not threaten or attack people ... yes I get that you waited a long time for your favourite title to have its next instalment released. Yes when it comes out it is a big fuck fest and its frustrating but do you really think that you griping or threatening is going to make them go away and rebuild it from the ground up?

The other thing that concerns me is with these software developers names and just something else to be abused. Yeah I had high regard for Bethesda and Bioware along with Eidos and others but at the end of the day I ask myself how many of the same teams are still present after 5 to 10 years?

Computer gaming has become a perfect example of brand naming gone to shit because story-line writers, animators, game mechanics coders and others have all buggered off elsewhere. At no other time in the history of computer games has this become more evident than it has recently with the titles Mass Effect, Deus Ex, Fallout, Dragon Age and even Call of Duty. That latter one coming from someone that played the first two Call of Duty titles when they were launched. Battlefield now resembles Call of Duty more than Call of Duty does!

Every company grows to a point where both it and its shareholders believe they have a right to be bringing in vast sums of money for doing fuck all but sit with their overly wide butts in their leather clad boardroom chairs. I know I have been in one! Pivotal Games to be precise who I have now not heard of in bloody years!

So I find myself thinking if I want to do this any longer because God only knows how bad things are going to be in just a couple of years time?!