Ryzen 4000 Reportedly Delayed

Current events in the world have hurt tech manufacturers in particular.

The novel coronavirus has brought life to a standstill around the world, and it looks like it is hitting tech manufacturing particularly hard.

In fact, it could lead to the delay of the much anticipated Ryzen 4000.

And that has more than a few people disappointed, particularly PC gamers eager to show that, yes, PCs still have better capabilities than the latest consoles coming this winter from Sony and Microsoft.

Tweaktown reports, “According to motherboard manufacturers, due to the pandemic and competitive reasons, Intel and AMD kept changing their 2020 desktop roadmap and launch schedules, causing major headaches for the supply chain. In addition, NVIDIA and AMD are also keeping the launch schedules for their next-gen GPUs secret, to avert pricing manipulations by their opponents.”

For those of you that might remember, the Ryzen 3000 launched around this time last year so anticipating a followup around the same time this year not only makes sense, it’s pretty much expected. After all, those that can’t keep up are often left behind in the tech race – and AMD is keen to not be seen as lagging behind anyone, especially competitors like Nvidia.

Then again, how much pressure could you really feel if sales of your current-gen hardware are on fire? That might be helping AMD weather the lull caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s not a strategy for future growth. Nonetheless, the strength of the Ryzen 3000 line is impressive.

“According to motherboard manufacturers, sales for Ryzen 3000 series are hot. Accordingly, AMD is extending its life cycle, and definitely will not be launching the next-gen Ryzen 4000 series, based on Zen3 architecture and using TSMC’s 7nm EUV process, in Sep. The earliest Ryzen 4000 series will enter mass production is end of 2020, and launch in Jan 2021 at CES. Whether it will be changed to 5nm EUV process is unclear at the moment,” Tweaktown reports.

Another notch in AMD’s column is the struggles of rival Intel. Intel’s not had an easy road of late and the recent announcement that Apple would be dropping its silicon in favor of its own in-house manufacture only adds to those problems. Persistent issues with Intel’s latest Comet Lake line are getting tougher to ignore and the move by the company in Cupertino to ditch their longtime partner only underscores all of that.

“As understood, following Comet Lake, Intel will launch Rocket Lake at the end of 2020, at the earliest. But it will still stay on the 14nm process. The first 10nm desktop processor Alder Lake will only be released at the end of 2021 at the earliest, which is to say Intel is yet to fully enter the 10nm era for another one and a half years.”

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Viotek’s 144 Hz 4K Gaming Monitor Arrives

A budget friendly brand with unheard of specs for even from top brands!

Monitors are a pretty big deal and for a solid reason. After all, no one cares about your powerful graphics card if it is being displayed like a watercolor painting. Even so, monitors are not a cheap accessory and, as Viotek’s latest shows, they’re definitely not without their own complications.

We might be entering a new promised land for resolution in gaming monitors as Viotek’s latest promises 4K at 144 Hz – something pretty much impossible with most of the equipment on the market right now.

So how does it work?

Since it can’t promise that kind of refresh rate using any cables out there right now, Viotek has the novel solution of using not just one but two cables to make sure its monitor delivers the promised performance.

That is, the monitor requires two DisplayPort 1.4 ports to get 140 Hz. Just one cable puts out 120 Hz. The 27-inch GFI27QXA also happens to be a pretty decent monitor all around as many reviewers are pointing out. It supports G-Sync and Freesync from 48 Hz to 144 Hz as well as a sturdy stand and a glare shield. In other words, Viotek has covered most all of the necessary bases. That’s probably a good thing because they’re not asking for just a few pennies.

But, as with anything hardware-related, the final and most pressing question for many of us is the price. At $750, the Viotek isn’t a cheap alternative by any means but, then again, what it is promising is different from most others out there on the market. That has a price, too.

If you are interested this monitor is available on amazon.

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Why was Dr. Disrespect Mysteriously Banned from Twitch!?

Dr. Disrespect tweets about it.

Some of you may have already heard that Dr. Disrespect has been banned from twitch following his last live stream where he seemed concerned and kept saying that they’ll get through this. Naturally, a front page streamer on twitch who had a huge multi million dollar contract with twitch getting banned creates a lot of confusion and speculation. Twitch must have quite a big reason to remove one of the faces and biggest proponents of their platform.

The streamer himself finally released a tweet that confirmed nothing and seems to say that he is as confused as the rest of us are. Although I’m sure there are details twitch and the doctor are not disclosing.

With such little information being conveyed, there are a bunch of rumors just flying around. However, it has been stated that this ban should not have anything to do with any DMCA issues or the other twitch harassment allegations floating around.

Another rumor that surfaced briefly was that Ninja, Shroud, and Dr. Disrespect were in the talks of creating their own streaming platform. *These are just rumors and can definitely be 100% fabricated by the confused community*. Still, it is definitely an interesting spin on things, but the merit to that rumor is minimal at best until we get more solid information.

The fact that Mixer just shut down and left Shroud and Ninja in an uncertain situation as of now plays into that rumor as well.

What do you all think is happening?

Review: A Way Out

A how to escape prison simulator, now available on Steam.

We previously mentioned that EA/Origin was moving a bunch of games over to Steam. Amidst the move, many EA games were on sale in the Steam store and it has brought many of these games back onto my radar.

I have been wanting to play A Way Out for a while now and this seemed like as good a time as any. The game is exclusively a 2 player co-op experience and it cannot be played without a friend. The main premise of the game is you reliving the tale of two inmates escaping prison. The main menu literally shows your two characters outside of prison talking back on the feat, so you know you successfully escaped already.

Game Play

The game is on the story telling side, rather than being challenging or having any advanced combat mechanics. I don’t think I even saw a difficulty setting. This is not a bad thing at all, the game accomplishes its goal very well. The coolest thing is that even if you are playing online, you are always seeing the game in split screen. You can see everything that your partner in crime is doing, which keeps you in the loop and creates a new sense of immersion into the game.

The acting is pretty good and they do portray the emotions of your characters and the NPCs pretty decently. I wouldn’t rave about the acting, but I’m not mad at it either. You can also interact with numerous items in the environment which adds to the experience. The puzzles are pretty straightforward, I don’t think anything will have you thinking too hard, but it’s enough to keep you entertained for a while.

Bugs

The game has been out for a while and it is clear that EA (Or Hazelight Studios) didn’t care enough to fix any common and very clearly reported bugs. I ran into 2 game breaking bugs the first 3 hours, which I had to google and found out happened to literally almost everyone. Game companies need to pay more attention and fix GAME BREAKING bugs. I ran into an infinite loading screen 3 times that required me to exit the game and reload. While another bug broke the environment and I could not advance in the story anymore.

I think the game is awesome and would recommend people to pick it up if they have a friend they can experience the game with, but it is disappointing to see some sloppiness from the developers. There are brief sections of the game that I felt were poorly developed, but I’ll avoid talking about those as they could include spoilers.

Check the game out on Steam.

Cyberpunk 2077 Official Trailer and Release Date

Cyberpunk will arrive November 19th. Pre-order bonuses available.

After getting delaying the launch a little bit, the CD Projekt team has released the official trailer:

There’s a few pre-order bonuses floating around as well for the game. You could get a free steel book game case if you pre-order with Best Buy. The other option is Gamestop which will offer you a Samurai medallion gift.

Gamestop Pre-Order Bonus

Amazon has the standard game available for pre-order for only $49.94. You’ll get the standard edition bonuses below.

The game comes with the following physical items:

– Case with game discs

– World Compendium detailing the game’s setting and lore

– Postcards from Night City

– Map of Night City

– Stickers

Digital goodies included:

– Game soundtrack

– Art booklet featuring a selection of art from the game

– Cyberpunk 2020 sourcebook

– Wallpapers for desktop and mobile

Steam Summer Sale Kicking Off

Also $5 off your first $30+ Purchase!

It’s that time of the year again, where Steam guns for our wallets. Steam always puts out crazy seasonal sales with close to rock bottom prices on all types of games. To sweeten the deals even more, your first purchase of $30 or more will net you another $5 discount.

You should see this offer in your cart

There are way too many games on sale to even consider listing them out so check the store out for yourself. Sales will run until July 9 so don’t wait too long!

I’m picking up Remnant: From the Ashes myself for 40% off.

Valorant 1.02 Released, Rank Mode Delayed

Valorant patched today to 1.02 with quite a change log.

However, it was quickly announced that rank/competitive mode will be delayed for a little bit. They caught some bugs that could affect it. The delay is predicted to be just a couple days, but no confirmation aside from a tweet.

Here are some notable changes in the new patch.

  • Viper’s toxic screen now goes through walls
  • When Phoenix dies in his ult, Jett will get her blades refilled and Reyna will get a soul orb drop
  • Some Cypher Spy cam glitch fixes
  • New Rank icons
  • Able to play ranked with friends at more skill disparity
  • Map tweaks
  • SURRENDER option

I am shook that there are no nerfs to Reyna yet, although people are learning to play against her a little more nowadays. The surrender option is a double edged sword, you’ll find yourself in a ton of games where you make a huge comeback in the 2nd half. Some people play better on one side than the other. I wouldn’t be too trigger happy to surrender games.

Full Patch Notes

Intel Core i5 9600K on Sale for $175!

Although it may be a last generation Intel desktop chip, it is no slouch. With 6 cores and and a base clock of 3.7GHz and boost clock of 4.7GHz the price drop from $259.99 to $174.99 makes it the perfect option if you are planning a budget build with a z390 Motherboard. With this price drop it will allow you to invest in other parts of your PC Build!

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Valorant Ranked Update

Details on Valorant Patch 1.02 released by Riot

Riot released some pre-patch notes for the upcoming ranked patch. We mentioned last week that ranked should be releasing very soon. They are already teasing us with some details with many welcome changes.

Most importantly, they are making playing with friends easier than it was in beta in terms of rank disparity. A lot of people were finding it hard to keep playing with friends because someone only 6 ranks away was unable to queue up with their friends due to matchmaking restrictions. It didn’t help that people could rank up faster than their own squad mates by getting top frag and high combat scores.

Riot will still block players who have HUGE skill disparity, but for the most part it should be balanced out well enough to not make you lose your squad mates.

There has also been an update to the rank icons! I think people made a big stink at how ugly they were in beta, so they finally put some effort into them. They also swapped the top rank from Valorant into Radiant to avoid confusion.

No definite balance fix yet for solo vs 5 stacks, but they are still working on ways to balance that out as well. The release of ranked might come a few days after the patch, similar to beta, but we don’t know for sure. Either way its coming VERY soon, so ya’ll better get your aim good now.

Pre-Patch Notes here.