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  1. john_

    AMD Issues Official Statement Regarding RX 560 Silent Downgrade

    It's not rare forum members to know the work of a moderator, better than the moderators themselves and also forum members, to know what is best for a forum, better than that forum's admins. It's also not rare people to hit the Report button like it is a divine order send to moderators who have...
  2. john_

    Starbucks Wi-Fi Exploits Coffee Lovers' Devices for Cryptocoin Mining Operations

    No, the tea malicious code is more transparent than the coffe malicious code, meaning that it doesn't stress too much the main CPU of the device that is hijacked.
  3. john_

    Starbucks Wi-Fi Exploits Coffee Lovers' Devices for Cryptocoin Mining Operations

    An isolated case. So, what are the odds that the founder and CEO of stensul will be drinking his coffee at the ONLY Starbucks that was hijacking customer's devices?
  4. john_

    HP Laptops Shipped with Hidden Keylogger

    HP will be on the news for all the (same over and over again) wrong reasons.
  5. john_

    AMD Issues Official Statement Regarding RX 560 Silent Downgrade

    We all read it, don't worry. We just don't pretend to be lawyers here.
  6. john_

    AMD Issues Official Statement Regarding RX 560 Silent Downgrade

    They are different cases, but the result is the same. Some customers don't get what they think they get. If I am not mistaken, AMD is not replacing the better version, it's adding a worst version also. So, it's not a downgrade. It's bad, but not what we would call a downgrade. If they are...
  7. john_

    AMD Issues Official Statement Regarding RX 560 Silent Downgrade

    As I said, if you are going to paint black white and white black, I see no reasons to lose my time by listing examples. As for ancient examples, I can also remember the Geforce 4 MX case, a card that was coming from the Geforce 2 series and sold with the Geforce 4 series. As for the 8000/9000...
  8. john_

    AMD Issues Official Statement Regarding RX 560 Silent Downgrade

    Everyone knows that the tech press where giving no excuse to AMD while doing the opposite with Intel and Nvidia. For years. There are plenty of examples, but if we are going to call black white and white black, there is no point in listing examples. The tech press treats AMD with less hostility...
  9. john_

    AMD Issues Official Statement Regarding RX 560 Silent Downgrade

    Neither you or me defend anything here. We both make it clear that both cases are BAD. My point was that people usually overreact about AMD and not so about Nvidia. And at AMD they should know this fact better and realize that they should avoid doing "smart" things from a marketing perspective...
  10. john_

    AMD Issues Official Statement Regarding RX 560 Silent Downgrade

    I disagree and agree with your post. First, I don't think that the money a consumer is paying for a GT 730 have less value than those payed from another for an RX 560, as the money payed for an RX 560 don't have less value for those payed for a GTX 1070 for example. I could also say that "Hey...
  11. john_

    AMD Issues Official Statement Regarding RX 560 Silent Downgrade

    GT 730 is supposed to be a 700 series card and one version of that card is using a 400 series GPU(cut down GT 430). Maybe I misunderstood your post. If not, then how is a 400 series GPU, disguised as a 700 series GPU an updated architecture? And even if we ignore the Fermi version you can't sell...
  12. john_

    AMD Issues Official Statement Regarding RX 560 Silent Downgrade

    AMD did what Nvidia is doing for ages. Let me be clear from the beginning. THEY SHOULD HAVE NOT DONE SO. Here is a list with articles about Nvidia's misleading branding: Nvidia GT 730 articles And here is Nvidia's apology: Nvidia explains the three models of GeForce GT 730
  13. john_

    Kingston SSDs Featuring Phison Controllers Power Over 18 Million PCs and Systems

    Alternative title. Over 18 million PCs desperately need to upgrade their SSDs :p (sorry couldn't resist - pointless advertisement pushed as something important for the press)
  14. john_

    Vega 8 Mobile GPU Seemingly Ditches HBM2 Memory, Makes Use of System DDR4 Pool

    They sell GPUs, so they get money, they also get into laptops that they wouldn't be able to get by themselves, they get to promote GCN and whatever comes with it, like FreeSync. It's almost the same case as consoles. Without consoles, GCN would have been almost irrelevant for developers of...
  15. john_

    Vega 8 Mobile GPU Seemingly Ditches HBM2 Memory, Makes Use of System DDR4 Pool

    It could be something like $25 vs $15. And that's when you don't count for how much Intel will be asking. And having to come with some kind of agreement with Intel and considering that whatever assembly is to be done, it will be done at Intel's factories, maybe the easier implementation argument...
  16. john_

    Vega 8 Mobile GPU Seemingly Ditches HBM2 Memory, Makes Use of System DDR4 Pool

    If I am not mistaken, interposer is AMD's patent. So, maybe it makes more sense AMD to improve the interposer, than trying to come to an agreement with intel. Especially if the difference in costs and complexity are not significant(you say far cheaper, could be, any links?). Also, while it makes...
  17. john_

    Vega 8 Mobile GPU Seemingly Ditches HBM2 Memory, Makes Use of System DDR4 Pool

    EMIB might be nice for future discrete GPUs, but probably interposer is good enough for that job. EMIB in laptops with Ryzen CPUs or even APUs, don't know if it makes sense, considering that AMD would have to be able to persuade OEMs to create enough models with AMD CPUs/APUs to justify any...
  18. john_

    Vega 8 Mobile GPU Seemingly Ditches HBM2 Memory, Makes Use of System DDR4 Pool

    Nope. When you don't have the money in your pockets, you stick with only one design. If and when you manage to get some money, then you can create a second design with a different memory controller. Nvidia that enjoys full pockets, creates multiple designs in parallel. AMD.... one at a time. If...
  19. john_

    Vega 8 Mobile GPU Seemingly Ditches HBM2 Memory, Makes Use of System DDR4 Pool

    Don't shoot the messenger :p Other sites, Guru3D included, also look amazed by the fact that it doesn't use HBM2. I thought it was common knowledge from about forever. Vega architecture is a GPU architecture, not an HBM2 memory controller. Why would Vega have to be be an HBM2 only solution? As...
  20. john_

    TDK Launches SD and MicroSD Memory Cards with SLC/pSLC NAND Flash

    No application performance class logo, no interest from me, even if I found them selling at super low prices. I would hate to suffer another "Kingston SD" example in my face, where the SD card offers high sequencial speeds and then at 4K it writes with the speed of a 25 years old 1.44MB floppy...
  21. john_

    Mozilla Announces Firefox Quantum Web-browser

    Firefox was already faster with multithreading support in it's latest versions, so becoming even faster than that, is a welcomed change. And fortunately, updating the 64bit version to 57, didn't messed up with the 32bit installation, that I still keep (you just don't open both versions) at...
  22. john_

    Lenovo to use chinese Zhaoxin x86 CPUs? (VIA's back!)

    I know this is the worst place to put this comment, but I have to say that I miss SiS more than I miss VIA.
  23. john_

    CRYORIG Enters Case Market With the Taku Monitor Stand ITX Case

    The price was always the biggest problem for the Taku. I guess they didn't learned from the kickstarter campaign. It should have been 199 dollars at most and an option at 219 with the cooler they where giving for free at some point in the kickstarter campaign.