AMD has been on a roll with its desktop and laptop CPUs in recent years, even as Intel catches up with its 11th and 12th-gen Core processors. Today the company revealed the Ryzen 7000 series of chips, marking another massive leap forward.
AMD revealed its new generation of Ryzen processors today at Computex 2022, called the Ryzen 7000 series. The processors will be the first to use AMD’s ‘Zen 4’ architecture, which the company says has an “extremely efficient 5nm” design — making it the first 5nm desktop processor ever (though the I/O components are 6nm). The smaller manufacturing die (in theory) means faster performance and improved power efficiency compared to older CPUs. Apple has been selling products with 5nm chips for a while now, including the A14 in the iPhone and the M1 in recent Mac computers, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 chipset for PCs is also 5nm.
Ryzen 7000 also includes double the amount of L2 cache per core, PCIe 5.0 support, higher clock speeds (the company showed off Ghostwire: Tokyo running at 5.5GHz), and DDR5 support. AMD says the new chips deliver a “15% uplift in single-thread performance versus the prior generation.”
Besides the usual mix of speed improvements and support for new hardware, there are a few significant changes to how AMD processors have worked in the past. Ryzen 7000 requires the new AM5 socket, which will mean anyone upgrading their PC will definitely have to buy a new motherboard alongside the CPU. AMD has supported the same AM4 socket since the first generation of Ryzen CPUs in 2017 — a significant achievement when Intel usually requires a new socket for every new CPU generation. However, coolers designed for AM4 will still work with AM5.
The Verge reports that every single Ryzen 7000 processor will have some level of integrated graphics, so you won’t necessarily have to plug in a graphics card (which are still hard to come by) just to get a video output. Intel and AMD both sell processors with and without integrated graphics, but it sounds like the feature will be guaranteed on Ryzen 7000.
AMD didn’t reveal the specific processors in its new Ryzen 7000 lineup, but the company says they will be available starting in Q4 2022. Pricing is expected to range from $399 to $699.
The new lineup certainly looks impressive on paper, but we’ll have to wait for real-world performance tests to see if AMD pulled off another winner. The main competition from Intel at the moment is the first wave of ‘Alder Lake’ chips, including the Core i9-12900K — which AMD says is 30% slower than one of the company’s pre-production Ryzen 7000 processors in a Blender multi-threaded rendering test. Intel is also expected to release 13th-generation Core processors later this year (‘Raptor Lake’), which will be manufactured on the same 7nm process as the i9-12900K.
Bringing back brunch! – Gazette
In the spirit of Come Home Year and all things nostalgic, Signal Hill Campus is bringing back brunch.
Head up the hill this summer to revisit the former Battery Hotel and get the opportunity to visit the remodeled Emera Innovation Exchange.
The former Battery Hotel, which is now Memorial University’s Emera Innovation Exchange, has been an iconic structure overlooking the city of St. John’s since the 1960s. Its first iteration was a drive-in motel and gas bar.
If you have not yet had a chance to visit and are curious to see inside, you can stroll up the hill to experience a nostalgic Newfoundland and Labrador-style buffet brunch inside the beautiful conference hall.
Signal Hill Campus is positioned as an innovation and public engagement hub and a provincial resource. Newfoundland and Labrador’s Come Home Year is an excellent opportunity to re-introduce this dynamic space to the community and its potential to connect individuals both on-site and on-screen.
Jordan Wright, director of operations, conference and event services at Signal Hill Campus, has been involved in the redevelopment project since Memorial purchased the former hotel in 2013 and is thrilled to host the special event.
Mr. Wright points to Memorial’s new strategic plan, Transforming Our Horizons, as a source of inspiration and welcoming the community to the space.
“Memorial’s new strategic plan places an emphasis on creating welcoming, open-door campuses and we really embrace that spirit here at Signal Hill Campus,” he said. “We’re looking forward to our Signal Hill brunch as a way to welcome the community, both residents and visitors, to our beautiful facilities here at the Emera Innovation Exchange.
“We’re delighted to partner with members of the Signal Hill Campus family, Red Oak Catering, Business & Arts Newfoundland and Labrador and the Johnson Geo Centre to celebrate our province and offer this throwback brunch at the Emera Innovation Exchange. Please join us for food, entertainment, and fun in July and August!”
For more information on the event, taking place on two dates, Sunday, July 31, and Sunday, Aug. 21, including the menu and how to purchase tickets, please visit online.
OnePlus 10T design leaks – TrustedReviews
The OnePlus 10T design has been leaked in full, with high quality renders outlining some interesting changes.
We’ve been hearing that a launch for the OnePlus 10 is back on the cards for several weeks now, which has clarified into news of a slightly more advanced OnePlus 10T.
Now tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer (more commonly known as @OnLeaks) has supplied detailed design renders and a 360-degree video to Smartprix.
The renders reveal a phone that follows the basic design template set out by the OnePlus 10 Pro (pictured above)earlier in the year, albeit with a plastic frame rather than the 10 Pro’s metal one. You still get a glass back, however.
As previously tipped, it seems the OnePlus 10T is going to do away with the signature OnePlus alert slider. We’re not going to lie, that’s a bit of a bummer.
These renders also confirm that the camera placement is going to be a little different within that familiar 2 x 2 configuration. The flash is moving up to the top right module. The camera module doesn’t merge with the frame this time around either.
We also get confirmation that the hole punch selfie camera is moving from the top left of the display (like on the 10 Pro) to the top-centre of the display (like a Samsung phone).
While the OnePlus 10T will be a downgrade from the OnePlus 10 Pro in the design stakes, it’s expected to come with a faster Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor. It could also have faster 150W charging (vs the 80W Pro), albeit with a slightly smaller 4800mAh battery.
Elsewhere we’re expecting to see a 6.7-inch FHD+ 120Hz OLED display. The camera system, meanwhile, is rumoured to feature a 50MP main sensor, a 16MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP macro. The selfie camera could be a 32MP unit.
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Quebec-area game devs are worrying about impact of new language laws – Game Developer
A recently-passed law in the Canadian province of Quebec called “Bill 96” is starting to worry those in the local game development community. As several of them explain to the CBC, the law’s restrictions on access to English-language government resources might hurt development studios trying to hire international talent.
If you haven’t heard yet, Bill 96 is a piece of legislation that aims to mandate the use of the French language when accessing government services (with the exception of healthcare).
Enforcement of the bill is complicated, because there are two groups of Quebec residents (“historic” English-speakers who were educated in English, and immigrants who’ve been in Quebec for less than six months) who are still allowed to access English-speaking services.
That means that on paper, game developers headed to Quebec from other regions or countries will have six months to get caught up on la langue Française after moving to the area. That’s not an easy task, made harder if they have to do so while helping build games with primarily English-speaking teams.
Bidding Quebec adieu
Some developers (like an anonymous one named “Remy”) told the CBC that they accepted employment at Quebec-area studios because they were told that learning French was “optional,” and that their coworkers would mostly be speaking English. He says that he knows several developers making plans to abandon the region.
Unity senior partner relations manager Osama Dorias (formerly of WB Games Montréal) explained that he’s been advising colleagues only to take jobs in the area if they speak French. “It’s like night and day. I shifted from being an advocate for people to move here, to warning people away,” he stated.
Even though many game developers pass through Montréal’s university system, Dorias says that they’re likely to leave the city if they get better offers from developers in the United States or Sweden.
The Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec, a nonprofit organization representing Canadian studios, says that it supports the spirit of Bill 96 but is also worried about its impact. Representative Christopher Chancey told the CDC that the organization fears the bill’s passing will send a message to international game developers that other cultures aren’t welcome in the province.
It’s worth noting that Quebec-area game studios appear to have not previously emphasized the need to learn French among international hirees. Part of the issue being faced by game studios may be that they have not built up any services to help developers learn French despite it being the official business language of Quebec since 1977.
The repercussions of Bill 96 are causing headaches for Quebec residents in all walks of life, as the bill also changes the rules for filing contracts, access to 311 services, and more.
Developers not familiar with Quebec or other Francophone countries may not be aware of the cultural conflict that surrounds the French language. In both France and Quebec, many French speakers take extreme effort to allow the language to be overtaken by English language usage. These actions range from specialized language for video game industry terms (mostly harmless, also charming) to public condemnations of multiculturalism (possibly harmful, tacking too closely toward xenophobia).
Part of this conflict even manifested during revelations about allegations of abuse at Ubisoft’s Canadian studios. In 2020, associate producer Stephane Mehay was accused of refusing to speak English to some colleagues in order to exclude them from conversations. He even would allegedly insult them in French, thinking that they could not understand his words.
It isn’t fair to cast the English language as a victim in this scenario, (it’s still the most-spoken language in the world, only rivaled by Mandarin and Hindi). However, Canada’s game development boom over the last decade has been partly centered in the Montréal area, and such growth could be impacted if the region is unable to attract English-speaking talent.
The Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec and other developers hope that the government will recognize the potential damage, and are open to the idea of extending the timeline for new immigrants to learn the French language. Hopefully the architects of Bill 96 will heed their warnings and work to adjust the impact on immigrants, rather than dictate a six-month timeline to learn a whole new language.
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