Happy 4/20! Today’s Mosh Pit is all tech-related, and there’s a lot of quality stuff to absorb, man. So, inhale deeply and exhale a few times, feel your body start to relax, and join us to look at some waaaaay cool tech. There’s a few new cases that continue the budding trend of cubed chassis, a trippy new version of Canonical’s Ubuntu operating system, Facebook’s slowly going up in a cloud of smoke, and MSI’s Vortex W25 is just so damned tiny (and big on the outside and small on the inside and big on the outside and small on the inside and small on the outside and big on the inside and-wait, snap out of it!).
Remakes, remasters, and franchise reboots. They’re everywhere. Drunk on nostalgia, we line up for shoddy reconstructions of the hits of yesterday, and often the result is utter disappointment. Returning to the high point of the Burnout franchise for a remaster should’ve been a safe bet, on paper at least, because the key to Burnout Paradise isn’t stunningly recreated worlds and Project Cars-esque handling models. It’s always been about breakneck speed, ruthless aggression, smashing things, and the endless desire to push onward. You hardly have time to appreciate blossoms falling delicately from cherry trees lining the sidewalk. It’s been a while, but Criterion has dusted off a classic, and once again wants to take you down to Paradise City, where the cars are fast and textures aren’t pretty.
We all knew it was coming: the release of AMD’s second-generation Ryzen processors based on the Zen+ architecture (you can read Neo’s review of the Ryzen 2 2700X here). To say that the first generation of Ryzen CPUs was impressive is an understatement. They delivered on performance, energy consumption and core count, and frankly Intel is still reeling from the impact AMD’s chips made when they hit the market.
The consumer is the one that benefits in the end, especially with motherboards like the ASUS ROG STRIX X470-F GAMING, which is bristling with features: features that used to be reserved only for the richest among us, but can now be found on mainstream gaming motherboards like this one.
When it comes to AMD’s Ryzen CPUs and platform as a whole, it would seem the second time’s the charm. Last year saw AMD return to form with a vengeance, and I’d imagine their comeback is what pushed Intel to release their first six-core CPU for the high-performance desktop segment. It’s a rare example of competition actually fulfilling the promise of ever-forward momentum that a competitive market is supposed to promote.
I’m sure you have your own feelings about the execution and release of the Ryzen and subsequent Threadripper CPUs – but it has to be acknowledged that after a decade of releasing sub-standard CPUs with few (if any) redeeming qualities, AMD performed a miracle and immediately reminded us why AMD is a technology company worthy of all its praise and attention.
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