HW News - Intel Battlemage Appears, Open Source GPU, Xbox Handheld Rumors, $1400 Monitor

Gamers Nexus
3 Apr 202426:19

Summary

TLDRThis week's news covers the sentencing of Sam Bankman-Fried to 25 years in federal prison for his role in the FTX collapse, marking a significant development in white-collar crime punishment. Intel's upcoming Battle Mage GPUs are rumored to be in development, with potential benchmarks suggesting their capabilities. Microsoft's Phil Spencer expresses a desire for a unified gaming experience across devices, hinting at the possibility of an Xbox handheld. AMD announces new AM4 CPUs in the 5000 XT series, with details on the Ryzen 8000 processors emerging. The AI server market's reliance on Taiwan's semiconductor industry is highlighted, and a new monitor, the AOC Aegon Pro AG456UCZ-D, is launched with impressive specs but a high price tag. Additionally, Orange Pi Neo enters the handheld gaming market with a Linux-based device, and an individual developer unveils the Fury GPU, a unique FPGA-based graphics card project.

Takeaways

  • 📉 Sam Bankman-Freed, former cryptocurrency billionaire, has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for his involvement in the FTX exchange collapse, after being convicted of stealing around $8 billion.
  • 🎮 Microsoft Gaming and Xbox CEO Phil Spencer expresses desire for more seamless integration between PC gaming hardware and the Xbox experience, hinting at potential hardware innovations.
  • đŸ’ģ Intel's upcoming Battle Mage GPUs spotted in the SI software standard database, suggesting significant advancements with 12 GB of VRAM, 1.8 GHz clocks, and varying compute units.
  • 🔧 AMD announces the continuation of AM4 CPUs with the 5000 XT series, extending support well into 2025, alongside the spotting of new Ryzen 8000 processors.
  • 🕹ī¸ Discussion on the monopolistic concerns in the AI and server industry, with Nvidia and Taiwanese manufacturers dominating the market.
  • đŸ–Ĩī¸ AOC launches the Aegon Pro AG456UCZD monitor, featuring a 21:9 OLED screen, 240 Hz refresh rate, and priced at $1,400.
  • 🎮 The Orange Pi Neo handheld gaming device is introduced, offering competitive specs and pricing, highlighting its potential as both a gaming device and a slim desktop PC.
  • 🛠ī¸ Software engineer Dylan Barry develops Fury GPU, a mid-90s era graphics card emulator, showcasing it running Quake at 60 FPS at 720p, with plans to open source the project.
  • 👨‍đŸ’ģ Phil Spencer's comments suggest Microsoft's consideration of different hardware form factors, potentially hinting at an Xbox handheld device in the works.
  • 📈 Intel's PresentMon 2 closed beta reveals significant advancements in measuring simulation time errors, offering deeper insights into game performance beyond frame rates.

Q & A

  • What was the sentence received by Sam Bankman-Fried for his involvement in the FTX collapse?

    -Sam Bankman-Fried was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for his role in the FTX collapse, where he was convicted of stealing around $8 billion.

  • How does the judge describe the defense presented by Sam Bankman-Fried's lawyers?

    -The judge described the defense presented by Sam Bankman-Fried's lawyers as 'misleading, logically flawed, and speculative'.

  • What is the potential impact of good behavior on Sam Bankman-Fried's sentence in federal prison?

    -Federal prison allows for up to 54 days of credit per year served for good behavior. Assuming this applies to Bankman-Fried, he could potentially be released in 21 or 22 years, barring any successful appeals.

  • What is the significance of the two new Intel GPU SKUs spotted in the SI software standard database?

    -The two new Intel GPU SKUs could signify Intel's expansion into new market segments or an upgrade to their existing lineup.

Outlines

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📰 News Highlights: Sam Bankman-Fried Sentenced and Intel Arc Rumors

This paragraph covers significant news topics, including the sentencing of Sam Bankman-Fried, the former FTX executive, to 25 years in federal prison for his role in the $8 billion FTX collapse. Additionally, it discusses the rumors surrounding Intel's Arc battle mage GPUs, which have been spotted in the SI software standard database, potentially indicating upcoming releases. The paragraph also mentions new AM4 CPUs and the ongoing partnership with Squarespace for Gamers Nexus.

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🚀 Intel's Battle Mage GPUs and Phil Spencer's Vision for PC Gaming

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💡Sam Bankman-Fried

Sam Bankman-Fried is a former billionaire and the founder of FTX, a cryptocurrency exchange. In the video, it is mentioned that he was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for his role in the FTX collapse, where he was convicted of stealing around $8 billion. His case is used as an example of financial crime and its consequences.

💡Intel Arc

Intel Arc refers to Intel's line of battle mage GPUs (Graphics Processing Units). In the video, it is mentioned that there have been rumors and sightings of new Intel GPU SKUs (Stock Keeping Units) in a software standard database, which could potentially be the upcoming battle ma

Highlights

Sam Bankman-Fried, the crypto billionaire, has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for his role in the FTX collapse.

Bankman-Fried was convicted of stealing around $8 billion during the FTX exchange collapse.

Prosecutors sought a 50-year sentence, while the defense sought a maximum of 6 years and 2 months for Bankman-Fried.

Bankman-Fried expressed remorse, stating he was selfish and threw it all away during his sentencing.

The judge criticized Bankman-Fried's defense as misleading, logically flawed, and speculative.

Transcripts

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in the newss this week Intel Arc battle

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mage rumors Sam bankman freed gets

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sentenced to 25 years in federal prison

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guess you could say he wasn't freed also

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Microsoft gaming and Xbox CEO Phil

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Spencer really wishes someone would do

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something about that whole Xbox

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experience thing and there's new am4

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CPUs again this time we'll stop saying

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it might be the last time they're making

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am4 CPUs because

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first Sam bankman freed the Crypt

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billionaire who definitely hasn't hidden

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a seed phrase and a hardware wallet

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somewhere has been sentenced to 25 years

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in federal prison for his time running

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FTX previously bankman freed was

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convicted of stealing around $8 billion

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this was during the whole FTX exchange

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collapse and received a maximum uh

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sentence ing guideline of 110 years

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prosecutors ended up seeking 50 years

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and SP spf's defense sought a maximum of

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6 and2 years that'd be less than one

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year per count of criminal convictions

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of which he had seven Sam bankman freed

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appeared for sentencing this week in

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federal court in Manhattan stating that

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he was quote selfish and quote threw it

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all away which is probably one of the

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most selfish ways to look at his

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fraudulent past uh the judge stated that

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defense was quote misleading logically

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flawed and

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speculative is he talking about was he

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talking about like crypto or

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just no he was talking about the defense

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uh before handing down the 25 years

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sentence now in the US there's always

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cynicism about white collar crime

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getting let off easy or out early and uh

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our understanding is that federal prison

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gives up to 54 days per year of credit

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time served for good behavior I know I

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like this is a Wikipedia one paragraph

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thing so we're not experts in that

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assuming that's how it works then he'd

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be able to get out maybe in 21 or 22

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years or something uh assuming that

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there's not an appeal that gets him out

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sooner which has happened in the past so

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bankman freed here caused many lifetimes

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worth of financial harm and considering

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that this sentence might be light

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consider that Bernie maid off who

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famously ran a Ponzi scheme stole

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anywhere from 20 to 6 5 billion

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depending on how you count it he

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received a 150e sentence and died in

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prison enron's Jeff Skilling received a

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24-year sentence for his golden

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parachute in the early 2000s but was

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released after 12 years from a

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successful appeal he had been indicted

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on 35 counts of conspiracy insider

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trading and securities fraud more

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recently Elizabeth Holmes of Theos

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received a weak 11-year sentence after

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working her way up to a $4.5 billion

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doar net worth depending on who you

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trust for that evaluation after

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deceiving people of an advanced new

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medical technology that would have

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revolutionized treatment us attorney

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general Merck Garland said that there

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are quote serious consequences for

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defrauding customers and investors

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anyone who believes they can hide their

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financial crimes behind wealth and power

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or behind a shiny new thing they claim

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no one else is smart enough to

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understand should think twice he then

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said but if you're bank it's fine before

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asking Wells Fargo JP Morgan and Bank of

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America if they'd like a side of money

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with their money so maybe that's the end

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of the FTX Saga for now other than the

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wake of financial destruction and ruin

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that they sort of left but SF will be

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out of the news for a little while it

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looks like Intel hasn't said much about

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its upcoming battle mage gpus recently

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but a Twitter user by the name of at mik

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tdt uh saw a two new Intel GPU SK used

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within the SI software standard database

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and this potentially could be battl Mage

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gpus looking into the benchmarking

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database both SKS are currently equipped

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with about 12 GB of vram they have 8

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megabytes of L2 cache and they have

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clocks listed at 1.8 GHz one skew

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however has 192 cus listed according to

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S software and posted a

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72312 megapixel per second score the

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other skew meanwhile is 60 cus and posts

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a lower 6,030 megapixel per second score

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Now intel doesn't use the terminology CU

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or compute unit that's an AMD

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terminology Intel instead might use euus

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or execution units in this capacity it

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also uses things like XC cores render

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slices Vector engines they all have

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their own names for this stuff the CU

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equivalent is likely meant to be e so

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for reference the a770 has 512 eus and

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a750 has 44

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so if these are indeed battle mage gpus

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there's no telling how far in

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development these graphics cards were at

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the time the tests were conducted and

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Driver optimization or lack thereof is

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another aspect to take into account

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which can have a big impact on

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performance previously in an interview

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with PC World published on January 10th

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Intel engineer Tom Peterson set a battle

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mage quote it's coming I'm excited about

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it I'd say about 30% of our Engineers

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are working on battle mage mostly on the

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software side because our Hardware group

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is on the next thing so think of it as a

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battle mage has already had its first

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silicon in the labs which is very

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exciting and there's more good news

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coming but I can't talk about it right

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now more recently when Tom Peterson

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visited we asked him if if there's

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literally anything he can share about

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battle mage and he said quote battle

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mage is coming so uh the the statement's

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the same since January but at least

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they're consistent up next Phil Spencer

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has used many PC gaming handheld and in

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an interview with polygon at GDC the

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Microsoft gaming CEO said quote I want

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my Lenovo Legion go to feel like an Xbox

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I brought the legion go with me to GDC

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I'm on the airplane and I have this list

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of everything that makes it not feel

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like an Xbox what hopefully that list

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starts with the fact that it can turn on

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on an airplane that's probably number

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one doesn't feel like an XBox doesn't

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require a TV or external screen might be

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another one

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doesn't require more power than the

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inseat power socket can provide there's

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a maybe another on the list small

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doesn't require a full carryon bag to

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bring I it's just it's a small list of

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things uh we wonder where else in life

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though he applies this logic like when

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he's

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eating when he's eating chicken nuggets

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that he say I just I want my chicken

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nuggets to feel like an Xbox and there's

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just this list of things that make them

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not feel like an Xbox Spencer continued

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quote forget about the brand more like

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are all of my games there do all my

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games show up with the save files that I

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want I'll tell you one game that doesn't

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right now it's driving me crazy is

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Fallout 76 it doesn't have cross save if

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uh if only there were a person in a

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position to try and do something about

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that someone in a position where they

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could unify these experiences someone

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with a title like microsof soft gaming

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CEO which also owns

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Bethesda which made Fallout 76

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just we just need that person to try and

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unify the

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experience but they don't exist he added

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quote I want to be able to boot into the

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Xbox app in a full screen but compact

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mode and all of my social experience is

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there like I want it to feel like the

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dash of my Xbox when I turn on the

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television except I want it on those

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devices referring to the go fortunately

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what Phil Spencer described exists it's

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called Steam Big Picture Mode uh and he

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just wanted to have a big green X

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instead of the Steam logo so none of

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this would be revolutionary the

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conversation could basically be boiled

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down into I want an Xbox steam deck

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which is bolstered by these additional

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comments maybe pointing towards a

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Microsoft actual gaming handheld whether

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or not it qualifies as Xbox a different

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conversation quote the Xbox box Hardware

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team is considering different Hardware

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form factors and things that they could

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go do that will allow people to play at

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times when they couldn't go play before

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I like the fact that valve Lenovo and

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Asus went out and innovated on a new

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form factor and I will say that when I'm

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playing on those devices it almost feels

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more like a console than a PC nine times

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out of 10 the things that usually

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frustrate me are more windows-based than

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device based which is an area I feel

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some ownership of like I want to be able

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to log in with a controller got a list

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of things we should go do he's right the

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windows issues are definitely a

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Microsoft problem the steam deck doesn't

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have Windows though uh according to

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publication Xbox era the next Xbox is

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not being developed by the same exact

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team including Jason Ronald who led the

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development behind the Xbox series X

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ands Hardware but instead it might be

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led by the Microsoft Surface team

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fueling rumors of an impending Xbox

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handheld device now while Spencer

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stopped short of actually announcing a

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handheld he did tell polygon that quote

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look at the real in ction points in our

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industry like the Wii it was a hardware

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Innovation that was linked with great

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software Innovation handouts have been

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around a long time of course the Game

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Boy was probably the first famous

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example of it in recent times anyway and

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the switch in actually recent times kind

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of defining this current generation of

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handhelds uh Playstation has also been

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involved Sony with the PSP the PS Vita

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more recently the PlayStation portal to

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the extent you can count it Microsoft

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has not waited into those Waters yet

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though now the

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Xbox moniker might be the reason they

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have haven't waited into those Waters

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because it wouldn't make sense in this

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form factor it's not really a box nor is

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it an X so we would propose something

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different like

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the X rectangular

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controller with a screen

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attached name needs some work but moving

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on at an AI PC Summit in China AMD

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revealed that it'll be releasing new am4

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CPUs with its 5000 XT series vide

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cards.com reports that the zen3 CPUs

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based on the vermier silicon and that

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AMD has extended am4 support well into

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2025 unfortunately details on the 5,000

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XT are slim with no specific Skuse

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announced the last time we saw the XT

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naming in AMD CPU lineup was with the

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company's 3000 XTS which came out in

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2020 and offered like a 100 MHz boost

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over the non-xt counterparts fun fact

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that was also to my memory the first

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time we debuted and coined the phrase

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waste of sand it was with the 3000 XT

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series CPUs I specifically remember

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feeling like I had wasted massive

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amounts of time uh working on those when

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the review basically could have been

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it's the

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same uh 5000 XT hopefully will be a

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little different from that but we'll see

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new ryzen 8000 processors were also

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spotted at this event that's maybe the

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more interesting news here the board

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vendors are prepping for it that means

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it's imminent at this point we wouldn't

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be surprised if this is something like

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maybe a computex launch that would be

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June this year

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and we'll be at that event namely the R7

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8700 F and R5 8400f were the ones shown

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at the recent AI Summit in China and uh

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and so it's getting near at this point I

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next some AI market share stuff so

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recently when we covered the Nvidia

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keynote from the last couple weeks we

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talked about how companies like Amazon

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Google and anyone else relying on

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nvidia's GPS for their AI Ventures

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whether you know they're actually

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Innovative or they're just kind of

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chasing the Tulips

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uh the the one concern we brought up was

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for these Mega corporations was that

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Nvidia is sort of at the end of the road

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no matter which one you take and as

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Jimmy who who has been writing some of

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these news episodes recently said it's

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like no matter which path you take all

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roads lead to Nvidia for AI right now so

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that has been a sort of concern in this

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virgin in Market another concern though

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is that all of the AI server Solutions

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basically point to one place as well

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which is Taiwan and then of course

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Taiwan semiconductor at sort of the

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heart of everything that hasn't really

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changed other than uh now it's got AI

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attached to it so a recent briefing the

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Taiwanese government informed leaders

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from the ICT that It produced the vast

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majority of AI servers across the globe

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Digi times reported on the event and

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Digi times wrote this quote Taiwanese

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manufacturers dominate over 90% of the

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global AI server shipments and All

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American brand vendors are expected to

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Source their AI servers from Taiwanese

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partners and quote similar to how the AI

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World relies again on Nvidia if AI is

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the future then nearly all roads also

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lead to Taiwan semiconductor and it

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looks like a lot of the server

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manufacturers there the interesting part

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of this is that in that Digi Times

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report they talk about cost a little bit

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so Digi times indicated that uh AI chip

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substrates are selling for apparently 10

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times their General server

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counterparts which maybe gives us some

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perspective on how crazed the world is

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over two letters right now

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uh because that's crazy but it's also

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kind of what we knew with the h100 from

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Nvidia and the many tens of thousands of

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dollars it cost to get one and the years

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of wait time up next AOC has launched a

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new monitor and this one is called the

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aegon pro

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ag4 56

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ucz

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D

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there another letter on pap the uh AOC

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Aon Pro AG 456 U czd has a 21 by9 aspect

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ratio with generally impressive specs

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it's 442 in 3440 X 1440 coupled with an

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OLED screen and 240 HZ refresh it's also

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supports free sync and AOC boast a 0.03

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millisecond grade to grade response to

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compensate for the large screen it also

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features a relatively tight 800 radius

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curve the monitor also has USBC

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connectivity and uh none of this comes

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cheap because the aegon pro AG g456 ucz

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D will set you back $1,400 you're

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wondering about the price it's because

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the amount of letters and numbers they

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have in the product name drives the ink

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price up a lot for the cardboard box

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they printed on up next orange pie Neo

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is potentially a new competitor in the

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handheld gaming space and it's launched

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in China the orange Pine Neo is

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interesting because like the steam deck

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before it it'll use Linux but it'll run

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on mangar's gaming Edition OS I look

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forward to you telling me how I

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mispronounced that in the comments the

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orange P Neo launched with two processor

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options the base unit is equipped with

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amds 7840 U processor and the higher-end

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one is equipped with the 8840 U which is

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basically the same except for uh the AI

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marketing attached to it the main hook

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that they have for this is that it

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starts at $500 so it's competitively

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priced comes with 16 GB of RAM along

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with 512 GB of storage there are options

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to scale RAM and storage up to 32 GB and

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2 terab respectively in terms of display

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the orange Pine Neo comes with a 7in

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1920x 1200 resolution 120 HZ screen for

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battery it employs a 50w hour solution

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the company's advertising device as more

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than just a portable gaming device

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saying quote it's also a slim desktop

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personal computer in terms of design you

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can get it either in black or white it

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comes equipped with RGB light lighting

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also the company also pushes the fact

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that there are no exposed screws on the

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body they say now to us that is a

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massive downside if it affects the