HW News - Ubisoft Hates Ownership, MSI Claw Huge Patch, EK Updates, & Z790 Issues

Gamers Nexus
3 May 202426:03

Summary

TLDRThis Hardware News recap covers a range of topics from the past two weeks. It starts with an EK follow-up, providing additional insights into the company's complex ownership structure and financial documents. The host also discusses job opportunities for former EK employees and the positive response from the industry. Next, the video addresses updates to the MSI Claw handheld, rumored Intel CPU core configurations, AMD's Radeon 8000 GPUs, and Meta's decision to open its VR OS to other vendors, including Asus and Lenovo. The host also touches on net neutrality's reinstatement and its implications for internet service providers. The summary concludes with a discussion on the PS5 Pro's rumored specs, the potential impact on PC gaming, and a critique of Ubisoft's approach to digital game ownership and subscription services.

Takeaways

  • ๐Ÿ“ˆ MSI's Claw handheld has received an update claiming up to a 150% performance increase in some games.
  • ๐Ÿ” Rumors suggest Intel's next desktop CPUs will feature core configurations for high performance.
  • ๐Ÿš€ AMD's Radeon 8000 series GPUs are in development, potentially using slower GDDR6 VRAM for cost-saving.
  • ๐Ÿค– Meta (Facebook) is opening up its VR OS to other vendors, including Asus and Lenovo, aiming to create a larger ecosystem for VR.
  • ๐Ÿ’ป The FCC has restored net neutrality in a 3 to 2 vote, reclassifying internet service providers under Title II, preventing discriminatory access to internet services.
  • ๐ŸŽฎ Sony is reportedly working on a high-end version of the PlayStation 5, possibly called the PS5 Pro, with improved ray tracing and a more powerful GPU.
  • ๐Ÿ’ก Ubisoft has moved the game 'The Crew' to an 'Inactive Games' folder in their store, raising concerns about the permanence of digital game ownership.
  • ๐Ÿšซ Gigabyte warns against using the latest beta BIOS for their Z790 motherboards due to reports of the BIOS freezing, advising users to wait for a stable update.
  • ๐Ÿ“‰ The price of the PowerColor Hellhound Radeon RX 7800 XT has dropped to $470, positioning it closer to competing Nvidia products.

Q & A

  • What is the main topic discussed in the first part of the video?

    -The first part of the video discusses a follow-up on the EK (EK Water Blocks) story, including additional information and updates on the investigation into the company's ownership structure, financial documents, and global locations.

  • What is the claim made by MSI about the performance increase of their claw handheld device?

    -MSI claims a 150% performance increase in some games for their claw handheld device, which would be a significant improvement over its previous capabilities.

  • What is the update regarding Intel's next desktop CPUs?

    -There are rumors about Intel's next desktop CPUs, suggesting that the core configurations for these upcoming processors are being discussed, although specific details are not provided in the script.

  • What is the significance of AMD's Radeon 8000 GPUs in the context of the video?

    -The script mentions rumors about AMD's Radeon 8000 GPUs, indicating that these upcoming graphics processing units are part of the ongoing discussions in the tech industry.

  • What does Meta's opening up of its VR operating system to other vendors mean for the industry?

    -Meta's decision to open its VR operating system to other vendors like Asus and Lenovo suggests a move towards a more open ecosystem in the VR space, potentially making VR technology more accessible and fostering greater innovation.

  • What is the update on the employment status of the whistleblower, Dan Henderson?

    -Dan Henderson, the whistleblower who initially raised concerns about EK, has found a job at Antec, which is a positive outcome considering the challenges whistleblowers often face in finding employment within their industry after raising the alarm.

  • What is the current status of the investigation into EK?

    -The investigation into EK is currently on hold until there is a significant development or new information comes to light from EK. The video's host has compiled a list of EK's employees and contractors who have reached out and is helping to connect them with other companies in the PC industry.

  • How much did the investigation into EK cost?

    -The investigation into EK cost over $40,000, which is mentioned as an expensive endeavor for the content creators.

  • What is the update on the RX 7800 XT graphics card pricing?

    -The PowerColor Hellhound 7800 XT graphics card has seen a price drop to $470, which is $31 less than its original price of $500, making it a more competitive option in the market.

  • What are the reported specifications for the rumored PS5 Pro?

    -The rumored PS5 Pro is said to include a more powerful GPU with a 45% increase in rendering speed compared to the standard PS5. It will also feature a slightly faster CPU, a more powerful ray tracing architecture, and an increase in system memory bandwidth from 448 GB per second to 576 GB per second.

  • What is the issue with Gigabyte's latest beta BIOS update?

    -The latest beta BIOS update from Gigabyte is causing the BIOS to freeze, rendering it unusable. The update was intended to support Intel's 14900 K CPU and enable Intel APU but has instead led to stability issues.

Outlines

00:00

๐Ÿ“ฐ Hardware News Recap and EK Follow-up

The video script opens with a recap of the past two weeks in hardware news, highlighting a busy period. The host discusses a follow-up on the EK story, sharing extra information and an organizational chart that outlines the complex ownership structure of EK. The video also covers updates to the MSI claw, rumors about Intel's next desktop CPUs, AMD's Radeon 8000 GPUs, and Meta's decision to open its VR operating system to other vendors. The host emphasizes the depth of the EK investigation, which was costly and time-consuming, but yielded valuable insights into the company's operations.

05:00

๐Ÿ” Deep Dive into EK's Business and Financials

The host details the extensive research conducted on EK, including the analysis of financial documents, tax filings, and ownership conflicts. They mention the creation of a 3D table of suppliers and discussions on EK's global locations. The video also addresses the positive outcomes for some former EK employees who have found new jobs in the industry, thanks to the exposure from the investigation. The host expresses excitement about compiling a list of skilled professionals from EK for potential hiring by other companies.

10:02

๐Ÿ’ก MSI Claw Performance Update and Industry Rumors

MSI's claw handheld device is reported to have a significant performance increase, which raises questions about its initial state. Rumors about Intel's upcoming CPUs and AMD's RX 8000 GPU series are discussed, with a focus on the latter's use of slower GDDR6 VRAM. The host also mentions Meta's decision to open its VR OS to third-party hardware makers, including Asus and Lenovo, and the potential for a more diverse and competitive VR market.

15:03

๐ŸŽฎ Asus and Lenovo's Upcoming VR Headsets

The script discusses the upcoming VR headsets from Asus, Lenovo, and a special Xbox collaboration edition from Meta. These devices will run on Meta's Horizon OS, which is being opened up to third-party hardware manufacturers. The host outlines the different focuses of each headset, with Asus targeting high-performance gaming and Lenovo aiming for mixed-use applications, including learning and productivity.

20:05

๐Ÿšซ Ubisoft's Changing Stance on Game Ownership

The host criticizes Ubisoft for its approach to digital game ownership, following the company's removal of the game 'The Crew' from players' libraries. They discuss Ubisoft's promotion of subscription models and the potential risks to consumers, emphasizing the importance of true ownership of digital games. The situation with Ubisoft serves as a reminder of the ongoing debate about the future of game ownership in the digital age.

25:08

๐Ÿ“‰ RX 7800 XT Price Drop and PS5 Pro Rumors

The price of the PowerColor Hellhound RX 7800 XT graphics card is reduced, making it a more attractive option for gamers. Additionally, there are rumors of a PS5 Pro with improved performance, including a more powerful GPU and faster CPU. The host speculates on the implications of these upgrades for game developers and the potential for increased system memory and ray tracing capabilities.

๐Ÿ› ๏ธ Gigabyte Z790 BIOS Issues and Ubisoft's Subscription Model

Gigabyte warns users against using the latest beta BIOS due to freezing issues, especially on their Z790 motherboards. The host advises waiting for a stable BIOS release. Ubisoft's subscription model is revisited, with the host expressing skepticism about the company's promises of perpetual access to games through their services. The video concludes with a promise of more content to come and thanks to the viewers.

Mindmap

Keywords

๐Ÿ’กHardware news

Hardware news refers to the latest updates, developments, and discussions related to computer hardware components and technology. In the context of the video, it is the central theme as the host is recapping significant events and announcements in the hardware industry over the past two weeks.

๐Ÿ’กEK Water Blocks

EK Water Blocks is a company known for its customization and manufacturing of water cooling systems for PCs. The video discusses an in-depth investigation into EK's business practices, ownership structure, and financial documents, highlighting the company's operations and the impact on its employees and contractors.

๐Ÿ’กMSI Claw handheld

The MSI Claw handheld is a gaming device that has received updates claiming a 150% performance increase in some games. This is significant for gamers as it suggests a substantial improvement in the device's capabilities, which is a key topic in the video's hardware news recap.

๐Ÿ’กIntel CPUs

Intel CPUs, or central processing units, are the data processing components of computers. The video mentions rumors about Intel's next desktop CPUs, including core configurations, which are crucial for understanding the future direction of desktop computing performance.

๐Ÿ’กAMD Radeon 8000 GPUs

AMD Radeon 8000 GPUs are graphics processing units developed by AMD, which are vital for gaming and graphic-intensive applications. The script discusses rumors about these upcoming products, indicating their importance to the hardware news cycle and the anticipation among consumers for new tech releases.

๐Ÿ’กMeta Horizon OS

Meta Horizon OS is a virtual reality operating system developed by Meta (formerly Facebook). The video talks about Meta opening up this OS to other vendors, which is a significant move in the VR industry as it could lead to greater diversity in VR headsets and a more extensive ecosystem for developers.

๐Ÿ’กNet neutrality

Net neutrality is the principle that all internet traffic should be treated equally without any discrimination or preference given to certain types of content or platforms. The video discusses the reinstatement of net neutrality by the FCC, which is a critical issue for ensuring fair access to internet services.

๐Ÿ’กPS5 Pro

PS5 Pro refers to the rumored high-end version of the PlayStation 5 gaming console by Sony. The video mentions a report confirming its existence and detailing expected improvements in GPU and CPU performance, which is significant news for gamers and console hardware enthusiasts.

๐Ÿ’กGigabyte Z790 motherboard

The Gigabyte Z790 motherboard is a product mentioned in the context of a warning against using the latest beta BIOS due to issues causing the BIOS to freeze. This is relevant to PC hardware users as BIOS updates are essential for the compatibility and performance of computer systems.

๐Ÿ’กUbisoft

Ubisoft is a major video game developer and publisher. The video discusses the company's approach to game ownership in the digital space, specifically addressing the removal of the game 'The Crew' from player access, which raises questions about the permanence of digital game ownership.

๐Ÿ’กDigital game store

A digital game store is an online platform where users can purchase, download, and manage video games. The video criticizes Ubisoft's handling of game availability in their digital store, particularly how they moved 'The Crew' to an 'inactive games' section, which impacts consumer trust and expectations of game ownership.

Highlights

Hardware news is recapping the last two weeks due to working on some projects.

Brief follow-up on the EK story with additional information.

MSI claw updates claim a 150% performance increase in some games.

Rumors on Intel's next desktop CPUs and core configurations.

AMD's Radeon 8000 GPUs and Meta opening up its VR operating system to other vendors.

The AK 620 digital aircooler by Deep cool is featured for its performance and price competitiveness.

EK's complicated ownership structure and financial documents were discussed in detail.

Whistleblower Dan Henderson has found a job at Antec, highlighting a positive outcome.

The investigation into EK cost over $40,000 and has led to a deeper understanding of complex content assembly.

MSI's MSI claw handheld update aims to address frame time pacing issues.

Gigabyte confirms the naming of AMD's Ryzen 9000 series processors.

Intel's Core Ultra 5 240f rumored to have an 8+16 and 6 Plus 8 core configuration.

NVIDIA's RTX 50 Series GPUs will use GDR 7 memory, while AMD's RX 8000 GPUs will stick with GDR6 VRAM.

Meta opens its VR OS, Meta Horizon OS, to third-party hardware makers like Asus and Lenovo.

The ASUS ROG edition of VR headset is aimed at high-performance gaming.

Net neutrality is reinstated by a 3 to 2 FCC vote, reclassifying ISPs under Title 2 provisions.

The price drop of the PowerColor HellHound 7800 XT to $470 positions it closer to NVIDIA's RTX 4060 TI.

Documents obtained by The Verge confirm the existence of the PS5 Pro, focusing on improved ray tracing.

Gigabyte warns against using the latest beta BIOS for Z790 boards due to freezing issues.

Ubisoft's approach to game ownership and access, with the removal of The Crew from libraries, is criticized.

Transcripts

00:00

[Music]

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it's been a busy week welcome back to

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Hardware news we are doing a recap for

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the last two weeks actually because

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we've been working on some things in

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this one we're getting mostly back to

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normal there's a brief followup on the

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EK story it's mostly just some some

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talking about some extra information and

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then we'll also be going over some

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updates to the MSI claw which now claims

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a 150% performance increase in some

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games so 92 people will be really happy

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for some rumors on Intel's next desktop

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CPUs and the core configurations rumors

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of amd's radon 8000 gpus meta opening up

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its VR operating system to other vendors

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so soon we'll have the Asus Rog

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expensive edition of VR uh and plenty

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more stories let's get started before

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quick EK followup we have a ton more

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information we haven't published yet uh

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but for now it feels like the story is

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pretty well encapsulated in that part

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two video check out this image though so

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this was the org chart that we made it's

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about halfway through the uh EK

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investigation part two video

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and we made this chart to explain the

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complicated web of ownership and

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conflicts we also made this table of

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suppliers in 3D and We additionally

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talked about ek's global locations in

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this section of the video and then

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finally we covered some of the finance

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documents the tax forums the Secretary

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of State filings uh the taxes owed in

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various locations and also discussed

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leans and Loans in the business the

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reason I wanted to just sort of surface

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all of these is for all of you who

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didn't make it that far into the video

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uh or who just haven't seen it yet

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there's some really cool stuff in there

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and if you only watch one section really

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uh I would recommend somewhere around

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the 16 to 18 minute or so Mark for the

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starting point watch through till about

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30 minutes or so uh you got a good 12 to

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14 minute Chunk in there that's really

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focused on sort of the business the

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finance uh the strange structure of

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owners and investors and all this weird

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stuff going on uh that for me was the

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most fun part of the video but we had to

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sort of um establish the storyline of

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what is this company what's it doing

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what are it subsidiaries before we

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really got there so you should check

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that out if you haven't but I wanted to

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surface those just cuz it was the most

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intriguing part of it to me doing the

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research on this and uh our business

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analyst had a a pretty late night

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working on the or chart I was on the

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phone with them for several hours we

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were trying to we're like wait so does

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this this one connects to this one and

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but then how does it cross over to this

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one it really felt like we needed some

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red strain actually I bought some red

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strain but the gag didn't make it the

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video cuz the video end up been pretty

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long anyway we have received a number of

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follow-ups and tips that are credible

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however for now we're probably done

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covering the story until we see

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something major out of EK on the

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positive side we've compiled a list of

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ek's employes and contractors former and

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current who've reached out to us uh and

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for those of you who sent your resumรฉs

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your contact information I've put it all

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together before this video goes up that

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we're filming right now uh I'm going to

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be sending that out to a couple of the

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companies in the space that have

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requested uh basically a pool of good

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talent in the PC industry that they can

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try and FastTrack and hire from so cool

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update on that uh I've spoken with star

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Forge I know that star Forge systems has

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an interview lined up with at least one

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of the former EK cooling solutions Texas

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staff which is awesome and it's great to

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hear they're already trying to uh see if

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they can create positions for people who

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were affected by this and then I also

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spoke with height uh and height has

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started lining up who they want to

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interview from the former EK staff both

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HQ and cooling solutions in Texas so

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there might be a positive ending for

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some of those affected here

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whistleblower Dan Henderson who kicks us

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all off at LinkedIn has a job at antech

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now which is actually also awesome to

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hear because uh whistleblowers and other

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Industries typically get forced out of

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those Industries and don't find work in

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them again after they raise the alarm so

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the fact that he's found a job in

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Industry at antech uh that's good news

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on the GN side we have a pool of awesome

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Consultants who can help with future

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investigation so we've really learned

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about how to piece this type of content

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together it was really complicated uh I

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was working every day all day like 20

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plus hours a day on trying to sort the

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story put it together understand it all

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that everything um it was really fun to

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work on it's an expensive way to do

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things but I think the content speaks

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for itself where we've never had this

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level of sort of depth in an

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investigation before and with this many

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contributing experts both on camera and

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behind the scenes

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so I'm excited to apply that knowledge

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to Future content uh for now though

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we'll be moving on with our reviews

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lineup now real talk we've made a lot of

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specific enemies with people who are

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Executives or high up at EK or in EK

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subsidiaries with that video uh and

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that's fine because I've had a lot of

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people reach out the last couple days

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alone like suppliers and other companies

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in the industry where definitely an

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overwhelming majority of what we've

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heard has been from people I know in

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director positions or

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uh positions at other large companies

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that deal with EK where they have

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thanked us for exposing what they've

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been dealing with for years so um

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there's one supplier I just spoke to

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recently that's owed a a singled digit

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thousands amount of dollars uh for a

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very long time now and that's like you

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can't pay that and something's wrong so

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and things without a whole lot of

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content to them first up MSI posted

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Updates this one's official for it's MSI

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claw handheld that we reviewed a couple

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weeks ago MSI claims an improvement

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upwards of 150% which must have been

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borderline broken before to get that big

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of an uplift we're not sure if this fix

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will fix the frame time pacing issues

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that we saw now previously just before

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review went live Intel post its own

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update that recommended avoiding some

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MSI Center M Power plans and stated its

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own intention of improving performance

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for Ark and we'll revisit the device

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next time we do a handheld review amd's

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ryzen 9000 series was in the rumor mill

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this has been confirmed by gigabyte as

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being the naming basically gigabyte

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posted a press release that it has since

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changed stating that its beta bios

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supports quote the coming ryzen 9000

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Series processors and video cards was

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able to capture a screenshot of the

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original posting the only news here is

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that we now have have a confirmed name

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and he leaving the 8,000 naming to

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probably the apus in other news it home

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picked up a rumor that Intel's core

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Ultra 5 240f will be an 8+ 16 and 6 Plus

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8 core configuration for what the poster

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says is the entry level desktop skew we

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look forward to motherboards running

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them at 700 watts and related to that

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comment hard run box posted a uh testing

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video relating to Intel's motherboards

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and the CPUs and how they get blasted uh

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depending on the configuration of the

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board and it various settings we did not

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cover that story so that's related to

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the stability story that's been in the

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news for on and off couple months now uh

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we haven't covered it because we're

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buried in all this EK stuff and I'm

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happy to defer to them for that one

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since we kind of skipped that in favor

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of the EK coverage so they've got a

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report for you there if you want to

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follow up on that all right next one

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we've previously reported on rumors that

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nvidia's at 50 Series gpus will be using

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gdr 7 memory and this is showing that

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AMD is currently cooking up unannounced

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rdna 4 powered RX 8000 gpus that will

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stick with slower gddr6 vram now this

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comes by the way of Kepler L2 who

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tweeted quote only 18 gbits per second I

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don't know how to verbally quote the

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Emoji that's in that is it is it like

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it's

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like I think that's how you quote it uh

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this would indicate potentially a

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cost-saving measure for amd's following

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gpus going with an older memory

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technology would definitely save money

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it could also however create a memory

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bandwidth issue depending on how Reliant

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the architecture is on bandwidth uh and

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that varies architecture architecture

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the gdr 7 is expected to go into mass

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production uh throughout and by the end

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of the year companies like SK HX have

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stated publicly that they are targeting

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40 gbits per second performance out of

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gdr 7 as it matures when it first comes

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out it's going to be lower than that

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it's typically how it goes now for

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reference amd's rdna 3 based RX 7900 gr

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and RX 7700 XT uh both carry 18 GB per

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second memory and this would be slower

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than the 7900 XTX which carries 20 GBS

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per second for its configuration by

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default now up next meta opens up its VR

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OS to other vendors including Lenovo and

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Asus in what feels to be a bid to be the

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Android or Windows operating system in

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the VR space meta has announced that

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it's beginning to open up what it's now

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calling the Met Horizon OS to other VR

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headsets the company revealed that VR

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headsets from Asus Lenovo and a limited

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edition Quest headset made in

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collaboration with Xbox are in the works

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and in a company blog post meta wrote

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this quote we're opening up the

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operating system powering our meta Quest

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devices to thirdparty Hardware makers

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giving more choice to Consumers and a

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larger ecosystem for developers to build

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for end quote Zuckerberg posted to

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Instagram referencing modding and

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Hardware diversity as a key driver for

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opening up the solution he specifically

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cited apple as the Counterpoint to this

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approach headsets that use meta Horizon

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OS will have access to the features that

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meta has built which include Inside Out

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tracking as well as eye face hand and

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body tracking the operating system also

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supports mixed reality features like

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they say quote pass through scene

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understanding and spatial anchors with

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these headsets meta is also pushing its

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meta Quest store which it has rebranded

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to the metah Horizon store maybe

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something of a steam play there as well

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where valve benefits from being

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effectively the publisher or at least

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the the retailer of the games on its

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platform and that's where the real money

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is for them not the hardware as you see

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with the steam deck and previously with

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the original HTC Vive efforts so maybe

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something like that now delving more

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into the coming headsets there's the

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Asus version which is supposed to be an

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Rog branded device likely with Rog

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pricing attached to it and this is aimed

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at being what they say uh is a quote all

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new performance gaming headset so Asus

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has really taken the gaming side of it

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and specifically cited high performance

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as a key demand that they seek to fill

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with that headset lenovo's headset seems

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to be aimed at more mixed uses with the

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blog post highlighting things like

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learning and

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productivity ew and also entertainment

11:51

as the key areas of focus of sarcasm by

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the way before someone's like I thought

11:55

you liked learning uh the company

11:57

previously partnered with Facebook when

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it co-designed the Oculus Rift s headset

12:02

so there's some history there as well

12:03

the limited edition Xbox inspired one is

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pictured in black and green coloring

12:08

with the quest with the user holding an

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Xbox controller which no doubt will be

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targeted at streaming Xbox cloud gaming

12:15

titles this is currently available in a

12:17

beta State on existing Quest headsets we

12:20

recently reported on how the fccu was

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going to vote to reinstate net

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neutrality which has come to pass and uh

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that was a 3 to2 vote restored net

12:29

neutrality as predicted this

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reclassifies internet service providers

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under the title 2 provision of the

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communications act which is actually a

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1930s act in law and this is after net

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neutrality was repealed in 2017 so it's

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kind of a restoring of that title 2 has

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a common carrier aspect which would

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allow the FCC to have authority over

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those carriers so critically this would

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mean public access to Internet would be

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uh explicitly required to be a

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non-discriminatory provision of that

13:02

service now in this instance the the

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non-discriminatory applies to the type

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of access so that would be things like

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certain websites being faster or slower

13:13

uh maybe having throttling or other

13:16

restrictions placed on them so that's

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what's meant here by that use of that

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phrasing so net neutrality theoretically

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aims to put all internet traffic on the

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same playing field preventing potential

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paid priority Lanes prior to the vote

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opponent of net neutrality and FCC chair

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Rosen warell stated that internet access

13:34

has gone from a quote nice to have to a

13:37

quote need to have adding that quote

13:39

Broadband is now an essential service

13:41

essential Services the ones we count on

13:43

in every aspect of Modern Life have some

13:45

basic oversight historically isps or

13:48

internet service providers have fought

13:50

this provision and it's mostly over

13:52

concerns that their pricing could become

13:55

regulated so not a big surprise they' be

13:57

against it now this would be similar in

13:59

some ways to utilities like power it's

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not that far uh but that's I think what

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they are maybe scared of as an ISP the

14:08

FCC has continued to push a national

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security angle for this uh previously

14:13

they pushed a more consumer angle from

14:16

our observation of how things have gone

14:17

down so definitely a change in tone and

14:20

what they're focused on um the material

14:22

we saw was much less consumer focused

14:24

this time next one RX 7800 XT price

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drops to

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$470 so uh the powercolor hellhound 7800

14:32

XT has dropped to a new low with the

14:35

price of

14:36

$470 available from Newegg by way of

14:38

eBay this is $31 less than its original

14:41

$500 price that puts it in spitting

14:44

distance of nvidia's 4060 TI 16 gab

14:48

which currently retails for $450 and

14:50

remains a waste of money for anyone who

14:52

just wants it for gaming uh when we

14:54

reviewed the 7800 XT back in September

14:58

we concluded that it's one of the better

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value cards this generation thus far