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Everyone who joined and the final results from the
Town of Salem 'Fever All-Stars Special Event'
These were the final point standings:
1. Diane 2
2. DivineKitty 3
3. kaottic 1
4. Kimenu 1
5. Medic739 3
6. Miss Joker 2
7. nomoe 1
8. OmegaDir 1
9. Selenite 2
10. Tef42 4
11. theoldbore 3
12. vaguity 1
13. Violet 1
14. Bogo 1
15. Phoenix_Ace 1
Congratulations to these Champions of Salem!
2. DivineKitty , Medic739 , theoldbore
3. Diane , Selenite ,Miss Joker
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Hottest PC Components and Storage at CES 2020: AMD, and SSDs, Still Rising
PC components at CES 2020 weren't all about the AMD, but it sure seemed like it at times. The company dominates our CES "most interesting" list this year and for good reason, seeing how both Intel and Nvidia came to the show floor almost empty-handed of consumer-ready new hardware or silicon. (That said, Intel did give us a proof of life of its dedicated GPU, the DG1.)
The storage scene showed some intriguing innovations, too, among them a new modular business-storage ecosystem from drive giant Seagate, super-small high-capacity drives from WD, and some extreme-speed SSDs in internal and external formats. Let's check 'em all out.
AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile CPUs
More AMD silicon, more headaches for chip giant Intel. The new 7-nanometer-process AMD Ryzen 4000 series of mobile CPUs (code-named "Renoir" during development) will be topped by an eight-core/16-thread part, and it has more buzz than any AMD mobile release to date. All of the chips announced are backed by some flavor of onboard Vega graphics, and they promise to bring the heat to Intel on many fronts...even, if AMD is to be believed, in single-threaded performance, an area where the chip underdog has struggled to maintain pace for years.
The company claims its 4000-series Ryzens will contain solutions up and down the stack for most mainstream customers, whether they're mobile gamers, on-the-go content creators, or even users looking for value-for-power alternatives in the slimmest and lightest laptops. And the company was able to come up with design wins right out of the gate from key laptop makers, among them Dell (in a G5 Special Edition gaming machine), Lenovo (in a Yoga Slim model), Asus (in our best-of-show winning ROG Zephyrus G14), and MSI (in its budget-minded Bravo 15). With so many strong showings versus Intel racked up in 2019 in the desktop space, is AMD poised to rock the mobile market? 2020 will tell, but it looks like it has a better chance than ever.
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT
While the AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT certainly looks to be no slouch, we should qualify this category up front: the RX 5600 XT wasn't necessarily the best new GPU announced at the show this year...it was the only GPU announced at the show this year. (The Intel DG1 referenced above was just a technical preview.)
Set to compete against Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and GeForce GTX 1660 Super graphics cards in 1080p gaming, the Radeon RX 5600 XT is a mainstream price play in a world of GPUs that's growing increasingly granular in the $150-to-$300 range by the minute. This is the successor to long-running, power-hungry cards like the Radeon RX 580 and RX 590, and 1080p-play gamers who are still on older cards like those or the GeForce GTX 1060 might recognize it as a possible 2020 sweet-spot equivalent.
That said, if it can beat both those GTX 1660-class GPUs on price-to-performance ratio (something AMD excelled at for most of 2019), graphics cards could get real interesting in early 2020. We're excited to see how it holds up when we get our hands on it later this month.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X
What's better than a 32-core, 64-thread mega-CPU like our current Editors' Choice among super-high-end chips, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X? How about a 64-thread, 128-core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X that works on the same TRX40 platform?
The AMD CES 2020 keynote saw yet another XXL-Godzilla AMD core-monster CPU unveiled, this one decidedly not mainstream. It's made for the most dedicated and power-hungry content creators out there, most notably VFX and video-render professionals working for movie studios and other environs where every saved moment is major money.
The thing is, though: Relatively speaking, this new CPU, while eye-buggingly expensive by consumer standards, is not major money in situations where it counts. At the keynote, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su ran a demo that claimed the Threadripper 3990X could beat $20,000 worth of Intel's Xeon workstation CPU by up to 30 percent in performance. Why does this matter? Well, the Threadripper 3990X will go on sale February 7 for the meme-tastic price of just $3,990. We'll have to see how the real-world performance numbers shake out, but even if that's slightly exaggerated, it's another place where AMD is bringing a flamethrower to a roomful of tinder.
Seagate Lyve Drive Shuttle
Made for businesses that need to move a lot of data on a daily basis within or between facilities, the Seagate Lyve Drive Shuttle is a new piece in a developing Seagate-specific storage ecosystem. (Pricing on all the bits is to come.) Lyve Drive as a whole gives IT departments or production environments alternate ways to get their data from here to there, or swap around large amounts of data onsite.
In a more prosaic sense, it's a new series of modular drives and receptacles. Geared toward business-grade storage, the modules, containing SSD, flash-card (CFExpress), or platter drives according to the use case, can interface with Lyve Drive housings in rack-mount format, a standalone drive carrier (the Shuttle), or multidrive banks. Instead of relying on plain old Ethernet, the Lyve Drive Shuttle offers up a one-pull, one-handed carry system that lets users swap out modules capable of holding up to 16TB of data per block. They can then ship modules or stow/rotate them offsite for fast transfer of mega-masses of data too big for easy cloud transfer. The specific Shuttle housing shown here also has a monochrome display embedded in the top of the unit so you can manage on-drive data without the need for a connected PC.
The XPG Sage, a PCI Express 4.0 drive, is a little strip of speed. XPG is ADATA's performance brand, and this little M.2 NVMe drive is rated to top out at a whopping 7,000MB per second read, and 6,100MB per second write, thanks to its ability to use four lanes of the PCI Express 4.0 spec at once. The drive will come in capacities ranging up to 4TB, and although we didn't see any passive-cooling options attached to the floor model, as long as your motherboard comes with a way to keep this drive under heat limits (most PCI Express 4.0-ready boards do), the Sage and like drives sure to follow should move your data around at speeds unlike anything else we've seen before in the consumer SSD market.XPG SE900G RGB Series
ADATA's XPG SE900G external RGB Series SSD has no need to look as good as it does, but dang, does it look good. First: The interface is as fast as current USB gets, with this USB 3.2 Gen2x2 drive capable of sending and receiving data at a max rate of 2,000MB per second. All you'll need is a Gen2x2-compliant port to get the maximum speeds. (A taller order than it may sound.)
More the thing, though: It's encased in an iridescent, RGB-lit shell that really needs to be experienced to be believed. It pulses with a subtle, understated use of RGB that is unlike anything we've seen before. We might be halfway inclined to use it ourselves just on the basis of looks alone...interface be damned!
WD/SanDisk 8TB Prototype
We should qualify this before we dive in: Everything in this SSD is still in the prototype stage, and any final version, assuming there even is one, may look a bit different. The shell resembles that of earlier SanDisk portable-SSD models, and the potential speed aspect is like that of the XPG drive above (USB 3.2 Gen 2x2, aka "SuperSpeed USB 20Gbps"). But the story is far less about speed than raw capacity: 8TB in such a tiny portable. (Look at the relative size versus the mini-chocolate above!)
Hopefully this drive makes it out of the testing stage and onto shelves soon, because we'll be the first in line when it does. Given that WD also showed a tiny 1TB USB-C/USB-A dual drive about an inch long (the Ultra Dual Drive Luxe), which is slated to hit the street this quarter, we have every confidence it eventually will. We won't be the only ones anxiously awaiting this drive: So, we're sure, will be plenty of on-the-go videographers and in-field RAW-photo shooters.
Asus Hyper M.2 x16 Gen 4 Card
For anyone who creates a lot of content on a daily basis, speed (and more specifically, data transfer speed) is a big part of the equation. And while PCI Express 4.0 M.2 slots equipped with NVMe technology have upped the speed limits in the last year, the AMD X570 (Ryzen) and TRX40 (Threadripper) motherboards that support this superfast new protocol have a finite number of slots to work with.
This is where cards like the Asus Hyper M.2 x16 Gen 4 card come in. Featuring slots for four PCI Express 4.0 drives, with a heatsink and fan-cooling system that should keep them all nice and chill during intense parallel workloads, this PCI Express expansion card should shoulder the load for anyone working with large files on a daily basis.
Aorus RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box
We saw a few new eGPUs at the show this year, but none of them did what they do quite like the $1,499 Aorus RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box should. (Unlike most, for starters, this one comes with the graphics card built in.)
eGPUs are a divisive product category, and whether or not they're actually worth the money and effort is a debate for another day. But, despite your feelings on them, there's no denying the Gaming Box is an interesting eGPU entry, featuring a top-dog GeForce RTX 2080 Ti crammed under the hood in a fully liquid-cooled setup, using an AIO cooler contained within the GPU. It's backed by a 450-watt power supply, as well as two Thunderbolt 3 controllers to retain maximum bandwidth for the high-end graphics data stream. The second controller handles the data for the onboard USB ports and Ethernet interface. (Those ports allow the Gaming Box to also act as a docking hub for your attached laptop, connected to keyboard, mouse, and other external gear.)
Whether or not this equates to faster performance than an air-cooled setup remains to be seen, but here's a high-end eGPU idea that hasn't been tried (or tested) before. Aorus points out that it's ideal for content creators using GPU-accelerated software, just as much as for gamers.
Lenovo Legion BoostStation
This $249 eGPU is decidedly more mainstream than Aorus' elite box above. Lenovo's Legion model complements its dedicated-GPU-less Legion Y740s "gaming" laptop, with a big-boned design that accepts most modern cards. You can get the box bare at the $249 price and bring your own card, or Lenovo will bundle the BoostStation with a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, a GeForce RTX 2060 Super, a GeForce RTX 2070 Super, or a GeForce RTX 2080 Super, or an AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT. Three USB ports and an Ethernet jack let it work, like the Aorus above, as an external dock. It's a low-cost bet in the Thunderbolt 3 eGPU space if you want to experiment.
It's beginning to look like fans of FromSoftware may finally be seeing more of Elden Ring at next month's Taipei Game Show. Although the developer has been around in the video game industry since 1994, releasing titles like King's Field and Armored Core on the original PlayStation console, it wasn't until 2011's Dark Souls that FromSoftware became a household name in the gaming world, and their following entries in the Souls franchise, as well as other titles like Bloodborne, only solidified their foothold.
From Demon's Souls to their most recent game, the brutally hard Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, FromSoftware is credited with creating an entire new genre of gameplay, one which forces players to balance stamina management with reflex-based combat while also employing a risk/reward system in character progression which has all the player's recently defeated enemies respawn if they want to level up or if they are defeated in battle. This simple combination of systems has been much-emulated since Dark Souls' popularity exploded, most recently by Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Not much is known about FromSoftware's next title, Elden Ring, other than it is being developed in conjunction with Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin and will be a dark fantasy title. The game released a short trailer at E3 2019 (embedded below) but has since gone quiet. Thankfully, according to a report by PC Gamer, fans now know Elden Ring will be appearing in some fashion during Sony's portion of the Taipei Game Show, which will take place from February 6th through February 9th.
Unfortunately, the report goes on to say the game won't be appearing in a playable manner, but hopefully FromSoftware will at least be releasing a new Elden Ring trailer. The game has been in some form of development since work on Dark Souls III concluded in 2017, so the idea of a Elden Ring gameplay trailer instead of something which just shows cinematics is possible, if not likely. Series creator and FromSoftware director, Hidetaka Miyazaki, has said Elden Ring is an evolution of Dark Souls, so it will be interesting to see what changes have been made to the classic formula this time.
Although Dark Souls arguably perfected the Soulsborne genre, FromSoftware continues to adjust and tweak the franchise's mechanics with each new game. From getting rid of the player's ability to shield themselves in Bloodborne to forcing them to only use one weapon and parry every attack in Sekiro, the company clearly isn't afraid to take risks if it suits the new title's specific artistic vision. With an emphasis on dark fantasy and role-playing, it's still unclear as to what the ultimate vision of Elden Ring will be, but fans will surely be checking in on the Taipei Game Show to see if they can learn any new details about FromSoftware's next game.
Legends of Runeterra will go into open beta at the end of January
After two smaller tests, Legends of Runeterra, the League of Legends card game, will go into open beta on Jan. 24. Riot Games announced the open beta date on Sunday morning, as part of an ongoing celebration of the start of League of Legends’ 10th season.
While the beta will be open to any player that wants in, there will be a special bonus for players that took part in the first two tests of the game. All previous Legends of Runeterra players, as well as anyone who pre-registers on the game’s website before Jan. 19, will gain early access to the beta, and will be able to play it on Jan. 23.
But if you haven’t had the chance to play Legends of Runeterra yet, don’t worry. Every account will be reset as soon as the open beta begins. That is the last time, according to Riot, that accounts will ever be reset. That means anything you decide to buy or manage to earn during the beta will be yours forever.
The new open beta will include quite a few changes from the previous two versions of the game. There will be a brand-new ranked mode, which lets players progress and improve from Iron rank at the bottom of the ladder all the way up to Masters, where you can prove you’re one of the best Legends of Runeterra players out there. The beta will also include a friends list, and the ability to invite those friends to one-on-one challenges. There will also be new boards and guardians for players to get, as well as a patch that’s set to change more than 20 cards, according to Riot. The patch for the beta version of Legends of Runeterra will be released on Jan. 22.
Every player that participates in the open beta will gain access to an exclusive Moonstruck Poro Guardian. Legends of Runeterra is set to be released sometime later in 2020 on PC. There’s also a mobile version of the game on the way, which should also come out in 2020 and have cross-platform play, according to Riot.
Chinese open world RPG becomes a Steam top seller, English coming soon
It seems like every few months a Chinese indie game is rising to the top of Steam's top seller list despite only being available in Simplified Chinese. Games like Chinese Parents and Scroll of Taiwu achieved massive success last year, selling well over a million copies each. It's a good reminder that Steam's second largest demographic hails from China, but it's also a cool insight into a vibrant world of games that aren't available in English.
Sands of Salzaar (or 部落与弯刀, which translates more directly to Tribe and Machete) only released on January 2, but in that time has rocketed to into Steam's global top seller list with an estimated 50,000 sales in its first week. That number is expected to reach 200,000 by the end of January. Though it's only available in Simplified Chinese, Sands of Salzaar has amassed over 2,600 "mostly positive" reviews and is currently the 31st most-played game on Steam by concurrents, with peak concurrent players reaching 21,000—in the neighborhood of games like Stardew Valley and Skyrim.
And, by the looks of it, Sands of Salzaar absolutely deserves its success. From reading reviews and watching some gameplay, Salzaar is an ambitious, Early Access open world RPG in the vein of indie darling Kenshi. Set in a mystical desert, you recruit characters and explore a dynamically-generated world, making friends (or enemies) with various factions. I particularly enjoy the look of the enormous battles, which evokes Dynasty Warriors mixed with Diablo.
The good news for those of us who can't read Simplified Chinese is that Sands of Salzaar will be available in English eventually. According to its Steam page, English localization is a "top priority."
That Sands of Salzaar has suddenly appeared and become on of Steam's most popular games is fascinating because of how insulated China's games industry is from the rest of the world. Despite almost having more PC gamers than the total population of the United States, China's games scene is heavily regulated by its government and largely closed off from the rest of the world thanks to language barriers and internet censorship.
In the past few years, however, Steam has become an invaluable and mysterious loophole in China's great internet firewall. Thanks to Steam, Chinese gamers can now access unregulated PC games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (which is enormously popular in China). Chinese indie developers also rely on Steam to sidestep the complex government regulations and publish their games to a global audience they might never reach otherwise. But Steam's Chinese audience is so large that even games not localized in English, like Sands of Salzaar, can find huge success.
Call of Duty will get in on Australian reduction, pledging DLC sale to charity
Infinity Ward and Activision are pitching in on restoration efforts for the devastating Australian bush fires, renaming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s “Outback Pack” of premium cosmetics and promising all gross sales of it, previous and current, will go towards reduction organizations.
The merchandise is now referred to as the Outback Relief Pack, and it goes for 1,800 CoD factors, which is roughly $20. For gamers, it contains the Bushranger operator pores and skin, an unique Sniper Rifle Charlie, a koala appeal, and different stickers and cosmetics.
Infinity Ward introduced the marketing campaign yesterday, saying that every one gamers who beforehand purchased the Outback Pack would have these purchases counted towards the donations. Activision and Infinity Ward will ship 100 p.c of the income from gross sales of the Outback Relief Pack (from all platforms) to numerous organizations on the finish of the month; the fund drive runs till Jan. 31.
Dotesports noted that the Outback Pack launched earlier this month, and three days in the past gamers within the Call of Duty subreddit suggested that all the money from it go to Australian reduction efforts.
On Friday, the indie developer and storefront Crytivo announced a two-month drive benefitting restoration efforts in Australia. The bushfire season in Australia, which broke out throughout a file warmth wave, has gained worldwide consideration and sympathy. More than 41,000 sq. miles have burned, and greater than 6,000 buildings have been destroyed. Twenty-eight folks have died.
Ecologists have linked the unusually devastating fireplace season to international local weather change, and have estimated half a billion animals have died within the New South Wales fires. (The state of New South Wales is in southeastern Australia, with Sydney and capital metropolis Canberra on its coast).
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