Nvidia has announced DLSS 3 – it’s the next generation of Deep Learning Super Sampling technology that uses machine learning to enhance games, bringing huge performance improvements with minimal impact on graphics quality.
In the past, we’ve been really impressed with how DLSS has allowed games to perform even better, especially when using intensive graphics effects like ray tracing, so this new version is very exciting.
It looks like DLSS 3 will be exclusive to the new GPUs Nvidia has also just announced: the RTX 4090 and two variants of the RTX 4080.
According to Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, DLSS 3 can increase performance by up to four times compared to running a game at native resolution.
Nvidia has shown off some of the expected improvements that will come with DLSS 3, with graphically intensive Cyberpunk 2077 going from 30fps to around 100fps. With DLSS 2, it only reached 60fps with the same settings.
Microsoft Flight Simulator was also boosted by DLSS 3, in footage shown by Nvidia, with the intensive flight simulator’s frame rate going from around 50fps to over 100fps.
While Nvidia has been cautious about what kind of settings and hardware was used, the potential here is huge, especially considering how impressive previous versions of DLSS were.
Behind the scenes
According to Nvidia, DLSS 3 uses technology, including Optical Multi Frame Generation, which not only renders new pixels, but can intelligently add new frames, helping to increase performance and responsiveness – and can now help with CPU-limited gaming, where the processor in a gaming laptop or desktop is holding back the games.
Meanwhile, Optical Flow Accelerator in DLSS 3 can reduce stutter when tracking objects in scenes (not just pixels).
Nvidia says that more than 35 games and apps will make use of DLSS 3 when the first RTX 40 series cards launch later this year, and it provided a list of confirmed DLSS 3 titles:
PS5 launch title Sackboy: A Big Adventure looks set to make the jump to PC in the immediate future.
A recent update to the SteamDB online database – a third-party website that automatically collects data uploaded to Valve’s store – suggests that an anonymous listing on the platform is actually Sackboy: A Big Adventure in disguise. as seen by VGC (opens in new tab), an icon has been added to a list titled “PC of Steel”. The icon shows an image of Sackboy and appears to have been cut from the game’s box art.
Information about the game’s supported languages has also been added to the SteamDB Page (opens in new tab), and several store tags were recently assigned. The changes suggest that the game’s store page is being prepared for an imminent release.
All signs point to Sackboy
This SteamDB update is just the latest in a series of hints suggesting that Sackboy: A Big Adventure will be coming to Steam in the near future. Back in July, reddit (opens in new tab) User u/EmpressOfSony shared some screenshots showing what appear to be control schemes and graphics settings for a Sackboy PC port.
The gigantic GeForce Now leak from November 2021 also hinted that Sackboy would be coming to PC. The datamine appeared to reveal several unannounced games, including a PC version of Sackboy. While Nvidia later clarified that the inclusion of a title in the leak was “neither a confirmation nor an announcement of any game”, much of the leak proved to be true. He successfully predicted the release of the PC port of God of War, the remaster of GTA Trilogy and Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Edition.
Sony has ported a number of original PlayStation games to PC in recent years. Horizon Zero Dawn made the leap in 2020, Marvel’s Spider-Man arrived on Steam earlier this month, while Uncharted will arrive in October. If Sackboy: A Big Adventure joins them, PC gamers are in for a real treat. We consider it to be one of the best PS5 games on the market, calling it “the surprise gem in Sony’s lineup of PS5 releases”.
A charming family-friendly platformer, Sackboy stands out for its inventive level design and precision platforming that is as welcoming to newbies as it is enjoyable to experienced players. While it didn’t make our list of the best co-op games, its four-player local multiplayer makes it a perfect choice for the family.
O iPhone 14 Pro Max The high price is not scaring buyers away, according to a report by Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a summary report compiled after the first weekend of iPhone 14 being on sale, Kuo says the iPhone 14 Pro Max accounted for 30-35% of total iPhone 14 family sales, making it the most popular of the new phones.
If you’re considering an iPhone 14 but aren’t sure which model to buy, we’ve walked you through the differences in our guide to the iPhone 14. best iPhone for you.
The two iPhone Pro models based on the A16 Bionic are together proving more popular than the two models based on the older Apple A15 Bionic chip, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. Kuo says the Pro and Pro Max will account for 60-65% of sales for this sales period, which is slightly higher than his own original estimate of 55-60%.
One of two A15 iPhones, the iPhone 14 Plus is currently only available for pre-order and is not scheduled to begin shipping until October 7th. It’s unclear how Kuo got his sales data, as Apple doesn’t share sales data. broken down by individual models – Kuo has in the past used informal checks of the Apple Store page as a basis for assumptions.
[Analysis] Apple、iPhone 14與供應鏈的近期趨勢預測 / Some predictions for recent Apple, iPhone 14 and supply chain trends @mingchikuo https://t.co/nNReMRcGQHSeptember 20, 2022
Kuo says the iPhone product sales mix is improving, and that will be good for Apple in the long run. The analyst points out that the beneficiaries of Apple’s sales bonanza will include the makers of each individual component and sensor that goes inside the phone, including the Samsung Display, which makes the screen, and Sony, which makes the new 48MP camera.
Analysis: In the gold rush, sell shovels
As we’re still getting to know our iPhone 14 devices and looking forward to the next generation, we’re pleased to see Apple selling a good mix of devices and also the slight dominance of the iPhone 14 Pro models. What we really want is for the next generation iPhone 15 to get as many Pro features as possible – and the more Pro devices Apple sells, the more likely it is.
Returning to Kuo’s point about component makers, these fancy iPhone 14 Pro Dynamic Island displays cost more to make than the cheaper iPhone 14 notch – until Samsung Display and others start making enough for the production scale reduces cost.
That means we’re more likely to see Dynamic Island and possibly other Pro features like the 48MP camera on the base iPhone 15 model if Apple can sell enough iPhone 14 Pros and Pro Maxs with those features this year.
JJ Abrams has seen two more projects abandoned by HBO Max, the latest in a series of setbacks for the producer/director.
Deadline reports (opens in new tab) that the shows that HBO ran are a series of Constantine, a new take on the DC character, which Abrams was working with British novelist Guy Bolton, and Madame X, a supernatural series with the clairvoyant DC Comic of the same name.
Abrams has already seen three projects canceled this year. In June, news broke that Demimonde, which was supposed to be Abrams’ first solo television creation since Alias, had been canceled by HBO due to rising costs.
Then, last month, Abrams saw two more of his shows get canned, with Apple TV Plus deactivating My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, which would have seen Abrams reunite with Alias star Jennifer Garner; and HBO drops Batman: Caped Crusader, a planned sequel to Batman: The Animated Series, which ran from 1992 to 1995, with Abrams and Matt Reeves of Batman on the creative team.
The deadline says that instead of the Abrams Constantine series, HBO’s parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery, decided to pursue a long-awaited sequel to the 2005 film version of Constantine, starring Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, the supernatural exorcist and demonologist.
The new movie, which will see Reeves reunite with Francis Lawrence, who has since made billions from the Hunger Games franchise – and it’s not all bad news for Abrams, as he’s slated to produce that movie.
Unlike the original film, which found Constantine in middle age and on the brink of death, Abrams’ series was based on the character’s appearance in the Hellblazer comics, and was supposed to be contemporary in setting, as well as taking place in London. The show has been in active development for over two years, and Abrams will now buy the project to other studios and streaming services.
As for Madame X, Abrams was working on that show with Angela Robinson, whose credits include True Blood and How to Get Away with Murder. Longtime DC Comics favorite Madame X – Madame Xanadu, to give her full name – is a clairvoyant who uses tarot cards to predict the future and who also has the power to teleport and make things levitate.
Robinson was set to serve as showrunner for Madame X, as well as executive producer alongside Abrams. That project will also be sold to other studios, with Deadline reporting that Abrams and his team are optimistic about keeping both shows alive.
Analysis: More belt-tightening for Warner Bros?
It’s no secret that the CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, David Zaslav, has been in for an epic round of cost-cutting, but you probably couldn’t put the end of Abrams’ Constantine series to be that.
It doesn’t make sense for Warner Bros. having two Constantine projects in the works and trying to release both within a few years of each other.
Warner Bros. was looking at the same situation with The Flash, where it was about to release an extremely expensive movie with one actor in the role, while a long-running TV show with another actor in the role was still happening.
While it was the plan to have Ezra Miller’s version of The Flash alongside Grant Gustin’s, there’s likely some relief that the final season of the TV show will air in early 2023, leaving Miller a clear run when his film version finally debut in daylight saving time.
Trying to sell two versions of the same character to the public, John Constantine in this case, would always be a headache and Abrams’ presence in the TV version of Constantine was probably neither here nor there.
HBO’s decision to pass on Madame X is a bit more of a surprise as, while it hasn’t yet made its way to the cast, the buzz around the show seemed positive. Perhaps it was simply a case that the streaming service already had seven DC shows in the works and decided that was enough for now.
If you’re worried about a repeat of the previous generation’s terrible GPU shortages, don’t worry. There were many factors at play during the RTX 3000 graphics card shortage, most of which are no longer a major concern.
For starters, the launch of the RTX 4000 series will not be as impacted by COVID-19. A global pandemic has seen manufacturing and supply chain issues across the tech hardware sector, with Intel’s troubled Arc GPU series being particularly hard hit. Production of the RTX 3000 was obviously thwarted as a result, but companies have adapted and COVID shouldn’t create such huge hurdles this time around.
Crypto mining was also a big issue, with many GPUs being stolen by bots, miners, and scalpers. Conventional cryptocurrency mining rigs typically use multiple high-end graphics cards to maximize processing power, but since the massive collapse of the cryptocurrency market earlier this year, miners have been selling their GPUs in an attempt to cut their losses.
It’s also worth noting that Ethereum – one of the biggest cryptocurrencies right now – has recently switched to a new system called ‘Proof-of-Stake’, which makes mining with GPUs redundant. Our US computing editor John Loeffler goes into detail about it here.
Ultimately, Nvidia returned to the reassuring bosom of TSMC for the manufacture of the RTX 4000 series chips. Nvidia is a ‘no-fable’ company, meaning that it outsources the factory fabrication of its GPU chips. It previously used Taiwan-based TSMC, but switched to Samsung to produce the consumer RTX 3000 GPUs – a move that proved problematic as Samsung’s cards suffered a higher rate of defects. Nvidia returned to TSMC for the RTX 4000, which was probably a smart decision.
These Lenovo Legion RTX 4090 cards look pretty tasty if I may say so. Sure, they’re ridiculously beefy, but it looks like every RTX 4000 GPU is going to be a monster. I’m a big fan of the brushed silver finish on these cards, and I truth I hope Lenovo plans to sell them independently rather than just putting them in pre-built Legion desktops – more competition in the GPU scene is just a good thing.
If you want to tune in to Nvidia’s reveal presentation at 8am PST / 11am EST / 4pm BST, check out our ‘How to Watch’ guide here.
…and we’re back! Thanks to our colleagues in the US – the UK team will continue from here as we get closer and oh-so-closer for Nvidia’s ‘GeForce Beyond’ presentation at the GTC today. Fake GPU leaks aside, Nvidia has let out some tiny teasers in preparation for the RTX 4090 reveal event.
We have a redesign for the GeForce RTX logo, which is such a small change that you’d think Nvidia’s graphics team isn’t getting paid enough. The Nvidia logo has had its colors inverted from white to black, the ‘RTX’ is slightly smaller, and the angled line on the right edge has been straightened to a vertical vertical edge. This apparently qualifies as news.
Perhaps more excitingly, Nvidia also teased an image of a Discord user (with a profile picture of Ada Lovelace) asking ‘how much faster?’ and a sticky note on a computer monitor with the hastily scrawled memo “TI or tie?”
Now, it seems unlikely that Nvidia will release an RTX 4090 Ti straight out of the gate – this note is likely a good-natured nod to the ongoing pronunciation debate surrounding the ‘Ti’ moniker – but we’re excited nonetheless. Currently, leaks suggest that what go see the RTX 4090 and two different versions of the RTX 4080 at the event, one with 12GB of VRAM and the other with 16GB; the first of these two boards was previously suspected to be the RTX 4070.
And with all that, we’ll be taking a brief hiatus as the UK wakes up and the UK team takes over the live blog.
That said, I don’t want the moment to pass where I didn’t mention that Queen Elizabeth II passed away two weeks ago. Clearly, I’m an American, so the Queen’s passing doesn’t worry me too much, but a colleague from the UK told me today that it felt like President Joe Biden went on TV this morning and said that the US flag was going to be different from that one. from now on, for better or for worse.
Does it matter in any real way going forward? No, not really. But obviously yes.
I wish all of you, wherever you are, a beautiful night. Be kind to each other.
WHERE ARE JENSEN’S FINGERS???
Honestly, WTAF Videocardz?
Yes, the more I look at this, this RTX 4090 “leak” is fake.
That’s a horrible image, with the sharpness of the card and the sharpness of Jensen Huang being radically out of whack. If this is a legitimate image, it’s some multiverse nonsense that Nvidia is trying to make happen, which even as ridiculous as the multiverse stuff being what it is, this is pretty bad to pass up. This is a crappy Photoshop reddit glitch level.
Honestly this RTX 4090 image is so bad I’m taking down Videocardz as a source for posting this. This photo is horrible.
Then Videocardz just “leaked” the Nvidia RTX 4090 (opens in new tab) , and there is at least one thing going for it, namely the new brand of power supply that I brought in my RTX 4080/4090 part. That said, this photo looks photoshopped to hell and back.
Now let’s talk about the RTX 4070. This is the mystery board. Will we see the RTX 4070? How far is the RTX 4070? Will the RTX 4070 really be as powerful as the RTX 3090?
The only card we know less about is the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060, but that’s for another time. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 is without a doubt the most exciting card in the Nvidia Lovelace lineup because it’s the best graphics card most people will be able to afford, especially with the ongoing cost-of-living crises around the world.
But, we know very little about this card, and considering it was the last card in the initial launch lineup of the RTX 3000 series to hit the market, we could see something similar here, with the RTX 4070 being announced tomorrow but not actually released until today. end of November at the very least.
And the RTX 4080?
We’ve received a lot less information about the RTX 4080 over the past few weeks, but there’s still a chance we’ll get an RTX 4080 announcement tomorrow as well. The best evidence of this is entirely speculation on my part, which I’ve recently delved into, but the bottom line is that leaked photos of the RTX 4080 in production look pretty authentic, and so are likely right behind the RTX 4090 in terms of release.
Staggered releases are nothing new, of course, and there’s every reason to think Nvidia Lovelace will be the same. If we expect the RTX 4090 in October, the RTX 4080 could appear in late October, early November, so the fact that the RTX 4080 would be in the early stages of releasing production units tracks.
That could still give us an announcement tomorrow, although the release date could be later, something we’ve seen with Nvidia Ampere.
Without a doubt, we hope to see the Nvidia RTX 4090 tomorrow at the Nvidia event. First, it’s called “GeForce Beyond” and since GeForce is Nvidia’s consumer graphics card brand, there’s no doubt that this will be a consumer products event, as opposed to enterprise cloud computing systems or the like. .
Second, in a recent teaser for tomorrow’s event posted on Nvidia’s GeForce Twitter account, Nvidia subtly gave away the game when it shows a computer desk with a monitor displaying a GeForce background and Ada Lovelace’s computer program for calculate Bernoulli numbers using Charles Babbage Engine’s theoretical Analytical on the table.
Lovelace, of course, is Nvidia’s codename for its next-gen graphics hardware, so there’s not much mystery surrounding what will be revealed tomorrow.
Now, when Nvidia Ampere was first showcased in 2020, it wasn’t for a consumer product, but rather for servers and enterprise computing, so there’s a precedent for showing off computer architecture before releasing it for a consumer product. . But this was also at the start of the 2020 Covid pandemic, and Nvidia was specifically highlighting how its new architecture was helping researchers fight the novel coronavirus. Given the circumstances, we don’t think Nvidia is wanting to show the technology this time around without a product.
A big part of this is the product release cadence (it’s been two years since the RTX 3000 series was released) and several leaked photos of RTX 4090s with third-party manufacturers and partners including Gigabyte, Zotac, and Lenovo. These cards are making their way into retail systems and packaging as we speak, so there’s no reason to think Nvidia won’t at least reveal the RTX 4090 tomorrow.
Welcome to ‘s Nvidia RTX 4090 Announcement Liveblog! I’m John Loeffler, US computing editor at , and I’m starting here less than 16 hours away from what is expected to be one of the biggest announcements of the year for the computing team – and yes, even bigger than a new MacBook.
Later, I will join Christian Guyton, UK Computing Editor, and Matthew Hanson, Managing Editor of Computing and Home Entertainment at , to help cover the lead-up to the announcement tomorrow at 8am PDT / 11am EDT / 4pm BDT
There’s a lot to discuss before the announcement, so let’s start with the first thing: what we expect to see tomorrow.
This is the second day of the GTC, which is Nvidia’s developer conference, and takes place from September 19 to 22. This time is also when CEO Jensen Huang gives his keynote speech, so obviously, he’ll appear in that, which makes sense.
Given that it’s clearly labeled a GeForce stream – which is Nvidia’s gaming lineup – and that it’s about going ‘beyond’ what we have now, it certainly must be some sort of early reveal of next-gen RTX 4000 GPUs. While nothing about the RTX 4000 is mentioned explicitly, we’re told in no uncertain terms that this is an event we don’t want to miss.
Analysis: A surprising move, but obviously a welcome one
What’s a little weird here is that normally, with the GTC being a developer conference, it wouldn’t feature gaming products, but heavier stuff instead. Still, as we described above, it couldn’t be much clearer that something will be revealed about the RTX 4000 without actually mentioning it.
About the only other theory we’ve seen floating around online is that there are rumors of new RTX 3000 (current generation) models, which would be something of a GeForce reveal, but to show them as part of Nvidia moving ‘beyond’ – and hype them up to this point – it makes absolutely zero sense. So we can safely rule it out.
What can we expect to see down the road for Lovelace GPUs, then? Smart money would be on the flagship, as the RTX 4090 is rumored to be the first to come out. On the other hand, we’ve also had a recent sighting of the RTX 4080, and knowing that this graphics card is coming sooner rather than later would be the news a lot more people would like to hear (given that some rumors have suggested this GPU might delay, perhaps until 2023). ).
Assassin’s Creed Mirage has been officially revealed by Ubisoft. Between a recent showcase and several major leaks, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect.
Set to be the follow-up to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the next action-adventure entry in this decades-old franchise is taking the series back to its roots. Along with sharing official Ubisoft artwork featuring Basim Ibn Ishaq of Valhalla, the September 2022 Ubisoft Forward digital showcase detailed what to expect. Along with the news about Assassin’s Creed Infinity, this gave us our first official Mirage trailer.
There’s a lot for Assassin’s Creed fans to look forward to, but what exactly can we expect from a ‘series reboot’? Here’s everything we’ve heard so far about Assassin’s Creed Mirage.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage: straight to the point
What is it? A new Assassin’s Creed game set to take the series back to its roots
When can I play? 2023, exact date to be defined
What can I play on? PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC and Amazon Luna
Assassin’s Creed Mirage: trailers
We got our first official look at Assassin’s Creed Mirage during the Ubisoft Forward digital showcase in September 2022. While there are no gameplay footage included, this did provide a cinematic look at the story of Mirage, which you can check out in full below:
If you’re curious to find out more, you can also watch the full Ubisoft Forward 2022 presentation, which provided even more details for Mirage. Starting at 52:38 for Assassin’s Creed fans, this also gave us a look at the new DLC for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, as well as two games coming to Assassin’s Creed Infinity.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage: release date and platforms
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is coming in 2023, although we don’t have a specific release date just yet. Having been officially confirmed recently by Ubisoft, details are a little thin at the moment, but this release window backs up a ton of leaks surrounding the upcoming title.
In terms of platforms, Ubisoft has confirmed that, unlike Assassin’s Creed Infinity, Mirage will still be a cross-gen release. As such, expect to see it on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, and Amazon Luna cloud streaming service. Sadly, there’s no free upgrade across generations, but it’s also cheaper than recent big releases, launching at $49.99 / £39.99 RRP.
We may see a Nintendo Switch launch as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has arrived on the handheld hybrid via cloud streaming. It’s worth noting that it was limited to the Japanese market, so we can’t say for sure one way or the other.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage: gameplay and setting
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is taking the series back to basics: set in Baghdad 20 years before Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Basim Ibn Ishaq, who was introduced in Valhalla, takes center stage. According to reports, Mirage started out as a spin-off of Valhalla before turning into its own full-fledged entry.
Basim is part of the first Brotherhood of Assassins, and Mirage takes us back to one of his previous adventures. Here, he is being taught by Roshan, a Persian assassin played by Shohreh Aghdashloo. Instead of the open-world RPG gameplay of more recent years, Assassin’s Creed Mirage focuses on stealth and parkour once again.
As such, expect a shorter experience overall, probably around 15-20 hours. When asked about the length of play in a IGN (opens in new tab) In an interview, executive producer Marc-Alexis Côté said, “Not everything has to be a 150-hour RPG, right?” confirming:
“It’s a minor Assassin’s Creed project. This was designed [and] built to commemorate the 15th anniversary. That’s why we’re using our modern Valhalla engine to build a smaller game that pays homage to our original game, focusing more on stealth, melee combat, parkour, and a denser city that harkens back to our roots in Middle East with Baghdad as its centerpiece.”
While we haven’t seen the gameplay yet, Ubisoft has confirmed that Baghdad is the only city in the game, split into four zones, although we’re also visiting Alamut. Each contains a boss ready to be thwarted, but it’s unclear how this plays out in the game’s progression. What we do know, according to narrative director Sarah Beaulieu, is that this story will include several historical figures.
Otherwise, Mirage takes a more linear, story-based approach, although there are segments where we can choose between different missions. Calling some of these “Black Box missions”, Ubisoft reports that these are its main assassination missions, offering different methods to take down a target. Similar to Origins, we can also use an eagle companion to explore new areas, but be careful, there are enemy archers nearby.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage: news and rumors
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is officially revealed
We got our first look at Assassin’s Creed Mirage during the September 2022 Ubisoft Forward showcase.
Introducing a “very special Assassin’s Creed showcase”, Ubisoft confirmed many previously rumored details such as the Baghdad setting, Basim returning as the protagonist and how it takes us back to the series’ roots through stealth and parkour gameplay. But that wasn’t all for fans, as we soon discovered that Assassin’s Creed Mirage is just one of three newly revealed games in the series.
Along with the news about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s final DLC, this also revealed two new projects within Assassin’s Creed Infinity. Currently codenamed Red and Hexe, Red takes us to feudal Japan in a new open-world RPG, casting us as a shinobi. Meanwhile, Hexe appears to be more focused on 16th century witch hunts, according to recent leaks from Try hard games (opens in new tab).
Intel’s flagship CPU, Raptor Lake, has already hit 8GHz at pre-launch overclocking, giving more weight to the notion that these 13th-gen processors will be seriously tempting for enthusiasts who like to get the most out of their silicon.
As Wccftech (opens in new tab) reports, the overclocked Core i9-13900K has hit 8GHz as shown in a (slightly blurred) image, with all the usual possibilities so be careful around here as if this is genuine.
The article claims that an anonymous overclocker accomplished the feat on a Z790 motherboard, and a high-end variant, but no name or brand is mentioned, so there’s practically a veil of secrecy around this one. Supposedly, the applied voltage was 1,792V, and as you can imagine, exotic cooling was needed to reach 8GHz (liquid nitrogen). Only performance cores were running, no efficiency cores active and hyper-threading disabled.
Intel hasn’t had a CPU crossover beyond the 8GHz threshold for overclocks in a long time, as Wccftech points out – over a decade, in fact, although Comet Lake wasn’t too far away, with the flagship Core i9-10900K reaching 7.7 GHz. A powerful speed, but not too close to 8 GHz, which is where all the best overclock records of all time are (the fastest ever, going by the HWBOT ranking, being 8.72 GHz with an AMD FX -8370, an 8-core processor from 2014).
Review: Reasons to be Cheerful (For Overclockers)
This is particularly exciting for two reasons. First of all, it’s still too early for overclocking attempts. In fact, when a new processor is released, the initial records are always considerably surpassed a little later on.
To give you an idea of the kind of progress that can be made, consider the current-gen flagship. When the Core i9-12900K was first released, overclocker specialist Allen Golibersuch (known as ‘Splave’) pushed the CPU to 6.8 GHz, before later pushing the 12900K to 7.6 GHz.
So, as you can see, an 8GHz pre-release baseline really points to some serious overclocking issues for the Raptor Lake top. The anonymous overclocker in this case makes a firm claim that we will see A lot of clock speeds higher than 8 GHz on the line.
The second thing that is exciting is that the evidence provided by recent leaks already suggests that Raptor Lake will be suitable for overclocking. Witness the 13900K reportedly hitting 6.5GHz on a single core using liquid cooling – albeit with considerable caveats, as you might imagine – and previous rumors about Raptor Lake offering much more to overclockers than Alder Lake.
All this means that enthusiasts in particular will be very excited to see Raptor Lake hit shelves and find out if these CPUs deliver on that apparent overclocking promise.
Speculation has it that Raptor Lake will go on sale on October 20th (following an initial reveal on September 27th), with AMD apparently interfering with the latest reveal as its Ryzen 7000 chips will be available for purchase on that exact day.
Home security brand Ring is expanding support for end-to-end encryption (aka E2EE) to more devices, as well as introducing a new data transfer feature. It’s a welcome security update, but it also forces you to disable some useful Ring features.
Previously, E2EE was only available for wired products like the Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Floodlight Cam. Now this support is migrating for Wireless Cameras and Ring Doorbells. However, it is unknown if everything on the schedule will make it. Nowhere in the ad does it say whether or not all wireless devices will support E2EE; despite having reports (opens in new tab) stating that support is indeed universal. We contacted the company to see if they could clear up this confusion. This story will be updated if we receive a response.
Update 9-9-2022: A Ring representative confirmed that all wireless cameras and doorbells will have end-to-end encryption. When asked about other products like Ring’s security alarms, they couldn’t comment.
As for the new data transfer tool, it is called Deactivated Device State. It allows users to save previous recordings of an old Ring device to their account. That way, you don’t have to manually download all the videos one by one. Users must remain a Ring subscriber to use this tool, however. Otherwise, they will have to download everything to their local computer before the company deletes the videos.
Instructions on how to save recordings and disable devices can be found on Ring’s website (opens in new tab). This will involve updating the Ring mobile app and going into a device’s personal settings to maintain events.
Anyway, if you have a Ring camera or wireless doorbell, we recommend updating the mobile app to see if E2EE is available. The company has a instruction set (opens in new tab) on their website that detail how to configure end-to-end encryption. Similar to Device State Disabled, you will have to update the app and enter the Control Center. From there, activate E2EE, create a password and add the devices you want.
E2EE is worth enabling because it obviously improves the security of the ring device. Videos recorded on Ring cameras are uploaded to the company’s cloud storage which, as it turns out, is not the most secure. The company has a history of security issues since 1,500 passwords leaked to the dark web to possibly giving hackers a way to steal Wi-Fi of the houses.
With end-to-end encryption, your recordings are protected and unreadable. No one – not Ring, Amazon, hackers or even the government – can see your encrypted videos. All they’ll get is a mess of data. Only the Ring user and their connected device can view the recorded videos.
That said, there is a problem with having this level of security. End-to-end encryption on Ring devices disables many features, including Bird’s Eye View, Virtual Security Guard, Event Timeline, and Alexa Greetings, just to name a few. O full list of disabled features (opens in new tab) can be found on the company’s website. Users will essentially have to ask themselves whether the best security is worth the loss of convenience.
Given Ring’s track record, it might be best to opt for security.
Room for improvement
The expanded E2EE support and new data transfer feature are great and all, but Ring still has room for improvement. The cybersecurity research firm Checkmarx recently discovered a vulnerability in the Ring Android app that could allow “threat actors to steal identity data, including geolocation and camera recordings”. Furthermore, it could be possible for someone to load malware onto an Android phone through this vulnerability and steal even more sensitive data, including addresses.
And the scariest thing is that the Ring app for Android has over 10 million downloads. Now that end-to-end encryption is available for most of RIng’s offerings, it may be time for the company to patch the holes in its own security and stop the constant leaks.
If you are interested in increasing the security of your home, be sure to check out ‘s List of the Best Home Security Systems of 2022.
Bethesda has reactivated Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory’s dedicated multiplayer servers, giving players another chance to interact with the classic 2003 FPS.
While not one of the best FPS games on the market, it still stands out for its intricate map design and class-based shootouts that encourage teamwork. The free-to-play shooter was first added to Steam in April, but until now it only supported community servers using custom maps and mods.
“We are excited to announce that we have deployed official dedicated servers for Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory,” Bethesda subsidiary id wrote in a statement. blog post (opens in new tab). “While the community has hosted – and continues to host – servers with a variety of mods and custom maps that we recommend, we also understand that many players are looking for a more nostalgic experience.
“So from now on you will be able to find official servers running the Enemy Territory Campaign ruleset, with all six original maps and no mods! We set up servers in multiple territories to ensure players around the world can play with relatively low ping.”
Glimpse back in time
Enemy Territory has become something of a cult classic over the last 19 years. The multiplayer shooter was originally released as a spin-off of Return to Castle Wolfenstein and gained a lot of traction among FPS enthusiasts for its semi-realistic competitive matches that were based on the critically acclaimed gunplay of its base game.
It is also a species of endangered breed. With no player progression, unlockables, cosmetics, or microtransactions, Enemy Territory is a very different style of play from Overwatch 2, Call of Duty: Warzone, and other FPS heavyweights we’re used to these days.
Combat is also super fast-paced – suitable for an FPS era when Quake and Unreal Tournament dominated.
Playing as the Allied and Axis forces, teams of eight will battle each other on asymmetrical WWII-era maps dotted with objective points.
The five classes – Soldier, Medic, Engineer, Field Ops and Covert Ops – have unique abilities and weapons that need to be coordinated at a frantic pace.
The game’s four new dedicated servers will be hosted in the US, Europe, Australia and the UK, covering most of the English-speaking world and likely most of the game’s small player base. It’s certainly worth checking out if you want a free glimpse into FPS history.