AMD Ryzen Game Patch Optimizations Show Significant Gains On Zen Architecture

MojoKid writes: AMD got the attention of PC performance enthusiasts everywhere with the recent launch of its Ryzen 7 series processors. The trio of 8-core chips competitively take on Intel’s Core i7 series at the high-end of its product stack. However, with the extra attention AMD garnered, came significant scrutiny as well. With any entirely new platform architecture, there are bound to be a few performance anomalies — as was the case with the now infamous lower performance “1080p gaming” situation with Ryzen. In a recent status update, AMD noted they were already working with developers to help implement “simple changes” that can help a game engine’s understanding of the AMD Zen core topology that would likely provide an additional performance uplift with Ryzen. Today, we have some early proof-positive of that, as Oxide Games, in concert with AMD, released a patch for its game title Ashes Of The Singularity. Ashes has been a “poster child” game engine of sorts for AMD Radeon graphics over the years (especially with respect to DX12) and it was one that ironically showed some of the worst variations in Ryzen CPU performance versus Intel. With this new patch that is now public for the game, however, AMD claims to have regained significant ground in benchmark results at all resolutions. In the 1080p benchmarks with powerful GPUs, a Ryzen 7 1800X shows an approximate 20% performance improvement with the latest version of the Ashes, closing the gap significantly versus Intel. This appears to be at least an early sign that AMD can indeed work with game and other app developers to tune for the Ryzen architecture and wring out additional performance.

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Welcome To The Cowboy Monkey Show

Over the past three decades, the Cowboy Monkey Show has performed at hundreds of venues across the country  —  from Kalispell, Montana, to Syracuse, New York; from Monday Night Football to minor league hockey games. Last year, the show was on the road a total of 360 days. This is the whole monkey-on-a-dog story.
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Close-Up Images Show Ceres’ Bright Spots In Great Detail

New submitter Actual_Alien writes: Since the Dawn probe arrived at Ceres, everybody has been wondering about the mysterious bright spots on an otherwise dark dwarf planet. New images sent back recently show the spots in better detail than ever — 140 meters per pixel. NASA used composite imagery to get high-quality exposures of both the bright areas and the surrounding dark areas. We can now clearly see a wide, flat crater with a rim that’s almost vertical in spots. The brightest area is right at the center, with other markings to the upper right in the image. Dawn’s orbit around Ceres also allows scientists to look at the crater from other perspectives, and they’ve generated a pair of animations to illustrate better what it looks like. One of them highlights the bright spots, while the other shows color-coded topography.

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French Killers Inspired By Breaking Bad TV Show

hcs_$ reboot writes: Four people who planned to dissolve a young French woman’s body in acid were inspired by hit US TV show Breaking Bad. Two men went to the woman’s house to settle a €6,000 drug debt. There, they beat her violently, killing her through a blow to the skull. Later, they bought acid in order to dissolve her body. The victim’s body was found decomposing in a flat in Toulouse on Monday night, after having being cut up into pieces, covered in cling film and shoved into a suitcase. Chlorine acid had been used to try and disguise any trace of the corpse. A similar “decomposition” scenario is featured in season one of Breaking Bad (2008-2013).

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Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May Making Show For Amazon

mrspoonsi writes: Amazon has announced that former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will be reuniting to create “an all-new car show” that will be exclusively on Amazon Prime. The first season will be made available worldwide in 2016 and will be produced executive producer Andy Wilman. The BBC reports: “The move follows their departure from the hit BBC Two show earlier this year. Clarkson’s contract was not renewed following an ‘unprovoked physical attack’ on a Top Gear producer. His co-hosts then followed him in leaving the show. They will now make the unnamed new programme with former Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman, who also quit the BBC following the ‘fracas.’ In a statement from Amazon, Clarkson said: ‘I feel like I’ve climbed out of a biplane and into a spaceship.'”

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