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A California artificial intelligence start-up known as Cerebras Systems has unveiled the largest semiconductor chip ever manufactured. Cerebras revealed the “world’s largest computer chip” during a Hot Chips conference in California.
Nvidia has released a special edition new GeForce 436.02 GPU driver to tie into Gamescom, adding in a ton of new performance enhancements to some of the biggest games around. Nvidia is touting up to 23% frame rate increases, although the majority of the benefits appear to be limited to graphics cards with Turing GPUs (GeForce GTX 16 and GeForce RTX 20 Series). 
An interesting remark from Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang ha perked a few ears during a recently Q2 2020 earnings call. Huang bigged up the success of the GeForce RTX 20 Super series launch, suggesting anybody buying a graphics card right now would be “crazy” not to buy a video card capable of raytracing.
Okay, so we got a bit ahead of ourselves earlier with the stories about Nvidia bringing RTX raytracing support to Minecraft and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. It turns out those were just the tip of an increasingly deep iceberg. No fewer than 10 upcoming games have been given the RTX treatment, heralding Nvidia’s arrival at Gamescom, Cologne in some style.
When it comes to just about any device, we probably turn them off when we’re done with them. I don’t keep the oven on forever just in case I need to pop in an emergency pie. You probably don’t keep your telly on 24/7 either, bathing your front room in a static glow for eternity. PCs are a little bit different though. They’ve morphed into the hub through which we can do practically anything.
SK Hynix is getting back into the SSD industry after a notable absence. The South Korean memory semiconductor supplier has announced its surprise return with a slate of new consumer SSDs.
It’s been a rough quarter for Nvidia. The graphics card powerhouse has just revealed its financial results from the past quarter and Team Green has suffered a huge year-on-year drop in revenue. 
It’s not the sort of thing to grab big headlines but AMD has quietly launched its AMD Radeon 600 Series graphics card. We’re all preoccupied with the Radeon RX 5700 family, of course, yet AMD can’t go forgetting about the lower end of the GPU market.
There have been some curious goings-on over on AMD’s official landing pages for its Ryzen 3000 series, all of which appears to stem from users being unable to hit the advertised boost clock speeds with their new Ryzen 3000 processors.
AMD’s breakneck pace of hardware evolutions shows no sign of abating any time soon. At the launch for its 2nd-Gen EPYC processors, AMD confirmed it had completed the design phase for its next-generation Zen 3 CPU architecture.
PC gaming as a hobby can be as expensive or as cheap as you’ll like. While consoles are often pointed to as the cheap and cheerful options, it’s certainly possible to buy or build a PC for $250 and have access to a library of thousands of classics stretching across decades of gaming history. If you want to play the latest AAA blockbusters there are clearly going to be some extra costs involved but in terms of getting in and getting a PC up and running, PC gaming can be dirt cheap.

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