Tuesday, June 01


Daily News Stuff 1 June 2021

Ghost Hands Edition

Top Stories

  • AMD had their Computex keynote, and announced a few things, some expected, and one not.

  • Ryzen 5000 desktop APUs will be coming to the retail market August 5th.  (AnandTech)

    The 5700G is an 8 core / 16 thread part with a 65W TDP and will cost $359.  The existing 8 core CPU, the 5800X, costs $449, so that's not a bad price.

    It does run 100MHz slower, and it has half the L3 cache and only PCIe 3.0.  On the other hand, it uses less power than the 105W 5800X and has built-in graphics.

  • The Radeon 6000M family is also here.  (AnandTech)

    The 6800M is basically a reduced power 6700XT.  The 6700M is a cut down and reduced power 6700XT - 10GB of RAM instead of 12GB, and about 90% of the performance.  And the 6600M looks like the leaked specs for the upcoming Radeon 6600.

    It looks like the 6800M isn't quite as fast as the mobile RTX 3080, but it's not too far behind.

  • And finally, AMD CEO Lisa Su put to rest rumours that they were working on 3D chip stacking technology by announcing that 3D chip stacking technology would be going into production this year.  (AnandTech)

    Su showed off a version of the Ryzen 5000 with 192MB of L3 cache.  The existing high-end parts have 64MB across two CPU chiplets, and the new version stacks another 64MB cache chiplet on top of each of those.

    They reported performance gains of up to 25%.  Admittedly that's in one specific game, Monster Hunter World, but 25% is huge and MonHun is huge.

    It also helps with a limitation of newer process nodes.  TSMC's 5nm node is about 35% smaller than 7nm, but only for logic circuits.  For memory it's basically the same size as 7nm.  With die stacking AMD could produce just the CPU chiplets on 5nm and the cache dies on the older and cheaper 7nm process.

Anime of the day is Strange Dawn, animated by Hal Film Maker (who also did Princess Tutu) and distributed by Pioneer in 2000.  Mostly.  

In fact the English language release by Urban Vision only got as far as episode 8 before the series disappeared without a trace, which is why no-one really remembers it today.

It's something of a cross between the classic isekai story where the heroes are transported to a fantasy world, and Gulliver's Travels.  Because the heroes - heroines - are indeed transported to a fantasy world, but the inhabitants are about six inches tall.

Which means that two teenage girls are suddenly vast and terrifying engines of destruction, and everyone is plotting to gain their trust and/or kill them.

Tech News

Not Technically Tech News

  • Matsuri just became the 17th member of Hololive to hit one million subscribers, during her third anniversary stream.  (Reddit)

    I was watching live when Gura hit one million and Calli half a million at the same time during a Minecraft collab.  Gura was the first Hololive member to hit that mark, but she opened the floodgates.  There are another four members over the 900k mark so this isn't going to stop any time soon.

  • VOMS meanwhile is holding auditions for two new members.  (Reddit)

    VOMS is currently home to Pikamee and Tomoshika - famous for that Minecraft clip.  The third member, Monoe, left earlier this year.

    I like them a lot and hope they do well.  Pikamee speaks fluent English and has a big overseas following, and is definitely worth checking out if you ever run short of stuff to watch between Hololive EN and the recently launched Nijisanji EN.

A Ship Shipping Ship Shipping Shipping Ships Anime Music Video of the Day

I can totally see Haruhi doing this.

More On That AMD Announcement Video of the Day

Thanks Steve.  Great roundup.

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1 Google still has a seach function?

Q:  So, what do you actually make these days?

A:  Everything!

Q:  Everything?

A:  [sotto]  everything worse.  we make everything worse [/sotto]

Posted by: normal at Tuesday, June 01 2021 11:21 PM (LADmw)

2 Micro Center's actually got 5950xs in stock today, at something approaching MSRP. They've had the 5600x and 5800x in stock more or less continuously for months now, and recently the 5800x price dropped to $400, although I don't know how long that'll last.

Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, June 02 2021 12:19 AM (eqaFC)

3 I just can't deal with Hololive vtubers. Everyone seem to be enjoying them so much, but I'd rather watch hikock45 or even nutnfancy channels.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Wednesday, June 02 2021 01:23 AM (LZ7Bg)

4 I'm partly interested in Hololive, and partly not. 

The way my brain fails to work, watching videos is work, and I find that I definitely do not want the opportunity cost of engaging with videos that are so long. 

I'm not effective at spending all my available time on the stuff that I think is more interesting/important.  Even so, I'm not interested in people enough to spend so much time gathering information about the personalities of performers. 

But it is nice to see people working enthusiastically on /something/, that isn't political and horrific.  In my ordinary daily life, I have my own work, and not much else that is positive.  The organization I work with is led by terrible people, and my personal life right now is a little difficult. 

Posted by: PatBuckman at Wednesday, June 02 2021 02:33 AM (6y7dz)

5 Hololive (and Vtubers generally) aren't for everyone.  I appreciate them because (a) I'm stuck at the keyboard for long hours and there's always some quiet stream I can play in a tab on the second monitor, and (b) Hololive in particular is very definitely non-woke.  They don't make a fuss about it, but not making a fuss is itself unwoke.

Gura is their most popular member and she's basically an Iowa farmgirl from 1958.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, June 02 2021 05:21 AM (PiXy!)

6 I've found over the years that my brain is simply incapable of ignoring human speech in a language that I can understand, so I can't use it as background noise. Music, brown noise, chimes/water/etc, but not speech; it breaks my focus.


Posted by: J Greely at Wednesday, June 02 2021 07:03 AM (ZlYZd)

7 For me it depends on the speaker rather than the language.  Some Hololive members I simply cannot have playing while I work.  Also some types of content.  Minecraft build streams work; Monster Hunter ruins my concentration instantly.

Same with audiobooks and podcasts, which I was using this way for years prior to Hololive.

I find the right voice keeps the easily distracted part of my brain quiet and actually helps me concentrate.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, June 02 2021 07:20 AM (PiXy!)

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