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PS5 news: APU specs leaked

Published: 27/Jan/2019 22:24

by Paul Cot

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The APU that will power the PS5 (and Xbox 2) has supposedly been leaked online. The leak is big PS5 news as the APU’s specs indicate a significant increase in hardware power.

PS5 APU Leak – Gonzalo

According to the leak, the APU that will power the PS5 is codenamed Gonzalo. The latest PS5 leak comes from Twitter user “TUM_APISAK“.

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A respected chip leaker, the information provided suggests that there will be 8 cores that can run up to 3.2GHz. These will likely be running on the Zen+ architecture. There had been rumors that the PS5 would run the Zen 2 architecture. However, this isn’t even out on PC yet.

Comparatively, even if the PS5 does use the Zen+ architecture, it will be a massive upgrade from the relatively weak Jaguar APUs that are currently used. Today, Jaguar APUs are more frequently seen in low-power devices such as tablets.

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Further illustrating the difference, the Jaguar APUs that currently reside in the PS4 Pro, clock in at 2.13Ghz. The 3.2Ghz max clock speed offers a significant improvement.

The AMD ‘Gonzalo’ chip is supposedly going to power the PS5!

What Do These PS5 Specs Mean?

Firstly, for those who aren’t experts when it comes to processor, RAM, GHz and all other computer jargon, an APU is an accelerated processing unit. More specifically, an APU is a combination of a central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU).

Interestingly, due to their lower cost, APUs almost exclusively appear in consoles. A previous leak suggested that AMD would be the chipset manufacturer for both PS5 and Xbox 2. More details about this leak and APUs are discussed below.

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Experts on the PS5 forums say the CPU side of things could be up to 6x more powerful. The graphics side of things isn’t as clear. TUM_APISAK’s leak indicates NAVI architecture will be used. Specifically in the form of the Navi 10 Lite.

The GPU was comparatively stronger on the PS4 than the CPU. As a result, the PS4’s bottleneck came with the CPU.

Put simply, if the above specs are the minimum that is expected than the PS5 is going to be a beast. We are talking a smooth 4K/60 FPS gaming experience. There have also been murmurings about 240 FPS capability!

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PS5 Release Date

Of course the biggest piece of PS5 news gamers want to hear is the PS5 release date. Much like the specs, games and anything else to do with the PS5, the release date is still up in the air.

Current PS5 rumors suggest Sony is targeting a 2020 release. They are hopeful of March that year but will more likely be November 2020.

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That leads us to the other question of when will the PS5 be announced. Sony not appearing at this year’s E3 has sparked rumors they are preparing something big elsewhere. There is nothing bigger than the PS5! Consequently, the big PSX event is being cautiously earmarked by gaming enthusiasts as a potential announcement date.

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Hungrybox demonstrates why Steve is so “busted” in Smash Ultimate

Published: 18/Oct/2020 20:02

by Bill Cooney

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Minecraft’s Steve has finally arrived in Smash Ultimate, and players are busy familiarizing themselves with his move set. It has so much potential, streamer Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma had no other way to describe it than “broken.”

Steve and the rest of the Minecraft fighter skins joined Smash in early October, and have definitely been making waves ever since.

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His kit is one of the most unique in Smash, requiring players to mine for materials by hitting the stage with the pickaxe in order to get the most power out of his moves.

If they are fully-charged, those abilities can put some serious hurt on opponents, which Hungrybox discovered almost immediately while trying out the character on stream.

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“He’s crazy, he’s actually crazy man. Busted,” the Smash pro argued. “You have to be constantly building and mining, but once you get a diamond, you’re good.”

Diamonds are used to upgrade your weapons, which increases Steve’s melee attack power significantly. Even though he lacks a ton of range, the Jigglypuff main noted, he more than makes up for it with the amount of damage he’s able to put out.

One of the most impressive combos shared by Hungrybox has to be what’s known as the ‘Thanos Car’ where Steve sets up two blocks then deploys his minecart to bounce between them. Time it just right, and you’ll be able to catch enemies coming off the ledge with a fully-charged hit after breaking one of the tiles.

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The fact that this combo already exists is a testament not just to Steve’s power, but the creativity of the Smash community as a whole, who definitely waste no time experimenting when a new fighter hits the scene.

Steve might be an absolute powerhouse, but that doesn’t mean his rollout didn’t have a few hiccups as well. Like one very annoying bug that sends opponents through the map when facing off against him, as if he needed any more help winning.

While he seems incredibly powerful now, it’s only a matter of time (hopefully) before players like Hungrybox start working on ways to counter the Minecraft star. Still, we can already tell that nasty down smash will definitely cause its fair share of tilt in matches going forward.

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