The official “AWS dashboard: Multiple AWS APIs” in the US-EAST-1 Region is down. This problem also affects some of our monitoring and incident response software, causing delays in providing updates. We’ve figured out what’s causing the pain and are trying to fix it.”
The number of complaints of outages is decreasing, and certain services, such as Facebook and Disney Plus, are practically back to normal.
Amazon Web Services is the world’s largest server or cloud computing provider, accounting for 32 percent of the $42 billion cloud computing industry as of April 2021. AWS has gone down today, and at the time of writing, it is still down; we’ll update if that changes, and a slew of other systems that rely on it are also down.
Platforms such as UPlay and the Epic Games Store are down, as are mega-publishers such as Bethesda. AWS bragged in 2019 that over 90% of the world’s largest gaming businesses utilize its services, making it difficult to estimate the number of games that it would impact in some way: Quite a bit.
AWS appears to have gone down around 15:24 GMT (07:24 PT), the outage seems to be centered in the United States, and the AWS Support account has yet to acknowledge the issue or its severity.
This isn’t only affecting the gaming industry: Amazon’s services, such as Prime Video, are down, like other major players like Disney+, Tindr, and Capital One. The Amazon website, in particular, will not enable product searches: It will be losing millions of dollars by the minute, especially at this time of year.
As shops remain barren, Nvidia anticipates RTX 2060 12GB stock to ‘raise the end of December into January.’
The RTX 2060 12GB was announced yesterday, although it may not be available until late December or early 2022. The Nvidia RTX 2060 12GB is a bit of a puzzle. It’s not quite the graphics card you expect it to be in terms of specifications, memory bandwidth, or capacity. While it was officially launched yesterday with decent enough fanfare from board partners, we’re yet to see one legitimately on sale.
I looked for authentic merchants with RTX 2060 12GB stock on the internet—Newegg, Best Buy, Micro Center, B&H, Scan, Overclockers, Box, Ebuyer. I looked at most of the big stores in the United States and the United Kingdom and couldn’t find a single listing.
Even though most significant graphics card makers, such as Asus, Zotac, Palit, Gigabyte, and others, have all announced new (though limited) RTX 2060 12GB cards, this remains the case. It would be like if the RTX 2060 12GB release never happened if it weren’t for a single review published yesterday.
It wouldn’t be the first time a PC component was released without being available, but we’d expect at least a few pre-orders to be fulfilled on launch day. That isn’t the case today, so I was starting to question whether the on-sale date differed from the announcement date.
That is not the case, according to Nvidia. The RTX 2060 12GB went on sale on December 7, 2021, and partners were allowed to distribute their cards from that point forward. Because there is no RTX 2060 12GB Founders Edition, it will be up to partners to decide.
Nvidia anticipates “partner card availability to accelerate from the end of December into January,” according to my sources. So, if you’re eager to get your hands on this card, you might have to wait a bit longer. However, we won’t know the pricing until we see accurate availability. We’re not sure if it’s worth your money over newer GPUs like the GeForce RTX 3060 or AMD’s Radeon RX 6600 without it.
The launch of the RTX 2060 12GB has been unusual. However, I think it anticipated this from a rerelease of an RTX 20-series card. If there’s one obvious thing, it’s that the RTX 2060 12GB won’t be able to get any gamers out of a graphics bind for a while. And that’s assuming Bitcoin miners don’t want it all.
Horizon Zero Dawn now has Nvidia DLSS and AMD FSR frame rate boosts:
The game will make use of the most cutting-edge upscaling technology available. Horizon Zero Dawn received a significant upgrade in version 1.11, resulting in considerable performance improvements for those still hooked on the 2017 action RPG. Not only has support for AMD’s Fidelity Super Resolution (FSR) and Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) been added but the Shader system has also been improved.
Previously, the game had only benefited from Fidelity FX CAS—or Contrast Adaptive Sharpening, which isn’t the best approach, as Redditor points out, and is frequently used to make games seem over sharp. Horizon Zero Dawn fans may now make use of AMD’s latest FSR technology, which sharpens much more subtly and efficiently to provide the appearance of playing at a higher resolution.
Adopting Nvidia’s DLSS technology also means that the green team will no longer rely on the opponent’s upscaling technology. With your favorite tech turned on, you should see some significant speed increases, regardless of whatever GPU you’re using.
It made some adjustments to the game’s UI to reflect these new elements, such as removing the Display Scale option. “you may now achieve the same outcome by modifying the Upscale Method to Simple and adjusting Upscale Quality,” according to the patch notes.
This is in addition to performance enhancements aimed at the game’s Shader management system. One of the new features is the ability for shaders to compile in real-time in the game, eliminating the need for a pre-compilation process at launch.
Nvidia, AMD, and Intel may finally release low-cost graphics cards in 2022:
Will a graphics card for the budget gamer be available in 2022? There’s a good chance there will be a few, given Nvidia, AMD, and Intel are all said to be working on some of their most affordable GPUs. The newest news on that front is that they will release Nvidia’s long-awaited RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti desktop GPUs in the first half of 2022.
Nvidia originally announced the mobile RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti in May of 2021. Since then, these GPUs have found their way into various laptops, including the MSI Pulse GL66, which our Alan evaluated and found to be OK at best. You might believe that’s all there is to know about discrete desktop cards. However, you’d be mistaken.
According to reliable leaker kopite7kimi, the RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti will now ship with the GA106 GPU on the desktop. This is the same Cpu that powers the RTX 3060, and it’s a definite upgrade from the GA107 GPU that powers most mobile RTX 3050 GPUs.
Significantly, the RTX 3050 Ti’s CUDA Core count would grow from 2,560 on mobile to 3,072 on desktop, indicating a 20% boost for the discrete card.
Similarly, these three desktop cards are believed to have 8GB of VRAM instead of the measly 4GB seen on mobile. That’ll be important for performance, as we found the mobile RTX 3050 Ti’s 4GB of GDDR6 RAM to be one of the key reasons preventing it from attaining reasonable frame rates in our previous review.
The graphics card supply has been decimated by silicon scarcity, resulting in skyrocketing prices for top-tier PC gaming hardware like the RTX 3080 or RX 6800 XT. That’s a pity because the fundamental architectures that power Nvidia and AMD’s newest lines are pretty powerful and well-designed.
The RTX 3060 12GB graphics card costs $329. At least, that’s how it’s meant to be. If you can locate it in stock elsewhere, you might be able to get it for at least $100 more. This is also the most affordable RTX 30-series card to date. The RTX 3050 Ti and RTX 3050 may suffer a similar fate if there isn’t enough supply, which will be a bitter pill to swallow for PC gamers in need of an update.
It’s not as if Nvidia is the only choice. Two weeks ago, the announcement of AMD’s Radeon RX 6500 XT and RX 6400 graphics cards had us thrilled for some budget PC gaming choices. When they do arrive, they will undoubtedly be included in prebuilt PCs, and ideally, they will also be available as independent components.
Intel will make its first foray into the discrete graphics card market next year, focusing on gaming. The firm is expected to release its Arc family of GPUs in the new year. The latest rumors from another credible leaker, TUM APISAK, indicate an Intel Arc A380 budget GPU with 6GB of VRAM and performance comparable to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super.
With the combined efforts of all three manufacturers, PC gaming may be able to shake off the exorbitant prices that have made it so tough to get into this year. PC gaming has become much more challenging to enter, and the disappearance of low-cost graphics cards is one reason for this, which is a symptom of total worldwide supply and demand difficulties. There used to be many good budget cards, such as AMD’s Polaris range, but due to a global semiconductor scarcity and increased demand from gamers and non-gamers, they have all but vanished.
Will the introduction of low-cost Nvidia, AMD, and Intel graphics cards solve all of PC gaming’s supply issues? No, but it may make PC gaming a little more accessible for those with a budget of less than $1,000.