Ashley: Welcome to The Know. I’m Ashley Jenkins
Mica: I’m Mica Burton Ashley: If you thought the console wars were bad wait till you get a load of how bad the fighting’s gotten over PC graphics cards. We laugh because it’s…it’s ridiculous but we also have to do it to keep crying.
Mica: Yes. In news that could have only happened in Russia, one man has just been sentenced to prison for murdering his former coworker over an argument about GPUs. Ashley: And no, they weren’t arguing about a stolen or broken GPU. They were literally arguing about the same thing that gets argued about in the comment sections all across the internet. Which manufacturers GPUs are better? Nvidia or AMD? Mica: The gruesome incident took place in the town of Saransk, Russia last September, when the former co-workers got together for beers to celebrate National Programmers Day. Ashley: And why wouldn’t you? That’s a great occasion for a bev. At some point during the evening, an argument broke out over Nvidia vs AMD and rather than sort it out with a good old-fashioned flame war the defendant thirty-seven-year-old Aleksander Trofimov decided to attack his AMD loving friend. Trofimov grabbed a knife from the kitchen, hit the victim in the head with it which killed him and then proceeded to after he’d killed him stab him like 11 times and unfortunately it didn’t stop there. Trofimov loaded the victim into the trunk of his car and then drove him outside of town to bury him. Mica: The next day, he got spooked when questioned by the police and decided that, you know burying the body wasn’t enough. He went back, he dug him up and proceeded to, you know what anyone normal does, set him on fire. Trofimov tried to play things you know pretty cool for a bit longer after that but he later admitted to the crime when police questioned him again. So he went through all the trouble of burning a body only to have confessed. Ashley: So in all these months after the crime, the news is actually making the rounds now because Trofimov has just been sentenced. Now according to reports, Trofimov is being punished with- get this because he killed a dude, knifed him in the head which is a lot and then buried him and then burned him Nine-and-a-half years in prison. Mica: In actuality, part of the somewhat lenient sentencing was due to the fact that Trofimov did ultimately cooperate with the police. He even surrenderred the murder weapon and told them where he dumped the bloody clothes(gross) plus the victims cellphone. Although they never found those. Ashley: Now, look, we’re- Ok, so we’re making jokes about this and its in poor taste. It’s obviously the whole situation is really really awful but can we just say it’s also utterly ridiculous that an argument we see play out all the time on the internet went this far. That’s crazy right?
Mica: It’s pretty crazy. Because you know the human race can as we’ve seen be really, REALLY shitty. Ashley: We’re good at that.
Mica: We are really good at that. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen completely disproportionate real-life response to an argument that typically stays online. Ashley: Yes so it’s not exactly the same but a remarkably similar situation did play out back in 2010 when a French Counter-Strike player tracked down another online gamer over a beef the two had established in a game of Counter-Strike and it all started over you know the traditional Counter-Strike knife round. Mica: In that round twenty-year-old gamer
Julian Barreaux felt he was embarrassed by his opponent who killed him to win the match. Following that, Barreaux spent nearly seven months, that’s not obsessive at all tracking down his nemesis known as Mikhael. He found out that he lived only a few miles away.
Ashley: So, as you do, Barreaux went to his house knocked on the door and then stabbed him in the chest.
Ashley: He did miss his heart by a few inches at least. Police ended up arresting him within the hour and the Counter-Strike player confessed to what he had done. Mica: During the man’s sentencing the judge said : (highlighted) Ashley: Which it sounds like a setup for pretty stiff sentencing but after all that he got two years in prison for causing egregious bodily harm.
Mica: What?! Ashley: So apparently stabbing people over a stupid internet fight carries pretty light sentencing around the world if you’re curious. Although, also the rest of the world says that the US sentences too heavily, so take that as you will. Mica: But please don’t stab people over the internet (yeah) Ashley: Regardless of sentencing, don’t stab people.
Mica: Don’t stab people.
Ashley: In the head, near the heart…don’t do it.
Mica: Just don’t do it. Keep your knives to yourselves. But, back to the first story. If the two men’s argument over AMD and NVIDIA had taken place now, they might have just a little bit more to talk about.
Ashley: Wow. Mica: AMD today announced a special event at GDC next week to unveil details about the Radeon 500 series Vega GPU so. Ashley: The reported graphics cards, the Vega 10 and 11, those will reportedly launch in May. Both are meant to serve as competitors to Nvidia’s dominant GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 line. Now some early tests that the hardware supposedly showed that the Vega 10 is set to out perform the GTX 1080 by at least ten percent.
Mica: But not to be outdone, many are expecting a possible unveil of the GTX 1080 Ti by Nvidia at GDC as well. The GTX 1080 Ti has been rumored for a couple of weeks now and Nvidia just happens to be hosting their own event on the same day as AMD’s Vega reveal. Ashley: Yeah Nvidia’s announced new hardware at GDC in the past so it’s not like this is new. They unveiled the SHIELD TV console at GDC back in 2015, for instance so it’s possible they could announce the new iteration of the GTX 1000 series next week as well.
Mica: So it looks like there will be even more hardware to argue about between-
Ashley: And hopefully not stab each other over. Mica: Please don’t stab each other! It’s just, you know, a fight between Nvidia and AMD. They’re both graphics cards. It will be fine. Ashley: They don’t need you to defend them at knife point.
Mica: No.They are non-sentient.
Ashley: They’re fine. Mica: They won’t get their feelings hurt. So, you know, next time your coworker invites you over to talk shit about your GPU of choice. Just in case, take a raincheck on that one. Ashley: Yeah so what do you guys think of this insane story about a PC gaming hardware argument gone wrong? Is nine years light sentencing or you can just say that the US penal system is too harsh. Let us know all of those thoughts in the comments. Mica: For future updates on the ridiculous steps of PC hardware wars, like this video and subscribe to The Know. Ashley: If we ever have to report something like this again, I might, no, I won’t stab someone because that’s not nice. Mica: That’s not nice! Don’t stab people! Ashley: But I’ll leave some firm internet words! Mica: Harshly worded letters. Mica: In that round, 20 year old gamer Julian Bordeaux- Barreaux? Mica: That’s not extreme at all.
Ashley: No, that’s pretty extreme.