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Neil Soutter
on 26 May 2015 at 17:30

We’ve barely got the 14nm die shrink in our hands but Intel has claimed it already knows how to produce 7 nanometre chips. Intel’s continuing battle with Moore’s Law continues apace, with fabrication of central processing units using the 10nm process beginning next year, and the jump to the smaller 7nm node already planned after that.

The traditional methods of die shrinking for manufacturing microprocessors will eventually come to an end, but Intel believes there’s some life in it yet with these 7nm plans. “After 10nm, comes 7nm and we feel very confident that we have line of sight of how to manufacture that node,” said Renee James, president of Intel, during a Q&A session with stockholders at the company’s annual meeting. “Overall, we think, we are in a very good shape.”

Stuart Thomas
on 26 May 2015 at 14:45

A leaked AMD driver has all but confirmed our fears - the upcoming AMD Radeon 300 series is basically a rebrand of the Radeon R200 series, with the exception of the new Fiji GPU being used for the unnamed high-end Radeon R9 flagship graphics card.

It increasingly appears as if the Fiji GPU will be spun off into its own entity, much like Nvidia’s Titan series, offering up the best of the best performance from an AMD Radeon graphics card. Now back to those rebrands, and in the table below you can see how this is going to pan out, with a number of last-generation GPUs given a fresh lick of paint and presumably minor clock speed bumps.

Joffy S
on 25 May 2015 at 16:00

Act of Aggression is hitting PC next month, and for fans on a real-time strategy kick this could be one to watch. It's from Eugen Systems, the mighty fine folk behind the Wargame series. This time around, however, it's not all fight, fight, fight, despite the name - Act of Aggression features extensive base building and resource management. Think Command & Conquer: Generals and you're along the right lines.

Set in the near-future, Act of Aggression pits three global superpowers against one another in a fight to the death, with an RTS hailing back to the golden era of the genre. Before you start constructing your impenetrable compound however, make sure you check out the official Act of Aggression system requirements.

Neil Soutter
on 23 May 2015 at 12:00

It looks as if the final specs of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 980 Ti have been partially revealed, alongside the first benchmark results. A leaked shipping record suggests the GeForce GTX 980 Ti is already beginning to roll out. It features a GM200-310 GPU, 6GB GDDR5 memory and a 384-bit memory bus.

Unfortunately there’s still no word on pricing, but we do have our hands on the first benchmark results. The performance numbers come from a 3DMark test, and it also provides a further specification breakdown. As expected the GTX 980 Ti is using the a modified version of the GM200 GPU used in the GTX Titan X, albeit with two SMMs disabled to make use of the less than perfect chip yield from the Titan X. Despite this, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti still more than holds its own against the brute force of Nvidia’s GTX Titan X…

Joffy S
on 22 May 2015 at 15:37

Just a quick update here, but Electronic Arts’ technical director on Frostbite, Johan Andersson, has tweeted out an image of what very much looks to be the next flagship AMD graphics card - the AMD Radeon R9 390X.

While it’s by no means concrete info, it certainly looks like the leaked renders we saw a few weeks ago, indicating that those were very much the real deal. Andersson tweeted out the image, alongside the message “This new island is one seriously impressive and sweet GPU. wow & thanks @AMDRadeon ! They will be put to good use :)”, alluding to the Pirate Island GPUs.

Joffy S
on 22 May 2015 at 12:45

Intel has been finalising the launch schedules for the entirety of its upcoming range of processors based on the ‘Skylake’ microarchitecture. Previous estimates had hinted the first desktop processors could arrive late this year, but the latest reports indicate Intel could have Skylake-S ready as soon August this year.

We’re expected to finally get our first look at the Skylake microprocessors during the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, set to run from 18th-20th August. Intel’s got plenty to demonstrate, with quite a few processors expected towards the tail-end of this year and into the beginning of 2016.

Joffy S
on 21 May 2015 at 14:00

Reports are emerging that Nvidia is planning to reveal its own GeForce GTX 980 Ti at the very same Computex event in Taipei that AMD is scheduled to launch its Radeon R9 300 family of graphics cards. If Nvidia does push out the 980 Ti then it’s certainly going to take the wind out of AMD’s sails, offering performance lodged somewhere above a GeForce GTX 980 and in a similar territory to the GTX Titan X.

A lot has been made of AMD’s upcoming flagship model, the High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) equipped Radeon R9 390X. This is expected to debut at the same show, and comes packing the 2.5D memory offering lightning-quick performance. Nvidia’s clearly concerned if these rumours are true, turning the GeForce GTX 980 Ti around for release in rapid time to combat AMD.

Joffy S
on 20 May 2015 at 17:30

After years of waiting and months of speculation, we've finally been able to put The Witcher 3 to the test. After some of the highest requirements we'd ever seen, and downgrade controversies aplenty, it's time to see what the fuss is all about. In these benchmarks we'll be using the trusty GD Machine 2014, equipped with a GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB, Intel i5-4670K processor, and 8GB memory.

Nvidia’s tiny GeForce GTX 750 Ti comes in at a shade under the minimum system requirements for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Having seen how the 750 Ti had performed in a host of other games, however, we were confident the mid-range graphics card was capable of getting reasonable performance in The Witcher 3. The question was, at what level would it be capable of performing?

Stuart Thomas
on 20 May 2015 at 16:15

Oculus will be hosting its very own press conference in the run-up to E3, the VR headset creator has announced. The press event is set to take place in San Francisco on June 11th, just a few days before E3 2015 kicks off.

The invitation asks potential attendees to “Step into the Rift”, hinting this could be a full Oculus Rift unveiling, with games lineup and potential release & pricing details. All we know so far is Oculus is planning to launch the Rift during the first quarter of 2016, where it will go head-to-head with the HTC Vive, and potentially Sony’s Project Morpheus.

Felix Nova
on 20 May 2015 at 15:15

Can a PC that is far below the Witcher 3 minimum system requirements run the game and still produce an ok experience? This is something we are going to explore with our aging AMD graphics card. That's right everybody, it’s time to bring out Jerry.

Dusting down the HD 6670 graphics card and running it in a machine with an equally old-school CPU, an AMD FX-6100, we put the old dog to the test with The Witcher 3. We know that sometimes people benchmarking against a modern graphical behemoth, like The Witcher 3, don’t always tell you if your lower-end machine can still deliver an enjoyable game for The Witcher 3. So we thought we would give you the info to make your choice.