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Jon Sutton
on 16 January 2019 at 15:44

UPDATE: AMD has issued a statement counteracting reports that fewer than 5000 Radeon VII graphics cards have been manufactured.

"While we don't report on production numbers externally, we will have products available via AIB partners and AMD.com at launch of Feb. 7, and we expect Radeon VII supply to meet demand from gamers," wrote AMD in the statement.

Jon Sutton
on 16 January 2019 at 14:09

Fans of colossal spaceships are in for a treat next week. Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 adopts Games Workshop's classic tabletop game on a scale never seen before. The RTS sequel expands its roster to a dozen factions from the Warhammer 40K universe, pitting them against one another in epic space battles, both in the campaign and with online multiplayer.

It's been three years since Battlefleet Gothic Armada first graced us with its presence though, and BFG: Armada 2 is promising to up the ante with improved visuals. Here are the Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2 PC minimum system specs.

Jon Sutton
on 16 January 2019 at 09:45

It's a New Dawn, it's a new day, and the system requirements for Far Cry: New Dawn have us feeling good. Ubisoft has provided us with an extensive look at the system specs for FC: New Dawn, a standalone pseudo-sequel to Far Cry 5 that transports us into a post-apocalyptic, blissfully colourful and bloodthirsty world.

"We are very proud of what our team achieved with the PC version of Far Cry New Dawn and cannot wait for PC players to discover the post-apocalyptic scenario we've created," said Raphael Parent, tech director at Ubisoft Montreal. "The bold art direction we have taken for this game is all about a colorful, hopeful, and inviting world, which we know will benefit a great deal from the power of current PC hardware. We hope that players will love the fresh new look of Far Cry New Dawn."

Stuart Thomas
on 15 January 2019 at 12:43

The full transcript has emerged from the CEsS 2019 Q&A session in which Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang called out the Radeon VII as “lousy”. It turns out there were plenty of other takeaways from the session as well, including Huang’s affirmation that while cloud gaming will be huge, PC gaming on local hardware is here to stay.

Nvidia has pumped a lot into game streaming already and is, at this point, one of the most successful proponents of it thanks to GeForce Now. Huang touts “hundreds of thousands” of concurrent users even at this early stage, primarily down to PC users trying to take their games anywhere.

Jon Sutton
on 15 January 2019 at 11:21

Nvidia has almost completely sold out of its entire inventory of GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics cards from the GeForce GTX 1060 and upwards according to Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang.

Speaking during a Q&A session, Jensen fielded questions on the blowback from the rapid decline in demand from cryptocurrency demand. This resulted in a large excess inventory of GTX 10 GPUs and subsequently caused Nvidia’s stock value to plummet by more than 50%.

Jon Sutton
on 14 January 2019 at 15:42

Resident Evil 2 Remake is available to play right now thanks to a demo on Steam. We've been busy putting this top-to-bottom remake through its paces to see how Resi Evil 2 runs on PC. Resident Evil 2 Remake is, without question, a fantastic looking game, but it can also be quite a performance hog if you're not careful. A number of graphics options in Resi 2 can tank the frame rate.

This Resident Evil 2  PC performance guide can help you hit the sweet spot between graphics and performance. Using the chart below, you can find out just how demanding each graphics option is in RE2: Remake, demonstrating the percentage drop in frame rates when turning the graphics setting from Low to Ultra. This can provide an at-a-glance look at which graphics settings affect the frame rate the most in Resi Evil 2.

Neil Soutter
on 13 January 2019 at 12:57

Times change and Adobe Photoshop isn't the demanding software it once was. Just about all new graphics cards will work with Photoshop without a hitch, and it's even possible to run Adobe Photoshop without a display adaptor. However, there are a number of GPU-exclusive features in the Adobe Photoshop software. 

Photoshop requires a graphics card for 3D, Oil Paint; Render - Flame, Picture Frame, Tree; Scrubby Zoom; Birds Eye Views; Flick Panning and Smooth Brush Resizing.

Stuart Thomas
on 11 January 2019 at 13:08

It’s been a long time coming but the PCIe 4.0 standard is almost upon us. PCI Express 4.0 will officially be supported by AMD’s upcoming Ryzen third-gen Matisse CPUs but in the meantime, Phison, a Taiwanese manufacturer of NAND flash controllers, has been showing off its E16 NVMe SSD controller during demo sessions at CES 2019.

The new PCIe 4.0 standard represents the first jump forward in the motherboard expansion slot for the best part of nine years. PCIe 4.0 has many benefits but the chief advantage is it doubles the bandwidth of the PCIe lanes and therefore improves data transfer rates. The PCIe 4.0 specification delivers 16GT/s data rates in comparison to 8GT/s on PCIe 3.0.

Stuart Thomas
on 10 January 2019 at 14:43

AMD is understandably proud of its new flagship Radeon VII GPU, a new high-end competitor to Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080. Nvidia head honcho Jensen Huang isn’t having any of it though, delivering a series of withering put-downs in regards to his competitor’s new graphics card.

“It’s underwhelming,” said Huang during a chat with PC World, bluntly attempting to knock a $699 graphics card off its pedestal. While you can see the full specs here, the Radeon VII is the world’s first 7nm gaming graphics card, featuring 13.8 TFLOPS of performance and 16GB HBM2 delivering 1TB/s memory bandwidth.

Jon Sutton
on 10 January 2019 at 11:52

One of the undoubted highlights of AMD’s CES 2019 showcase was the unveiling of its next high-end graphics card - the Radeon Vega VII.

The world’s first 7nm gaming GPU finally puts AMD back in contention for enthusiasts, offering a stonking 16GB of HBM2 and performance which AMD claims to rival that of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080.