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Joffy S
on 28 February 2017 at 13:30

The CPU market is in the process of being flipped upside down. Intel has been sitting pretty for the best part of five years, comfortable AMD had nothing which could truly compete. Now AMD has come all guns blazing with its Ryzen CPUs, kicking things off with the high-end Ryzen 7 chips on March 2nd (Thursday). Intel has reacted quickly, slashing hundreds of dollars off the asking price of its Core CPUs in an effort to halt the red tide. With Intel prices slashed and AMD Ryzen hitting the market in just two days, which high-end processors are offering the best price to performance.

We've taken the three different Ryzen 7 CPUs (Ryzen 7 1700, Ryzen 7 1700X, Ryzen 1800X) and compared them to their equivalent Intel Core counterparts in terms of performance. We then used the leaked CineBench results to form a basis of both their single-threaded and multithreaded performance. Cinebench is an extremely reliable benchmark for testing CPUs rendering capabilities.

Joffy S
on 27 February 2017 at 17:24

Guru of 3D is reporting it has heard claims that Intel is trying manipulate reviews of AMD’s Ryzen CPUs ahead of its launch next week. A number of places, including Semi-Accurate and “certain media”, have allegedly been sent an email from Intel with review guidelines for the first wave of AMD Ryzen products.

The first AMD Ryzen 7 CPUs will be launching on March 2nd and includes the Ryzen 7 1700, Ryzen 7 1700X and the Ryzen 7 1800X.

Joffy S
on 27 February 2017 at 16:38

In quite a strange turn of events we've already got the official Middle-Earth: Shadow of War system requirements. This time yesterday we didn't even know it existed, then Warner Bros announced it at lunch, and here we are now with the PC specs you'll need to play the Mordor sequel. Considering Shadow of War is being announced less than six months before its launch, I can only presume development is almost finished and they're holding out for a quiet period to launch. So no more rambling, here's the (fairly demanding) system requirements you're going to need to play Middle-Earth: Shadow of War on PC.

I think the main thing to point out is there CPU demands for Shadow of War. Ouch. You're going to need some top-tier hardware in order to see it looking its finest. An AMD FX-8350 or Intel Core i7-3770 are recommended which, while old, are both powerful processors. A lot of this is probably down to the much larger battles which are promised to feature in Shadow of War, featuring dozens of troops and systemically generated fortresses based on your gameplay actions.

Joffy S
on 27 February 2017 at 14:00

Following AMD revealing its remarkably aggressive pricing for Ryzen this week, Intel has been forced to react quickly, slashing the prices of just about its entire current lineup of Core CPUs.

AMD took the PC hardware world by surprise when it actually delivered on its promise of incredible price to performance. Too often hardware manufacturers try to bamboozle us with lofty claims before under-delivering, yet AMD Ryzen looks to be the real deal. In the case of the case of the $500 Ryzen 7 1800X, it delivers performance equivalent to the $1100 i7-6900. It would be fair to say Intel is most definitely worried.

Stuart Thomas
on 27 February 2017 at 11:24

Zenimax really is going in heavy on Oculus. Fresh after taking the Facebook-owned company to court to the tune of $500 million (admittedly some way short of the $2 billion target), Zenimax is now looking to file an injunction to prevent future sales of Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets.

The original court case saw Zenimax awarded half a billion dollars in damages after it alleged Oculus had used stolen code to create its VR hardware. The jury agreed on this charge, however Zenimax believed the damages awarded weren’t significant enough.

Joffy S
on 26 February 2017 at 16:00

Forget about days, we can now feasibly count down the hours until AMD’s next-generation Ryzen CPUs are unleashed on the world. To say they look like a bargain seems like a huge understatement. Ladies and gents, this is what competition for Intel finally looks like. Over in Silicon Valley the blue team is probably proverbially cacking itself.

From what we’ve seen so far of AMD’s Ryzen (including leaked benchmarks for the Ryzen R7 1700X and AMD’s Ryzen R5 1600X), first impressions are that while AMD may not necessarily be smashing Intel in terms of performance, it very much is when it comes to price. Some of these CPUs offer the same performance as Intel processors triple their price. At this stage if you’re looking to buy a new gaming CPU it seems like an absolute no brainer to fall down on the Team Red side of the fence.

Joffy S
on 24 February 2017 at 20:13

BioWare were clearly trying to catch me off guard releasing the official Mass Effect Andromeda system requirements deep into a Friday evening, but they won’t slip past me that easy. We’ve got the official systems specs you’re going to need in order to dust off your space boots and join the galaxy-wide quest with Ryder and co. So without further ado ladies, gents, and Korgans, here are the Mass Effect Andromeda system requirements.

As you may be aware, pretty much all games published by EA these days are being developed in the Frostbite Engine. This includes Battlefield 1, FIFA 17, and now Mass Effect Andromeda. This gives us a fairly stable jumping off point. And, as you can see if you check out the BF1 game page, Mass Effect Andromeda features largely the same requirements as DICE’s shooter. The Frostbite engine has become synonymous with great visuals, fantastic performance and top-tier optimization. With any luck, Mass Effect 4 is no different.

Joffy S
on 24 February 2017 at 14:00

For those after a more affordable Ryzen alternative to the Ryzen 7 lineup revealed earlier this week, there was precious little to get excited about. AMD decided to forge ahead with the flagship chips first, before launching Ryzen 3 and Ryzen 5 CPUs later this year. Fortunately we won’t have too long wait.

AMD has said we can expect the Ryzen 5 six-core CPUs sometime in Q2 2017 (Between April and June), before being followed up by the budget Ryzen 3 in the back half of the year. Ryzen 5 is likely to be timed to launch in or around Computex at the tail end of May.

Joffy S
on 24 February 2017 at 11:11

AMD’s impressive resurgence in the graphics card market has tapered off in the last three months, according to research from Jon Peddie market analysts, however this hasn’t stopped chief competitor Nvidia’s market value from plummeting. After a year of rising value, something has got investors spooked. Nvidia shares have started dropping significantly in value after analysts suggested it was time to sell. During the previous day alone they have dropped 9.27%.

Stuart Thomas
on 23 February 2017 at 14:00

AMD has confirmed we will be getting a look at Radeon Vega (Radeon 500 Series) during the livestream on February 28th. The graphics card reveal was announced during yesterday’s Ryzen CPU showcase, and we also got a look at both an actual Radeon Vega graphics card and a first peek at the official Vega logo.

"Hosted by Radeon Technologies Group's Senior Vice President and Chief Architect, Raja Koduri, the show will be a celebration of PC gaming, the technology steering its future, and the developers who work tirelessly to transform their imaginations into tomorrow's blockbuster games,” AMD explained in an official statement.