Roll up, roll up! It's the next in the seemingly never-ending line-up of Ubisoft releases hitting over this three-week period. Far Cry 4's out and it's caused quite a stir, crash-landing amid the PC gaming community before razing everything in sight down with a handily placed flamethrower.
It's safe to say Far Cry fans are loving it, and what's not to love about riding an elephant armed with an RPG? You that is, not the elephant, they probably haven't got the dexterity for it, even if some of them do paint. We put Far Cry 4 through its paces already on the GeForce GTX 670, but now it's the turn of the GD Machine 2014. Locked and loaded with a GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB, 8GB RAM and an Intel i5-4670K, it's primed and ready to (hopefully) give Far Cry 4 a roasting in some benchmarks.
AMD has been holding its two-day “Future of Computing” event in Singapore this week, taking the wraps of its new Carrizo APU designed specifically for all-in-one systems and high-end mobile devices. John Byrne, senior VP and general manager of AMD’s Computing and Graphics department, claimed during the presentation that it is the biggest leap ever from AMD in terms of energy efficiency.
The tiny Carrizo chip has been designed with extremely low power draw in mind, focusing on extended battery life all the while providing a boost in performance. The APU is both a CPU and an integrated GPU, with AMD boasting it has full DirectX 12 and Mantle capability, and is tuned for the like’s of EA’s Frostbite engine and the Crytek’s CryEngine.
Amid all the controversy that surrounded Assassin's Creed Unity's launch, one thing stood head and shoulders above the rest, and that was those ridiculous system requirements. They were so far above and beyond anything we'd seen, we were just itching to give it a go.
The minimum demands of a GeForce GTX 680 sounded crazy on paper, and the £400+ graphics card requirement looked like it could well be spelling doom for Assassin's Creed Unity on the GD Machine 2014 with its GeForce GTX 750 Ti. We've seen how it's already dispatched the likes of Alien Isolation and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare with ease though, so we had high hopes it would be able to handle AC Unity, armed with the aforementioned 750 Ti and an Intel i5-4670K processor with 8GB RAM.
It’s a case of another day another driver at the moment, and if you’ve been keeping an eye on your GeForce Experience notifications you’ll have seen that yet another one has crept out, this time providing all sorts of performance boosts to the flurry of games coming out recently and in days to come, as well as all-new Multi-Frame Sample Anti-Aliasing for Maxwell architecture.
Top of the list in the GeForce 344.75 WHQL driver is Far Cry 4 optimisation, so if you’re having any sort of performance issues on GeForce hardware then this is looking like a driver definitely worth grabbing pronto. Meanwhile improvements and enhancements are also on offer for the likes of Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Crew, and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.
Take Two CEO Strauss Zelnick has offered his two cents on the future of video games, claiming that the world of gaming isn’t ready for virtual reality. Both Oculus VR’s Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus are increasingly nearing consumer releases, but Zelnick thinks that the experience and the demand just isn’t there yet for gamers to strap on headsets.
The Grand Theft Auto 5 publisher who oversees the likes of Rockstar and 2K Games thinks that the dramatic shift required just isn't doable right now, with the technical limitations in particular proving too prohibitive.
The master of stealth Jack Bauer is back. Sorry, I meant Snake. Whatever the case, Snake is once more entering a cardboard box near you in the form of the PC release of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, which is arriving on December 18th, just in time for the holidays.
Snake isn't a man known for tucking into roast potatoes and pigs in blankets though, preferring to spend the holiday season on a desolate rock, gutting unwary guards and hijacking a tank, before settling down and roasting some chestnuts on an open fire. MGS: Ground Zeroes caused quite a stir when it arrived earlier this year, providing some of the best emergent gameplay yet seen in what was an all-too-brief experience. In terms of tickling the taste buds in anticipation of MGSV: The Phantom Pain, which is coming next year to PC, it's gloriously hard to beat. To find out whether your PC's going to wet itself during a holdup or prepared to commandeer a tank and blow the place to smithereens, read on to check out the official MGS: Ground Zeroes system requirements.
Our benchmarks for Assassin’s Creed Unity on the GeForce GTX 750 Ti will at last be up later today, but ahead of those results we’ve got some captured footage straight from the GD Machine 2014 of AC: Unity in action at 1920 x 1080 resolution.
There’s been a bit of a delay in getting it up and running because, Uplay being Uplay, it got caught in a vicious cycle of fatal errors and disconnections that caused quite a bit of ire in me. Nevertheless we’ve got it up and running now, so you can have a good look at how the GeForce GTX 750 Ti will cope with the outrageously demanding Assassin’s Creed Unity.
Nvidia has created the world’s first graphics card with a staggering 24GB of on-board high-speed GDDR5 memory. The Tesla K80 is a dedicated workstation GPU and is, as it stands, the world’s fastest professional graphics card.
Under the hood the Tesla K80 features a pair of GK210-Duo Kepler GPUs with a total of 4992 CUDA cores, 416 TMUs and 96 ROPs. Most impressive of all though is definitely the huge stack of VRAM on-board, 24GB of a GDDR5 memory on a dual 384-bit interface.
Obviously today we have a handful of items relating to Far Cry 4. This one is a video showing the different FC4 graphics options and their impact on our Nvidia GTX 670 machine.
Basically you can see the player run around at the very beginning of Far Cry 4, to show you how the graphics look at various FC4 default settings. Dont forget on the trailer, select 1080p resolution so you get the best Far Cry 4 graphics setting trailer clarity.
Far Cry 4 is built on the Dunia 2 Engine just like Far Cry 3 was back in 2012. So some good news for those excited by the latest Far Cry. With a few adjustments and improvements Far Cry 4 is not likely to cripple your modern PC machine, like Assassins Creed Unity has been doing lately.
We explore how Far Cry 4 runs on our Nvidia GTX 670 machine. A pretty solid graphics card, even by todays standards, with a reasonable i5 CPU and 8GB RAM.