UPDATE : 16 July @ 14:21
Monster Hunter World PC graphics options revealed.
Ladies and gents, start your engines, the PC system requirements for F1 2018 have been revealed. Codemasters' gloriously good-looking digital recreation of one of the world's fastest motorsports revels in the attention to detail. Fortunately, immersing yourself in the thrills of F1 2018 doesn't require forking out the cash for a Ferrari. PC gamers can play F1 2018 and race around Monaco for a far more reasonable cost.
A lot can happen in a year, which is to say that while F1 2018 looks much the same game as last year's F1 2018, there are still some fairly large changes to the system specs. Don't fret though, it's not all bad. In fact, in terms of Nvidia users, F1 2018 is actually less demanding than F1 2017. Perhaps Codemasters has been busy optimising F1 2018 for GeForce graphics cards.
We’ve had AMD, so it’s only fair we turn our attention to the greener side of life, to Nvidia, naturally. The vast majority of discrete graphics cards around the world carry that iconic logo, but what about the brands that are powering these pixel-pumping brutes?
Pop onto your local digital store and you’ll be met with an array of graphics card brands such as MSI, Zotac, Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte and more. Each of these hardware manufacturers takes the chips from Nvidia and add their own unique twists.
We love this time of the hardware cycle. The current crop of graphics cards are just slightly beginning to show their age, and a new generation of hot chips are right around the corner.
AMD is hoping to wow us with its next-generation GPUs, the expectation being that AMD could be ready to ship its 7nm GPUs at some point in 2019.
It’s a debate more well-worn than Gandhi's flip flops but a lot’s changed in recent months and years. Nvidia has, well, made a few less-than-popular decisions in terms of consumers and its partners. Anecdotally, it feels as if the events of this year have done Nvidia more harm than good, although there’s a world of difference between consumers voicing on displeasure and actively acting upon that displeasure.
For some, it doesn’t matter one jot what Nvidia does - if they make the best graphics cards then that’s what they’ll be buying. Others will have taken a stance though. In our poll on the Nvidia GeForce Partner Program back in March, a handful of the GD community did say they will be switching to AMD as a result of what was deemed to be anti-consumer practice. The vast majority weren’t too bothered though, claiming they’d buy which makes the best GPUs.
With the arrival of the next-generation GeForce graphics cards seemingly imminent, much of the chatter has now turned to the all-important pricing of the GeForce GTX 1180 and GeForce GTX 1170. PC gamers want to know how much is the GeForce GTX 1180 going to cost.
Nvidia fans have been left starved of a new GPU generation since Spring 2016 and the thirst is now very much real. Nvidia is probably all too aware of the hunger out there though, and with little competition at the high-end of the market, there’s precious little to stop Team Green from charging whatever the heck it wants. At launch, when supplies are slim, those most ardent fans will usually pay whatever it takes anyway.
It was about this time last year that I pretty much abandoned doing 720p gaming benchmarks. After looking into the data for the resolutions used by PC gamers in 2017, it appeared 1280 x 720 was used by a fairly miniscule portion of the PC gaming community. A year later that trend has continued. Just 0.41% of gamers on Steam are running at 720p, and 1080p is absolutely the de facto standard.
Which is strange, because to look at the gaming and hardware news around the world, you’d think we were in the age of 4K. AMD and Nvidia are falling over themselves to try to bring the ultimate single-GPU 4K solutions to the market, but the truth really does appear to be that most gamers just don’t care about 4K when taking into consideration the additional cost involved.
With the next-generation GPUs right around the corner, the graphics card rumours are flying thick and fast right now. The latest, from DigiTimes, suggests that Nvidia has been busy stockpiling a mammoth supply of one million next-gen Geforce Gaming GPUs in preparation for a huge launch.
DigiTimes claim they’ve heard about the huge haul of graphics cards from its sources nestled in the supply chain. They allege that the worldwide graphics card market currently has an inventory of around seven million graphics cards, with one million of these GPUs being Nvidia’s next-generation product.
You’ll have to forgive us for being a little bit suspicious, but laptop-focused hardware site LaptopMedia is claiming that Lenovo has confirmed the upcoming Lenovo Legion Y530 revision will feature an unannounced Nvidia GeForce GTX 1160 6GB GPU.
Nvidia has yet to even reveal its flagship desktop chips for the much-anticipated GeForce GTX 11 series but rumours are already flying about the notebook variants. The high-end desktop GTX 11 GPUs are expected to launch in August or September, inevitably followed by a mid-range GeForce GTX 1160, and then we usually have to wait a good few months until the notebook graphics cards start trickling in.
If you’re thinking about picking up a budget-priced GeForce GT 1030, you’d best take a long hard look at which version it is before splashing the cash. Back in April, Nvidia quietly unveiled a new range of GeForce GT 1030 GPUs that looked to be phasing out the current crop of GeForce GT 1030 graphics cards already on store shelves. The difference? The new GT 1030’s are equipped with much slower DDR4 memory rather than GDDR5.
At the time we wondered how drastically this could impact performance. On paper, the change meant total memory bandwidth shrinking to just 16GB/s from the 48GB/s offered by the standard GeForce GT 1030. Using actual system memory (RAM) rather than video memory was the big clue, and now GamersNexus have got their hands on one of the newer GeForce GT 1030 DDR4’s and compared how it stacks up to the older GDDR5 models.