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Katie Allen
on 26 August 2014 at 17:31

The AMD R9 285 was officially revealed last week following a slew of rumours leading up to the launch, and we’re already seeing a number of designs of the card popping up online.

One of the more interesting of these comes from Sapphire, who have created a tiny version of the card aimed at the Mini-ITX form factor. The R9 285 ITX Compact Edition will also be available in an OC variant, and will likely be available come early September.

Jon Sutton
on 25 August 2014 at 17:00

Storage on PCs has long been a problem. Back in the mists of time people thought the humble 1.44MB floppy disk was a storage beast. It wasn’t long until they were fumbling through their copies of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, looking for that blasted fifth floppy to continue their adventure. Storage has grown exponentially, but no matter how much we get we always want more. That all changed over the last few years, and now we want faster and faster. SSD’s deliver the goods for a premium price, but they’re let down by short lifespans.

RRAM, or high-capacity Resistive RAM, is thought to be the future of computer memory. Off-limits to the average consumer since its conception, RRAM is now closer than ever to commercial release. Cited as a flash RAM killer, RRAM promises to have 20 times the write performance of NAND flash memory, but at a fraction of the size and drawing on a fraction of the power.

Katie Allen
on 22 August 2014 at 17:00

Thanks to some leaked manuals for Gigabyte’s X99 motherboards, it looks like the upcoming Intel Core i7-5820K will be able to address fewer PCI-E lanes than other, more powerful i7-5000 series CPUs.

According to the leaks, the Haswell-E CPUs will have a variety of different PCI-Express lanes. So whilst more expensive models like the i7-5930K will be able to address 40 lanes, the 5820K - the cheapest card in the line - will only access 28 lanes.

Jon Sutton
on 22 August 2014 at 14:15

Like a lot of sports franchises on PC, 2K's NBA series has taken a bit of time to make the leap to its next-generation graphics engine. While PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners were treated to the stunning new engine last year, it's at last made its way to us for NBA 2K15. This means NBA 2K15 will be the best looking basketball game in existence on PC, sporting unparalleled levels of detail and ultra realistic animation to take shooting hoops to the next level.

2K announced last week that from here on out the PC versions of NBA 2K15 and beyond are going to match the console versions feature for feature. Every mode and every detail will be present on PC. For the first time ever the EuroLeague teams have been included, among a host of gameplay and graphical improvements. To find out whether your PC's going to pull a flop or a slam-dunk though, read on to check out the NBA 2K15 system requirements.

Katie Allen
on 22 August 2014 at 12:30

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is one indie title that's been making headlines this year, in part because of the pretty visually stunning environments developers The Astronauts have created for the game.

With so much graphical goodness on offer, we were expecting this Lovecraftian murder mystery to come with some pretty considerable requirements. However, The Astronauts just unveiled the minimum system specs for the game, and we have to admit we were pleasantly surprised.

Katie Allen
on 21 August 2014 at 17:00

It looks like Intel isn’t the only chip maker to be refreshing its processors this year. According to a new report, AMD will be launching a refreshed line-up of processors based on their x86 Piledriver architecture at the beginning of September, consisting of the FX-8370, FX-8370E and FX-8320E.

According to unconfirmed sources, AMD is trying to make its CPUs and APUs more competitive when compared to Intel’s Haswell Refresh and Devil’s Canyon designs. As well as the FX microprocessors, which are scheduled to release on 1st September, AMD is allegedly slashing prices on older FX models and will also launch a new budget chipset with USB 3.0 support.

Jon Sutton
on 20 August 2014 at 17:30

Hong Kong resident Chi-Kui Lam has set a new overclocking world record, boosting his Intel Haswell i7 CPU all the way up to a staggering 7193.8 MHz clock speed.

The world record is the highest frequency ever recorded for a Haswell processor, with Lam clocking up the impressive figure on an Intel Core i7-4770K, in addition to some pretty hefty cooling to prevent a total meltdown.

Katie Allen
on 20 August 2014 at 10:52

Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) - the oldest League of Legends eSports team still active - has teamed up with Razer to produce a CLG-branded version of Razer’s highly popular BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth mechanical keyboard.

The CLG version of the board comes in a black and white metal design with white backlit keys. Like the 2014 edition of the Razer BlackWidow board, the CLG board comes with Razer’s own mechanical switches, which have a slightly lower actuation point (amount of pressure required to register a keystroke) than their Cherry MX equivalents. This gives a very slight advantage to competitive gamers as it allows faster, more precise commands without the need to hammer keys.

Katie Allen
on 19 August 2014 at 10:09

The Windows August update has had a lot of attention. First, it was rumoured to be bringing back the Start menu to Windows 8.1, before it turned out that, in fact, that particular bonus would be held back until Windows Threshold. Then it emerged that the update would solely be security-oriented.

It seems the August update wasn’t just underwhelming in terms of features, however. Just a week after its August 12th launch, Microsoft has pulled the update entirely, and advised those who have already installed it to uninstall thanks to a range of problems relating to the updates.

Katie Allen
on 18 August 2014 at 16:30

With Nvidia rounding off Gamescom 2014 with their conference yesterday, we were kind of hoping we might hear some news about the GTX 880, which had been widely rumoured to be making an appearance at this year’s show, allegedly alongside the upcoming flagship’s release date and a little more information about the card.

Looks like the rumour mill was wrong in this particular instance, as Nvidia used Gamescom to tell us more about the upcoming Nvidia Shield tablet and announce another upcoming bundle for its high-end graphics cards…