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Stuart Thomas
on 18 October 2018 at 15:13

We’re heading down the hearsay rabbit hole with this one, but reports have emerged that AMD is on track for a considerable improvement to IPC on its upcoming next-gen Zen 2 CPU architecture.

IPC, or instructions per cycle, is, appropriately enough, the measure of the average number of instructions executed per clock cycle. The IPC value multiplied by the clock speed provides a great indicator of CPU performance, and the ideal is to have high IPC along with high-frequency clock speeds.

Jon Sutton
on 18 October 2018 at 14:08

While Intel’s currently making bank, its disastrous development struggles and halting roadmap for the years ahead are certainly causing Team Blue some concern. As of this week, Intel has announced it’s splitting its manufacturing group into three distinct segments in a massive shake-up aimed at bolstering its development.

The move is tied into the departure of long-time senior VP Sohail Ahmed, who’s been with Intel for 34 years and is currently the head of technology and manufacturing at Intel. Ahmed will be moving on shortly, and Intel will be using this moment to restructure its business.

Jon Sutton
on 17 October 2018 at 17:01

Just like the game itself, the system requirements for Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales have chopped and changed over the last few months. With the October 23rd launch imminent though, CD Projekt RED has settled on the system specs. Originally set to be included with Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales has spiraled into its own 30-hour long RPG, swapping traditional combat for card battling. At first blush, Thronebreaker looks like an RPG that should be playable on just about any system, but let's see how that shakes out...

In a nutshell, Thronebreaker is the perfect RPG for gamers who struggle to run the mighty The Witcher 3. It's absolute laptop fodder; the sort of game you can throw onto just about any system and be confident it'll run. Even if you're scratching down near the minimum requirements for Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, the turn-based Gwent gameplay means a steady frame rate isn't massively important.

Neil Soutter
on 17 October 2018 at 10:21

Nvidia has released its GeForce RTX 2070 today, and while much of the chatter is about the RTX 2070’s minimal performance gain over the GTX 1080, for a far greater price tag, the use of DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) could make this discussion moot.

Team Green has once again been bigging up the deep learning capabilities of its Turing GPUs, offering higher quality antialiasing at a fraction of the cost. Deep Learning Super Sampling generates some pixels the traditional way using the Turing GPU, while others are imagined by AI based upon past experience.

Jon Sutton
on 16 October 2018 at 12:43

UPDATE: IO Interactive jumped the gun a little bit and announced Hitman 2's PC system specs the day the game was officially revealed at E3 2018. We're around a month away from launch and now the system requirements for Hitman 2 have been updated to more accurately reflect the demands. If you were happy to see you matched the recommended specs originally, you'd best look away now...

As compared to the original Hitman 2 PC specs revealed back in June, the minimum system requirements for Hitman 2 have remained exactly the same. However, the recommended PC requirements for Hitman 2 have since increased considerably.

Stuart Thomas
on 16 October 2018 at 10:11

We’ve been hearing rumours of an AMD Polaris fresh for some time now, with plenty of evidence pointing towards a stopgap Radeon RX 600 series. However, just to throw a spanner into the works, an unannounced AMD Radeon RX 590 has just cropped up in the 3DMark database.

Rather than being part of a new family, this card appears to be slotting in at the top of the Radeon RX 500 series, supplanting the current AMD Radeon RX 580.

Jon Sutton
on 15 October 2018 at 12:29

The busy folks at Milestone are back with yet another racer. Ride 3 follows in the tracks of Ride 2, having taken 2017 off to revamp the series' third outing. Ride 3 will be the most feature-packed game yet in the motorbike racing series, offering over 30 tracks and more than 230 unique bike models, both contemporary and historic. Before you start testing that hog out for size though, be sure to give the Ride 3 PC system specs a once-over.

Usually, with these regularly updated racing games, we don't see much chopping and changing with the system specs. However, Ride 3's system requirements are markedly different from Ride 2, offering more demanding minimum specs and less demanding recommended specs. This contraction in requirements is quite unusual, although it may perhaps show Milestone has a more precise idea of the actual system requirements for Ride 3 this time around, based on feedback from Ride 2.

Neil Soutter
on 12 October 2018 at 16:32

What appears to be the first Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 has leaked courtesy of a 3DMark benchmark run discovered by Twitter user TUM APISAK. The sole 3DMark Time Spy benchmark was performed using a custom Zotac graphics card with almost exactly the same specs as the reference RTX 2070 model.

The Time Spy benchmark is designed to test DirectX 12 performance. The GeForce RTX 2070 was paired with an Intel Core i7-8700K CPU clocked at 3.7 GHz. In the benchmark results, the GeForce RTX 2070 has a boost clock speed of 1950 MHz, compared to 1710 MHz on the Founders Edition RTX 2070.

Stuart Thomas
on 11 October 2018 at 15:06

Nvidia is allegedly planning to unveil its series of mobile GeForce RTX 20 Series laptop GPU designs at CES 2019 in January 2019. While firmly in rumour mill territory for now, the arrival of Max-Q versions of the GeForce RTX 20 Series GPUs is pretty much a gimmie.

Sources close to WCCFTech have reported we can expect a complete line-up of both GeForce RTX 20 Series Max-Q designs and RTX 2000-series mobility parts. CES 2019 takes place from January 8th through to January 11th.

Neil Soutter
on 10 October 2018 at 17:23

Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward is looking to hire an Associate Game Designer to help work on an “unannounced next gen title.”

Rumours have been gathering pace for the last few weeks and months concerning next-gen consoles, with Sony confirming a PlayStation 4 successor just this week. This job listing from Activision adds yet more fuel to the fire.