Anyone keeping even a cursory eye on the memory market will be all too aware of the soaring prices. In 2016 you could’ve grabbed 16GB DDR4 RAM for $69.99. That very same memory is now on sale for $204.99, an increase of almost 200%.
We've had to be patient but Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition will finally launch on PC on March 6th, priced at $49.99. It'll be bundled in with every piece of downloadable content, more than 20 in all, which by all accounts makes FFXV an absolutely huge package. By all accounts, it will also look absolutely phenomenal, although visuals this good comes at a hefty price. Take a deep breath, here are the official Final Fantasy XV PC system requirements.
Ever since Final Fantasy XV was announced for PC we've had a lot of mixed messaging in regards to the system requirements. Well, here they are, and they're every bit as demanding as you'd expect.
Nvidia is preparing to make its GeForce GTX with Max-Q design a little more affordable for the masses, updating its latest Linux display driver with support for the unannounced GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q chip.
AMD senior VP and CTO Mark Papermaster has posted a full and frank update on how AMD’s processors may, or may not, be affected by the Spectre and Meltdown CPU security flaws.
“At AMD, security is our top priority and we are continually working to ensure the safety of our users as new risks arise,” says Papermaster, before going on to update users on three specific known exploits.
Samsung has pioneered the first mass production of 8GB HBM2 memory chips, offering an unprecedented 2.4Gb/s data transfer speed per pin. Codenamed “Aquabolt”, the second generation HBM2 is targeted at the graphics card and supercomputing markets, opening the door to potential gaming GPUs with 32GB HBM2 memory.
Up until now the majority of GPUs have been restricted to 2-Hi or 4-Hi stacks, yet 8-Hi HBM2 memory sticks could potentially allow for 32GB HBM2 graphics cards. Each of the HBM2 chips provides 307GB/s memory bandwidth, running almost 10 times faster than an 8Gb GDDR5 memory chip (32GB/s). Stack four on a GPU and we’re looking at total memory bandwidth in excess of 1.2TB/s. By comparison, Nvidia’s Titan V with its 12GB HBM2 delivers total memory bandwidth of 652.8GB/s, making it the current market leader.
It's taken 12 damn years, ironically enough, but Final Fantasy XII will finally be gracing us with its presence on PC on February 1st. If you've been playing them in the order they've been released then you've probably had a wild ride flitting from FFXIV to III, IV, XIII, X, IX, now XII and next XV. It's a good job so few of the Final Fantasy games are interconnected. The PC version of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age remaster will run at 60fps and be compatible with 21:9 ultra-wide monitors, although official 4K support is not provided. 4K or not though, these are some pretty demanding system requirements.
We'll begin with the minimum specs for FFXII, which are much more in line with what we'd expect. All you'll need is a modest dual-core processor to get Final Fantasy XII up and running on PC, paired with 4GB RAM and any mid-range graphics card from the last five years with at least 2GB VRAM. These are low-end specs which should ensure Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age can at least run on just about any modern gaming PC. The one tricky thing to look out for is the large 50GB install size, which will mean a lengthy download for some.
Pinning just how and what the Spectre and Meltdown security vulnerabilities can affect is an endlessly tricky process. After it originally emerged as an Intel-specific CPU flaw, the likes of AMD, Microsoft, Google, Apple, Mozilla, and Nvidia all hurriedly issued patches in order to mitigate the flaw.
It now turns out that Nvidia is confident its graphics cards are totally immune to Meltdown, and that its recent driver security update was purely to patch CPU security vulnerability in regards to its GeForce software.
Microsoft has suspended the latest Windows updates for AMD users which have delivered fixes for the Spectre security vulnerabilities. Multiple Windows users with AMD processors were reporting their PCs were unable to boot following the updates, causing the dreaded Blue Screen of Death.
“Microsoft has reports of customers with some AMD devices getting into an unbootable state after installing recent Windows operating system security updates,” explains Microsoft.
Razer loves using CES to trot out all sorts of experimental products, the majority of which never see the light of day. Previously we’ve had Project Christine, a modular PC design, while last year we had Project Valerie, a triple-screen laptop which was actually stolen from the show floor. This year it’s the turn of an altogether more realistic proposition - the Project Linda prototype turns the Razer Phone into a laptop.
It’s not the first device to attempt this, but it’s certainly one of the more premium looking attempts. The idea is also pretty simple; the current Razer Phone simply slides into a dedicated Razer laptop chassis right where you’d expect the trackpad to be, and acts as an extremely capable version of one.
As we begin to reach the point of diminishing returns for the traditional silicon-based FinFET fabrication process, the hardware giants are inevitably turning their attention to other solutions. The elephant in the room (or the pie in the sky, if you like) is quantum computing. This is an embryonic, expensive and risky technology that could open the gateway to heaps more computing power.
This week at CES 2018, Intel has made another huge leap toward quantum computing, revealing its first 49-qubit superconducting quantum test chip - ‘Tangle Lake’. The name is taken from an Alaskan lake, referring to the extremely cold temperatures required in order to a quantum processor to even function.