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Stuart Thomas
on 22 June 2017 at 12:45

AMD is allegedly planning to ship its gaming-focused Radeon RX Vega graphics cards boards to AIB partners this week, ahead of a planned launch for the new top-end GPU range at some point during late July / early August.

In all likelihood, AMD is looking to launch the gaming-based graphics card range during SIGGRAPH, which runs from July 30th through to August 3rd. It’s also looking increasingly certain that the AIB partners will be ready to launch their custom variants day and date with AMD’s own reference models. This should ensure a wide range of custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards to choose from.

Shaheryar Ehsan-i-Haque
on 21 June 2017 at 17:40

Nvidia's new Tesla GV100 research paper details specifications of the upcoming Volta chips and by the looks of it, it'll pack quite a game performance punch. First off this Tesla V100 physically very big. A while back, Nvidia showcased one of these chips and its die size was around 815mm², making it one of the biggest GPUs of all time. 

Nvidia also simultaneously announced the Tesla V100 (PCIe) card which has around 5120 CUDA cores and around 7 TFLOPs of double precision computing performance. The Tesla V100 card was reported to have a 1370 MHz boost clock on a 4096-bit memory interface with a total of 16GB HBM2 VRAM and 6 MB L3 cache. The card will be available for retail later this year, 2017.

Jon Sutton
on 20 June 2017 at 14:20

Retailer listings have popped up for AMD’s Radeon Vega Frontier Edition GPUs, and these things aren’t going to be cheap. Primarily targeted at the professional markets, SaberPC touts the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition air-cooled graphics card for $1,199, while the water-cooled version can be yours to the tune of $1799. That’s some mighty expensive water cooling.

Specs-wise, the two versions of the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition are absolutely identical. The only difference is the addition of a water block on the more expensive card, keeping it cooler for a whopping $600 premium. That’s enough to buy a GeForce GTX 1080 for the price difference in cooling alone.

Neil Soutter
on 20 June 2017 at 11:10

After more than 20 years of obscurity and recent dodgy dalliances with publishing, Atari has announced it's making an all-new video games console. This is the same Atari which filed for bankruptcy in 2013, before resurfacing as a mobile-oriented publisher focusing on "LGBT, social casinos, real-money gambling, and YouTube". It’s been a roller coaster for Atari, which at one point was one of the biggest names in video games with the Atari 2600. Then the great video game crash of 1983 happened, Nintendo stepped up to the plate, and the rest is history.

Atari’s new console will be called the Atari Box, and it will be based on standard PC components. In the teaser trailer, it also looks as if it’s going to have the same iconic fake wood panelling found on the older Atari consoles. Expect to see Atari raid its back catalogue of classics, including Pitfall!, Asteroids, Frogger and, erm, ET.

Jon Sutton
on 19 June 2017 at 16:38

Chris Tector, Forza Motorsport 7’s chief software architect, and the man responsible for Xbox One X performance has claimed the $499 Xbox One X can achieve the same level of performance as a “multi-thousand dollar PC.” 

Forza 7 runs on the Xbox One X on a native 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, and at the moment it’s the number one showcase of just what Microsoft’s console is capable of.

Shaheryar Ehsan-i-Haque
on 17 June 2017 at 09:49

I think we all have to admit that this year's E3 was light in terms of hardware, and even more in terms of VR content. The VR bubble does indeed seem to have burst after last year's hype. Microsoft had the most notable conference in regard to hardware with their Xbox One X announcement, yet even they were unusually quiet regarding the VR capabilities of the Xbox.

Microsoft does have plans to introduce mixed reality headsets, in collaboration with partners, this year, but how they relate to Xbox is not known. Sony was watching Microsoft's conference closely and are probably heaving a sigh of relief considering they don't have a new competitor to PSVR.

Shaheryar Ehsan-i-Haque
on 16 June 2017 at 16:51

AMD has come through a rough period and very recently made a comeback with the new Ryzen series CPUs and the promise of the upcoming Radeon RX series, supplemented by demand for GPUs due to cryptocurrency mining which was an unintended revenue source. Nvidia, on the other hand, has remained dominant in regards to PC hardware, as well exploring new technologies such as artificial intelligence and automobiles.

Analysts, however, believe that investing in AMD and Nvidia is a bad choice as they question the demand for graphics cards in the near future. While Nvidia has revenue sources from multiple platforms, the same doesn't hold up for AMD. Analysts actually advise investors move their money from Nvidia to Google as they are more effectively managing the emerging markets in technology.

Shaheryar Ehsan-i-Haque
on 16 June 2017 at 13:59

Intel is on the front foot in a bid to tackle Ryzen's uprising in the CPU market with the announcement that its Core X-series will be available for preorder starting from 19th June. The Core X CPUs up to the 10-core editions will be dispatched to customers from 26th June. The chipmaker has also released the pricing of the new processors and the plans for the remaining higher end CPUs.

The pricing of the Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors that will ship on 26th June is as follows:

Jon Sutton
on 14 June 2017 at 17:03

Microsoft used Forza Motorsport 7 to kick off its Xbox One X reveal for one very good reason - racing sims are one of the most accomplished methods of showing off how powerful the hardware is. Developers can wax lyrical about tyre treads, stitched leather seats and real-time rain and puddle effects. Forza Motorsport 7 didn't disappoint, and this time we're going to be able to see it all with the power of a gaming PC behind it. Brace yourself, here are the official Forza Motorsport 7 PC system requirements.

Well, that's a turn up for the books. In a surprising twist on these usual shenanigans, Forza Motorsport 7 actually has lower system requirements than last year's Forza Horizon 3. When you begin to think about it though, it does begin to make sense. Forza Motorsport 7 is comparatively compact to Forza Horizon 3, with its huge, open-world and off-road racing. It's just you, the cars, and the track. There is no doubting FM7 looks every bit as good though, as we're getting a gorgeous racer with much less demanding system requirements to boot.

Neil Soutter
on 12 June 2017 at 09:34

Microsoft kicked off its E3 2017 press conference in fine style with the official reveal of Project Scorpio, now known as the Xbox One X. The 4K-ready console will be launching worldwide on November 7th and will set you back $499 / £449 / AU $649. 

The Xbox One X will be available in just a single 1TB version and will be on store shelves alongside the current Xbox One S. With its 6+TFLOPs of performance, it’s capable of natively running games at 4K, 60 frames per second. It also offers HDR support, FreeSync, and UHD Blu-Rays.