AMD has come out far earlier than expect and officially revealed everything you could ever want know about its next generation Ryzen CPUs. The Zen-based Ryzen processors are available to pre-order starting today and will ship worldwide on March 2nd.
The initial batch of Ryzen CPUs will be from the Ryzen R7 range, comprising Ryzen 7 1700 ($329), Ryzen 1700 X ($399) and the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X ($499).
Tucked away inside Nvidia’s latest GeForce driver release was something very interesting indeed. While all eyes are on an expected 1080 Ti reveal, Nvidia has snuck in some next-gen Volta GPU support to its GeForce Game Ready Driver version 378.66.
AIDA64, a firm which creates benchmark and system monitoring tools, discovered the change in the latest driver while attempting to uncover info on the rumoured GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. It found nothing on the Ti but did unearth the GV100 Volta GPU, Nvidia’s upcoming monster GPU. Volta was tagged in the driver with a Device ID that appears to check out, known internally as ‘1D81 = Graphics Device [GV100]’.
The AMD Ryzen leaks are coming thick and fast now. The latest CPU to be tested is the Ryzen R7 1700X, one of the highest spec models due to launch in March. The R7 1700X is an eight-core beast with 16 threads, clocked at 3.4 GHz Base Clock with a 95W TDP and packing a $389 price point. With a price tag like that it would ordinarily place it at the mid/high end of the CPU market, yet in terms of performance this is well up there with Intel’s highest-end $1000 offerings.
First of all, here’s our first look at the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X processor itself. Everything’s fairly standard procedure here; all the usual bits are present and correct.
Earlier in January, we informed you about the Minimum and Recommended System Requirements for Halo Wars 2, Microsoft's Master Chief'ed RTS releasing tomorrow. Over in Europe a physical edition of the game is being published by THQ Nordic. So far, so snooze. Look at the back of the box however and you see an extra set of Ultra system requirements for Halo Wars 2, with Creative Assembly recommending the currently unannounced Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.
Nvidia may keep delaying the announcement of the GTX 1080 Ti but Microsoft is not one to wait around. By the looks of it, only those with SLI configurations will be able to run Halo Wars 2 on Ultra settings at 4K until Nvidia releases the 1080 Titanium variant. It's apparent competitor from the Red Team is the R9 Fury X, which is around 2 years old. Fury X's actual competitor is the GTX 980 Ti and even with Nvidia's older card the latter manages to take the lead.
As we reported last week, there are plenty of Nintendo Switch’s in the wild now, almost two weeks ahead of its launch. Some of these are stolen, Nintendo has claimed, doing everything in its power to retrieve the dodgy consoles. Despite this there’s plenty of footage already out there, and one brave soul has already opened theirs up to give us a teardown of the components inside.
The big news is we’ve got a close-up look at the Nvidia Tegra-based chip which forms the heart of the Switch. Rather than a straight up copy of the Tegra X1 seen in the Nvidia Shield, this is a custom GPU dubbed ‘A2’. This may mean there are any number of differences found between the Shield and what we know about the Switch.
After a brief spell of teasing, MSI has taken the lid off a whole bunch of new mini ITX Nvidia GeForce Pascal graphics cards. They’re all AERO variants, which is straight talking terms means they’re MSI’s base no-frills models. Each one features a single Torx fan which is designed to run as quietly as possible, as well MSI’s patented Super Pipe technology. This is an 8mm running through the heatsink.
The undisputed daddy of the bunch is the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 AERO ITX OC, cramming pretty much all the performance you’d expect from a full fat GeForce GTX 1070 into a tiny graphics card designed for tiny builds. It’s clocked at 1531MHz Base and 1721MHz Boost, comes with 8GB VRAM and offers 256 GB/s memory bandwidth via a 265-bit memory interface. There’s also a standard non-OC version of the GTX 1070 available with 1506MHz Base and 1683 MHz Boost.
If you want to see how rampant fanboyism can get out of control, look no further than 31-year-old Russian manager Alexander Trofimov. A dedicated fan of graphics card manufacturer Nvidia, he murdered his 37-year-old friend Yevgeny Lyulin during a heated argument about AMD’s products.
Trofimov was found guilty of the murder earlier this month and will face nine and a half years in jail.
What appears to be the first ever benchmarks for AMD’s 6-core Ryzen 5 1600X CPU have leaked, showcasing some remarkable figures that go toe-to-toe with Intel’s efforts in terms of IPC as well as multi-threaded performance.
Bad news if you’re on the hunt for a bargain upgrade. Lenovo has warned PC prices could continue to spiral upwards due to shortages of certain key components. Gianfranco Lanci, corporate president and COO of Lenovo, said stock shortages of everything from system memory to SSDs and even LCD displays could drive prices higher.
Lenovo is a Chinese multinational technology company which manufactures complete systems such as PCs, laptops, tablets, servers and workstations. The overall price of a large number of its products is rising due to difficulties in acquiring the individual components.
I'm not particularly up to date with what the world of Berserk is, but folks are very much excited about the anime series being blended with Koei Tecmo's mosou Warriors franchise. Berserk and the Band of the Hawk promises to be a seriously OTT action game with huge battles and a fully story arc to plow through. Before you grab your 8-foot blade though, check out the official Berserk and the Band of the Hawk system requirements to ensure your rig's up to the task.
It has to be said, Koei Tecmo has been unusually thorough with these system requirements for Berserk and the Band of the Hawk. Usually console ports from Japanese publishers can get thrown onto Steam with barely a thought about the system specs, but we've got the whole range covered from the literal minimum right up to play Berserk at 4K.