AMD has posted its new Catalyst 14.9 WHQL certified graphics drivers, the first WHQL-certified drivers since the release of the AMD Catalyst 14.4 drivers way back in April this year. The focus this time around is on performance boosts for its top-tier cards, namely the AMD Radeon R9 290X and the AMD Radeon R9 290.
The new drivers provide a whole host of performance enhancements to a number of demanding titles including Battlefield 4, BioShock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Watch Dogs, Thief, and Batman: Arkham Origins among others. Some of these tweaks are for Mantle-supported titles and performance improvements across the board in these titles ranges from 5% all the way up to 20%, while CrossFire configuration scaling is seeing performance gains of up to 92 per cent in some circumstances.
Leaked presentation slides for a co-developed product from AMD and SK Hynix have been revealed, showcasing how the pair of tech giants are creating 3D stacked High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) capable of running up to nine times faster than GDDR5 memory.
The pair have been collaborating on the HBM memory as a replacement for the GDDR5 standard, which has seen its performance increases slow down during recent years, meaning performance gains have grown exponentially more expensive. Wider memory interfaces and faster GDDR5 RAM modules have typically been the key but these are now reaching their limits, and AMD is looking at developing this technology to integrate with its Radeon R9 300 series of graphics cards.
SteelSeries has launched a refresh of its Siberia and Siberia Prism series gaming headsets. There’s a total of four new headsets arriving this week with each coming in a range of colours. The four headsets run the spread from the very affordable RAW Prism at $60 right up to the premium quality Elite Prism at $200.
First up is the Siberia RAW Prism, a new addition to the Siberia family and a headset that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. They might not have all the technical gubbins of the others but the budget RAW Prism headsets can store customisable audio profiles, while each has a built-in microphone and a USB connector.
Gauntlet has been plucked out of the '80s and turned into a modern day Diablo clone that offers simple co-operative fun with your buddies. If you dont have any buddies, go and get some here on GD before you give this a go. Just look at that mayhem in the image above! Gauntlet 2014 is thoroughly integrated with Steam so you can quickly grab a game with anyone you know that has a copy of Gauntlet, or you can play locally as well.
I grew up playing the original. A bunch of guys all crowded around one keyboard, doing their best to make sense of the nonsense on screen. Surely, despite the Gauntlet system requirements asking for some pretty reasonable mid range hardware for recommended settings, Gauntlet could run on our Intel Integrated HD 4000 graphics solution? Well we decided to benchmark Gauntlet with an Intel HD4000 to see if we have another title that will run on a low end, modern laptop and other similar hardware.
Windows 9 will bring with it Direct X 12, which in turn means some juicy upgrades to gaming as we know it. Or at least thats what us PC gamers are hoping for. But to get this extra experience do we have to purchase yet another version of Windows and do a complete system re-install?
Well hopefully, to those people with Windows 8, the answer is Windows 9 should be free to them as a system update. Therefore once Win 9 hits people can quickly upgrade their operating system, without so much as a second thought about costs and system integration. This seems like a very wise move by Microsoft, who has been losing a lot of faith with PC gamers and PC owners over the past few years.
We have seen some sky high PC system requirements in 2014, attached to some of the biggest titles of the year. Almost all of these high requirement games are available on console and more often than not we call out “bad optimisation” and “terrible console port” to explain why the developer/publisher requests certain high requirements. But in reality we all knew that these high system requirements would come, as this hardware upturn represents a technological shift in gaming.
You see when the next gen consoles arrived last year, game developers threw out their system requirement rule book. For the next year or two, we are going to see a lot more games coming to PC that will ask for todays top end hardware. So get ready to upgrade your system and I will explain why we will get better value for money if we upgrade today rather than waiting.
The first details have allegedly leaked on the GM200 GPU that may be powering the GeForce GTX 980 Ti or the GTX Titan X, from the very same source responsible for the original GeForce GTX 980 spec leak. Nvidia impressed the high-end PC gaming world immensely with the introduction of the GTX 900 series, offering top-end power for a great price. Now though Nvidia looks to be pushing things to the next level with the GM200, set to be its fastest chip yet.
The Nvidia ‘Big Daddy’ Maxwell GPU is expected to power Nvidia’s newer flagship card in the GTX 900 series. The actual name of the card has yet to be revealed, but it’s thought to be something along the lines of the GeForce GTX 980 Ti. Initial specs put this monstrous Maxwell-powered graphics card at roughly 50% more powerful than the GTX Titan Black.
Bethesda and Tango Gameworks recently announced that their latest title, survival horror game, The Evil Within, has gone Gold. Which basically means they have completed it and its waiting for its release date, which is October 14th in EU and NA, the 16th October for New Zealand and Australia, and finally the 23rd October in Japan. To mark this they have also got in touch to let us know that The Evil Within system requirements have been finalised.
These requirements are a little vague in terms of lower end requirements but they do lean towards some enormous recommended requirements. Getting The Evil Within to run smoothly on your machine is going to take some hefty hardware.
A few years back you may have seen a few videos crop up from an Australian tech company called Euclidean, demonstrating what it dubbed the Unlimited Detail graphics engine. The tech demo was incredible, and few believed that sort of graphical wizardry was possible with today’s affordable technology.
Now it’s resurfaced, and Euclideon is showing off a pair of fascinating new videos featuring real-world environments captured with its Solidscan technology and translated into a 3D environment, with some pretty stunning results. The end product is about as near to photorealistic as anything we’ve seen, but a number of developers have claimed previously that the technology must be a scam. You can check it out for yourself in the videos below.
Its time for a new add on to the most popular MMORPG of all time. We are getting new character models and various other graphical enhancements with the latest expansion for World of Warcraft, Warlords of Draenor. This also means we get completely new and refreshingly modern system requirements for World of Warcraft.
Traditionally World of Warcraft would run on a calculator from 1984 [OK, so I am exaggerating, but it would certainly chug along on a fairly weak laptop]. The thinking behind this was to make sure that the entry level for World of Warcraft was not restricted by a gamer's hardware. Besides, they also had to make sure they could pass the data back and forth reliably across the internet, and back in 2005 when WOW released that was pretty impressive stuff. But now we have the new Warlords of Draenor system requirements so let's see who can still play World of Warcraft and who out of the 6 million gamers needs a hardware upgrade.