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Jon Sutton
on 20 November 2017 at 16:29

We live in a world where technology currently seems to be only getting more expensive, but AMD Ryzen is bucking the trend. Prices of AMD Ryzen CPUs have been slashed dramatically over the weekend, despite no official announcement from AMD, nor the usual fireworks that would accompany such a change.

Practically AMD’s entire Ryzen lineup from Threadripper down to Ryzen 5 is now available for their cheapest prices yet. Stacks of stores seem to have got involved in across the board price cuts, including Amazon, knocking as much as $200 off the price of a Threadripper CPU. Just to clarify as well, these price drops are being spotted around the world, including the US, Australia, UK, Netherlands and Germany.

Jon Sutton
on 18 November 2017 at 10:00

Okami is one of those games a lot of people are sick to death of seeing re-released, but in the 11 years since its launch, it's still never found a home on PC. Unless you've made use of the myriad emulation options available out there, that is. Still, here we are, in 2017, and Okami HD is coming to PC. For those after a Zelda-style action-adventure, this is absolutely top drawer stuff, and here are the system specs needed to run Okami HD.

At its heart, Okami HD is just an up-resed version of a PlayStation 2 game from 2006. In that respect, the system requirements are surprisingly high. They're not a patch on a modern AAA game of course, but still pretty demanding for a game that's been kicking around in various forms for a decade.

Jon Sutton
on 17 November 2017 at 16:15

Kalypso has been fighting the good fight recently, ensuring forgotten PC gaming genres don't stay that way for good. Railway Empire's inspirations are immediately obvious to Railroad Tycoon fans, promising plenty of tracklaying fun as would-be tycoons attempt to appease both the passenger and service markets simultaneously. For those types like myself who love a bit of tycooning it's looking awesome, but as always, be sure to check out the official Railway Empire PC system requirements first.

As far as system requirements go, these are right down at the lower end of the spectrum. Anyone with a PC bought in the last three or four years should have literally problems to worry about in terms of running Railway Empire. The only conceivable issues arise if you're still running any very old components in your gaming PC.

Jon Sutton
on 16 November 2017 at 11:31

It's been a full decade since we've been treated to a SpellForce sequel. An absolute cult favourite, Grimlore Games knows how to keep its fans waiting. SpellForce 3 will be bringing its unique blend of real-time strategy and role-playing to PC next month though, and it's looking like a very intoxicating combo indeed. As far as strategy games go, Spellforce 3 looks visually spectacular, so here are the system requirements you'll need if you hope to run Spellforce 3 on PC.

In the grand scheme of things, these system requirements actually hover right around the average system requirements for a AAA game in 2017. It's undoubtedly the CPUs which could probe the most problematic for those looking to run Spellforce 3 though. Even the minimum spec Intel Core i5-3570 is still decent by today's standards so you'll be wanting a moderately capable quad-core processor if you want to run Spellforce 3 without a hitch.

Jon Sutton
on 15 November 2017 at 11:28

As if the rising price of memory and spiralling demand for crypto-mining GPUs wasn’t enough, the cost of silicon wafer is set to increase dramatically over the next few years. It’s time to start paying wallet emptying prices for glorified sand.

SUMCO is a Japanese silicon wafer manufacturer estimated to provide two-thirds of the world’s supply of silicon wafer. This silicon wafer is one of the raw materials used in semiconductor manufacturing, used in everything from CPUs to GPUs and DRAM. SUMCO has confirmed the price of silicon wafer has jumped 20% this year alone, and it’s set to continue rising substantially for the next few years at least.

Stuart Thomas
on 13 November 2017 at 12:48

Samsung’s confirmed its upcoming GDDR6 memory will be faster than previously anticipated, clocking in at 16Gb/s data rate. Originally, when Samsung revealed its GDDR6 memory last year, it was expected to top out at 14 Gbps. yet now, as it enters mass production, Samsung has bumped up its own targets to 16 Gb/s.

“The fastest and lowest-power DRAM for next generation, graphics-intensive applications,” teases Samsung in a new statement. “It processes images and video at 16Gbps with 64GB/s data I/O bandwidth, which is equivalent to transferring approximately 12 full-HD DVDs (5GB equivalent) per second. The new DRAM can operate at 1.35 volts, offering further advantages over today’s graphics memory that uses 1.5V at only 8Gbps.” I have to say that little DVD fact is kind of blowing my mind. Now all I can do is look at my USB cables and scowl. It should mean 4K bandwidth is a breeze for GPUs which utilise it.

Jon Sutton
on 13 November 2017 at 09:57

Forget Volta - the latest rumours surrounding Nvidia’s next-generation GPU architecture suggests it will, in fact, be GeForce Ampere. According to Heise.de, Nvidia is planning to reveal/pre-launch Ampere during GPU Technology Conference in March, much earlier than the second half of 2018 that we were expecting.

The Ampere microarchitecture may be an evolution of the Volta chips used in Nvidia’s supercomputer GPUs (or a devolution without Tensor Cores), or it could refer to cut down consumer versions designed to bring affordability to the next-generation. Whatever the case, the rumours suggest Ampere will be the successor to Nvidia’s GeForce 10 series graphics cards. I think we’re looking at either GeForce 11 or GeForce 20.

Jon Sutton
on 10 November 2017 at 17:02

The first photo has emerged of Intel and AMD’s joint venture. The MCM (multi-chip module) chip in question is an Intel CPU with an AMD Radeon GPU onboard, along with a 4GB stack of HBM2 memory.

Neil Soutter
on 10 November 2017 at 12:51

Nvidia’s just hosted its quarterly earnings call and questions naturally arose regarding AMD Radeon boss Raja Koduri’s defection to Intel, heading up development of discrete graphics cards.

Unsurprisingly, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said AMD losing Koduri to Intel was a big loss, causing a significant drain in know-how from one of AMD’s most recognisable figures.

Jon Sutton
on 09 November 2017 at 09:45

Intel has appointed ex-Radeon Technologies Group boss Raja Koduri, confirming the news rumoured earlier this week. In another surprising twist, Koduri will be joining Intel as chief architect and senior vice president of its new Core and Visual Computing Group. He’ll be working on high-end graphics card solutions and going head-to-head with AMD Radeon and Nvidia GeForce. It’s not often that the hardware industry turns into a full-blown soap opera, but it is today.

"Raja is one of the most experienced, innovative and respected graphics and system architecture visionaries in the industry and the latest example of top technical talent to join Intel,” said Dr. Murthy Renduchintala, Intel's chief engineering officer and group president of the Client and Internet of Things Businesses and System Architecture. Try fitting that on a business card.