With the release of the GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 nearly upon us, on the 25th of October and anytime up until the 8th of November accordingly, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the shed loads of variants that the AIB (Add in Board) partners throw at us each release. It’s with this in mind that we’ve taken it upon ourselves to trawl through these cards for you, so you know which is the best type of card on day one of release.
With this article we’re going to be delving into the GTX 1050s (as you probably got from the title) and will show you which are first past the post speed wise in a run up to when we can eventually take you through which is the best bang for your buck (when we are finally graced with all of the prices). So are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin...
AMD has exceeded its own expectations for Q3 of this financial year thanks to record sales of semi-custom System on Chip (SoC) units and increased sales of dedicated graphics cards. Total revenue has jumped 23% year on year. It says something that I contemplated for a moment whether this was even newsworthy, such has AMD’s successful turnaround been in the last six months.
"Our third quarter financial results highlight the progress we are making across our business,” said AMD CEO Lisa Su. “We now expect to deliver higher 2016 annual revenue based on stronger demand for AMD semi-custom solutions and Polaris GPUs. This positions us well to accelerate our growth in 2017 as we introduce new high-performance computing and graphics products".
After years of falling prices, memory prices have actually started increasing abruptly. DDR4 RAM is the most affected, with some brands rising as much as 50% in price over the last six months. Take 16GB of Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 memory for example. Back in June in could be had for as little as £60, not it'll cost you more than £90. So the price of memory has bottomed out and is now on the rise, but just what is the cause of this?
Things aren't looking too great for GeForce graphics cards today. Fresh from issues with Micron GDDR5 memory on certain GTX 1070’s earlier today, it looks as if some users are experiencing serious issues with EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 and GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards. Affected Reddit users claim the video cards have a hardware fault which can lead to extreme overheating. One user even says his EVGA GTX 1070 FTW caught fire and he’s waiting for a replacement from EVGA.
EVGA_Erin responded to a user complaining they had an issue with a black screen saying “The issue was hardware-related, and has been fixed on cards shipping after 31 August.” While it’s not confirmed if the two are related yet, if true then any card sold before August 31st could potentially be overheating.
With Nvidia coming to market soon with the $139 GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, AMD has gone into full-blown battlestations mode. Not content with just standing by as Nvidia squeezes its bottom line at the low end, Team Red is apparently working on a cut-down version of its Radeon RX 470 to compete directly with it.
As it stands the current Radeon RX 470 retails for $179, handing Nvidia a $40 price advantage in this scenario. The RX 470 edges it on specs however, offering in the region of 30% faster performance on paper.
It seems as if a number of GeForce GTX 1070 owners are running into a memory loss issue which results in lacklustre overclocking capabilities and screen flickering. Affected add-in-board partners are working on urgent firmware updates for their graphics cards which should hopefully be rolling out soon.
Not all graphics cards are affected, howwever those that are, are struggling with voltage adjustments. When trying to overclock the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070’s the memory isn’t getting the correct voltage quickly enough, resulting in visual artifacting on the screen. Checkerboard patterns are highlighted but there could also be other visual defects also.
It turns out pretty much everything we’ve known about the Nintendo NX was true. After the months of agony waiting to find out what it was all about, Nintendo has unleashed the Nintendo Switch, a hybrid handheld and home console. The Switch plugs into a dock for playing on the TV with a standard controller, or you can take it out and use it as a gaming tablet complete with detachable controllers.
After years of waiting and months and months of rabid speculation, Nintendo will reveal its Nintendo NX console today. A live Nintendo Direct is taking place later today during which Nintendo is expected to reveal the hybridised console alongside pricing, specs, a release date and a brand new Mario title for the system.
A preview trailer for the Nintendo NX will be going live at 7am PT / 10am ET / 3pm BST. Nintendo has said the “preview trailer will serve as Nintendo's preliminary announcement of information regarding the platform.” It’s expected to be just three minutes long so it’s certainly just a glimpse, but don’t surprised to see more in the coming weeks.
Unfortunately PC gamers have a little longer to wait now to play Watch Dogs 2. The PC release date for this next Ubisoft game has been moved back from November 15th to November 29th. However mixed in with this news is the official system requirement release for Watch Dogs 2. So lets take a look to see how well your PC can run Watch Dogs 2 system requirements and whether you need an upgrade.
Watch dogs 2 MINIMUM System Requirements
Look, by now, what with its open beta and paid early access, just about everyone has benchmarked Battlefield 1 on pretty much every combination of hardware. But what about the maps themselves? Are some Battlefield 1 maps capable of crushing GPUs while others are plain sailing? Are there some you should avoid in matchmaking if you’re going to struggle for performance? Let’s take a look.
In total Battlefield 1 launches with nine maps, while an additional one is due in a few weeks. That might not sound like a great deal but in typical Battlefield form each is a huge, sprawling, interconnected mess of a map with a great deal of variety in terms of lines of sight, choke points and the vehicles at play.