Imagine if Battlefield 5 was only playable on a GeForce graphics card. Or Half-Life 3 needed an Asus monitor. Tying games is a bit of a ridiculous thought, but in truth it’s no different to what is being done with the Oculus Rift. In framing the VR headset as a platform rather than peripheral, it has given Oculus free rein to build a closed ecosystem. Naturally enough the pioneering VR creator has come under fire, but Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey has come out and defended his company’s decision to invest in exclusive content.
“You see Sony investing in their content the same way,” explained Luckey, via Tech Crunch. “They want to make things that take advantage of their features that they have in the best way possible. Over time, that’s how the VR industry is going to move forward. In the short‑term and the long‑term, it’s good.
The hype is picking up pace for the Green Team as the specifications of the upcoming GTX 1080M may have surfaced on the internet. By the looks of it, it's an overclocked GTX 980 and offers a massive 60% better performance than the GTX 980M.
According to the leak, GTX 1080M's core clock is set at 1442 MHz and Boost clock is 1645 MHz, while it's memory clock runs at 2 GHz. In comparison to it's predecessor, GTX 980M's core clock runs at 1038 MHz, which can be boosted to 1127 MHz and the memory clock is 1253MHz.
While we’re all messing about with our quad-cores and gawping at Intel’s 10-core i7-6950X Extreme Edition, researchers at UC Davis are working away on far more ambitious schemes. Their latest monster to be unveiled is the KiloCore. And why the KiloCore? Well, that would be because it’s a CPU with an incredible 1000 cores.
Ordinarily you’d think have to sell a few organs on the black market just to power such a beast, but the bods at Intel claim this experimental 1000-core chip is so power efficient that it can be run off a single AA battery.
The Radeon RX 480 is AMD's best bet on wrangling back control from Nvidia, and setting the new benchmark for budget based gaming is going pretty viral across the internet, and it looks like they can't prevent a string of leaks for its eagerly anticipated graphics card. AMD's sub-$200 graphics card is capable of crushing the GTX 980's performance for just a fraction of the price.
Today we have the production line photos of the XFX RX 480, plus a GPU-Z screenshot showcases that the variant in question is an 8GB model card on a 256-bit memory interface and 2304 Shader units. The core clock is set at 1328 MHz while memory clock runs at 2GHz. It's based on Polaris 10 equipping Ellesmere GPU.
There was a bit of a controversy thrown up on Friday regarding Nvidia board partners bumping up the clocks speeds on its graphics card review units, to make them perform better than their retail counterparts. It sounded shady but it was unconfirmed. Now, however, Asus has come out and admitted that its GeForce GTX 1000 series review cards using faster default clock speeds than the retail units.
On Friday both Asus and MSI were accused of the “questionable tactics”. An investigation at TechPowerUp revealed the Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 ships with three different clock speed profiles - Silent, Gaming and OC. In the review samples it defaults to OC mode, while in the retail graphics cards it defaults to Gaming mode.
The hype train is now going in the favor of the Red Team as the benchmarks of AMD's upcoming mid-tier GPUs have been leaked on the interwebs. All of the benchmarks were performed using 3DMark 11 Performance 1.0, and, by the looks of it, we're going to get our hands on some pretty solid performers when the Radeon RX 460 and Radeon RX 470 hit.
Manufactured on the Polaris 10 GPU architecture, the Radeon RX 460 score in this benchmark is just shy of 8000 while the RX 470 scores a five-digit figure of 12691 points. Stacking them up against one another, the RX 460 provides roughly 62% performance of the RX 470 if these benchmarks are anything to go by.
Reports are coming that AMD is bundling in a new overclocking with voltage control for its Radeon RX 480 graphics card, capable of boosting clock speeds above and beyond 1.5GHz on air cooling alone. This is all possible thanks to the 14nm FinFET process shrink and the Polaris architecture, which runs cooler and more efficiently than any AMD GPU before it.
At stock speeds both the 4GB and 8GB models of the RX 480 run faster than both the GeForce GTX 980 and AMD’s own Radeon R9 Nano, despite costing a fraction of the price at $199.
With a pair of mighty new graphics cards on the market already, Nvidia has slashed the prices on its high-end GeForce GTX 900 series graphics cards. Price drops vary but are as large as 40% for Nvidia’s previous flagship graphics card - the GeForce GTX 980 Ti.
Obviously it's Nvidia’s GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 graphics cards which are attracting all the attention right now, but that’s meant a number of its 900-series cards being much more affordable while still offering performance which can crush pretty much every game out there.
The messaging surrounding both Microsoft’s and Sony’s new consoles has been confusing to say the least. Is this a new generation? Should I bother buying one of the current consoles? What will they even do? Sony’s PS4 Neo is even more mysterious in that they didn’t even mention it once during their live E3 conference. PlayStation boss Andrew House has opened up a little about the Neo since though, claiming it’s being created in order to stop enthusiast gamers after the best graphics from building gaming PCs.
"We did think there was an opportunity to reflect on the traditional lifecycle, and on 4K technology, and say maybe there's an opportunity, within the course of a normal lifecycle to offer something else, something a little bit better, for a segment of the market that feels that this is important," said House.
By the end of Microsoft’s E3 press conference I felt like we knew where we stood with its Project Scorpio console. Supposedly five times as powerful as the Xbox One, it seemed as if its launch next year would be a clean slate for Microsoft after its current console was soundly beaten by the PS4. Well now Xbox head Phil Spencer has thrown a bit of a curveball, saying if you don’t have a 4K TV, there’s going to be no benefit to buying it.
When asked whether someone with a 1080p display should hold out for the Scorpio, Spencer said “You should buy an Xbox One S, because Scorpio is not going to do anything for you. Scorpio is designed as a 4K console, and if you don't have a 4K TV, the benefit we've designed for, you're not going to see.”