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Stuart Thomas
on 24 November 2020 at 13:00

Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling technology (DLSS) has been a massive success for the Green Team, significantly increasing performance whilst retaining very similar clarity and quality. But the lack of a DLSS alternative by AMD has been on everyone’s mind lately thanks to the recent launch of the Radeon RX 6000 series. Now AMD has reconfirmed that their FidelityFX Super Resolution tech will be cross platform and open source.

“We’re not ready to discuss the details of that yet because our goal is a little bit opposite of our competitors, our goal is we want it to work across everything,” said Scott Herkelman, CVP and GM for Graphics Business Unit at AMD.

Chad Norton
on 23 November 2020 at 11:30

We are just over 2 weeks away from the official launch of Cyberpunk 2077, and CD Projekt Red recently gave us some updated PC system requirements that also included 1440p, 4K, and ray tracing specs. However, the new Radeon RX 6000 series was suspiciously missing from those RT requirements.

Turns out that ¬¬g_id:4614[Cyberpunk 2077]¬¬ won’t actually support ray tracing on the new RX 6000 graphics cards like the ¬¬gc_id:5144[RX 6800 XT]¬¬ and ¬¬gc_id:5143[RX 6800]¬¬ at launch. Replying to the official updated PC system requirements post on Twitter, one fan asked what the ray tracing specs would like for the new AMD GPUs, to which Marcin Momot, the Global Community Lead at CDPR, said:

Chad Norton
on 21 November 2020 at 17:00

Graphics cards are expensive these days, which makes them a big investment. Whether you have all the money to spend or you have to budget yourself, it’s a big decision to make whether the performance is worth the price. And companies like Nvidia and AMD make bold claims sometimes using slightly misleading statistics to promise much improved performance, that all too often ends up being a bit underwhelming at launch.

So with the newly released RTX 30 series and RX 6000 series GPUs, we wanted to know if you have ever bought a new graphics card and its performance is not what you expected?

Chad Norton
on 20 November 2020 at 16:50

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War is finally here, bringing us an all new COD experience filled with lots of adrenaline-fueled excitement. Thankfully, it doesn't seem that demanding depending on your hardware and graphics settings, giving us a wide range of customizability when optimizing our performance to graphical quality ratio.

But which individual graphics settings are the most demanding and will ¬¬g_id:37410[Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War]¬¬ run on low end PC hardware? Which graphics options will impact frame rates the most? And which ones will we be able to turn all the way without much FPS cost? Let's take a look...

Chad Norton
on 20 November 2020 at 16:42

The wait is finally over, as the official PCC system requirements for Cyberpunk 2077 have been updated to include 1440p, 4K, and ray tracing specs. Additionally, the recommended requirements have also been updated slightly in terms of AMD hardware since the original specs were released.

It seems as though we were (partially) right though, as CD Projekt Red may have been waiting for the next-gen graphics cards to release before updating their system specs. Either that, or this means the game is finally on the last steps for polish and optimization which means ¬¬g_id:4614[Cyberpunk 2077]¬¬ is definitely, potentially, launching on December 10th, maybe. It's a good sign though at least.

Chad Norton
on 20 November 2020 at 11:00

The brand new next-gen graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD have been in pretty high demand, no surprise there. However, Nvidia previously stated that the RTX 30 series shortages will continue to last until the end of 2020, but a recent earnings call with investors revealed that this might last even further into 2021 than expected.

“Given industry-wide capacity constraints and long cycle times, it may take a few more months for product availability to catch up with demand,” said Colette Kress, Nvidia’s Chief Financial Officer.

Neil Soutter
on 18 November 2020 at 17:30

Godfall, the latest looter slasher by Gearbox, recently released last week to mixed reviews. However, most notably the game was advertised as including some DirectX12 Ultimate features such as ray traced shadows and variable rate shading, but launched without these features included. Thankfully, a new update has finally added ray tracing features back in, but unfortunately Nvidia users will have to wait.

The new 2.0.95 update has added ray tracing into ¬¬g_id:36806[Godfall]¬¬, but only for “applicable AMD GPUs”. Obviously that means the brand new Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards which literally just launched today. Either that’s a very quick turnaround, or the developers held back on adding the features into the game knowing it only worked on AMD hardware before the actual AMD hardware came out. My money’s on the latter.

Stuart Thomas
on 18 November 2020 at 11:00

AMD’s initial RX 6000 lineup is officially launching today, but ahead of the release certain US retailers are warning of “extremely limited” stock at launch. One of which comes from popular hardware retailer Microcenter, and a list of questions and answers that doesn’t exactly inspire hope for the new launch.

Whilst many are already queuing up outside the US retailer to get their hands on a new RX 6800 or RX 6800 XT, a Microcenter Community Admin prepared a short Q&A to make sure that customers are aware of the situation:

Stuart Thomas
on 17 November 2020 at 15:30

Nvidia recently detailed some massive performance gains thanks to its implementation of DLSS in Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War. If you’ve recently purchased the game and want to play at the best quality settings possible with ray tracking enabled at 4K resolution, you can apparently expect a massive 85% performance improvement by enabling DLSS.

DLSS is Nvidia’s proprietary deep learning technology that renders games at a lower resolution and then upscale the image using AI to provide a just-as-good native image quality whilst reaping the performance benefits of a lower resolution.

Neil Soutter
on 16 November 2020 at 17:15

Nvidia’s recently released RTX 30 series graphics cards have been plagued by high demand and low supply since launch, so much so that AIB partners are issuing full statements online about when they’ll be in stock again. And even though the RX 6000 series from AMD has been expected to not be a ‘paper launch’, it’s looking like stock levels are going to be a major issue again and has even been compared to the RTX 3080 at launch.

Low stock has always been a big problem for new technologies, but the main issue here is how AMD seemingly prepared for this in advance. It was expected to sell out within minutes, rather than seconds like the RTX 3080. But according to Australian retailers, the supply at launch isn’t looking good for AMD’s new hardware.