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Neil Soutter
on 19 July 2018 at 17:32

There have been murmurs of new chips from Intel for some time, and now German site PC Builders Site is claiming the inside scoop on new 9th Gen Core processors that could be ready to launch as soon as August.

Everything we’ve heard so far points to Gen 9 being an 8th Gen refresh utilising the Coffee Lake-S architecture. According to PC Builders Club, Intel could be ready to launch the Intel Core 9th CPUs on August 1st, alongside the new Z390 chipset.

Jon Sutton
on 19 July 2018 at 12:19

With less than two months to go until launch, 2K has been suspiciously quiet about NBA 2K19. We've had no gameplay details, no gameplay trailers, heck, we haven't even been given any screenshots yet. For NBA 2K19, the priority is probably just to rescue the basketball series from the microtransaction-riddled hell it became last year. Fingers crossed it's a clean break, and here's what you'll need to run this year's NBA 2K19 basketball sim on PC.

Familiar? They probably are to most NBA 2K fans. The system requirements for NBA 2K19 are identical to the system specs for NBA 2K18. In turn, they were identical to the system specs for NBA 2K17. The series is in stasis for a third consecutive year, meaning we expect NBA 2K19 to look, play, and have very similar performance to NBA 2K18. Last year pretty much all we got was a roster update and more egregious microtransactions, and NBA 2K19 is looking like an eerily similar scenario. If EA Sports can finally stop making terrible basketball games, 2K could actually find itself in trouble soon.

Jon Sutton
on 19 July 2018 at 10:17

TSMC is expecting record revenues and growth in Q4 2018 thanks to the demand for next-generation graphics processors from Nvidia. The foundry partner is currently busy manufacturing the GPUs for what is expected to be the GeForce GTX 11 series ‘Turing’ graphics cards, with a launch rumoured in the next 6 to 8 weeks.

TSMC's revenues are expected to increase at a moderate pace sequentially in the third quarter before reaching an all-time high in the fourth quarter,” said sources close to DigiTimes. “Shipments for Nvidia's new-generation GPUs will play another driver of TSMC's revenue growth in the fourth quarter.”

Neil Soutter
on 18 July 2018 at 09:50

Samsung has announced its first DDR5 memory chip, although the technology is still a fair way from coming to store shelves. The Samsung 8Gb LPDDR5 DRAM is specifically engineered for low-power usage, making it an excellent fit for 5G and AI-powered mobile applications, but it’s not quite the full-fat DDR5 DRAM we’re after for desktop applications.

The Samsung 8-gigabit LPDDR5 DRAM is manufactured using the 10nm fabrication process and will be the first DDR5 memory to emerge from Samsung. The Korean tech giant’s LPDDR4 memory began mass production in 2014 and the first desktop-class DDR4 modules were widely available within a year.

Neil Soutter
on 17 July 2018 at 12:46

The quality of graphics card drivers has long been a point of contention for AMD and Nvidia fans. For a long time, Nvidia was cranking out GPU drivers at a rate that AMD could only dream of, meeting each and every AAA release with a dedicated driver that would optimise performance. A few years ago though, AMD caught up, both in terms of regularity and feature parity, and the two GPU giants are neck and neck once more.

But out of Nvidia and AMD, which produces the best and the most stable graphics drivers? A new study from QA Consultants has attempted to answer this once and for all. After studying dozens of GPUs across hundreds of unique tests, QA Consultants have concluded that AMD drivers are more stable than Nvidia’s GeForce drivers.

Jon Sutton
on 16 July 2018 at 14:31

UPDATE : 16 July @ 14:21

Monster Hunter World PC graphics options revealed.

Jon Sutton
on 16 July 2018 at 13:59

Ladies and gents, start your engines, the PC system requirements for F1 2018 have been revealed. Codemasters' gloriously good-looking digital recreation of one of the world's fastest motorsports revels in the attention to detail. Fortunately, immersing yourself in the thrills of F1 2018 doesn't require forking out the cash for a Ferrari. PC gamers can play F1 2018 and race around Monaco for a far more reasonable cost.

A lot can happen in a year, which is to say that while F1 2018 looks much the same game as last year's F1 2018, there are still some fairly large changes to the system specs. Don't fret though, it's not all bad. In fact, in terms of Nvidia users, F1 2018 is actually less demanding than F1 2017. Perhaps Codemasters has been busy optimising F1 2018 for GeForce graphics cards.

Jon Sutton
on 15 July 2018 at 13:17

We’ve had AMD, so it’s only fair we turn our attention to the greener side of life, to Nvidia, naturally. The vast majority of discrete graphics cards around the world carry that iconic logo, but what about the brands that are powering these pixel-pumping brutes?

Pop onto your local digital store and you’ll be met with an array of graphics card brands such as MSI, Zotac, Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte and more. Each of these hardware manufacturers takes the chips from Nvidia and add their own unique twists.

Jon Sutton
on 14 July 2018 at 12:30

We love this time of the hardware cycle. The current crop of graphics cards are just slightly beginning to show their age, and a new generation of hot chips are right around the corner. 

AMD is hoping to wow us with its next-generation GPUs, the expectation being that AMD could be ready to ship its 7nm GPUs at some point in 2019.

Jon Sutton
on 13 July 2018 at 12:30

It’s a debate more well-worn than Gandhi's flip flops but a lot’s changed in recent months and years. Nvidia has, well, made a few less-than-popular decisions in terms of consumers and its partners. Anecdotally, it feels as if the events of this year have done Nvidia more harm than good, although there’s a world of difference between consumers voicing on displeasure and actively acting upon that displeasure.

For some, it doesn’t matter one jot what Nvidia does - if they make the best graphics cards then that’s what they’ll be buying. Others will have taken a stance though. In our poll on the Nvidia GeForce Partner Program back in March, a handful of the GD community did say they will be switching to AMD as a result of what was deemed to be anti-consumer practice. The vast majority weren’t too bothered though, claiming they’d buy which makes the best GPUs.