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Joffy S
on 31 January 2015 at 16:00

Increasingly in this day and age we're seeing more and more Small Form Factor (SFF) or 'ITX' builds cropping up. It used to be hulking great beasts or nothing, but now we're seeing svelte front-room beauties and tiny portable builds on the rise.

When splashing out on one of these builds or looking for an upgrade though, one of the biggest concerns is the graphics card. The power-hungry centre of any gaming PC, they're often large, noisy, and very hot. Luckily there's a few choices out there for space-conscious users, with a number of GPU manufacturers even making specialised 'ITX' versions of their more popular high-end cards. Here we're taking a run-down of some of the best smaller graphics out there for new systems or upgrades.

Joffy S
on 30 January 2015 at 15:15

 We've been busy putting Dying Light through all sorts of tests this week. Techland's open-world opus is a pretty magnificent step up from Dead Island, but it's also a much more demanding experience because of this.

Smashing out zombie faces and luring gangs into tantalising placed pools of petrol unfortunately doesn't come without its fair share of hardware demands. The mighty GeForce GTX 670, an absolute brute of its time, is now some way below the recommended requirements for Dying Light. If you're packing one of these and are unsure whether to splash the cash on Dying Light, then we've put together a 1080p gameplay video at High settings so you can exactly how it'll play.

Joffy S
on 30 January 2015 at 11:30

We've only just been treated to the delights of the Resident Evil HD Remaster, but Capcom already has begun readying Resident Evil Revelations 2 for launch next month. I say next month, but RE: Revelations 2 will be arriving in weekly instalments from February 24th, through into March. 

The first all-new Resident Evil title since the controversially crud Resident Evil 6, RE: Revelations 2 looks to continue the gameplay from its spin-off predecessor, mixing classic survival horror with all-out action sequences. Claire Redfield returns, alongside series favourite Barry Burton and a few surprises, as the player explores a remote prison island infested with horrors. Before you start getting your brain munched on though, you might want to check out the official system requirements for Resident Evil Revelations 2 to see if your rig's up to the task. 

Joffy S
on 29 January 2015 at 17:30

 It appears that Techland's latest open-world zombie title is quite a demanding beast. Having pitched Dying Light against the GTX 750 Ti in our last range of benchmarks, we thought it would be best to take things little lower for the next test, to see how Nvidia's humble GTX 650 could handle the high-speed ultra-violent parkour.

We're putting Dying Light through some benchmark tests on the GeForce GTX 650, which under the hood has an AMD FX-4100 processor and 4GB of system memory. So before you splash out the cash on Techland's title, check out these benchmarks to see if your rig's up to scratch.  

Joffy S
on 29 January 2015 at 16:30

AMD is looking to refresh its Kaveri APUs this coming summer with its ‘Godavari’ APUs, but, looking beyond that into 2016, a new report suggests AMD is readying a new series of APUs dubbed ‘Bristol Ridge’.

While Godavari will be on the Steamroller CPU architecture, Bristol Ridge will be on the last member of the Bulldozer family, Excavator. It’s expected to continue in the vein of its current APUs, with a 12-core design split between four CPU cores and eight GPU cores.

Joffy S
on 29 January 2015 at 15:15

AMD is launched a new ‘FIX3R’ teaser video, possibly indicating an imminent revealed of its Radeon R9 300 series. This brief trailer from AMD appears to indicate that something is going down on Friday, with the logical thing being the unveiling of AMD’s next generation of graphics cards.

While there have been a few Fixer videos before - he’s a man synonymous with lambasting team green - the announcement would be perfectly poised to take advantage of the backlash hitting Nvidia’s GTX 970 over the past fortnight. While previous FIXER videos have never hinted at a new product, the respelling to FIX3R implies something to do with the R300 series.

Joffy S
on 29 January 2015 at 12:45

Nvidia’s found itself in a bit a mess with the recent controversy surrounding the performance of the GeForce GTX 970, after users reported issues with the usage of the full 4GB onboard memory. The world’s leading dedicated graphics card manufacturer has now admitted it incorrectly stated the number of Raster Operations Pipelines (ROPs) when it released the tech specs.

Rather than the 64 ROPs declared, the GeForce GTX 970 in fact features just 56 ROPs, with a drastically reduced memory bandwidth when the remaining 0.5GB VRAM is accessed. Nvidia has now vowed to boost the performance of the Geforce GTX 970 with a driver update, which should theoretically fix the memory allocation problems.

Joffy S
on 28 January 2015 at 16:30

January's been a quiet month when it comes to massive titles needing to be put to the test in some benchmarks, but following the unfortunate delay of Grand Theft Auto V, Techland has provided us with a graphically-demanding beast with Dying Light. 

First-person parkour over a vast open-world city, Dying Light is grimly beautiful. Not that you'll have too much time to gaze over Harran though, you're never more than a moment's notice away from being some shambling monstrosities dinner. Over the last few days we've been busy putting Dying Light to the test against the GD Machine 2014. Armed with a GeForce GTX 750 Ti, an Intel i5-4670K processor, and 8GB of system memory, it's time to see how it fares in our Dying Light benchmarks.  

Joffy S
on 27 January 2015 at 17:00

In lieu of some proper GeForce GTX 750 Ti benchmarks which we’re looking to get up tomorrow, we’ve captured some footage of Dying Light being played with various graphical settings at 1080p resolution.

For those unfamiliar with the GD Machine 2014, it comes packing the aforementioned GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics card and is backed up by an Intel i5-4670K processor and 8GB of RAM. In terms of Dying Light it hits the recommended requirements bang on except for that all important GPU. The 750 Ti comes in above the minimum card of GTX 560 but it still some way below the optimum GTX 780 that Techland claim you’ll need.

Joffy S
on 27 January 2015 at 11:53

Techland's latest flesh-munching zombie-fest is upon us in the shape of Dying Light, and if you've checked out the official Dying Light system requirements you'll know it's a fairly demanding beast. Now, the Polish developer responsible for Dead Island isn't exactly well known for polished, well-optimised releases, so going into a game like this you're going to want plenty of options to tweak in order to get optimal performance. 

Dying Light is quite the looker from what we've seen so far, which stands to reason for a title that recommends a GeForce GTX 780 or a Radeon R9 290 to see it at its finest. Its sprawling open-world city of Harran is based on an ancient city in Turkey, and as you parkour across rooftops it can offer some truly spectacular views with all the graphics options cranked right up.