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Chad Norton
on 15 January 2021 at 17:30

Nvidia is bringing official support for Resizable BAR (better known as Smart Access Memory) to their RTX 30 series graphics cards in March, but MSI has announced that they will be adding support early for AM4 motherboards before the required vBIOS update from Nvidia rolls out.

This whole thing is starting to get a bit confusing now, so I’ll try to make it as clear as possible: AMD started rolling out a new feature called Smart Access Memory (AKA: ReSize BAR) that essentially allows the CPU access to an unlimited amount of the GPU VRAM at a time, basically providing a free performance boost (albeit, relatively small, but free nonetheless).

Neil Soutter
on 15 January 2021 at 16:00

According to a new report by a Market Intelligence Outfit, Intel will apparently be switching their CPU manufacturing to TSMC starting later this year after struggles with their own in-house manufacturing yields resulted in major issues for the company.

Intel has had some trouble in their manufacturing department for the past couple years. Although they still knock it out of the park when it comes to high performance gaming, the Blue Team has struggled with their yields for the 10nm process node and are far behind schedule for the 7nm process.

Chad Norton
on 15 January 2021 at 09:51

The latest shooter from People Can Fly, Outriders, has recently been delayed by a little while but at least a demo will be coming out soon. So, in preparation for the demo, Square Enix has released the official Outriders PC system requirements and they're not that demanding.

In fact, SE didn't just release the PC specs for ¬¬g_id:35959[Outriders]¬¬, but they also revealed a bunch of PC-specific features in a new video. Not only that, but they revealed the performance expectations and graphical presets of each tier of specs. There are specs for 4K Ultra settings, however these will be determined at a later date.

Chad Norton
on 14 January 2021 at 16:42

The anime-Dark Souls hit Nioh 2 is officially landing on the PC platform next month with plenty of PC-specific features to enjoy. Although it will support 4K and HDR, it was still a port from a PlayStation 4 game, so what kind of hardware will you need to run it?

Thankfully it seems like ¬¬g_id:35648[Nioh 2]¬¬ won't be that demanding on our systems, with a minimum requirement of a GTX 970 graphics card. Unfortunately the developers did not provide any specs for AMD hardware, so we've added the closest matching specs based on the hardware descriptions provided already. For now, let's jump right into the Nioh 2 PC system requirements...

Neil Soutter
on 14 January 2021 at 16:00

As we all know it’s close to impossible to get your hands on a brand new graphics card. Not only are shortages in manufacturing components causing stock issues, but increased manufacturing and shipping costs have also raised prices across the board. Both Nvidia and AMD have now shared their own thoughts on the GPU shortages and stock issues.

In recent interviews, reps for both the Green and Red teams have given their verdicts on the GPU crisis, when they think it will improve, and what they’re doing right now to try and help the situation.

Stuart Thomas
on 14 January 2021 at 14:30

As if the state of getting a graphics card is not enough due to limited stock, the prices of graphics cards are on the rise due to increased costs for manufacturing and shipping. ASUS was the first one to officially announce they are increasing prices, but now EVGA and Zotac have also confirmed that they too are increasing prices. Although EVGA said that they are honoring MSRP until April for those who have already signed up to their notification system.

“Due to ongoing events, EVGA has made price adjustments on the GeForce RTX 30 Series products,” EVGTA said in a statement. “This change was necessary due to several factors and will be effective January 11, 2021. EVGA has worked to reduce and minimize these costs as much as possible. For those who are currently in the EVGA.com Notify Queue system or Step-Up Queue, EVGA will honor the original MSRP pricing through April 16th, 2021 if your purchase position is processed before this date.”

Stuart Thomas
on 13 January 2021 at 17:30

More and more news of Intel’s upcoming DG2 desktop graphics card have been surfacing, likely because we’re getting closer to the official launch date, but also as news of even more GPUs launching in an already constrained market is certainly welcome. Either way, a new report suggests the new GPU from Intel will be using the 7nm process node from TSMC, and will also be looking to compete against Nvidia and AMD in the $400 to $600 price range.

The report also states that the new graphics card will be released sometime later this year or early 2022, which is a little late to the party and by that time manufacturing and logistic costs should level out to increase stock and reduce prices for the RTX 30 series and RX 6000 series.

Chad Norton
on 13 January 2021 at 16:00

Nvidia’s CES 2021 virtual presentation yesterday gave us quite a lot of news, but the biggest by far was the reveal of the RTX 3060, a new mainstream Ampere GPU starting at $329 and available this February. However, no official specs were revealed until today, and even then the specs spark the conversation of whether it is truly worth the upgrade.

The ¬¬gc_id:5015[RTX 3060]¬¬ will feature 12GB of GDDR6 memory, as previously reported, as well as 3584 CUDA Cores. The 3060 will also include a boost clock speed of 1.78GHz and a base clock speed of 1.32GHz. Comparing to the slightly better RTX 3060 Ti, both GPUs tend to trade blows in that regard, but ultimately the 3060 comes out slightly behind despite the higher VRAM.

Chad Norton
on 12 January 2021 at 18:40

CES 2021 has kicked off this week as a virtual event due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and today saw two big keynotes from some of the leading PC hardware manufacturers: Nvidia and AMD. A lot was shown off today, and sometimes not in great detail, but here’s a recap of everything that happened and what was announced…

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Stuart Thomas
on 12 January 2021 at 16:00

Intel’s CES press conference has officially confirmed that their Core 11th Gen Rocket Lake processors will be launching by the end of Q1 2021. Not only that, but the Blue Team has also given us some early first-party performance numbers so we can see what kind of performance we can expect.

Previous rumors put the Rocket Lake launch in March, and given the end of Q1 2021 is March it’s likely we’ll be seeing the official launch sometime around then. No specific date has been revealed yet, but we’ll surely hear more about that in the coming months.