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Neil Soutter
on 28 November 2015 at 11:30

Short on memory? Perhaps this’ll help then - Samsung has announced it’s begun large scale production of 128GB DDR4 modules.Yes, 128GB on a single stick. This is the world’s first commercially available 128GB RAM module, with Samsung claiming these are industry leading in terms of both energy efficiency and capacity.

“We are pleased that volume production of our high speed, low-power 128GB TSV DRAM module will enable our global customers and partners to launch a new generation of enterprise solutions with dramatically improved efficiency and scalability for their investment,” said Joo Sun Choi, executive vice president or memory sales and marketing at Samsung.

Felix Nova
on 27 November 2015 at 17:30

And still the games flow. Hot on the tail of our Global Game Awards 2015, we now have a title that has many people overloaded with excitement. Just Cause 3 is out next week and so this weekends free game giveaway is for a chance to win a copy of Just Cause 3 on release day.

Step this way to find out how you could be a lucky owner of a copy of Just Cause 3 on release day next Tuesday, 1st December. Its really easy and you might already have been automatically entered. How's that for cool?

Joffy S
on 27 November 2015 at 16:00

GD’er Rayyan51 contacted me today saying that he’d been having problems with his Radeon R7 250X since installing the latest Radeon Software Crimson Edition drivers. AMD’s massive driver overhaul arrived earlier this week, packing in all sorts of benefits and performance boosts. For Rayyan51 though, it just caused issues.

The Crimson Driver software was adjusting the GPU fan speed down to 30%, whatever the demands of the game. He turned it to auto but again it reset to 30% following a complete reboot. So I did a little bit of digging and it turns out Rayyan51 isn’t alone. There’s plenty of other people experiencing similar problems. Lowering the fan speed can have a serious impact on a graphics card’s heat dissipation, which can cause damage to your rig in the long run.

Joffy S
on 27 November 2015 at 15:00

If you’ve got an obscene amount of cash lying around, and would like an appropriately obscene level of gaming performance, then December could be a wallet shredding month for you. Reports are indicating AMD is preparing to launch its dual-GPU solution for its R9 Fury range. Codenamed ‘Gemini’, it’s expected to offer an unprecedented level of gaming performance.

The Radeon R9 Fury X2 8GB will become the fastest graphics card in the world when it launches in December, knocking the R9 295X2 off its perch. The dual Fiji XT GPU graphics card is essentially two Fury Nanos bolted together on a single PCB. It seems as if AMD has taken the decision to opt for a Nano equivalent rather than a Fury X in order to keep the TDP down at a manageable level, with the Fury X2 expected to draw on 300W TDP.

Joffy S
on 26 November 2015 at 17:06

Reports are emerging Nvidia is preparing to reveal its GeForce GTX 960 Ti graphics card soon, with the aim of going toe-to-toe with AMD’s recently launched Radeon R9 380X. Targeted firmly at the mid-range market, the GeForce GTX 960 Ti is expected to cost somewhere in the region of $250. This fills the gap between the GTX 960 and the GTX 970, priced at $199 and $329 accordingly.

Rather than running on a modified version of the GM206 GPU, the GeForce GTX 960 Ti will in fact run on a cut down version of the GM204 GPU used in both the GTX 970 and GTX 980. This is because the GTX 960 is already running on a fully unlocked version of the GM206, so there’s no additional performance to be gained.

Joffy S
on 24 November 2015 at 10:10

So the system requirements for Just Cause 3 came out yesterday, taken from the back of the PC retail boxes. As it turns out these aren't the final system requirements. Just Cause 3 went gold and got sent to manufacturing way back in mid-October, and since then the official system requirements have taken a bit of a leap. 

Just Cause 3 features one of the largest open-world sandboxes of all time, and it looks as if it comes at the cost of some heavy hardware to get it up and running. Built on a heavily modified version of the engine Avalanche used for Mad Max, Just Cause 3 is larger in just about every conceivable way - with jaw-dropping draw distances and Havoc physics ensuring realistic destruction. So after yesterday's mix-up, just what PC gaming hardware are you going to need for Just Cause 3... 

Joffy S
on 23 November 2015 at 14:00

It looks as if Nvidia wants in on the virtual reality action, with the news it’s working on its own VR device. The aim is to bring it to market by 2018, and its headset’s big selling point is that it’s aiming to totally eliminate motion sickness. That would be quite a feat, because none of the other VR players have managed to tackle this problem entirely, despite advances in the tech.

Nvidia’s creating the VR headset in conjunction with Stanford University, and it reckons this is how the next generation of virtual reality is going to work. The headset uses a newly developed technology called Near Eye Light Field VR. This works by combining two 2D images, which they’ve coined 4D (2D + 2D), for each eye, merging to form a single 3D image. Now I’m no physicist but that doesn’t sound strictly like four dimensions. In fact, that sounds pretty much like how the Nintendo 3DS’ 3D feature works.

Joffy S
on 23 November 2015 at 10:16

Finishing the holiday gaming rush with a bang, Just Cause 3 launches on December 1st in all its over-the-top glory. Rico Rodriguez is back, and this time he's retaking his homeland from evil dictator General di Ravello. The Mediterranean island of Medici stretches out across over 1000 square kilometres of traversable land, in one of the largest open worlds ever. Getting across is a breeze now with the all new wingsuit, allowing Rico to clip the daisies as he swoops down low, before stylishly blowing a bridge to smithereens with a well-aimed rocket barrage.

As you'd expect, Just Cause 3 is looking stunning, with an unprecedented sense of scale that should hopefully make it an action-packed tour de force. Everything we've seen points to one of the most visually impressive open worlds this year, but at what cost? Have a look at the official Just Cause 3 system requirements to find out. 

Joffy S
on 21 November 2015 at 14:00

Unless you've had your head buried in the hot Tatooine sand, you've probably noticed Star Wars Battlefront launched this week. By now you've probably all had a chance to play it if you had any interest in, thanks to that massive open beta test a month or so ago.

Since then EA's been tweaking a few things behind the scenes ready for launch, while Nvidia put out its GeForce Game Ready drivers for Star Wars Battlefront. Which should mean, fingers crossed, that Star Wars Battlefront runs even better now than it it did before. To put it to the test we decided to decide how the humble GeForce GTX 750 Ti could handle DICE's gorgeous 40-player online shooter. 

Joffy S
on 20 November 2015 at 14:00

Following the leaked image from Steam earlier this week, Square Enix has confirmed Dragon Quest Heroes is coming to PC in just a fortnight's time. The Musou-style hack and slash is from the creators of the Dynasty Warriors series, transforming Square Enix's beloved RPG series into  large-scale, action-packed warfare.

Going by the full name Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below, the PC port comes with support for higher resolutions, along with some exclusive new gear, including eleven additional weapons and two bonus maps. It's a nice surprise considering we didn't even know this game existed on PC this time last week. To find out whether your PC's got what it takes to be a Metal Slime, have a look at the Dragon Quest Heroes system requirements.