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Felix Nova
on 30 August 2014 at 17:00

Metro Redux is out on PC this week, so we thought we'd give it a whirl to see how well it performs on the PC gaming hardware of yesteryear. Packing a whole host of graphical improvements and, hopefully, optimisations, Metro 2033 Redux is easily the most improved out of the two. With that it mind we put 4A Games' reworking through its paces, to see whether it's worth gamers on lower-end systems forking out for this upgraded version. 

Our Metro Redux review is still pending but first we'll  take a look out how optimised this remake is for PC. The Metro 2033 Redux system requirements were as expected, so we expect the Metro Redux performance to be roughly in line with Metro: Last Light, although there may be engine optimisations that could boost performance.  It's time to turn to our trusty old PC; You will know him as Jerry and he will be providing us with our first Metro Redux benchmark. Can Jerry's AMD HD 6670 deliver enough frame rates to play Metro 2033 Redux on the higher settings? Read on to find out.

Jon Sutton
on 30 August 2014 at 13:00

It sounds like a torture scene from a particularly heated episode of 24, but a German professor has created an Oculus Rift demo designed to be experienced while strapped in to a real-life roller coaster, mimicking the movements in a virtual reality game.

The stomach churning demo was pieced together by Professor Thomas Wagner, who has combined the traditional roller coaster experience with with the possibilities of virtual reality. If you thought that 80m drop wasn’t scary enough, now you can do it on a sky track miles above the Earth’s surface.

Jon Sutton
on 30 August 2014 at 11:00

Market analyst firm Jon Peddie Research has released the latest sales figures for discrete graphics cards, revealing how many units both Nvidia and AMD have shifted during the past three months and beyond.

Nvidia leads the way by some margin during the past quarter, shifting over 7 million graphics cards in comparison to AMD’s 4.36 million, suggesting that for now Nvidia has wrestled control of the GPU market in the build up to the busier holiday season. Despite this total sales have plunged 17.6 per cent year on year, outstripping the decline in desktop PC sales.

Katie Allen
on 28 August 2014 at 16:49

Haswell-E is just around the corner now, with Intel’s launch of this series of three CPUs rumoured to be scheduled for tomorrow.

Now, however, we’ve finally had the chance to see what appears to be the official pricing for the three processors. Thanks to all the leaks courtesy of X99 motherboard manufacturers, they’re not much of a surprise, but it does help us see how these powerful processors measure up compared to Intel’s existing CPUs in terms of financial investment.

Katie Allen
on 27 August 2014 at 17:00

As you might remember from a few weeks back, we caught sight of The Sims 4 minimum system requirements in July, but at that time EA only told us what kind of rig we'd need for minimum settings. As anticipated, they were pretty low, albeit a slight increase since The Sims 3.

Now, however, we've got hold of The Sims 4 recommended requirements, so we can now see what EA claims we'll need to run the game on maximum settings. It's a significant jump compared to The Sims 3, and a fairly big one compared to minimum, but you won't need a killer rig to run on high settings by the looks of things. We've taken a look at them in detail.

Katie Allen
on 26 August 2014 at 17:31

The AMD R9 285 was officially revealed last week following a slew of rumours leading up to the launch, and we’re already seeing a number of designs of the card popping up online.

One of the more interesting of these comes from Sapphire, who have created a tiny version of the card aimed at the Mini-ITX form factor. The R9 285 ITX Compact Edition will also be available in an OC variant, and will likely be available come early September.

Jon Sutton
on 25 August 2014 at 17:00

Storage on PCs has long been a problem. Back in the mists of time people thought the humble 1.44MB floppy disk was a storage beast. It wasn’t long until they were fumbling through their copies of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, looking for that blasted fifth floppy to continue their adventure. Storage has grown exponentially, but no matter how much we get we always want more. That all changed over the last few years, and now we want faster and faster. SSD’s deliver the goods for a premium price, but they’re let down by short lifespans.

RRAM, or high-capacity Resistive RAM, is thought to be the future of computer memory. Off-limits to the average consumer since its conception, RRAM is now closer than ever to commercial release. Cited as a flash RAM killer, RRAM promises to have 20 times the write performance of NAND flash memory, but at a fraction of the size and drawing on a fraction of the power.

Katie Allen
on 22 August 2014 at 17:00

Thanks to some leaked manuals for Gigabyte’s X99 motherboards, it looks like the upcoming Intel Core i7-5820K will be able to address fewer PCI-E lanes than other, more powerful i7-5000 series CPUs.

According to the leaks, the Haswell-E CPUs will have a variety of different PCI-Express lanes. So whilst more expensive models like the i7-5930K will be able to address 40 lanes, the 5820K - the cheapest CPU in the line - will only access 28 lanes.

Katie Allen
on 22 August 2014 at 17:00

Thanks to some leaked manuals for Gigabyte’s X99 motherboards, it looks like the upcoming Intel Core i7-5820K will be able to address fewer PCI-E lanes than other, more powerful i7-5000 series CPUs.

According to the leaks, the Haswell-E CPUs will have a variety of different PCI-Express lanes. So whilst more expensive models like the i7-5930K will be able to address 40 lanes, the 5820K - the cheapest card in the line - will only access 28 lanes.

Jon Sutton
on 22 August 2014 at 14:15

Like a lot of sports franchises on PC, 2K's NBA series has taken a bit of time to make the leap to its next-generation graphics engine. While PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners were treated to the stunning new engine last year, it's at last made its way to us for NBA 2K15. This means NBA 2K15 will be the best looking basketball game in existence on PC, sporting unparalleled levels of detail and ultra realistic animation to take shooting hoops to the next level.

2K announced last week that from here on out the PC versions of NBA 2K15 and beyond are going to match the console versions feature for feature. Every mode and every detail will be present on PC. For the first time ever the EuroLeague teams have been included, among a host of gameplay and graphical improvements. To find out whether your PC's going to pull a flop or a slam-dunk though, read on to check out the NBA 2K15 system requirements.