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Joffy S
on 29 September 2016 at 14:00

Nvidia is reportedly planning to launch its Pascal-powered GeForce GTX 1080 Ti this upcoming January, according to new reports. Team Green is apparently planning to unleash the beast at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2017.

Packing a top-of-the-line GP102 GPU, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will come with 3,328 CUDA cores, 12GB of GDDRX (contrary to the GDDR5 rumour we heard recently) memory, a 1.6 GHz boost clock speed and a total of 10.8 TFLOPs graphical horsepower. That’s enough to make next year’s Xbox Scorpio, which is ~6 TFLOPs, look a little on the pathetic side.

Ed Strode-Willis
on 29 September 2016 at 12:46

With Titanfall 2 set to be one of October’s biggest releases when it touches down on the 28th, here at Game Debate we're excited to see another game that this generation of graphics cards can really get their teeth into. Looking at the system requirements recently released by Respawn, we were not disappointed. Are you wondering how you’ll fare? Here we have a breakdown of what kind of performance you can expect with your GeForce or Radeon graphics card.

So here’s our estimates on what kind of experience you can expect when playing Titanfall 2 on PC. These should give you an idea of the sort of frame rates and resolutions you can hit with your particular GPU.

Joffy S
on 28 September 2016 at 15:13

After eschewing PC in favour of some oddball mobile release last year, Farming Simulator 2017 is at long last coming home to roost on PC next month. Within a matter of weeks we'll be up to our eyes in turnips. Farming Simulator 2017 looks like quite the visual leap for the series; tractors have never looked so good. FS2017 allows would-be farmers to raise livestock, take part in forestry and grow crops. Before you get the keys to that brand new combine harvester though, cast your gaze over the Farming Simulator 2017 minimum system requirements to ensure your PC's up to the task.

While this series may not be for everyone, it's undeniable it has a devout following and it seems fans will be pleased with another un-stressful set of system requirements not too much more taxing than the last Steam release of Farming Simulator 15.

Ed Strode-Willis
on 28 September 2016 at 14:00

Like honey out a beehive it has been reliably leaked that Nvidia CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, is set to take the stage and introduce the latest Volta GPU Architecture at GTC 2017 next Spring. Rumours aside, we know for certain that, like Pascal, the chip will be aimed at HPC, yet this time will feature faster and higher capacity HBM2 memory. But it’s the rumours where thing really get exciting.

It is expected that Nvidia will drop the previously expected 10nm fabrication process in preference for 7nm for its new Volta GPUs. Support for the yet-be-revealed HBM3 (High Bandwidth Memory) and GDDR6 is also expected, beginning at 16GB as standard. The much faster GDDR6 memory is capable of more than 14Gbps bandwidth, compared to 10Gbps on GDDR5X and just 8Gbps on GDDR5.

Stuart Thomas
on 28 September 2016 at 11:33

While AMD has plenty of exciting stuff in the pipeline with regards to its next-gen Vega GPU, 2017 is looking a little more conservative for Nvidia, at least at this early stage. According to fresh reports, next year Nvidia will introduce a Pascal refresh before following up with the true next-gen Volta in 2018.

The Pascal refresh will allegedly reuse the same Pascal GPUs, such as the GP102 which was used for the GeForce GTX 1080 and the Titan X Pascal. Nvidia has chosen to refine this GPU rather than move to an all new product. This is much like the jump from the Nvidia GTX 600 series to the GTX 700 series, so expect to see Pascal shift from 16nm FinFET down to the 14nm FinFET node, bringing with it moderate performance (clock speed) and efficiency improvements, as well as driving down the price.

Stuart Thomas
on 26 September 2016 at 16:30

A few interesting snippets have emerged on AMD’s next-generation processors, specifically the newly dubbed 'Gray Hawk' APUs. We’re still a way off from their expected 2019 launch, but these 7nm FinFET chips will utilise the upcoming Zen+ microarchitecture, delivering a quad-core, eight thread CPU with onboard GPU, all with as little as 10W TDP.

Stuart Thomas
on 26 September 2016 at 14:00

Nvidia is putting the parts in place to launch its budget-priced GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards this October, according to a fresh leak. Both of the new 10 Series graphics cards will be equipped with a Pascal GP107 graphics processor manufactured on the 16nm FinFET fabrication process. This delivers the performance and efficiency gains of Pascal but for the more budget conscious PC gamer.

Pricing is allegedly just $119 for the GTX 1050 and $149 for the GTX 1050 Ti. Considering you’re looking at $249 for the 6GB GTX 1060, these could turn out to be quite a bargain buy for those considering a smaller scale upgrade. Intriguingly the GTX 1050 will be equipped with 2GB GDDR5 memory while the GTX 1050 Ti will have 4GB GDDR5, outstripping Nvidia’s own 3GB GTX 1060 which retails for $199.

Joffy S
on 26 September 2016 at 12:53

It might not be quite what we were expecting from the Sleeping Dogs devs, but United Front Games returns this month with a twist on old-school beat-em-ups. Smash + Grab is an online gang battle, pitting teams of thugs against each other in a battle to loot a city while causing as much damage and mayhem as possible. It's Streets of Rage for the 21st century. Before you go a throw a brick through that shop window though, make sure you know which PC components you're going to have to loot to meet the official Smash + Grab system requirements.  

A quick word of warning - Smash + Grab is launching via Steam Early Access this month, so there is a chance these system requirements could alter as development continues. 

Stuart Thomas
on 24 September 2016 at 12:00

Nintendo has reportedly finalised the design of its secretive Nintendo NX hardware, beginning trial production at the Foxconn Electronics manufacturing plant. According to the sources, Nintendo is targeting annual production of 9.5-10 million units of the NX, nearly as much as the Wii U has sold during its entire lifetime.

“Toshiba, Megachips, and Macronix are all involved with the Nintendo NX”, said Nintendo insider Emily Rogers. “Toshiba is the world’s second-largest NAND chip maker after Samsung. They also manufactured the flash memory chips for the Nintendo 3DS.

Joffy S
on 23 September 2016 at 15:19

Just. One. More. Turn. The Civilization series is the bane of many a PC gamers' free time worldwide. After we've plugged thousands of hours into Civ V, it's the turn of Civilization VI to come along and do it all again. Civ 6 promises to offer countless new ways to expand your glorious empire across the world, advance your civilisation's culture and go nuke happy with Gandhi. Before you fire ze missiles and pre-order Civilization 6, here's the official system requirements. 

Fortunately for those of you out there with weaker systems, Civilization VI is a slow-paced, turn-based strategy game. Its new cartoony visual style isn't exactly pushing graphical boundaries either, meaning we've got ourselves a very reasonable set of minimum system requirements for Civ 6. A pair of very ancient graphics cards is all that's necessary, meaning Civilization 6 is probably perfect laptop fodder. Just what we like to hear.