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Joffy S
on 24 April 2015 at 17:30

DirectX 12 is just around the corner, arriving this summer alongside Windows 10. In terms of what this actually means for us, things are still a little hazy, but AMD’s head of global technical marketing, Robert Hallock, has explained two key features for the upcoming low-overhead graphics API.

The two features in question are Async Shaders and multi-thread command buffer recording. They might sound unfamiliar now, but these two major new additions to DirectX 12 are set to make a significant difference to gaming performance across the board.

Joffy S
on 24 April 2015 at 12:45

Welcome back, Mr Blazkowicz, it's been a while. The no-holds-barred godfather of first-person-shooters in back in a fortnight with Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. The official system requirements for Wolfenstein: The Old Blood are out now, and you can get a look at exactly what gaming rig you'll need for MachineGames latest adventure.

A standalone expansion pack for The New Order, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is set before the events of its predecessor, spanning two interweaving narratives leading up to the storming of General Deathshead's compound. Nazi zombies, maniacal schemes, and robotic nightmares are the order of the day here, where we find out the secrets begin Helga Von Schabbs. It's out on May 4th, but ahead of then be sure to check out the Wolfenstein: The Old Blood system requirements.

Stuart Thomas
on 23 April 2015 at 12:45

If you’re looking to get your hands on a Radeon R9 390X in a few months you might have to be quick. Reports emerging suggest the flagship graphics card could be in extremely short supply at launch, with AMD facing a shortage of high-bandwidth memory (HBM) from manufacturer SK Hynix.

AMD’s next top-end card’s highlight feature is the stacked 3D memory, which delivers a blisteringly fast memory bandwidth of 640GB/s. It’s set to be kitted out on both the Radeon R9 390X and the R395X2, as well as possibly the R9 390. However, with HBM supplies constrained, the expected June launches are likely to be hampered.

Joffy S
on 23 April 2015 at 11:11

The Caped Crusader is returning. It's been almost four years since Rocksteady's last Batman game, but Batman: Arkham Knight is upon us in a couple of month's time. The highly anticipated finale to the Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Knight is a visually stunning open-world adventure set once more in Gotham City. 

Set one year after the events of Arkham City, Batman must confront the Scarecrow, who has gathered some of Gotham's finest super villains in the ultimate plot to take down the Dark Knight once and for all. New to this outing is a fully driveable Batmobile, which can be called upon at a moment's notice to whisk Bruce Wayne away down the darkened streets. Batman: Arkham Knight hits on June 23rd worldwide, so at least you've got a bit of time to prepare your rig, which you might need to once you've seen the official Batman: Arkham Knight system requirements...

Joffy S
on 22 April 2015 at 15:15

If you smeeeeeeeell what The Rock is cooking! Sweaty actors grappling each other while armed with tables, ladders, chairs, and thumb tacks is big business. Big business that's never seen the light of day on PC - Until now. WWE 2K15 is ready to lay the smackdown in a matter of weeks on PC, bringing everyone's favourite wrestlers together for a good old fashioned brawl. 

There's an absolute mountain of wrestlers to choose from for this PC edition, packing in the original console line-up alongside all sorts classics like Andre the Giant, Hulk Hogan, The Great Khali, Mark Henry and more. In WWE 2K15 you'll be able to tear lumps out of each in a whole host of arenas, such as Hell in the Cell, Extreme Rules, Capitol Punishment, and of course, Raw. Before hopping into the ring though, you'd best find out whether your gaming rig's more lightweight brawler than heavyweight champion with the official WWE 2K15 system requirements. 

Neil Soutter
on 22 April 2015 at 12:45

Reports are circulating Nvidia is reconsidering its launch plans for the upcoming GeForce GTX 980 Ti, moving the release of its high-end graphics card forward to the end of May. The chip giant then has plans to introduce a ‘GeForce GTX 980 Metal’ later in the year.

The leaked report suggests Nvidia is targeting a May 16th - 26th launch window for the GTX 980 Ti. What we know of the graphics so far suggests it will be based on a cut-down version of the GM200 GPU used in the GTX Titan X. Specs included 3072 CUDA cores, 192 TMUs and 96 ROPs on a 384-bit memory interface. Unlike its older brother though, the GTX 980 Ti will likely see a cut-down 6GB of on-board GDDR5 video memory.

Joffy S
on 21 April 2015 at 14:00

Wizards, knights and thieves. The three pillars of beardy greatness, and the foundations upon which Frozenbyte has built one of the most adored 2D platforming series out there today. 2D that is, until today, whence Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power reaches out and latches onto another dimension of platform hopping pleasure.

The three hapless heroes inadvertently set loose a powerful, ancient sorcerer when meddling with the titular Trine, embarking on a wondrous journey to repair the damage they've caused. Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power's leap to the third-dimension is all well and good, but it comes at a cost. Before you hop in for some puzzle platforming fun you'd well to check out the official Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power system requirements. 

Joffy S
on 20 April 2015 at 17:00

As we bear down on Skylake’s arrival it was somewhat inevitable leaks would occur. The upcoming Skylake micro-architecture from Intel could be one of the biggest leaps in processing power for years, fabricated on the 14nm node and delivering improved efficiency and performance.

The first CPUs are pencilled in for a launch during the second half of this year, but ahead of then some possible specifications have leaked of the two processors leading the charge; namely the Intel Core i7-6700K, and the i5-6600K, both looking extremely promising if these leaked specs ring true.

Joffy S
on 20 April 2015 at 12:45

An image has cropped up on a number of forums over the weekend, depicting AMD and Nvidia’s respective market share during the past 12 years. It’s a fascinating look at the disparity between two competing technology giants, but it doesn’t necessarily make for nice reading from an AMD perspective.

Nvidia’s dominance has long been known, but this latest chart indicates AMD's got some serious catching up to do on the graphics card front. While for much of the 12-year period Nvidia has outsold AMD, nowhere has AMD’s market position been worse than right now. The launches of the GTX 980, 970 and 960, without reply from AMD, has seen market share slump to just 24%.

Joffy S
on 19 April 2015 at 16:00

The grizzled old stalwart of the fighting game genre is back with a bang, as Mortal Kombat X delivers one of the most visceral outings yet for the claret-spewing series. A penchant for the red stuff and a love of all things over-the-top are all that are needed to hop into NetherRealm's fighter.

We've had our hands on Mortal Kombat X for a few days now, and we've been putting it through its paces in a series of benchmarks. First up is the GeForce GTX 650, which comes in, worryingly, just below the minimum system requirements of a GTX 460. It's going to be backed up by an AMD FX-4100 processor and 4GB of RAM. Not masses of power there, but we'll see how it copes with the fighter in our MKX PC benchmarks.