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Neil Soutter
on 03 December 2016 at 13:00

Having gained quite a bit of experience in the motherboard and graphics card markets over the years, MSI has used its knowledge to craft its own premium CPU cooler. Utilising technology learned from GPU cooling, the MSI Core Frozr L CPU Cooler is hefty brute of a cooler. It’s a tower cooler which stands vertically off your motherboard. Keeping it cool it’s packing quad 8mm heatpipes, a 120mm fan and a nickel coated copper base.

Joffy S
on 02 December 2016 at 16:30

The first retail listing for the Radeon RX 490 has popped up, as well as what appear to be the first ever benchmarks for the Radeon Pro 490. Yes, the Radeon Pro 490. It looks as if this is an entirely different graphics card aimed at the professional and Mac market. Initial 3DMark performance suggests the Radeon Pro 490 is capable of running faster than NVidia’s GeForce GTX 1070, offering as much as 13.2% higher scores.

Stuart Thomas
on 02 December 2016 at 15:00

It looks as if Nvidia planning to launch its mobile GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti chips at CES 2017 in January. Taiwanese insiders suggest the more affordable graphics cards for gaming laptops are just around the corner and will be capable of matching their desktop counterparts for performance.

A number of Nvidia’s partners are already signed up to showcase their latest laptop wares at the Consumer Electronics Show, including ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and Lenovo.

Joffy S
on 01 December 2016 at 12:35

Major semiconductor manufacturer TSMC has revealed its plans for a 12nm process node. TSMC hopes to roll out the 12nm fabrication process as an advanced version of its current 16nm technology found in many of Nvidia’s Pascal GPUs.

TSMC has been a superpower in the semiconductor industry for a number of years now, and dominant when it comes to the 28nm process segment, but has found itself left behind with the competing technologies coming out of GlobalFoundries and Samsung. The 12nm process node is intended to help TSMC compete with other lower process nodes.

Joffy S
on 30 November 2016 at 16:32

We've grumbled about having to wait another few weeks for Watch Dogs 2 but it's with us at last. First impressions are that the sequel is better in just about every conceivable way than the original. Ubisoft has pulled an Assassin's Creed 2, so to speak. Like any AAA game however, Watch Dogs 2 comes with some AAA system requirements. A lot of you are going to have to do some tweaking with the graphics options to achieve perfect performance.

In total there are 20 different graphics settings which can be tweaked in Watch Dogs 2, and each of these has several options within it. If you want to squeeze out extra performance then there’s plenty to mess around with. The obvious question however, is what do all of these settings do? Well, we’ve got you covered there. Using the chart below you can find out just how demanding each setting is. Along with this, we've given priority scores based on how important we believe it is to enable these graphics options.

Joffy S
on 30 November 2016 at 14:00

Everyone and their aunt knows Dishonored 2's launch a few weeks ago was a bit of a train wreck. There was talk of widespread performance issues for PC  players, even those with high-end systems but especially those with medium spec rigs. We take a look at it with the every man's GTX 950 to find out what the average Joe can experience from Dishonored 2.

For our benchmarks we put Dishonored 2 to the test against the PNY GeForce GTX 950, equipped with 2GB video memory. It’s backed up by 8GB DDR3 memory and an AMD FX-4100 CPU. We ran through a number of short segments with each preset and a selection of different resolutions taking an average frame rate.

Neil Soutter
on 30 November 2016 at 10:06

AMD has announced a live ‘New Horizon’ event is set to take place in December. The event is hosted by Geoff Keighley and will be used to preview AMD’s upcoming Zen CPUs ahead of a the full launch in Q1 2017.

Evil Geniuses’ PPD will be putting Zen through its paces live, along with inviting special guests onstage to talk about AMD’s much anticipated new processor, and a host of giveaways.

Joffy S
on 29 November 2016 at 17:36

It's no secret that Dishonored 2 launched in a bit of a state a few weeks ago. There was talk of widespread performance issues for PC  players, even those with high-end systems. How then does it stack up after a fortnight of patching? We take a look at it with the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G to find out.

For our benchmarks we put Dishonored 2 to the test against the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G, equipped with 6GB video memory. It’s backed up by 16GB DDR4 memory and an Intel Core i7-5820K CPU. We ran through a number of short segments with each preset and a selection of different resolutions taking an average frame rate.

Joffy S
on 29 November 2016 at 14:14

Colorful isn’t a graphics card manufacturer which I’ve traditionally thought of as extravagant but it’s really pushed the boat out for the arrival of its new iGame GeForce GTX 1080 KUDAN. This isn’t just any old GTX 1080 you see. No, this (not so) little puppy is a quad-slot behemoth packing a factory overclock of close to 2GHz.

Joffy S
on 28 November 2016 at 16:37

By now every Tom, Dick and Harry has probably had the chance to play Steep thanks to the recent beta, and Ubisoft no doubt used all your testing to build some accurate system requirements. Hopefully, anyway. From December 2nd you'll be able to carve your way down a gigantic open-world mountain range with your buddies, using snowboards, skis, a wingsuit or even paragliding if you're particularly daft. Here's precisely what you'll need to do just that with the official Steep PC system requirements.

First things first, just like a lot of you a partook in the Steep open beta a week or so ago and got a good feel for how it performed. I was using a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, which is roughly equal to a GTX 980, and it absolutely tonked Steep when it came to performance. At 1080p / Ultra I was pulling in 60 frames per second, so that gives you a good idea where Ubisoft is heading with these system requirements. Minimum requirements are therefore likely to be for around 1080p / Low. If you're interested in what this means for you then we've got your covered with our Steep Low / Ultra graphics comparison sliders.