Well, it’s that time again. The time where we look into the very best of what’s available regarding a certain aspect of the gaming hardware industry. This time we thought we’d focus on Virtual Reality, as ¬¬g_id:36729[Half-Life: Alyx]¬¬’s release has given people a lot more reason to consider purchasing their first headset, or even upgrading to a new one. So which one will provide the best HL: Alyx experience?
There’s a lot of different brands out there, and where there were only a few viable options just a couple years ago, there’s now tonnes of choices to choose from. So whether you’re looking for the very best of the best, or the cheapest, or the best in terms of price to performance, there’s something here that will surely tickle your fancy. So, without further ado, let’s figure out which VR headset will provide the best Half-Life: Alyx experience for you…
Well, ¬¬g_id:36729[Half-Life: Alyx]¬¬ is finally here. It’s been 12 years since we last got a new Half-Life game, and as most of us know, this one is VR-exclusive. While most people who have a VR headset are likely to go and buy a big hit game like HL: Alyx (nice move, Valve), not everyone is going to get the expensive VR hardware required to run the game, especially without first checking if their hardware can run it. So, we are going to take a look at some of the expected PC performance that Half-Life: Alyx gets in these frames per second benchmark results, across a few of our graphics cards…
Gaming in virtual reality is pretty sexy but comes with a huge price tag, which presents a big barrier to most of us. This in turn stops developers making games for VR because not enough people have the hardware that would then buy their games. And although its pretty obvious that Valve have released their next Half Life game to help flex the potential muscles of the VR game space, it is also intended to give their own VR headset, the Valve Index a sales boost (another good move, Valve).
At some point we all think, it would be really nice to take our gaming on the move. Whether we are off to a friends house or going on holiday, having the option to bring our pc with us for some mobile gaming, would be cool. But we likely dismiss the idea as an over the top cost option. But as tech becomes smaller and more powerful and our library of excellent games is spread across a longer time release period, we figured we would take another look and find a gaming laptop to review that falls around the Best $1200 PC price range, to see if it can really provide a gaming option for us.
So today we will be looking at and reviewing Dell's G5 15 gaming laptop to explore its gaming performance and returned frame rates and see if it is up to scratch and worth the price? Towards the end of this article we compare a few laptop variants to see how some of these prices and hardware stack up.
We have been running around Hell on earth, testing all the graphics options in DOOM Eternal, to better understand the sort of hardware performance impact each graphics video setting has in game and on your PC.
So if you are looking to get this game running smoothly then this graphics setting guide for ¬¬g_id:35637[DOOM Eternal]¬¬ will help you understand which options to turn down low to get a few extra frames per second and which options you can turn up to Ultra Nightmare to get DOOM looking beautiful for minimum performance impact.
¬¬g_id:35637[DOOM Eternal]¬¬ is quite a demanding game, as seen by our other articles like the DOOM Eternal Performance Benchmarks and Most Important Graphics Options. And we've also seen from the Official System Requirements that some graphics cards might require you to lower the settings to Medium to get that 60fps target on 1080p. If you were worried about sacrificing graphical quality, then we've got you covered. Here's a look at how different Low, Ultra and Ultra Nightmare graphics settings really are from each other.
First of all, I'd just like to say that even on Low settings, DOOM Eternal looks really great. Where other games might have a severe difference between Low and Ultra (bordering on unplayable with Low graphics settings), DOOM Eternal stills beams with life. Heaven and Hell have never looked so good.
The time has finally come... After what has felt like forever, ¬¬g_id:35637[DOOM Eternal]¬¬ is here upon us, gracing us with it's scorching hot presence. When we all saw the system requirements last week, I think we all took a collective gulp seeing how demanding it was. Well, in order to see how well it performs you can check out all our other benchmarking articles around DOOM Eternal, but for now we can take a look at the kind of graphics settings you'll find when launching the game.
First of all, DOOM Eternal utilises the Vulkan API and nothing else, so you can't switch to DirectX. There were rumours that DirectX12 would be available, but right now there is no option. That said DOOM Eternal comes with a wide array of graphical options to choose from, and get that perfect quality to performance balance. It's not quite as many options as ¬¬g_id:9339[Red Dead Redemption 2]¬¬ for example, but there's definitely a lot of room to play with.
We find ourselves once again scorching the Earth (or, more specifically, our PC systems) along with the DOOM Slayer, fighting hordes of demons in our merry trek across the umbral planes. We all saw those Official System Requirements last week that broke us into a sweat just by looking at them, but is ¬¬g_id:35637[DOOM Eternal]¬¬ really that demanding? We aim to find out...
Before we do though, we just have to quickly talk about the graphics settings: there's the usual Low, Medium, High and Ultra, but joining us in this ravenous conquest are Nightmare and Ultra Nightmare settings. We tried to benchmark all those settings with different GPU's, but DOOM Eternal has an interesting feature: if you exceed the maximum VRAM then you can't apply your settings. That means that, as hard as we tried, some graphics cards just weren't capable of going above Ultra (and in some cases, High or even Low). So we've compiled the results below and included higher graphics options where we could apply them.
It seems that Nvidia is really pushing this whole ‘laptops are the new console’ thing at the moment, as the latest rumours suggest that they will be announcing their RTX Super cards available for laptops very soon. Both Nvidia and Intel will be launching the new laptops, along with their new 10th Generation CPU’s, in the coming weeks.
Nvidia’s Super GPU’s will finally be making their way into laptops, including the RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 SUPER cards. If the rumours are true, then hey will be replacing older models of the cards and offer the same performance at a reduced price (around $50-$100). Along with the RTX Super cards are new variations of the RTX 2060 (possibly a super version), a GTX 1650 Ti GDDR6 to replace the base GTX 1650 with GDDR 5, and a GTX 1650 GDDR6 to replace the GTX 1050 GDDR5 card.
With the growing anticipation of the next-gen consoles being released, and Nvidia’s belief that Geforce gaming laptops will become the largest console in the world, the debate over consoles and gaming laptops is larger than ever, and will continue to grow. Are gaming laptops truly the future of gaming? Or will traditional consoles be here to stay? Let’s put it up for debate…
So first of all let’s make a case for both. Consoles are usually much cheaper than standard gaming laptops. I’m sure you could find a laptop cheaper than a PlayStation 4, but can it run ¬¬g_id:6039[Call of Duty: Modern Warfare]¬¬ without exploding? Probably not. Either way, consoles are seen as the all-in-one package for gamers at home. You are pretty much guaranteed that any game you buy on the system will run pretty well (or at least at a playable state). Everything is seemingly handled for you, and all you need to do is buy the console and a game and you’re good to go.
“Whoops” I can imagine is the one thing the person (let’s call him Tim) who hit the upload button might have said in this case, as Dell accidentally just revealed their 10th gen CPU’s on a video (that has now since been deleted. Thanks, Tim!). The video mentioned promoted Dell’s new XPS Tower desktop PC’s, in which it revealed that these new computers would utilise Intel’s 10th gen desktop processors, which so far we’ve only seen in laptops up until now.
So, by the grace of our kind Tim, we now know (well, we guess) that these CPU’s will probably be announced soon. There have been several leaks and rumours suggesting that the ¬¬p_id:2655[Core i9-10900K]¬¬ will have a whopping 10 cores and 20 threads, meaning it will be intel’s first publicly available CPU’s with more than 8 cores and will clearly be the flagship of the new 10th gen processors. It also means that it will be on par with AMD's 12-core ¬¬p_id:2577[Ryzen 9 3900X]¬¬.