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Jon Sutton
on 16 August 2018 at 17:37

A market expert has predicted with near-certainty that the price of Flash NAND memory is set to plummet heading into 2019. We’ve heard previously how there is an oversupply of Flash NAND memory, although it appears this oversupply is on a far larger scale than expected.

According to Objective Analysis’ Jim Handy, the market is set for a huge downward pricing correction or, potentially, even a collapse. The current market value of 64-layer 3D NAND is around $0.30 per GB, but Handy believes the price per gigabyte will drop as low as $0.08 in 2019. According to The register, Handy said it will be “the largest-ever price correction in the history of semiconductor products.”

Jon Sutton
on 16 August 2018 at 10:07

Clearly not wanting to be outdone by Nvidia’s imminent Turing graphics card launch, Intel has used SIGGRAPH 2018 to tease its own discrete graphics card.

It’s all revealed via a rather tasty little teaser video that eulogises about Intel Graphics achievements over the years. They claim their integrated graphics brought us the world’s first DirectX 12 compliant GPU; the first PC graphics to run Netflix 4K video, and eSports gaming to laptops as thin as phones. But that’s not where it ends.

Neil Soutter
on 15 August 2018 at 12:50

Intel’s been having a torrid time of it lately in regards to the security of its processors. Now, Intel has posted details of a further serious security flaw that researchers have dubbed ‘Foreshadow’. The security hole is potentially exploitable for billions of devices around the world.

The US government has issued a statement saying “an attacker could exploit this vulnerability to obtain sensitive information”.

Neil Soutter
on 14 August 2018 at 17:27

Like the cat that’s got the cream, Samsung has revealed it is the official memory partner providing the GDDR6 video memory for Nvidia’s monstrously-powered Quadro RTX GPUs.

Announced in the early hours of this morning, the Nvidia Quadro RTX workstation GPUs are the first ever Turing graphics cards. Designed specifically for the workstation market, they provide our first tantalising glimpse at what we can expect from the upcoming GeForce RTX series of gaming graphics cards.

Jon Sutton
on 14 August 2018 at 12:42

It’s here, it’s finally happening. Nvidia closed off its SIGGRAPH 18 event with a teaser trailer for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2018, heavily hinting we could be set to see the next-gen gaming graphics card launch as soon as next week, on August 20th.

As we’ve known for some time, Nvidia is hosting a GeForce celebration event at Gamescom in Cologne next week. In the teaser footage, we can see the usernames in the chat include RoyTeX (RTX), Not_11, Mac-20 and Eight Tee. To top it all off, the numbers for the reveal date at the end of the trailer rise in the order 2-0-8-0, all but confirming that Nvidia’s next GeForce graphics card will indeed be the GeForce RTX 2080.

Jon Sutton
on 14 August 2018 at 11:21

Putting to bed months upon months of rumours, Nvidia has officially revealed the Nvidia Turing GPU architecture. Nvidia touts Turing as its single greatest leap in innovation since the advent of CUDA GPU cores in 2006, achieving the holy grail of accelerated real-time ray tracing thanks to its new RT Cores.

“Turing is NVIDIA’s most important innovation in computer graphics in more than a decade,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA, speaking at the start of the annual SIGGRAPH conference. “Hybrid rendering will change the industry, opening up amazing possibilities that enhance our lives with more beautiful designs, richer entertainment and more interactive experiences. The arrival of real-time ray tracing is the Holy Grail of our industry.”

Jon Sutton
on 13 August 2018 at 17:23

We've benchmarked and tested every graphics setting in Monster Hunter World to understand the Frames Per Second Performance Hit. As well as identifying how demanding each graphics settings is, we've also graded how important they are when tweaking your settings. 

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.

Jon Sutton
on 12 August 2018 at 14:44

Reach for that salt shaker and grab a pinch because WCCFTech is claiming inside sources have told them that Intel will be launching its 9th Generation Coffee Lake-S processors on October 1st.

The next-gen CPUs will be a refinement of the current 14nm process, this time with additional cores and faster clock speeds right out of the box.

Neil Soutter
on 11 August 2018 at 09:54

Sony’s hit quite the milestone this week, announcing that total sales of PlayStation consoles have ticked past 500 million units. That’s half a billion consoles sat in gamers’ homes around the world. This figure includes the PlayStation through to the PlayStation 4 Pro, as well as the PSP and the PlayStation Vita.

"Today, I'm thrilled to reveal that Sony Interactive Entertainment has officially sold more than 525.3 Million PlayStation systems worldwide!” said Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Eric Lempel.

Stuart Thomas
on 10 August 2018 at 16:56

The GeForce Turing merry-go-round is in full flow once again. Nvidia has officially registered the ‘Turing’ trademark, providing our heaviest hint yet that this will indeed be the new graphics card architecture for Nvidia’s next-gen gaming chips.

Secondary to this, and perhaps more interestingly, Nvidia also applied for a pair of additional trademarks for ‘Quadro RTX’ and ‘GeForce RTX’. That’s no typo, we could, in fact, be set to see Nvidia abandon the GeForce GTX range entirely in favourite of GeForce RTX. This would no doubt be in reference to its real-time ray tracing capabilities and would also serve as a neat cut-off from the previous gen chips.