If you splashed out $1500 on a Radeon Pro Duo, look away now. AMD has slashed the price on its most powerful graphics card, the dual-Fiji GPU Radeon Pro Duo. This time yesterday it would’ve cost you $1500, now it’s available for as little as $799. As well as this the Radeon R9 Fury X can be had for as little as $310, down from $650 at launch in 2015.
Price drops vary from store to store but we’re generally looking at more than 40% snipped off the price. That’s a huge drop for AMD’s fastest graphics card, which is theoretically much faster even than Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080. The downside is that is multi-GPU, so whether the Radeon Pro Duo is going to run a game well is going to come down to the quality of its CrossFire support.
If you pick up a Radeon RX 460 in stores in the UK, or Europe, or North America, it will come with 896 Stream Processors on 14 CUs (Compute Units). However, as we have seen before, this is not the full capability of the Polaris 11 GPU. Now, over in China, Sapphire has launched a fully unlocked Radeon RX 460, packing the full complement of 1024 Stream Processors on 16 CUs.
Bandai Namco has announced a release date for creepy 3D platformer adventure Little Nightmares. Playing as a little girl called Six, you are aboard The Maw, a terrifying ship filled with corrupted souls trying to hunt you down. Little Nightmares will be coming to feast on you come April 28th for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Ahead of then we've also got the official Little Nightmares system requirements, letting you know just what graphics cards you're going to need to get a playable frame rate.
Despite being published by Bandai Namco, Tarsier Studios' Little Nightmares isn't a full-blown AAA title. It promises to be a lower-key experience which also means lower system requirements. It's why we see the Little Nightmares recommended PC requirements being on par with what we expect from minimum AAA game system specs. All you're going to need is a 2GB GeForce GTX 660 or Radeon HD 6970 graphics card and you're going to be able to crank every setting to Ultra in Little Nightmares. The i7 requirement is a little steep but it is an older model. It's performance is now more than matched by most modern i5 CPUs.
Unless you've had your head buried in the sand, you've probably noticed ARK: Survival Evolved has become a ridiculous success. It's rapidly become one of the biggest survival games in existence, always sitting in the top 10 most played games on Steam. ARK is now big enough to get its own spin-off, ARK Park. ARK Park lets users strap on a headset and explore these prehistoric worlds filled with dinosaurs in the nearest thing you're going to get to Jurassic Park. ARK runs like turd though, so it comes as little surprise ARK Park is one of the most demanding games in existence.
If you want to see a frighteningly high set of system requirements, these right here for ARK Park are it. I guess it should be expected that a virtual reality spin-off from a game which runs absolutely terribly needs some horrifically powerful hardware to get it up and running. It's why we see the almighty Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 as the minimum graphics card for ARK Park. The minimum. Just let that sink in a moment. Onwards.
A wise jazz musician once said space is the place, and I think he was probably referring to the wonders of helium-filled space. Hardware manufacturer Western Digital was evidently listening because it’s just launched two absolutely massive helium-filled hard drives, packing enough storage to sate all but the biggest Steam junkies. The Western Digital Ultrastar HE12 mechanical hard drives come in 14TB and 12TB flavours. That’s enough storage for 400 installations of The Witcher 3, if that floats your boat, or 933 copies of CSGO.
The first of these, the WD 12TB HGST Ultrastar HE12, is available to buy any day now. It spins at 7200 RPM, has eight platters, and both SAS and SATA connections. It comes with 256MB cache and has 8ms Read / 8ms Write times. It’s not going to win any awards for speed but it’s reliable enough and of course it comes with a sizable storage capacity.
According to the latest reports we’re just a matter of months away from Vega 10 launching, yet looking a little further afield we have a gigantic leap forward in graphics card performance coming in 2019 with Navi 10.
Navi 10 will be yet another process shrink, as Polaris was, this time being manufactured on the 7nm fabrication process (down from 14nm). A leaked roadmap suggests performance is going to be off the charts of well, offering as much 3 TFLOPs single precision performance, 50 TFLOPS half precision, and up to 128GB memory. Forget about HBM as well, because Navi 10 will be making use of the so-called ‘Nexgen Memory’, a totally new memory standard we still know absolutely nothing about just yet.
We recently learned AMD was planning to launch its Ryzen CPUs before March 3rd, and now we have details on the second prong of AMD’s attack - its Radeon Vega GPU. Up until now we’ve just had a vague 2017 date being bandied about but it now now looks of AMD’s next-generation Vega GPU architecture will be launching in May.
The reasoning behind this is to time the launch with the Computex event in Macau, which you may remember is the same event which played host to the Radeon RX 400 Series graphics card launch back in 2016.
We've had to wait an extra few months compared to our console counterparts but at long last we can get a first-class ticket to Suplex City. WWE 2K17 enters the fray on February 7th, packing the latest WWE roster, upgraded graphics and the all-new Promo Engine. Before you start sweatily grappling one another though, be sure to check out the official WWE 2K17 PC system requirements to see if you're PC's going to get knocked out.
The big headline is that if you could run WWE 2K16 last year, there's no guarantee you'll be able to run WWE 2K17 this year. The system requirements pretty much take a generational leap up across the board. For example last year you'd need a GTX 460 or HD 5870, now you'll need a GTX 660 or HD 7770.
While we’re getting hyped about AMD’s octa-core Ryzen behemoth, it can be easy to forget AMD has a barrage of lower-end CPUs coming which are doing more than just making up the numbers. Quad-core Ryzen processors are on the way, designed to tackle the mid to low end of the CPU market currently dominated by Intel Core i3 and i5 CPUs.
AMD has allegedly begun sample these Ryzen CPUs so with any luck they’ll be ready to go around the same time as its 8-core flagship chip.
We’ve been waiting patiently with an ear to the ground for news on an AMD Ryzen CPU launch date, yet Team Red has remaining frustratingly quiet on the matter. However, a listing for a talk entitled ‘Optimizing for AMD Ryzen CPU (Presented by AMD)’ at GDC this year appears to have let slip a release window.
The talk at GDC (Game Developers Conference) 2017 is from two developer technology engineers at AMD, Ken Mitchell and Elliot. The event itself runs from February 27th through to March 3rd.