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Neil Soutter
on 18 January 2021 at 16:30

Intel’s upcoming 11th Gen Core series based on the Rocket Lake-S architecture is slated for launch sometime by the end of March. But it’s lineup is a little confusing as the process node used has gone back to 14nm, which has caused the processors to drop in Core count compared to the previous-gen models. Now the prices have been leaked by multiple retailers, and it looks like no one can agree on pricing just yet.

Intel has yet to reveal their official MSRP for the upcoming Rocket Lake CPUs, but multiple retailers have already listed the new series of processors. For instance, Belgian retailer 2Compute has listed the flagship ¬¬p_id:2786[Core i9-11900K]¬¬ (set to beat out even the ¬¬p_id:2783[Ryzen 9 5900X]¬¬) at 604.64 Euros including tax, whilst the Core i9-10900K is listed at 664.29 Euros on the same site.

Stuart Thomas
on 18 January 2021 at 15:00

Nvidia recently announced the RTX 3060 graphics card at their CES 2021 keynote, and with it also revealed some specs for the new mainstream GPU. However it seems that since then the specs have come into question as multiple AIBs simply can’t agree on the final specs just yet.

There are some obvious specifications that everyone agrees on: the ¬¬gc_id:5015[RTX 3060]¬¬ will feature 12GB of GDDR6 memory for instance. But clock speeds and the maximum bandwidth differ from manufacturer to manufacturer. Plus, on top of that, Nvidia’s official teaser for the RTX 3060 didn’t actually show the right GPU die, which is a bit weird.

Chad Norton
on 15 January 2021 at 17:30

Nvidia is bringing official support for Resizable BAR (better known as Smart Access Memory) to their RTX 30 series graphics cards in March, but MSI has announced that they will be adding support early for AM4 motherboards before the required vBIOS update from Nvidia rolls out.

This whole thing is starting to get a bit confusing now, so I’ll try to make it as clear as possible: AMD started rolling out a new feature called Smart Access Memory (AKA: ReSize BAR) that essentially allows the CPU access to an unlimited amount of the GPU VRAM at a time, basically providing a free performance boost (albeit, relatively small, but free nonetheless).

Neil Soutter
on 15 January 2021 at 16:00

According to a new report by a Market Intelligence Outfit, Intel will apparently be switching their CPU manufacturing to TSMC starting later this year after struggles with their own in-house manufacturing yields resulted in major issues for the company.

Intel has had some trouble in their manufacturing department for the past couple years. Although they still knock it out of the park when it comes to high performance gaming, the Blue Team has struggled with their yields for the 10nm process node and are far behind schedule for the 7nm process.

Chad Norton
on 15 January 2021 at 09:51

The latest shooter from People Can Fly, Outriders, has recently been delayed by a little while but at least a demo will be coming out soon. So, in preparation for the demo, Square Enix has released the official Outriders PC system requirements and they're not that demanding.

In fact, SE didn't just release the PC specs for ¬¬g_id:35959[Outriders]¬¬, but they also revealed a bunch of PC-specific features in a new video. Not only that, but they revealed the performance expectations and graphical presets of each tier of specs. There are specs for 4K Ultra settings, however these will be determined at a later date.

Chad Norton
on 14 January 2021 at 16:42

The anime-Dark Souls hit Nioh 2 is officially landing on the PC platform next month with plenty of PC-specific features to enjoy. Although it will support 4K and HDR, it was still a port from a PlayStation 4 game, so what kind of hardware will you need to run it?

Thankfully it seems like ¬¬g_id:35648[Nioh 2]¬¬ won't be that demanding on our systems, with a minimum requirement of a GTX 970 graphics card. Unfortunately the developers did not provide any specs for AMD hardware, so we've added the closest matching specs based on the hardware descriptions provided already. For now, let's jump right into the Nioh 2 PC system requirements...

Neil Soutter
on 14 January 2021 at 16:00

As we all know it’s close to impossible to get your hands on a brand new graphics card. Not only are shortages in manufacturing components causing stock issues, but increased manufacturing and shipping costs have also raised prices across the board. Both Nvidia and AMD have now shared their own thoughts on the GPU shortages and stock issues.

In recent interviews, reps for both the Green and Red teams have given their verdicts on the GPU crisis, when they think it will improve, and what they’re doing right now to try and help the situation.

Stuart Thomas
on 14 January 2021 at 14:30

As if the state of getting a graphics card is not enough due to limited stock, the prices of graphics cards are on the rise due to increased costs for manufacturing and shipping. ASUS was the first one to officially announce they are increasing prices, but now EVGA and Zotac have also confirmed that they too are increasing prices. Although EVGA said that they are honoring MSRP until April for those who have already signed up to their notification system.

“Due to ongoing events, EVGA has made price adjustments on the GeForce RTX 30 Series products,” EVGTA said in a statement. “This change was necessary due to several factors and will be effective January 11, 2021. EVGA has worked to reduce and minimize these costs as much as possible. For those who are currently in the EVGA.com Notify Queue system or Step-Up Queue, EVGA will honor the original MSRP pricing through April 16th, 2021 if your purchase position is processed before this date.”

Stuart Thomas
on 13 January 2021 at 17:30

More and more news of Intel’s upcoming DG2 desktop graphics card have been surfacing, likely because we’re getting closer to the official launch date, but also as news of even more GPUs launching in an already constrained market is certainly welcome. Either way, a new report suggests the new GPU from Intel will be using the 7nm process node from TSMC, and will also be looking to compete against Nvidia and AMD in the $400 to $600 price range.

The report also states that the new graphics card will be released sometime later this year or early 2022, which is a little late to the party and by that time manufacturing and logistic costs should level out to increase stock and reduce prices for the RTX 30 series and RX 6000 series.

Chad Norton
on 13 January 2021 at 16:00

Nvidia’s CES 2021 virtual presentation yesterday gave us quite a lot of news, but the biggest by far was the reveal of the RTX 3060, a new mainstream Ampere GPU starting at $329 and available this February. However, no official specs were revealed until today, and even then the specs spark the conversation of whether it is truly worth the upgrade.

The ¬¬gc_id:5015[RTX 3060]¬¬ will feature 12GB of GDDR6 memory, as previously reported, as well as 3584 CUDA Cores. The 3060 will also include a boost clock speed of 1.78GHz and a base clock speed of 1.32GHz. Comparing to the slightly better RTX 3060 Ti, both GPUs tend to trade blows in that regard, but ultimately the 3060 comes out slightly behind despite the higher VRAM.