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Jon Sutton
on 21 January 2019 at 12:57

Ahem, so it looks as if the ridiculous rumours of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti are gaining a head of Steam.

A graphics card by the name of GeForce GTX 1660 Ti has reportedly popped up in the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark database. Nvidia’s rumoured mainstream Turing graphics card crops up with a score of 7400, some 1200 points higher than the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB can score in the test.

Jon Sutton
on 20 January 2019 at 16:00

This week, Nvidia rolled out a new graphics card driver update that added support for FreeSync monitors to its Nvidia GeForce GPUS. All you need is a FreeSync-capable display and an Nvidia Pascal (GTX 10 Series) GPU or newer.

The problem with all of this is most Nvidia owners probably don’t have FreeSync displays at this point. Most will have a standard fixed refresh rate monitor or a G-Sync display that already does exactly what they want it to.

Neil Soutter
on 19 January 2019 at 18:00

It is understood that the upcoming Total War Three Kingdoms will be using the latest version of the Total War Game Engine 3. This has been used by Total War games since Total War Empire, which released in August 2007. Although back then the TW Game Engine 3 was a 32-bit version, it didnt get updated until Total War Warhammer’s release in 2016. This engine also makes use of Creative Assembly's graphics module, Warscape. As usual, we expect this engine to be improved in TW 3 Kingdoms by CA, as it has been for each game it has been used prior to the new TW3K.

The 64-bit version of the graphics engine was released for the TW: Warhammer games. At this point, Total Warhammer 2016's frame rates became much more bottlenecked by GPU performance, as we discovered in our Total War: Warhammer frame rate benchmark comparison.

Neil Soutter
on 18 January 2019 at 17:12

A fairly renowned PC hardware leaker has spilled the beans on a new ‘AMD Gonazalo’ chipset that looks as if it’s the custom processor set to be used in the PlayStation 5.

‘TUM_APISAK’ has got the scoop on this one, and, piecing together the dots this likely to form the baseline for next-gen console performance. Both Sony and Microsoft are working with AMD for their upcoming consoles and we could see similar yet custom designs used for their respective APUs.

Jon Sutton
on 18 January 2019 at 15:08

AMD could have a few interesting tricks up its sleeves with its upcoming Radeon VII graphics card according to Adam Kozak, senior marketing manager of AMD’s GPU division.

Kozak has claimed AMD has been “experimenting” with Windows ML/DirectML and Luxmark and suggests AMD's Radeon VII is capable of DLSS-like super-resolution support. He even claims AMD’s own Radeon VII can outstrip the GeForce RTX 2080’s performance by 62% in Luxmark’s OpenCL-based ray tracing render tests.

Stuart Thomas
on 18 January 2019 at 12:52

Intel has confirmed it will be discontinuing its range of Core+ desktop products due to a lack of demand.

Retailers and OEMs have until 30th September 2019 to place their final orders for the Intel Core platform extension processor that include Intel Optane memory for responsive performance.

Jon Sutton
on 17 January 2019 at 12:57

Nvidia’s mainstream graphics card is going to be dubbed the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, according to the absolute bucketfuls of rumours doing the rounds at the moment.

I don’t think I’ve ever actually heard of a more ridiculous naming convention for a graphics card. Ever. And that’s saying something when you actually think about the nonsensical naming conventions used by Nvidia and AMD/ATI over the years.

Neil Soutter
on 17 January 2019 at 11:19

For those of you rocking a VR setup, or at least contemplating one, be warned that a ton of GeForce RTX 2060 graphics cards are shipping without USB-C VirtualLink port that has been standardised for all GeForce RTX 2070 GPUs and upwards.

The USB Type-C VirtualLink is a new standard for Turing GPUs that is designed to work with Type-C connections and VirtualLink, an open industry standard for powering and displaying a virtual reality headset through a single USB connection.

Jon Sutton
on 17 January 2019 at 09:48

UPDATE: I guess I shouldn't be surprised but it turns out Intel's newly-announced 9th Gen Core 'F' desktop CPUs are exactly the same price as the 9th processors already on the market, despite shipping without integrated graphics.

Intel's new Core i9-9900KF has exactly the same specs as the current Core i9-9900K, for example, except the 9900KF ships without the Intel UHD 630 integrated graphics the 9900K has. Same CPUs, one with more functionality than the other, both are priced at $488.

Jon Sutton
on 16 January 2019 at 15:44

UPDATE: AMD has issued a statement counteracting reports that fewer than 5000 Radeon VII graphics cards have been manufactured.

"While we don't report on production numbers externally, we will have products available via AIB partners and AMD.com at launch of Feb. 7, and we expect Radeon VII supply to meet demand from gamers," wrote AMD in the statement.