With both Nvidia’s GeForce RTX Super series and AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards now on store shelves, the trickiest part for gamers is deciding which to go for. Nvidia’s RTX graphics cards typically command a bit of a price premium, but they’ve also got an ace up their sleeves in the form of real-time ray-tracing support.
Whether you want to stump up the extra cash for an RTX GPU probably comes down to how interested you are in the nascent ray-tracing technology. The catch here is ray-tracing comes with prohibitive performance costs, while you’re also paying through the nose for first-generation technology. Still, it offers a fascinating peek at where gaming visuals are headed next.
AMD has joined forces with the Compute Express Link (CXL) Consortium, a group dedicated to creating open standards for high-speed interconnects between processors, systems, devices, graphics accelerators, and memory buffers.
CXL was actually originally formed by Intel and eight other founding members, announcing the CXL Specification 1.0 back in March of this year. Other members include Alibaba, Cisco, Dell EMC, Facebook, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei, and Microsoft. Each of them is dedicated to forming a new open industry standard for high-speed interconnects between devices such as CPU-to-CPU, CPU-to-GPU, and other system devices.
For a while there, Intel was running a near-monopoly on CPUs. Thankfully, AMD has stepped up to the plate in recent years with the advent of Ryzen. Now, the CPU market is the most vibrant its been in many a year, with exciting new processors released last weekend from AMD. We will incorporate those into this page very shortly.
If you're on the hunt for a new CPU though, it can be tough to know where to start. The good news is that the performance of most mid-range and high-end processors massively outstrip the demands of today's games. Once you start hitting about the best value threshold, you're really paying for stronger performance in threaded workloads outside of gaming.
It's that time of the year where the lack of football is physically beginning to gnaw away at me. But, have no fear, we're just days away from football leagues around the world kicking off in earnest, while EA Sports is preparing FIFA 20 for launch on September 23rd. Expect higher-fidelity visuals, improved ball physics, refined controls, and some glorious street football.
As ever with these games, FIFA 20 has a low bar to meet for system specs. If you're in any doubt as to whether your PC can run FIFA 2020 though then here are PC system requirements.
AMD has claimed its Radeon RX 5700 series price drop hijinks were, in fact, a bait and switch designed to catch Nvidia with its proverbial pants down. The Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT were revealed at E3 2019 with price tags of $379 and $449 respectively. Then, right after the launch of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 20 Super series, AMD slashed these prices down to $349 and $399, offering up a pair of graphics cards with admirable price to performance.
According to AMD’s Scott Herkelman, vice president and general manager for the Radeon division, this wasn’t a reaction to the GeForce Super graphics cards but a pre-planned move designed to bait Nvidia into over-pricing its graphics cards.
Intel has slipped on countless banana skins getting its 10nm CPUs out the door but they’ll finally be launching the desktop chips later this year. Interestingly though, Intel CEO Bob Swan has claimed Team Blue is back on track with Moore’s Law and intend to have its first 7nm processors on store shelves within two years.
Moore’s Law has effectively been thrown out the window by Intel these last few years. Intel co-founder Gordon Moore predicted the number of transistors on a processor would double every 18 months. This is achieved with process node shrinks such as 14nm, 10nm, 7nm, etc. Smaller process nodes allow for a higher density of transistors, opening the door to greater performance and power efficiency.
It’s become a busy Wednesday for Nintendo with the Japanese giant announcing yet another revision for its Switch console alongside a global release date for, in my totally 100% unbiased opinion, the impending game of the year - Luigi’s Mansion 3.
First up then, the new and revised Switch. There have been rumours batted around for months now that we’d be getting a budget version and a premium version of the Switch. Last week, Nintendo announced the Nintendo Switch Lite. This week, we’ve got the Switch HAC-001(-01). It’s not quite as snappy, we know, but this revision of the standard Switch is designed to replace the current model rather than offer a superior alternative.
If I were a cigar-chomping Wall Street executive I’d be telling you to BUY BUY BUY based on the rock-bottom prices available for NAND flash memory and DRAM these days. Following well over a year of tumbling prices, it sounds as if prices may have bottomed out.
Industry sources close to Taiwan's DigiTimes suggest we could be set for a small price hike for DRAM and NAND memory. This follows month after month of plummeting prices and could mean the prices of DDR4 RAM and SSDs will begin to rise once again.
We have already been treated to a look at the RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super gaming performances and the types of benchmarks they are capable of achieving. And inbound is the RTX 2080 Super later this month.
These Super cards came in to replace and boost the original RTX range. But the flagship of the range is the RTX 2080 Ti and this has not been marked as getting an RTX 2080 Ti Super version to replace it.
Ready your wallets and prepare your upgrades - the system requirements for Control are here. Remedy Entertainment's visually stunning third-person shooter promises to feature every graphical trick under the sun, including extensive ray-tracing support. Control looks as if it's going to push the envelope in terms of both graphical fidelity and PC gaming hardware demands.
We have a handy page here on GD which tracks the most demanding games on PC based on their system requirements. We collate all of the data and it automatically assigns a ranking based on the specs. And, Remedy's Control slots in at the number 1 spot comfortably. As it stands, Control is the most demanding game in existence on PC.