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Neil Soutter
on 24 September 2018 at 17:32

Following on from the reports earlier today that Intel is struggling with a shortage of CPUs, OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) are turning to AMD en masse in a bid to make up the shortfall.

Intel’s issues with both 14nm production and the development of its 10nm process have forced Team Blue to rev up its 22nm production in a bit to make up the gap. AMD, obviously enough, has seen this gap and appears to be striking deals with OEM partners in order to supply AMD CPUs for use in pre-built PCs and notebooks.

Jon Sutton
on 24 September 2018 at 15:32

The Farm51 has dropped the official World War 3 PC system requirements alongside a PC release date. World War 3 will be hitting Steam Early Access on October 19th. World war 3 is quite blatantly an attempt to be a spiritual successor to Battlefield's modern warfare outings. With Battlefield V heading back to WW2, that alone should be enough to generate big interest. You've got about a month to prepare for the end of the world, here are the PC specs for WW3.

As far as system specs go, World War 3's are right down the middle. These are just about the standard set of system requirements you'd expect for a modern big-budget title, although WW3's budget may be smaller than most. Large-scale multiplayer battles are going to be the order of the day in World War 3 though, and that means you'll need a reasonably decent rig for stable performance. The good news is World War 3 runs in the ever-reliable Unreal Engine 4, so performance should hopefully be decent. The bad news is PUBG was also developed in Unreal Engine 4, so make of that what you will.

Jon Sutton
on 24 September 2018 at 12:57

In a very embarrassing turn of events, Intel has been forced to take a step backward and return to 22nm CPU manufacturing. The reported supply constraints of 14nm chips, combined with significant issues with chip yields at 10nm, has meant Intel has had to stage a historic about-turn to address CPU shortages.

10nm production is a well-documented disaster for Intel, who have suffered yield issues that have led to repeated delays. Lest we forget, Intel said back in January 2017 that 10nm Cannonlake chips were on target for a 2017 launch. Here we are, 20 months later, and Intel has said it hopes its first 10nm CPUs will launch in Q4 2019. This, combined with the tight supply of 14nm silicon, has forced the backward step.

Neil Soutter
on 24 September 2018 at 09:56

Nvidia has been facing some tough questions these last few weeks. The eagerly anticipated GeForce RTX 20 Series was finally announced but Nvidia chose to focus on the ray-tracing capabilities rather than the like-for-like leap in performance over Pascal. Then the reviews hit and the reception was mixed, talking up some fantastic performance while criticising Nvidia’s over-indulgent pricing. And now, this week, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and GeForce RTX 2080 are finding their way into gamers’ hands.

However, this turbulent period has seen Nvidia’s share prices take a tumble. Disappointment in the value for money offered by the GeForce RTX 20 Series has seen the value of Nvidia’s shares drop by over 5% in the last five days alone.

Jon Sutton
on 23 September 2018 at 12:57

Give a notorious overclocker an $1199 graphics card and it’s going to take them all of five minutes to tear it to smithereens. Overclocking maestro KINGPIN has done this business this time, breaking 3DMark Hall of Fame records with a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti overclocked with the aid of liquid nitrogen.

Kingpin’s in the employ of EVGA these days, and he’s taken a reference GeForce RTx 2080 Ti and pushed it to record-breaking heights. Utilising a combination of LN2 cooling and the EVGA Precision X1 overclocking application, Kingpin took the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti’s Turing GPU all the way up to 2415 MHz. This compares to 1545 MHz stock clocks, so this is formidable overclock. The RTX 2080 Ti’s 11GB GDDR6 memory also receives an amping, pushed up to 17.2 GHz effective.

Jon Sutton
on 21 September 2018 at 17:37

The floodgates are now open. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and GeForce RTX 2080 are making their way into gamers’ hands. We’re inundated with reviews and benchmarks, detailing precisely how these new graphics cards perform. Sort of. There aren’t many Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) benchmarks available, and no actual gameplay whatsoever, while RTX ray tracing is completely non-existent until games actually start supporting it.

The first game to support ray tracing is likely going to be Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Lara’s latest launched last week and Eidos Montreal has promised there’ll be a patch soon. Then there’s Battlefield V, which was delayed to November 20th. Aside from that though, there aren’t really and headline-grabbing examples of how the full potential of the RTX 20 Series graphics cards can be used.

Jon Sutton
on 21 September 2018 at 14:12

Samsung is planning to cut memory chip production in order to artificially maintain pricing. Recent reports from analysts have strongly suggested the price of both DRAM and 3D NAND memory could be set to tumble due to a combination of over-supply and lower-than-expected demand. Unsurprisingly, Samsung has caught wind of this and is now taking steps to ensure the price of memory chips can remain high.

According to Bloomberg, Samsung will be cutting back on planned growth in memory chip output amid the reduced demand. This will keep supplies tight and ensure the prices can remain at current levels, or potentially even increase heading into 2019.

Jon Sutton
on 21 September 2018 at 11:19

The devil hunters are back. Dante and Nero return for fast-paced demon-slicing action in Devil May Cry 5 early next year. Capcom's in-house team is back at the helm for DMC5, providing a true sequel to DMC 4. Devil May Cry 5 is the first in the series to be built using Capcom's proprietary RE Engine, offering the most detailed visuals yet seen in a Devil May Cry title. But what's that mean for PC performance and system specs? Here are the official DMC5 PC system requirements.

When looking at the system requirements for Devil May Cry 5, there's one thing that really sticks out. Both the minimum and recommended requirements for DMC5 are identical except for the graphics cards.

Jon Sutton
on 20 September 2018 at 17:01

It’s a huge driver day for Team Green. The Nvidia GeForce 411.63 WHQL GPU driver has been rolled out, and this includes all of the official support for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards. This driver will basically be a necessity if you’re picking a new RTX 20 Series GPU. If you’re wondering whether this makes any difference to the benchmark scores from reviews, it won’t. Reviewers are sent out the GPU drivers early so all benchmark tests should’ve been run on this exact 411.63 GeForce driver.

As you’d expect, this means the driver also includes support for Microsoft’s DirectX Raytracing API on both Volta and Turing GPUs. In order to utilise ray tracing you will need both this GPU driver, a Volta or Turing GPU, and Windows 10 RS4 update which is due to arrive in October.

Jon Sutton
on 20 September 2018 at 11:20

Ace Combat is back. The anime opera of the skies is all about saving the princess while sat in the cockpit of a fighter jet. Expect ludicrous melodrama, massive aerial battles, and the sort of 360-degree combat which is a rare treat these days. In a nice bonus, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is coming to PC day and date with the console version on 18 January 2019, and here are the PC specs needed to run Ace Combat 7.