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Jon Sutton
on 19 January 2020 at 09:49

When it comes to PC gaming, which graphics card you buy is just about the most important decision you can make in terms of performance. It's important you pick the best graphics cards to buy in 2020 as this would be the powerhouse for your PC gaming.

Fortunately, it's also the most modular of components so you're free to change your mind and upgrade whenever you want without worrying too much about motherboard compatibility, what sockets it uses, or any of the other potentially fiddly sides of gaming.

on 17 January 2020 at 17:06

UPDATE: 17-Jan-2020 - 17-We're in the process of putting together the ultimate 1080p PC build. That's $800 for every component, including case, monitor, mouse and just about every bit you could possibly need. During our last poll you decided that an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super was a little pricey for a build like this, choosing instead to install a Radeon RX 590.

The GD community voted heavily for an ¬¬gc_id:4073[AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB]¬¬. It's a lower-end GPU compared to the GTX 1660S but it's also much cheaper, freeing up some crucial cash to upgrade some other components. Don't worry though as the Radeon RX 590 is a fantastic 1080p video card and ideally suited to our current monitor choice.

Stuart Thomas
on 17 January 2020 at 14:09

Intel has confirmed that we will be seeing more information on its upcoming generation of graphics hardware at this year's GDC conference in San Francisco. It'll take centre stage in a talk Intel is dubbing "A Primer on Intel Graphics Architecture". First confirmed to be in development in Mid 2018 under the codename Ponte Vecchio, the GPUs will be built on Intel's Xe Architecture and promise "significant compute, geometry and throughput improvements over today's widely used Gen9 and Gen11 graphics". The conference listing also promises a "detailed tour of the hardware architecture" and will give more information on how graphics engineers will be able to work with the cards when they release. We still don't have a specific release date for the hardware itself, but Intel does mention in the conference listing that it's scheduled for release "later this year". If we couple this with a tweet from back in October from Intel's chief architect Raja Koduri of the number plate "THINKXE" with the date June 2020, I think it's safe to say that we'll probably be seeing the hardware some time this summer. Nothing is set in stone though, and we'll be sure to bring you all the latest developments in the run-up to the impending GPU release. GDC 2020 is set to run from Monday, 16th March through to Friday, 20th March.

Jon Sutton
on 16 January 2020 at 10:59

¬¬g_id:36015[Disintegration]¬¬, the debut title from Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto's new studio, V1 Interactive, is set to get a closed beta test at the end of this month. The Disintegration Technical Beta will be playable on PS4, Xbox One and PC over 28th and 29th January, and you can sign up here. If this one passed you by, Disintegration is a sci-fi shooter with an unmistakably Bungie aesthetic. There's a full single-player campaign plus PvP multiplayer. The twist, as it were, is you play a Gravcycle pilot who can utilise RTS elements to order a crew around on the ground while raining death from the air.

In addition to the beta test announcement, V1 and Private Division also revealed the recommended specs for Disintegration. We've also taken a stab at predicted minimum specs based on our available data, although these could obviously be very different at launch.

Neil Soutter
on 15 January 2020 at 15:33

UPDATE: It seems even Valve may have vastly underestimated the appeal of a new Half-Life. The Valve Index virtual reality headset is now completely sold out in all 31 regions its available in.

Stocks began to run dry when Half-Life Alyx was revealed to the world in December and these only been exacerbated. Supplies of the complete $999 VR Valve Index headset have continued to fly off Steam's digital shelves, leading to a shortage in the run-up to HL Alyx's March 2020 launch.

Jon Sutton
on 15 January 2020 at 14:06

A slew of unannounced high-end AMD Radeon graphics cards have just popped up on the official EEC (Eurasian Economic Commission) regulatory website. We’ve known for some time that AMD has higher end Navi chips in the pipeline and this may well be our first sighting of them in the wild.

The document in question comes from an EEC approval for AFOX, a Hong Kong based AIB partner for both AMD and Nvidia. They list a huge number of graphics cards for approval. Pretty much all of them we already know about, but it’s the quartet of unannounced AMD Radeon graphics cards which we’re ultimately interested in.

Jon Sutton
on 12 January 2020 at 16:00

They same time heals all things. Whoever said that clearly wasn’t thinking of the time my GeForce 7800 GTX died on me. It’s been 15 years and I still can’t let it go. See you up in component heaven big boy. Sniff.

Sadly, it is just a fact of life that components will die on us. Ideally it’s later rather than sooner, of course, but there are all sorts of factors which could cause your CPU to give up the ghost 18 months after you buy it, or for your mouse to stop squeaking days after the warranty’s up. Manufacturing defects are par for the course and high intensity use will highlight any potential flaws much quicker.

Jon Sutton
on 11 January 2020 at 16:06

Nvidia and Asus kind of blew up this week with the announcement of a frankly insane 360Hz eSports-focused G-Sync gaming monitor they’ve been cooking up together. This panel is capable of emitting 360 distinct frames each and every second, at a rate of one frame every 2.77 milliseconds.

Naturally, outputting 360 frames per second is also going to necessitate a fairly beefy video card, depending on the specific game and settings used. To put it into perspective, a single frame at 1920 x 1080 resolution is composed of just over two million pixels. A GPU needs to render this every 2.77ms, 360 times every second, calculating 746.5 million pixels each and every second. It’s astonishing stuff, it really is, and demonstrates the sort of wizardry that goes on beneath the hood of high-end gaming hardware, all in the service of providing us with the optimal gameplay experience.

Stuart Thomas
on 10 January 2020 at 12:42

AMD is getting the big guns ready. An unreleased AMD Radeon RX graphics card has just popped up on the OpenVR benchmark results, comfortably outstripping the performance of a ¬¬gc_id:4050[Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti]¬¬.

The unnamed graphics card was tested alongside one of the recently announced AMD Ryzen 7 4800H mobile processors. Even despite the mobile chipset the unannounced Navi GPU picked up at score in the VR benchmark of 103.92, compared to 88.10 from a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti / ¬¬p_id:2506[Intel Core i7-8700K 6-Core 3.7GHz]¬¬ combo which ran the same test.

Jon Sutton
on 09 January 2020 at 12:10

Intel took its first tentative steps into actually bringing dedicated graphics cards to market at CES 2020, showcasing the DG1, its first Xe-based GPU.

The actual unveiling was a little unusual. Intel talked a big game but had precious little to show. Lisa M. Pearce,  Intel vice president, chose to showcase some on-stage gameplay from Destiny 2 yet provided zero detail on frame rates, resolutions, or graphics settings.