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Joffy S
on 24 January 2017 at 17:45

The rumour mill has gone into overdrive in regards to Nvidia’s next-generation graphics card plans. Nvidia is reportedly planning not only a second-generation Pascal refresh, but also the first Volta GPUs for supercomputers.

The Pascal refresh is likely going to come in the form of a GeForce GTX 20 Series, including a GTX 2080 Ti, GTX 2080, GTX 2070, and potentially even going all the way down to a GTX 2050.

Joffy S
on 24 January 2017 at 14:00

No sooner have we got our hands on Intel’s latest Kaby Laky range of CPUs than news reaches of the upcoming extreme Skylake-X CPU. Skylake is the processor architecture prior to Kaby Laky, and the new high-end desktop processor (HEDT) will be an extreme version of this. Initial reports point to it the Skylake-X HEDT being a 10-core, 20-thread monster, guzzling down 140W TDP.

There will be three different versions of Skylake-X CPUs, including this 10-core model alongside eight-core and six-core versions. They will be joined by a single Kaby Lake-X CPU with four cores.

Joffy S
on 24 January 2017 at 11:15

Bandai Namco has announced the worldwide release date for Tekken 7, along with the official Tekken 7 PC system requirements. Originally planned for early 2017, Tekken 7 will now be launching on June 2nd for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’s going to be joined by a season pass and all the usual assorted pre-order gubbins, but it’s the Tekken 7 PC specs we’re really interested in. Bandai Namco isn’t pulling any punches with this either - Tekken 7 seems to be a great looking game and it’s got the system requirements to match.

UPDATE: A quick word of warning. Isshak Gravi, Tekken 7 developer, has said "Be careful though: recommended specs are not final yet." Bear in mind then that the Tekken 7 recommended requirements are subject to change. Thanks to Lambadox for spotting that.

Joffy S
on 23 January 2017 at 11:15

Ubisoft's For Honor system specs are announced and you will find that to reach a High graphics setting of 60FPS on a 1080p screen resolution your computer will need a GTX 1060 2GB card. To give perspective we also have the minimum For Honor sys requirements listed and they represent a computer that can achieve 30 frames per second on a 720p screen resolution at low graphics settings. 

Here are the full list of officially supported For Honor graphics cards at the time of For Honor's release date.

Joffy S
on 20 January 2017 at 14:00

A first-party Microsoft strategy game designed with console gamers in mind doesn't exactly sound like a recipe for success when it comes to Halo Wars 2, but when you take a moment to consider it's Total War developer Creative Assembly pulling the strings it becomes a lot easier to get excited. Not only do CA excel at delivering top-tier RTS games, they also have a knack for the graphically spectacular. Halo Wars 2 is a Windows Store exclusive packing DirectX 12 support and all the latest visual bells and whistles. Here's allo the video options and graphics settings so you can see precisely what can be tweaked.

Joffy S
on 19 January 2017 at 09:57

If you splashed out $1500 on a Radeon Pro Duo, look away now. AMD has slashed the price on its most powerful graphics card, the dual-Fiji GPU Radeon Pro Duo. This time yesterday it would’ve cost you $1500, now it’s available for as little as $799. As well as this the Radeon R9 Fury X can be had for as little as $310, down from $650 at launch in 2015.

Price drops vary from store to store but we’re generally looking at more than 40% snipped off the price. That’s a huge drop for AMD’s fastest graphics card, which is theoretically much faster even than Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080. The downside is that is multi-GPU, so whether the Radeon Pro Duo is going to run a game well is going to come down to the quality of its CrossFire support.

Joffy S
on 18 January 2017 at 17:35

If you pick up a Radeon RX 460 in stores in the UK, or Europe, or North America, it will come with 896 Stream Processors on 14 CUs (Compute Units). However, as we have seen before, this is not the full capability of the Polaris 11 GPU. Now, over in China, Sapphire has launched a fully unlocked Radeon RX 460, packing the full complement of 1024 Stream Processors on 16 CUs.

Joffy S
on 18 January 2017 at 11:32

Bandai Namco has announced a release date for creepy 3D platformer adventure Little Nightmares. Playing as a little girl called Six, you are aboard The Maw, a terrifying ship filled with corrupted souls trying to hunt you down. Little Nightmares will be coming to feast on you come April 28th for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Ahead of then we've also got the official Little Nightmares system requirements, letting you know just what graphics cards you're going to need to get a playable frame rate.

Despite being published by Bandai Namco, Tarsier Studios' Little Nightmares isn't a full-blown AAA title. It promises to be a lower-key experience which also means lower system requirements. It's why we see the Little Nightmares recommended PC requirements being on par with what we expect from minimum AAA game system specs. All you're going to need is a 2GB GeForce GTX 660 or Radeon HD 6970 graphics card and you're going to be able to crank every setting to Ultra in Little Nightmares. The i7 requirement is a little steep but it is an older model. It's performance is now more than matched by most modern i5 CPUs.

Joffy S
on 17 January 2017 at 12:47

Unless you've had your head buried in the sand, you've probably noticed ARK: Survival Evolved has become a ridiculous success. It's rapidly become one of the biggest survival games in existence, always sitting in the top 10 most played games on Steam. ARK is now big enough to get its own spin-off, ARK Park. ARK Park lets users strap on a headset and explore these prehistoric worlds filled with dinosaurs in the nearest thing you're going to get to Jurassic Park. ARK runs like turd though, so it comes as little surprise ARK Park is one of the most demanding games in existence.

If you want to see a frighteningly high set of system requirements, these right here for ARK Park are it. I guess it should be expected that a virtual reality spin-off from a game which runs absolutely terribly needs some horrifically powerful hardware to get it up and running. It's why we see the almighty Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 as the minimum graphics card for ARK Park. The minimum. Just let that sink in a moment. Onwards.

Joffy S
on 17 January 2017 at 11:17

A wise jazz musician once said space is the place, and I think he was probably referring to the wonders of helium-filled space. Hardware manufacturer Western Digital was evidently listening because it’s just launched two absolutely massive helium-filled hard drives, packing enough storage to sate all but the biggest Steam junkies. The Western Digital Ultrastar HE12 mechanical hard drives come in 14TB and 12TB flavours. That’s enough storage for 400 installations of The Witcher 3, if that floats your boat, or 933 copies of CSGO.

The first of these, the WD 12TB HGST Ultrastar HE12, is available to buy any day now. It spins at 7200 RPM, has eight platters, and both SAS and SATA connections. It comes with 256MB cache and has 8ms Read / 8ms Write times. It’s not going to win any awards for speed but it’s reliable enough and of course it comes with a sizable storage capacity.