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Stuart Thomas
on 16 July 2019 at 11:35

Its a good time for AMD. Only a week ago they released some powerful, well priced graphics cards, with their new Nvidia competing Radeon RX 5700 XT and along side those Navi architecture cards they also brought out 6 new Intel chomping processors.

Its always been said, never have a war on two fronts, but AMD are doing remarkably well at fighting the two titans we know as Intel (processors) and Nvidia(graphics cards). So much so that we are getting a bunch of data flow through the media that shows that the markets in Japan and South Korea have tipped into AMDs favour when it comes to selling processors. This puts Intel in second place for the first time, in a long time.

Jon Sutton
on 16 July 2019 at 10:40

Tied up with PlayStation exclusivity for the best part of the studio's existence, the shackles are off for Supermassive Games and Man of Medan, the first in a planned anthology of horror adventure games known as The Dark Pictures. They're the same folks behind the excellent PS4 exclusive Until Dawn, providing us a good idea of what to expect from this ghostly tale aboard an abandoned ship. 

The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan comes to PC on August 29th but, in the meantime, here are the PC system specs to feast on.

Jon Sutton
on 16 July 2019 at 09:51

GRID may have suffered a recent delay which pushed it back to October but, in the meantime, Codemasters have sent along the PC system specs for the GRID (2019). The first new GRID game in over five years, the GRID reboot offers heaps of racing disciplines, some of the most iconic cars in motorsport, and a massive visual overhaul. Here are the PC system requirements needed to run GRID 4.

OK, so, first of all, there are two or three elephants surreptitiously standing in the room with these system requirements for GRID. Specifically, they are the suggested operating systems, graphics APIs, and those recommended graphics cards.

Jon Sutton
on 15 July 2019 at 17:00

It seems a number of folks who’ve picked up one of AMD’s Ryzen 3000 processors have encountered a critical issue which can prevent booting. It’s all tied into using previous-gen X470, X370, B450, or B350 motherboards with the latest Ryzen processors. If you haven’t updated to the latest firmware for your motherboard prior to installation, this could mean you can’t boot your system.

The easiest solution to this problem would be to reinstall your previous CPU, update the firmware, and then slot in your new CPU while keeping your fingers tightly crossed. However, anyone picking up a cheap previous-gen motherboard with a Ryzen 3000 CPU, or those who’ve already sold their old CPU, are pretty much out of luck.

Neil Soutter
on 15 July 2019 at 15:41

It's been a steady rise from AMD but after lots of pushing and proving, the newly-released Ryzen 3000 series processors provide some stiff competition to Intel. This crop of 7nm Zen 2 CPUs has got Intel sweating, and with good reason.

The top-end Ryzen 3rd generation processors have released. The dust has begun to settle and hundreds of thousands, if not millions of PC gamers are beginning to get these CPUs in their hands and into their rigs. The review samples sent out were largely restricted to the Ryzen 7 3700X and the Ryzen 9 3900X, so we'll be sticking to those two for now.

Stuart Thomas
on 15 July 2019 at 11:38

UPDATE: Remember last week's Intel 10th Gen CPU leak? Well, it turns out it's probably fake. As if the ridiculous naming structure wasn't enough, it's being reported on over at Gamers Nexus that several motherboard sources have confirmed these Comet Lake desktop processors are very much fake.

We'll have to take their word on the matter here, although judging from the difficult-to-parse nomenclature such as the Core i3-10100, we'd be immensely surprised if Intel actually went down this route.

Stuart Thomas
on 12 July 2019 at 17:25

The French website, Cowcotland has reported that AMD announced the Radeon VII flagship graphics card is no longer competitive in terms of production value, especially against the RTX 2080 Nvidia cards and so it will cease manufacturing of this line.

This piece of news, while plausible due to the awesome new RX 5700 Navi cards released on Sunday, is somewhat light on fact at this point. And so is regarded as rumour until AMD make a more public announcement.

Stuart Thomas
on 10 July 2019 at 17:13

Ahh Nintendo. You guys get it. You understand gamers in a very wonderful and particular way. And we thank you for it. Here comes the next Nintendo console, the Nintendo Switch Lite. We have been hearing whisperings about it for months, but today it has finally been unveiled.

When will the Nintendo Switch Lite be available to purchase?

Stuart Thomas
on 09 July 2019 at 08:00

As mentioned in our recent RX 5700 XT performance article, the new Navi architecture cards are coming in with a bunch of new tech features. The more popular ones from a gaming tech point of view are Radeon Image Sharpening, Radeon Anti-Lag and Automatic Low Latency Mode. These have been activated within the latest RX 5000 Adrenalin driver 19.7.1, now released by AMD.

Radeon Image Sharpening

Jon Sutton
on 08 July 2019 at 17:20

Yesterday was launch day for AMD's RX 5700 & the RX 5700 XT and both cards were long awaited, heralding in the 7nm architecture known as Navi.

Pre-launch AMD took 30 and 50 dollars off their RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT launch price tags, respectively. They did this to compete with the Nvidia RTX 2070 Super and the RTX 2060 Super cards that Nvidia slipped in unannounced just ahead of the RX 5000 series grand launch. You know, to steal a bit of the thunder from the grand unveiling of the AMD Navi cards. How do we feel about all this as GPU hungry gamers? Well, when companies start slashing prices of things we want to buy, we normally encourage it.