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Neil Soutter
on 01 April 2021 at 15:27

We are currently in the midst of global chip shortage that is now apparently at a “crisis point”, which has resulted in a major shortage of chips to many of the top hardware manufacturers across the globe. Not only does this mean we saw less hardware available on shelves and online, but it has also raised the prices of graphics cards for a second time in less than a year.

But amidst all that, it looks like TSMC is planning to invest a whopping $100 billion over the next 3 years in order to increase total capacity, which will lead to more chips available to manufacturers.

Chad Norton
on 31 March 2021 at 17:14

When Resizable BAR first launched (originally called Smart Access Memory by AMD), it was only available on certain hardware. Now as time has gone on many hardware manufacturers have been working to get the technology supported on more hardware. When the RTX 3060 launched it was the first of the series to enable Resize BAR support, but it is now available on all RTX 30 series graphics cards thanks to the latest Nvidia driver.

But that doesn’t just mean you can enable the feature with your RTX 30 series GPU, as there’s also some other variables needed to activate it: “for desktops to take advantage of Resizable BAR, users need a GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics card with a supported VBIOS, a compatible CPU, compatible motherboard, motherboard SBIOS update, and our newest GeForce Game Ready driver.”

Chad Norton
on 31 March 2021 at 09:46

People Can Fly's upcoming looter shooter is officially launching tomorrow, and have now revealed the proper recommended and Ultra PC system requirements. Previously Square Enix said they would reveal Ultra specs at a later date, but have also seemingly updated the recommended requirements for some reason.

The previous specs were released for the demo of ¬¬g_id:35959[Outriders]¬¬, which was apparently a little less demanding than the full game because the recommended GPU has jumped from a ¬¬gc_id:3540[GTX 1060]¬¬ or ¬¬gc_id:3528[RX 480X]¬¬ to a ¬¬gc_id:3505[GTX 1070]¬¬ or ¬¬gc_id:3956[RX Vega 56]¬¬ instead. The AMD processor also jumped from a ¬¬p_id:2463[Ryzen 5 1600]¬¬ to a ¬¬p_id:2555[Ryzen 5 2600X]¬¬, though the Intel CPU remained the same.

Neil Soutter
on 30 March 2021 at 13:18

Intel is currently working on their first official desktop graphics cards set to rival both Nvidia and AMD in the GPU market. So far we’ve only little tidbits of information, but Intel has now officially revealed some of the specs for each different GPU, including the amount of Execution Units, memory configurations, and a total of 5 different SKUs.

The information comes from Intel itself as they have updated their repository website with new details on the DG2 graphics cards. Unfortunately none of these files are accessible without an official NDA, and even then is only limited to system integrators or laptop manufacturers etc. However, you can search for these files and find some interesting information inside them.

Chad Norton
on 29 March 2021 at 16:00

We’ve talked about cloud gaming before, how you could buy a top end RTX 3080 for $1000 or just rent one for $5 a month on GeForce Now, but how about using cloud gaming as a way to play games while waiting for a new graphics card?

The graphics card industry - and to a larger extent, the entire PC hardware and electronic device industry - is going through a really tough period of global chip shortages. The situation is so dire that major semiconductor manufacturers have increased prices for chips, and subsequently that has raised the prices of graphics cards already, for the second time in less than a year.

Jon Sutton
on 29 March 2021 at 12:23

With MSI’s recent tacit admission that it would be raising graphics card prices across the board due to the surging global demand and widespread shortages of chips, there was one singular question hovering on PC gamers’ lips - by how much?

You only need to take a casual glance over at eBay to see the latest GeForce RTX 30 series and AMD Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards are selling at well over their MSRP. In some cases, these GPUs are selling in excess of 3x their retail value. Whoever’s buying these up is surely feeling some hefty buyer’s remorse a few weeks down the line.

Chad Norton
on 27 March 2021 at 17:00

Keyboards are a fundamental part of PC gaming. They may not seem like much: just a bunch of small, plastic boxes that can be pressed down on another large plastic slab. It’s easy to see the keyboard as one of the easiest options to cheap out on a budget build, but a good keyboard can often go a long way. So we want to know from you guys, what do you look for in a gaming keyboard?

There’s a lot of different aspects to a gaming keyboard, all the way from how the keys sound when you press them and how quickly each key press is registered, to the age old question of whether you want RGB or not. Do you like the standard layout, or do you prefer a more ergonomic style? Do you like to have macro keys? Or are you not that bothered? Do you like wired or wireless keyboards?

Stuart Thomas
on 25 March 2021 at 12:47

There is currently a major water crisis going on in Taiwan as a significant drop in rainfall last year has resulted in a drought across the country. The Taiwanese government has now issued a red alert on Wednesday, the first in 6 years, and it could have the potential to seriously affect some of the biggest chip makers in the world at a time when global chip shortages have reached a “crisis point”.

The Taiwanese government has revealed plans to limit access to water for non-industrial users 2 days a week after they warned their water supplies are running dangerously low. The restrictions do not currently affect Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturers like TSMC and Micron, but they have potential to in the future if things don’t get better.

Jon Sutton
on 25 March 2021 at 09:27

It’s the sort of thing that’s not for us mere mortals but Samsung has announced the world’s first 512GB DDR5 memory module, doubling the previous highs of 256GB. A half terabyte of DDR5 memory on a single stick of RAM. Gulp.

Samsung’s industry-leading 512GB DDR5 utilises a technology known as High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) to reduce leakage and ensure top performance despite the obscene size. Running at up to 7200 Mb/s this thing is no slouch, all while consuming 13% less power. As you’d expect, this makes it an ideal contender for datacenter usage where energy efficiency is a key concern.

Jon Sutton
on 24 March 2021 at 17:05

MSI will be raising the price of its range of graphics cards due to incredibly tight global supplies said chairman Joseph Hsu during a conference call with investors. 

Demand for GPUs, motherboards and gaming laptops is expected to remain very high until at least the end of the year, with MSI poised to profit from the incredible year-on-year growth. MSI’s profits for 2020 were its highest ever, yet were still weaker than investors had expected.