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Jon Sutton
on 09 June 2017 at 17:21

The polls have closed. After 24 hours of frantic nominations, you've decided the champion in an AMD vs Nvidia showdown. The votes have been counted and verified. Double checked, triple checked. The results are in for the GD Graphics Card Global General Election 2017. And the result is…. A hung parliament!

No, not really, AMD has joined forces with Qualcomm, Matrox and ARM to form a majority. No, not really, again. In truth, Nvidia has walked out comfortable champions after swatting aside AMD like an irritating crimson fly. The red team put up a heroic battle though, securing a total of 42.8% of the vote, versus Nvidia GeForce’s 57.2%. Ultimately it just wasn’t enough though, and roughly 6/10 PC gamers around the globe prefer to swallow the green pill.

Jon Sutton
on 09 June 2017 at 12:38

Swords and no sorcery RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance will be out worldwide on February 13th, 2018, Warhorse Studios and Deep Silver have announced. The medieval role-player will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and the announcement has been joined by an all-new trailer showing off the 'Origin of Henry' quest. In addition to this, the official PC specs for the visually stunning Kingdom Come: Deliverance have also been revealed.

Up until now all we've had to go on are the alpha testing specs for Kingdom Come: Deliverance and the final requirements are actually much more reasonable. You'll still need a beefy rig to play Kingdom Come at higher settings and resolutions, but the minimum bar to entry is just a DirectX 11 graphics card with at least 2GB VRAM, a mid-tier quad-core processor and 6GB system RAM. These minimum specs for Kingdom Come: Deliverance are fairly low for what we expect from a top-tier in 2017, let alone 2018 when no doubt a whole new generation of hardware is out.

Jon Sutton
on 08 June 2017 at 12:59

Its Election Day! And today we are here on the precipice of a monumental moment. You are voting for the next graphics card global supreme ruler. The GPU manufacturer that will lord it over us in the years to come. Searing our eyeballs with trillions of polygons, staggering us with core counts, and delivering on promises of Super Ultra UHD EX Turbo 8K resolutions. So stand up and be counted. Vote now. 

Its voting day here in the UK for the UK general election. While this is a very interesting time in UK politics, where the UK voters opinion can make a huge difference to the future of the UK, many of our GD readers, in a variety of different countries, will likely be shrugging and going "Why would I know or possibly care about that?" So to help get us GD readers interested in something that matters to us let me present, the Graphics Card Global General Election. It's our own gaming version of the general elections about something that we gamers have an opinion on and that we care about. So you are voting to see which regions of the world support, which graphics card party, AMD or Nvidia, and then we will tot up the countries who backed each graphics card manufacturer to discover which is the globally dominant graphics card manufacturer.

Jon Sutton
on 07 June 2017 at 15:23

Researchers at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, with help from Intel, have created a new water droplet cooling technology which could spell the end of copper heatsinks as we know them. The technology essentially boils down to a sponge pad that sits on your CPU, filled with water droplets that jump upwards from hot surfaces and release a small amount of heat energy upwards. 

You may be asking what causes the water droplets to jump upwards, and how having a wet cooler wouldn’t damage your cooler. The technology is based on the wings of cicadas, whose wings stay clean and dry to their hydrophobic surfaces. In essence, the act of water hitting their surface releases a tiny amount of energy, enough to send the water droplets springing up into the air. 

Jon Sutton
on 07 June 2017 at 11:21

Following the huge surge in the values of various cryptocurrencies over the last few months, both AMD and Nvidia have announced plans to manufacture their very own dedicated Bitcoin mining GPUs.

This is news that should hopefully take the strain off the incredibly high demand for AMD’s Radeon 400 and 500 series graphics cards, which have skyrocketed in price this week. An AMD Radeon RX 580 on eBay will now set you back more than the cost of a brand new GeForce GTX 1070, a far more powerful graphics card.

Jon Sutton
on 06 June 2017 at 16:59

In a surprise announcement, Ninja Theory has announced Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice will be launching on August 8th for PC and PlayStation 4. That's very soon indeed, giving us just two months to wait. The announcement is joined by an all-new trailer, a budget $30 price point designed to reflect its 'indie AAA' status, and the minimum PC system requirements for Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.

The specs listed here are the hardware you'll need to play Hellblade on PC at low graphics settings and 1280 x 720p resolution. That makes Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice a pretty damn demanding game, showing Ninja Theory is sticking true to its promise of delivering a AAA quality title with a smaller indie development. Failing that. Hellblade is either terribly optimised or the recommended specs up being not much higher than the minimum, we'll just have to wait and see.

Neil Soutter
on 06 June 2017 at 14:10

While the likes of Intel and AMD are busying themselves with their latest 10nm and 14nm processors, IBM has smashed them all with its new 5nm process. This is far ahead of even Samsung and Qualcomm’s progress on 10nm chips for mobiles, cramming in a frankly ridiculous 30 billion transistors into a tiny chip no bigger than a postage stamp. 

That’s an impressive claim on its own - just two years ago we were astounded by 20 billion transistors from a 7nm fabrication process, so this represents a significant leap forward. Shrinking the die allows semiconductor manufacturers to squeeze on more transistors in the same amount of space. This allows them to create chips with increased clock rates, lower power consumption, and a greater price to performance ratio. 

Jon Sutton
on 06 June 2017 at 12:45

Apple’s WWDC 2017 developer conference probably wasn’t the place most of us were expecting to hear the first news on consumer Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, but AMD used to the spotlight to announce the Radeon Pro Vega, a new GPU set to debut in Apple’s new all-powerful iMac Pro. Looking at the specs provided, this may also be the exact same GPU set to be used in the AMD Radeon RX Vega gaming graphics cards.

The iMac Pro will be getting two different types of Radeon Vega graphics card - the Radeon Pro Vega 56 and the Radeon Pro Vega 64. These names are referring to the number of CUs (Compute Units), with the lower-end Vega 56 featuring 3,584 cores and the full fat Vega 64 rocking the full complement of 4,096 cores. They will be available with 8GB and 16GB HBM2 respectively.

Neil Soutter
on 05 June 2017 at 11:24

Worldwide shipments of dedicated VR headsets reached 2.1 million units for the first quarter of 2017, according to figure released by the International Data Corporation (IDC). Of these, 0.77m were tethered headsets (PSVR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift). Surprisingly, it’s Sony’s PlayStation VR that’s built up the biggest head of steam, shifting an impressive 429,000 units in the quarter and making it the best-selling tethered headset of the quarter.

HTC and Valve’s Vive SteamVR headset hasn’t done too shabbily either, racking 190,000 sales, while Facebook brings up the rear with the Oculus Rift at 99,300. The PlayStation VR is now outselling the Oculus Rift more than 4:1, likely spurred on by the release of Resident Evil 7 in January. It’s funny what a high profile AAA release can do for sales figures. This sales momentum for PSVR is set to continue as well, with both Farpoint and, in particular, Star Trek: Bridge Crew being well received.

Jon Sutton
on 05 June 2017 at 09:56

The prices of AMD’s Radeon RX 400 and Radeon RX 500 series of graphics have been sent soaring as sales have gone through the roof. This is down to renewed demand for cryptocurrency mining solutions, a market which has seen substantial growth throughout the last two months.

Due to limited supplies of AMD Radeon graphics cards, this has driven prices up well above and beyond the asking price for these graphics cards. On Amazon, for example, all Radeon RX 580’s are out of stock, aside from a couple of options which cost in excess of $400. You can pick up a far more powerful GeForce GTX 1070 for as little as $335. Basically, you’re going to be lucky if you can even get your hands on a new Radeon graphics card in the current market, and if you do, you’re going to be paying significantly over the odds.