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Jon Sutton
on 05 May 2018 at 12:00

A representative from Gigabyte’s UK PR team has confirmed that Nvidia’s next-generation mobile graphics cards are scheduled to launch later this year. The rumour mill is in full swing in regards to Nvidia’s desktop chips, but this is the first slice of info we’ve had on Nvidia’s laptop gaming plans.

Nvidia’s next-gen GPU is rumoured to be codenamed Turing, and the desktop range is expected to launch this summer, with a July date mooted. Laptop gamers won’t have long to wait for their mobility solutions though, and we can expect to see gaming laptops with Turing GPUs within the next seven or so months.

Jon Sutton
on 04 May 2018 at 14:16

In recent years, Creative Assembly has really begun stepping up the number of releases. While Total Warhammer has been a bit of a distraction for a couple of years now, CA has sized up considerably and is now ready to deliver both historical and fantasy-themed grand strategy, encompassing mainline titles and new, slightly smaller Total War Saga series. Thrones of Britannia is the first of these efforts. It's set in Britain around 878 AD and depicts a war among rival clans as well as the Viking invasion.

Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is based on 2016's Attila engine, but how does PC performance shape up? Let's find out. 

Neil Soutter
on 04 May 2018 at 12:48

While all eyes are on the recent launch of the Ryzen 2000 Series processors, AMD is already finalising its 7nm Zen design. TSMC has just begun large volume manufacturing of 7nm silicon chips, with AMD preparing for the first 7nm Zen 2 CPU samples later this year ahead of a full launch in 2019.

It would put AMD at a significant technological advantage over Intel, whose in-house fabrication teams have been struggling to develop its 10nm Cannon Lake CPUs. Cannon Lake has been delayed multiple times already, and just last week Intel CEO Brian Krzanich told invests that low yield issues meant volume production wouldn’t even begin until at least 2019.

Neil Soutter
on 03 May 2018 at 17:34

Intel has revealed a new member of its family, the Intel Optane SSD905P. The new SSD becomes the fastest becomes the fastest solid state drive ever created, aimed at providing hyper-fast performance for workstations and other specialist uses.

The Intel Optane SSD 905P is going to be available in both PCIe slot and U.2 variants, with maximum capacities of 960GB for the PCIe model and 460GB for the U.2 version. Both drives use a custom Intel NVMe controller.

Jon Sutton
on 03 May 2018 at 15:29

Intel’s woes with Spectre continue to unfold, some five months after the CPU flaw was made public. Several groups of researchers have now discovered no less than eight new Spectre variant vulnerabilities, including four that have been classified as critical flaws.

The new flaws have collectively been dubbed Spectre NG, and each of the eight security holes in Intel CPUs will require their own patches in order to fix. They can be exploited from a host machine through running a Virtual Machine (VM). Fundamentally they’re the same security vulnerabilities as previous Spectre flaws, just variants on a theme.

Neil Soutter
on 03 May 2018 at 11:35

If you’re one of the millions who currently own a Nintendo Switch, you may be interested to know that Valve has just added official Steam support for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.  Up until now, using the Switch Pro Controller has been a bit of a pain in the proverbial ass, but Steam beta client update simplifies all of this and adds a plug and play solution.

The full gamut of configuration options are available through the Steam interface, allowing players to completely remap the controls in just about any game they want. Best of all though, the Pro Controller’s gyro is also supported so this is a fairly decent and more generic stand-in for the Steam controller. If you’re wrinkling nose at the thought of gyro controls, it’s actually a fantastic way to improve the accuracy of aiming in shooters that can be far more effective than the trusty old analog sticks.

Jon Sutton
on 02 May 2018 at 17:25

There’s been an interesting development over at the TSMC Technology Symposium. TSMC is a leading manufacturer of GPUs for both Nvidia and AMD, and it’s unveiled its new Wafer of Wafer (WoW) technology that allows for 3D stacked silicon on GPUs.

The technology would allow for faster, more powerful graphics cards without increasing the size of the GPU nor shrinking the fabrication process. This multi-chip approach is becoming increasingly popular and could be the answer for future GPUs and CPUs.

Stuart Thomas
on 02 May 2018 at 14:10

The results are out for the latest monthly Steam Hardware Survey, and the signs are positive for Team Red. AMD has seen its share of the GPU market grow from a low of 8.2% back up to 14.9%. Likewise, CPU market share has risen from 8.1% up to 16%.

The results indicate that, among PC gamers at least, Intel and Nvidia are still both dominant in the processor and graphics card markets respectively, but AMD is showing strong signs of bouncing back. This may have been spearheaded by the launch of the 2nd-gen Ryzen CPUs.

Neil Soutter
on 02 May 2018 at 12:46

They’ve been with us for less than a year, but already Intel has announced that its quad-core Kaby Lake-X processors will be shuffling off this mortal coil. The High-End Desktop (HEDT) Kaby Lake-X CPUs lasted barely 11 months on store shelves but have now been discontinued.

The Kaby Lake-X range comes with a price premium and yet only delivered negligible performance improvements over the standard non-X Kaby Lake CPUs. Within six months the Kaby Lake-X CPUs were then totally usurped by Coffee Lake, and in particular the Core i7-8700K.

Stuart Thomas
on 30 April 2018 at 14:41

The first benchmarks have leaked for what appears to be AMD’s first Radeon Vega 20 GPU based graphics card. The results have popped up in 3DMark through its online results browser. It looks as if this if this was an AMD employee testing the new GPU internally and accidentally making the data public.

The benchmark itself was for a device codenamed 66A0, which via AMD Radeon Linux drivers we now know refers to Vega 20.