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Chad Norton
on 15 October 2020 at 10:00

We're just under a month away from the official release of Assassins Creed Valhalla, and just like Watch Dogs Legion, Ubisoft have provided us with some pretty extensive system requirements so we can customize the game to get the right look and performance we want.

However, at first glance, the PC system requirements for ¬¬g_id:35863[Assassins Creed: Valhalla]¬¬ are pretty demanding. The usual GTX 1060 that we usually see under recommended requirements is now set for 1080p 30fps, whilst if you want that coveted 60fps performance at 1080p you'll need a GTX 1080.

Chad Norton
on 14 October 2020 at 16:00

It’s nearly the end of the year, Christmas is on the horizon and the new next-gen consoles are right around the corner, 2020 has proven to be a pretty awful year for humanity, but now is arguably the best time ever to consider upgrading your PC to new hardware. So what PC component do you want to upgrade next?

Obviously there’s been the incredibly enticing launch of the new RTX 30 series graphics cards like the ¬¬gc_id:5003[RTX 3080]¬¬ and ¬¬gc_id:5005[RTX 3090]¬¬, we even have the RTX 3070 coming out soon on October 29th which will arguably be even more popular.

Chad Norton
on 13 October 2020 at 21:44

It’s Christmas Prime Day 2020 (thats obviously what Amazon want us all to call it, right?). But anyway, as we have come to expect there are now loads of "deals" online for some new PC and gaming hardware, whether that be actual PC components like storage solutions or power units or laptops, or all the various PC peripherals like new mice, keyboards or headphones. So here’s some of the best deals we have spotted so far on Amazon US today.

There’s a lot to look out for, so whatever it is you’re looking for yourself, there’s bound to be something that’s on offer that will suit your needs. Since there is a lot out there already, we’ve found some of the best Amazon tech deals for gamers that we could find, but if you see some juicy tech or PC deals, then lets share them in the comments below, so we can all benefit from any more deals for PC players.

Neil Soutter
on 13 October 2020 at 16:00

Following on from the Ryzen 5000 series BIOS updates that have now been rolled out for 500 series motherboards, AMD confirmed that plans for an optional BIOS update to 400 series motherboards will still be coming in January 2021. However, it has recently been revealed that ASUS may not be supporting the new Zen 3 CPUs on their 400 series motherboards after all.

The recently announced Ryzen 5000 series will require a BIOS update on certain chipsets for optimal performance, and since the new updates are baked into the BIOS, it is up to the manufacturers themselves if they would like to add the support for their 400 series chipsets, which ASUS may not be willing to just yet.

Stuart Thomas
on 13 October 2020 at 14:30

With the recent announcement of the Ryzen 5000 processors from AMD, based on the Zen 3 architecture, it’s time to get our motherboards ready in time for the November 5th launch. So here we have compiled a list of all the 500 series motherboards from different manufacturers that are now ready for the new Zen 3 CPUs.

The new processors from AMD will require an update for your AMD 500 series motherboards BIOS to AGESA 1.0.8.0 or newer, with AGESA 1.1.0.0 recommended by AMD for the best performance where available (which currently only MSI offers).

Chad Norton
on 12 October 2020 at 17:41

We're just a couple weeks away from the official launch of Watch Dogs Legion, and Ubisoft previously gave us a pretty extensive selection of PC system requirements for 1080p, 1440p, and 4K resolutions as well as ray tracing requirements. Well, they've since been updated to include the new RTX 30 series graphics cards, so here's the updated requirements and what's exactly changed.

First of all, most of the requirements for ¬¬g_id:33549[Watch Dogs Legion]¬¬ have been budged up a little bit, though there are a few requirements that have actually gone down. All in all, if you were just teetering on the edge of your preferred specs, you may want to double check again to see if you're still at the same spot.

Chad Norton
on 12 October 2020 at 16:00

With the recent announcement of AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series of processors (and the new RTX 30 series GPUs from Nvidia), now seems like the perfect time to upgrade our PC rigs to get that ultimate next-gen performance. In celebration of the new Zen 3-based CPUs, AMD is one again offering their “Equipped to Win” bundle, this time including the upcoming ¬¬g_id:35793[Far Cry 6]¬¬ with any new purchase of a Ryzen 5000 or even Ryzen 3000 series processor. 

“The AMD Ryzen Equipped to Win game bundle program is back with the highly anticipated next chapter in the Far Cry series, Far Cry 6,” said AMD in a blog post recently. 

Neil Soutter
on 12 October 2020 at 14:30

Last month, Nvidia launched their next-gen RTX 30 series graphics cards based on the new Ampere architecture, of which the ¬¬gc_id:5003[RTX 3080]¬¬ and ¬¬gc_id:5005[RTX 3090]¬¬ cards were the first to be sold. However, following a lot of excitement for the new GPUs, Nvidia’s own webstore was plagued with extremely high web traffic, and not to mention a horde of bots waiting to buy out a dozen of the new cards.

In response, Nvidia has revealed that they will be officially selling the RTX 30 series Founders Editions of cards via partners whilst they work on improving the official Nvidia webstore: “We have heard your feedback regarding the NVIDIA online store and are working to improve the experience,” said Nvidia in a forum post.

Chad Norton
on 09 October 2020 at 17:30

AMD is apparently in talks right now to acquire Xilinx, a chip manufacturer for wireless networks, for a massive $30 billion, in a deal that’s not too dissimilar from Nvidia acquiring ARM recently. According to the sources this news comes from, the deal is in “advanced talks” and could even be finalized as soon as next week.

Xilinx is a manufacturer of programmable chips for wireless networks, and recently they have become an important role in the industry with the rise of 5G networks across the globe and the continued demand for telecommunication devices especially in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Neil Soutter
on 09 October 2020 at 16:00

AMD recently announced their brand new next-gen Ryzen 5000 processors based on the Zen 3 architecture, and whilst they are certainly exciting for PC players offering up a 19% IPC uplift whilst still on the same 7nm technology as Zen 2, it seems like AMD is going all out for enthusiast gamers and will not be including thermal solutions in their Ryzen 5000 series as they have been “optimized for enthusiasts.”

There is one processor that will include a cooler though, and that’s the cheapest CPU the ¬¬p_id:2784[Ryzen 5 5600X]¬¬ which will include the Wraith Stealth (which is a slight downgrade from the Wraith Spire included with the ¬¬p_id:2774[Ryzen 5 3600XT]¬¬).