For a long time, expensive DRAM has been one of the biggest obstacles to a good PC build. Back in 2016, we didn’t know we had it so good, but recent years has seen the price of RAM shoot up to quadruple its original value.
Those DRAM manufacturers are getting their comeuppance now though, as there are repeated reports of excess inventory and plummeting prices. Memory prices peaked in early 2018 but have been steadily declining since. You can now pick up 16GB DDR4 RAM for well under half the price you could in January 2018.
Nvidia has published a study on the impact of frame rates on competitive kill/death ratios, all in the name of trying to sell you more expensive graphics cards, naturally.
The study examined Nvidia GeForce owners who played a number of battle royale games, including PUBG, Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 - Blackout. Anyone who opted into Nvidia using their data farmed through GeForce Experience could’ve had their performance stats used for this study. Nvidia's absolutely unsurprising conclusion is that the higher your frame rate, the more likely you are to have a higher K/D ratio.
The security problems are coming thick and fast for Intel. With the Meltdown and Spectre mess now beginning to disappear into the rearview mirror, along comes Spoiler, an all-new security vulnerability for Intel CPUs.
The CPU flaw was discovered by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of Lübeck. Spoiler affects each and every Intel CPU from the 1st-Gen Core CPU to today. That’s nine generations of Intel CPUs which are affected. No AMD processors are known to be affected by this security vulnerability.
Microsoft is allegedly gearing up for a new console launch, although it may not be the one you’ve been hoping for. Reports have emerged that Microsoft is preparing to release the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. It really just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?
Codenamed Maverick, the premise of the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is pretty simple - it comes without a disc drive. Internally, it’ll be the exact same specs as the Xbox One S, but the removal of the disc drive will allow Microsoft to reduce the components, shrinking the console, and bring it to market for a cheaper price.
Nvidia has dropped yet another new graphics card driver. It’s getting a big exhausting now. This particular GeForce 419.35 GPU driver heralds Game Ready support for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Devil May Cry 5 and Apex Legends.
All big games and all of them should also run better with this latest driver, bringing last-minute performance tweaks and bug fixes to ensure optimal gaming experiences at launch (or after launch, in the case of Apex).
We’ve had a copy of Morrowind save a man’s live, and now it’s the turn of an MSI’s Optix G27C2 144Hz display. This 27” 1080p curved panel with AMD FreeSync support may seem relatively innocuous but it turns out it also does a sideline in bullet stopping.
Eric Gan, a resident of California, USA, had five bullets shot into his house from the street after an overzealous party goer decided it was time to evoke their second amendment rights. We’ll skip over how dumb as hell that all is and get straight to the point - the MSI Optix G27C2 stopped a bullet in its tracks during the early hours of yesterday morning.
Intel has revealed the new USB4 specification in conjunction with the USB Promoter Group. The new USB standard is based on open license Thunderbolt 3 technology, meaning royalty-free tech that third parties can use without any charges.
USB4 will support data transfer rates of up to 40 Gb/s, double the speed of the current USB 3.2 standard. It’ll be capable of large scale data transfer, power delivery, and for use with display interfaces such as monitors.
Chernobylite is a newly announced sci-fi horror game set within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. It's the work of The Farm 51, creators of Get Even and World War 3, utilising 3D-scanned photogrammetry to create an eerily lifelike rendition of this abandoned area. Farm 51 has promised Chernobylite will be a non-linear experience with challenging FPS combat, crafting and survival elements, and a few supernatural twists.
At the moment, Chernobylite is coming exclusively to PC and it could end up being quite the visual tour de force. You can see the first snippets of it in action in the trailer below and The Farm 51 are aiming for an Autumn 2019 release.
Intel has opened up a little about its plans for dedicated gaming graphics cards, claiming that when its first desktop GPUs drop year it’s going be “good for customers and the competition.”
Speaking to PCGN, Intel gaming division general manager, Frank Soqui, has said he believes the Intel graphics cards are going to provide some stern competition to Nvidia and AMD. Judging from the recent dip in global graphics card shipments, AMD and Nvidia don’t exactly need more convincing they’re going to have to step their game up.
Sales of dedicated graphics have continued to slide this quarter according to data from GPU market researcher Jon Peddie Research. Their quarterly report claims global graphics card shipments decreased a further 2.65% in Q4 2018, having already dipped 16% year on year when last we heard.
Nvidia was the biggest loser for the quarter. Shipments of Nvidia graphics cards dropped a hefty 7.6% during Q4 2018 alone, while AMD GPU shipments suffered a 6.8% drop. Intel held relatively steady, decreasing by a comparatively minor 0.7%.