We may have to wait until Q3 2018 before Nvidia’s next-generation Turing GPU architecture even enters mass manufacturing, sources close to DigiTimes have suggested. It could then potentially be months before these graphics cards are ready for store shelves, and even longer for AIB partners to get their mitts on the silicon and add their custom spin to it.
The suspected delay comes about because the profitability of graphics cards has allegedly been shrinking. Rather than a per-card basis, we’re talking about the huge costs of research and development for GPUs that may only sit on store shelves for 12-18 months. As such, DigiTimes suggests both Nvidia and AMD are “decelerating the developments of their new GPU architectures and prolonging their existing GPU platforms' lifecycle.”
He's taken his sweet time, but everybody's favourite anthropomorphic marsupial is finally PC-bound. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy packages together the original trilogy of games (Crash 1, Crash 2: Cortex Strikes Back, Crash 3: Warped) totally remade and with bang up to date visuals. It makes for a 3D platformer that's very easy on the eye and, crucially, available to play on PC for the first time ever.
As far as minimum specs go, these requirements for Crash Bandicoot are pretty much par for the course. On the graphics card front, you're going to be able to squeak by with a comparatively low-end GeForce GTX 660 or Radeon HD 7850. Provided you've got at least 2GB VRAM, you should be able to run Crash N. Sane Trilogy without any issues. More modern cards like the GeForce GTX 950/1050 or Radeon RX 460/560 won't have any troubles.
Rumours have been swirling this week that PlayStation 5 development kits have begun to make their way into the hands of third-party developers. Numerous people have come forward to suggest this may be the case, although it’s all absolute conjecture at this point.
Assuming for a moment though that Sony does intend to release a new console in 2019 or 2020, this would be seven years after the PS4 launched. A new console by 2020 seems to be a near certainty because even though Sony is currently dominating the console market, a resurgent few months from Xbox (aided by the Xbox One X becoming the most powerful console on the market) means that might not always be the case.
There’s a massive leak doing the rounds regarding the final AMD Ryzen 2 processor specs and pricing, as well as an April 19th release date.
While no doubt plausible enough, it seems possible that it’s actually a fake - at the bottom of the images says “AMD Confidential NDA Required - Embargo Lift March 15, 2017”. Those with access to an up-to-date calendar will be all too aware it’s actually 2018. Either the leak is fake, or AMD has made a huge typo.
Square Enix’s high profile cock-up with Final Fantasy XV which allows users to simply use the demo’s executable to circumvent the Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM protection on the full game has one decidedly nice perk - it means we can test exactly how the performance of FFXV differs between the Denuvo-protected version and a DRM-free version of Final Fantasy XV.
Denuvo has many downsides for legitimate owners of games, but one of the most widely touted is its impact on gaming performance. There have been many claims that Denuvo affects frames per second over the years due to its consistent cycling rate that may, or may not, unnecessarily stress CPUs.
Microsoft has announced that its co-op open-world action game from Undead Labs, State of Decay 2, will be launching on May 22nd. Best of all though, it'll be launching at a budget-price of $29.99, which is either a hint at its production values or signaling Microsoft's intent to drag people kicking and screaming into the Windows Store. For those after some co-op hijinks it's looking very impressive indeed, but what about those all-important system specs? Here are the system requirements for State of Decay 2 on PC.
Compared to a lot Microsoft's first-party output, State of Decay 2 is very lightweight indeed. The screenshots let us know it's not a graphical powerhouse, but SoD2 still looks very decent. What it does ensure is that State of Decay 2 will run on a wide variety of gaming systems.
While Dell has a number of workstations and all-in-one devices that use AMD processors, the firm’s CTO John Roese has said that the market overwhelmingly supports Intel products. Any talk of AMD knocking Intel off its perch seems to be largely a pipe dream, particularly when taking into account the wider range of Intel CPUs available for just about every purpose.
"Intel is the big player, AMD is the second player,” Roese said to ChannelPro. “There's enough diversity between them that there are use cases to have them both in our portfolio, but just the sheer breadth of the Intel processor portfolio is massive compared to even the accelerated AMD world.”
The rumours of Nvidia’s next-generation graphics cards have taken another, disappointing, twist. Igor Wallosek from Toms Hardware Germany is claiming that Nvidia’s plans are completely different to what had previously been mooted. Rather than a launch in Spring, Nvidia plans to release its Turing gaming graphics card architecture in July, pushing it all the way back to Q3 2018.
If you’re raising your eyebrows at Turing, that’s because of a bit of an about-turn on the naming. Nvidia has allegedly decided to name its successor to Pascal as Turing, the architecture we’d previously suspected would be aimed at cryptocurrency miners.
Despite months of rumours to the contrary, sources closed to both Tom’s Hardware and PCGamesN have confirmed that Nvidia will not be launching its next-generation GeForce Ampere graphics cards in March.
It had been heavily mooted that Nvidia was planning to take the lid off its next-gen GPUs during its own GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in March, or alternatively at the Game Developer Conference (GDC).
AMD’s second-generation Ryzen 7 2700X CPU has been spotted for the first time in a benchmark database. The Ryzen 7 2700X will replace the current Ryzen 7 1700X which, specs-wise, it’s fairly similar to.
Just like the 1700X, the Ryzen 7 2700X is an eight-core processor with 16 threads, although it’s clocked 300MHz faster at 3.7GHz base clock speed and 4.1GHz (potentially 4.2GHz) boost clock speed. Not only does this make the R7 2700X considerably faster than the 1700X, but it’s also 100MHz faster than the Ryzen 7 1800X. The 2700X has 16MB of L3 cache and 4MB L2 cache, while it has a total TDP of 95W, so exactly the same as the 1700X on these fronts.