According to the latest reports we’re just a matter of months away from Vega 10 launching, yet looking a little further afield we have a gigantic leap forward in graphics card performance coming in 2019 with Navi 10.
Navi 10 will be yet another process shrink, as Polaris was, this time being manufactured on the 7nm fabrication process (down from 14nm). A leaked roadmap suggests performance is going to be off the charts of well, offering as much 3 TFLOPs single precision performance, 50 TFLOPS half precision, and up to 128GB memory. Forget about HBM as well, because Navi 10 will be making use of the so-called ‘Nexgen Memory’, a totally new memory standard we still know absolutely nothing about just yet.
We recently learned AMD was planning to launch its Ryzen CPUs before March 3rd, and now we have details on the second prong of AMD’s attack - its Radeon Vega GPU. Up until now we’ve just had a vague 2017 date being bandied about but it now now looks of AMD’s next-generation Vega GPU architecture will be launching in May.
The reasoning behind this is to time the launch with the Computex event in Macau, which you may remember is the same event which played host to the Radeon RX 400 Series graphics card launch back in 2016.
We've had to wait an extra few months compared to our console counterparts but at long last we can get a first-class ticket to Suplex City. WWE 2K17 enters the fray on February 7th, packing the latest WWE roster, upgraded graphics and the all-new Promo Engine. Before you start sweatily grappling one another though, be sure to check out the official WWE 2K17 PC system requirements to see if you're PC's going to get knocked out.
The big headline is that if you could run WWE 2K16 last year, there's no guarantee you'll be able to run WWE 2K17 this year. The system requirements pretty much take a generational leap up across the board. For example last year you'd need a GTX 460 or HD 5870, now you'll need a GTX 660 or HD 7770.
While we’re getting hyped about AMD’s octa-core Ryzen behemoth, it can be easy to forget AMD has a barrage of lower-end CPUs coming which are doing more than just making up the numbers. Quad-core Ryzen processors are on the way, designed to tackle the mid to low end of the CPU market currently dominated by Intel Core i3 and i5 CPUs.
AMD has allegedly begun sample these Ryzen CPUs so with any luck they’ll be ready to go around the same time as its 8-core flagship chip.
We’ve been waiting patiently with an ear to the ground for news on an AMD Ryzen CPU launch date, yet Team Red has remaining frustratingly quiet on the matter. However, a listing for a talk entitled ‘Optimizing for AMD Ryzen CPU (Presented by AMD)’ at GDC this year appears to have let slip a release window.
The talk at GDC (Game Developers Conference) 2017 is from two developer technology engineers at AMD, Ken Mitchell and Elliot. The event itself runs from February 27th through to March 3rd.
Namco Bandai's track record for porting its games over to PC has been great as of late. They might not always be the highest quality ports but at least we get the games. Tales of the Berseria is latest in the long-running Tales JRPG series. The 16th entry in total, expect upwards of 50 hours of gameplay with heaps of dungeon crawling and stat twiddling. We took a look at the newly released PC demo to see just how this port performs.
Tales of Berseria System Requirements
I think we can all safely agree The Creative Assembly is a dab hand at real-time strategy games. When the team isn't busy expanding Total War: Warhammer, CA has also been putting the final touches to Halo Wars 2, a full-blown RTS set within the Halo universe. Build bases, amass an army and get stuck into a campaign set after the events of Halo 5: Guardians. It's a Microsoft-published RTS which is reason enough to get excited for AoE fans. Before you pre-purchase on the notoriously finnicky Windows Store, check out the Halo Wars 2 official PC system requirements to ensure you can run it.
Halo Wars 2 is a first-party Microsoft published game available as part of the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative. You know the score by now - it means Halo Wars 2 is only available via the Windows Store, requires Windows 10 and a DirectX 12-capable graphics card.
I think we all thought the impatient thumb twiddling was going to come to an end at CES last week. Surely it was about time Nvidia unleashed the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti on the world? Alas not, which may be down to the similar Vega 10 graphics card no-show from AMD. If AMD had announced a Radeon RX 490 you can be damn sure Nvidia would have the 1080 Ti waiting in the wings. Which brings us to this post-CES 2017 tech lull, with the latest rumours pointing towards a launch at PAX East in March for the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.
It all stems from an undisclosed Nvidia AIB (Add-in Board) partner, who has said the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is coming extremely soon.
In news I think we can all get behind, AMD has confirmed each and every Ryzen CPU will have an unlocked multiplier. This means whichever Ryzen CPU you happen to pick up you’ll be able to overclock to your heart’s content.
The news comes via a new batch of presentation slides released by AMD, saying “At AMD, we’re still listening. And you’ll love what we’ve done.” It confirms every AMD Ryzen processor will be overclockable. Compare this to Intel, who uses overclocking capability as an additional selling point for specific, more expensive CPUs, and it’s a great look for AMD.
This escaped me from the tail end of last week at CES 2017, but ASUS and Acer have a pair of monitors which effectively tick every box you’d be looking out for from a cutting edge display. Both the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ and the Acer Predator XB272-HDR are 4K with HDR support 144Hz refresh rates. Oh, and did we mention G-Sync is also thrown into the bargain.