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Neil Soutter
on 05 July 2018 at 12:49

You’ll have to forgive us for being a little bit suspicious, but laptop-focused hardware site LaptopMedia is claiming that Lenovo has confirmed the upcoming Lenovo Legion Y530 revision will feature an unannounced Nvidia GeForce GTX 1160 6GB GPU.

Nvidia has yet to even reveal its flagship desktop chips for the much-anticipated GeForce GTX 11 series but rumours are already flying about the notebook variants. The high-end desktop GTX 11 GPUs are expected to launch in August or September, inevitably followed by a mid-range GeForce GTX 1160, and then we usually have to wait a good few months until the notebook graphics cards start trickling in.

Jon Sutton
on 04 July 2018 at 14:37

If you’re thinking about picking up a budget-priced GeForce GT 1030, you’d best take a long hard look at which version it is before splashing the cash. Back in April, Nvidia quietly unveiled a new range of GeForce GT 1030 GPUs that looked to be phasing out the current crop of GeForce GT 1030 graphics cards already on store shelves. The difference? The new GT 1030’s are equipped with much slower DDR4 memory rather than GDDR5.

At the time we wondered how drastically this could impact performance. On paper, the change meant total memory bandwidth shrinking to just 16GB/s from the 48GB/s offered by the standard GeForce GT 1030. Using actual system memory (RAM) rather than video memory was the big clue, and now GamersNexus have got their hands on one of the newer GeForce GT 1030 DDR4’s and compared how it stacks up to the older GDDR5 models.

Neil Soutter
on 04 July 2018 at 11:31

Intel appears to have inadvertently confirmed the existence of its upcoming 9th generation Core CPUs. Intel Core 9th-Gen processors were listed in the documentation for microcode update guidance for the Spectre CPU vulnerability.

The document was released on July 3rd and lists out several 9th gen processors which appear to be refreshes of the 8th-gen Coffee Lake S CPUs. Since the update was published, Intel has altered the document and edited out the existence of the Core 9000 series but it’s too late now, the cat’s out of the bag.

Jon Sutton
on 03 July 2018 at 17:28

100 post-apocalyptic psychopaths drop into a radiation-ravaged Chernobyl. Only one can make it alive. Fear the Wolves is that familiar battle royale formula we've come to know and either love or hate, this time with  STALKER-tinged twist. The 25km2 map is riddled with anomalies and mutated wildlife, and the only way to succeed is to win the race to the extraction helicopter. But forget about winning your 100-person deathmatch for now, in order to even stand a chance you'll need to meet the minimum specs for Fear the Wolves.

Dust off your DDR4, Fear the Wolves is a bit of a demanding hog when it comes to system memory. You'll be needing 8GB RAM as an absolute minimum. Fortunately, the rest of the minimum specs for Fear the Wolves are a little more forgiving. A very modest dual-core processor will do the job, paired with a 1GB VRAM DirectX 11 graphics card. A Geforce GTX 650 Ti or Radeon R7 260 will do, but modern gamers will be fine with a GTX 1050 or a Radeon RX 550.

Jon Sutton
on 02 July 2018 at 16:52

Life is Strange 2 was announced late last week, although we all we got was the name and the briefest of teasers. Which leaves us in the curious position of having the official PC system requirements for Life is Strange 2 despite not see a single screenshot or any actual gameplay from the game whatsoever.

Without knowing what the game looks like, we're operating on guesswork a little here. The system specs for Life is Strange 2 are extremely similar to the recently released The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, which serves as a pseudo-prequel to Life is Strange 2. Captain Spirit is absolutely free to download from Steam so if you have any doubts about Life is Strange 2's performance on your system, download Captain Spirit and see how it runs.

Jon Sutton
on 02 July 2018 at 15:11

The second of today’s AMD leaks, and we’re really having to lean heavily into speculative territory here, is in regards to Vega 20 and the upcoming Navi GPUs. Coming from the same source who leaked the Polaris 30 GPU, they suggest that AMD Navi probably won’t be ready until at least 2019, while 7nm Vega 20 chips for the enthusiast market could be ready to launch in Q1 2019.

We’ll start with Navi, AMD’s much anticipated next-generation graphics processing chip. The leak, by way of WCCFTech, alleges that the first Navi graphics cards will arrive in 2019, and the first GPUs will be aimed at the mainstream market. For mainstream, read ‘budget’. For those after high-end Navi graphics cards, these apparently won’t be ready until much later.

Neil Soutter
on 02 July 2018 at 12:58

There are a lot of AMD-related rumours doing the rounds today, the first of which concerns the potential emergence of Polaris 30 chips. The leak comes from Chiphell user WJM47196, who has a history of accurate AMD-related leaks, but grab a good fistful of salt and all that.

We’ve heard nothing about Polaris 30 before, but nor did we hear about Polaris 20 before the eventual Radeon RX 500 series arrived to replace the Polaris 10 Radeon RX 400 graphics cards. It would seem logical then that AMD would plan to launch a Radeon RX 600 series at some point either later this year or in 2019, and the easiest route to achieve this would be a refresh of Polaris.

Jon Sutton
on 29 June 2018 at 14:11

We’ve heard the rumours swirling of a Google game platform for a good while now, but Kotaku has chipped in with alleged insider information suggesting that Google is lining up a direct competitor to PlayStation and Xbox.

Numerous sources have alleged that Google is attempting to crack the gaming market on three fronts - with a streaming platform; a dedicated console, and bringing developers onboard through “aggressive recruiting or even major acquisitions.” Lovely.

Neil Soutter
on 29 June 2018 at 11:35

A Lenovo representative has accidentally let slip the existence of Nvidia’s next-generation GeForce graphics cards. We know Nvidia has something in the pipeline of course, and soon at that, but the Lenovo rep mentioned the arrival of a certain GeForce GTX 11 series later this year.

Speaking to YouTuber ‘Brainbean’, the Lenovo representative was on hand to talk about the Lenovo Legion Cube Gaming PC at E3 2018. However, while talking about the capabilities of the gaming tower, they let slip that a GeForce GTX 1180 version was inbound shortly.

Jon Sutton
on 29 June 2018 at 09:51

UPDATE: AMD has contacted us in regards to the rebranding of FreeSync 2 to FreeSync 2 HDR, clarifying a few issues. The big takeaway is that the minimum spec requirements for FreeSync 2 HDR have not changed. They are in fact the same requirements implemented since AMD FreeSync 2 launched.

Secondary to this, the FreeSync 2 specifications are set independently of the VESA DisplayHDR standards (found in the table at the bottom of the article).