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Neil Soutter
on 27 May 2020 at 17:30

It’s a strange time right now as AMD is apparently gearing up to launch their “Matisse Refresh” line of processors to compete against Intel’s latest line of 10th gen CPUs. After we heard about their possible specs recently they weren’t exactly looking too beefy in comparison to Intel, but we now have some alleged benchmarks regarding each new processor and the results are very interesting.

If these reported results are to be believed, then that means AMD’s latest Ryzen 9 3900XT will actually outperform Intel’s flagship Core i9-10900K, gaining roughly 17% score in the multi-core result. These are obviously still rumors, but if they are believed to be true, then let’s take a look at how AMD’s Matisse Refresh lineup compares relative to the performance of Intel’s 10th gen lineup. I've also included the initial MSRP so we can compare how they might stack up against each other in terms of pricing as well.

Neil Soutter
on 26 May 2020 at 12:48

The second of David Cage's interactive adventures in the Quantic Dream collection is coming to Steam soon after a year of being exclusive to the Epic Games Store. Well, the final release is coming soon, but there's a demo available now already. So let's take a look into the official PC system requirements for ¬¬g_id:4548[Beyond: Two Souls]¬¬.

There are some interesting notes that come with the system requirements for Beyond: Two Souls, detailing the kind of performance quality we can expect from these kinds of specs. The same is true for one of the other titles, ¬¬g_id:3751[Heavy Rain]¬¬, so the minimum specs will see 30fps at 720p, and 60fps at 1080p for the recommended requirements. Again, there's no details on the kind of graphical quality we can expect, but if they're anything like ¬¬g_id:23462[Detroit: Become Human]¬¬'s then we won't be expecting a noticeable difference between Low and Ultra graphics settings.

Stuart Thomas
on 26 May 2020 at 12:20

The great, melodramatic orchestra that is (any) David Cage games are making their way to Steam now after a year-long exclusivity deal with Epic Games. There's already a demo available now but we'll have to wait a few weeks until the final, official release. For now though, let's take a look at the PC system requirements for Each of the titles in Quantic Dream's collection.

¬¬g_id:3751[Heavy Rain]¬¬'s system specs come with some handy additional notes, giving us an idea of what kind of performance we can expect under each requirement. First of all, the minimum system requirements will yield a low 30fps at 720p resolution, whilst the recommended specs will get a smooth 60fps at 1080p. The same goes for ¬¬g_id:4548[Beyond: Two Souls]¬¬ by the way. There are no details as to what kind of graphical quality these are for, but if they're anything like ¬¬g_id:23462[Detroit: Become Human]¬¬'s then we won't expect a massive difference between Low and Ultra.

Jon Sutton
on 26 May 2020 at 11:12

It's time... time for some more weird and wacky David Cage-iness, only this time on Steam! Now that the Quantic Dream games are officially releasing on Steam in a few weeks, it seems the developers have updated their system requirements for ¬¬g_id:23462[Detroit: Become Human]¬¬ since last time. In fact, in some places the requirements have dropped, whilst in other areas they've actually gotten higher. Detroit Become Human was already a pretty demanding game, so let's see if they've optimized it better since launch.

The other Quantic Dream games that are also coming out on Steam, ¬¬g_id:3751[Heavy Rain]¬¬ and ¬¬g_id:4548[Beyond: Two Souls]¬¬, both have notes along with their system requirements detailing what kind of performance to expect. Unfortunately Detroit doesn't have that, but we imagine they would be pretty much the same. If they are, then we can expect the minimum system requirements to get 30fps at 720p and the recommended system requirements to get 60fps at 1080p.

Stuart Thomas
on 25 May 2020 at 16:30

A few days ago, it was rumored that AMD was releasing two new processors, the Ryzen 7 3850X and Ryzen 7 3750X, to compete against Intel’s latest 10th gen CPUs. Now it seems that we’ve got a bit more info on the supposed processors, including the fact that AMD might be changing the brand names. Instead of the two aforementioned Ryzen 7 CPUs, there are actually 3 processors supposedly in development ranging from Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7, and Ryzen 9.

These new processors mentioned are apparently called the Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 5 3600XT. But the rumors don’t end there, as some possible specs were released for each CPU that offered a glimpse at the kind of performance increases we might find with the processor upgrades.

Chad Norton
on 23 May 2020 at 15:00

Since the dawn of computerkind, when our ancestors first discovered the processing power of multiple CPU cores, data has been processed in the name of everything: from AI, to image processing, and up to the wonderful thing we know as video gaming. And while we are all fed the "larger numbers are better", by CPU PR departments, we wanted to explore the idea around the question, does processor core count really matter in todays games and if we are looking to buy a new CPU, should we be very careful to get the right number of processor cores to help with gaming in the future?

So how many cores are required for gaming these days? And what’s the optimal amount of cores we might need? Lets take a look at some CPUs, their performance, and most importantly, their core counts in relation to modern pc gaming, in order to get a better understanding of our processors.

Chad Norton
on 22 May 2020 at 17:37

More rumors are stirring in the CPU market, as AMD is reportedly working on a rival to Intel’s latest 10th gen processors, the Core i9-10900K and Core i7-10700K. If true, these two new desktop CPUs, possibly called Ryzen 7 3850X and Ryzen 7 3750X, could replace the original Ryzen 7 3800X and Ryzen 7 3700X and even reduce prices on the existing Ryzen 3000 series line.

Reportedly under the Mattise Refresh family, these new processors would use the same Zen 2 7nm architecture but with a slight adjustment. Obviously these rumors haven’t been confirmed yet, so take this all with a pinch of salt, but they are supposedly going to be announced on June 16th with a launch on July 7th, so we won’t have to wait long to see what AMD says at least. 

Stuart Thomas
on 21 May 2020 at 17:30

Rumors abound, so take this all with a grain of salt as always, but according to reports both Nvidia and AMD could be launching their next-gen GPUs this September. This includes the Nvidia Ampere RTX 30 series cards and AMD’s RDNA2 based cards in preparation for the holidays and the upcoming tech-noir RPG by CD Projekt Red, ¬¬g_id:4614[Cyberpunk 2077]¬¬.

We already know that Nvidia’s Ampere architecture is ready when they unveiled their new lineup for data centers last week for GTC 2020’s first “kitchen keynote”. So the technology is there and surely won’t be long until they’re officially announced. Plus, the September release date directly coincides with previous rumors that the cards would release sometime in Q3 2020. 

Chad Norton
on 20 May 2020 at 18:30

Just under a week ago, AMD announced that their new processors based on the Zen 3 architecture will unfortunately not be compatible with the 400 series and below models of motherboards, but after a significant amount of feedback, AMD has announced that they are bringing Zen 3 support to the X470 and B450 motherboard models.

“we recently announced that we would not support “Zen 3” on AMD 400 Series motherboards due to serious constraints in SPI ROM capacities in most of the AMD 400 Series motherboards,” says a representative in a post on the official AMD subreddit. “As the team weighed your feedback against the technical challenges we face, we decided to change course. As a result, we will enable an upgrade path for B450 and X470 customers that adds support for next-gen AMD Ryzen™ Processors with the “Zen 3” architecture.”

Chad Norton
on 20 May 2020 at 10:30

Vito Scaletta is back! After a long wait since that tantalizing teaser, we're finally able to get our hands on the ¬¬g_id:37230[Mafia 2: Definitive Edition]¬¬, an ultra HD remaster of the original game with enhanced graphics, ultra-wide monitor support, and 4K resolution compatibility. The best part about the new definitive edition though, is that it's free for all existing owners of the base game! Mammia Mia, now that's an offer you can't refuse.

It certainly sounds like the ultimate version of the original classic, but what does that mean for the system requirements? What's changed and what's required now? Let's take a look at the official Mafia 2: Definitive Edition PC system requirements...