If you’re the sort of person who’s so rich you don’t have to check your bank balance on a weekly/daily/hourly basis, you may just be the sort of person who could be interested in Nvidia’s monstrous new laptop GPU. Unveiled yesterday, the mobile Quadro RTX 6000 is the fastest laptop graphics chip in existence.
Specs-wise, the Quadro RTX 6000 mobile is exactly the same as its desktop counterpart. We’re talking 4608 CUDA cores, 576 Tensor cores, 72 Ray Tracing cores, and a whopping 24GB GDDR6 memory on a 384-bit memory interface. It uses a fully unlocked version of the TU102 GPU used for the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, which itself has 4352 CUDA cores, 544 Tensor and 68 RT cores.
EA didn't surprise us with yesterday's Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville announcement but the release date definitely did take us by surprise. PvZ: Battle for Neighborville is out right now in early access form, with a full launch planned for October 18th. It's more of the same manic multiplayer third-person shooter action, this time with a whole lot more of everything. If you want to risk giving it a shot right now, here are the PvZ: Battle for Neighborville PC system specs.
Interestingly, in comparison to PvZ: Garden Warfare 2, the system requirements for Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville have actually dropped across the board. Visually we're not really seeing any drop, Battle for Neighborville is a great looking game, but EA has clearly been working some optimisation magic underneath the hood.
NBA 2K20 is a game which is in massive danger of being completely overshadowed by its own loot boxes, gambling, and microtransaction controversies. For those after a decent hoop-shooter though, the NBA 2K series is still the best we've got. NBA 2K20 offers an upgrade motion engine, advanced shooting, new dribble size-up system, and more. As for the rig you'll need to play NBA 2K20, well, the system requirements for NBA 2K20 will be very familiar to NBA 2K19 fans.
Visual Concepts and 2K Sports were clearly aiming to make my job, and theirs, as easy as possible with NBA 2K20. The PC system requirements for NBA 2K20 are exactly the same as the system specs for NBA 2K19, bar one small change - the install size has been bumped up from 70GB to 80GB. Boy, those slot machines, roulette wheels and pachinko machines sure are heavy.
Nvidia and Square Enix’s Luminous Productions have teamed up to present ‘Back Stage’, a new real-time tech demo showing off fill path-traced ray traced. It’s been created using the Luminous Engine and the footage is powered by a single Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card.
The tech demo is actually fairly unique in that it uses path tracing, an even more advanced form of ray tracing than we see in titles such as Control and Metro Exodus. Path tracing is being used with considerable success in Quake II RTX and Minecraft, although both of these games are fairly basic looking to begin with.
UPDATE: Following the survey publicised yesterday, AMD has issued a statement addressing the widespread failure of its AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors to hit the advertised boost clock speeds.
Much more detail can be found in the original story below, but the general gist of the survey results was that as many as 94% of Ryzen 9 3900X users reported slower than expect clock speeds during benchmark testing.
AMD has emerged as the big winner in the latest global graphics card report from Jon Peddie Research. According to JPR’s analysis, AMD has clawed back 9.4% of worldwide desktop GPU sales quarter on quarter from Nvidia, earning a market share of 32.1% for Q2 2019, a rise of 41.4% from the 22.7% market share earned in the quarter prior.
For Nvidia, the exact opposite applies. Team Green has bled market share, dropping from 77.3% in Q1 2019 down to 67.9% in Q2 2019. However, Nvidia is still ahead of its market share from this point last year.
Three years on for the impressive strides made with The Technomancer, Spiders are back with GreedFall, a colonial fantasy RPG which is quite comfortably the studio's most ambitious project yet. One for the single-player purists among us, GreedFall promises to feature a vast fantasy world filled with secrets, quests, and terrifying creatures, along with a story which will evolve based on player decisions. That's what GreedFall is then, but sort of PC will you need to run GreedFall? Let's take a look at the GreedFall PC system specs.
Spiders have always operated just outside the sphere of traditional AAA and this is reflected in GreedFall's PC system specs. This isn't a Control-type game which is expected to push the boundaries of graphics tech but instead a mid-tier affair which still looks set to be comfortably Spiders' best-looking game yet.
The motherboard may steal the maternal name but the graphics card is arguably the core of any gaming PC these days. It's a computer in and of itself, designed for the purpose of running the resource hungry visual aspects of the modern game; therefore freeing the rest of the computer up to do what it needs to do, such as grabbing information from hard drives, connecting to the internet and passing data around, or crunching numbers that aren't related to the visuals and so on.
These computers inside our computers have their own RAM and their own processors and their own mainboards and over the years they have of course got more and more sophisticated. This pushes the cost of development up and up as we squeeze more out of them. And the giants that build these visual crunching beasts for our PCs keep pushing the prices up.
When we recently discussed what your price limit is on a new PC build, the majority of us said around $1000-1500. Of course a number of GD’ers said they would go above that, with a reasonable quantity of us saying $2000. But even more expressed that they would actually spend below $1K on a new gaming PC build.
Now I wanted to take a look at the cost of gaming laptops and to gauge what we all think about their place in our lives. Gaming laptops are often double the price of a desktop PC when considering like-for-like hardware specs, but they do enable us the luxury of mobile gaming, or gaming on the go if we want to separate it from phones. Perhaps you regularly commute on a train or like to game in different rooms of the house, or maybe you travel a lot or don't have any space for a larger desktop machine. If so, then a gaming laptop can mean the difference between being able to play your favourite games or, well, not.
The biggest Epic Store exclusive in its short history is almost upon us. Gearbox has revealed the PC system requirements for Borderlands 3, the massively anticipated co-op loot shooter which comes to PC on September 13th. Borderlands 3 promises to be bigger, better, prettier, and crazier than its predecessor, and here are the BL3 PC specs you'll need to join the party.
First things first, you should bear in mind Gearbox has partnered up with AMD for Borderlands 3. This doesn't really have any bearing on the system requirements provided but you can expect Borderlands 3 to be specifically tuned toward AMD Ryzen and Radeon hardware. AMD is front and centre of the official specs with Intel and Nvidia relegated to sub-text.