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Neil Soutter
on 15 February 2017 at 11:19

It’s easy to forget about Intel when it comes to graphics chipsets, yet Intel HD integrated graphics chips are the most popular GPUs in the world. While Nvidia and AMD have been crowing about their respective Vulkan performance, Intel has come out and announced the Vulkan graphics API is now compatible with all the iGPUs on Intel's 6th Generation Skylake chips and upwards, including the newly launched 7th Gen Kaby Lake processors.

Support for Vulkan comes via the latest drivers (and I thought AMD and Nvidia’s driver naming was screwy) included as part of the Windows Insider built 15031.

Joffy S
on 14 February 2017 at 11:46

Things are about to get spicy in the AMD camp once more. In what’s fast becoming a bit of a thing now, Team Red has announced it will be hosting another Capsaicin live event at GDC (Game Developers Conference). It’ll be used as a live showcase to show the development community and wider world at large its upcoming slate of hardware - presumably both Ryzen and Vega.

The Capsaicin & Cream event is due to kick off two weeks from today, on February 28th. That’s just a matter of days before the official Ryzen launch so the wraps should be well and truly off by then. With any luck we’ll be able to see an in-depth look of Radeon Vega GPUs running on AMD Ryzen processors.

Joffy S
on 13 February 2017 at 17:24

The clever folks at Rebellion have built Sniper Elite 4 on their very own game engine. After all, if you want something done right, you do it yourself. As we saw in our Sniper Elite 4 benchmarks earlier, Rebellion has very much done it right. But what about if you're still struggling for performance in Sniper Elite 4? Here's every graphics setting in Sniper Elite 4 PC benchmarked and tested for the Frames Per Second performance hit.

Using the chart below you can find out just how demanding each setting is. Along with this, we've given priority scores based on how important we believe it is to enable these graphics options.

Joffy S
on 13 February 2017 at 15:26

2017-02-13 - Last week we got a number of AMD Ryzen CPUs leak, now we've basically got the entire lot. We've got the full specs and pricing for 9 Ryzen CPUs, ranging from the high-end Ryzen 7 1800X right down to the $129 AMD Ryzen 3 1100.

All of the CPUs have been updated with the additional information in the table below. The new prices are pretty much exactly in line with previous leaks so these should be spot on now (at least in the US).

Joffy S
on 13 February 2017 at 14:39

Some games have the innate knack of drawing out the dirtiest of laughs from me, and Sniper Elite 4 is just one such game. I could be heard audibly guffawing as I waited for a truck driver to open his door, pinging off a 400 yard shot which went through his eyeball, out the other side and vented the passenger's spleen. It's the sort of thing which would definitely get Daily Mail readers in a fluster as they worry yet again about demonizing violent videogames. Such qualms were soon at the back of my mind as I scoped out my next target. So yes, I've been playing Sniper Elite 4 with the MSI Radeon R9 380 2GB. Here's precisely how it performs in Rebellion's latest scope-fest.

For Sniper Elite IV benchmark tests we took an average frame rate from an extended gameplay sequence during the first level, reloading a checkpoint and then attempting to replicate the scenario with different settings. The benchmark was performed with MSI's Radeon R9 380 2GB, equipped with 2GB video memory. It’s backed up by 16GB DDR4 memory and an Intel Core i7-5820K CPU. For the test we took an average frame rate when playing through a length Free Battle.

Joffy S
on 13 February 2017 at 13:00

I've had a really tough morning, let me tell you. Sniper Elite 4 arrived so I had to take one for the team and get Nazi hunting. X-Ray kills never get old let me tell you, and from my brief stint with Sniper Elite 4 it looks as if Rebellion has done it again. Anyway, back to business. Sniper Elite 4 runs on Rebellion's in-house game engine so there really is nothing else quite like it out there. It's designed for huge draw distances so you can zero in those epic sniper shots. Naturally enough you're going to want it to look its finest in order to really benefit. Here's all of Sniper Elite 4's PC graphics options you can tweak, as well as a heap of Low vs Ultra graphics comparison sliders.

Neil Soutter
on 13 February 2017 at 09:54

The official CPU coolers bundled in with AMD’s upcoming Ryzen lineup have been leaked. A total of three coolers are going to be available, designed for 65W Ryzen processors, 95W TDP, and a High Performance Ryzen Wraith cooler for those looking to push things a little further with their overclocking.

Joffy S
on 10 February 2017 at 14:36

Make no mistake about it, the recent revelations concerning AMD Ryzen pricing and performance has got Intel spooked. So much so in fact that Intel has accelerated the launch of its 8th generation Intel Core CPUs, codenamed Coffee Lake, in an effort to counteract AMD’s salvo. Previously they were on track for a 1H 2018 launch, yet the pressure from AMD with Ryzen is being keenly felt.

Intel showed the slide during its investors meeting this week, revealing its 8th Gen Core i7, i5 and i3 8000 series processors will be launching in the second half of 2017. There’s no die shrink to speak of, this is pure refinement and not the jump to 10nm Cannonlake some were perhaps expecting next from Intel in terms of desktop chips.

Joffy S
on 09 February 2017 at 11:40

Sony recently dropped a beta firmware 4.5 update for a select few testers, and in among all sorts of changes is the PlayStation 4 Pro ‘Boost Mode’, which provides performance boosts for all games, regardless of whether they have been patched with PS4 Pro support. The results are in and there’s some impressive gains, as much as a 38% increase in frame rates within certain titles.

While Sony has been coy on how Boost Mode actually works, it seems as if enabling the mode bumps the clock speed of the GPU up from 800MHz to 911MHz on the Pro. However, the Base PS4 has 18 Radeon GCN Compute Units clocked at 800MHz while the PS4 Pro has 36 GCN Compute Units clocked at 911MHz. The Boost Mode unlocks the full clock speed of 18 of the CUs on the PS4 Pro, however the remaining 18 CUs still go unused. This pure 800MHz to 911MHz clock speed bump means all games should in theory receive a flat 14% performance boost.

Joffy S
on 09 February 2017 at 09:55

Intel and Nvidia’s co-licensing deal to provide Nvidia integrated GPUs for Intel processors is coming to an end next month, prompting further reports that AMD is indeed planning to step in and provide its own graphics solution.

You may remember back in December there were rumours AMD had agreed a deal to use Radeon GPUs with the next generation of Intel CPUs. At the time it was thought the deal was done and dusted, yet we’ve heard nothing official since. With Nvidia’s current deal with Intel running out very soon, now is the time for AMD to step in and make it official.