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Jon Sutton
on 09 November 2018 at 17:59

Earlier today we took a look at all of Hitman 2's graphics options and their varying performance impact, but how does it actually run? IO Interactive recommends a top-end GeForce GTX 1070 as the ideal GPU for Hitman 2, so we were keen to put it through its paces with the trusty GeForce GTX 1060 6GB to see how it holds up.

Hitman 2 features significantly higher PC system requirements than Hitman 2016, with IO Interactive increasing the size of the environments and adding a number of new graphical effects.

Jon Sutton
on 09 November 2018 at 16:43

Agent 47 is back in Hitman 2, a globe-trotting adventure of murderous thrills, ingenious gadgets, and ever-more-ridiculous ways to take out your targets. Hitman 2 has received a graphical upgrade over 2016's Hitman episodic series though, meaning increased PC system requirements.

If you're hoping to run Hitman 2, you may find it is more demanding than Hitman 1 and will have to tweak a few graphics settings to achieve optimum performance. Hopefully, this handy little Hitman 2 (2018) PC performance guide can help you hit the sweet spot between graphics and performance.

Jon Sutton
on 09 November 2018 at 10:22

Microsoft is hosting its big X018 event tomorrow afternoon, where it'll be showcasing its Xbox One and Windows 10 gaming line-up for the months ahead. The system requirements for Crackdown 3 have just popped up on the Windows Store, presumably ahead of an imminent release date announcement. Crackdown 3 was originally announced over four years ago, so it's been a long time coming. In the meantime, a PC release was confirmed and here are the PC specs required to run Crackdown 3.

 

Stuart Thomas
on 07 November 2018 at 14:25

Denuvo’s latest 5.2 version of its Anti-Tamper DRM protection has been blown wide open, this time by a new hacking group known as FCKDRM. They’ve borrowed the branding from GOG’s new anti-DRM initiative, turning their hands to the business of cracking games.

There are currently just two games that support Denuvo 5.2 - Football Manager 2019 and The Quiet Man. The latter is, by all accounts, pretty damn awful and thus unlikely to be cracked, while Football Manager 2019 has been cracked within a week of its launch.

Jon Sutton
on 07 November 2018 at 12:59

UPDATE: Darksiders 3's preliminary system requirements were revealed all the way back in May of 2017 so, unsurprisingly, they've changed majorly since then. Gunfire Games has now revealed the final PC specs for Darksiders III ahead of the November 27th launch.

Unsurprisingly, we see some big changes to the system requirements for Darksiders 3 since those preliminary specs from last year. We only had the minimum specs to go on but we can see a marked increased in the minimum requirement CPUs for Darksiders III. The Intel Core i5-4690K and AMD FX-8320 are often the recommended CPUs for big titles, so it's definitely unusual to see these touted as the absolute minimum spec. I've got a 4690K CPU in my rig right now, so the upgrade alarm bells are starting to ring.

Neil Soutter
on 07 November 2018 at 11:59

AMD revealed the world’s first 7nm GPU yesterday evening during its Next Horizon event in San Francisco. The AMD Radeon Instinct MI60 graphics accelerator utilises a 7nm Vega 20 GPU, the first of its kind.

While the Vega 20 GPU is aimed squarely at high-performance computing (HPC) usage, for now, it does provide us with a tantalizing preview of where we’re headed next with our gaming graphics cards.

Stuart Thomas
on 06 November 2018 at 17:04

Intel and AMD’s ‘Core Wars’ have stepped up another gear - Intel has revealed its first every 48-core processor. The Intel Xeon Cascade Lake AP series is designed for server processing, moving away from single-chip monolithic designs to a multiple die design.

If this idea is ringing a bell, that’s because it’s exactly the same thing as AMD has been doing with its top-end EPYC processors. At the time when AMD first unveiled its EPYC Naples chips, Intel wrote them off as  “repurposed desktop products for servers” that have “inconsistent performance from 4 glued-together desktop dies”. Ahem.

Stuart Thomas
on 05 November 2018 at 16:20

If you’re hoping to snag a cut-price GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, you’d best do it quickly. Reports are circulating that Nvidia’s previous-gen flagship is no longer in production, causing stocks to dry up on store shelves. And this time, it’s probably not the cryptocurrency miners.

GamersNexus says multiple industry sources have spoken to it about constrained supplies of the GeForce GTX 1080 ti. Both the Founders Editions and AIB partners’ models of the GTX 1080 Ti are now in short supply. It’s looking fairly likely that retailers won’t be able to stock up again either; once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Neil Soutter
on 05 November 2018 at 14:24

It’s kind of odd that millions of early adopters have Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 20 Series graphics cards in their hands and we’re still yet to learn what these GPUs worth hundreds of dollars are actually capable of. Roblox technical director Arseny Kapoulkine has shed some light on the capabilities of the GeForce RTX 2080 though, claiming “Modern GPUs are crazy. But this GPU is especially so.”

More specifically, Kapoulkine has been messing around with Mesh shading using the Nvidia RTX series RTX 2080 GPU in conjunction with the Vulkan API, discovering this method is three times faster than traditional rasterization methods.

Jon Sutton
on 05 November 2018 at 11:34

A remake of one of Blizzard's most beloved games of all time, WarCraft 3: Reforged was announced over the weekend. Warcraft III: Reforged is the classic real-time strategy game given a spit and polish with reworked visuals, enhanced audio, remastered cut-scenes, and stronger map-making and mod support. For those after an RTS fix, Warcraft 3: Reforged could be just the thing. Looking at the newly released system specs for Warcraft III, it should also run on just about anything.

There is a fairly large performance disparity between the minimum Intel and AMD processors for Warcraft 3: Reforged, but this is practically a non-issue based upon how low-end both the Pentium D 805 and the Athlon 64 X2 3600+ are. Any and every modern CPU can blitz past the performance of these two processors so this only becomes a problem if you're trying to run the Warcraft 3 remaster on very old hardware.