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Neil Soutter
on 14 September 2020 at 16:00

Upgrading our PC hardware is one of the many reasons why so many of us are drawn to the platform over consoles, and with next-gen consoles around the corner that are about to usher in a new generation of games and graphical fidelity, and Nvidia’s recently announced RTX 30 series graphics cards, now seems like the best time than ever to upgrade.

Unfortunately, upgrading our PC is never straightforward, as more often than not there will be something else that needs upgrading too. Anything from a brand new motherboard, a new PC case, or even a new power supply are all things to consider, but quite possibly the most daunting one is the CPU.

Stuart Thomas
on 14 September 2020 at 11:30

Facebook have accidentally leaked their own new VR headset, the Oculus Quest 2. A video and some placeholder articles were accidentally set live on the Facebook Blueprint website, revealing the Oculus Quest 2 and some tech details. Not a lot was revealed, like the price or availability, but we know a couple details at least.

First of all, the Oculus Quest 2 will be using the Qualcomm snapdragon xr2 platform, along with 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The resolution has also been increased to “nearly 2K per eye” totalling close to 4K resolution, a decent upgrade over the previous Oculus Quest. You can check out the leaked demo videos below (thanks, DimetappWUT!):

Chad Norton
on 14 September 2020 at 10:00

It seems that those recent rumors were true, as Nvidia has just officially confirmed their acquisition of ARM Limited for a cool $40 billion, and will apparently be focusing more on AI development with a new R&D Center and a brand new “Arm/NVIDIA-powered AI supercomputer for groundbreaking research.”

ARM has already had success in developing chips for various devices, including smart phones, tablets, and several others. But the new acquisition by Nvidia was apparently mostly motivated by AI development, and will bolster the Green Team’s production of AI technology.

Neil Soutter
on 13 September 2020 at 15:00

Nvidia is currently dominating the PC gaming market after they recently announced the RTX 30 series graphics cards, which has gotten everyone excited, at least until AMD announces their own next-gen Radeon RX 6000 GPUs that is. But Nvidia has also been working hard to acquire chip manufacturer ARM Holdings, and whilst there has been some heat from other companies concerned of the regulatory issues, Nvidia is reportedly very close to purchasing ARM now, and an announcement could be made this week.

According to multiple financial sources, Nvidia is just about to close the deal, with some saying an official announcement will be made as soon as tomorrow (Monday). And according to the reports, the deal will be made for anywhere between $40-$45 billion. 

Stuart Thomas
on 13 September 2020 at 13:15

Nvidia recently announced their next-gen RTX 30 series graphics cards, with it they revealed 3 new GPUs to release over the next couple months: the flagship ¬¬gc_id:5003[RTX 3080]¬¬, the ¬¬gc_id:5013[RTX 3070]¬¬, and the ¬¬gc_id:5005[RTX 3090]¬¬ which is the world’s first 8K consumer graphics card. Whilst the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 had official launch dates, the RTX 3070 was given a vague “October” window. But now Nvidia has officially confirmed that the 3070 cards will be releasing on October 15th.

Looking at the date, it's clear that Nvidia want to get the cards out before AMD has a chance to announce their own next-gen Radeon RX 6000 GPUs on October 28th. So save the date in your calendars if you want to bag yourself the 3070 card.

Chad Norton
on 13 September 2020 at 11:00

It doesn't look like much when you first look at it, but ¬¬g_id:8047[Serious Sam 4]¬¬ packs a punch, and I'm not just talking about the hordes of enemies you'll be facing. The system requirements for Serious Sam 4 have been revealed, and it has some pretty demanding specs.

Of course, it looks like you'll still be able to run SS4 on some low-end hardware at least, but if you want it to look the best, you'll need to get a hold of either a GTX 1080 or RTX 2060. Additionally, the system specs state that the recommended APIs used are either DirectX12 or Vulkan, which is a nice option here.

Neil Soutter
on 12 September 2020 at 15:00

Nvidia’s recently announced RTX 30 series graphics cards are getting everyone excited at the supposed performance improvements at a reasonable price (at least compared to the previous-gen RTX 20 series that is). But whilst Jensen Huang gave us a semi-decent look at the physical cards in his “kitchen keynote,” we haven’t really gotten a proper look at the new GPUs in the flesh. At least, until now.

Twitter user @davideneco25320 recently posted a picture showcasing the RTX 3090, RTX 3080, and RTX 3070 all lined up next to each other, and you really get the scale of these cards now. The RTX 3090 for instance, absolutely overshadows the other 2 GPUs with its size. Check out the RTX 30 series size comparison image below:

Stuart Thomas
on 11 September 2020 at 15:00

It’s an exciting time for PC players and especially hardware enthusiasts, as Nvidia have recently officially announced the RTX 30 series graphics cards based on the Ampere architecture. These include the ¬¬gc_id:5003[RTX 3080]¬¬, ¬¬gc_id:5013[RTX 3070]¬¬, and the world’s first 8K consumer GPU the ¬¬gc_id:5005[RTX 3090]¬¬. Now though, it seems like Nvidia are preparing an ¬¬gc_id:5016[RTX 3060 Ti]¬¬ to launch in October, with performance matching an ¬¬gc_id:4022[RTX 2080]¬¬ for just $399.

Apparently, the rumors come from Nvidia informing AIB partners of an RTX 3060 Ti launch in the second half of October. Some specs have been released and if they are to be believed we’ll essentially be getting a card that’s on par with the RTX 2080 it seems, but for nearly half the price.

Chad Norton
on 11 September 2020 at 10:30

Yarr me mateys, the official PC system requirements for ¬¬g_id:36148[Port Royale 4]¬¬ have finally arrived ahead of the game's release on September 25th. But how demanding is it? Will we need to commit to a life of pirating on the open seas in order to acquire the right hardware? Or are we good with what we have? Let's dive in and take a look at the Port Royale 4 system requirements...

Before we begin though, interestingly the requirements listed an "Intel Core i5 7400s" under processor specs and I'm pretty sure that doesn't exist, and with 3.5GHz asked for the base clock speed the closest I could think of was a Core i5-7600. Additionally, the requirements list just an AMD Ryzen 5 CPU at 3.4GHz, but the only one I could find was miles ahead of the i5-7600.

Neil Soutter
on 10 September 2020 at 13:30

Okay, we’re all PC fans here, but the next generation of consoles are nearly out and some of us do enjoy discussing the new consoles and the hardware within them. So with the recent announcement of the next-gen Xbox consoles launching on November 10th, Microsoft have revealed the official specs for the Xbox Series S, and I thought it would be interesting to take a look and compare the two.

If you don’t know, the next-gen Xbox consoles are coming in two different flavors: The Xbox Series X priced at $499, and the all-digital Xbox Series S for $299. Obviously the Series S is more catered towards those who may not be so lucky to be able to afford the more expensive version, but unfortunately it looks like this may prove to be a more costly approach later down the line. First though, let's take a look at the official specs for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S: