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Neil Soutter
on 19 August 2019 at 14:41

Okay, so we got a bit ahead of ourselves earlier with the stories about Nvidia bringing RTX raytracing support to Minecraft and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. It turns out those were just the tip of an increasingly deep iceberg. No fewer than 10 upcoming games have been given the RTX treatment, heralding Nvidia’s arrival at Gamescom, Cologne in some style.

So we’ve had Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Minecraft already, of course, but we also got a fresh look at Control, the first scraps of information of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 ray-tracing effects, Watch Dogs: Legion, Wolfenstein Youngblood (finally!), Metro Exodus: The Colonels DLC, and Synced: Off Planet, a new MMO from Tencent, the Chinese mega-conglomerate who will soon own your livers and you’ll be paying them directly to filter out the alcohol.

Jon Sutton
on 18 August 2019 at 17:00

When it comes to just about any device, we probably turn them off when we’re done with them. I don’t keep the oven on forever just in case I need to pop in an emergency pie. You probably don’t keep your telly on 24/7 either, bathing your front room in a static glow for eternity. PCs are a little bit different though. They’ve morphed into the hub through which we can do practically anything.

We all use our PCs for gaming, of course, and they’re great as an entertainment hub for just about anything, whether that’s to watch movies, listen to music, browse the web, learn dangerous cult-like lessons from misinformed YouTubers, mess around with Ableton, or whatever the heck you want to do. Then there’s all the work and practical uses. We can use them to keep in touch with everyone we know, do our work,  or print out essential memes.

Jon Sutton
on 18 August 2019 at 14:09

Pulling smiley face on the mass extinction of the human race, Destroy All Humans! Remake is a, well, it's a remake of the fairly decent Destroy All Humans! which found its own corner of fame back in the PlayStation 2 days. very obviously going down that Mars Attacks route, Destroy All Humans! is set on 1960s Earth and you play as an alien, looking to annihilate the puny little humans by any means necessary. The remake's coming to PC in 2020 but, ahead of then, we've got our eyeballs on the preliminary system specs for Destroy All Humans Remake.

First things first, bear in mind these are preliminary system requirements for Destroy All Humans! Remake. A lot can change between now and DAH!'s 2020 launch, although they do give us a rough guide where Black Forest Games is headed in terms of PC system specs.

Stuart Thomas
on 16 August 2019 at 16:29

SK Hynix is getting back into the SSD industry after a notable absence. The South Korean memory semiconductor supplier has announced its surprise return with a slate of new consumer SSDs.

Arriving under the moniker SK Hynix Gold S31 SSDs, these are 2.5” SATA II form factor drives which will be available in three different capacities - 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. Each drive is rated at 560MB/s sequel read performance and up to 525MB/s sequential write performance. They each come with a five-year warranty and 200TB, 300TB, and 600TB write endurance respectively. 

Jon Sutton
on 16 August 2019 at 15:05

It’s been a rough quarter for Nvidia. The graphics card powerhouse has just revealed its financial results from the past quarter and Team Green has suffered a huge year-on-year drop in revenue. 

Year-on-year revenue is down 17% for Nvidia, while operating income has suffered a huge fall, down 51% from $1.15 billion in Q2 FY2019 to $571 million in Q2 FY20.

Neil Soutter
on 14 August 2019 at 16:41

It’s not the sort of thing to grab big headlines but AMD has quietly launched its AMD Radeon 600 Series graphics card. We’re all preoccupied with the Radeon RX 5700 family, of course, yet AMD can’t go forgetting about the lower end of the GPU market.

In truth, the AMD Radeon 600 Series isn’t the most exciting of launches. It would appear it’s just a rebranding of the Radeon 500 Series, specifically geared towards system builders who want their rigs to look all shiny and new.

Jon Sutton
on 14 August 2019 at 15:33

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the brainchild of Patrice Désilets, creative director of the original Assassin's Creed and its beloved sequel. There's definitely some AC DNA in Ancestors' free-climbing antics, although the game itself is a very different proposition. An ambitious concept, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey charts millions of years of evolution, from primitive apes through to what we know as the modern man. Ancestors is primitive by nature then, but are its PC system specs just as primitive...

And the answer would be a big fat no. You'll need a fairly reasonable PC to stand a chance of running Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. The PC system requirements aren't exactly sky-high but you'll be needing at least a 2GB DirectX 11 graphics card alongside 8GB RAM and a decent CPU. Like a lot of games these days, you'll be needing a quad-core processor to get aboard this particular ride. Something old will do though, such as Core i5-2500K or even an AMD Phenom II X6 1100T. Both great make it the day but quite low-end by today's standards.

Neil Soutter
on 13 August 2019 at 17:05

The unthinkable is happening. Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer has explained how the focus for its next-generation Xbox Scarlett console will be in pushing higher frame rates rather than graphical fidelity.

Consoles have long been hamstrung by the competing ideals of visual excellence and crippling frame rates. Above and beyond everything, publishers want their games looking great in screenshots in trailers, frame rates be damned. Even now, the priority is often on cranking out the best possible visuals in, say, Horizon: Zero Dawn, even if this means capping the frame rate at 30 frames per second.

Jon Sutton
on 13 August 2019 at 14:15

There have been some curious goings-on over on AMD’s official landing pages for its Ryzen 3000 series, all of which appears to stem from users being unable to hit the advertised boost clock speeds with their new Ryzen 3000 processors.

Yesterday, AMD updated the specifications for its range of AMD Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 3000 CPUs, adding an addendum to each of their ‘Max Boost Clock’ speeds specifying the “Max Boost Clock is the maximum single-core frequency at which the processor is capable of operating under nominal conditions.” Previous Ryzen CPUs could achieve the advertised boost clock speeds across all cores. 

Jon Sutton
on 11 August 2019 at 13:52

AMD’s breakneck pace of hardware evolutions shows no sign of abating any time soon. At the launch for its 2nd-Gen EPYC processors, AMD confirmed it had completed the design phase for its next-generation Zen 3 CPU architecture.

The successor to the 7nm Zen 2 architecture used for the smash-hit AMD Ryzen 3000 series, Zen 3 is set to utilise the 7nm+ process node and will be ready to launch at some point in 2020.