The next generation of Intel processors will be quite different from any others, thanks to the new big.LITTLE design incorporated in the architecture. Well, we say new, but the design has already been used for a lot of pocket devices like smartphones or even tablets, but will be debuting first on desktop PCs later this year.
However, that doesn’t mean we won’t see anything before then, as an engineering sample for one of Intel’s 12th gen Alder Lake CPUs has popped up online, and the specs have been revealed. Or, more specifically, a data sheet for the processor has been revealed.
Nvidia’s upcoming RTX 3080 Ti graphics card is not rumored to launch until a month from now, but that hasn’t stopped retailers from cashing in early, and not for the first time either. In fact, an RTX 3080 Ti was recently spotted in a retailer in the United Arab Emirates, and it could be yours for the low, low price of just $3500. What a steal!
The information was spotted by Reddit user FaisalKhatib, who posted the picture of two ¬¬gc_id:5004[RTX 3080 Ti]¬¬'s on Nvidia’s official subreddit, citing the location as a store in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. They are quite the sight to behold to be honest, especially in the wake of a massive global chip shortage that has resulted in limited GPU stock.
Nvidia’s upcoming Ti variants of some of their enthusiast graphics cards in the RTX 30 series are highly anticipated, not only for performance but for the prospect of more stock available at launch. But some retailers have jumped the gun already and listed the GPUs early with projected prices, and the rumored release dates have been pushed back once again.
We’ve had rumors of the ¬¬gc_id:5004[RTX 3080 Ti]¬¬ and RTX 3070 Ti come and go recently, with the latest information stating that the official announcement and launch of both cards has been pushed back once again. Now they are said to be announced on May 31st, with a launch for both sometime in June.
At first, this may sound like a rehash of our “should gamers upgrade their PC in 2021” Up For Debate earlier this year, but there’s one significant detail here that sets it apart: pre-built gaming PCs. With the global chip shortage affecting every electronics industry including PC hardware, prices for GPUs have skyrocketed, but pre-builts have largely remained the same. So the question now is: is it now cheaper to buy a pre-built gaming PC than build your own in 2021?
We asked this same question back in 2018, but it is all the more relevant now in the wake of the global chip crisis that has significantly affected the price of graphics cards and made it nearly impossible to even buy one if you could. Because of that, pre-built PCs are now pretty much the only place you’ll be able to find an affordable PC.
4A Games recently revealed a PC Enhanced Edition of their most recent installment in the Metro games series, which brings a fully ray traced lighting system upgrade to the base game among other optimizations like DLSS. It’s officially launching next week on May 6th, but the developer notes also reveals something about AMD’s upcoming alternative to DLSS, known as FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR).
Ever since Nvidia released and updated their DLSS technology, a lot of games have started to implement it. Not only has it been a way for players to increase performance without sacrificing image quality much at higher resolutions, but it has also been a lifesaver when it comes to ray tracing.
Nvidia has just released their new GeForce 466.27 driver today, and whilst it packs some performance optimizations for upcoming games like ¬¬g_id:37910[Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition]¬¬, ¬¬g_id:37260[Resident Evil 8]¬¬, and the ¬¬g_id:37698[Mass Effect: Legendary Edition]¬¬, it also surprisingly reintroduces the crypto mining limiter for the RTX 3060 graphics cards.
As you may know, the ¬¬gc_id:5015[RTX 3060]¬¬ was released with a crypto mining limiter, but was later accidentally removed when Nvidia uploaded a developer driver without the limiter in place. So although this update may seem futile as the 3060’s mining limiter has already been bypassed, the new update makes it a requirement for all new RTX 3060 GPUs shipped starting in May:
PC hardware has been in short supply recently, mostly thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic which has hit electronics manufacturers hard and resulted in a global chip shortage. Graphics cards have also been hit hard as both Nvidia and AMD released their new generation of GPUs last year, with unprecedented demand for the improved hardware. AMD especially has been struggling to keep up with demand, but thankfully the situation looks to be improving soon.
Speaking in a recent earnings call the CEO of AMD, Dr. Lisa Su, explained how the Red Team expects to increase supply for their RX 6000 series graphics cards over the next few months: “we expect Radeon 6000 Series GPU sales to grow significantly over the coming quarters as we ramp production.”
As the second Beta for the latest Pathfinder game is around the corner (less than a week away now!), developer Owlcat Games has revealed the official PC system requirements, and they're not very demanding at all.
¬¬g_id:36902[Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous]¬¬ is launching this Summer, bringing another classic CRPG to the wide array of options available today. Thankfully the system requirements aren't too demanding, allowing more people to play and even to take it with you on your laptop.
Developer 4A Games recently announced a fully ray traced "Enhanced Edition" of their latest entry in the Metro franchise. Free for all owners of the original game, it essentially replaces all lighting with ray tracing, and the PC system requirements reveal it needs a pretty beefy setup in order to run at its best.
The good news is that ¬¬g_id:37910[Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition]¬¬ will be launching a week today on May 6th, so we won't have to wait so long. There's also a bunch of new PC features that are included in the Enhanced Edition, like the addition of DLSS 2.0 (the base ¬¬g_id:24306[Metro: Exodus]¬¬ game only had support for DLSS 1.0).
The world of cryptocurrencies has seen an incomprehensible surge recently, and the boom doesn’t seem to be dying down anytime soon. In fact, a new cryptocurrency is soon to be emerging, but it will be using a very different PC component than your graphics card in order to mine it.
Chia Coin is on the tips of everyone’s tongue in the Asian regions apparently. This new cryptocurrency leverages the power and space of storage devices rather than the actual raw computational power of graphics cards and processors. Because of this, China has already braced for the surge in demand for HDDs and SSDs by increasing prices up to 67%.