Chad Norton
on 30 July 2021 at 11:30

For a while now AMD has been teasing a new entry into the mainstream graphics card market, and for a while we have been going back and forth on what it will actually cost. But now AMD has officially revealed the new ¬¬gc_id:5325[RX 6600 XT]¬¬ GPU, launching on August 11th with an MSRP of $379.

Obviously that’s a bit higher than previous rumors, but is still not quite as expensive as the first ones. At a higher cost than expected this will ultimately come down to performance, and whether it is worth the price or not.

Chad Norton
on 29 July 2021 at 12:23

Today's the day as the highly anticipated twin-stick Cyberpunk RPG shooter is finally launching on PC and consoles later. With the new release today we're taking a look at the official PC system requirements for The Ascent and just how demanding this game actually is...

First of all, the below specs looks to be pretty demanding, at least in terms of the recommended requirements. Considering ¬¬g_id:38121[The Ascent]¬¬ will be supporting ray tracing and Nvidia DLSS at launch, we assume the target of "High" graphics settings includes ray tracing.

Chad Norton
on 28 July 2021 at 13:17

Today's the day that the indie sci-fi survival horror RPG known as ¬¬g_id:35872[Chernobylite]¬¬ finally comes out of Early Access. If you've been following the game for the past couple of years then today surely is an exciting day, but what are the PC system requirements and how demanding is it?

Previously, the developers already released some system specs upon Early Access launch, but since launching in Early Access they have improved and optimized the experience to allow for it to better utilize the hardware. So in celebration of today's official launch, here are the updated Chernobylite PC system requirements...

Neil Soutter
on 28 July 2021 at 12:25

With the current situation of the global chip shortage and graphics card shortages that have proven a massive problem throughout the year, many have been worried about what the future has in store for the next generation of graphics cards and processors from AMD. Thankfully, AMD has now confirmed that they are still on track for a 2022 launch of their RDNA3 GPUs and Zen 4 CPUs.

During their recent Q2 2021 investors call, CEO of AMD, Dr. Lisa Su, confirmed that their next-gen successors to the Radeon RX 6000 series of graphics cards and Ryzen 5000 series of processors will still be launching next year.

Stuart Thomas
on 27 July 2021 at 14:29

Intel recently held an event known as the Intel Accelerate webcast which revealed some key information about Intel’s upcoming processor roadmap as well as some interesting changes to their node naming scheme. However, one of the more interesting tidbits was a tease for the upcoming 12th gen Alder Lake launch…

According to Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel, the company will be holding the first of their new Intel ON events later this year (October 27th-28th), known as Intel InnovatiON. Gelsinger confirmed the event will be held in-person as well as virtually, calling it “fully hybrid” and sparking speculation about Alder Lake’s launch.

Neil Soutter
on 27 July 2021 at 13:06

The current year has been pretty awful for the PC hardware industry, as not only are the new graphics cards hard to come by, they are usually overpriced by a considerable amount. That said, a new GPU launch is always exciting, and new reports suggest the new RX 6600 XT could be launching soon for a decent MSRP.

That is, if these cards can stay anywhere close to MSRP upon release. The current report suggests the upcoming ¬¬gc_id:5325[RX 6600 XT]¬¬ will be launching on August 11th for $349. Its smaller sibling, the ¬¬gc_id:5141[RX 6600]¬¬, is also rumored to be releasing soon after at $299 instead.

Chad Norton
on 26 July 2021 at 16:20

Valve surprised everyone when they announced the handheld gaming console known as the Steam Deck, which is essentially a portable PC to play your games on. However, since its reveal there has been some details released regarding the device’s performance and quality.

Back when the Steam Deck was first revealed, Valve said they were targeting 30fps performance in games running at the native resolution of 800p. Obviously this caused some concern among PC gamers, who have largely declared 60fps to be the standard of the platform.

Chad Norton
on 24 July 2021 at 17:00

If you live anywhere in the northern hemisphere, then you’ll know that we’re right on the tail end of Summer now. But before we all get sad that Summer is nearly over, some of us are still experiencing intense heat waves, which can sometimes spell doom for our beloved gaming PCs.

We’ve talked before about how hot should your CPU and GPU be running whilst gaming, but that’s specifically talking about component temperatures when running at idle and whilst gaming, but it never touched on how hot should they run during a heatwave, or how you cool your PC during a heatwave (though that last one was its own Up For Debate a few years ago).

Chad Norton
on 23 July 2021 at 14:39

It's been a week since the much anticipated racing game F1 2021 zoomed onto our screens, proving once again that it is indeed the Formula One to rule them all. But how well does it perform? More specifically, how demanding is each graphics settings individually? What are the most demanding graphics settings? And how much can we adjust each setting to give us better performance?

In this article we will take a look at which ¬¬g_id:38066[F1 2021]¬¬ graphics settings are the best to turn all the way up to Ultra and which ones can get us a little FPS boost for no real visual loss when we turn them off or down. We've compiled a list below of the most demanding graphics options in the game, so you can get a handle on what to expect when you adjust different graphics settings in F1 2021 to get the perfect balance of visual fidelity and FPS performance in game.

Stuart Thomas
on 22 July 2021 at 16:25

Recently, there has been a bit of scare surrounding brand new high-end hardware in the latest Closed Beta release for an upcoming and highly anticipated MMORPG, New World. Namely, some users were reporting the game had bricked their expensive RTX 3090 GPUs, rendering them useless.

However, ¬¬g_id:24172[New World]¬¬ developer Amazon has clarified that whatever the issue is it’s not to do with the game itself. Initial reports from users looked like it had something to do with ¬¬gc_id:5005[RTX 3090]¬¬ cards from EVGA specifically, but other users with the same GPUs from different manufacturers have also reported problems. So it’s unclear what the real problem is here.