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We put Resident Evil Revelations 2 through its paces and see how it stacks up performance-wise. Get the skinny on framerate, scaling, frame time latency, and more.
Dying Light PC Performance Review
March 5th, 2015 in PC Gaming
We put Dying Light through its paces and see how it stacks up performance-wise. Get the skinny on framerate, scaling, frame time latency, and more.
Dying Light PC Technical Review
January 28th, 2015 in PC Gaming
Developer Techland strikes out on its own with a spiritual successor to Dead Island they like to call Dying Light. Read our PC review to find out how it fares in terms of PC features and performance.
Resident Evil PC Technical Review
January 16th, 2015 in PC Gaming
Capcom returns to where it all started with a remastering of the original Resident Evil. We give it a shot to see how it fares in terms of PC features and performance in our review.
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Windows 10 Mobile Rolling out in December
Oct 7, 2015 at 12:17 PM by bittermann
Here's one for you mobile aficionados. And the far fewer Windows mobile users.

Windows 10 Mobile will be rolling out in December according to Microsoft's Lumina Facebook page.

Microsoft has announced through their Lumia Facebook page that the global rollout of Windows 10 Mobile will begin this December, bringing the company's completely revamped mobile operating system to older Windows Phones before the end of the year.

The statement from a Microsoft representative on Windows 10 Mobile upgrades is as follows: "Windows 10 is available on PCs and tablets now, and while Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL ship with Windows 10 for phones, broad availability of Windows 10 on other devices, including mobile phones, will begin rolling out in December."

Source Techspot: http://www.techspot.com/news/62349-w...-december.html
GForce Bullets or Blades!
Oct 7, 2015 at 11:40 AM by bittermann
Those looking for a new graphic's card this holiday season this one's for you! Nvidia has updated their GeForce game bundle with a new "Bullets or Blades" theme. Purchase an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 980, 970, notebook 970M or higher graphic card and choose between one of two free games. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege or Assassin's Creed Syndicate. I'm not sure how long this deal lasts so you may want to get in on this while you can.

Source Nvidia: http://www.geforce.com/BULLETSORBLADES
Chris Roberts, Star Citizen and Crowd Funding
Oct 7, 2015 at 10:46 AM by bittermann
Most serious gamers and even the not so serious more than likely have heard of Star Citizen, the Chris Roberts upcoming action, fps space sim all rolled into one. Promises are steep and expectations are high for this one. Most of it brought on by Chris Roberts himself. Since this is a totally crowd funded game and is seeing delays there have been questions raised lately about the way the funds have been used. It's been reported that Cloud Imperium Games has burned through 90 million dollars in 3+ plus years with not even so much as a playable alpha demo of the game yet. To be fair there is an arena area where you can fly a couple ships and they are creating the game in whats called "modules" to get certain aspects of the game out quicker.

It seems Derek Smart (well known blogger) has raised the bar lately on calling out Chris and his company CIG for mismanaging the funds. Law suit threats are flying around. Terms of Service suggest if the game is delayed by more than a year they have to disclose their financial situation. That extra year is up this November or December from what I'm told.

There is an ongoing thread in the forums with some good discussion going on so please feel free to chime in with your thoughts. Do you think it will get made, will it live up to the hype, will they run out of money or is it all over blown?

From the mind of Chris Roberts, acclaimed creator of Wing Commander and Freelancer, comes STAR CITIZEN. 100% crowd funded, Star Citizen aims to create a living, breathing science fiction universe with unparalleled immersion… and you’re invited to follow every step of development!

More than a space combat sim, more than a first person shooter and more than an MMO: Star Citizen is the First Person Universe that will allow for unlimited gameplay.

Ongoing forum thread: https://www.rage3d.com/board/showthread.php?t=33994384
Far Cry Primal Announced
Oct 7, 2015 at 08:33 AM by bittermann
Good news for those fans of the Far Cry series. The newest installment called Far Cry Primal releases next February for newer consoles and March on the pc. This time its set in the stone age so you shotgun and machine gun junkies might be left out in this one! Actually looks pretty good and should be a nice change from straight up fps shooters.

Far Cry Primal takes you back to the Stone Age when man was definitely not at the top of the food chain. Danger lurked around every corner during the daytime, and nighttime brought a fresh set of terrors. It is in the untamed land of Oros that you meet Takkar, the sole survivor of an ambush on his hunting group. Now on his own in a treacherous world, Takkar will face massive mammoths, savage sabretooth tigers, hostile bands of rival hunters, and countless other threats as he attempts to re-unite his lost tribe.

Source Ubisoft: http://blog.ubi.com/far-cry-primal-announced/
AMD streaming Star Wars Battlefront on Twitch
Oct 6, 2015 at 04:41 PM by Kombatant
Star Wars: Battlefront is one of the most hotly anticipated games of the year, and AMD jumps on the bandwagon with both feet; they will be streaming it in their Twitch channel starting 2pm CT. For those of you who join the stream, AMD will be giving away a MSI R9 390X, Sapphire Tri-X R9 390X and XFX Double Dissipation R9 390X.

So head over to AMD's Twitch channel for more.
Microsoft Launches The Surface Book, A Convertible Laptop Done Right
Oct 6, 2015 at 04:12 PM by PeaceKeeper
Now this is even more compelling.

Microsoft unveiled its first laptop. Called the Surface Book, it doesn’t look like a Surface at all. It has a 13.5-inch display, a trackpad made of glass, a backlit keyboard and a machined magnesium body. Microsoft has one trick up its sleeve — the screen is detachable.

It has the latest generation of the Intel Core processor and an Nvidia GPU with GDDR5 memory. According to Microsoft, it’s the fastest 13-inch laptop ever made. In addition to that, it has 12 hours of battery life. The keyboard is said to be very quiet, and the display has a good pixel density of 267 ppi.

Source: Tech Crunch
Microsoft Announces The Surface Pro 4
Oct 6, 2015 at 01:21 PM by PeaceKeeper
Too bad I can't seem to convince work to get me one of these...

The device is the thinnest Surface yet, according to Microsoft. The company expanded the Surface Pro’s screen to 12.3 inches from 12 inches. The device is the same size, but with less bezel. More screen and less wasted space.

According to Microsoft, the screen sports 267 PPI, and over 5 million pixels. According to the company’s own Panos Panay, the Surface Pro 4 has 60 percent more pixels than its predecessor. Microsoft spent quite some time discussing the screen of the device, noting that its glass is a mere 0.4 millimeters thick.

Source: Tech Crunch
Intel to begin shipping Skylake CPUs with SGX enabled
Oct 6, 2015 at 12:33 PM by PeaceKeeper
Welp, I guess those early adopters like me either got shafted or saved with not having SGX extensions enabled.

Intel's Software Guard Extensions (SGX) is a CPU instruction set that allows applications to set aside private memory regions for code and data. SGX was first introduced with the Haswell CPU architecture, but the instructions weren't enabled for Skylake CPUs that sold at launch. Future batches of chips will have SGX enabled, though. Intel has posted a Product Change Notification to notify partners that updated Skylake CPUs with SGX will be available later this month.

The CPUs affected by this change are the Xeon E3-1200 v5, Core i5, and Core i7 families. Processors with SGX enabled will have a different S-Spec code for easy identification purposes, but will otherwise be indistinguishable from existing CPUs. There won't be a new stepping or change in die size, and Intel says there shouldn't even be a need to update system BIOSes.

Source: The Tech Report
Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL showcase mobile Windows 10
Oct 6, 2015 at 12:29 PM by PeaceKeeper
More device goodness to be had.

Microsoft took the wraps off its Windows 10 flagship phones this morning: the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. These Lumias pack 5.2" and 5.7" screens with six- and eight-core Qualcomm processors, along with equally high-end cameras. The phones run Windows 10 with Continuum support.

Source: The Tech Report
Android 6.0 Marshmallow rolls out to Nexus devices starting today
Oct 6, 2015 at 12:27 PM by PeaceKeeper
Let the updating commence, if you haven't already done so.

You don't have to wait for Google to begin shipping devices with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, like the Nexus 5X and 6P, to get that gooey OS upgrade goodness. Just as the company promised last week, Android 6.0 Marshmallow has started rolling out to recent Nexus devices.

If you have a Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013), 9, or Nexus Player, you can start mashing the "check for updates" button in the Settings app today. Google warns that Nexus owners may not see the update right away, though. The company says it's rolling out Android 6.0 "in stages, and some carriers will receive the update later than others."

Source: The Tech Report
AMD shows off Nano on Twitch; gives away prizes
Sep 3, 2015 at 01:35 AM by Kombatant
We got word from AMD that they will be hosting a Nano stream on their Twitch channel tomorrow, where they will preview a few of the crazy designs that it has engaged the modding community to create and give away some great hardware prizes!

You can find the link to the stream in AMD's Twitch channel : http://www.twitch.tv/amd.

Also, you may remember that last year with Catalyst Omega, AMD asked the community what their top issue with Catalyst is and AMD used that data to make sure issues were fixed. AMD is asking for feedback again and you can let them know of issues you have here. So report away!
Direct X 12 Controversy!!!
Aug 31, 2015 at 04:05 PM by moshpit
File this one under the "Oops!" folder for Nvidia if it pans out to be a trend that D3D12 games makes much use of Async Shaders. Apparently, Nvidia drivers report that Maxwell is falsely reporting it having low level hardware support for Async Shaders, a standard Dx12 feature. But, the Ashes of Singularity dev team kept running into, and I'll use their words, an "unmitigated disaster" when attempting to use this standard feature. Nvidia's answer? Please disable Async Shaders...

Personally, I think one could just as easily make the claim that we were biased toward Nvidia as the only 'vendor' specific code is for Nvidia where we had to shutdown async compute. By vendor specific, I mean a case where we look at the Vendor ID and make changes to our rendering path. Curiously, their driver reported this feature was functional but attempting to use it was an unmitigated disaster in terms of performance and conformance so we shut it down on their hardware.

Source : Guru3D
Guild Wars 2 goes F2P
Aug 29, 2015 at 04:51 PM by |MaguS|
Today we’re happy to announce that the Guild Wars 2 core game is available for everyone to play for free. With Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™ launching soon, there’s no better time to introduce the game to your friends.

Here are the changes we made for free accounts.
First, free accounts start with fewer character slots and bag slots than the paid version of the game. But they still get the full complement of slots as soon as they buy Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns.

Second, free accounts have some chat restrictions and economy restrictions so that they can’t be used to disrupt the game for other players. Free accounts can use local chat and whispers, but not map chat. With whispers, they can both start new conversations and reply to existing conversations but are limited to starting new conversations no more than once every 30 seconds. Free accounts can buy and sell common goods on the trading post. They can’t mail gold or items directly to other players, trade gold for gems, or access guild vaults.

Third, free accounts have some restrictions to prevent them from skipping ahead to places where they could be used to disrupt the game. They must play to level 10 before leaving the starter zones, to level 30 before using LFG, and to level 60 before using World vs. World. They can play PvP immediately but must get to rank 20 before using custom and unranked arenas.

Seems like they thought this through. The limitations for free accounts make sense and don't seem to penalize the free accounts as well as it doesn't open the doors for gold farmers (we hope).

Anyone interested in jumping in with me?

Source: Guild Wars F2P
AMD Radeon R9 Nano: The cat is out of the bag.
Aug 27, 2015 at 07:27 AM by Kombatant

SUNNYVALE, CA — 08/27/2015 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) continues to push the boundaries of graphics card design, today announcing its category-creating AMD Radeon™ R9 Nano, the fastest Mini ITX graphics card ever1, to enable 4K gaming in the living room through ultra-quiet, ultra-compact PC designs. First previewed to gamers around the world during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles in June 2015, the AMD Radeon R9 Nano graphics card is based on the graphics chip codenamed “Fiji”, and is the third “Fiji”-based product to launch this summer alongside the AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury and R9 Fury X graphics cards. The AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury graphics family, based on the “Fiji” chip, marks a turning point in PC gaming with the implementation of High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM) to deliver extreme energy efficiency and performance for ultra-high resolutions, unparalleled VR experiences, smoother gameplay, with the Radeon R9 Nano revolutionizing form-factors for enthusiasts everywhere.

With 30 percent more performance and 30 percent lower power3 than the previous generation AMD Radeon™ R9 290X card, the 175W AMD Radeon R9 Nano is the world’s most power efficient Mini ITX enthusiast graphics card. The six-inch long, air-cooled board represents a new class of graphics card, enabling gamers, PC modders, and system integrators to build compact, unique, ultra-small form factors that have never before been possible, opening the door to new, sleek PC designs that are no bigger than a home DVR or videogame console, and look every bit in place beside them.

“With the Radeon™ R9 Nano graphics card, AMD is enabling 4K class gaming in your living room in an exceptionally quiet, ultra-small design built to excel in today’s games and on the latest APIs like DirectX® 12 and Vulkan™. There simply is nothing else like it,” said Matt Skynner, corporate VP and general manager, Product, Computing and Graphics Business Unit at AMD. “Our Radeon™ graphics line-up is ushering in a new era of PC gaming delivering remarkable performance, unmatched GPU designs and groundbreaking technologies. Today is a revolutionary moment for PC gaming, and we are proud to add this distinct product to our well-rounded AMD Radeon R9 graphics lineup.”

The AMD Radeon R9 line of graphics cards offers a spectrum of products ranging in price from $199 – $649 SEP. Delivering stunningly powerful graphics for unparalleled 4K gaming experiences in their class, the AMD Radeon R9 Series meets virtually every need and budget for anyone who demands a premium gaming experience.

Here are the official specs of the card:

We will have a more detailed writeup later in the day, but for those of you who are considering the mini-ITX platform, this card is a no-brainer.
Fury Nano specs leaked, full Fiji inbound!
Aug 26, 2015 at 04:54 PM by moshpit
It's still not 100% confirmed, but enough leaks are starting to spill to let this rumor have some light. It's looking like Fury Nano WILL be a full Fiji chip, just downclocked a bit. That means the full 4096 stream processors, 256 TMUs and 64 ROPs, though the rumor seems to hit a wall when claiming up to 1 full Ghz GPU clocks. Maybe it's the "up to" part though, because I'm betting more on a 850-900mhz default clock.

The card supposedly will also hold 4 GB on the 4096-bit HBM memory interface. According to the leak, the core clock speed isn't far off the R9 Fury X with an up to 1000 MHz, with its memory ticking at 500 MHz (512 GB/s).

Source : Guru3D

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