Thanks for the reply Dave, and for the link, which I apologise for not being aware about (more on that below)! It's actually really great, and it seriously needs to stand out more!
Perhaps your regular readers have it bookmarked, but man, I would have this thing prominently placed so that anyone hitting the homepage (or even glancing over the navigation at the top) would be aware of this resource, as I could easily see it as something that'd be frequented regularly by prospective builders, or by anyone just wanting to keep up to date.
Speaking of which, my feedback is primarily around the reliability of the resource being one that's constantly up-to-date, which I'd imagine would be the core appeal of the thing. Even if you might not want to change anything in the article even as of today, if the publishing date were to read '20 June 2018', or if there were an 'updated today - 20 June 2018' type of message on there, that'd immediately infuse confidence in the article, which the current '30 April 2018', to me, does have a somewhat opposite effect unfortunately.
The second feedback is around the title of the article and its sub-sections.
Maybe it's me, but 'Best gaming PC 2018', comes across as an article focused upon an ultimate build that I might not be able to afford, rather than something covering a range of builds (which is perhaps why I might have subconsciously skipped the article when it appeared in the timeline). If it could convey a 'Today's recommended PC build guide for all budgets' type of idea instead, I wonder whether that might help it to be more representative of what you're going for.
Also, renaming the tiers along the lines of 'mid-tier, high-end and budget', leaving the 'gaming' part out (or alternatively ensuring that the 'gaming' part is included in them all), I think would add a little more clarity.
Thanks for hearing me out and also for doing such a genuine job with your coverage, which really comes through.
Thanks for your feedback - genuinely that's invaluable!
I'll definitely take onboard what you're saying, especially about the title and sub-section names. And having it pinned somewhere on the homepage would be great - we're actually looking into different ways we can do that right now.
Watch this space :)
We do have an article that aims to do what you suggest, but we do need to be better at updating it. Because of Computex, E3, and 'other things' we haven't updated it since the end of April. Sorry :(
We're going to give it a refresh soon, so let us know what you think of the format and what you'd like to see changed. It would be great to get your feedback.
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I think EPIC might be being a little ambitious in thinking that in only a couple of years there will just be ray-tracing in game engines. There will probably be some form of hybrid ray-tracing effects in most game engines by then, but the big switch from rasterization to ray-tracing isn't going to happen that quickly.
It was something we spoke with David Wang about too:
“I do think ray-tracing has its place, but is this going to be a sea-change overnight? Will people compromise on 4K display performance and start to become jaggy? I don’t think so.
"So, I think it will take time for this sea-change to happen, but even in the end I still believe it will co-exist with the conventional rasterizaton technology. Just because frame rate and resolution are so important to people.”
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Yeah, no-one's going to be overclocking their top-end Threadripper 2 chip with that Dark Rock Pro TR4.
Definitely, the efforts Intel has been putting in does show that, as a company, it is trying. Which is also what puts the political funding wing into stark relief.
Yes, I can imagine Moonlight must be a bit maddening! I'm still surprised AMD haven't created a GPU-based streaming setup themselves.
And I've gotta say, the actual stream feels more robust, in terms of image and compression, compared with Steam's In-Home Streaming. Just make sure any Game Mode feature is turned on with your Bravia to minimise input lag as much as poss.
It does seem to fall over a fair bit, and has issues with menus and settings that pop up on the desktop just after you click play within Steam, but I'm sure those will be ironed out over the beta test.
Tested the app this weekend.
Flawless over 5Ghz WiFi to my Moto G5S+ phone.
Control Input issues to my Hudl 2 tablet (but great picture etc)
Awful stuttering and intermittent black screens to my Sony Bravia Smart TV (over Powerline network OR WiFi) - unplayable on TV (plugged my actual Steam Link back in and it works great over same Powerline n'work).
Not sure why but it's unplayable on my TV!
Firing that signal back out to the TV is probably going to add in another level of latency into the proceedings, so it might not be exactly like using a regular Steam Link.
But as I say, most PC gamers have been able to make this happen for years and it's still not that widely used. I don't doubt it will be downloaded a lot, I just don't expect it to be any more regularly used than Moonlight, which at the moment is a superior app.
Fair enough. I haven't done any testing other than firing up GTA V and F1 2017 to see how smoothly it ran.
Got fed up trying to get my DS4 to work flawlessly with the Galaxy S8, it was lagging like hell, completely unsuable. (Not Steam Links fault as it was delayed everywhere else too)
It's not really a counterpoint, however. This could very well be the last big shipment of Pascal GPUs, but that still means the new GPUs aren't going to be here for a while, at least not until September-ish.
Nvidia wouldn't fill the channel and release new graphics cards straight after.
This year isn't way off, it sounded like it is not coming this year.