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SmaugTheDragon commented on
3 Days ago
Intel’s new K-series CPUs to be soldered for speed, and could be announced on 1 AugustIntel’s new K-series CPUs to be soldered for speed, and could be announced on 1 August
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Incredible, they stop soldering their CPU's "because TIM is just as good". And then they charge premium to sell you Skylake again but with solder.
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4 Days ago
Best gaming headset 2018Best gaming headset 2018
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Just buy a regular used high-end headset and a studio microphone. That way you get both best quality and price.
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1 Week ago
Best games like AnthemBest games like Anthem
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It will most likely be made by Bioware Austin of Old Republic and DA: Inquisition fame. I consider neither to be particularly good games, so my hopes for Anthem are below low.

There remains nothing of the original Bioware studio or team, currently EA uses Bioware name more like a marketing tool for whatever new studio they create.
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Valve revamps Steam’s Upcoming Releases pageValve revamps Steam’s Upcoming Releases page
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Someone still works at Valve?Reply
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We're pretty sure there's still somebody there training the AI to take over.

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1 Week ago
Tank games: 11 of the best on PCTank games: 11 of the best on PC
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War Thunder simulator battles definitely provide the most accurate experience.
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Battlefield 5 may be an Nvidia GeForce game now, but AMD ruled the closed alphaBattlefield 5 may be an Nvidia GeForce game now, but AMD ruled the closed alpha
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DX12 and Async means squat if your able to code drivers and game to fully utilize all the stream/shader processors in the gpu not leaving sections idle. AMD never fully optimized their driver base for DX11"too much work on their part" vs Nvidia. This is why they(AMD) created Mantle and pasted it onto Vulkan and DX12 followed the same suit making the Devs responsible to code the hardware usage to able to have lower level coding ability. Almost all DX12 titles are DX11 based with DX12 wrapper which is why Nvidia tends not to see any real gains or even performs worse than plain DX11. For this game though looks like AMD kept up while Nvidia dropped the ball.

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Dice, being the studio tasked with providing EA with a multi-purpose in-house engine for all it's many studios to use has the technical know-how to create full native DX12 support and then back-port it to DX11.


BF4 is one of the few games to have native Mantle support at the time when Mantle/Vulkan had very little documentation, this shows that this will not be just a DX11 wrapper but something built upon their previous low-level experience/codebase.

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Battlefield 5 may be an Nvidia GeForce game now, but AMD ruled the closed alphaBattlefield 5 may be an Nvidia GeForce game now, but AMD ruled the closed alpha
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It would be very surprising if AMD did not lead with DX12 enabled as the asynchronous rendering benefits the raw processing power of AMD cards.Reply
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DX12 and Async means squat if your able to code drivers and game to fully utilize all the stream/shader processors in the gpu not leaving sections idle. AMD never fully optimized their driver base for DX11"too much work on their part" vs Nvidia. This is why they(AMD) created Mantle and pasted it onto Vulkan and DX12 followed the same suit making the Devs responsible to code the hardware usage to able to have lower level coding ability. Almost all DX12 titles are DX11 based with DX12 wrapper which is why Nvidia tends not to see any real gains or even performs worse than plain DX11. For this game though looks like AMD kept up while Nvidia dropped the ball.

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Intel's financing of anti-diversity politicians and climate change deniers is 'a risk to the company'Intel's financing of anti-diversity politicians and climate change deniers is 'a risk to the company'
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The employment statistics are actually far above average considering the sad situation of systems level comp sci and mathematics graduates.Reply
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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.

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5 Months ago
The best PC upgrades for your ancient gaming rig The best PC upgrades for your ancient gaming rig
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Buying a GPU right now is a very bad idea.Reply
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Prices, in the UK at least, are starting to return to a more normal level. GTX 1060 6GB are prevalent once more, and only around £320. And it is still the best upgrade you can make to your machine.


SSD prices are really good right now, and that's our pick as the second choice upgrade.

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