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Leaked R9 390X Image Suggests AMD Readying Liquid-Cooled Reference Design

Written by Jon Sutton on 14 September 2014 at 17:00

The first prototype picture has been leaked of upcoming Radeon R9 300 series cooling system, and it appears that AMD’s next flagship reference GPU will be coming with liquid cooling.

Last month the GPU liquid cooling specialists Asetek announced an undisclosed deal with an OEM customer that was expected to be worth up to 4 million dollars in revenue, with shipping expected in the first half of 2015. The deal, it turns out, was with AMD for the production of an R9 300 series cooling solutions, expected to be the R9 390X, potentially making it the world’s first single-GPU liquid-cooled reference design. [More]

Intel Claims There Are Now More Than 700 Million PC Gamers Worldwide

Written by Jon Sutton on 14 September 2014 at 16:00

Intel has been trumpeting the success of desktop gaming at its recent Intel Developer Forum event, taking to the stage to claim that not along is traditional PC gaming flourishing, but it estimates there are a staggering 711 million PC gamers in the world today.

Senior VP at Intel Kirk Skaugen took to the stage to make the revelations that fly in the face of figures that traditional PC sales are down, claiming "There are 711 million PC gamers in the world today, that's one in ten people on the planet.” [More]

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Risen 3: Titan Lords Review : A Pirates Life For Me

Written by Ruben Strubbe on 14 September 2014 at 15:00

The nameless hero of Risen 2 has killed the Kraken and the titan Lord Mara before setting off on his ship into the vast open seas. Your character in Risen 3, however, is a new, nameless hero, the son of the infamous pirate Steelbeard. Together with your sister - the buxom piratess Patty - you set off to the Crab Coast to check out a rumored treasure. And it is here where the story for the third installment in the Risen series begins.

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First Footage Of Windows 9 Shows The Return Of The Start Bar

Written by Jon Sutton on 14 September 2014 at 13:00

The first ever footage has emerged of Windows 9 in action, showcasing the return of the Start Menu and giving us a sneak peek at what we can expect from Microsoft’s upcoming operating system. The video comes from an early build of the Windows 9 Technical Preview, and it details how the traditional Windows 7-style Start Menu is being merged with the Metro-UI layout of Windows 8.

It certainly still looks a lot like Windows 8 from a design standpoint, but the functionality that Windows 7 users have been accustomed to looks to be back. This halfway house between Windows 7 and Windows 8 opts to put the Control Panel, Documents and functions along the left-hand side, while the right-hand side is given over to the now-familiar Metro tiles. [More]

Rockstar Confirms GTA V PC Delay Was For Development Polish And Optimisation

Written by Jon Sutton on 14 September 2014 at 11:00

Rockstar has opened up about the recent PC delay to Grand Theft Auto V, claiming that pushing the launch date back will work in favour of PC gamers when the final product arrives.

The release date announcement earlier this week revealed that current-gen console owners would have to wait just 2 months to get their hands on the Grand Theft Auto 5 remaster, while PC gamers will have to hold out a little longer until January 27th, 2015. Gamers were understandably a little miffed, but Rockstar has posted a statement claiming that the extra development time will allow Rockstar to polish GTA V and deliver the ultimate game play experience. [More]

Take A Tour Of Sherlock Holmes Crimes And Punishments In The Locations Trailer

Written by Neil Soutter on 14 September 2014 at 09:00

We’re just weeks away from release now, and Frogware has released the latest in a series of trailers for Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments, this time taking in the mysterious locales players will be visiting with Holmes and Watson.

Ranging from subtropical gardens to looming Victorian manors, there’s plenty of varied environments to explore. Add a brutal murder scene or two though and things look a little less pleasant, but needs must in the quest for justice and tweed jackets. All of the locales are based in and around London, taking in such famous sights as Kew Gardens and the ancient Roman city of St Albans, as well as the newly-revealed mission hub at Scotland Yard. [More]

Ultra-Fast NVM Express SSDs Arrive Later This Year - All The Tech Explained

Written by Jon Sutton on 13 September 2014 at 17:00

Solid State Drives might be speedy, but later this year they're about to get even faster when the NVM Express specification arrives. NVMe, or Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface Specification, is a backwards-compatible method of accessing SSDs through SATA Express or PCI Express rather than the aging AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) currently used.

If all that sounds like jargon to you it's because that’s exactly what it is, but it’s the implications for gaming that make it worthwhile exploring this tech. As it stands, when your computer accesses your SSDs it’s already a lot quicker than when grabbing info from your standard hard disk drive, but with this new NVMe tech data access and transfer rates will become even faster and more efficient. [More]

Shadowgate Review : Dungeons And Bad Puns

Written by Jon Sutton on 13 September 2014 at 15:00

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. It’s an oft-repeated saying but it’s advice usually worth following. Shadowgate’s not like that though. Give it even the most cursory of glances and you know precisely what you’re getting. Enveloped in the most classical of fantasy and utilising some now-archaic game design, Shadowgate is exactly what you’d expect. It’s probably not the best way to convince you to read this review but just looking at a few screenshots of Shadowgate will be enough to know whether you want Zojoi’s latest.

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Styx: Master Of Shadows Minimum System Requirements

Written by Katie Allen on 13 September 2014 at 13:00

Styx: Master of Shadows is Cyanide Studios and Focus Home Interactive's upcoming stealth title in which you play a two hundred year old goblin - Styx - who must sneak, steal and assassinate his way through a dark fantasy world in order to understand his origins and make his fortune at the same time. 

It's only around four weeks now until the game's launch, and with the release date impending we've taken a look at Styx: Master of Shadows' minimum system requirements to see what kind of system you'll need to get the game going on your PC.  [More]

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