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DDR3 Can Damage Intel Skylake CPUs

Written by tzzsmk on 04 October 2015 at 17:00

The latest CPUs by Intel, codenamed Skylake, are cutting their way through the market worldwide. Being the first CPUs to support DDR4 RAM, this series can be considered a revolutionary leap forward.

That said, however, there is a potential problem on the horizon. We are likely to experience a complete lack of future support towards DDR3 RAM sticks. Some motherboard manufacturers still offer motherboards which require DDR3 sticks and then there are motherboards which require DDR4 sticks but never both at once on the same motherboard. [More]

Up For Debate - How Much VRAM Do You Need For Gaming In 2015

Written by Joffy S on 04 October 2015 at 15:00

It wasn’t that long ago when 2GB VRAM seemed an absurd amount. At the tail end of the last generation of consoles, gaming PCs were many, many times more powerful, and if you had a whopping 2GB of GDDR5 memory it felt like you’d be set for years to come.

As it turns out this anything but the case, and the consoles' generational leap has had a knock-on effect to amount of video memory we need in our graphics cards. The use of unified memory in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has had an impact as well, giving game developers 8GB of GDDR5 memory to do with as they please, whether as VRAM or high-speed system memory. We as PC gamers are also seeing our expectations rise, pushing for 1440p or 4K gaming and even beyond. [More]

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GeForce Experience GameStream Co-op Share Complete List

Written by Neil Soutter on 04 October 2015 at 13:30

Nvidia recently released the beta version of its GeForce Share & GameStream Co-op application. It lets GeForce owners stream split-screen co-op gamers to one another over a network connections. So, for example, two players can play split-screen Borderlands 2 using just a single copy of the game. Pretty neat, don't you think? 

As ever there's a few catches. We're still in the beta version so there might be some problems right now. As it stands it's currently limited to 720p at 30 frames per second to the user receiving the stream. For this Nvidia is recommending at least 7Mbps of bandwidth. For now as well the number of games is also limited to a select few, the complete list of which we've got here for you.  [More]

Up For Debate - Distrust Of Publishers Putting You Off Their Games Entirely

Written by Joffy S on 04 October 2015 at 11:30

Over the years we’ve all come to love and loathe certain publishers. It’s easy to feel aggrieved when a game doesn’t turn quite how you expected it to, or there are problems which you’re certain have been caused by the higher ups and the suits. The publishers are the cash and the glitzy advertising, trying to sell an experience to as many people as they can for as little cash as possible, as often as they can get away with it. This is all publishers to a certain degree, it’s how the fundamentals of business work. Where they often differ, however, is how they treat us - the gamers.

It’s a bit of a low hanging fruit, but let’s take Ubisoft as an example. Around about 2 or 3 years ago the French publisher was universally beloved. The ensuing years have made Ubisoft a whole stack of cash, but their journey has been rife with controversy, disappointment, and distrust. We’ve had some greats, like South Park: The Stick of Truth and Far Cry 4, but these have been overshadowed by unoptimised performance and downgraded graphics in Assassin's Creed Unity and Watch Dogs. [More]

Up For Debate - Ultra-Widescreen Gaming Vs Triple Monitor Eyefinity Surround

Written by Joffy S on 04 October 2015 at 10:00

In the recent race to ever higher resolutions, most of us have overlooked an altogether different method of upgrading our gaming experience - ultra widescreen. Without getting into the science of vision, the human eyes are sat side-by-side rather than one on top of the top of the other. That, combined with their natural curvature, means we naturally see in widescreen. Without moving your eyes you’re looking at roughly 180-degrees of vision.

When gaming on a monitor or a TV, the actual screen takes up a fraction of your vision. Your focus will be on the screen, sure, and you won’t see much of what’s around it, but you aren’t surrounding yourself with that game world. Both ultra-widescreen monitors and triple monitor Eyefinity surround look to tackle this problem by stretching out your games over a wider image, providing a more expansive field of view than you could typically experience on a standard monitor. [More]

Best PC Gaming Hardware Upgrade Choices For Christmas Holidays 2015

Written by Paulo Proenca on 03 October 2015 at 17:00

The season of the big games is upon us and the holidays are fast approaching. As PC gamers we often slip a PC hardware component or two into our holiday present wish list. A little stick of memory here, 3.5 inches of SSD there. And Pow!, we are back in the PC Anyway, with a few choice upgrades, we can sometimes start to play the latest games again, like a boss. Do people still say that?

In preparation for the holidays 2015, I asked our main GD hardware guru, dear Pip, to spend some time searching for all the components for the best rig today. I gave him a hypothetical $1000 US budget. To keep it a little easier, he was to use or If you are in the market for a nicely priced rig or certain components then his findings below will help guide you towards a choice upgrade for your own PC, without breaking your bank. [More]

Soma Review : Grave New World

Written by Stuart Thomas on 03 October 2015 at 15:00

Everyone loves a good horror game, and Amnesia: The Dark Descent found its way into setting the yardstick for trouser-soiling terror in recent years with its blend of running from monsters, solving puzzles and grappling with psychological questions. Before Amnesia, Frictional Games made their name with Penumbra, which followed similar lines.


Playstation 3 Is No Longer Shipped To New Zealand For Sale

Written by Felix Nova on 03 October 2015 at 13:30

Its game over for the 10 year old Sony console over in NZ. Gradually country after country will cease to stock these machines for sale. PS3 has officially discontinued in New Zealand.

The PS3 began in Us and Japan back in Nov 2006 and then eventually turned up in the EU March 2007. With PS4 smashing sales figures, notching up 24 million sold units so far, its hardly surprising that Sony want people to be looking to their newer tech to get their gaming and entertainment fix. [More]

Ex-Criterion Developers Tweet About Their Spiritual Successor to Burnout

Written by Ruben Strubbe on 03 October 2015 at 11:30

Last year, two of the co-founders of Criterion Games left the company. Criterion games of course being renowned for their work on hit titles like "Burnout" and "Need for Speed". Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry, looking for a fresh start away from EA games, formed the new studio Three Fields. Then news went relatively quiet, probably as they plotted and schemed. What games would they develop? When would they start?

And then on twitter this week they sent a couple of cryptic tweets into the world, teasingly announcing they've got several projects in the works. [More]

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