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First, they came for our DRAM, and now they come for our VRAM. Both Samsung and SK Hynix have bumped up their VRAM prices by more than 30% this month alone due to spiraling demand from phone manufacturers.
As far as unnecessary things go, a 480Hz monitor is probably right up there alongside a smart salt dispenser. Most of us could only dream of achieving frame rates that high in the latest games, let alone having a monitor that could display. Yet there’s a prototype panel out there that can achieve this lofty 480Hz refresh rate.
As predicted prior to Vega’s launch, Nvidia isn’t in a hurry to get its next generation Volta GPU in gamers’ hands. While initial rumours pointed to a launch in the back half of 2017, Nvidia has now made it pretty clear that GeForce Volta won’t be ready until early 2018. Following the launch of AMD Radeon Vega, Nvidia has ramped up 12nm production to increase supplies of its Volta based GPUs. In short, Nvidia is stockpiling, gearing up for a major graphics card launch in around six months time.
We’re on the cusp of Intel revealing its 8th generation of Core processors, codenamed Coffee Lake. While we’re all thinking short-term though, Intel has much longer-term plans in place. It’s just announced Ice Lake, a new processor family that will be the successor to the 8th generation CPUs out shortly.
The rumours from Overclockers were false - AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 64 isn’t the cryptocurrency mining powerhouse that we’d been led to believe. Rumours were swirling a fortnight ago that AMD’s latest enthusiast tier graphics card was capable of hitting between 70-100 MH/s while mining Ethereum, far in excess of the 31 MH/s the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is capable of.
After months of waiting, AMD's Radeon RX Vega 64 and Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics card have launched today. Good luck getting one though because just about every store I've checked has long since sold out. They're AMD's high-end answer to Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 respectively. Benchmarks are now out in the wild, and unsurprisingly they both offer some excellent single-GPU 4K gaming performance. 
Out in the public eye, AMD is preoccupied with getting Radeon RX Vega launched this week, but behind the scenes, the final pieces of the puzzle are being put into place for its next gen Navi GPU. This will be the first Radeon GPU to have been conceived under the guise of Radeon head honcho Raja Koduri and will mark the switch to the 7nm fabrication process. That’s not all though, with reports emerging that Navi will feature dedicated artificial intelligence circuitry.
After more delays than Kenny's been killed, South Park: The Fractured But Whole actually looks as if it's going to hit its October 17th. It's got system requirements and everything now, it can't possibly go wrong. Can it? Matt Stone and Trey Parker have once more been on creative duties to deliver what is effectively two entire seasons of South Park into a hilariously offensive superhero-themed RPG. Will you need a superhero PC though? Check out the official South Park: The Fractured But Whole system requirements and find out.
Intel’s stepping up its game as the competition from Ryzen intensifies. It’s been some seven months since Kaby Lake launched, and now Intel is prepping itself for the reveal of its 8th-generation Coffee Lake chips is less than a fortnight’s time.
Yesterday, Bandai Namco revealed all the pre-order goodies and assorted versions of Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom that will be available for its January 19th launch, alongside a dreaded season pass. But that wasn't all because they also revealed the official PC system requirements for Ni No Kuni 2.
Intel’s still doing plenty of moving and shaking in an effort to ward off the very real threat of AMD’s Ryzen 3 and Ryzen 5 CPUs. The latest leak to emerge from the blue team concerns the 8th generation Intel Core i3-8300. On top of previous info that confirmed Intel would be offering quad-core Core i3 processors as part of its Coffee Lake family, it suggests that the Core i3-8300 will also have Hyper-Threading support.