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Last time around we picked the Storage for PC Build 2017, and it was the cloest we came to actually staying within the budget allocation. We’re now back on track for a $1000 PC gaming build. With the nitty gritty of the PC already picked, including the storage, CPU and RAM, we can now pick a motherboard which will be compatible with all the items we’ve chosen.
Microsoft has made a big deal about the capabilities of Project Scorpio and just how easy it is to develop for. However, we weren’t prepared to hear that just a single person from Microsoft’s Xbox Direct 3D team handled porting Forza Motorsport 6: Apex. Matt Lee was the man responsible, and he got Forza 6 running on Scorpio at 4K, 60 frames per second in just two days.
Microsoft has explained why Project Scorpio doesn’t feature a custom Ryzen CPU, and the answer is surprisingly simple - AMD Ryzen is too expensive and gamers wouldn’t be prepared to buy a prohibitively pricey console.
Nvidia has allegedly accelerated its plans for its next-generation Volta GPUs, planning a full launch in Q3 2017. Previously it was through Nvidia would be opting for a Pascal refresh before jumping into next-gen with its Volta chips, however it’s now being reported Nvidia has changed its plans and will release an entire new series of graphics cards later this year.
Kind of out of left field, a marketing campaign has emerged in China for AMD’s Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, suggesting a full reveal and launch could be on the cards soon for AMD’s next generation graphics architecture.
AMD held a launch event for its Ryzen 5 CPUs in South Korea yesterday, showing off a sizzle reel of upcoming games optimized for its latest 14nm CPU architecture. So far, so normal. Only one of these games was official artwork from Halo 3, prompting rumours that Bungie’s shooter may finally make it to PC after all these years.
Nvidia is teasing a major new reveal coming later this month. A short clip has been posted to its social media accounts with the cryptic message “It’s Coming”, teasing an April 29th reveal for a new product.
In an interesting turn of events, Microsoft’s Project Scorpio will become the first ever console to support AMD FreeSync, a variable refresh rate technology which prevents screen tearing and micro-stuttering. AMD FreeSync is already supported by AMD’s current crop of graphics cards and certain compatible monitors, however this is the first such time adaptive sync has made its way into the console sphere.
AMD's eagerly anticipated Ryzen 5 processors have dropped and are available to buy around the world right. They range in price from $169 for the low-end Ryzen 5 1400, up to $249 for the Ryzen 5 1600X. Their chief competitors from Intel are its Kaby Lake Core i5-7000 series CPUs, which AMD is hoping to under on price and beat in terms of performance.
The first 3DMark benchmarks are out for the Nvidia Titan XP, and as if you had any doubts, it’s the fastest gaming graphics card in the world. Just. Nvidia’s $1300 Titan XP is roughly 10% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and roughly as fast as a GeForce GTX 1070 SLI configuration. It’s the best of the best but it’s shockingly poor value for money.
After last week’s reveal of Microsoft’s Project Scorpio console there was precious little to get excited about beyond theoretical gaming performance. It was all specs, promises and marketing spiel. There was one shining light though - a port of the PC version of Forza 6: Apex running at a rock solid 60 frames per second at 4K.