A new version of the Unreal Engine just got released (4.16) full of new features and improvements. As you may recall, UE is free for most to play with. The release notes are extensive, along with a cool video showcasing some of these: low-level clothing simulation, image-based (FFT) convolution for bloom, distance field lighting optimizations, games on Nintendo Switch, and physics simulation in VR mode.
If you're playing Prey, Battlezone, or Gears of War 4, this is for you. Nvidia's driver team, which works up until the last minute to ensure every performance tweak and bug fix is included for the best gameplay on day one, has released this new set of drivers for the previously mentioned titles. Like all major Nvidia drivers, these have a WHQL certification and are available for Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.
It's that time of the month again and just as one would expect AMD has a new hotfix ready. This one adds support for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III and there is a performance improvement of up to 7% on Radeon RX 580 8GB graphics when compared to Radeon Software Crimson ReLive edition 17.4.3.(RS-131).
If you installed the new Windows 10 Creators Update in your notebook and all of the often you're getting black screens while booting, this driver update is for you. Like with most hotfixes, these don't come with a WHQL certifications, but usually the same driver is release as a final version days later with zero o very little changes.
With most Windows 10 machines receiving the Creators Update this week, AMD has readied a new Radeon Hotfix driver with support for the OS' new Game Mode and high dynamic range (HDR) in anticipation of AMD FreeSync 2 monitors. Worth mentioning is also a fix that solves poor scaling in Multi GPU mode using DirectX11 in Battlefield 1.
Released today, Radeon Crimson Driver 17.3.3 offers a new Multi GPU profile for Mass Effect: Andromeda as well as solving a texture flickering issue that may be observed in the game. Like previous hotfix drivers this one is available for Windows 7 to 10. Earlier this week we posted our graphics benchmarks of Mass Effect: Andromeda, in case you missed them.
AMD's latest Radeon Crimson Hotfix driver release adds support for Mass Effect: Andromeda and as a bonus it improves performance up to 12% for the Radeon RX 480 8GB, when compared to the previous 17.3.1RS-112 drivers. AMD Optimized Tessellation Profile has also been added. Andromeda's official release date is March 21, but Xbox and PC gamers with early access can start playing now.
Looking to upgrade or buy a new GPU? Don't mind all that testing, marginal fps gains depending on the game you play, power consumption figures, or overclocking potential. You want a simple question answered. Given a certain budget, which graphics card should you buy? Fret no more.
Following its soft-launch a few days ago we're now ready to take the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 through its paces. The card is targeting a considerably lower price point than the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, with a smaller GPU -- codenamed GP106 -- that still manages to support all of the key Pascal architectural features. What we have is a $250 GTX 1060 facing off against a $240 RX 480 8GB and this fight over the mid-range market should be great news for consumers.
As you're likely aware, when it comes to graphics cards we go fully in-depth. But let's say you have missed some of that action, and you are just now looking to upgrade or buy a new GPU. Don't mind all that testing, marginal fps depending on the game you play, power consumption or overclocking potential. You want a simple question answered.
Given a certain budget, which is the graphics card you should buy? Fret no more.