AMD launched the Ryzen 3000 mobile series of processors earlier this year, and we can now finally see some of them in action. An ASUS laptop listing has been found on Chinese retail website JD.com that partners the Ryzen 7 chip with GTX graphics.
Dubbed as the Flying Fortress, the laptop in question is the ASUS FX FX95DD which packs in the Ryzen 7 3750H processor launched at CES 2019. It is a quad core, eight thread APU based on AMD’s current Zen+ architecture, with a base and boost clock speed of 2.3 GHz and 4 GHz respectively. It has a TDP of 35W and comes with Radeon Vega 10 integrated graphics that boost up to 1.4 GHz, making it a decent option for casual gamers on the go.
For those who want better gaming options, the ASUS FX95DD also has NVIDIA’s GTX 1050 discrete GPU, to make sure you don’t have to compromise on the performance. Based on your workload, you can switch between either the Vega 10 on-board graphics and the GTX 1050 to prioritise battery life or performance.
For display, the ASUS FX95DD has a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS panel with a refresh rate of 120Hz. It has 8 gigs of DDR4 RAM running at 2400 MHz, which can be expanded up to 32 GB and weighs about 2.2 kg. There’s a 512 GB M.2 SSD to take care of storage. According to the spec sheet, it also has two USB 3 ports, one USB 2 port, one HDMI port, one LAN port and one 3.5mm combination jack for both headphones and microphone. The battery is a three-cell lithium ion battery that can last anywhere between 2 to 5 hours depending on the workload. The keyboard has LED backlighting too.
The listed price translates to about $860-$870, which could be between INR 60,000 and INR 70,000 depending on the Indian pricing. You can find out more about the ASUS FX95DD “Flying Fortress” laptop listing here.
Intel is on its way to launch its 35W TDP 9th gen processors, and we could get to see them very soon. In fact, if the latest leaks are to be believed, they may be launch by mid of next month i.e. 15th May.
The leak comes from momomo_us on Twitter, who lists the entire line-up of the upcoming T series processors along with the specs. We should expect 9 different variants, including 7 Core and 2 Pentium ones. Here’s the complete range, according to the post:
All the processors are made for 35 W TDP, where the “T” stands for lower TDP compared to their more power hungry counterparts. These would be ideal for small, compact form factor PCs and maybe even laptops. Heading the line-up is the Core i9-9900T with 8 Cores and 16 threads, with its clock speed dropped to 2.1 GHz in order to achieve the low TDP. The max clock speed we see is 3.3 GHz for the Pentium G5600T and the minimum is 1.8 GHz for the Core i5-9400T. You can check out the complete line-up below:
The price listed for the Core i9-9900T is $590, about $90 less than the Core i9-9900K’s $680. The difference doesn’t seem enough, considering the 9900K has a clock speed of 3.6GHz and boosts up to 5.0 GHz. But the pricing isn’t definite and we don’t have any performance numbers for any of the T series processors, so we can only talk based about speculations. More information should be available as we get closer to the actual launch date, so stay tuned!
Rumours about NVIDIA’s GTX 1650 have been making rounds for a while, and we’ve seen a few leaks as well. And today we have another one! This time around, EVGA GTX 1650 variants were found on the Amazon France website, which show the cards listed at a starting price point of € 169.99.
The listings were taken down quickly, but not before VonGuru was able to take some screenshots and publish them. We can see four different variants, ranging from € 169.99 to € 189.99. This should put the Indian pricing for the GTX 1650 well under the INR 20,000 mark. The US pricing for the card is supposed to start at $150. Based on that, the AIB partner cards can range anywhere between $150-200.
Additionally, the GeekBench performance scores for the 1650 have been leaked as well, courtesy of the renowned Tum_APISAK. The leaked benchmarks show that the 1650 is about half as powerful as the RTX 2060, which kind of stays in tune with the expected price gap as well. It has 14 compute units, compared to the RTX 2060’s 30, and scores 114206 points, compared to the 2060’s 211876 points. Pit against last gen GTX 1050 (73000 points) and 1050 Ti (84000 points) , the card seems like a decent upgrade.
The rumoured specs suggest that the 1650 will have 896 CUDA cores and 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM. The leaked Geekbench screenshot lists a maximum frequency of 1.56 GHz. THE GTX 1650 is expected to launch next week, around 23rd of April.
If you have an MSI 300/400 series AM4 motherboard and were planning to upgrade to AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 3000 processors, you’re in luck. MSI has confirmed that the current motherboards will get a BIOS update that will let them support the upcoming CPUs without an issue.
MSI has released a complete list of BIOS versions which are compatible with AMD’s upcoming AMD APUs. Currently, they are in the process of testing the 300 and 400 series motherboards for support as well. As far as the updates are concerned, we should expect to see the BIOS land sometime in May or June, maybe right around Computex where AMD is scheduled to officially launch the Ryzen 3000 desktop processors.
To check out MSI’s complete list of supported motherboards and corresponding BIOS versions, click here.
AMD has been working for some time on the next gen Ryzen processors, which will be based on 7nm Zen 2 architecture. The company is expected to launch the CPUs next month in Taiwan at Computex, where Lisa Su will be giving the opening keynote. Additionally, the next gen 7nm Navi GPUs are also expected to be launched soon, most probably in Q3 2019 with an official reveal preceding that.
As one of the pioneer brands in the world of gaming, Alienware has created quite a name for itself in the past two decades. I mean, try finding a gamer who hasn’t heard of the name Alienware. Known for making high-end premium products, the company has an impressive line-up of gaming laptops and desktops. Now, I’m not the kind of person who gets excited at the notion of pre-built PCs, but it’s hard to deny that there is a demand for those. And that is why we’re taking a look today at the Alienware Aurora R8.
Design and Tech Specs
The Aurora R8 is slick looking PC with a compact, angular cabinet covered by grey side panels. Both the panels have three slim RGB strips with customizable lighting, providing a subtle, classy glow. Instead of a transparent window that we get to see more and more in gaming desktops these days, the Aurora has vents on the left panel for air intake. And, there’s a handle on the top which makes it quite handy (get it?) to carry the PC around. The front of the cabinet is completely black, with intake vents towards the bottom and an RGB backlit Alienware logo-shaped power button.
And it’s not all about the looks, either. Under the hood, the Aurora R8 packs some of the best gaming hardware money can buy. There are different configurations, but our review unit comes with an Intel Core i9-9900K, an RTX 2080 and 32GB of DDR4 RAM. The storage is taken care of by a 250GB SSD and a 1TB HDD, which seems just enough, but the system is easily upgradeable, meaning you can play around with the components as much as you want. Alienware has made it really simple for users to access the internal hardware in the Aurora, which gives it a huge edge over its competitors. It also comes with a keyboard and mouse included in the box, which aren’t exactly gaming grade or anything special, but still a nice addition to have.
Talking about ports, saying it has more than enough is a gross understatement. I mean, just on the backside, this thing has nine USB ports, four of which are USB 3.1. The front I/O options are just as generous, with three USB 3 ports, one Type-C port and two 3.5mm audio jacks. For display and VR options, the RTX 2080 has three DisplayPorts, one HDMI port and one USB Type-C port.
Performance and Benchmarks
With a Core i9-9900K and an RTX 2080, it’s kind of expected that the Aurora R8 will breeze through any test you throw at it. And that it exactly what we saw in our benchmarks, both synthetic and in-game. We used our usual benchmark suite, including Cinebench, 3DMark’s TimeSpy and Firestrike, Unigine Superposition and PCMark 10. We also tested a bunch of games at 1080p, 1440p and 4K to gauge the system’s gaming performance, and needless to say, the numbers speak for themselves. All the games were tested at Ultra settings.
As expected, the i9-9900K powered Aurora R8 blazed through the latest Cinebench R20 tests, obtaining a single-core score of 470 and multi-core score of 4319 at stock speeds.
PCMark 10 is a comprehensive benchmark tool that tests your PC’s overall general performance. Here we see a similar pattern like the previous test, with the Aurora R8 obtaining an overall score of 6687 points, with the highest component being Digital Content Creation at 10153 points.
3DMark Time Spy
Moving on to 3DMark Time Spy basic test, the Aurora R8 passed with flying colours here as well, achieving an overall score of 10054 points. The individual graphics and CPU scores, as you can see in the charts were 9939 and 10760 respectively.
Just for the heck of it, we also decided to run the basic 3DMark FireStrike benchmark, which tests 1080p performance. The RTX 2080 powered system shredded through the tests, obtaining an overall score of 21176 points. The graphics score, as the graph shows was 23398 points.
We also ran the Unigine Superposition benchmark at the 1080p extreme preset (which stresses the system more than the 4K optimized preset) and the Aurora R8 had no trouble in this test either, sitting comfortably at a score of 6259 points.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
We started our in-game benchmarks with Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, needless to say, the Aurora R8 just blows through it like a hot knife through butter. On the Ultra preset, the system gave an average 102 FPS at 1080p, 73 FPS at 1440p and 43 FPS at 4K. With some adjustment in the settings, you should be easily able to achieve 4K 60 FPS gameplay in this title.
The Metro Exodus devs have been very upfront about how they love to blow up graphics cards, and well, the benchmark tool does just that. Running at the Ultra preset, we were able to achieve an average 62 FPS at 1080p, 50 FPS at 1440p and 35 FPS at 4K. Keep in mind though, the benchmark tool in Exodus is much, much heavier than the actual game itself and kind of represents the worst case scenario. The framerates you get in the game would be a lot higher than what you see in the benchmark tool.
While the performance of the Aurora R8 is impressive, it does get a little hot under load. The max GPU temperature we observed during testing was 85 C. The system also gets a little loud as the fans pick up speed, but not nearly enough to cause any discomfort, and barely noticeable if you’re playing with headphones on.
At a price point close to INR 3,00,000, the Aurora R8 is quite a pricey desktop. It’s possible to build a PC with similar specs at a lower cost, but premium products come at a premium price. If you’re apprehensive about your PC building skills and want to go with a hassle-free desktop experience that you can just jump right into, a pre-built desktop is just what you might want. And the Aurora R8’s offerings make it a great option for both high FPS and high resolution gaming, depending on what you prefer. Like we mentioned eariler, Alienware has made it incredibly easy to customize and upgrade their desktops, giving users complete control over their devices. So, if you have the money to spend and are looking to treat yourself to a super gaming PC, the Aurora R8 is the perfect choice for you. But if you’re on the budget and want to make sure you squeeze every drop of performance you can out of your money, you may want to build your own desktop. Or, you know, get one of your PC-savvy friends to do it for you.
When it comes to news about AMD’s upcoming 7nm Navi graphics cards, fans have received nothing but disappointment. But that may be about to change, because we may get to see the cards sooner than we thought.
As reported by TweakTown, AMD is expected to launch the highly anticipated Navi GPUs this year at E3. We already know that Lisa Su is delivering the opening key note for Computex and they already have the 7nm Ryzen 3000 CPUs slated to launch then. This means we’ll get to see AMD’s entire line-up of next-gen processors and graphics cards within the span of a month.
This year’s E3 is shaping up to be quite a storm, first with Sony confirming they won’t be present at the conference, and now AMD planning to launch their graphics cards at the same event. Considering that the next-gen consoles from both Microsoft and Sony are expected to run on upcoming AMD hardware, launching the Navi graphics cards at E3 actually sounds like a good idea.
Earlier, in February, AMD launched the world’s first 7nm graphics card, the Radeon VII. Based on 2nd gen Vega architecture, it comes with a whopping 16 GB of HBM2 memory. Fans had expected a more affordable version of the same with less memory, but we haven’t heard anything on that front either.
AMD has been competing with Intel quite well on the CPU front. But Intel is actively working on its own line-up of dedicated graphics cards to take on both NVIDIA and AMD. Over the past few months, Intel has bagged some key members from both teams to help them create their Xe graphics cards. Going forward, we can expect to see a lot more competition in the GPU segment.
Fans have known that Sony’s been working on the next-gen console, i.e. the PS5 for a while. There have been a lot of speculations regarding the specs and release date and finally, Sony may have just put them all to rest, once and for all.
During an interview with Wired, PS4 lead system architect Mark Cerny revealed the specs for the next-gen console. Unlike the PS4 Pro, which was like a buffed up version of the PS4 itself, the PS5 will be powered by AMD’s upcoming 7nm chips. It will run on an eight-core, third gen Ryzen CPU (based on the Zen 2 architecture) and the much anticipated Navi GPU. What that means, according to Cerny, is that the PS5 will support 8K graphics (provided you have an 8K TV) and ray tracing. We’ve already seen ray tracing in action on AMD cards during the Crytek demo, and it does look promising.
But that’s not all. Sony’s upgrading the PS5 storage to an SSD, optimized to reduce loading times and gameplay. To put that in perspective, Wired talks about a demo where fast travelling in Marvel’s Spider-Man took only 0.8 seconds on the PS5 dev kit, compared to the 15 seconds on the PS4.
Another huge change coming to the PlayStation console is something fans have been waiting for a long time: Backwards compatibility. According to Cerny, the PS4 and the PS5 share similar architecture, making it easier for them to support older PS4 titles. Additionally, the upcoming console will support physical media as well, most likely discs. Whether backwards compatibility can be achieved on the discs is something we still need to find out.
All these features, considering they make it to the final product, make the PlayStation 5 sound like a great console. Unfortunately, we still need to wait for a while before we get to see it, as Cerny confirmed that the PlayStation won’t be releasing this year. On a hopeful note, developers have access to the dev kits and are working on games for the PS5, so it’s possible we may get to see a 2020 launch.
As almost everyone might know by now, the Notre Dame cathedral took severe damage due to a fire yesterday. Large portions of the cathedral were destroyed, including the spire and the roof.
Notre Dame is an important part of French history, and is over 800 years old. Restoration efforts are already underway with architects using may 3D maps to accurately recreate the historic monument. One such 3D map comes via Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Unity, which recreated Notre Dame in stunning detail, and is a fairly accurate depiction.
According to The Verge, Unity artist Caroline Miousse, said that Ubisoft’s version of Notre Dame is among the biggest building in the game, and that she spent ‘literally years fussing over the details of the building’.
Miousse apparently obsessed over old photos to get everything just right, and even worked with texture artists to ensure that ‘each brick was as it should be’.
Say what you will about the many issues in Assassin’s Creed: Unity, but there’s no denying how great the game looks, and how accurately it portrays the city of Paris.
Days Gone is the upcoming PS4 exclusive, that boasts a massive open world, and is filled to the brim with zombies. Given the scope of the game, it wouldn’t surprise anyone to know that it has a huge install size of 67 GB. However, what is surprising is that it is the biggest Sony first party title yet, bigger that Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War, and Spiderman.
This large install size is mostly due to the open world nature of the game. It is so big that your bike in the game is absolutely essential to your survival. Running out of fuel or letting your bike go into disrepair can mean certain death. The world is treacherous, and threats come at you from every side.
Another reason are the zombie hordes. While there are many games with zombies, Days Gone has massive hordes of them that attack you. A horde of 300 is considered to be a small horde, so one can only image what a large horde looks like.
Days Gone also looks gorgeous from everything we have seen so far. The environments are rich with detail, and the dynamic weather effects are breathtaking.
Are you excited for Days Gone? We definitely are, so keep an eye out for more coverage coming soon.
Square Enix today announced that the critically acclaimed Octopath Traveler will make its debut on PC on June 7, 2019.
In Octopath Traveler, players will set forth on an epic adventure through the enchanting yet perilous continent of Orsterra, stretching across vast landscapes from lush forests, to desert outposts and snow-swept cathedrals. Featuring eight distinct characters each with their own tales to enjoy, ranging from journeys of self-discovery to quests for revenge, each traveler will start their journey in a different land so players can steer their own journey depending on whom they choose.
Octopath Traveler for PC brings to life the game’s unique HD-2D visuals, blending striking 2D character designs with beautiful 3D world elements.
Octopath Traveler will be available for PC (Steam) on June 7, 2019 with English and Japanese audio, and English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese text. For more information, visit: store.na.square-enix-games.com.