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AMD Radeon RX 6800 vs 6800 XT: benchmarks compared

AMD’s long-awaited Big Navi GPUs, the Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT, are finally here. But how do they compare performance-wise and which one should you consider buying when they finally come back in stock? To help answer that question, I’ve put together some lovely bar graphs of my 1080p, 1440p and 4K benchmark results, showing you exactly how they stack up across all the major resolutions. (more…)

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Nintendo now facing Switch Joy-Con drift lawsuit in Canada

By Alex Calvin, Saturday, 23 January 2021 14:03 GMT This is on top of the legal action the company is facing in the US and Europe.Japanese platform holder, Nintendo, is now facing a Switch Joy-Con lawsuit in Canada.As spotted by IGN, Quebec-based law firm Lambert Avocat has started recruiting for a class-action lawsuit against Nintendo over the infamous issue with the Switch controllers as of January 15. The organisation says that Joy-Con Drift “constitutes an important, serious and hidden defect.”“Hence, Nintendo failed to mention an important fact in a representation made to a consumer: the quality of its products, which…

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Nvidia Shield now supports PS5 and Xbox Series X/S controllers

By Alex Calvin, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 13:39 GMT And it’s easy to connect your gamepads to the streaming box.You can now use your PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S gamepads with Nvidia’s Shield streaming box.In a post on the hardware’s website, Nvidia wrote these controllers can be used for playing games via both its GeForce Now streaming service, as well as Android releases, thanks to the new 8.2.2 software update.In order to connect the PS5’s DualSense gamepad, you have to press down both the PlayStation and Share buttons until the controller’s light pulses blue. For the new Xbox gamepad,…

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Samsung 870 Evo review

For the past two years, Samsung’s 860 Evo SSD has been the best SATA drive you can buy for your PC. Its random read and write times have been pretty much unmatched since it first came out in 2018 (indeed, only Samsung’s 870 Qvo has managed to best it on write time), but despite still being best in class, Samsung are retiring it anyway and replacing it with the all-new 870 Evo. (more…)

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Best graphics cards 2021: the best GPUs for gaming

If you’re building a new gaming PC, finding the best graphics card for it is essential. It’s the beating heart of any of new gaming system, and it’s one of the best ways to dramatically improve your PC’s performance. Having a fast CPU and SSD can help, but nothing will turbocharge your games like a brand-new graphics card. To help you get the best graphics card for your PC, I’d put together this list of all my top recommendations. Whether you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful GPU for playing games at 1920×1080 or a 4K powerhouse, we’ve got you…

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All the important PC gaming news from CES 2021

Annual tech bonanza CES is over for another year, so I thought I’d round-up all the important PC gaming announcements right here in one handy location. The big theme this year was, perhaps unsurprisingly, lots of new gaming laptops to help more people get stuff done while working from home, and this was aided in no small part by the announcement of Nvidia’s RTX 30 series making the move to laptops, as well as several new mobile processors from Intel and AMD. Laptops weren’t the only big news from CES, though, so read on below to find our filleted highlights…

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NPD: Switch was the best-selling console in December and 2020

Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in the US for December and 2020, and the newly released PS5 console followed in sales. The NPD December 2020 report has been released, and it finds total industry spending up 25% year-over-year, and up 27% for the entire year. In December, the market pulled in $7.7 billion, and $56.9 billion for the year. Hardware dollar sales reached $1.35 billion during December, up 38% year-over-year (yoy), making it the highest total December month since 2013 when $1.37 billion was pulled in.Annual hardware dollar sales totaled $5.3 billion, 35% higher yoy, and the most since…

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87% of 2020 Japan console sales were Nintendo Switch

Animal Crossing: New Horizons was the best-selling game in the region, too. Nintendo Switch was by far the most popular console in Japan last year.That’s according to data from local games mag Famitsu – via GamesIndustry.biz – which reports that 87% of consoles sold in the country during 2020 were Switches. The regular version of Nintendo’s hardware shifted 3.9 million units, while just over two million copies of the more recently-released Lite edition were sold. Overall, Switch sales increased by 30% year-on-year.In total, 6.85 million consoles were bought in Japan during 2020. Second place went to PlayStation 4, which shifted…

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Nvidia says RTX 30 GPUs will be in short supply until April

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 15 January 2021 12:48 GMT You’re going to have a hard time finding the green giant’s latest and greatest graphics tech for sometime yet.Graphics specialist Nvidia has said that there’s going to be limited stock of its RTX 30 cards for the next few months.Speaking at the 19th Annual J.P. Morgan Tech/Auto Forum Conference – as reported by Seeking Alpha – the company’s chief financial officer Colette Kress admitted that it hadn’t been able to keep supply level with demand. The exec said that there wasn’t much stock in the pipeline at the moment and that…

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MSI have announced their first SSDs, and they’re incredibly fast

You probably know MSI from their graphics cards, motherboards, gaming laptops or even their extensive line-up of mice, keyboards and headsets, but now the component maker has announced they’re going to start making SSDs as well. Unveiled last night during their CES press conference, MSI have already got two NVMe drives lined up for launch later this year, and both of them will support the new PCIe 4.0 interface to take on next-gen drives such as Samsung’s 980 Pro and WD’s Black SN850. (more…)

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Patent suggests PlayStation might be working on a user-created tips system

By Alex Calvin, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 14:42 GMT This could be the latest step the firm is taking to make games more accessible. PlayStation maker Sony Interactive Entertainment is seemingly looking into a system that would allow users to leave tips for other players.As spotted by Scrubwiki – and reported by VGC – this patent lays out a method of making and displaying tags that help other users in-game.“Such tags introduce an additional dimension of community participation to both single and multiplayer games,” the patent reads.“Through such tags, players are empowered to communicate through filtered text messages and images…

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Here’s a list of all the Nvidia G-Sync Compatible monitors confirmed so far

If you’re looking for a list of all the confirmed Nvidia G-Sync Compatible monitors, then you’re in the right place. Below, you’ll find every AMD Freesync monitor that’s been officially certified by Nvidia as meeting their G-Sync Compatible standard so far, and we also tell you everything you need to know about how to enable G-Sync on any Freesync monitor as well. (more…)

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Nvidia introduces the GeForce RTX 3060, out in February

Today during its CES 2021 keynote, Nvidia announced the new GeForce RTX 3060.Featuring high-performance architecture and the second generation of Nvidia RTX, the GeForce RTX 3060 brings ray-tracing capabilities and support for Nvidia DLSS and other technologies and is priced at $329.It’s the new entry-level card, sitting just below the 3060 Ti, which we reviewed last year.RTX 3060 is slated to arrive at retail in late February, as custom boards — including stock-clocked and factory-overclocked models — from add-in card providers such as ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY, and Zotac.The GeForce RTX 3060 has…

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Arcade1Up is bringing out Killer Instinct, X-Men and Dragon’s Lair machines

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 12:02 GMT Company is also paying tribute to classic releases from Capcom, Bandai and Atari.Cabinet maker Arcade1Up has revealed the latest retro games to receive their own machines.The firm is making a Killer Instinct cabinet that includes both Rare’s 1994 original game – obviously not the more modern 2013 version featured in the video above, get real – but also its sequel and the arcade version of Battletoads. Meanwhile, an X-Men cabinet comes with the 4 Player version of the 1992 arcade release, as well as Captain America and the Avengers, and The…

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Intel unveil 11th Gen H-Series CPUs for ultraportable gaming laptops

Intel have just announced their first crop of 11th Gen H-series CPUs for gaming laptops. Comprising of three processors in total, this new trio of high-performance Tiger Lake CPUs will help usher in a new era of even thinner and lighter gaming laptops in 2021, with the first laptop designs coming in at just 16.6mm. Here’s everything you need to know. (more…)