The simple life, Far Cry 5's graphics settings

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2018 - 01:58 PM |
Tagged: gaming, far cry 5

The graphics options in the new Far Cry have gone back to simplicity, with Ultra settings turning on all available features, so you won't have to spend as much time hunting for settings and enabling them as you did in a few of the prior incarnations. You can choose between SMAA or TAA depending on your preference as neither showed any significant performance impact in [H]ard|OCP's testing.  If you are planning on playing in 4K, the GTX 1080 Ti is your best bet, though the non-Ti version and AMD's RX Vega 64 are capable of running this resolution on High settings.  At 1440p or lower you have a wide variety of choice as any of the cards tested could manage a decent experience, albeit not necessarily on Ultra. 

Check out the full performance review here.

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"We test eleven GPU's performance from the low-end, to the top-end in Far Cry 5. Our goal is to find what settings are playable on each video card in Far Cry 5, and to compare the performance. We will also look at AA and Volumetric Fog performance. If you want to find what the best value GPU is for this game, this is for you."

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Making the most of murder and mayhem in Montana

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2018 - 02:28 PM |
Tagged: gaming, far cry 5, amd, nvidia

Far Cry 5 has received mixed reviews, with some loving the new addition to the series while others are less than amused by the AI's behaviour and story line which frequently interrupts your wandering and side quests.  Regardless of how you feel about the content it is a pretty game and finding the right settings for your particular GPU can only enhance your gameplay.  [H]ard|OCP took some time to run through the game with an RX Vega 64 as well as a GTX 1080 and 1080Ti at 1440p and 4k resolutions.  They also compared the impact on performance using SMAA and TAA has on the NVIDIA cards at 1440p.  Check out the full review, especially the strong showing by the AMD card.

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"Far Cry 5 is finally in retail, and in this preview of video card performance we will compare performance of a few video cards, using real gameplay. This will give you an idea what you need to play Far Cry 5, what image quality settings are playable, and what resolutions work best with each video card. Our full evaluation will come later."

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How to see Hope County, Montana in all its glory

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2018 - 02:08 PM |
Tagged: gaming, amd, nvidia, far cry 5

Looking to get Far Cry 5 running with the highest settings your GPU can handle?  The Guru of 3D have done a lot of the heavy lifting for you, testing the performance of thirteen cards each from NVIDIA and AMD at 1080p, 1440p and 4K resolutions.  This game needs some juice, even the mighty Titan's cannot reach 60fps with Ultra settings at 4K.  In the review they also take a look at the effect the number of cores and the frequency of your CPU has on performance, not much but enough you might notice.  Check the full details here.

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"Tomorrow Far Cry 5 will become available to the masses, we put it through our testing paces with almost 30 graphics cards, CPU performance and frame times. The looks great, and will offer great game play. Join us in this PC performance analysis."

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Wolfenstein II is new, but you don't necessarily need new hardware to enjoy it

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2018 - 03:27 PM |
Tagged: gaming, wolfenstein ii, the new colossus

If you are on the fence about picking up the new Wolfenstein because you aren't sure your GPU can handle it?  Overclockers Club tested the game with some older hardware as well as the current generation, including the GTX 770 and GTX 980 in addition to a RX Vega 64 and GTX 1080.  After running through the benchmarks they find that the GTX 980 is more than capable of handling this game, so grab it if you have a GPU of that calibre.  If you are looking for the best possible experience, the Vega 64 is the way to go.

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"Having additional GPUs may have proven useful for this work since we leapt from barely playable on the GTX 770 to max settings on the GTX 980. The GTX 1080 naturally surpassed the GTX 980 and the RX Vega 64 beat them all, both at stock and with the undervolt and power limit. Based on this sampling of performance data, if you could pick any GPU to play Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus on, the RX Vega 64 would be the best of those test. However, you can very comfortably go with something older and cheaper, like the GTX 980 without compromising a setting. To my mind, that is pretty impressive for a modern game with modern graphics."

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Take 5 and get a preview of another Far Cry game

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2018 - 02:36 PM |
Tagged: ubisoft, gaming, far cry 5

Ubisoft is not one to let a title go, dragging them from the stone age through to modern time and into the future, before starting the cycle again.  Gone are the tropical islands that birthed Far Cry, now you will spend time causing death and destruction throughout Montana as you deal with doomsday cult which ruined your day somehow.  Techgage received early access to the game, which we mere mortals will not be granted until March 27th, and have posted their thoughts here.

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"We recently spent a few hours tearing up Far Cry 5’s Hope County, and now, we get to share what we experienced in both the solo and co-op shared campaign. Join us as we head to Montana’s fictional Hope County, where sanity has become a scarce resource as a doomsday cult has taken over. Freaked out? Let’s proceed…"

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Source: Techgage
Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: HyperX

Introduction and First Impressions

HyperX announced the Cloud Flight at CES, marking the first wireless headset offering from the gaming division of Kingston. HyperX already enjoyed a reputation for quality sound and build quality, so we'll see how that translates into a wireless product which boasts some pretty incredible battery life (up to 30 hours without LED lighting).

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The HyperX Cloud Flight with a closed-cup design that looks like a pair of studio headphones, and in addition to the 2.4 GHz wireless connection it offers the option of a 3.5 mm connection, making it compatibile with anything that supports traditional wired audio. The lighting effects are understated and adjustable, and the detachable noise-cancelling mic is certified by TeamSpeak and Discord.

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The big questions to answer in this review: how does it sound, how comfortable is it, and how well does the wireless mode work? Let's get started!

Continue reading our review of the HyperX Cloud Flight wireless headset!

Out of your spaceship and into a giant robot

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2018 - 03:46 PM |
Tagged: Into the Breach, gaming, ftl

Subset Games, who brought us FTL, have released a new game which looks to be every bit as frustrating and enjoyable as their first.  Into the Breach puts you in charge of three robots, which are humanity's last line of defence against large underground insectoids that would prefer they were in charge.  The game is not so simple as shooting and punching the enemy to victory, instead you have a certain amount of turns to defend a battlefield before moving onto the next.  Losing a building to the enemy on a battlefield is a permanent loss which carries on to the next fight.  Once all your buildings are gone, its game over and time to try again.  Hit up Ars Technica for more info as well as reasons why knocking your opponent around the battlefield can be more effective than attacking them.

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"What exactly is going on in the world of Into the Breach? It's a little hard to say, owing to the way its plot is meted out in small-but-alluring ways. Key points: a race of insectoid creatures called the Vek has begun emerging from the Earth's surface. Your mission is to save as many civilians as possible by issuing orders to a three-person army of giant, mechanized robo-battlers."

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The cult of Vega, FAR CRY 5 free with AMD systems

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2018 - 12:43 PM |
Tagged: amd, Vega, farcry 5, ubisoft, RX 580, RX VEGA 64, RX Vega 56, gaming

If you purchase a custom built system with an RX 580 or either of the Vega cards, you will receive a coupon code which you can redeem for a copy of Far Cry 5 Standard edition.  Considering purchasing a full system is the only way to get a GPU for a marginally reasonable cost, it makes sense not to tie it to a GPU sale as has been tradition in the past.  UbiSoft have worked with AMD to ensure the game can take advantage of the various new features Vega offers such as FreeSync 2, Rapid Packed Math and Shader Intrinsics.  You can get more info on Vega here, or visit your favourite retailer for a look at qualifying systems.

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"Gamers looking for smooth, more immersive gameplay as they join The Resistance and help bring down the cult, can get Far Cry 5 FREE when they buy select pre-built systems featuring Radeon RX Vega 64, Radeon RX Vega 56 or Radeon RX 580 graphics cards starting today February 27th 2018."

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Source: AMD
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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Thrustmaster

Overshadowing the Previous Gen

To say that sim racing has had a banner year is perhaps an understatement.  We have an amazingly robust ecosystem of titles and hardware that help accentuate the other to provide outstanding experiences for those who wish to invest.  This past year has seen titles such as Project CARS 2, Forza 7, DiRT 4, and F1 2017 released as well as stalwarts such as iRacing getting major (and consistent) updates.  We also have seen the rise of esports with racing titles, most recently with the F1 series and the WRC games.  These have become flashy affairs with big sponsors and some significant prizes.

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Racing has always had a niche in PCs, but titles such as Forza on Xbox and Gran Turismo on Playstation have ruled the roost.  The joy of PC racing is the huge amount of accessories that can be applied to the platform without having to pay expensive licenses to the console guys.  We have really seen the rise of guys like Thrustmaster and Fanatec through the past decade providing a lot of focus and support to the PC world.

This past year has seen a pretty impressive lineup of new products addressing racing on both PC and console.  One of the first big releases is what I will be covering today.  It has been a while since Thrustmaster released the TS-PC wheel set, but it has set itself up to be the product to beat in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Click here to read the entire review of the Thrustmaster TS-PC Racing Wheel!

 

Kingdom Come delivers a challenge to modern GPUs

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2018 - 04:49 PM |
Tagged: kingdom come, deliverance, gaming

Kingdom Come: Deliverance uses CryEngine 3, which is famous for overwhelming even the highest tier GPUs at 4k resolutions.  [H]ard|OCP's testing reveals that there may be an issue with AMD's cards on this title at the moment.  This may be resolved soon as the two Vega cards performance varied greatly, sometime surpassing the mid-tier NVIDIA cards but then falling below what they should be capable of.  Keep your eye out for a driver update if you are playing this game or plan to.  As far as NVIDIA, not even the 1080Ti can manage playable framerates with all the bells and whistles turned up on 4k.  Check out the details in the full review.

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"We take the new game Kingdom Come: Deliverance and test ten current video cards in it to find how each one performs, how those stack up, and what the highest playable settings are. We test 4K, 1440p, and 1080p, with multiple graphics settings, maximum distance sliders, and find out what you need to play this game and have a good experience."

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