22 November 2020

Analyse This: Next Gen PC Gaming 2...

I think I should probably extend that L1 cache, I think I got it in the wrong orientation...

Last time I looked at Nvidia's Ampere architecture from their release presentation. Then I looked at the potential performance of the RDNA 2 cards from AMD. Now that the RX 6000 series has been revealed and, sort of, launched and we have a real idea of what sort of performance they have (until drivers and game code begins to take better advantage of the architecture when utilising ray tracing), I thought I'd cover what I believe to be PC equivalents of each next gen. This post was inspired by PC World's video series covering those builds but also as a follow-on from my prior posts covering which parts you should buy as a minimum for PC going forward.

15 November 2020

In Defense of UserBenchmark...



Recently there was a bit of a furore surrounding UserBenchmark's "reviews" of AMD's latest and greatest Zen 3-based processors. I came a bit late to the party and, considering I've used the website many times in the past, I was interested in what, exactly, had gone down. Taking a closer look, I really fail to see what all the fuss was about. I've checked NotebookCheck's article and I can't see what they're saying and how it lines up with what's on the website. I've looked at the complaints on twitter and I don't entirely see what the issue is.

So let's get into it...

Post Thoughs: Ghost of Tsushima...



While I've played a few of Sucker Punch's previous releases, I was never 100% a fan of their mechanics and action - they were always a bit middle-of-the-road and pedestrian in their content despite being well-made pieces of gaming art. Ghost of Tsushima is bold in practically every way that matters; from the mis en scene introduction and colourfully vibrant environment to the unforgiving but empowering combat system. I've been loving this game almost all the way through, with only minor niggles. With that spoiler out of the way, let's dig into this...

As usual reader beware - thar be spoilers ahead!