Your GPU is doomed… maybeThe good news for gamers everywhere is that Doom is some great fun. Last week, when Doom launched, we took a quick break to check out the new Nightmare graphics setting. The summary, if you missed it, is that there's not a massive difference between Nightmare and Ultra or even High quality. Medium starts to change things up a bit, and Low turns off a lot of shadows, but overall image quality is quite high, even at the Low preset. The corollary is that performance doesn't tend to scale much with lowered quality settings.That leaves the question of what sort of hardware you'll need, or more generally, how well a variety of GPUs run the game. Now it's time to answer that question with our full performance breakdown.We picked fifteen (now sixteen) cards, including the new GTX 1080, to test with Doom. Our test bed hardware is the same as usual, an overclocked Core i7-5930K running at 4.2GHz. While it's not fully accurate (due to cache and platform … [Read more...] about Doom benchmarks: is your graphics card ready?
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Blizzard’s Overwatch is easily one of the most anticipated games of this year. Ever since its announcement, the game has managed to gather quite a fan following. Even after successful beta tests, you may come across Overwatch Errors, crashes, FPS stuttering and graphics problems. Since the game’s release, players have been reporting several issues, random crashes, and other errors – a few of which were not even present in the game’s beta. However, it is nothing that a couple of minor workarounds cannot seem to fix.In this article, we walk you through a long laundry list of launch issues with possible workarounds to help resolve these issues to get you started with the game. #1 Overwatch Error Fix: Lost Rendering Device Your Rendering Device Has Been Lost! Application Closing.While this error can simply be solved by capping your FPS, you need to update your graphics card drivers to get rid of it. #2 Overwatch: I click Play, but Nothing Happens! #2 Overwatch … [Read more...] about Overwatch Errors, Crashes, Lag, Loading Times, Fixes, FPS Stuttering, Graphics
The graphics card is the most important component in a gamer's rig, and as a result, there is some fierce competition at every price point. With Black Friday over, and the mining craze seemingly simmering down, we're starting to see pricing and stock getting back to a more reasonable level. Y'know like they both were about a year ago. Check out the best graphics card deals at Amazon US and Amazon UK. The full-fat GP102 in the Titan Xp might be quicker than both the original Pascal-based Titan X and the cheaper GTX 1080 Ti, but they're all almost entirely out of reach for pretty much anyone with a penchant for PC gaming or the need to ask exactly how much anything costs. There was the hope the top-end AMD RX Vega cards would deliver enthusiast-class performance at a lower price-point than Nvidia, but it hasn't turned out that way. Pricing is only somewhat levelling off for both the RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56, with only a single third-party RX Vega card up for preorder, months … [Read more...] about Best graphics card
As a sister of Omega Theta Nu, I could never use Beta software. No, the recent beta patch aimed at improving performance in Dishonored 2 [official site] was not for me. Loyalty wouldn’t allow it. Thankfully, the update yesterday left beta and properly launched on the main line, bringing its fixes and improvements to all players – not just those who have no respect for the sanctity of being sisters forever. While our Adam dodged the performance problems all along and adored the game, that there Alec at last seems to be happier after all his woes. That or it’s broken him. Who could tell?Publishers Bethesda give the following overview of update 1.3: General performance and optimization improvementsIf you want specifics, head on over to the patch notes. Yup, the list is exactly the same as it was during the beta. They also recommend updating your graphics card drivers, if you haven’t for a while. [Disclosure: Cara Ellison, my flatmate and an official Chum of RPS, … [Read more...] about Dishonored 2 update 1.3 brings performance boosts
Just Cause 3 has officially released. While most buyers are celebrating their arrival in its massive virtual world, some are expressing frustration with poor performance.Unsurprisingly, many of those affected by severe performance issues and bizarre bugs have one thing in common: an AMD graphics card.It didn't take long for Avalanche Studios to confirm that there are known issues with AMD graphics cards in Just Cause 3's PC version. The following was posted by a member of the studio: There are some known issues that occur with the most recent official release AMD/ATi graphics card drivers. We’re working with AMD to fix the issue via an upcoming driver update - to ensure you don’t experience these issues yourself please make sure you are using the latest beta driver available here Link to DownloadOne of the known issues is texture fragmentation. One user by the name of KURUPTPANDA shared a screenshot of what it looks like. See below.Another user by the name of … [Read more...] about Just Cause 3 Dev Confirms Issue With PC AMD Graphics Cards, Offers Short-Term Solution