- Looks like Nvidia GTX 1050 is coming next month (mid-October). Most likely it will have 768 CUDA cores and 4GB VRAM on a narrow 128bit interface. MSRP should be around $149 and you will surely see first cards posted at around $180-200 before prices go down. Performance-wise we hope it will match RX 470 4GB cards which will be awesome since 470 are going for $190-200 now and MSRP is 180. Nvidia has a big fat chance to win both $100+ and $200+ ranges with smart pricing.
We will add GTX 1050 to our configurations as soon as it will come out. We desperately need something in mid-$100 range now.
- It's a fun time for PC gaming lovers. Looks like AMD may still have enough time to release Radeon RX 490 by the end of the year, which will put a dent in GTX 1070/1080 pricing which in turn will make us all so happy. There are still a lot of questions about this card but AMD lets leaks go through all the time to heat up the interest so you will know more soon enough.
- Western Digital is back in SSD business. WD have announced WD Blue SSD (similar to Caviar Blue HDD) based on TLC which has improved lately with much better performance and endurance. So don't worry about TLC that much, most people will never see the difference in speed between TLC and MLC which is now significantly more expensive. We are glad to have another SSD player onboard as competition is always good in PC hardware. We have seen SSD prices go up a bit lately, most likely due to high demand for these memory chips and decline of HDDs, so any movement on this front is positive. Especially when such giant as WD make a move.
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What kind of PC do you need for VR - virtual reality headsets?
That depends on which headset you are going to use. All of them include kind of similar requirements:
Good processor - on that - see below
8GB RAM minimum
GTX 1060 or AMD RX 470 and up
3x USB 3.0 ports (and 1x USB 2.0)
Windows 7 and up (or may need 10) 64bit
That sums it up mostly.
Now for the processor - Oculus Rift wants Intel i5 4590 and above CPU, while others (like HTC) run on AMD FX x8 processors as well. Oculus does not like AMD processors at all, like none of them. They say AMD CPUs are weak in single-thread processing compared to Intel and so no AMD processor can be used with Oculus right now. Other VR headsets can work with AMD though. It makes us believe that it may not be the AMDs problem but rather poor optimization by Oculus for multi-core processors.¬
So to be on a safer side just pick any modern LGA 1151 Intel processor, add GTX 970 or Radeon equivalent GPU and 8GB RAM which is already standard these days, the rest you will most likely have already if you are getting a modern PC. Oh... and lay some cash aside for that VR set, it's going to be expensive in the beginning.
- AMD dirver hotfix for new Tomb Raider looks like does not help a lot with performance, game runs nearly just as bad as with unoptimized drivers (older). Seems like Nvidia is the way to go if you want to run Rise of the Tomb Raider now. At least CrossFire is enabled now.
- Did you know how regular SSDs differ inside?
SLC has the fastest write speeds, highest endurance, and the lowest power consumption. However, this comes at the expense of the lowest density, which in turn gives us a higher cost than the other types. This high performance makes SLC the choice for enterprise storage, though even that area is migrating to MLC now.
MLC is the middle-of-the-road choice. While it has slower write speeds and lower endurance than SLC, its higher density gives it good performance, and lower cost compared to SLC. This balancing act of cost versus performance makes MLC the choice for consumer-grade NAND applications at affordable prices.
TLC has the highest density of NAND storage, which gives it the lowest cost. The penalties are that the read and write speeds are the slowest, with the lowest endurance compared to the other NAND types. This makes TLC most¬ appropriate for budget SSDs