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Virtual reality finally arrived. Self-driving cars started wandering streets and past red lights. SpaceX aborted a rocket launch four times within a week. Samsung started strong with the Galaxy S7 and finished with the Note7 nuking itself into orbit while you slept.

We had new graphics cards, and most of them were pretty damn good. Consoles broke the mould by releasing new hardware mid-cycle and becoming more like PCs than ever before. And, unsurprisingly, we found out once again that Einstein really knew his shit.

It's been a big year for tech. Let's break down this year's biggest moments.


A lot of PC gamers had a pretty miserable time when they loaded up No Man's Sky over the weekend. And while some .ini tweaks and messing about in the options has fixed problems for many, there are still plenty of issues.

But AMD and NVIDIA have finally come to the rescue, with both manufacturers releasing their game ready drivers for the space sandbox in the last 24 hours.


Let's get real. For years, NVIDIA has been well and truly trouncing the pants off AMD. Top end, middle end, bottom end. It didn't matter where you looked, AMD was getting flogged. Team Red tried to hang in there with their 200 and 300 series, but to really justify an AMD buy you needed a solid bargain.

Ever since the launch of Polaris, however, the mood has shifted. For the first time in a while, a large segment of gamers have a strong reason to consider AMD again. But while AMD hyped the Radeon RX 480 to the rafters, they've been a little more demure when it comes to the RX 470. And that's a shame, because at $300 it represents perhaps the strongest pitch AMD has had in years.


It's a big new year in the world of graphics cards. But not everyone has the money or the wherewithal to buy a card that can play games at 4K with all the bells and whistles on. Sometimes you just want to build a little PC that can play Dota 2, Overwatch, or one of the major competitive games at decent frame rates.

That's precisely the pitch AMD is making with the Radeon RX 460. The silicon manufacturer has been targeting the game squarely at people who enjoy esports-focused games, and they figure the best way to do that: frame rates.


It's always easier to replace a video card than it is a CPU and motherboard, so it's not surprising to find people with a GTX 1060 or RX 480 surrounded by comparatively ancient components. These setups are sacrificing some performance by bottle-necking their GPU, sure, but exactly how much is going to waste?


After fuelling hype to insane expectations, AMD has run into a little trouble with the launch of the Radeon RX 480 graphics card. People first discovered that the RX 480 was pulling more power from the PCI Express slot than the official specification allowed, and then reviewers found a way to basically unlock extra memory on the baseline 4GB reference cards.

Overnight, AMD has given the public an update on both issues — and their response is, well, interesting.


The launch of AMD's latest graphics card last week was a big thing in the tech industry: $US199 (or $320 at its cheapest here) for a card that can handle VR, while comfortably handling games at 1080p and even 1440p in some situations.

But it's not all good news. Apart from some bruised expectations, some reviewers also noticed that their sample cards were using a little more power than they were supposed to. The drama broke out late last week and it wasn't until the polls had closed Australian time that AMD had finally answered.


Looking to upgrade your computer with a graphics card that can handle VR, or you're looking to build a PC on the cheap for gaming at 1080p with a bit of dabbling at 1440p resolutions? That's the crowd AMD is trying to hit with their new Radeon RX 480, and it manages to do so admirably.

But just like games, you'll want to make sure you get the best possible deal. So to help you out, here's a list of some of the cheapest RX 480's in the country.


The amount of hype behind AMD's Polaris-based line of graphics cards has been nothing short of monumental. It's not hard to see why: when you promise a VR-ready card that only costs $US199/$US229, people are bound to get excited.

But when you put the card through its paces, does it live up to the hype? That depends on your expectations.


We've known that AMD are targeting the largest chunk of PC gamers with their upcoming Polaris-based Radeon RX 480 card. After all, how can you not when you set $US199 as the price point?

Question is: what was the card going to be priced in Australia? We finally know.


Being the major sponsor of the PC presentation yesterday, it's natural for AMD to show off new hardware. And show off hardware they did, with the AMD CEO holding up the Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 GPUs.

They didn't show any hard data about the smaller Polaris boards, but after the conference they did.


This year's PC Gaming Show was neatly wedged between the Ubisoft and Microsoft conferences. But its presence was overlooked by many outlets and questions still remained as to whether it could shrug off the awkwardness of its inaugural year.

Partly in response, the show's organisers responded with a brisk 100 minutes of trailers, interviews and gameplay footage.


E3 has properly arrived. Mark kicked things off earlier with Microsoft, and I'm here to continue the party with the PC Gaming Show. Get your coffee or early morning rocket fuel and let's party.