AMD's long-awaited challenger to the Intel hierarchy isn't far away. And while we don't have specifics on an Australian price or availability, we're starting to get an idea of what AMD's new CPU will look like.
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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?
It's a big year if you're a PC gaming enthusiast. Alongside Intel's new Extreme Edition CPUs, both Nvidia and AMD have released new graphics cards. All price points from $300 to $1200 have been overhauled with new GPUs offering much-increased performance, more efficient power consumption and new VR-friendly feature-sets — so here's how they all perform relative to each other.