Posts Tagged ‘Hardware’

Week in Tech: Why PC Monitors Aren’t Going to Get Better

By Jeremy Laird on April 25th, 2013.

Equitable though Her Majesty’s United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland may largely be, a few isolated injustices still stalk the land. That I have to work for a living hardly seems fair, for instance. But even more odious is the fact that consumerist tat like smartphones, ultrabooks and tablets now have better screens by many metrics than our hallowed PC monitors. What gives? A recent interview I did with monitor maker Iiyama for ye olde PC Format mag dug up some answers. I also discovered why things aren’t likely to dramatically improve any time soon. Meanwhile, the roller coaster ride for AMD’s fortunes continues. This week, I predict survival! Read the rest of this entry »

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Week in Tech: Intel Overclocking, Bonkers-Wide Screens

By Jeremy Laird on April 18th, 2013.

Don’t sling your old CPU on eBay just yet. Too many Rumsfeldian known unknowns remain, never mind the unknown unknowns. But the known knowns suggest Intel is bringing back at least a slither of overclocking action to its budget CPUs. It’s arrives with the incoming and highly imminent Haswell generation of Intel chips and it might help restore a little fun to the budget CPU market, not to mention a little faith in Intel. Next up, local game streaming. Seems like a super idea to me. So, I’d like to know, well, what you’d like to know about streaming. Then I’ll get some answers for you. Meanwhile, game bundles or bagging free games when you buy PC components. Do you care? I’ve also had a play with the latest bonkers-wide 21:9-aspect PC monitors… Read the rest of this entry »

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Hard Choices: Ask AMD Part 2, The Answers

By Jeremy Laird on April 8th, 2013.

Here it is, folks. The answers to all your AMD questions. Well, not all of them. Dropped some, reworded others, added a few twists of my own. The usual. The senior AMD suit in question is Roy Taylor. His official title is Corporate Vice President, Global Channel Sales. That’s right, Corporate Vice President, Global Channel Sales. Soak up the seniority. He’s been at AMD for 12 weeks having spent the previous 12 years at arch enemy Nvidia. So let’s just say he’s got plenty of insight into graphics, CPUs and gaming. Did I mention he is indeed quite senior? Read the rest of this entry »

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The Awesomeness Of Head-Mounted Displays

By Jim Rossignol on April 5th, 2013.


Stood by the Oculus stand at GDC, I heard someone say “the thing about all this VR stuff is that it hasn’t moved on a great deal from the ’90s.” Can that be true? For a moment I assumed this gentleman in the crowd might know something I didn’t, but it turns out that there’s a good deal that VR and head/body-tracking can do in 2013 that it couldn’t do in the 1990s. For a taste of that, you’ll want to read this and watch the video below, which places the user in a Doom 3 level with a Portal gun, and shows off all manner of body tracking and movement cleverness.

Go look!
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The Hardware Trailer Is Very Pretty, Mysterious

By Jim Rossignol on April 2nd, 2013.


You might remember that we previously revealed upcoming vehicular RTS Hardware from former Homeworld devs, and were quite intrigued by what we learned. We were also excited to see very large vehicles spitting out smaller vehicles.

The teaser trailer below STILL doesn’t really tell us enough about the game, other than it has peerless art. Go take a look.
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Hard Choices: Ask AMD…Pretty Much Anything

By Jeremy Laird on April 2nd, 2013.

Bit of an experiment this, but I’m meeting up with some senior AMD suits later this week. So instead of standing around looking plausible and pretending I know stuff, I thought it might be fun to give you lot the chance to put whatever queries you might have to AMD, makers of Radeon graphics cards and FX/Phenom/Athlon processors. It might not, of course, but what with the PS4 and next Xbox (allegedly) going all-AMD and the PC component market in something of a transition – oh and with the very future of AMD in question – well, there’s plenty to ponder.

Whether we get any answers worth having is another matter. But don’t ask, don’t get. Fed up with AMD drivers? Want to know what’s next for the FX CPU? Sound off below and I’ll lay it on Paxman-styleee later in the week.

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Hard Choices: Build Your Own Steam Box

By Jeremy Laird on March 18th, 2013.

Why wait for Gabe Newell to wax his generous whiskers and turn up fashionably late to the launch party? Build your own Steam Box today. Or perhaps getting a pre-order in for Xi3’s today-it’s-official-tomorrow-it-ain’t Piston is a good idea? Yes, there have been some odd goings on. But all this PC-as-games-console jazz does throw up several interesting questions. Like what does it take to build a Steam Box yourself? Does Piston have plausible gaming chops? And can the official Steam Box compete with those evil corporate consoles on price? For answers to these questions three and a generous helping of finger-in-air prognosticating, ride your rodents to the other side… Read the rest of this entry »

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Week in Tech: Will It Play Crysis, & More On PS4

By Jeremy Laird on March 13th, 2013.

Ahhh, the quest for PC games with graphics so good, they look pre-rendered. When will it end? Actually, it’ll end when PCs are capable of graphics that look pre-rendered. It’s going to happen. And say what you want about the gameplay or narrative, but Crysis 3 is a reminder that we’re getting ever closer. Think it’s also worth a recap on the Sony PS4 launch now that its beating, PC-derived heart has been officially revealed and tell you why I’m increasingly convinced it’s good news for the PC.
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Week In Tech: Overclock Your Monitor With NVIDIA

By Jeremy Laird on March 4th, 2013.

A high quality LCD panel. Or high refresh rates. Take your pick. Because you can’t have both. Well, not unless you think BadgerJump Monitors (or whatever they’re called) sounds like a sensible consumer electronics brand and you’re thus willing to roll the dice on a dodgy Korean panel off eBay. But wait. One of the footnotes to NVIDIA’s recent Titan graphics card launch is a new monitor overclocking feature. Yup, monitor overclocking. But will it give you 120Hz for free? Will it fry your panel? Do you need NVIDIA’s £800 Titan? Should you actually care about high refresh? I’ve got the answers… Read the rest of this entry »

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Week in Tech: The end of graphics, and other stuff

By Jeremy Laird on February 22nd, 2013.

Bit late with this installment due to a near-death experience with pharyngitis. But that’s actually allowed a few things shake out into the public domain. And the overall upshot is that PC hardware took an odd turn this week. The launch of a new high end GPU from NVIDIA really only served to confirm 2013 looks odds on for slim to no progress in graphics technology. More than that, it’s basically the end of the graphics refresh cycle as we know it. Sounds grim, but actually means now is a great time to buy a new pixel pumper. Meanwhile, Dell wheels out a crazy 21:9 aspect ultra-wide display and ye olde graphics benchmarks get an update. Read the rest of this entry »

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NVIDIA’s Most Preposterous Graphics Card Ever

By Alec Meer on February 19th, 2013.

I'm a bit scared

While the next round of consoles wait in the wings, potentially setting the general game graphics bar higher even if, as rumour has it, their actual hardware lags behind top-end PCs, NVIDIA’s just done a new thing to help sew up the PC’s status as Top Pixel Dog. If there’s to be similar from ATI we don’t know much about it yet, other than it has the rather pretty codename “Sea Islands” and it’s not due any time soon, but we’ll shout once we know more.

GeForce GTX Titan is the hilarious name of NVIDIA’s new flagship card, it has been ripped from the heart of an IRL supercomputer (sort of), and £827 is its terrifying pricetag.
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How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Fix My Laptop

By Craig Pearson on February 18th, 2013.

There are five stages of grief you go through when your laptop screen breaks. There’s ‘No!’, ‘God no!’, ‘Come on!’, ‘What? You were fine an hour ago!’, and ‘Muuuuuuum!’. Laptops aren’t like desktops. They’re not easy to pop open and fiddle with. When my laptop broke, I experienced all those stages all at once, and it came out like a sneeze with tears. My gaming laptop. Dead. No warranty. No insurance. Just a terrifying block of expensive plastic with a fuzzy screen. My bank account giggled and pointed when I checked it to see if a replacement was feasible, because that’s what you do when a laptop dies. You don’t fix it. They’re too slidey and shiny. Then I got to thinking. At first it was mostly about Cuddy from House, but after I got my breath back I wanted to know if the screen was replaceable? After all, phone screen replacement is all the rage nowadays. And what’s a laptop if not a bigger, less phoney phone?

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Week in Tech: 4K Screens, Virtual Reality, New GPU Grunt

By Jeremy Laird on February 5th, 2013.

Let’s shake off the downbeat vibe from our last installment involving console toyboxes with some promising prospects for PC display tech. For starters, ultra high-res LCD panels look fairly likely to transition to the PC. If that’s an incremental step, could virtual reality in the form of the Oculus Rift headset deliver a real-world rendering revolution? I’ve also got a little something known as frame latency for you to think about regarding graphics performance. Read the rest of this entry »

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