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AMD Radeon RX 480 review roundup

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 30, 2016 1:23 pm

Now that the Radeon RX 480 is finally here and in our hands, and on shelves of retailers around the world - let's take a look at the reviews from around the world. There are a heap of them, in both written and video form.










Legit Reviews

PC Perspective

PC World


The Tech Report


Trusted Reviews

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AMD's new Radeon Software 16.6.2 drivers released, supports RX 480

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 30, 2016 11:35 am

With the release of the new Radeon RX 480, AMD has released the Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.6.2 drivers that include support for the new Polaris 10-based video card.




The new drivers also include a new Crossfire profile for World of Tanks, and so much more. Notably, we have support for AMD's new Radeon Wattman - which is the company's new utility within Radeon Software that provides users with more control than ever before over their GPU. One of the big things that I'm happy to see is that there's now a Crossfire toggle, which allows you to enable Crossfire support globally for all games, instead of picking and choosing the games you want Crossfire enabled for.


Here's a full list of what to expect:


Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.6.2 Highlights


Support for:

  • Radeon™ RX 480


New AMD Crossfire profile available for:

  • World of Tanks™


  • Radeon WattMan: A brand new utility for Radeon Software that allows users more complete control over their graphics processor. More information on Radeon WattMan and its supported products can be found here.
  • AMD Crossfire Toggle: A new option has been introduced into Radeon Settings under the "Gaming -> Global Settings" tab. This allows users to toggle AMD Crossfire support globally "on" for supported games or "off" for all gaming profiles.
  • HDMI® Scaling: Radeon Settings now provides the option for the user to adjust their display image scaling on HDMI® connected displays. This option is available under the "Display" tab in Radeon Settings for supported configurations.​
  • Display Color Temperature: Radeon Settings now allows a user to set display color temperature based on either the displays predefined settings or manually via a slider configured to support the displays supported range. This option is available under the "Display" tab in Radeon Settings for supported configurations.
  • Desktop Color: Radeon Settings has added the option to launch the operating systems color page via the new "Desktop Color" button which is available in the "Display" tab in Radeon Settings for supported configurations.
  • Vulkan™ Version: Currently installed Vulkan™ version information has now been made available through the Radeon Settings "System -> Software" tab.


Fixed Issues

  • Flickering may be observed in AMD Crossfire mode configurations while playing Hitman™ in select gameplay missions.
  • Flickering may be observed in AMD Crossfire mode configurations while playing Heroes of the Storm™.
  • Intermittent or minor white flashing may occur on some web browsers when using Netflix™ and hovering over the UI or icons.
  • Minor stuttering may occur in AMD Crossfire mode configurations when playing Elite Dangerous™.
  • Flickering may be observed in AMD Crossfire mode configurations while using the inventory and character pages in The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt.
  • Flickering may be observed in AMD Crossfire mode configurations during the battle and tutorial loading screens in Star Wars™ Battlefront.


Known Issues

  • A few game titles may fail to launch or crash if the AMD Gaming Evolved overlay is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved "In Game Overlay".
  • Radeon Pro Duo may experience a black screen in Total War™: Warhammer with the games API set to DirectX®12 and V-Sync enabled.
  • DiRT™ Rally may experience flickering terrain in some races when the advanced blending option is enabled in the games settings page.
  • Some Overdrive settings may not appear in Radeon Settings for Radeon Fury X when in AMD Crossfire mode.
  • Display may exhibit a minor flicker on Radeon RX 480 when Freesync is enabled on a games launch or exit.
  • Dota™2 may crash when using the Vulkan™ API and the user changes resolutions or quality settings.
  • Battlefield™ 4 may experience crashes when using Mantle. As a work around users are suggested to switch to DirectX®11.
  • Need for Speed™ may experience flickering on some light sources in AMD Crossfire mode.
  • Hitman™ may experience graphical corruption when the game is set to use DirectX®12 API and using zoom with weapons.
  • Frame Rate Target Control gaming profiles may fail to enable for some games.
  • Radeon Wattman may retain settings of an overclock after it has failed. If you have failed an overclock with a system hang or reboot make sure to use the "Reset" option in the Radeon WattMan settings page when the system has rebooted.
  • Low frame rate or stutter may be experienced Wolfenstein®: The Old Blood™ on Radeon™ RX 480.
  • Assassin's Creed® Syndicate may experience a game crash or hang when in-game settings are set to high or greater.
  • Disabling AMD Crossfire mode on Radeon™ RX 480 may disable the device in Windows Device Manager. A workaround is to reboot the system to re-enable the device.

PS4 Slim coming alongside PS4 Neo, reports claim

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 7:23 pm

Sony isn't about to let Microsoft have all the console-upgrading fun: the Japanese gaming giant may reveal a new PS4 Slim model alongside its upgraded 4K-ready PS4 Neo in September.




According to Macquarie Securities analyst Damien Thong, Sony will unveil two new PlayStation 4 consoles at this year's Tokyo Game Show: a slimmer PS4 and the new upgraded PS4K that's built on AMD's new 14nm Polaris GPU technology for 4K upscaled gaming.


"Macquarie Securities analyst Damian Thong said Sony might also introduce a slimmer version of the PlayStation. Sony declined to comment on that possibility. The new variations of the console might be released at a game show in September, Mr. Thong said," reads a report from the Wall Street Journal.

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Starting this week, declining Windows 10 upgrade will actually work

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 6:49 pm

To say Microsoft has been aggressive with encouraging users to upgrade to Windows 10 would be an understatement. Finally though, it says it will tweak the prompts to be more straightforward. By the sounds and looks of it, declining the offer will actually decline the offer now, instead of scheduling it without you knowing.




"Since we introduced a new upgrade experience for Windows 10, we've received feedback that some of our valued customers found it confusing," says Windows chief Terry Myerson. "We've been working hard to incorporate their feedback and this week, we'll roll out a new upgrade experience with clear options to upgrade now, schedule a time, or decline the free offer."

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Hottest new PC games discounted in digital pre-order sale

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 5:37 pm

If E3 2016 taught us anything, it's that there's some awesome games coming this year and in 2017. We have titles like Dishonored 2, Watch Dogs 2, Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2 and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided all coming to PC. Normally I'd advise against pre-ordering games before reviews come out, but if you've already decided, be sure to save some cash with the deals listed below.




UK key distributor Funstock Digital is currently holding an attractive sale on some of the hottest yet-to-be-released PC games, knocking down the usual $64 price tag to $37 for most games. Sure you pre-order these games on Amazon and get 20% off with Prime, or even grab them on Best Buy with your Gamer's Club Unlocked, but those all require extra fees.


Check below for a list of games and their sale prices, and note that these are all PC digital downloads across various stores like Origin, uPlay and Steam.

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Battlefield 1 Closed Alpha invites rolling out

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 5:29 pm

The wait is over: if you signed up for Battlefield Insider, you may have your Battlefield 1 Closed Alpha invite in your inbox now, as we've received ours, as have some others. Likely the invites will be slowly rolled out, so if you don't see one yet, just keep checking over the coming days. Not everyone who signed up for Insider is necessarily guaranteed to receive one, however, so you may have to wait until beta to try the game for yourself.




Unfortunately, the game isn't downloading for some, presumably due to the high demand, but the errors should stop once the Origin team get everything sorted.


Rumor has it console players will be able to get in on the action too, so if you don't play on PC, still keep an eye out.

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Fallout 4 mod support on PS4 delayed indefinitely

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 4:51 pm

PlayStation 4 gamers will have to wait an undetermined amount of time to get Fallout 4 mod support.




Bethesda has officially delayed Fallout 4 mod capability on Sony's PS4 console. "We regret to say that the PS4 Mods Beta for Fallout 4 has been delayed. We will update everyone when we can," the studio wrote on Twitter.


PS4 owners were supposed to get mod support right about now, but the studio has faced tons of unexpected issues on the platform including performance and memory issues. This is particularly interesting given the PS4's sizable power boost over Microsoft's Xbox One, but the console utilizes an entirely different hardware configuration. Meanwhile, Xbox One players have access to an ever-expanding suite of Fallout 4 mods, and the console's tight integration with Windows 10 could have something to do with that.


Bethesda has provided no timeline on when PS4 owners can expect mods, but given the rather serious issues surrounding the hardware/content clashes, I wouldn't expect them any time soon. Let's hope the studio gets things in working order before Skyrim: Special Edition launches, or they'll be up the proverbial creek without a paddle.


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Nintendo NX manufacturing preparations are underway

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 3:05 pm

Nintendo has begun preparations for the manufacture new NX console ahead of its March 2017 launch.




In the latest Nintendo Investor Relations meeting, company director Hirokazu Shinshi revealed that the company is about to flip the switch on the NX's manufacturing. Nintendo outsources the creation of its products like the new NX console to automated fabless manufacturing facilities in China, and the company is currently trying to pinpoint an exact amount of NX consoles that should be manufactured for its launch.


"Manufacturing automation has long been practiced in Japan, and is now done in China. While making the same product for a long time, the amount manufactured changes based on things like the Christmas season," Shinshi said during the meeting. "It's easy to automate unchanging production amounts, but it's difficult when they do change. We're thoroughly communicating with our partners to make adjustments. As for the #NX, manufacturing is being prepped. We're considering how much to automate."

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Why wasn't the NX at E3? Nintendo is afraid of copycats

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 1:15 pm

In turns out that Nintendo's "new idea" for the NX is rather precious--so precious that the Japanese gaming giant skipped a console reveal at the premiere games industry event of the year. So why did Nintendo hold the NX back from E3 2016? To protect it from copycats stealing their idea.




According to Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, the company would normally reveal the NX at E3, but they held off because of potential imitators. "Normally we would've shown the NX at E3, but we didn't. We're worried about imitators if we release info too early," Miyamoto said during today's Nintendo Investor Relations meeting, as translated by Cheesemeister3K.


So let's go over this, shall we? Nintendo has initiated a complete press blackout about the NX for the past several years in order to protect this "new idea". Nintendo also missed out on showcasing their new console at E3 in order to safeguard this idea. We don't even know if major third-party developers have NX devkits yet--this is how far Nintendo has gone to protect the console. This tells me that Nintendo is working on something special, something entirely different than we've seen before. Now Tatsumi Kimishima's promises that the NX is a "new way of thinking about consoles" seem to make a lot more sense.

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