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PC PowerPlay is Australia's original and best-selling PC games magazine. Offering a mix of games and hardware coverage, the magazine gives a complete picture for the PC entertainment enthusiast. Inside is breaking news of new games, detailed previews of upcoming games, and advice to help readers make sense of the array of hardware and tech products that hit the market each month. PC Powerplay doesn’t just promote tech, it benchmarks and analyses it to help gamers make the most intelligent purchasing decision they can.

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Future Publishing Ltd
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
knowledge is power

The above may sound like a tired old phrase, but the reason it has prevailed is that it is very, very true. With applied knowledge you can do a lot, and that is just as true whether you’re an engineer, a physicist, or… A PC builder. In fact, if you’re a PC builder with the right knowledge, that power can be quite easily measurable! If you build your PC right, you’ll have a machine that runs cooler, with stable benchmarks, and capable of pushing out the most frames even in demanding games. By picking the right hardware, you can even build a cheaper machine that is still a solid performer, offering you a very special kind of power… More money in your wallet! So read on, learn, and make the most of your newfound…

5 min.
pcpp tech bytes

SAMSUNG’S NEW 970 EVO PLUS SSDS TOUT FASTER SPEEDS AT LOWER PRICES THAN 970 PRO For all intents and purposes, this is Samsung’s new flagship SSD series. Samsung today responded with its new 970 Evo Plus line of SSDs, which on paper is its fastest consumer NVMe offering to date. It’s somewhat of a surprise release, and an interesting one when you compare the specs to Samsung’s 970 Pro family. Samsung has always saved its best performance for its Pro family, while its Evo drives have traditionally offered better pricing at slower (though not ‘slow’) speeds. In this case, however, the upgraded 970 Evo Plus drives are rated to deliver sequential read speeds of up to 3,500MB/s, and sequential write speeds of up to 3,300MB/s. The sequential read ceiling is the same as the 970…

2 min.
pcpp game news

BATTLEFIELD 5 MAY NOT GET RENTAL SERVERS Electronic Arts hasn’t decided yet whether it will offer a rental server program for the newest Battlefield. Battlefield’s server rental program gives players the ability to operate their own game servers, with map rotations, game modes, and gameplay settings customisable as the renter sees fit. Third-party companies operated the servers for earlier Battlefield games, but EA assumed exclusive control with Battlefield 1. It said during a September livestream that rental servers would not be available at launch, which caused some concern, but the general assumption seemed to be that they’d come along sooner or later, since previous Battlefield games also launched before rental servers were ready. But a message posted on Reddit by Battlefield global community manager Dan Mitre suggests that it might not happen at…

15 min.
2019 tech preview

Take your mind back a moment. It’s November 1996, Bill Clinton has just beaten Bob Dole to the presidency, “Macarena” is topping the charts, and Star Trek: First Contact is about to make waves at the box office. In the world of tech, however, something more wonderful is about to happen. Andrew Grove, Intel’s CEO of the day, is about to drop one of his truth bombs, and that truth? Well, it’s that by 2011, thanks to a combination of Moore’s Law and genius architectural advancements, Intel CPUs will be operating at the 10GHz mark and beyond. Although that prediction may have fallen a bit flat over the years, it’s not to say we haven’t advanced since then, technologically at least. The world of the transistor stops for no nerd, and…

1 min.
the future of processors

With all of this coming from the mainstream manufacturers, you might be forgiven for thinking that’s it for the world of the humble processor. Well, there’s one outlier you might not expect to be making waves, but there are more than just ripples coming from our long-misjudged technical brothers across the battle-ravaged OS ocean. Apple is seemingly picking up the pace when it comes to processor design and overall performance. Take a look at the ARM-based Bionic A12 X processor found in its latest tablets, and even in the iPhone XS, and you’ll see performance numbers equal to a mid-clocked Sky Lake Core i5-6400 or so. That might seem like small fry when you look at the current state of desktop processors, but given the fact that the company has been…

1 min.
the future of dram

This could be the year we see the first DDR5 memory kits make it to market. We saw Micron and Cadence demo working DDR5 memory in late 2018, and even with JEDEC not finalizing the spec just yet, manufacturers are expecting to begin production in the latter half of 2019. When it comes to DDR5, although it looks to be more of the same, it couldn’t be further from the truth. Expect MT/s (MHz for the marketing gurus out there) to start at speeds of 4,266MT/s and reach 6,400MT/s, followed by a drop in voltage from 1.2V down to 1.1V, and a doubling in maximum capacity per chip, as usual. According to Cadence and Micron, however, all that is just icing on the cake. The big changes will be at an architectural…