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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

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1 min.
the greatest pc show on earth…

For one week every year Taipei, the capital of Taiwan and the PC hardware capital of the whole planet, goes even more computer-crazy than normal. Computex takes over the sprawling metropolis; product managers become rockstars, and the world’s tech media descends on the town for an epic few days of breaking news, interviews, and keynotes. If you’re a gamer or PC hardware nerd - like we are - it’s Disneyland, Hollywood, and a little bit of a holy site combined. This event sets the pace for the year to come, and knowing what’s big can influence not only hardware vendors and retailers, but also… us. Chances are, if you’ve got an upgrade or new build planned in the next year, you’ll be looking at something that was on show in Taipei So…

1 min.
the future of graphics

Intel was not afraid to look far ahead during one of its Computex presentations this year. The chip maker has been threatening to step into the mainstream graphics market for a few years now, but the futuristic concepts pictured here are truly forward-looking. Created by designer Cristiano Siqueira, these concept cards are a glimpse of graphics hardware circa 2035! Of course, they might also hint to the exterior design of the long awaited Xe hardware lineup, apparently gracing our PCs some time next year. If it is a hint, well… yeah, any of these would like great in a nice, windowed case. “Created by designer Cristiano Siqueira, these concept cards are a glimpse of graphics hardware circa 2035!”…

1 min.
red’s not dead

Computex officially kicked off on Tuesday the 28th of May, but that doesn’t stop many companies from holding pre show press briefings and keynotes. So it was with AMD. Anticipation around Ryzen 3 CPUs and Navi GPUs has been building for some time, and AMD made the smart PR decision to get out in front of the news cycle with an early Monday keynote delivered by its CEO; Dr Lisa Su. AMD has taken the bold decision to essentially refresh its entire product portfolio all at once. How about all this: a new multi die CPU architecture, higher core counts, a new 7nm process node, new X570 motherboard chipset, a new GPU architecture, also on the 7nm node, and announcements that the next PlayStation and Xbox consoles will use AMD processors…

4 min.
amd unveils its ryzen 3 cpu range

Let’s start off with Ryzen 3, the first true overhaul of the Ryzen processor since its launch in Q1 of 2017. It’s known by several codenames, with Zen 2 being the best descriptor. The desktop Zen 2-based CPU family is known as ‘Matisse’, while the refreshed APUs with integrated graphics are known as ‘Picasso’. Zen 2 brings a fundamental and drastic change in design and manufacturing. It introduces a multi-chip module design where the CPU core complexes and I/O components are contained on their own, separate dies. MCM designs bring many advantages. The smaller individual dies mean manufacturability is improved, with less defects and higher yields compared to a single large monolithic design. Modularity and scalability is also improved. We see this with the relative ease that AMD is able to…

6 min.
amd reveals rx 5700 navi series

Let’s not forget that AMD is also a graphics manufacturer. As a company, both from a market and Wall Street perspective, AMD has received a huge amount of attention for its resurgence since the release of first generation Ryzen, and its stock price reflects investor’s confidence. It’s been a long time since we saw AMD really hit one out of the park with a GPU though. We’ve long been hoping that AMD would have a Ryzen-like impact with a new graphics architecture. It’s what we’re hoping to see with its long awaited new Navi GPU. Has that moment arrived? Again, we’ll have to wait until we’ve got samples in hand to really know. Navi as it is now is NOT a high-end GPU. 2080 and 2080 Ti owners will still be…

2 min.
nvidia geforce rtx 2080 ti

1 RTX HEART There’s a total of 68 ray-tracing cores buried inside here—22 more than the RTX 2080, and only four fewer than a Titan RTX. To give you some numbers, if this processor didn’t have ray-tracing cores, it should house around 15 billion transistors. It actually has 18.6 billion. That’s 20 percent of the hardware dedicated to ray tracing. 2 11GB GDDR6 To denote how similar this card is to the Titan RTX, there’s a single memory chip missing. Aside from that absent 1GB, there’s little else between the two, except a few disabled shader processors (down from 4,608 to 4,352), and slightly fewer ray-tracing cores. 3 POWER MANAGEMENT The standard Founders Edition card comes with some seriously impressive power management hardware. In fact, each eight-pin PCIe power is supplied with five phases, and…