Overclockers News Roundup: 20th May
Free Games this Week
There's a new Free to play game from Amazon being released called Crucible on May 20th. Crucible is a team-based action shooter driven by the choices you make set in an apocalyptic future. Three game modes with be available on launch and you can download it via Steam by clicking on the thumbnail. Epic Games have ramped things up again this week and after giving away GTA V free until May 21st. There is a rumour Civilization 6 will be the next free game on May 21st followed by Borderlands: The handsome collection (May 28th) and Ark: Survival Evolved (June 4th). Epic hasn't confirmed the leak, but we will find out soon with the announcement of the next free game so make sure to keep an eye on the Epic games store. Robert Space Industries is giving gamers the chance to try out Star Citizen for a limited time for free. The offer runs from May 22nd until June 1st, and you can download the game from the OFFICIAL WEBSITE.
Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake now available
Intel recently announced a line up of brand new 10th generation chips Comet lake chips with blisteringly fast speeds of up to 5.3Ghz and multithreaded performance across every i3, i5, i7, and i9 processor up to a maximum of 10 cores / 20 threads. The Comet Lake processors use the new LGA 1200 socket, and there is a selection of high-quality Z490 motherboards also available. The main enthusiast CPU's are the flagship 5.3Ghz i9-10900K, i7-10700K which boasts similar specifications to its predecessor the i9-9900K, and the i5 10600K which is the fastest i5 with a speed up to 4.8Ghz. Current 115X coolers are compatible with the 1200 socket, and Intel states the CPU's officially support up to DDR4-2933Mhz memory speeds. To read more on these CPUs and get information on Prebuilt systems, Bundles and hardware available, make sure to check out the OCUK Buyer's guide by clicking the thumbnail.
AMD backtracks on its controversial decision
AMD had originally announced that it's new Ryzen 4000 processors would not be compatible with existing B450 and X470 motherboards. This decision caused much upset for people who purchased a Ryzen 3000 processor and 400 series board with the hope to upgrade the CPU in the future. The company had originally promised that it would support the AM4 platform from 2016 through to 2020. Many users had assumed that this meant any AM4 platform, including the upcoming Ryzen 4000 series. Ultimately the reason for the lockout was down to the BIOS size which is understandable considering AM4 supports a huge number of CPUs. However, AMD acknowledged people's concerns and will enable an upgrade path for B450 and X470 customers that adds support for next-gen AMD Ryzen Processors with the "Zen 3" architecture. This upgrade path will be via a one-way optional BIOS update that will disable support for many existing AMD Ryzen™ Desktop Processor models to make the necessary ROM space available. Click the thumbnail for AMD's original post on Reddit.
Nvidia announces Ampere graphics technology
It's not the much anticipated RTX 3080 yet, but it is a huge announcement for professional markets, including AI, scientific research, data-centres and cloud. The Ampere architecture replaces Volta, which was released in 2017, and it uses the upgraded TSMC 7nm process. When it comes to performance, Ampere is extremely promising as the massive A100 GPU has billions more transistors making it up to x20 faster than it’s predecessor the Nvidia Volta V100. The was no mention of PC gaming or Geforce, however, It’s likely this technology will be trickling down to the mainstream line-up eventually. Click the thumbnail to go the Nvidia Ampere webpage.
Doom Eternal Anticheat update angers gamers
Doom Eternal just got its first major update, and it came bundled with Denuvo Anti-cheat. Cheating has always been a huge problem in FPS games and prevention is normally welcomed; however, the gaming community despises the Kernel-level service and concerns have been raised regarding security, vulnerabilities and privacy. Denuvo Anti-cheat works in a similar way to Valorants controversial "Vanguard software" collecting information on how the OS interacts with the game and using it to detect if you are cheating. Denuvo's developers Irdeto have tried to reassure gamers stating it is GDPR compliant and the system only runs when the game is open. However, it has still seen Doom Eternal receive over 6000 negative reviews on Steam in just a few days. Denuvo is required to play both single-player and Multiplayer version of Doom Eternal meaning players have started calling it "Denuvo Spyware or Malware" and started refunding and uninstalling the game. It will be interesting to see how Bethesda handle this backlash in the coming weeks. Click the thumbnail to check out the Steam reviews for yourself.
Unreal Engine 5 announced
Epic Games recently revealed the awesome effects and graphics game developers would be able to achieve with Unreal Engine 5. The new game engine demonstrates what gameplay can look like with billions of triangles, global illumination, along with spatialized audio and improved physics interactions. This new technology is a huge time-saver to developers while also meaning the graphics can be beautiful and detailed. The impressive demo used the hardware found in the next-gen Playstation 5; however, Epic Games also confirmed it should run "pretty good" on an RTX 2070 Super. Storage speed will also have a huge impact on gameplay, and it's why the PS5 has such a focus on its new PCIe 4.0 SSD. Unreal Engine 5 is optimised for next-generation storage, and it needs to be fast enough to seamlessly increase the complexity of distant objects as they get closer without 'popping in' more detailed models. That means a fast NVMe SSD is going to be a must-have gaming PC component in the coming years. Unreal Engine 5 will be available in preview early 2021, for a full release late in 2021, supporting next-generation consoles, current-generation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android. Click the thumbnail to check out the Unreal Engine webpage.