Category: pc gaming

10GB VS 16GB VRAM

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While new video cards are short in supply at present, both AMD and NVIDIA have promised more availability in 2021. The question that many have is concerning the amount of VRAM on a video card. AMD is providing 16GB of GDDR6 while NVIDIA has 10GB GDDR6X. Both vendors cards are of similar performance. The 10th …

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PUNKBUSTER

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Punkbuster is a tool to prevent tampering with games. A lot of cheating has been seen in online gaming. The first beta was seen with Half-Life. Americas Army Assassins Creed 3 Battlefield 2 Battlefield 3 Battlefield 2142 Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Battlefield: Hardline Battlefield Heroes Battlefield Play4Free Battlefield Vietnam Call of Duty Call of Duty …

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ATX MID TOWER VS MICRO ATX CHASSIS

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Here at the studio the Obsidian there are several chassis available. Some of the chassis are the extra large full tower EATX format given the use of water cooling. Many recent creampuff rigs posted all over seem to be mostly mid-tower ATX boxes. The Corsair Carbide 275R is an example of a box with the …

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ENTRY LEVEL VIDEO CARDS AND DUAL FAN COOLERS

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We often spend time looking over Video cards on NewEgg, eBay and others. We do this to check prices and availability etc. Low end cards like the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti are mostly 7″ length logic boards. We often see dual fan coolers on them that extend the card length to 9″. We …

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WINDOWS 10 GAME MODE

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One of the features introduced with Window 10 1803 is the game mode. Most gamers have more than 4GB of memory and at least a 4 core processor available. Many however only have a dual core processor which is not very good for multitasking with a game running. Game Mode is designed to improve the …

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GAMES WITH UNITY ENGINE ISSUES

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Several games made with the Unity engine have had issues with Windows 10 since the September updates and this have continued with the 1709 version of Windows 10. The problem is mostly with closing the game. Windows error reporting catches most of them but several do not trigger an error at all. Unity is popular …

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THE DECLINE OF DLC

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Recently Doom moved to make the core game and all DLC available to all players. For those who are new to the game it meant a big jump in value. Even more the publisher also reduced the price for the game. Some publishers tried to cash-in with DLC but many found it did not pan …

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EMULATORS & RETRO GAMING

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The modern PC is incredibly powerful when considered to machines ca. 1980. Back in 1980 the Radio Shack TRS-80 was expensive and it was not very powerful. It also cost several thousand dollars. There is an open source C program to emulate CP/M which allows antique BASIC and even binary backwards compatibility. PC-DOS and MS-DOS …

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A POTATO FOR A GAMING PC

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Sometimes the expressions that system requirements use the term runs on a potato. This usually means that a video card like the ancient GeForce 6600 GT is all that is needed to play. Integrated graphics on a machine like the Intel Sandy Bridge HD 3000 is insanely better than the old 6600 GT. Games like …

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GAMES USING DENUVO COPY PROTECTION

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Some recent games that are sold on the Steam Store are now shipping with additional DRM. Unlicensed copying has been a problem for games for a long time. Denuvo evolved from the old Sony SecurOM technology. The Denuvo is not conventional DRM, it works more to prevent tampering which was a problem for SecurOM. Denuvo has …

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