#ThrowbackThursday With the venerable GeForce GTX 980 having celebrated its third birthday, in the world of GPUs that puts it squarely over the hill. Even the GTX 1080 is over a year old already, however the performance bump in this last generation was very significant. From the GTX 480 to the GTX 1080, how much faster are today's GPUs?
If you're playing either of those titles you'll want to download the new AMD Crimson Driver 17.10.1 which introduces Radeon Chill profiles for both, in addition to a fix to a graphics issue in DiRT 4.
Nvidia has released a new set of GeForce drivers intended to bring the best gaming experience for Middle earth: Shadow of War, The Evil Within 2, and Forza Motorsport 7. They also include VR optimizations for ARKTIKA.1.
For generations we've put up with sub-10% YOY performance improvements on ultraportables, but with the threat of AMD's competition in the near future, Intel's low-power mobile chips are finally transitioning to quad-cores. Achieved while keeping within the same 15-watt TDP, let me tell you, the boost is huge.
For $180 the Core i3-8350K is nearly a rebadged Core i5-7600K: both are 14nm quad-cores operating at ~4GHz, but the 8350K is 25% cheaper. Meanwhile, the Core i3-8100 goes for a more appealing $120. And although it's locked at 3.6GHz, it's roughly 40% more affordable than a comparable i5 from the last generation.
BTX, Ultra ATX, EATX, XL-ATX, HPTX?
Intel is hitting back with its eighth-generation Core series, which counters Ryzen with cores, lots of cores. On hand today we have the Core i7-8700K, based on Intel's new "Coffee Lake" architecture, it is designed to operate no slower than 3.7 GHz, with turbo boost taking it as high as 4.7 GHz.
How bad is bottlenecking these days? Well, that all depends on how bad you are at pairing hardware. Any experienced system builder will tell you it's important to build a balanced system, especially if you want the best bang for your buck.
All you Radeon owners playing Total War: Warhammer II or Forza Motorsport 7 should download this new driver that promises performances enhancements for those two titles, plus bug fixes in F1 2017.