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New DirectX 11 vs. DirectX 12 comparison shows uneven results, limited improvements

For the last few years, there’s been an ongoing debate about the benefits and advantages (or lack thereof) surrounding DirectX 12. It hasn’t helped any that the argument has been bitterly partisan, with Nvidia GPUs often showing minimal benefits or ...

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Turning the Nintendo Switch’s Wi-Fi off can reportedly improve its frame rate

The Nintendo Switch has generally been lauded as an excellent handheld system, but its top game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, isn’t without some issues. As Digital Foundry noted when it tested the game, both the Switch ...

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The 20 best free PC games

While free PC games used to be dominated by novelty flash games or small-scale indie testbeds, the free-to-play phenomenon has completely changed the landscape. These days, the full-priced games that once reigned are getting some real competition from titles that ...

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AMD issues report on thread scheduling, gaming, Ryzen, and Windows 10

AMD’s new Ryzen microprocessor has revitalized the company’s CPU business and makes a credible play for the workstation, desktop, and (soon) the server markets. Its gaming performance, however, was initially concerning. At 1080p, the company’s CPUs are well behind Intel, ...

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AMD Ryzen CPUs are readily available, but Ryzen motherboards? Not so much

Ever since AMD launched Ryzen, the CPU has been selling well — it continues to occupy multiple spots on Amazon’s best-selling CPU list (currently Ryzen chips hold #9, #10, and #15, with the old FX family holding spots #8 and ...

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The Switch is Nintendo’s fastest-selling console ever, but don’t assume it will continue to hold that title

According to Nintendo, the Switch’s sales on Friday and Saturday broke every record at Nintendo for the fastest, best-selling launch ever. Meanwhile, the new Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild set its own records for the bestselling title not ...

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Microsoft plans convergence of PC, Xbox gaming, releases more details on Windows 10 Game Mode

For the last few months we’ve heard tidbits and hints about Microsoft’s upcoming Game Mode for Windows 10. The new mode, which is part of the Creators Update, is supposed to help some games run modestly faster — and as ...

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Nvidia turns everything to 11 with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, GTX 1080 price cuts

SAN FRANCISCO — At GDC 2017, Nvidia announced its long-expected GTX 1080 Ti. The GPU, which has been rumored since at least the Nvidia Titan X’s unveil, is a potent upgrade compared with Nvidia’s previous top-end consumer card, the GTX 1080. ...

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NES Classic Edition mods are unlocking its power as a universal gaming emulator

The NES Classic Edition was a hot gift over the holidays — Nintendo couldn’t make them fast enough to meet demand. Who would have thought people would be so excited to play the 30 retro games on this box? Well, ...

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Russian man sentenced for killing friend in AMD vs. Nvidia GPU dispute

It’s common, in tech enthusiast circles, to conceptualize conflict between companies as a battle or war. This isn’t solely a conceit of journalists — read the comments on any GPU review or game performance debate, and it quickly becomes clear ...

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