Our GDC 2015 interview with Sword Coast Legends developers n-space showcased the game's DM mode, which hands the reigns of dungeon management over to another player. With a few more months of development behind the game, nSpace President Dan Tudge and team have posted a few gameplay videos showcasing dungeon setup tools and gameplay.

Our recent Fury X driver comparison took rumors of a disparate relationship between press and launch drivers to task, ultimately finding that no real difference existed. This testing procedure exposed us to the currently discussed “coil whine” and “pump whine” of the new R9 Fury X. Today's test seeks to determine with objectivity and confidence whether the whine is detrimental in a real-world use case.

AMD's R9 Fury X video card emits a high frequency whine when under load. We have located this noise on both of our retail units – sold under Sapphire's banner, but effectively identical to all Fury X cards – and reviewers with press samples have cited the same noise. The existence of a sound does not inherently point toward an unusably loud product, though, and must be tested in a sterile environment to determine impact to the user experience. The noise resembles coil whine, for those familiar with the irritating hum, but is actually an emission from the high-speed pump on the Fury X. This relegates the noise to what is ultimately a mechanical flaw in the engineering rather than something electrical, as coil whine would suggest.

“Amnesty” and “anti-malware” are not two words generally paired together, but the popular program Malwarebytes recently changed that. In response to the rising number of pirated copies and sales of counterfeit copies of their program, the company rolled-out its amnesty program.

Our R9 Fury X analysis is still forthcoming, but we interrupted other tests to quickly analyze driver performance between the pre-release press drivers and launch day consumer drivers.

All testing was conducted using a retail Fury X, as we were unable to obtain press sampling. This benchmark specifically tests performance of the R9 Fury X using the B8, B9, and release (15.15.1004) drivers against one another.

The purpose for this test is to demystify some rumors that the Fury X would exhibit improved performance with the launch day drivers (15.15.1004), with some speculation indicating that the press drivers were less performant.

 

Excitement continues to build over Valve’s long-awaited Steam Machines -- PCs that will come preloaded with the SteamOS. Many fans, though, will have to wait a little longer for their own machines as the first line of pre-orders for Steam Controllers and Steam Links have already sold out. October 16 is the expected shipping date for Steam’s first public venture into hardware.

This weekend's sales round-up focuses on what's outside the box: Monitors. As we've seen lately, 4K gaming really isn't all that possible just yet with a single GPU configuration – but it's on the rise, especially for non-AAA graphics. One space where 4K displays do make perfect sense, though, is in design or development, where refresh rates and framerates aren't nearly as important as usable screen space and clarity. This short round-up hosts a budget 1080p display, mid-range 1080p IPS display, “entry-level” 4K display, and a semi-affordable 4K IPS panel.

It’s time to pick up the blasters and lightsabers again. After 10 years, the Star Wars “Battlefront” franchise is returning to something bigger than a handheld device. Initially announced two years ago, EA is now sending out invitations to a closed alpha test for the PC version of Star Wars Battlefront. You can join in by signing up at starwars.ea.com.

Regardless of how its mechanics pan-out, Star Citizen is slated to claim the throne as one of the most graphically intense PC games in recent history. This is something we discussed with CIG's Chris Roberts back when the Kickstarter was still running, diving into the graphics technology and the team's intent to fully utilize all tools available to them.

We've been trying to perform frequent benchmarks of Star Citizen as the game progresses. This progress monitor comes with a massive disclaimer, though, and is something we'll revisit shortly: The game isn't finished.

The recent launch of the GTX 980 Ti, R9 Fury X, and AMD 300 series cards almost demands a revisit to Star Citizen's video card performance. This graphics benchmark looks at GPU performance in Star Citizen's 1.1.3 build, testing framerates at various settings and resolutions.

EVGA Supernova P2 PSU Now in New Capacities

By Published June 25, 2015 at 11:09 pm

The Supernova G2 power supply has been a go-to for our high-end PC builds in the past, offering highly efficient continuous power in a plus-sized form factor. An update to the power supplies brought along the P2 PSU, which has been shipping for some time in capacities up to 1600W – more than most American homes can supply from an outlet – and no lower than 1000W.

This week's slow-down on major content posts has allowed for some behind-the-scenes work on a new benchmarking platform – an X99 rig using an i7-5930K and DDR4 memory for SLI and CrossFire benchmarking. System integrator iBUYPOWER had some spare X-rev lab samples left over, so with their support and our own investment in other hardware, the site will soon be able to produce SLI tests without concern of throttling due to lane and processing limitations of the 4790K CPU.

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