Windows 11 Security Features Hit Game Performance

Microsoft has officially released Windows 11, not that you probably have it on your system yet. Unlike past years, Microsoft isn’t giving everyone the option of installing Windows 11 right away, but anyone buying prebuilt from this point forward is likely to encounter it. If you’re going to use that…

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AMD’s Older RDNA GPUs Benefit From Smart Access Memory Support

When AMD announced it had added Smart Access Memory support to its older RDNA GPUs, we weren’t sure how much benefit gamers could expect to get out of the feature. RDNA and RDNA2 are quite similar, microarchitecturally speaking, but there are some significant differences in memory latency, cache design, and…

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Nvidia’s DLAA Could Be a Huge Step Forward for Anti-Aliasing

Nvidia has announced that an upcoming update to the Elder Scrolls Online will introduce DLSS support for lower-end GPUs, to help them run the game more effectively. But that’s not the only feature coming. Nvidia also intends to introduce a new, Deep Learning Anti-Aliasing mode, or DLAA for short. The…

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Will Higher PC Component Prices Drive Gamers Away?

On Friday, the computer industry passed a quiet milestone. Ampere — launched on September 17, 2020 — has never been widely available in-market at its official MSRP. This, of course, has not stopped Nvidia from making an absolute killing on GPU hardware over the past 12 months, but it has…

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Amazon’s New World Beta Didn’t Directly Kill EVGA RTX 3090s

Earlier this summer, Amazon released its MMO, New World, for beta testing. It didn’t take long for reports of failed RTX 3090 GPUs to begin popping up online. The failures were specifically concentrated in EVGA RTX 3090 GPUs. Back when Ampere launched, some wondered whether the different capacitors used on…

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