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Cyberpunk 2077 : Updated PC Specifications For RTX Gaming

Cyberpunk 2077 : Updated PC Specifications For RTX Gaming

NVIDIA just released updated PC specifications for RTX gaming on Cyberpunk 2077!

Check out these updated requirements to make sure you are ready to turn RTX on when Cyberpunk 2077 launches!

 

Cyberpunk 2077 : Updated PC Specifications For RTX Gaming

NVIDIA today revealed their updated system configurations for RTX gameplay.

CPU

  • 1080p : Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD Ryzen 3 3200G
  • 1440p or 4K : Intel Core i7-6700 or AMD Ryzen 5 3600

Graphics Card

Graphics Memory

  • 1080p : 6 GB
  • 1440p : 8 GB
  • 4K : 10 GB

System Memory + Storage

  • All resolutions : 16 GB RAM + 70 GB SSD

This is what NVIDIA says about RTX gaming on Cyberpunk 2077 :

The minimum GPU for Ray Tracing, at 1920×1080, is the GeForce RTX 2060. Gamers will explore Night City with Medium Ray Tracing Preset powered by DLSS.

At 2560×1440, we recommend a GeForce RTX 3070 or GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Ray tracing is taken to Ultra, which greatly increases the fidelity of the aforementioned effects, and the distance at which they are visible, while DLSS provides boosted frame rates with uncompromised image quality.

And with rasterized settings also being cranked to Ultra, GeForce RTX 3070 and 2080 Ti gamers receive an incredible experience at the highest detail levels, unmatched by any other platform.

And finally, if you’re playing at 4K or beyond, the GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3090 deliver the performance to play Cyberpunk 2077 with ray tracing at Ultra at this incredibly demanding resolution.

Both GPUs are powered by Ampere — NVIDIA’s 2nd gen RTX architecture — with dedicated RT Cores for ray tracing, and Tensor Cores for DLSS AI acceleration, delivering an unrivaled cinematic-quality experience.

 

Cyberpunk 2077 : Updated PC Specifications With RTX Off

What if you don’t feel the need to turn on ray tracing in Cyberpunk 2077?

Here are the recommended system specifications to game on Cyberpunk 2077 with RTX off :

CPU

  • 1080p : Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD Ryzen 3 3200G
  • 1440p or 4K : Intel Core i7-6700 or AMD Ryzen 5 3600

Graphics Card

Graphics Memory

  • 1080p or 1440p : 6 GB
  • 4K : 8 GB

System Memory + Storage

  • All resolutions : 16 GB RAM + 70 GB SSD

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series : Where To Buy?

Malaysia

RTX 3070 : ZOTACZOTAC | MSI | Colorful | GIGABYTE | ASUS
RTX 3080 :
ZOTAC | GIGABYTE | ASUS |
RTX 3090 : ZOTAC | ZOTAC | GALAX | Leadtek | PNY | INNO 3D | MSI | EVGA | ASUS

Singapore

RTX 3070 : ZOTAC | MSI | ASUS | ASUS
RTX 3080 : PALIT
| PALIT | PALIT | GIGABYTE | MSI | GIGABYTE | MSI | AORUS | AORUS
RTX 3090 : ZOTAC
| ZOTAC | ZOTAC | ASUS | GIGABYTE

United States

RTX 3070 : MSI | MSI | ZOTAC | MSI | GIGABYTE | EVGA | ASUS | ZOTAC | ASUS
RTX 3080 : EVGA | ASUS | ZOTAC | MSI | ZOTAC | MSI | ASUS | MSI | NVIDIA | ASUS
RTX 3090 : EVGA | ASUS | MSI | ASUS | MSI | ZOTAC | EVGA | NVIDIA | PNY | GIGABYTE

United Kingdom

RTX 3070 : MSI | PNY | GIGABYTE | GIGABYTE | GIGABYTE | MSI | ZOTAC | MSI | GIGABYTE | ASUS
RTX 3090 : MSI | MSI | ZOTAC | ASUS | GIGABYTE | PALIT | PNY

Australia

RTX 3070 : GIGABYTE | GIGABYTE | MSI | MSI | MSI | ASUS | GIGABYTE | ASUS | ZOTAC | Palit
RTX 3080 : MSI | ASUS | MSI | MSI | NVIDIA | EVGA
RTX 3090 : MSI | MSI | GALAX | MSI | ASUS | MSI

 

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Founders Edition Review!

NVIDIA spiked the AMD Radeon RX 5700 launch party by first teasing, and then launching the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER.

A cut-down version of the GeForce RTX 2070, it comes with 2176 stream processors and 8 GB of GDDR6 memory, at a $100 lower price point!

How will it match up against the new Radeon RX 5700, and its predecessor, the RTX 2060? Let’s find out!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Primer

Designed to extend NVIDIA’s performance lead against the new AMD Navi-based graphics cards, the NVIDIA RTX SUPER graphics cards are based on cut-down versions of existing GeForce RTX models.

The GeForce RTX 2060 survives to remain the cheapest RTX card you can buy, while the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti remains the most powerful RTX graphics card that money can buy.

This is how the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER series compares to the older NVIDIA GeForce RTX series.

Specifications RTX
2080 Ti
RTX
2080
SUPER
RTX
2080
RTX
2070
SUPER
RTX
2070
RTX
2060
SUPER
RTX
2060
GPU TU102
-300
TU104
-450
TU104
-400
TU104
-410
TU106
-400
TU106
-410
TU106
-200
CUDA Cores 4352 3072 2944 2560 2304 2176 1920
Base Clock 1350 MHz 1650 MHz 1515 MHz 1605 MHz 1410 MHz 1470 MHz 1365 MHz
Boost Clock 1545 MHz 1815 MHz 1710 MHz 1770 MHz 1620 MHz 1650 MHz 1680 MHz
TMUs 272 192 184 160 144 136 120
Min. Texture Fill Rate 367.2 GT/s 316.8 GT/s 278.8 GT/s 256.8 GT/s 203.0 GT/s 199.9 GT/s 163.8 GT/s
Max. Texture Fill Rate 420.2 GT/s 348.5 GT/s 314.6 GT/s 283.2 GT/s 233.3 GT/s 224.4 GT/s 201.6 GT/s
ROPs 88 64 64 64 64 64 48
Min. Pixel Fill Rate 118.8 GP/s 105.6 GP/s 97.0 GP/s 102.7 GP/s 90.2 GP/s 94.1 GP/s 65.5 GP/s
Max. Pixel Fill Rate 136.0 GP/s 116.2 GP/s 109.4 GP/s 113.3 GP/s 103.7 GP/s 105.6 GP/s 80.6 GP/s
Tensor Cores 544 384 368 320 288 272 240
RTX-OPS 76 T 63 T 57 T 52 T 42 T 41 T 37 T
Giga Rays/s 10 8 8 7 6 6 5
Memory Size 11 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 6 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory Speed 14 Gbps 15.5 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps
Bus Width 352-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit
Bandwidth 616 GB/s 496 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 336 GB/s
TGP 250 watts 250 watts 215 watts 215 watts 175 watts 175 watts 160 watts
Launch Price $999 $699 $699 $499 $499 $399 $349

Recommended : How & Why NVIDIA Calculates RTX-OPS For GeForce RTX!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Price + Availability

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) has a launch price that starts at $399 / ~£314 / ~€351 / ~RM 1,649, just $50 more than the GeForce RTX 2060.

Here are some direct purchase links and prices of various AIB custom cards (prices accurate as of 18 August 2019) :

Model US UK Australia Malaysia
ASUS DUAL RTX 2060 SUPER EVO
$419.99 £423.74 NA NA
ASUS DUAL RTX 2060 SUPER EVO OC
$429.99 £439.99 NA RM 2,050
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2060 SUPER OC
$469.99 £473.88 $869.37 RM 2,200
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2060S Advanced
$464.99 £479.99 $847.98 NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER XC Gaming
$439.99 £439.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER XC Ultra Gaming
$449.99 £449.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER SC Ultra Gaming
$409.00 £389.99 NA NA
GALAX RTX 2060 SUPER EX
NA NA $689.00 RM 1,888
GIGABYTE AORUS RTX 2060 SUPER
$449.99 £449.98 $845.99 RM 2,299
GIGABYTE RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming OC
$419.99 £428.85 $749.00 RM 2,179
GIGABYTE RTX 2060 SUPERS OC
$445.00 £421.19 $749.00 RM 2,089
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Ventus OC
$409.99 £411.59 $756.33 RM 1,890
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming X
$429.99 £424.99 $785.23 RM 1,989
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Armor OC
$419.99 £451.28 NA RM 1,889
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER AERO ITX NA NA $738.18 NA
PNY RTX 2060 SUPER Dual Fan
NA £409.99 NA NA
PNY RTX 2060 SUPER XLR8 OC Dual Fan
NA £454.74 NA NA
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER AMP Extreme
$439.99 £438.99 $989.98 RM 2,089
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER AMP
$574.99 £419.00 NA NA
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER Mini
$399.99 £389.94 NA RM 1,849
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER Twin Fan NA NA NA RM 1,899
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Unboxing The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) comes in a large cardboard box that doubles as a stand. Let’s take a quick look around, and see what we find inside!

As you can see, it basically comes with just a Quick Start Guide, and a Support Guide. Nothing else.

Next Page > NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER : Hands On + Key Features

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The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Hands On!

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) has an NVIDIA TU106 GPU with 2176 stream processors.

This gives it 136 TMUs and 64 ROPS, delivering a peak output of 224 GT/s and 106 GP/s, thanks to its higher clock speeds.

Its 8 GB of GDDR6 memory runs at a speed of 1750 MHz, giving it a peak memory bandwidth of 448 GB/s.

Even though the TU106 GPU is fabricated on the 12 nm process technology, the card only needs 175 watts of power.

 

NVIDIA Turing

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER series continues to use the NVIDIA Turing microarchitecture, the first to introduce real-time ray tracing capabilities and new Tensor Cores.

It also continues to benefit from NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super-Sampling), which can be used to deliver better than TAA quality with a significantly lower performance penalty, or much better image quality – equivalent to 64X super sampling.

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RTX 2060 SUPER Power Requirements

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) is a cut-down version of the GeForce RTX 2070, so it comes to no surprise that it would require 175 watts of power as well.

Like the GeForce RTX 2070, you will need a power supply with an 8-pin PCI Express power cable.

 

RTX 2060 SUPER Display Ports

Surprisingly, it comes with a wide variety of display options. It has two DisplayPort 1.4 ports, that allows it to support up to 8K HDR resolution at 60 Hz, or 4K HDR at 120 Hz or more.

There is also a tiny USB-C VirtualLink port, which allows you to connect a VR headset. But guess what – it works like a standard USB-C port, so you can also connect any USB-C device to it!

For compatibility with older displays, it also comes with a HDMI 2.0b port, which supports up to 4K HDR displays at up to 60 Hz… as well as a dual-linked DVI port.

Next Page > RTX 2060 SUPER : Thermal Output, Noise Level + 3DMark Results

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at its gaming performance, in comparison to 7 other graphics cards :

Here is a quick comparison of their key specifications :

Min. Texture
Fill Rate
Min. Pixel
Fill Rate
Memory
Size + Type
Memory
Bandwidth
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 331.5 GT/s 130.2 GP/s 11 GB GDDR5X 484 GB/s
Radeon RX Vega 64 319.2 GT/s 81.5 GP/s 8 GB HBM2 484 GB/s
Radeon RX Vega 56 258.9 GT/s 74 GP/s 8 GB HBM2 410 GB/s
Radeon RX 5700 211 GT/s 93.8 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 199.9 GT/s 94.1 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce GTX 1070 180.7 GT/s 96.4 GP/s 8 GB GDDR5 256 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2060 163.8 GT/s 65.5 GP/s 6 GB GDDR6 336 GB/s
GeForce GTX 1060 120.5 GT/s 72.3 GP/s 6 GB GDDR5 192 GB/s

Here are the specifications of the AMD testbed we used.

Processor AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
Motherboard ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero
Memory Speed G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4-3400 (8 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX
DDR4-3200 (8 GB x 2)
Monitor Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor
Storage Western Digital Black²
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Thermal Output

We recorded the peak exhaust temperatures of those cards, to see how much heat they throw out. Take a look…

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Noise Level

In case you are wondering how loud the cooler is, we recorded it running Time Spy Extreme benchmark at the 4K resolution.

Listen to how quiet its dual-fan cooler is, even when the fans are spinning at maximum speed!

It is definitely much quieter than the new AMD Radeon RX 5700.

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Synthetic Game Test – 3DMark

We used 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme synthetic benchmarks, which offers a great approximation of gaming performance in general.

The Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme benchmarks support DirectX 12, and the latest features like asynchronous compute, and multi-threading support.

Time Spy – 2560 x 1440

Wow! In the Time Spy test, the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 16% faster than the RTX 2060, 13% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and just 6.5% slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti!

Let’s see how much of an effect they have on the overall gaming score…

Amazingly, it came within 2% of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and was 11% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and 14% faster than the RTX 2060.

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was just 6.2% slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

It was now 17% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and 20% faster than the RTX 2060.

And here are their overall gaming scores at 4K…

Again, its performance gap closed against the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti in the overall score – it was now just 5% slower.

It was also 14% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and 17% faster than the RTX 2060.

Next Page > RTX 2060 SUPER : F1 2019 + World War Z Performance

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F1 2019

F1 2019 is a really new racing game by Codemasters, released on 28 June 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was slightly (less than 2%) faster than the Radeon RX 5700 and Vega 56 graphics cards.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, it tied with the Radeon RX 5700, and they were both about 12.5% faster than the RTX 2060, Vega 64 and Vega 56 graphics cards.

2160p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped up the resolution to 4K, it continued to tie with the Radeon RX 5700, and they were both 13% faster than the RTX 2060 and Vega 64 graphics cards.

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World War Z

Based on the 2013 movie, World War Z is a relatively new third-person shooter game, released in April 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

Note : This game is known to be highly optimised for AMD Radeon cards.

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, World War Z was CPU-limited even with the new AMD Ryzen 7 3700X processor.

So take these results with a big pinch of salt. The top 5 cards – Vega 56, Vega 64, RX 5700, RTX 2060S and GTX 1080 Ti – were producing roughly the same frame rates.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we kicked up the resolution, it was 21% faster than the RTX 2060, but was now 10% slower than the RX 5700 and Vega 64 graphics cards.

2160p Gaming Resolution

Switching to 4K shook things up again. It now tied with the RX 5700, and they were both 6% slower than the Vega 56, 12% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 16% slower than the Vega 64.

Next Page > RTX 2060 SUPER : The Division 2 + Strange Brigade Performance

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The Division 2

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is a new third-person shooter game released in March 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 20% faster than the RTX 2060, and 11.5% faster than the new Radeon RX 5700.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped the resolution to 1440p, it was 14.5% faster than the RTX 2060, and 9% faster than the new Radeon RX 5700.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, it was 18% faster than the RTX 2060, and 10% faster than the new Radeon RX 5700.

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Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade is also a third-person shooter game, released in August 2018.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 14.6% faster than the RTX 2060, and 7.5% faster than the new Radeon RX 5700.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, it was 16% faster than the RTX 2060, and 6.5% faster than the new Radeon RX 5700.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, it basically tied with the new Radeon RX 5700, and was 18% faster than the the RTX 2060.

Next Page > RTX 2060 SUPER : Metro Exodus + AOTS Performance

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Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a relatively new first-person shooter game, released in February 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Ultra settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was slightly faster than the Vega 64, and tied with the new RX 5700.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, it now tied with the Vega 64, and was now 8% slower than the RX 5700, and 16% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, it tied with the Vega 64, and they were both 14% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 7% faster than the new RX 5700.

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Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity is a 2016 game that supports multi-core processing and asynchronous compute.

We tested it on three resolutions using the DirectX 12 API at the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, AOTS is CPU-limited. The GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 3% slower than the RX 5700 and GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards.

1440p Gaming Resolution

Even at 1440p, it was still a little CPU limited. The RTX 2060 SUPER was now 7% slower than the the RX 5700, and 8.5% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti.

On the other hand, it was 9% faster than the Vega 64, and 16% faster than the RTX 2060.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, we could finally see the performance difference between the eight cards.

It was now 9% slower than the the RX 5700, and 17% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti.

On the other hand, it was 8% faster than the Vega 64, and 18% faster than the RTX 2060 and Vega 56.

Next Page > RTX 2060 SUPER : Game Bundle, Verdict + Award, Price + Availability

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER – Summary

Coming up with the RTX SUPER cards was easy for NVIDIA. They are basically cut-down versions of existing and faster graphics cards.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) is essentially a GeForce RTX 2070 with 128 CUDA Cores disabled, but higher clock speeds to compensate.

This allows it to be almost as fast as a regular RTX 2070, just a whole lot cheaper! In fact, that was precisely why it replaced the RTX 2070, which was $100 more expensive.

But did it do the job of killing the AMD Radeon RX 5700?

In the synthetic 3DMark benchmark, the RTX 2060 SUPER is, without a doubt, far superior to the RX 5700. But in the six real world we put them through, here is a summary of the results :

  • F1 2019 : Tie
  • World War Z : Tie
  • The Division 2 : RTX 2060 SUPER is 12% faster on average.
  • Strange Brigade : RTX 2060 SUPER is 7% faster at 1080p and 1440p
  • Metro Exodus : Tie at 1080p, RX 5700 is 8% faster at 1440p, RTX 2060 SUPER is 7% faster at 2160p
  • AOTS : RX 5700 is 3-10% faster

In other words, its real world gaming performance vis-à-vis the AMD Radeon RX 5700 really depends on the game you are playing or testing.

Generally, we would say that GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER is equivalent to the Radeon RX 5700.

Recommended : The NVIDIA RTX Super vs AMD RX 5700 Comparison!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER – Game Bundle

To fight off the challenge, AMD immediately cut the launch price of the RX 5700 to $349, which makes it $50 cheaper and therefore a better buy than the RTX 2060 SUPER.

However, NVIDIA is bundling TWO GAMES – Wolfenstein : Youngblood and Control – with each RTX SUPER card. They are worth at least $50, so there goes the AMD price advantage.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER – Our Verdict & Award!

You can’t go wrong with either card, but what we feel will tilt many buyers to choose this card over the Radeon RX 5700 would be :

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  • The ability to support NVIDIA RTX in certain games for a more realistic gaming experience
  • The ability to use NVIDIA DLSS in certain games to improve image quality with minimal performance penalty
  • It has a much quieter two-fan cooler
  • It uses 10 watt less power
  • It only requires a single 8-pin power connector
  • It has a USB-C port and a dual-linked DVI port

Now, there is nothing “super” about what’s really a cut-down version of the existing GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card. What will really sell the RTX 2060 SUPER is the fact it offers a much better value proposition than the RTX 2070.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER is basically a slightly slower GeForce RTX 2070 with a $100 discount. It will deliver 16%-20% better performance than the regular RTX 2060 at just $399.

On that note, we believe it makes our grade for a Reviewer’s Choice Award. Congratulations, NVIDIA!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER – Where To Buy

Here are some direct purchase links and prices of various AIB custom cards (prices accurate as of 18 August 2019) :

Model US UK Australia Malaysia
ASUS DUAL RTX 2060 SUPER EVO
$419.99 £423.74 NA NA
ASUS DUAL RTX 2060 SUPER EVO OC
$429.99 £439.99 NA RM 2,050
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2060 SUPER OC
$469.99 £473.88 $869.37 RM 2,200
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2060S Advanced
$464.99 £479.99 $847.98 NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER XC Gaming
$439.99 £439.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER XC Ultra Gaming
$449.99 £449.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER SC Ultra Gaming
$409.00 £389.99 NA NA
GALAX RTX 2060 SUPER EX
NA NA $689.00 RM 1,888
GIGABYTE AORUS RTX 2060 SUPER
$449.99 £449.98 $845.99 RM 2,299
GIGABYTE RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming OC
$419.99 £428.85 $749.00 RM 2,179
GIGABYTE RTX 2060S Windforce OC
$445.00 £421.19 $749.00 RM 2,089
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Ventus OC
$409.99 £411.59 $756.33 RM 1,890
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming X
$429.99 £424.99 $785.23 RM 1,989
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Armor OC
$419.99 £451.28 NA RM 1,889
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER AERO ITX NA NA $738.18 NA
PNY RTX 2060 SUPER Dual Fan
NA £409.99 NA NA
PNY RTX 2060 SUPER XLR8 OC Dual Fan
NA £454.74 NA NA
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER AMP Extreme
$439.99 £438.99 $989.98 RM 2,089
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER AMP
$574.99 £419.00 NA NA
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER Mini
$399.99 £389.94 NA RM 1,849
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER Twin Fan NA NA NA RM 1,899

 

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The Dell G7 15 (7588) Gaming Laptop In-Depth Review!

Earlier this year, Dell revamped their gaming line-up, rebranding it it as the new Dell G-series. But is that all they really did?

Let’s find out in our in-depth review of the Dell G7 15  – their top-of-the-line G-series gaming laptop!

Updated @ 2018-12-27 : Updated the review with additional points and information. Corrected several minor mistakes.

Originally posted @ 2018-10-25

The Dell G Series Gaming Laptops

The Dell G Series is a new family of laptops designed for affordable high-performance gaming. Dell offers three options – the entry-level G3, the mainstream G5 and the top-of-the-line G7.

All three options are built around the 8th Generation Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce 10 series GPUs.

Dell G7 15 (7588) Specifications

SpecificationsDell G7 15 Base ModelUpgrade Options
Display15.6-inch IPS LED display (1920 x 1080 pixels) with anti-glare coating
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home Single Language (64-bit)
ProcessorIntel Core i5-8300H
- 4 cores, 8 threads
- 2.3 GHz base clock
- 4.0 GHz boost clock
Intel Core i7-8750H
- 6 cores, 12 threads
- 2.2 GHz base clock
- 4.1 GHz boost clock
Memory8 GB DDR4-2666 memory16 GB DDR4-2666 memory
Discrete GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
(4 GB GDDR5)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
(4 GB GDDR5)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
(6 GB GDDR5)
Storage1 TB 5400 RPM HDD128 GB SSD
256 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
WirelessDual-band 802.11ac (2x2) + Bluetooth 5.0
Ports1 x HDMI 2.0
3 x SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen Type-A including 1 with PowerShare
1 x Thunderbolt 3 Port (USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C with support for 40 Gbps Thunderbolt and DisplayPort)
1 x Noble lock slot
1 x 2-in-1 SD (UHS50) / MMC, RJ-45
1 x Headphone / microphone
WebcamWidescreen 720p Webcam with Dual Array Digital Microphone
Audio2 x tuned speakers; audio processing by Waves MaxxAudio Pro
KeyboardFull-size, spill-resistant keyboard with numeric keypad
Battery56 Whr, 4-Cell Battery
Power Adaptor130 Watt Power Adaptor180 Watt Power Adaptor
(NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q only)
Dimensions389 mm wide
274.7 mm deep
24.95 mm thick
Weight2.86 kg
Colour OptionsLicorice Black / Alpine White
Warranty2Yr Premium Support : Onsite Service with Accidental Damage

Dell G7 15 (7588) Price List

The 2018 Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop is available in four (as of October 2018) configurations, although you can customise it too :

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  • i5-8300H, 8GB DDR4, GTX 1050, 1TB HDD : RM 4,038.99 / ~US$ 1,010 (Malaysia}
  • i7-8750H, 8GB DDR4, GTX 1050 Ti, 1TB HDD : RM 4,838.99 / ~US$ 1,010 (Malaysia | US}
  • i7-8750H, 8GB DDR4, GTX 1050 Ti, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD : RM 5,008.99 / ~US$ 1,010 (Malaysia | US)
  • i7-8750H, 16GB DDR4, GTX 1060, 256GB NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD : RM 6,908.99 / ~US$ 1,010 (Malaysia | US)

All Dell G7 15 gaming laptops come with a free Dell Gaming Backpack 15, and free shipping.

Unboxing The Dell G7 15 (7588)

The 2018 Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop comes in a nondescript brown Dell cardboard box. The two labels on the side are the only clues of what lies inside. Let’s unbox it and see what we find inside!

When you unbox the Dell G7 15 gaming laptop, you will find the following items :

  • One Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop
  • One 180 watt AC/DC power adaptor
  • One power cable with a localised power plug
  • One set of Dell G7 15 Quick User Guide, and Safety and Regulatory Information leaflet

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The Dell G7 15 Up Close!

The 2018 Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop features a completely new sleek design, with a two-tone colour scheme. It runs on an 8th Generation Intel Core processor, with an NVIDIA GeForce 10 series GPU powering its 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display.

Despite its gaming chops and beefed-up cooling system, Dell engineers managed to keep it under an inch thick, and under 3 kg in weight. That’s with a larger 4-cell 56 WHrs battery.

Dell G7 15 Key Features

Now, let’s take a closer look at the key features of the 2018 Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop.

Performance

Dell sent us their top-of-the-line model for our review. It was powered by the 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H – a 6-core, 12-thread processor; and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design.

All that is kept cool by a new dual-fan cooling system, that draws cool air from underneath and expels the hot air out large vents at the back.

For those with less budget, Dell offers the quad-core Intel Core i5-8300H processor, and the GeForce GTX 1050 or GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics as options.

Full HD IPS Display

Unlike many gaming laptops, the Dell uses an IPS panel with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That means better colour and a wider viewing angle, at the expense of a longer response time and higher cost.

It has an anti-glare coating, but lacks a higher refresh rate or anti-tear technologies like NVIDIA G-SYNC or AMD FreeSync. What this means is – your games will look great, but you will have to live with a longer response time, and some tearing in FPS games.

At the top of the display is a wide-angle 720p webcam with a dual-array digital microphone.

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Dual-Tone Colour Scheme

The 2018 Dell D7 15 (7588) comes in two colour options – Alpine White or Licorice Black. The Alpine White colour option is the more interesting of the two, because it is a dual-tone colour scheme. It has a white top and sides, with a black underside.

Licorice Black is a more professional-looking colour option. It’s plain black, like most business laptops, allowing you to game while pretending to work hard at the office… 😉

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More Dell G7 15 Key Features

Keyboard + Touch Pad

The Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop comes with a full-sized keyboard with a numeric keypad. The keys are all back-lit in blue, with the WASD keys specially-highlighted.

It also comes with a rather large touch pad, which is oddly offset to the left. The offset touch pad makes it a bit harder to use, but let’s be frank – no sane gamer would be using the touch pad.

Fingerprint Sensor

The Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop has a touch fingerprint sensor built into the power button.

Like current smartphone fingerprint sensors, it is fast and supports all-aspect fingerprint detection, making it really easy to log into Windows, and start gaming!

Connectivity Options

The Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop comes with a plethora of connectivity options. On the left side, you will find a Noble lock slot, the power port, an RJ-45 LAN port, a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port and an SD card reader.

On the right side, you will find a 3.5 mm audio port, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, a single USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C / Thunderbolt 3 port, and a HDMI 2.0 port.

On the wireless side, it supports dual-band 802.11ac WiFi with Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

Dual Drive Storage

Our Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop came with dual storage drives – a fast 256 GB Toshiba KSG60ZMV256G NVMe SSD and a 1 TB Seagate ST1000LM035 hard disk drive with a 5,400 RPM spindle speed.

Right out of the box, the SSD drive has 188 GB of available storage, while the hard disk drive has 931 GB of available storage.

Dell offers a smaller 128 GB SSD option, but we highly recommend sticking with the 256 GB SSD because you will run out of space pretty quickly on the 128 GB, and the SSD loads games much faster than the 5400 RPM hard disk drive.

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Dell G7 16 Battery Life

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The Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop comes with a 4-cell, 56 WHr lithium-ion battery. It supports quick-charging, allowing you to recharge 25% of its capacity in just 15 minutes.

Our review model came with a larger and more powerful 180 watt charger. The lower-end models that use the GeForce GTX 1050 or GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics come with a 130 watt charger instead.

What’s truly impressive is how long it lasted. When we tested its predecessor, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming, we only managed to game for 45 minutes. The mobile gaming time has more than double with the 2018 Dell G7 15 – we played for just over 2 hours!

Dell G7 15 Gaming Performance

On Battery

We tested the Dell G7 15 running on battery, and it delivered 2,822 on the 3DMark FireStrike test.

This is not a very good score, but it is the secret of how the Dell G7 15 managed to last 2 hours of gaming.

On Main Power

If you really want the Dell G7 15 to roar, plug it into the main power, and it more than triples its gaming performance. Specifically, it scores 9,916 on the 3DMark FireStrike test – 3.5X higher than on battery power!

Our Verdict

The Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop is a refreshing new approach by Dell. Instead of tacking onto the Inspiron line, they rebranded it under the new Dell G line, with a new design.

It now sports a new sleeker design, with beefed-up gaming and cooling performance. Its hexa-core Core i7-8750H processor and GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q graphics is more than fast enough to deliver high frame rates on its full HD display.

Dell also went with an IPS panel, when many gaming laptops opt for TN panels with a high refresh rate and a low response time. This means you will enjoy better colours and a wide viewing angle, which is great if you do more than just game.

The Dell G7 15 checks off many of the standard gaming features – a backlit keyboard, a solid state drive for fast boot-ups and game loads, a pair of decent speakers, and fast wired and wireless connectivity. To top it off – it has a longer-lasting battery – good enough for about 2 hours of gameplay.

Of course, there are tons of other gaming laptops with the same specifications. What’s really impressive though is its affordability. Even this top-of-the-line model costs less than RM 7,000 / ~US$ 1,750. This is a great deal for those who want to enjoy gaming on-the-go, but could not afford a decent gaming laptop.

The Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop is designed to offer an affordable combination of gaming performance, and they didn’t appear to cut too many corners to do it. That’s why we think it deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Congratulations, Dell!

Where To Buy The Dell G7 15 (7588)

The 2018 Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop is available in four (as of October 2018) configurations, although you can customise it too :

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  • i5-8300H, 8GB DDR4, GTX 1050, 1TB HDD : RM 4,038.99 / ~US$ 1,010 (Malaysia}
  • i7-8750H, 8GB DDR4, GTX 1050 Ti, 1TB HDD : RM 4,838.99 / ~US$ 1,010 (Malaysia | US}
  • i7-8750H, 8GB DDR4, GTX 1050 Ti, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD : RM 5,008.99 / ~US$ 1,010 (Malaysia | US)
  • i7-8750H, 16GB DDR4, GTX 1060, 256GB NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD : RM 6,908.99 / ~US$ 1,010 (Malaysia | US)

All Dell G7 15 gaming laptops come with a free Dell Gaming Backpack 15, and free shipping.

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The 17″ ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II Gaming Laptop Preview!

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) just launched the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704) – the latest 17.3-inch addition to the ROG Strix gaming laptop lineup, and the world’s most compact 17.3-inch gaming laptop!

We were amongst the first in the world to get some hands-on time with this new gaming laptop in the top-secret ROG headquarters in Taipei.

Check out our hands-on video, and the key features of the SCAR II gaming laptop, as well as its price and specifications!

Updated @ 2018-12-17 : Added the official prices and purchase links.

Updated @ 2018-09-05 : Added the exclusive ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II tech briefing video, and a table of its specifications.

Originally posted @ 2018-08-18

 

Introducing The ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704) Gaming Laptop

The ROG Strix SCAR II (US | UK | MY) squeezes a 17.3-inch display into a 15.7-inch chassis, giving you a more immersive gaming experience while improving mobility. It is no mere 17.3-inch display either – boasting a 144 Hz refresh rate, 3 ms response time and full sRGB coverage.

The SCAR II is powered by up to an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. It also comes with ROG RangeBoost technology, and HyperCool Pro cooling system, It features a first-person shooter-inspired camouflage and Kevlar textured design.

 

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704) Price + Availability

The ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704) is available for purchase at authorised ASUS dealers with a recommended retail price of RM 7,599 / ~US$ 1,819 / ~£144.

Here are some direct purchase links (prices accurate as of 17 December 2018) :

 

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704) Key Features

Smaller Bezels, Better Display

Thanks to its narrow bezels on three sides, the ROG Strix SCAR II (US | UK | MY) is the first 17.3-inch laptop under 400 mm wide. The 7.05 mm bezels are up to 50% narrower than those found on other 17-inch gaming laptops on the market.

The Strix SCAR II uses AUO’s IPS-type AHVA technology, delivering a 144 Hz refresh rate with 3 ms response time, and 100% sRGB coverage. All these features offer gamers a more immersive gaming experience.

FPS Gaming Design with AURA Sync RGB Lighting

The ROG Strix SCAR II (US | UK | MY) chassis is designed with FPS gaming in mind, with contrasting Kevlar and camouflage textures created with an eight-stage IMR process. A hairline finish brushes across the Gun Metal lid, while the copper cooling fins provide flashes of color through the vents.

Through AURA Sync, RGB lighting can be customized across seven zones: four for the keyboard, two located within the light bar stretching across the front edge, and the last one within the ROG logo on the lid. The lights can then sync to Aura Sync-enabled peripherals such as the Strix Fusion 700 headset and the Gladius II Origin mouse.

Gaming Keyboard with Overstroke Technology

The keyboard on the ROG Strix SCAR II (US | UK | MY) has a desktop-style layout, with a wider space bar and separated blocks of function keys to make shortcuts easier to execute. The keyboard’s switches are rated for 20 million key presses, and Overstroke technology allows them to fire halfway through the 1.8 mm key travel for a faster response than traditional designs that actuate lower in the stroke.

Gaming On-The-Go

Powered by up to the Intel Core i7-8750H processor, the ROG Strix SCAR II (US | UK | MY) offers up to 6 cores and 12 threads of processing capability, coupled with the graphics capability of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060,

To ensure optimal mobile gaming experience, the Strix SCAR II comes with Intel’s latest 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi delivering wireless connectivity at up to 1.73 Gbps. It also comes with four USB Type-A ports, a reversible USB Type-C (USB-C) port, a Mini DisplayPort port, and a full-size HDMI 2.0 port.

Internal storage comes in the form of a fast M.2 NVMe SSD that loads games and applications in the blink of an eye, with an optional secondary 1TB solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD) for additional storage.

HyperCool Pro Cooling Technology

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The ROG Strix SCAR II (US | UK | MY) boasts the HyperCool Pro cooling system, which keeps everything running cool using three heatsinks and two fans.

One heatsink is linked exclusively to the GPU, to ensure it is kept cool even in the most demanding gaming session. The other two heatsinks are shared to ensure efficient cooling performance of both CPU and GPU.

Each heatsink has thin copper fins, that allows more fins to be fitted, increasing the surface area for heat dissipation while reducing resistance to airflow. Patented trapezoid cuts in the lid ensure that the flow of hot air out the exhaust vents at the back is not impeded.

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ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704) Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ROG Strix SCAR II
ModelGL704
Display17.3" anti-glare Full HD (1920x1080) IPS-level panel, 144Hz, 3ms, 72% NTSC
or
17.3" anti-glare Full HD (1920x1080) IPS-level panel, 60Hz, 72% NTSC
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 Home
Option : Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
ProcessorIntel Core i7-8750H
or
Intel Core i5-8300H
Graphics ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB GDDR5
MemoryDDR4-2666 memory (up to 32 GB)
SSDM.2 NVMe PCIE 3.0 x4 (256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB SSD)
HDD2.5" 5400 RPM SSDH (1 TB)
2.5" 5400 / 7200 RPM HDD ( 1 TB)
Connectivity802.11ac 2x2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5.0
Audio2 x 3.5 watt speakers with smart amplifier technology
Array microphone
KeyboardBacklit Chiclet Keyboard with marked WASD keys
- 1.8 mm key travel with 0.25 mm keycap curve
- 4-zone RGB lighting with Aura Sync support
I/O Ports1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
1 x mini DP 1.2
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x RJ-45 LAN port
1 x SD card reader
1 x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack
1 x Kensington Lock
Power180 W power adaptor
Dimensions399.8 mm wide
273.5 mm deep
24.9 to 26.4 mm thick
Weight2.9 kg

 

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704) Price + Availability

The ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704) is available for purchase at authorised ASUS dealers with a recommended retail price of RM 7,599 / ~US$ 1,819 / ~£144.

Here are some direct purchase links (prices accurate as of 17 December 2018) :

 

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The MSI GE75 Raider, P65 Creator, PS42 + WS65 Revealed!

MSI today revealed four different laptops, each catering to different users and market segments. They include the MSI GE75 Raider gaming laptop, the MSI P65 Creator laptop, the MSI PS42 business laptop, and the MSI WS65 mobile workstation. Check them out below!

 

The MSI GE75 Raider Gaming Laptop

The MSI GE75 Raider boasts a 17-inch IPS display with a 144 Hz refresh rate, and 3 ms overclockable response time. Its slim bezel design allows the large display to fit a smaller chassis, making the GE75 Raider a lighter and more portable gaming laptop.

The MSI GE75 Raider is powered by the 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 discrete graphics, both kept cool by its Cooler Boost 5 technology. It comes with a SteelSeries gaming keyboard with per-key RGB backlight.

 

The MSI P65 Creator Laptop

The MSI P65 Creator has a thin and light design, with a weight of just 1.88 kg, and a thin bezel display. Thanks to MSI True Colour technology, its display offers close to 100% sRGB colours giving the creative user a more accurate colour representation of their work.

The MSI P65 Creator is powered by up to the 8th Gen Intel Core ii7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 discrete graphics, and kept cool by the exclusive MSI Cooler Boost Trinity cooling system. You can also work up to 9 hours on it, thanks to its large battery.

 

The MSI PS42 Business Laptop

The MSI PS42 is a slim and elegant laptop with a full metal chassis, weighing just 1.19 kg. Thanks to its ultra-slim bezels, it fits a 14-inch Full HD display in a 13-inch chassis, boasting a screen-to-body ratio of 81%.

Powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 or Core i5 processor, the MSI PS42 also comes with NVIDIA GeForce MX150 discrete graphics for better gaming and graphics performance. They are both kept cool by the MSI Cooling Boost 3 technology, which has two fans and three heat pipes.

 

The MSI WS65 Mobile Workstation

The MSI WS65 mobile workstation has a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display, with thin bezels and 72% NSTC colour gamut. With an Intel 8th Generation Core i9 processor and NVIDIA Quadro P4200 graphics, the WS65 is up to 40% faster than its previous generation model.

Designed for portable computing in mind, the MSI WS65 features an 82Whr battery that gives it up to eight hours of battery life, and it comes with three USB 3.1 Type-A, one USB 3.1 Type-C, one HDMI 2.0, one mDP 1.4, one mic-in and a headphone out.

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The MSI GE75 Raider, P65 Creator, PS42 + WS65 Prices Revealed!

MSI GE75 Raider

MSI P65 Creator

MSI PS42

MSI WS65

 

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ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 + FX705 Gaming Laptop Preview

We were amongst the first in the world to get some hands-on time with the new ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 gaming laptop, which is a durability-enhanced 15.6-inch gaming laptop. ASUS also introduced a larger 17.3-inch version – the ASUS TUF Gaming FX705.

Here is everything you need to know about the FX505 and FX705 gaming laptops – the official tech briefing, price and specifications, as well as our own hands-on preview!

Updated @ 2018-10-22 : Added the official FX705 and FX505 tech briefing, price list, specifications and more!

Originally posted @ 2018-08-22

 

The ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Gaming Laptop

The ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 is a 15.6-inch gaming laptop that is powered by up to an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics. It boasts a NanoEdge display with a 144 Hz refresh rate, Gigabit LAN and Gigabit WiFi connectivity, and DTS surround-sound audio.

The TUF Gaming FX505 is also built to last over the long haul, with independent heatsinks and fans cooling the CPU and GPU separately, long-life keyboard switches, and special dust tunnels that provide long-term cooling and computing performance.

 

FX505 vs. FX705

ASUS also introduced a larger version of the TUF Gaming FX505 – the TUF Gaming FX705. Here are the main differences between the two models summarised :

  • The FX705 has a 17.3-inch display, while the FX505 has a 15.6-inch display.
  • The FX705 is about 4 cm wider, and 1.7 cm deeper, than the FX505.
  • The FX705 is about 500 grams heavier than the FX505.
  • The FX705 has a larger 64 WHrs battery, compared to the FX505’s 48 WHrs battery.

 

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 + FX705 Price + Availability

In this video, ASUS announces the official prices of FX505 and FX705 gaming laptops :

ASUS TUF Gaming FX705 Models + Prices

  • FX705G-MEV169T – i7-8750H, GTX 1060, 8GB DDR4, 256GB + 1TB : RM 5,899 / ~US$ 1,475
  • FX505G-MBQ202T – i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 5,299 / ~US$ 1,325
  • FX705G-EEW164T – i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 4,999 / ~US$ 1,250
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ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Models + Prices

  • FX505G-MES182T – i7-8750H, GTX 1060, 8GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 5,599 / ~US$ 1,400
  • FX505G-EES241T – i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 5,099 / ~US$ 1,275
  • FX505G-MBQ202T – i5-8300H, GTX 1050 Ti, 4GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 4,399 / ~US$ 1,100
  • FX505G-EBQ242T – i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 4,699 / ~US$ 1,175
  • FX505G-EBQ269T – i5-8300H, GTX 1050 Ti, 4GB DDR4, 1TB : RM 3,699 / ~US$ 925

 

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Up Close!

Back in August, we were one of the few to get early access to the ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 gaming laptop. Here was our hands-on look!

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ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 / FX705 Key Features

 Performance

The TUF Gaming FX505 is powered by up to the Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, which has 6 cores and 12 threads, greatly improving performance over the previous generation. It also comes with up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, a 512 GB PCIe SSD  and a 1 TB FireCuda solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD).

NanoEdge Display

The FX505 features a NanoEdge display, which features significantly slimmer side bezels. This allows for a more immersive gaming experience, and a reduced size. The display has a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, and a refresh rate of 144 Hz. It also boasts full sRGB coverage, wide viewing angles and a matte non-reflective coating.

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Red Matter

Tough Gaming Keyboard

The keyboard has 1.8 mm of key travel, and the exclusive ASUS Overstroke technology that raises the actuation point higher in the stroke to improve responsiveness. The key caps are also dished, with isolated arrow, and defined gaps for the function keys.

Backlighting is offered in either customizable RGB (Gold Steel), or a red glow that matches the chassis accents of the Red Fusion and Red Matter variants.

Immersive Audio

Audio also plays an important role in delivering high-quality, immersive gaming experiences. DTS Headphone:X technology is integrated so that over headphones or speakers, preset profiles for games, movies, music, and sports can produce tailored audio experiences for every situation.

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Red Fusion

Fast WAN + LAN

The TUF Gaming FX505 comes with a Gigabit Ethernet port for no-compromise gamers, as well as Intel’s latest 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac Wave 2 WiFi, capable of making connections at speeds of up to 1.73Gbps to compatible routers.

TUF and built to last

The TUF Gaming FX505 is built to withstand abuse. It has been put through rigorous quality and durability tests that exceed industry standards, passing even the demanding military-grade MIL-STD-810G test for sudden jolts. The HyperStrike keyboard uses switches rated for 20 million key presses, while the reinforced chassis and hexagonal design on the bottom add structural rigidity to make it even sturdier.

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Gold Steel

Superior and long-lasting cooling

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The TUF Gaming FX505 features the HyperCool system, with independent fans and heatsinks to cool the CPU and GPU separately.

The design also places the fans directly underneath the keyboard to help remove heat, keeping the keyboard cool and comfortable during extended gameplay sessions. The patented trapezoid-cut lid allows more air to be ejected from the rear, improving cooling performance by up to 25% over other designs.

Cooling performance can degrade over time, with dust and particle build-up impeding airflow through thermal fin. So patented ASUS dust tunnels help to guide dust and particles off to a separate chamber to be ejected from the system, keeping the thermal fins clear for stable long-term cooling performance.

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ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Models + Specifications

SpecificationsFX505 Metal
(High Spec)
FX505 Metal
(Mid Spec)
FX505 Metal
(Low Spec)
FX505
(High Spec)
FX505
(Mid Spec)
Model NumberFX505G-MES182TFX505G-EES241TFX505G-MBQ202TFX505G-EBQ242TFX505G-EBQ269T
ChassisGold Steel with Backlit ROG LogoTUF PlasticTUF Plastic
ProcessorIntel Core i7-8750HIntel Core i7-8750HIntel Core i5-8300HIntel Core i7-8750HIntel Core i5-8300H
Discrete GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
- 6 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- 4 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
- 6 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- 4 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- 4 GB GDDR5 memory
Display15.6-inch IPS display
- 300 nits, 100% sRGB, 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 144 Hz refresh rate, 7 ms response time (GTG)
15.6-inch IPS display
- 250 nits, 63% sRGB, 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 60 Hz refresh rate, 25 ms response time (GTG)
Cooling SolutionASUS HyperCool Technology : Dual 5V Fans, with Anti-Dust Tunnel
Memory8 GB DDR4-26668 GB DDR4-26664 GB DDR4-26668 GB DDR4-26664 GB DDR4-2666
Storage128 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
128 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
128 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
128 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
KeyboardIlluminated Chiclet Keyboard with Single-Zone RGB Lighting, Transparent WASD keys, and 1.8 mm travelIlluminated Chiclet Keyboard with Red LED Lighting, Transparent WASD keys, and 1.8 mm travel
I/O Ports1 x USB 3.0 Type A, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A, 1 x Kensington Lock, 1 x 3.5 mm combo audio port
Battery4-Cell, 48 WHrs Lithium-Ion Battery
Dimensions36.0 cm wide x 26.2 cm deep x 2.58 cm thick36.0 cm wide x 26.2 cm deep x 2.67 cm thick
Weight2.20 kg

 

ASUS TUF Gaming FX705 Models + Specifications

SpecificationsFX705 Metal
(High Spec)
FX705 Metal
(Mid Spec)
FX705
Model NumberFX705G-MEV169TFX705G-EEV163TFX705G-EEW164T
ChassisGold Steel with Backlit ROG LogoTUF Plastic
ProcessorIntel Core i7-8750H
Discrete GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
- 6 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- 4 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- 4 GB GDDR5 memory
Display17.3-inch IPS display
- 300 nits, 100% sRGB, 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 144 Hz refresh rate, 7 ms response time (GTG)
17.3-inch IPS display
- 250 nits, 63% sRGB, 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 60 Hz refresh rate, 25 ms response time (GTG)
Cooling SolutionASUS HyperCool Technology : Dual 5V Fans, with Anti-Dust Tunnel
Memory8 GB DDR4-2666
Storage256 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
128 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
KeyboardIlluminated Chiclet Keyboard with Single-Zone RGB Lighting, Transparent WASD keys, and 1.8 mm travelIlluminated Chiclet Keyboard with Red LED Lighting, Transparent WASD keys, and 1.8 mm travel
I/O Ports1 x USB 3.0 Type A, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A, 1 x Kensington Lock, 1 x 3.5 mm combo audio port
Battery4-Cell, 64 WHrs Lithium-Ion Battery
Dimensions39.9 cm wide x 27.9 cm deep x 2.66 cm thick39.9 cm wide x 27.9 cm deep x 2.76 cm thick
Weight2.70 kg

 

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The 2018 Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition Revealed!

The annual Acer Day is back! In addition to many great offers, Acer Malaysia also launched the Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition gaming laptop! Check it out!

 

The Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition

The 2018 Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition features a special all-white aluminium chassis accented with gold trim. With only 50 units available in Malaysia, this gorgeous gaming laptop is powered by the 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor paired with an overclockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, 256 GB PCle solid state drive and a 1 TB hard disk drive.

Its 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display is VR-ready with an upgraded 144 Hz refresh rate. Its high refresh rate also enables tear-free gaming, delivers the best possible gaming experience on-the-go, with low input lag.

The 2018 Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition comes with up to 8 GB of DDR4 memory, which is upgradable to 32 GB, and the latest Intel Wireless-AC 9560 that delivers up to 1.73 Gbps wireless connectivity.

With its dual-fan system built around Acer’s proprietary AeroBlade 3D metal fans featuring the world’s thinnest 0.1 mm metal fan blades, the Predator Helios 300 Special Edition is kept cool even during the most intensive gaming session.

 

2018 Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition Price + Availability

In conjunction with Acer Day 2018, Acer is offering a variety of offers and discounts.

2018

The 2018 Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition comes complete with a Predator gaming backpack, earphone, gaming mouse as well as mousepad in matching white colour schemes.

Priced at RM 6,199 / ~US$ 1,549, the 2018 Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition will be available for purchase in mid-August 2018 at all Acer Official Online Stores and authorized Predator Partners nationwide.

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MSI GE63 Raider RGB 8RF Gaming Laptop Preview

The MSI GE63 Raider RGB Edition gaming laptop was first revealed at CES 2018, featuring a sports car-inspired design and RGB lighting. We had some time with it at the launch event, so check out our hands-on video of the Raider RGB Edition and its key specifications!

 

The MSI GE63 Raider RGB 8RF Gaming Laptop

First announced at CES, the MSI GE63 Raider RGB Edition (Price Check) is inspired by sports cars and the love for RGB lighting. It was crafted for ultra-illumination with RGB lighting on the top cover, keyboard and USB ports. The top cover features 24 separate zones of RGB lighting with more than 16.8 million colours to choose from!

The MSI GE63 Raider RGB Edition (Price Check) comes with the latest 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics. It is kept cooled by MSI Cooler Boost 5, a cooling design with dual fans and seven copper heats pipes offering the most stable experience on a laptop.

The MSI GE63 Raider RGB Edition (Price Check) also boasts Nahimic 3 audio, Killer networking, and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. Additionally, the Raider can be equipped with a 120 Hz 3 ms display, or a 4K UHD display.

  • Up to latest 8th Gen. Intel Core i7 processor
  • Windows 10 Home / Windows 10 Pro
  • Latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
  • 15.6″ Full HD (1920×1080), 120Hz Refresh Rate and 3ms response time panel (Optional)
  • [adrotate group=”2″]15.6″ UHD (3840×2160), IPS level panel (Optional)
  • Mystic Light customizable RGB lighting system
  • Per-Key RGB gaming keyboard by Steelseries
  • All New Dragon Center with exclusive Gaming Mode
  • 5X bigger Upgraded Giant Speakers and sound by Dynaudio
  • Exclusive MSI Cooler Boost 5 cooling with dedicated 2 fans 7 copper heat pipes
  • Nahimic 3 Sound Technology delivering 360⁰ immersive audio experience
  • Xsplit Gamecaster 1 year free premium license for broadcasting, recording and sharing
  • WTFast free premium license for 2-month

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The MSI GE63 Raider RGB 8RF Specifications

The configuration may vary depending on the region, but here are the specifications of the base model, with optional upgrades.

SpecificationsMSI GE63 Raider RGB 8RFOptional
Display15.6" Full HD IPS display
- 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 120 Hz refresh rate
- 3 ms response time
15.6" Ultra HD IPS display
- 3840 x 2160 pixels
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 HomeMicrosoft Windows 10 Professional
CPUIntel Core i7-8750H
ChipsetIntel HD370
Memory16 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM16 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM
32 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5)
Storage256 GB M.2 SATA SSD
1 TB SATA HDD (7200 RPM)
M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 SSD
ConnectivityLAN : Killer Gb LAN
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
AudioNahimic 3 Audio Technology
- 2 x 3 W speakers
- 2 x 3 W woofer
WebcamHD webcam
- 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
IO Ports1x Type-C USB3.1 Gen2
2x Type-A USB3.1 Gen1
1x Type-A USB3.1 Gen2
1x RJ45
1x SD (XC/HC)
1x (4K @ 60Hz) HDMI
1x Mini-DisplayPort
KeyboardSteelSeries Keyboard
- per-key RGB backlight
Battery6-cell 51 Whr lithium-ion battery
AC Adaptpr230 W power adaptor
Dimensions383 mm wide
260 mm deep
29.5 mm thick
Weight2.49 kg

 

MSI GE63 Raider RGB Price & Availability

The MSI GE63 Raider RGB Edition (Price Check) is available with immediate effect, with the recommended price of RM 8,999 (~US$ 2,307). Here are some purchase options for those in the US :

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  • GE63 Raider RGB (GTX 1070, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB + 1 TB) : $1,999
  • GE63 Raider RGB (GTX 1060, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB + 1 TB) : $1,699
  • GE63 Raider RGB (GTX 1060, 16 GB RAM, 128 GB + 1 TB) : $1,599

 

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THUNDEROBOT 911 Air + 911S Notebooks Launched!

THUNDEROBOT just launched the new THUNDEROBOT 911 Air and THUNDEROBOT 911S gaming notebooks in Beijing, as well as upgraded versions of their DINO, 911GT and ST Plus gaming laptops. Check the details out below!

 

THUNDEROBOT 911S

With a CPU score of 1218cb in Cinebench R15 and P13186 in 3DMark11, the THUNDEROBOT 911S can perform 10% faster than a typical 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor gaming notebook. This is due to a specially-designed 180W power supply, and three 8mm pure copper heat pipes and two cooling fans that keeps it running cool and steady.

The 911S uses a brushed aluminum chassis, and features the customizable RGB surface carving keyboard. It comes with a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 graphics processor, a 15.6-inch IPS panel with 144Hz refresh rate, 16GB DDR4-2400 RAM, 128GB M.2 PCIe SSD and 1TB HDD of storage, fast 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

 

THUNDEROBOT 911 Air

The THUNDEROBOT 911 Air features a 5 mm side bezel and 13 mm top bezel, offering a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display in a 14-inch body. The 911 Air is merely 20 mm at its thickest point and weighs just 2.0 kg.

Despite the slim and lightweight form factor, the THUNDEROBOT 911 Air comes with an 8th Gen Intel Core processor and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5 graphics processor, WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0.

The THUNDEROBOT 911 Air also comes with a 128 GB M.2 PCIe SSD and 1 TB HDD, as well as a customizable RGB Surface Carving keyboard.

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Refreshed DINO, 911GT and ST Plus

THUNDEROBOT has also refreshed the DINO, 911GT and ST Plus with the Intel Core i7-8750H processor. The DINO now comes equipped with faster DDR4-2666 RAM, while all these gaming notebooks now have faster wireless performance with WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2 + Surface Laptop Revealed!

Microsoft just made available the entire range of Microsoft Surface products, with the official launch of the Microsoft Surface Book 2, and the belated launch of the Surface Laptop. Let’s check out their presentations, and our very own video tour of the two new Surface Book 2 models, and the Surface Laptop!

 

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Revealed!

First revealed in May 2017, the Microsoft Surface Laptop elevates design and performance in a sleek, elegant clamshell device.

More than a traditional laptop, is engineered to start fast and stay fast with a 7th Generation Intel Core processor and up to 14.5 hours of battery life to last through the day.

Weighing at just 1.25 kilograms, and less than 14.5mm thin, the Surface Laptop will fit nicely into your favorite bag, and is lightweight to bring everywhere.

The Surface Laptop features a signature keyboard, with a quiet and responsive keyset, and large precision trackpad. It also comes with a palm rest covered in soft, luxurious Alcantara clothfor a new level of typing comfort.

 

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 Revealed!

Removing the barrier between a conventional desktop and laptop, the Surface Book 2 features the latest 8th Generation Intel Core processors and the latest NVIDIA GeForce GPUs. This makes the new Surface Book 2 up to five times more powerful than its predecessor!

For those seeking flexibility in the way they use their device, the Surface Book 2 supports four different modes, including Studio Mode, Laptop Mode, View Mode, or even Tablet mode by simply detaching the screen.

The Surface Book 2 is available in 13.5” or 15” options, and boasts an impressive 17-hour battery life for marathon productivity sessions. It is powerful enough to run software such as Adobe Creative Cloud and Autodesk, and great games such as Forza Motorsport 7 or Gears of War at 1080p, 60fps!

 

Quick Tour Of Surface Book 2 + Surface Laptop

 

Microsoft Surface Book 2 Price & Availability

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is available starting 15 March 2018, with the following configurations :

Microsoft Surface Book 2 Price & Availability

The Microsoft Surface Laptop is available right now, with the following configurations :

Microsoft Surface Accessories Price List

  • Microsoft Surface Pen (Black, Platinum, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue) : RM 299 | US$ 99
  • Microsoft Surface Arc Mouse (Light Gray, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue) : RM 459 | US$ 64
  • [adrotate group=”2″]Microsoft Surface Dock : RM 789 | US$ 135
  • Microsoft Surface Keyboard (Silver) : RM 519 | US$ 79
  • Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse (Light Gray) : RM 399 | US$ 73
  • Microsoft Surface Mouse (Silver) : RM 249 | US$ 35
  • Microsoft Surface Ethernet Adaptor : RM 179 | US$ 32
  • Microsoft Surface VGA Adaptor : RM 179 | US$ 20
  • Microsoft Surface HDMI Adaptor : RM 179 | US$ 39
  • Microsoft Surface USB-C to HDMI Adaptor : RM 158 | US$ 37
  • Microsoft Surface USB-C to VGA Adaptor : RM 158 | US$ 36.50

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The 2018 ASUS ROG Gaming Laptops Revealed!

If you are looking for a gaming laptop, some of the most popular options will be from the ASUS ROG (Republic of Gamers) stable. ASUS recently gave us a quick tour of the new 2018 ASUS ROG gaming laptops. Check them out!

 

The 2018 ASUS ROG Gaming Laptops

This is the first slew of 2018 ASUS ROG gaming laptops, with more being introduced at Computex 2018. They are :

  • ASUS ROG G703
  • ASUS ROG GX501 Zephyrus
  • ASUS ROG Strix GL503 SCAR Edition
  • ASUS ROG Strix GL503 Hero Edition
  • ASUS FX503
  • ASUS ROG Strix GL703ZC (Ryzen 7)

Here is a quick tour of the 6 new ROG gaming laptops that was just launched.

 

ASUS ROG G703

Triple Overclocking

  • Intel Core i7-7820HK factory-overclocked to 4.3 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 overclocked to 1,974 MHz core, and 10.3 GHz memory
  • DDR4 memory overclocked to 2,800 MHz
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UHD G-SYNC Display

  • The ROG G703 features a 17.3″ UHD display with 3840 x 2160 pixels, and anti-glare coating
  • The display supports NVIDIA G-SYNC technology

Gaming Experience

  • The built-in Xbox Wireless connectivity allows you to connect up to eight Xbox One controllers.
  • Xbox hotkey fires up the Xbox Game bar, ready to record and broadcast your gameplay
  • Keyboard comes with Aura RGB individual key lighting, with N-key rollover capability

Price & Availability

 

ASUS Zephyrus GX501

The ASUS Zephyrus GX501 is not a new model, but ASUS introduced a more affordable model (GX501V-SGZ037T) with a GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, less DDR4 memory and half the SSD storage.

Price & Availability

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ASUS ROG Strix SCAR Edition (GL503)

  • Thin and light – only 2.3 cm thick, and weighs just 2.5 kg
  • 144 Hz IPS display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 or GeForce GTX 1060
  • SSD + FireCuda dual drive
  • 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard with N-key rollover

Price & Availability

 

ASUS ROG Strix Hero Edition (GL503)

  • Thin and light – only 2.4 cm thick, and weighs just 2.5 kg
  • 120 Hz IPS display with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
  • SSD + FireCuda dual drive
  • 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard with N-key rollover

Price & Availability

 

ASUS FX503

  • Thin and light – only 2.4 cm thick, and weighs just 2.5 kg
  • No CPU or GPU throttling – CPU power at 42 W, CPU frequency at 3066 MHz, and GPU overclocked by 100 MHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or GeForce GTX 1050.
  • Red-backlit keyboard with N-key rollover

Price & Availability

 

ASUS ROG Strix GL702ZC (Ryzen 7)

  • Powerful – 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU, with AMD Radeon RX 580 GPU!
  • 17.3″ FHD IPS display with AMD FreeSync support
  • Red-backlit keyboard with 30-key rollover

Price & Availability

 

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The Microsoft Surface Book 2 Price & Availability In Malaysia

Microsoft announced that the Surface Book 2 will be available for pre-order in Malaysia starting 7 February 2018 at local Surface authorized retailers. Here are the pre-order details of the Microsoft Surface Book 2, as well as its price and availability!

 

The Microsoft Surface Book 2

The Surface Book 2 is Microsoft’s most powerful laptop yet. With the latest 8th Generation Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 discrete graphics options, it is up to five times more powerful than its predecessor. Yet, the Surface Book 2 provides all-day battery life, supporting up to 17 hours of video playback.

For users that seek a powerful yet portable device, the Surface Book 2 (13.5”) weighs just slightly over 1.5kg, and is crafted from premium, lightweight materials that balances performance with size.

Work and play the way you want with the Surface Book 2

The Surface Book 2 is able to morph from a laptop into a powerful, lightweight tablet or even as a powerful studio for those who want a single device that can follow one from concept to sketch to creation. The device has been redesigned so that users can have a smoother, faster detach of the screen with just a push of a button. In addition, the Surface Book 2 can be simply folded to activate Studio Mode to ink or sketch with the Surface Pen and Surface Dial.

Available in 13.5” or 15”, and featuring a stunningly vibrant and crisp PixelSense Display supporting multi touch, the Surface Book 2 empowers users to create the way they want – whether by inking, touch or conventional keyboard and mouse input. For visual artists and creatives, the Surface Book 2 delivers almost seven million pixels onscreen, providing amazing pixel density on a digital canvas.

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For users who require productivity on-the-go, Surface Book 2 ships with Windows 10 Pro and supports Microsoft Office apps. The device also brings a full array of ports, including USB-A, USB-C, and full-size SD reader so that it is easier to connect to other devices, accessories and memory cards.

With the latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Surface Book 2 users can unleash their creativity with the new Photos app, as well as a new range of experiences that allows for creating and interactive with 3D objects.

The Fall Creators Update is also the best version of Windows for PC gamers, and users can be sure that the device will be able to handle the most popular PC games at 1080p and 60 FPS – in some cases matching the graphics performance of game consoles like the Xbox One.

 

Surface Book 2 Price & Availability In Malaysia

Microsoft Surface Book 2 Specifications Suggested Retail Price
13.5” Intel Core i5, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 620 RM 6,899
13.5” Intel Core i7, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 RM 8,899
13.5” Intel Core i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 RM 11,199
13.5” Intel Core i7, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (coming soon) RM 13,399
15” Intel Core i7, 256GB SSD, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 RM 10,799
15” Intel Core i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 RM 12,499
15” Intel Core i7, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (coming soon) RM 14,199

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The Battle Arena eSports Gaming Club Kicks Off!

On 3 February 2018, Gen Arena Sdn Bhd officially launched Battle Arena eSports gaming club. Located at the 5th floor of the Jaya Shopping Mall, it boasts 17,000 square feet of premium gaming experience.

 

The Battle Arena eSports Gaming Club

The Battle Arena is equipped with 114 gaming PCs, with most of them placed in private rooms. Larger rooms have sofas and large TVs for an even more enjoyable gaming experience.

They even have two Premium VIP rooms designed for competitive gaming in mind. These two rooms have large touch-screen TVs for in-depth game analysis and discussion. They can also be used as live coaching or sharing sessions.

In the center is a futuristic gaming arena, with a dedicated broadcasting area and production equipment. Everything you need to host world-class eSports events. There is even room for up to 400 spectators.

For gamers who love to stream their gameplay, Battle Arena offers 10 exclusive single-user streamers’ pods. They’re fully equipped with a high-end gaming PC and gaming peripherals, a streaming webcam, external microphone and dual monitors.

 

Key Takeaway Points About Battle Arena

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  • Every gaming PC in Battle Arena will feature at least an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card (with 6 GB of memory), or better.
  • The main arena stage has 2 soundproof capsules for 5 gamers each, a dedicated broadcasting area, and production equipment – everything you need to host eSports events.
  • The Streamers’ Pods are designed to deliver the ultimate streaming performance of your gameplay.
  • The two coaching rooms have 5 gaming PCs, and a touchscreen TV with Fingerworks software – perfect for planning and visualising strategies.

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The Thunderobot DINO, 911GT, 911SE + ST Plus Revealed!

Thunderobot is a new gaming laptop brand from China, that has just launched their first overseas expansion right here in Malaysia. They unveiled the first slew of gaming laptops – the Thunderobot DINO, the Thunderobot 911GT and 911SE, as well as the Thunderobot ST Plus.

 

The Thunderobot DINO, 911GT, 911SE + SE Plus

To explain what Thunderobot is all about, and their current gaming laptops is Darya Wang, Thunderobot Overseas Marketing Director.

The Thunderobot DINO Gaming Laptop

The Thunderobot DINO is their flagship gaming laptop with a spaceship-like design. It features a space-grey metal chassis with a breathing blue logo. The DINO is powered by the Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, with a 15.6″ full HD IPS display.

To ensure optimal gaming performance, the DINO features an enhanced thermal design with dual fans and 4 copper heat pipes. The RGB backlit keyboard features surface carved keycaps, allowing the user to game in dimly-lit or dark environments.

The Thunderobot 911GT Gaming Laptop

The Thunderobot 911GT has a 17.3″ IPS display, and an integrated subwoofer, for a more immersive gaming experience. It is powered by the Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU.

Like the DINO, the 911GT also comes with an enhanced thermal design with dual fans and 4 copper heat pipes. It comes with a white backlit keyboard for gaming in dark environments.

The Thunderobot 911SE Gaming Laptop

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The Thunderobot 911SE features a unique polygon-edge design, and a white backlit keyboard with surface-carved keycap. It is powered by the Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU.

The Thunderobot ST Plus Gaming Laptop

The Thunderobot ST Plus is powered by the Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU. It features an RGB backlit keyboard, with surface-carved keycaps. Despite its power and 15″ display, it weighs only 2.3 kg and has a 27 mm slim profile.

 

Price & Availability

These Thunderobot gaming laptops are distributed through ECS Astar Sdn Bhd in Malaysia, with Lazada as the online store dealer. They are available right now at the following price points :

  • Thunderobot DINO : RM 8,899 / ~US$ 2,225
  • Thunderobot 911GT : RM 7,099 / ~US$ 1,775
  • Thunderobot 911SE : RM 4,499 / ~US$ 1,125
  • Thunderobot ST Plus : RM 4,899 / ~US$ 1,225

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The Acer Predator Triton 700 Gaming Laptop Up Close!

Acer just revealed the new Acer Predator Triton 700 gaming laptop, which boasts an overclockable GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q Design, and a low-profile mechanical keyboard! Find out what else is great about this thin but powerful gaming laptop, and don’t forget to check out our video of the Predator Triton 700!

Don’t forget to read our Acer Predator Triton 700 Gaming Laptop Review!

 

The Acer Predator Triton 700 Gaming Laptop

Thanks to NVIDIA Max-Q Design, the Acer Predator Triton 700 gaming laptop boasts an overclockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, in a form factor that is less than 19 mm thick! Powered by the Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor, it boasts up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 memory and two 256 GB NVMe PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 configuration.

Keeping all those powerful components cool is the Dual AeroBlade 3D fan, five heatpipes, and air intakes from the top and bottom of the chassis. The Dual AeroBlade 3D fan also boasts the world’s thinnest metal blade that is just 0.1 mm thin, allowing more fan blades to be installed for 35% greater airflow.

You can actually view this cooling system through a large Gorilla Glass plate above the keyboard. This Gorilla Glass plate also serves as an oversized precision touch pad that supports up to four-finger gestures.

The Predator Triton 700 comes with a 15.6″ Full HD IPS display, with a brightness level of 300 nits. Acer also offers a NVIDIA G-SYNC display that supports a 120 Hz refresh rate. It also offers a combination of Acer TrueHarmony and Dolby Atmos surround sound for a more immersive gaming experience.

Gamers will also love the mechanical keyboard, with N-key rollover (NKRO) and anti-ghosting capabilities. It also has low-profile keys that are individually RGB backlit. That means you can customise the colour of each key individually!

Don’t forget to read our Acer Predator Triton 700 Gaming Laptop Review!

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The Acer Predator Triton 700 Specifications

The Acer Predator Triton 700 is offered in two configurations. Here are their specifications :

SpecificationsAcer Predator Triton 700 (74MY - GTX 1080)Acer Predator Triton 700 (775U - GTX 1060)
ModelPT715-51-74MYPT715-51-775U
ProcessorIntel Core i7-7700HQ
- 4 cores, 8 threads, 6 MB cache
- 2.8 GHz with 3.8 GHz Turbo Boost
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
- 4 cores, 8 threads, 6 MB cache
- 2.8 GHz with 3.8 GHz Turbo Boost
Memory32 GB DDR4-2400 (Dual Channel)16 GB DDR4-2400 (Dual Channel)
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q Design (8 GB GDDR5X)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5)
Display15.6" Full HD IPS display
- 1920 x 1080, 120 Hz
- Supports NVIDIA G-SYNC
15.6" Full HD IPS display
- 1920 x 1080
Storage2 x 256 GB PCIe SSD in RAID 0256 GB PCIe SSD
KeyboardMechanical keyboard with individual RGB lightsMechanical keyboard with individual RGB lights
AudioDolby Atmos with Acer TrueHarmonyDolby Atmos with Acer TrueHarmony
NetworkKiller Wireless-AC 1535 (2x2 MIMO)
Killer Ethernet E2500
Killer Wireless-AC 1535 (2x2 MIMO)
Killer Ethernet E2500
Ports1 x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Gen 2)
3 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Gen 2)
3 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI 2.0
Battery3-cell lithium ion battery pack
- 54.0 Whr, 4670 mAh @ 11.55 V
3-cell lithium ion battery pack
- 54.0 Whr, 4670 mAh @ 11.55 V
Charger230 W230 W
Size393 mm wide
266 mm deep
18.9 mm high
393 mm wide
266 mm deep
18.9 mm high
Weight2.40 kg2.40 kg

 

Price & Availability

The Acer Predator Triton 700 is available for purchase right now at all authorised Acer resellers and Acer Online Stores, at the following recommended retail prices :

  • Acer Predator Triton 700 (74MY – GeForce GTX 1080) : RM 13,999 / ~US$ 3,414
  • Acer Predator Triton 700 (775U – GeForce GTX 1060) : RM 9,999 / ~US$ 2,439

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The Battlefront II Optimised NVIDIA Driver Performance Revealed!

NVIDIA just announced the availability of the new GeForce Game Ready 388.31 WHQL drivers that are optimised for Star Wars Battlefront II, as well as Injustice 2. It also greatly increases performance in Destiny 2! Check out the details!

 

Game Ready For Star Wars Battlefront II

Available on or before launch day of Star Wars Battlefront II, NVIDIA Game Ready Drivers provide the best experience for GeForce gamers in these titles because NVIDIA engineers work up until the last possible minute to optimise performance and perfect gameplay. And as an additional verification of quality, every Game Ready Driver is WHQL-certified by Microsoft.

For optimal experience, here are the recommended NVIDIA graphics cards, that will guarantee a frame rate in excess of 60 fps in NVIDIA’s tests.

Display Resolution Detail Level Recommended Graphics Card
3840 x 2160 High GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check)
2560 x 1440 High GeForce GTX 1070 (Price Check)
1920 x 1080 High GeForce GTX 1060 (Price Check)

 

Double Digit Improvements In Destiny 2

Destiny 2 players are going to get a free performance upgrade by loading up this new Game Ready Driver, with big double-digit jumps in the highest resolutions. These results are in comparison to the older 388.13 WHQL driver.

Graphics Card 2560 x 1440 Improvement 3840 x 2160 Improvement
GeForce GTX 1060 (3 GB) + 39%
GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB) + 37%
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti + 30% + 46%
GeForce GTX 1080 + 40% + 47%
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti + 45% + 53%
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI + 28% + 41%
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Game Ready For Injustice 2

The NVIDIA Game Ready 388.31 driver is also the best driver for Injustice 2. To achieve a minimum frame rate of 60 fps, NVIDIA, WB Games, NetherRealm Studios and QLOC recommend the following specifications :

Specifications Minimum Recommended
Operating System 64-bit Windows 7 or later 64-bit Windows 7 or later
Processor Intel Core i5-750 / AMD Ryz4en 3 1200 Intel Core i3-2100 / AMD Ryzen 5 1400
RAM 4 GB 8 GB
Storage 30 GB 52 GB
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060

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The 2017 Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop Revealed!

Dell just introduced a new Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptop – the Inspiron 15 7577 Gaming. Let’s find out what’s new about this gaming laptop!

 

Introducing The 2017 Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop

The 2017 Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop keeps the 7th Generation Intel Core processors from the  previous-generation 7567 Series, but adds an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 discrete graphics option, with NVIDIA Max-Q Design.

What is the NVIDIA Max-Q Design? It is a new NVIDIA design approach that allows gaming laptops to support more powerful graphics processors while becoming thinner and quieter. For more details, read our NVIDIA Max-Q Design Tech Briefing!

We also had the opportunity to take a close-up look at the 2017 Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop (7577). Check out our hands-on preview video!

Here in Malaysia, it comes with a 15.6″ Full HD IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x1080, and anti-glare coating. In some countries, you may be offered an Ultra HD IPS display with a resolution of 3840 x 2160.

The 2017 Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop also offers multiple storage options. You can either opt for a single hard disk drive, or pair it with a fast SSD. Dell currently offers either a 128 GB or 256 GB SSD, and a 1 TB hard disk drive.

 

The 2017 Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Presentation

In this video, Christopher Choong, Dell Field Marketing Manager shares with us the key features of the 2017 Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop.

The 2017 Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop also has a new 2×2 WiFi antenna design with improved wireless performance, and a new quick-charge battery that gets up to 80% capacity within an hour. It also has a Thunderbolt 3 port that allows you to connect multiple devices (including support for up to two 4K displays) with transfers up to 40 Gbps.

 

The 2017 Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Price & Availability

The 2017 Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop (7577) is available right now with a base price of RM 3,899 / ~US$ 928 with the following specifications:

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  • the Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor,
  • 4 GB of DDR4-2400 memory,
  • the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5 memory,
  • and a 1 TB hard disk drive.

The price goes up to RM 6,899 / ~US$ 1,642 with these higher specifications :

  • the Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor,
  • 16 GB of DDR4-2400 memory,
  • the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design and 6GB GDDR5 memory,
  • a 128 GB SSD and a 1 TB hard disk drive.

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The ASUS ROG GeForce Price Cuts Revealed!

November 2, 2017 – ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced new price cuts on their NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards. Get the full details on their GeForce price cuts here!

You may notice that we just confirmed with Bryan Del Rizzo that NVIDIA was not dropping the price of any GeForce graphics cards to make way for the new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. These GeForce price cuts by ROG are just a coincidence. A happy coincidence, but a coincidence nonetheless.

 

The ASUS ROG GeForce Price Cuts

ASUS ROG announced that six GeForce 10 series graphics cards are getting their prices adjusted. They are the ROG Poseidon GTX1080Ti-P11-Gaming, the ROG Strix GTX1080Ti-O11G-Gaming, the Strix GTX1070-O8G-Gaming, the Dual-GTX 1070-O8G, the Strix GTX 1060-O6G-Gaming and the Strix GTX1060 DC2O6G.

For your convenience, we created this table that summarises their key features and new prices. You can also check for the current US prices.

ASUS ROG GeForce 10 Series Models Key Features New Price
(Malaysia)
US Price
ROG-POSEIDON-GTX1080TI-P11G-GAMING 1733 MHz boost clock
DirectCU hybrid water cooler
ASUS Aura Sync
RM 4,799
~US$ 1,140
Price Check
ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING 1708 MHz boost clock
MaxContact cooler
ASUS Aura Sync
RM 4,399
~US$ 1,045
Price Check
STRIX-GTX1070-O8G-GAMING 1860 MHz boost clock
DirectCU III cooler
ASUS Aura
RM 2,299
~US$ 545
Price Check
DUAL-GTX1070-O8G 1797 MHz boost clock
Dual fan cooler
RM 1,999
~US$ 475
Price Check
STRIX-GTX1060-O6G-GAMING 1873 MHz boost clock
Direct CU III cooler
ASUS Aura
RM 1,699
~US$ 405
Price Check
STRIX-GTX1060-DC2O6G 1809 MHz boost clock
Direct CU II cooler
RM 1,499
~US$ 355
None

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 – Future-Proofed 1440p Gaming!

The road to Vega has been a rather long one. We first saw the AMD Vega prototype running DOOM in December 2016. Not unlike a baby, it took AMD nine months to give birth to the AMD Radeon RX Vega. Today, we are going to take a close look at the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) graphics card. Let’s see how it performs!

 

AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Specifications Compared

This table compares the specifications of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) against those of the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080.

SpecificationsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080AMD Radeon RX Vega 64AMD Radeon RX Vega 56NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
GPUNVIDIA GP104Vega 10Vega 10NVIDIA GP104
Stream Processors2560409635841920
Textures Per Clock160256224120
Pixels Per Clock64646464
Base Clock Speed1607 MHz1247 MHz1156 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Clock Speed1733 MHz1546 MHz1471 MHz1683 MHz
Texture Fillrate257~277.GT/s319~396 GT/s259~330 GT/s181~202 GT/s
Pixel Fillrate102.8~110.9 GP/s79.8~98.9 GP/s74.0~94.1 GP/s96.4~107.7 GP/s
Graphics Memory8 GB GDDR5X8 GB HBM28 GB HBM28 GB GDDR5
Graphics Memory Bus Width320-bits2048-bits2048-bits256-bits
Graphics Memory Speed1250 MHz945 MHz800 MHz2000 MHz
Graphics Memory Bandwidth320.0 GB/s483.8 GB/s409.6 GB/s256.0 GB/s
TDP180 W295 W210 W150 W
Retail Prices$499
($599 at launch)
$499$399$379
$449 (Founder's Edition)

 

Unboxing The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) comes in a massive and heavy cardboard box. Let’s unbox it and see what is inside this giant box!

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When you unbox it, you will find the following items :

  • One AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) graphics card.
  • One AMD Radeon RX Vega booklet
  • One AMD Radeon RX Vega holocube
  • One AMD Vega GPU sample
  • One AMD Radeon RX Vega wrist band
  • Two large AMD Radeon RX Vega case stickers
  • Two small AMD Radeon RX Vega case stickers

AMD clearly had their fans in mind when they created this package. The AMD Vega GPU sample, in particular, was a very nice touch.

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The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Up Close

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) looks exactly like Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check). In fact, the only way to tell them apart is a small label at the back of the card. Let’s take a quick tour of the Vega 64 up close!

AMD dumped the dual-linked DVI port starting with the Radeon RX 480. So it’s no surprise to see that the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) lacks a dual-linked DVI port. It has three DisplayPorts and a single HDMI 2.0b port instead.

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The Vega 64 Power Consumption

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) uses the Vega 10 GPU with 12.5 billion transistors fabricated using the 14 nm FinFET process technology. That’s 500 million transistors more than the NVIDIA GP102 GPU powering the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

Even though it’s using a finer process technology than NVIDIA, the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) has a significantly higher TDP of 295 W45 W (18%) more than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

AMD equipped the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) with two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors for a peak power draw of 375 W. This will come in handy if you intend to overclock, although keeping the GPU cool will be a challenge.

 

GPUTach

There is a GPUTach LED light strip right next to the two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors, which tells you the GPU load at a glance. There are two switches nearby that allows you to turn it on or off, and switch between the red and blue LED colours.

 

The Vega 64 Thermal Output

We recorded the peak exhaust temperature of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) and compared it to the GeForce GTX 1080 TiGeForce GTX 1070, Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), the GeForce GTX 1060 and the Radeon RX 580 graphics cards. Take a look.

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

With its higher TDP, it’s no surprise that the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) has the highest exhaust temperature in this comparison – 2.8 °C higher than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and 5.4 °C higher than Vega 56 (Price Check).

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The Vega 64 Noise Level

Needless to say, you will be wondering about the noise level of the more powerful cooler used to keep the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) cool. In this video, we recorded the Radeon RX Vega 64 running the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark at the 4K resolution.

 

Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Processor : AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor running at 3.6 GHz

Motherboard : AORUS AX370-Gaming 5

Memory : 16 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 memory (dual-channel)

Storage : 240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

Monitor : Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor

We used the GeForce driver 385.41 for the NVIDIA graphics cards, and Radeon Software 17.9.1 for the AMD graphics cards.

Next Page > 3DMark DirectX 12 & DirectX 11 Benchmark Results

 

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3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is the DirectX 12 benchmark in 3DMark. It supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) did well in this DirectX 12 benchmark. It was 14% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check), and 22% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070. But it was outclassed by the phenomenal GeForce GTX 1080 Ti by 35%.

 

3DMark (1920 x 1080)

For Direct 11 performance, we started testing the graphics cards using 3DMark at the entry-level gaming resolution – 1920 x 1080.

Due to the relatively low resolution, this is a CPU-limited test for many high-end graphics cards.

While the GeForce GTX 1070 beat the Vega 56 (Price Check) by 10%, the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) had a comfortable 13.6% lead over the GTX 1070. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was 26% faster than the Vega 64 at this resolution.

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3DMark (2560 x 1440)

We then took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look at the results!

At 1440p, the Vega 56 overtook the GTX 1070 by 10.5%, while the Vega 64 (Price Check) extended its performance lead to 26% over the GTX 1070, and 14% over the Vega 56 (Price Check). The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was 30% faster than the Vega 64 at this resolution.

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is torture, even for high-end graphics cards.

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) held its place at this extremely high resolution, maintaining its 14% lead over the Vega 56 (Price Check), and slightly extending its performance lead over the GeForce GTX 1070 to 27.5%. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was 28% faster than the Vega 64 at this resolution.

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Ashes of the Singularity (1920 x 1080)

We tested Ashes of the Singularity in the DirectX 12 mode, which supports the Asynchronous Compute feature. We started with the full HD resolution.

Thanks to its support for Asynchronous Compute, both the Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check) beat even the vaunted GeForce GTX 1080 Ti by 4.7% and 3.5% respectively. They were also faster than the GeForce GTX 1070 by 10% and 9% respectively.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (2560 x 1440)

We then took Ashes of the Singularity up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s see how the cards fare now…

At this higher resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti‘s pixel fill rate advantage allowed it to creep past the Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check). The two AMD Vega cards were now 9% and 7.4% faster than the GTX 1070 respectively.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (3840 x 2160)

Finally, let’s see how the cards perform with Ashes of the Singularity running at the Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160.

At this ultra-high resolution, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti gained a small 4% performance advantage over the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check), and 16% over the Vega 56 (Price Check). The two AMD Vega cards were 24% and 11% faster than the GTX 1070 respectively.

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Warhammer (1920 x 1080)

Total War : Warhammer is another game that supports Asynchronous Compute. This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this resolution, most fast graphics cards are CPU-limited. Thanks to Asynchronous Compute, both the Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check) were able to beat the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti by 8% and 6.5% respectively, and the GTX 1070 by 10% and 9%.

 

Warhammer (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this higher resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was now right in between the Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check) in performance, with a small 3% gap either way. The two AMD Vega cards were now 8% and 1.5% faster than the GTX 1070 respectively.

 

Warhammer (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

This ultra-high resolution proved too much for the AMD Vega cards, with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti the only card capable of delivering an average frame rate above 60 fps. The GTX 1080 Ti was now 41% faster than the Vega 64, and 60% faster than the Vega 56.

On the other hand, the Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check) cards were 17% and 3% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

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The Witcher 3 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) was 17% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, but 27% slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

 

The Witcher 3 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At 1440p, the Vega 64’s performance lead over the GeForce GTX 1070 dropped slightly to 15%. It was now 32% slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

 

The Witcher 3 (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At this Ultra HD resolution. the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) maintained its 15% performance lead over the GeForce GTX 1070. It was now 35% slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, which was the only card to maintain an average frame rate in excess of 60 fps.

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For Honor (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this resolution, the Vega 64 (Price Check) was 14% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check) and GTX 1070. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was 39% faster than the Vega 64 at this resolution.

 

For Honor (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At the higher 1440p resolution, the Vega 64 (Price Check) was 14% faster than the GTX 1070, and 17% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check). The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was 43% faster than the Vega 64 at this resolution.

 

For Honor (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this Ultra HD resolution, even the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti could not maintain an average frame rate above 60 fps. But it was now 43% faster than the Vega 64. The Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) was now 12% faster than the GTX 1070, and 17% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check).

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Mass Effect: Andromeda (1920 x 1080)

Mass Effect: Andromeda is another game that supports Asynchronous Compute. This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

All six cards did well, delivering average frame rates in excess of 70 fps. In fact, the higher-end cards – the GeForce GTX 1070 onwards – were obviously CPU-limited at this resolution.

Thanks to Asynchronous Compute, the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) was able to beat the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti by 7%, albeit at this low resolution. It was also 11% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check), and 12% faster than the GTX 1070.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

With the jump in resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti barely registered a drop in its average frame rate, allowing it to leapfrog over the Radeon RX Vega 64 and beat it by 26%. The Vega 64 (Price Check) was now 7% faster than the GTX 1070, and 14% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check).

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

Increasing the resolution to 4K UHD greatly sapped the average frame rate of all six cards. Only GeForce GTX 1080 Ti managed to achieve an average frame rate of about 60 fps. It was now 48% faster than the Vega 64 (Price Check).

The Vega 64, on the other hand, was 10% faster than the GTX 1070, and 16% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check).

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Our Verdict

Ever since we saw AMD Vega running DOOM, we had such high hopes for it. The success of the AMD Ryzen family of processors only buoyed that optimism. However, the AMD Vega turned out not to be the Pascal-killer we thought it would be.

On paper, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) has considerable advantages over even the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. It has a 34% advantage in texture fill rate, and a 51% advantage in memory bandwidth. The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti only beats it in pixel fill rate by 20%.

In real life though, the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) was significantly slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti… unless the game supports Asynchronous Compute. In those DirectX 12 games, the Vega 64 actually beats the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, albeit at lower resolutions.

Of course, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti costs more than the Vega 64, but it bears reminding that numbers on paper do not always translate into real world performance. It also showcases how important certain software features are in delivering better performance.

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At $499, the Vega 64 (Price Check) is frankly a bit overpriced, because it is, on average, 13% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check), which is $100 (20%) cheaper! The price would become even harder to justify when NVIDIA launches the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti for just $429.

The Radeon RX Vega 64 also has the disadvantage of a significantly higher power consumption at 295 watts. It also requires at least a 750W power supply with two 8-pin PCI Express power cables.

That said, the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) is a step in the right direction. It is about 51% faster (on average) than the Radeon RX 580, which is based on the last generation AMD Polaris architecture. It may not have met our overly high expectations, but it is still a big improvement.

If you want a graphics card for 1440p gaming today, the Vega 56 (Price Check) or GTX 1070 offer better value. But if you want a graphics card for 1440p gaming with more headroom for future games, then the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) makes sense.

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The Lenovo Legion Y920, Y720 Tower & Y520 Tower Revealed!

Lenovo just unveiled three new additions to the Lenovo Legion gaming line-up – the new Lenovo Legion Y920, Y720 Tower and Y520 Tower that promise to offer new levels of gaming performance. Let’s take a look at these new Lenovo Legion gaming systems!

 

The Lenovo Legion Y920, Y720 Tower & Y520 Tower

Let’s start with a presentation on the new Lenovo Legion Y920, Y720 Tower and Y520 Tower by Gavin Wong, Consumer Notebook Distribution Manager of Lenovo Malaysia.

 

The Lenovo Legion Y920

The Lenovo Legion Y920 Laptop is their 17.3″ top-of-the-line gaming laptop with a G-SYNC display. It is powered by a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 unlocked processor (the Core i7-7820HQ) and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card. It has extremely fast storage, in the form of two PCIe x4 NVMe SSDs in RAID 0.

In addition, the Lenovo Legion Y920 boasts a mechanical keyboard with 2 mm key travel, and an optional multicolour backlight. It also has a JBL sound system with two speakers and a subwoofer that supports Dolby Home Theater.

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The Lenovo Legion Y720 Tower

The VR-ready Lenovo Legion Y720 Tower is loaded with a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, and up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory. This gaming desktop also features a tool-less design for effortless self-upgrading of its graphics card, storage drives, and memory.

 

The Lenovo Legion Y520 Tower

The Lenovo Legion Y520 Tower can be equipped with up to a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, and up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. It is also designed to allow its user to easily swap the optical drive, storage drives or memory modules.

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Review – 1440p Gaming FTW!

The road to Vega has been a rather long one. We first saw the AMD Vega prototype running DOOM in December 2016. Not unlike a baby, it took AMD nine months to give birth to the AMD Radeon RX Vega. Today, we are going to take a close look at the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) graphics card that is designed to take on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. Let’s see how it performs!

 

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Specification Comparison

This table compares the specifications of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 against those of its rival, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070.

SpecificationsAMD Radeon RX Vega 64AMD Radeon RX Vega 56NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
GPUVega 10Vega 10NVIDIA GP104
Stream Processors409635841920
Textures Per Clock256224120
Pixels Per Clock646464
Base Clock Speed1247 MHz1156 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Clock Speed1546 MHz1471 MHz1683 MHz
Texture Fillrate319.2~395.8 GT/s258.9~329.5 GT/s180.7~202.0 GT/s
Pixel Fillrate79.8~98.9 GP/s74.0~94.1 GP/s96.4~107.7 GP/s
Graphics Memory8 GB HBM28 GB HBM28 GB GDDR5
Graphics Memory Bus Width2048-bits2048-bits256-bits
Graphics Memory Speed945 MHz800 MHz2000 MHz
Graphics Memory Bandwidth483.8 GB/s409.6 GB/s256.0 GB/s
TDP295 W210 W150 W
Retail Prices$499$399$379
$449 (Founder's Edition)

 

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Up Close

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) looks exactly like the AMD Radeon RX 480, just longer. It has the same black shroud design that debuted with that Polaris-based card.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 still offers a dual-linked DVI port, but the AMD Radeon RX Vega skips that for three DisplayPorts and a single HDMI 2.0b port.

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Power Consumption

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) uses the Vega 10 GPU with 12.5 billion transistors fabricated using the 14 nm FinFET process technology. Even though it’s using a finer process technology than NVIDIA, the extra 5.3 billion transistors need more power.

Hence, the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) has a TDP of 210 W60 W (40%) more than the GeForce GTX 1070. On a watt per transistor basis, this makes the Radeon RX Vega 56 is 24% more efficient than the GeForce GTX 1070. Of course, what matters more is power efficiency on a watt / performance basis.

Curiously, AMD equipped the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) with not one, but two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors for a peak power draw of 375 W.

Incidentally, there is a GPUTach LED light strip right next to the two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors, which tells you the GPU load at a glance. There are two switches nearby that allows you to turn it on or off, and switch between the red and blue LED colours.

 

The Thermal Output

We recorded the peak exhaust temperature of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) and compared it to the GeForce GTX 1070, GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 480 graphics cards. Take a look.

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

Despite its much higher TDP, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56’s exhaust temperature is just slightly higher than that of the GeForce GTX 1070. That is likely because it uses a more powerful fan with a larger heatsink.

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The Noise Level

Needless to say, you will be wondering about the noise level of the more powerful cooler used to keep the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) cool. In this video, we recorded the Radeon RX Vega 56 running the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark at the 4K resolution.

 

Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Processor : AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor running at 3.6 GHz

Motherboard : AORUS AX370-Gaming 5

Memory : 16 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 memory (dual-channel)

Storage : 240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

Monitor : Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor

We used the GeForce driver 385.41 for the NVIDIA graphics cards, and Radeon Software 17.9.1 for the AMD graphics cards.

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3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is the DirectX 12 benchmark in 3DMark. It supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) did well in this DirectX 12 benchmark. It was 6.5% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, 51% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 57% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

 

3DMark (1920 x 1080)

For Direct 11 performance, we started testing the graphics cards using 3DMark at the entry-level gaming resolution – 1920 x 1080.

Due to the relatively low resolution, this is a CPU-limited test for many high-end graphics cards.

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) did well in the two graphics tests, beating the GeForce GTX 1070 by 8-12%. Curiously, it ended up slower than the GeForce GTX 1070 in the combined test results.

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3DMark (2560 x 1440)

We then took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look at the results!

At 1440p, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was about 10% faster in the graphics tests, and matched it in the overall score.

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is torture, even for high-end graphics cards.

At this resolution, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) did even better, beating the GeForce GTX 1070 in the graphics tests. It still tied with the GeForce GTX 1070 in the overall scores though.

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Ashes of the Singularity (1920 x 1080)

We tested Ashes of the Singularity in the DirectX 12 mode, which supports the Asynchronous Compute feature. We started with the full HD resolution.

At this resolution, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was 9% faster than the GeForce GTX 107028% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 34% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (2560 x 1440)

We then took Ashes of the Singularity up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s see how the cards fare now…

At this higher resolution, the performance gap between the Radeon RX Vega 56 and the GeForce GTX 1070 narrowed to 7.5%.

On the other hand, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was now 39% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 45% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (3840 x 2160)

Finally, let’s see how the cards perform with Ashes of the Singularity running at the Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160.

At this ultra high resolution, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) did well, pulling away from the GeForce GTX 1070, with an 11% performance advantage. It was also 50% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 52% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

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Warhammer (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this resolution, most fast graphics cards are CPU-limited. Even so, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) is able to beat the GeForce GTX 1070 by 9%. Not bad.

 

Warhammer (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

The 1440p resolution appears to be the sweet spot for the GeForce GTX 1070, where it almost matches the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) in performance. Both graphics cards are about 33% faster than the other three cards.

 

Warhammer (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At the Ultra HD resolution, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) widened its performance lead over the GeForce GTX 1070 to 3.4%. Both cards are now about 40% faster than the remaining three cards.

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The Witcher 3 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was about 4% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070. Both graphics cards were about 40% faster than the other three cards.

 

The Witcher 3 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At 1440p, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) maintained its 4% performance lead over the GeForce GTX 1070. Again, both graphics cards cards were about 40% faster than the remaining three cards in this comparison.

 

The Witcher 3 (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At this Ultra HD resolution, both the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) and the GeForce GTX 1070 were more or less equal in performance. They were also both about 42% faster than the remaining three cards.

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For Honor (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

Both the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) and the GeForce GTX 1070 tied for the top spot, and they were both 37-46% faster than the other three cards.

 

For Honor (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At the higher 1440p resolution, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 was slightly (3.2%) faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was 35% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 41% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

 

For Honor (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At the Ultra HD resolution, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 extended its performance lead over the Radeon RX Vega 56 to 4.4%. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was 34% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 48% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

At this entry-level gaming resolution, all five cards did well, delivering average frame rates in excess of 60 fps. Both the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) and the GeForce GTX 1070 tied for the top spot, and they were both 24-40% faster than the other three cards.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 endured the jump in resolution better than the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), with a 6.7% advantage. Still, the Radeon RX Vega 56 maintain an average frame rate in excess of 60 fps, and was 28% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 42% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

The resolution increase to 4K slightly levelled the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070‘s performance advantage over the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 to 6%. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was now 33% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 47% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

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Our Verdict

Ever since we saw AMD Vega running DOOM, we had such high hopes for it. The success of the AMD Ryzen family of processors only buoyed that optimism. However, the AMD Vega turned out not to be the Pascal-killer we thought it would be.

On paper, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) has considerable advantages over the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. It has a 53% advantage in texture fill rate, and a 60% advantage in memory bandwidth. The GeForce GTX 1070 only beats it in pixel fill rate by 22%.

In real life though, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was virtually equal in performance to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. In some games, the Radeon RX Vega 56 was slightly faster. In other games, the GeForce GTX 1070 was slightly faster.

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Hence, it’s no wonder AMD priced it at $399 – just $20 more than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. It would be hard to justify a higher price, especially since the GeForce GTX 1070 is already a year old!

Even though the AMD Vega GPU was built using the smaller 14 nm process technology, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) uses considerably more power because it has significantly more transistors. It has a maximum TDP of 210 W – 60 W (40%) higher than the GeForce GTX 1070.

Earlier, we pointed out that the Radeon RX Vega 56 is 24% more efficient than the GeForce GTX 1070 on a watt per transistor basis. However, the GeForce GTX 1070 is ultimately about 40% more efficient in terms of watt / performance, which is ultimately what really matters.

That said, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) is a step in the right direction. It is almost 50% faster (on average) than the Radeon RX 480, which used the last generation AMD Polaris architecture. It may not have met our overly high expectations, but it is still a big improvement.

After all, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check finally offers AMD fans 1440p gaming at 60 fps at a sweet price point!

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The NVIDIA Max-Q Design + WhisperMode Tech Briefing

On the first day of Computex 2017, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang announced the NVIDIA Max-Q Design for GeForce GTX in his keynote.

It is a new design approach that allows gaming laptops to be thinner, quieter and yet, faster. How is this possible? Let’s find out!

 

The NVIDIA Max-Q Design Tech Briefing

Max Q is actually a NASA term which refers to “the point at which aerodynamic stress on a vehicle in atmospheric flight is maximized“. NVIDIA Max-Q uses a similar philosophy to design gaming laptops that are 3X thinner, with up to 3X more performance (compared to the previous-generation NVIDIA Maxwell GPUs).

So what exactly is the NVIDIA Max-Q design, and how does it work? Gaurav Agarwal, NVIDIA Product Marketing Manager, explains it all in this tech briefing.

Here is a summary of the NVIDIA Max-Q design’s key features :

  • NVIDIA Max-Q is built around NVIDIA Pascal, specifically the GeForce GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 GPUs.
  • The key design philosophy is a new focus on peak efficiency, instead of peak performance.
  • Instead of running at maximum frequency, the GPU will run at a lower frequency that has been determined to achieve peak efficiency.
  • This greatly reduces the GPU’s power consumption and thermal output, at the expense of some performance.
  • In the case of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, the Max-Q version will run 60 W cooler (90 W, instead of 150 W) while suffering only a 10% reduction in performance.
  • The massive reduction in the TGP (Total Graphics Power) allows a more powerful GPU like the GeForce GTX 1080 in a thinner laptop.
  • The lower TGP also allows for the use of thinner, lighter and quieter cooling solutions, and a longer battery life.

From what we understand, the Max-Q and non Max-Q GPUs are the same. The Max-Q version just uses firmware that has been tuned for efficiency, instead of performance.

 

The NVIDIA WhisperMode Technology

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NVIDIA also introduced the new NVIDIA WhisperMode technology, which will be available by the end of June 2017.

Although not technically part of NVIDIA Max-Q, it helps to make the laptop run much quieter while you’re gaming.

WhisperMode intelligently paces the game’s frame rate while automatically adjusting the graphics setting for optimal power efficiency. This reduces reduces the laptop’s acoustic level during games.

NVIDIA WhisperMode is completely user-adjustable via GeForce Experience, and will be available for all NVIDIA Pascal-based laptops.

 

Availability Of NVIDIA Max-Q Gaming Laptops

Gaming laptops featuring GeForce GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 GPUs using the new NVIDIA Max-Q design will be available starting June 27, 2017 from brands like Acer, Aftershock, Alienware, ASUS, Clevo, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, and MSI.

The first three gaming laptops to feature NVIDIA Max-Q are the ASUS Zephyrus, MSI GS63 and the Clevo P950.

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FREE Rocket League with ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 or 1050!

ASUS is back again with its FREE Rocket League game bundle package, collaborating with NVIDIA this time round. Check out the great offer!

 

FREE Rocket League with ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 or 1050!

From now until the end of July 2017, you can get a FREE copy of the Rocket League game with any purchase of the ASUS GeForce GTX 1050, 1050 Ti or 1060 graphics card!

Each qualified purchase will entitle you to a game code for Rocket League, which must be redeemed at this page by 30th October 2017.

Promotion Period : 30th May – 31st July, 2017.

Code Expiration : 30th October, 2017.

 

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GeForce GTX 1060 for 4K gaming

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card is loaded with innovative new gaming technologies, making it the perfect choice for Rocket League and the latest games. It delivers a stunning 4K experience at over 60 FPS with ‘ultra’ settings in Rocket League.  The GeForce GTX 1060 is the ‘Recommended’ GPU for Battlefield 1, For Honor, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Tekken 7, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands and many more of today’s most popular games.

Performance results using in-game benchmarks show the GeForce GTX 1060 delivers the best performance in its class. The GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card is the heart of the recently launched NVIDIA BattleBox Essential PCs.

 

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GeForce GTX 1050 & 1050 Ti for 1080p gaming

GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti deliver an amazing Rocket League experience at 1080p with ‘ultra ‘settings, delivering over 60 FPS. Now, you can turn your PC into a true gaming rig, powered by NVIDIA Pascal — the most advanced GPU architecture ever created.

They are loaded with innovative NVIDIA Game Ready technologies that let every gamer experience the latest titles in their full glory, and deliver a fantastic 1080p gaming experience in popular games such as OverWatch, DOTA2, Heroes of the Storm and more.

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Get Rocket League with every GeForce GTX 1060 or 1050!

To celebrate the Rocket League World Championship being held from June 2-4 in Los Angeles, NVIDIA has partnered with Psyonix to bring gamers the GeForce GTX Rocket League bundle.

Now gamers can get a free copy of Rocket League with the purchase of a GeForce GTX 1060 or 1050-based graphics card, desktop PC or notebook, including the recently launched NVIDIA BattleBox Essential.

 

GeForce GTX 1060 for 4K gaming

The GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card is loaded with innovative new gaming technologies, making it the perfect choice for Rocket League and the latest games. It delivers a stunning 4K experience at over 60 FPS with ‘ultra’ settings in Rocket League.

The GeForce GTX 1060 is the ‘Recommended’ GPU for Battlefield 1, For Honor, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Tekken 7, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands and many more of today’s most popular games.

If you are aching to buy an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, check these offers out :

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GeForce GTX 1050 & 1050 Ti for 1080p gaming

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GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti deliver an amazing Rocket League experience at 1080p with ‘ultra ‘settings, delivering over 60 FPS. Now, you can turn your PC into a true gaming rig, powered by NVIDIA Pascal — the most advanced GPU architecture ever created.

They are loaded with innovative NVIDIA Game Ready technologies that let every gamer experience the latest titles in their full glory, and deliver a fantastic 1080p gaming experience in popular games such as OverWatch, DOTA2, Heroes of the Storm and more.

 

GeForce GTX, the Ultimate Gaming Platform

The GeForce GTX platform equips your gaming PC with NVIDIA technologies that only GeForce delivers, such as GeForce Experience, optimized playable settings, Game Ready drivers, NVIDIA Ansel technology, NVIDIA ShadowPlay, NVIDIA ShadowPlay Highlights, NVIDIA GameWorks, NVIDIA G-Sync and much more.

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AMD Radeon RX 580 Performance Comparison

The gaming enthusiast community may be eagerly waiting for AMD Vega to arrive, but AMD breathed life into the AMD Polaris microarchitecture with a refreshed line-up, which they called the AMD Radeon RX 500 Series. Headlined by the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon), the Polaris Refined series is basically an overclocked version of the Radeon RX 400 series.

AMD is pitching the Radeon RX 500 Series as a great upgrade option for gamers with 3 years or older systems, with the introduction of 27 new graphics cards. But just how much faster is the new Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) compared to its predecessor, the Radeon RX 480, and the NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards? Let’s find out in this performance comparison!

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Radeon RX 580 Specification Comparison

Here are the specifications of the five graphics cards in this performance comparison :

SpecificationsGeForce GTX 1050 TiRadeon RX 480Radeon RX 580GeForce GTX 1060GeForce GTX 1070
Texture Units4814414480120
ROPs3232324864
Core Speed1290 MHz1120 MHz1257 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Speed1392 MHz1266 MHz1340 MHz1708 MHz1683 MHz
Texture Fill Rate (Max)61.9 GT/s182.3 GT/s193.0 GT/s136.6 GT/s202.0 GT/s
Pixel Fill Rate (Max)44.5 GP/s40.5 GP/s42.9 GP/s82.0 GP/s107.7 GP/s
Memory Bus Width128-bits256-bits256-bits192-bits256-bits
Graphics Memory4 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR5
Memory Speed1752 MHz1750 MHz2000 MHz2000 MHz2000 MHz
Memory Bandwidth112 GB/s224 GB/s256 GB/s192 GB/s256 GB/s
TDP75 W150 W185 W120 W150 W

 

Further Reading On The Radeon RX 500 Series

 

Further Reading On AMD Vega

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Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Processor : AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor running at 3.6 GHz

Motherboard : AORUS AX370-Gaming 5

Memory : 16 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 memory (dual-channel)

Storage : 240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

Monitor : Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor

We used the GeForce driver 382.05 for the NVIDIA graphics cards, and Radeon Software 17.5.1 for the AMD graphics cards.

Note that we do not actually have any Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) graphics card. We simulated the Radeon RX 580 by overclocking the Radeon RX 480 graphics card according to AMD’s specifications for the Radeon RX 580.

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3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is the DirectX 12 benchmark in 3DMark. It supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

The AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was just 1% faster than the Radeon RX 480 in this DirectX 12 benchmark. It was 69% to 76% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and just 3% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

3DMark (1920 x 1080)

For Direct 11 performance, we started testing the graphics cards using 3DMark at the entry-level gaming resolution – 1920 x 1080.

At this resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was virtually neck-to-neck with the GeForce GTX 1060. It was 62% to 69% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

 

3DMark (2560 x 1440)

We then took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look at the results!

At this higher resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was about 1.5% faster than the Radeon RX 480. With its much higher pixel fillrate, the GeForce GTX 1060 pulled away with a 6% average performance advantage.

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is torture, even for the GeForce GTX 1070!

At this resolution, the GeForce GTX 1060 was still 5% to 7% faster than the Radeon RX 580 (Amazon), which was itself 61% to 65% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

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Ashes of the Singularity (1920 x 1080)

We tested Ashes of the Singularity in the DirectX 12 mode, which supports the Asynchronous Compute feature. We started with the full HD resolution.

The AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was just 1% faster than the Radeon RX 480, and 3.7% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (2560 x 1440)

We then took Ashes of the Singularity up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s see how the cards fare now…

At this higher resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was 1.5% faster than the Radeon RX 480, and 2.3% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060. It was also 63% to 70% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (3840 x 2160)

Finally, let’s see how the cards perform with Ashes of the Singularity running at the Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160.

The AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was virtually tied with the Radeon RX 480 and GeForce GTX 1060 at this resolution. They were all about 67% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and 26% slower than the GeForce GTX 1070.

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Warhammer (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was 1.5% faster than the Radeon RX 480, 6.5% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, 13% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 80% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

 

Warhammer (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

When the resolution increased to 1440p though, the GeForce GTX 1070 pulled away and was 24% faster than the Radeon RX 580. The average frame rate of the Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was just 1.5% faster than the Radeon RX 480, but it also delivered a significantly higher minimum frame rate.

 

Warhammer (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this ultra high resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was now 3% faster than the Radeon RX 480. It was also 5% and 82% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 and the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti respectively.

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The Witcher 3 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was 4% faster than the Radeon RX 480 at this resolution, putting it neck-to-neck with the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

The Witcher 3 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At this higher resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was essentially between the Radeon RX 480 and the GeForce GTX 1060 in performance, with a 4% difference either way. It was also 78% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, but 27% slower than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

The Witcher 3 (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.