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In week or so since it came out, Total War: Three Kingdoms has enjoyed the best launch yet for a Total War game. Creative Assembly has said it's already smashed through 1 million sales on Steam. It's well deserved, as you can find out in our TW: Three Kingdoms review. Three Kingdoms: Total War can be a very demanding game though, especially when it comes to the CPU. Your processor is tasked with handling large troop numbers, strategic battles, and AI turns.
The grandaddy of strategy is back. After forays into the world of Warhammer, the Total War series returns to its historic roots for the mainline series. Total War: Three Kingdoms lets players become a ruling warlord in Ancient China, plotting, scheming, and engaging in all-out war.
Nvidia was rather clandestine with last week’s GeForce GTX 1650 launch, choosing to withhold third-party benchmarks and performance reviews until after the budget graphics cards hit store shelves.
You’d struggle to call a CPU such as the Intel Core i7-5820K low-end. Launching at the end of 2014, it’s getting on a bit in years but this is a CPU that can handle basically anything you can throw at it. During our benchmark tests for Far Cry New Dawn though, we discovered the PNY XLR8 GeForce RTX 2060 6GB was too much for it to handle.
We've taken a look at ray-tracing performance in Metro Exodus, as well as the most demanding of its (limited) graphics options, but how does Metro Exodus shape up for the average player who isn't looking to take advantage of those snazzy ray-tracing effects? Here we've taken a quick look at general gaming performance in Metro Exodus for the GeForce RTX 2060 and GeForce GTX 1070, both if which slot in bang in line with the recommended system recommends for Metro 3.
Finally, Metro Exodus has arrived, and so too has another opportunity to see what all the fuss is about in terms of raytracing. Metro Exodus uses a totally different form of raytracing to the reflections seen in Battlefield V. 4A Games instead chose to focus on ray-traced global illumination. Global illumination isn't new to gaming, but it is new in its ray-traced form.
Finally, a day that's cause for celebration for AMD at the top-end. Nvidia's been having things a little too easy lately but along comes AMD's Radeon VII 16GB HBM2, a premium graphics card with a premium price.
The Anno 1800 Closed Beta test has been taking place this weekend, giving us our first chance to go hands-on with the new historical management strategy game. Anno 1800 was originally set to launch on February 26th but has been pushed back until April 16th, providing Blue Byte with an extra couple of months of optimisation time.
Earlier today, Stu reported Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM protection had been patched out of Hitman 2. Naturally, my first port-of-call was to re-download Hitman 2 and see whether the removal of Denuvo had any impact on Hitman 2's frame rates.
It’s been a huge day for hardware fans. Nvidia spoiled us in the run-up to CES 2019 with a reveal of its eagerly anticipated GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. We’ve finally got real-time ray-tracing at the far more palatable price point of $349/£329 for the GeForce RTX 2060. It’s not cheap but it definitely beats the asking price of the RTX 2070.