Day: September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020 Off

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition Review

By tracy
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition has landed, and with it comes a wave of anticipation the PC gaming world hasn’t experienced in years. Following months of leaks and rumors, Nvidia unveiled the RTX 30-series graphics cards at the beginning of this month, calling it “the greatest generational leap” in the company’s history, delivering “up to 2x the performance” of its last-gen counterpart. Does it? We’ve put the card through its paces to find out just how powerful it actually is and whether this is the upgrade you’ve been waiting for.

Design and Features

The RTX 3080 packs an impressive spec-sheet. Compared to last generation’s RTX 2080 Super, it features more than double the CUDA core count with a whopping 8704 cores and 10GB of 320-bit GDDR6X VRAM. GDDR6X is the latest and fastest video RAM available today with a maximum bandwidth of 19 Gbps, which is a substantial bump from Turing’s 14 Gbps. The card is fast with a boost clock of 1.71 GHz, though Nvidia is claiming it’s also power-efficient, offering 1.9x performance per watt over the 20-series.

It would be easy to draw a line to the expanded CUDA core count and Nvidia’s claim of “up

September 16, 2020 Off

Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition review

By tracy

It feels almost redundant to call the new Nvidia RTX 3080 the fastest graphics card you can buy. I mean, today, it absolutely is, and after the first reveal that was pretty much inevitable. The initial performance figures from the green team’s grand unveiling were no joke: this thing takes the RTX 2080 Ti outside and gives it a good, sound kicking. It’s not even close. 

The ol’ Turing GPU’s now whimpering in the corner, its vapour chambers leaking out over my floor as its fans fitfully spin their last.

Which is a pretty spectacular result when you consider the top-end Turing chip was the previous holder of the ‘fastest graphics card’ title, with its bold specs list and $1,200 sticker price. The fact this $699 card can make such a performance step up, at the same price as the RTX 2080 Super it’s replacing, is incredible. 

It’s at once testament to the new Nvidia Ampere architecture, the work its engineers have put in, and maybe to the more competitive landscape of 2020.

The Nvidia RTX 3080 is the flagship graphics card of this new Ampere generation. At least that’s what Jen-Hsun and Co. is calling it, despite the RTX

September 16, 2020 Off

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Review – A Future Drawn From The Past

By tracy

As a narrative genre, sci-fi has limitless possibilities. It encompasses far-flung concepts like time travel, rampaging monsters, android assassins, and more. Even with all of that within reach, most sci-fi stories limit their scope to exploring just a few big ideas. However, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim shows no such restraint. It’s an all-inclusive, pulpy feast that draws inspiration from every corner of the sci-fi kingdom; it’s The War of the Worlds plus The Terminator plus Neon Genesis Evangelion plus several other well-known media that would spoil important plot points if I mentioned them. But here’s the most amazing part: It all works together.

The bonkers story and gorgeous art are the main attractions in 13 Sentinels. It also has some tactical combat, but the game is primarily a visual novel about a group of teenagers who pilot giant armored suits called sentinels. They do this to save the world from an invasion of seemingly alien beasts, but the characters also deal with own personal drama along the way, navigating their relationships and desires in the midst of the looming crisis. I like how the tale gradually shifts its focus, starting with a familiar school-life setup before layering in the more