Day: November 18, 2020

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 Review

By tracy
Navi 2.0 has landed, and that means it’s time to break down exactly how these exciting new graphics cards perform. We’ve already looked at the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, and now it’s time to take a close look at its younger sibling, the Radon RX 6800. Coming to market at $499, it’s competing directly with the Nvidia RTX 3070. Does it have what it takes to earn a place on your holiday wishlist?

AMD Radeon RX 6800 Review

AMD Radeon RX 6800 – Design and Features

Like the RX 6800 XT, the Radeon RX 6800 has undergone a radical redesign this generation. The loud blower-style coolers of yesteryear have been left in the dust of the much more stylish and effective triple-fan cooler found here. Visually, the design is extremely similar to the RX 6800 XT, and there’s a real sense of style that stands apart from even many third-party cards. The mix of silver, black, and mirror finishes really makes the card stand out while also avoiding the garrishness of overdone RGB. I said the XT-version reminded me of a cross between a muscle car and spaceship and I stand by that here. Where the RTX

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AMD RX 6800 review | PC Gamer

By tracy

The AMD RX 6800 is the more affordable of the RDNA 2 graphics cards launching this year, coming in beneath the AMD RX 6800 XT and the RX 6900 XT. That doesn’t necessarily a cheap GPU make, as even the RX 6800 is priced at $579. But here’s why you might want to consider AMD’s third-tier RDNA 2 card anyways: It absolutely kills at 1440p. 

Ah, I’ve spoiled the surprise. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There’s plenty to talk about with the RX 6800, and not the least bit how it stacks up versus the only competition it has right now: the Nvidia RTX 3070. That’s a battle easily won in raw game performance, but perhaps it’s also a little unfair to compare the two, considering one is $80 cheaper and hardly the RX 6800’s opposite number—that’s a position not yet filled by any Nvidia RTX 30-series graphics card currently announced.

This card has to a lot to offer in its own right, however. Perhaps the most immediately staggering of its specs is the 16GB of GDDR6 memory AMD is bringing to bear in a market usually underserved in VRAM capacity, at least when stood next to

November 18, 2020 Off

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Review – Well-Worn Fanservice

By tracy

For many, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was a revelation. Nintendo smartly rethought old conventions and delivered an adventure that felt new while holding true to the spirit of the series. I put almost 200 hours into Nintendo’s open-world epic, and after I’d put the controller down for the last time, I was hungry for even more. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity delivers that “even more” while we wait for the true sequel. It’s far from a revelation, but it is an adequate diversion.

Like the original Hyrule Warriors from 2014, Age of Calamity relies heavily on developer Omega Force’s Dynasty Warriors formula. Link and his fellow Hyruleans drop into sprawling battlefields and carve their way through armies of hundreds as they take over enemy encampments and ultimately turn the tide of war. The action is a bit monotonous, and I completed several combat encounters by spamming the basic attack button. Occasionally, I would throw a heavy attack in the mix just to change it up, but that was rarely necessary. 

 

Age of Calamity gets more interesting once you encounter a squad leader. Unlike enemy grunts who fade to dust after three or four hits, leaders have