Footy season is well under way which always means it’s time for EA and Konami to roll out their annual soccer franchises within a hairsbreadth of one another. Theirs are just two of the great line up of demo’s we’ve picked up this month, six more are waiting for you within the roundup. Follow these links for our [...]
We all want to ensure we’re getting the most from our internet connections, whether maximising download speeds or online gaming experiences! Coming up in issue 259 (on sale 24th October) we’re covering this subject in full. To support the feature we’ve served up the following essential free resources to help you manage your bandwidth, troubleshoot [...]
How to make the quickest even quicker NVIDIA’s GTX 590 is not a card that needs to be overclocked for gaming performance. Two GF110 GPUs, as found on the GTX 580, working in unison will kick any game’s behind, and the idea of being short of frames with the card’s stock clock settings is [...]
It’s sad the Crysis 2 demo is only DirectX 9, it’s sad the depth of support for changing graphical setting is limited to the amorphous descriptions ‘Hardcore’, ‘Advanced’ and ‘Gamer’. But something that makes us happy is that we can still tweak it despite all of this.
It turns out the game engine is still able to take the usual console settings via the command line when you launch the game. For simplicity we’re going to concentrate on the standalone version rather than the Steam version.
Discover the sealed world of your Power Supply Unit
Welcome to the first in a series of guides on PC components. First off, it’s PSUs. You can pay anything from £13 to well over £200 for a PC power supply. In this article we’ll tell you what you can expect to get for your money, as well as answer some common questions on the subject. How many watts do you need? Does the quality of the power supply matter much? And what exactly does it do and how? But first, you’ll need to know a little more about your box of power.
The basis of the PSU is the transformer, first conceived by those brain boxes Joseph Henry and Michael Faraday in 1831.
The main motherboard connection. ATX has 20 or 24 pins. Many supplies separate the last four pins to be compatible with older 20-pin systems.
ATX 2.0 has an 8-pin CPU connector, while ATX 1.3 and 1.0 have a 4-pin connector. Many power supplies split the 8-pin into two for compatibility.
Please don’t do this at home. There’s a reason PSUs are sealed so thoroughly. but here’s what’s inside the box if you decide to do the thing we’ve asked you not to do.
Electromagnetic interference is a problem all over the PC, with so many voltages and components packed in together. These coils counteract EMI caused internally by the switching of the power supply itself.
Do the Barts, man…
Based on the successful Cypress GPU, the HD 6850 and HD 6870 aren’t direct replacements for AMD’s top-end HD 5870 and HD 5850 cards, despite the fact those have now been discontinued. Instead the HD 6870 is a designed as a cross between the HD 5850 and, frankly irrelevant, HD 5830, with the 6850 featuring an even more cut-down core.
But with GPU overclocking being on the Abbi Titmuss side of easy why don’t we see if we can put some bounce back into their stride?