AMD RX Vega: Competitor to GTX 1080 Ti?

AMD Vega GPU Architecture is the next generation graphics silicon promised by AMD this year. The GPU will finally compete with the top of the end Nvidia Cards.

AMD have confirmed the release before the first half of the year and we have seen a working Vega 10 GPU at the New Horizon Event of the Ryzen  CPUs.

The chip spans a die of over 500mm2 and features two HBM2 stacks with up to 8 GB of HBM2. The chip will be running on the latest 14nm GFX9 core architecture based on the NCU (Next Compute Engine) design. The card will feature 64 Compute Units or 4096 stream processors. It is also rumored to utilize GDDR5 memory.

Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 Ti-The New Beast?

As we know that gtx 1080 is one of the best card for full fledged gaming experience and while we enjoy it’s amazing performance capabilities. Nvidia released the next beast the Ti version of the GTX 1080- The GTX 1080 Ti.

The “Ti” versions are slightly lower than the titan edition cards but are the best option for gaming without compromise at much cheaper price than the Titan cards.

The GTX 1080 Ti is different than GTX 1080 though they have same “1080” in the name. But the ti version has better silicone version at it’s core. The GTX 1080 and 1070 are based on same GP 104 architecture while GTX 1080 Ti has GP 102 slightly lower than architecture which is present in Titan X version cards.

GTX 1080 Ti has stock clock frequency of 1.48GHz and 1.58 boost clock. The memory supported is GDDR5x second gen which is the fastest ever by Nvidia with 11 GB VRAM with a total bandwidth of 484GB/sec.

Because of the launch of GTX 1080 Ti the prices of GTX 1080 have come down. So it is an opportunity for you to get GTX 1080 at somewhat cheaper price. AMD’s RX Vega cards will be launching in the next quarter and the GTX 1080 Ti will have to compete with them.

Building a Gaming PC Under Rs.70000 or $700

Building a gaming pc under budget is extremely easy if you combine and collaborate right parts with each other. Choosing the right parts will allow you to squeeze maximum performance for your money without any bottlenecking.

This guide is to build a gaming pc under Rs.70000. I have research and have built many pc earlier and have a good experience. These are my suggestions for 1080p gaming at ultra and 1440p at medium to high setiings in most of the recent graphic demanding games such as Battlefield 1, Watch Dogs 2, GTA V, Sniper Elite 4 and many more.

Note: The prices may vary according to the date you are building the PC.

1.Processor

Choosing a right processor to pair with the gpu to avoid bottlenecking is important. I am going with the best budget option Intel i5 6600k. It is a quad core processor with a base clock of 3.5 ghz with a boost clock of 3.9 ghz. It is fully overclockable so you can get some extra frames. It is a very sweet choice and costs around Rs.19000 or $260. It is best compatible with the choice of our GPU.

2.Graphics Card

As we are on budget for 1080p and 1440p gaming the choice will be none other than the Nvidia GTX 1060 6gb variant. The card is beast for 1080p gaming and will handle most of the latest titles at ultra settings. The card has a clock speeds as follows:

  • Boost Clock / Base Clock / Memory Frequency
    1809 MHz / 1594 MHz / 8108 MHz (OC Mode)
    1784 MHz / 1569 MHz / 8008 MHz (Gaming Mode)
    1708 MHz / 1506 MHz / 8008 MHz (Silent Mode)

The card is also VR ready. The card performs better than AMD’s RX 480. The card has dual twin frozr fans which enables efficient cooling which ultimately leads to better and silent gaming experience.

3.Motherboard

We are going with the Gigabyte Z170 motherboard the ultimate choice for the processor. The motherboard supports dual channel DDR4 memory, PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 Connector, Intel USB 3.0 with USB Type-C, 2-Way Graphics with Premium PCIe Lane and many more features. With the SLI support available you can always gain more graphic performance by adding anpther graphic card.

4.RAM

The choice for the RAM is  Corsair Vengeance 8gb Kit with a clock speed of 1333MHz. It is recommended by many people and won’t let you down. It is a single memory stick so if you want some more memory you can add another stick as our motherboard is dual channel.

5.Power Supply

Corsair VS Series VS550 is a great high quality power supply with a 3 year warranty to supply juice to your components. There is nothing much to say on this.

6.Cabinet

Cabinet is important to choose correctly for proper space for the parts and air flow for quiet gaming. That’s why i am going with Corsair CC-9011050-WW Carbide Series SPEC-01 Steel Red LED Mid-Tower Gaming Case. It is a great case with ample space and room for additional components for future upgrades.

7.Cooler(Optional)

If you are going to overclock and want to stay on a safer side i would recommend to inevest in this cooler –Cooler Master Hyper 212X. This is one of the most recommended coolers and best for budget overclocking with copper heatpipes.

This is it folks. This are my choice of components to build a 1080p and 1440p capable gaming pc. I hope this guide helps you to build your gaming pc and get on  the chair and enjoy the epic sound of the games and those great graphics. Do share your experience by commenting below and share this who want to build a gaming pc.

 

 

 

Best Graphics Cards

This is one of the question which most of the gamers would search to get the best gaming performance. GPU is one of the most important component of a pc whether you are gaming or not. But if you game AAA titles like Battlefield 1, Call of Duty, GTA V this are graphically demanding games, these games require high graphic power to render all the pixels. There are many Graphic cards available as per your budget. To get the best performance you may have to spend more. Nvidia and AMD are best GPU companies in the market.

NVIDIA

Nvidia launched it’s 10 series which includes the gtx 1080, gtx 1070, gtx 1060 budget friendly 1050 and 1050ti. The highest end model available right now is the Titan X Pascal. Rumours are floating around for the GTX 1080 ti.

GTX 1070

This is one of the best gpu for 1080p and 1440p gaming. It is capable of running mostly all games at ultra settings. There are many after market companies like MSI,ASUS,GIGABYTE which offer much better performance and enery consumption. The card has 1920 cuda cores, the clock speed is 1683 mhz and memory is 8gb DDR5. The card requires 8 pin power connector

GTX 1080

Accroding to the price point this is the best graphic card you can buy next to Titan X pascal which will cost you $1200. The gpu is 30% faster than previous generation titan x and gtx 980ti and also consumes 30% less power than both thanks to new technology. Throw any game at it, it will surely destroy it. It is capable of 4k gaming for that amazing mesmerizing view.

The GPU sports 2560 cuda cores, clock speed of 1607 mhz and 8gb DDR5X memory.

GTX 1060

This is best selection if you game on 1080p. It will handle most of the games at medium to high settings above 60fps. This is a sweet choice if you are new to gaming.

The GPU has 1280 cuda cores and clock speed of 1506 mhz. There are two variants- 6gb and 3gb.

 

AMD

The company offers same performance but at slighlty lower price.

Radeon RX 470

The GPU is comparable to 3gb variant of gtx 1060 but for best bank for the buck this card is better and performs slightly lower than 480

The card is available in both 4gb and 8gb variant. The card will cost $169.99

The card sports 2048 stream processors  and base clock of 926 mhz with memory clock speed of 1650 mhz.

That’s it folks I hope you have selected your GPU based on this reference. Happy Gaming!!!!

How to Install Lineage OS on Your Android Device

As we know that Cyanogenmod has ended, LineageOS has the throne to provide eveb better services to get the most out of the Android devices.

Not everyone of us can afford flagship devices like Google Pixel or Samsung S7. But the custom roms allow us to mess with various configuration options and customize as per the thought of the user. Android being open source allows us to take the devices to their maximum potential by rooting the device

It is necessary to root the device to install the custom rom  Here is a video made by xda developers for simple method to root your device. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aj2hkMtCTU. Please do check that your device is supported

Disclaimer: Do this at your own risk. I am not responsible for any damage caused.

Now lets proceed:

1. Make sure that your device is supported by going to the official LinegeOS site http://lineageos.org/ . Go to update and build prep then to download portal and you will get list of devices on your left hand side.

2.Select your device and download the latest build. If your device is not listed it means that the device is not yet officially supported. You can head out to xda developers thread and search for unofficial builds.

3.You will also need Gapps for google play, youtube and other improtant google services. Here is the link for that http://opengapps.org/

4.As i mentioned earlier your device must be rooted and custom recovery should be installed like TWRP, CWM recovery. You can find various tutorials about roting and installinh custom recovery online just search your device name and how to install custom recovery.

5.Once you are sure that you are rooted and have custom recovery installed, transfer the download Rom zip file and the Gapps zip to your SD card. To boot into recovery you can search online as it is different for every device.

6.Make sure you backup your current rom by the backup options provided in the custom rom so that if you like you make go back to earlier rom without losing any files and data.

7.Now you are all set to install the tom. First you will have to factory reset. Just go to wipe and swipe to factory reset. Once done head to the install and locate your rom zip file, select and swipe to install. It takes a bit of time so just be patient. Done? Now select the gapps zip file and flash.Now you are ready to boot into the new mobile life 😉

8.Exit out of your recovery, the device will restart and start booting into the new custom rom. This is the area where your patience is tested. It make take some time to boot or even bootloop if you have done something wrong. If it doesn’t boot into the welcome screen after a long patience just search for your query on the xda thread you will definitely find something.

9.If you are successfully booted which most of you wil if you follow steps correctly. You will see a welcome screen just follow instructions and you will land on the homescreen. Now you are free to enjoy the rom and the different features for which the rom is known for.

The main reason for flashing Lineage OS is the close to stock android experience and no bloatware which makes the device less laggy. There are tons of customization options available for which the rom is famous. I personally have it installed on my device and it has never let me down. The experience is Amazing and Mind blowing!!!!

 

You should definitely try it. You wont regret it. Do share your experience in the comments below

 

Best Upcoming Games 2017

Sniper Elite 4

As the name suggests Sniper Elite 4 is a sniper oriented game mainly focusing on stealthy missions. It is a third person shooter game. One of most glorious contents of this game id the enormous open world gameplay and slow motion kills. The game is set in Italy in 1943, it is a continuation of Sniper Elite 3. We play as  Karl Fairburne, an Office of Strategic Services agent who supports the Italian resistance force to curb the injustice and fear of fascists in World War II.

Release Date: 14 February, 2017    Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One

 

 

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands  is an open world tactical shooter game by Ubisoft. The plot country here is Bolivia where an organisation called Santa Blanca drug cartel is performing illegal activities like drug dealing as a result Bolivia becomes the largest producer of cocaine. The U.S. government deploys an elite special operations unit known as “Ghosts” to destroy the Santa Blanca from roots and bring stability in the country.

We play as a member of Ghosts. Being the member of a military operation the game features military weapons and modern technology. Along with the story line there are plenty side missions available which gives the player skill points to upgrade various equipments such as drone,binoculars, etc. The missions can be completed as the player likes. There are many options available for completion of mission it depens upon the play style of player.

Launch Date: March 7th, 2017    Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Mass Effect: Andromeda

Mass Effect: Andromeda is an action third person shooter game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts. The game continues many years later after the Mass Effect 3 in the Andromeda Galaxy. The protagonist is either Sara or Scott Ryder depending on the choice of the player. the Ryder twins remain the part of game. Alec Ryder, the humanit’s pathfinder finds a new home for the species. Cora harper, a biotic specialist  is second in command. Our squad consists of Liam Kosta, a security expert who specializes in crisis response and S.A.M an artificial intelligence that can communicate with members via implants.

The player has the option to assign any skills to the character unlike previous installments. The player explores the andromeda galaxy by travelling through the ship called Tempest. There are quests available on the planets such as taking enemy bases or hideouts, scanning for objects with useful data or completing loyalty missions for Ryder’s squadmates. Each planet has bosses for which the player has to be sufficiently leveled up. There re many different weapons available, the player can mine different elements on planets, perform upgrades, etc.

 

Release Date: March 21, 2017     Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox one