Hardware Hits: The screen we’ve all been waiting for.

The E3 is coming and that means that a lot of hardware manufacturers are launching new articles to prepare the gamers for all the cool games that are coming. For example, ASUS is launching the coolest gaming monitor to date and Razer is giving the popular Blade laptop a major update. There is also news about AMD Radeon’s new driver and there are juicy rumors about the next generation of Nvidia video cards.

ASUS ‘new monitor has all the high-end features you can imagine

ASUS has introduced a new monitor that brings together the high-end specifications of all segments. The ROG Swift PG27UQ Gaming Monitor is one with a 4K resolution (3840×2160 pixels) and 144Hz refresh rate. In addition, the monitor has DisplayHDR 1000, the highest standard for HDR quality. This is all achieved by an IPS panel with quantum-dot technology. Due to the factory calibration, it is also able to display 97% of the DCI-P3 spectrum and 99% of the Adobe RGB spectrum.

Hardware Hits: The screen we’ve all been waiting for

This is a Republic Of Gamers monitor, so the necessary RGB lighting is also available. This can be synchronized in the Aura Sync ecosystem with all your other components and peripherals.

The monitor will be in stores from June.

Hardware Hits: The screen we’ve all been waiting for

AMD Radeon 18.5.1 driver adds Ryzen APU and 4K Netflix support

AMD has begun to distribute the new 18.5.1 driver with support for the April 2018 update of Windows 10, PlayReady 3.0 and Raven Ridge Ryzen APUs.

PlayReady 3.0 is part of Microsoft’s DRM systems and is required for Netflix content in 4K and HDR, among other things. With these new drivers it is therefore possible to get the most out of your Netflix subscription, provided you have a Radeon RX 400 or 500 series video card.

Hardware Hits: The screen we’ve all been waiting for

Furthermore, AMD has added the graphics parts of the Ryzen 5 2400G and 2200G to the list of hardware that can use Radeon drivers. Where previously separate drivers were used for these APUs, they now fall under the Radeon division. In addition, the necessary bug fixes have also been applied and you get a small performance boost in Ancestors Legacy.

New Razer Blade laptop is bigger and faster

Razer has updated the Blade laptops. Where earlier iterations were mainly about hardware upgrades, now the entire laptop seems to have undergone a metamorphosis. For example, the screen has gotten a lot bigger – it now has a 15.6-inch panel instead of a 14-inch screen.

Hardware Hits: The screen we’ve all been waiting for

There are three options for this new screen: Full HD 1080p with 60Hz refresh rate, Full HD 1080p with a faster 144Hz refresh rate and a 60Hz 4K panel with multi-touch support. In all three cases it concerns an IPS panel that is calibrated at the factory.

The necessary adjustments have also been made internally. For the processor you will now find a 6-core / 12-thread Intel Core i7-8750H processor combined with 16GB DDR4 memory and a 256GB or 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD. For the video card, you can now choose from the Max-Q editions of the GeForce GTX 1060 and GeForce GTX 1070.

The Razer Blade will be available from June with a price tag of € 1949.99 to € 2449.99.

Hardware Hits: The screen we’ve all been waiting for

Rumor: Nvidia’s new generation may be coming as early as July

The GeForce 1000 series is already two years old, but it is still very quiet around its successor. However, an editor of Tom’s Hardware has learned from an anonymous source in the GPU industry that the Founders-Edtion of the GTX 1180 (or GTX 2080, the name is also not known yet) will be coming in July. The cards from hardware partners such as MSI and Asus would still be delayed until August or September.

They are rumors from an anonymous source, so this information should be taken with a grain of salt. Especially given the enormous silence and the lack of further information, the launch of the next generation seems further away than July. I personally expect that we will have to wait until the first quarter of 2019, a theory that was reinforced by the postponement of Metro: Exodus. In a trailer for this game, Nvidia’s new Ray Tracing technology is extensively teased, something that can only be used with the next generation of GPUs. Postponing Metro: Exodus could therefore be in response to Nvidia’s schedule so that reviewers and gamers can enjoy all the pomp and circumstance Ray Tracing brings right from launch.

Hardware Hits: The screen we’ve all been waiting for