class="post-37018 post type-post status-publish format-standard has-post-thumbnail hentry category-all-posts category-gaming category-product-guidance category-reviews tag-12400f tag-12700k tag-13700k tag-3018 tag-3019 tag-3020 tag-4k-gaming tag-5600x tag-5950x tag-amd tag-best-gaming-cpu tag-cinebench tag-comparison tag-cyberpunk tag-gaming tag-gaming-advice tag-gaming-benchmark tag-guardians-of-the-galaxy tag-intel tag-next-generation-hardware tag-pc-upgrade tag-tomb-raider"

A Generational Upgrade

Comparing the current lineup of hardware offerings in PC gaming right now can be confusing…

If you have used any gaming system built in the last couple of years, it is safe to say that the performance on offer will be impressive. Modern PC hardware at every price point offers impressive value for money. From lower price point systems featuring entry level hardware up to extreme class systems designed for ultimate gaming performance, there is a consistent performance output at every budget.

With AMD and Intel both offering a plethora of system configurations and options, the decision on what hardware to select can become quite daunting. It becomes even more difficult to advise new PC Gamers on what hardware to select when the offerings available are split over multiple generations.

In January 2023 there are currently four different processor generations from Intel and three different processor generations from AMD that are active and available. This means that every price point has something available for everyone, but as a customer it can be difficult to decide what product suits your needs the best.

At Stormforce Gaming we are slowly moving away from some of the older products as they begin to be phased out. We believe that it is really important to offer a good selection but older hardware becomes less desirable over time.

Our recent range refreshes have seen the introduction of Intel 13th Generation processors as well as the AMD Ryzen 7000 processors. These new platforms bring cutting edge computing performance to our range, but the fact is that they cost more money than the older products.

Latest Platforms

Intel 13th Generation processors work with all of the latest LGA1700 motherboards featuring the H610, B660, Z690, B760 and Z790 chipsets. This means that the latest intel products have access to a flexible platform that can use the latest hardware as well as older standards of memory and storage. Every current Intel chipset motherboard in the Stormforce Gaming range features strong connectivity.

AMD Ryzen 7000 is a little more specialist but does offer bleeding edge technology. The new AM5 socket from AMD is found on some of the most advanced motherboards on the market today. With a host of ultra performance X670, X670E, B650E and B650 motherboards featuring support for Ryzen 7000 processors, there is a plethora of options for power users, gamers and content creators looking for a multitasking powerhouse.

Last Generation

Intel 12th Generation and AMD AM4 processors are all still really good choices. The hardware in the market right now that is a year or two old is still really good value for money and will run any modern game or application. Products like the Intel i5 12400F still represent amazing value for money in gaming performance for the average gamer who wants a good value system to play a wide variety of games. Meanwhile any of the AMD 5000 series processors are still a fantastic choice for gamers and content creators who want strong multicore performance at a reasonable price point. System featuring the Ryzen 9 5950X are great options for power users who want the best of gaming and workflow performance without breaking the bank. Meanwhile, the more affordable 5600X Ryzen 5 is still a gaming powerhouse that covers all bases without the extra cost of DDR5 memory and other brand new components being mandatory inclusions in the build.

The high performance options from the latest hardware generations can take advantage of DDR5 memory, as well as high performance NVME storage solutions. Typically these bleeding edge products are higher cost which raises the value of the system significantly. They do add performance but where this is most noticeable is usually in intensive computing tasks like rendering, video editing and other professional application workflows. If you have specific applications that you use for work or creative purposes then it may be worth looking at these options a little closer to maximise your all round computing experience.

The typical gamer may not notice a tangible performance benefit by going for the latest and greatest but there is still a strong argument to go for the best you can afford. In many cases, a high performance graphics card will usually produce much higher results when paired with a high performance CPU. Getting the balance correct is really important.

All Stormforce Gaming pre configured systems are designed in a way that strikes a balance between price, performance and minimising potential bottlenecks in the capabilities of the system.

Stormforce Gaming Custom Systems have a sensible core configuration designed around the results of our extensive testing. Even when selecting your own storage, RAM, CPU and cooling choices, there is no way to get a ‘bad configuration’. We only pair products together that we have qualified ourselves as being a good compliment for each other.

 

What does the performance difference look like?

Our expert technical team have put together some CPU testing and game benchmarks to showcase how the leap from last generation to current generation hardware will look like for application performance, gaming and your wallet!

Rendering comparisons between the top two flagship products from AMD and Intel below show a significant difference between the two generations of processors in a rendering task.
We use Cinebench R23 to do a quick comparison that outlines the difference you are likely to see in computational performance for single threaded and multi threaded workloads.

Cinebench is an industry standard benchmark application that shows a score based on the performance of a processor when rendering a scene using a single CPU core or all of them together.

Uplift Between Generations
AMD 5000 vs 7000 series – 49%
Intel 13th gen vs 12th gen – 33% 

 

Uplift Between Generations
AMD 5000 vs 7000 series – 25.7% 
Intel 13th gen vs 12th gen – 14.5% 

You can see that there is a mild increase in performance between generations for both AMD and Intel processors on single core renders. However, we are testing high performance i7 and Ryzen 9 processors here so the real test is the multi core scores. The uplift between generations for the i7 models from Intel show a nice boost of 33% and the AMD Ryzen 9 comparison shows a staggering 49% increase.

These numbers really showcase that going up to the latest generation of hardware offers real benefits if you need them.

Gaming comparisons are where uplifts like this are a little more difficult to pinpoint. Information about average framerates are more relevant to gamers who only care about performance info.

For our gaming comparisons we tested two processors using the exact same platform for all tests. We avoided using AMD as their new platform uses a different motherboard and memory type.

We did three benchmark runs on each configuration and took the average framerate on each run, then took an average of all three runs to get our results.

Using the same platform across all of our games tests gives us a nice baseline that only shows the difference between processor performance and how this helps to boost the graphics card too.

We also used a 360mm Corsair Capellix H150 liquid cooler to remove any chance that the processors could throttle down performance due to thermal limitations of the cooler.

Intel Core i7-12700K – 8 performance cores, 4 efficient cores, 20 total threads, 5.0GHz Max Boost Frequency
Intel Core i7-13700K – 8 performance cores, 8 efficient cores, 24 total threads, 5.4GHz Max Boost Frequency

360mm Corsair H150 AIO
16GB DDR4 Corsair Vengeance RAM 3200 MHz
750W PSU
ASUS TUF 3080 Ti
WD SN770 500GB NVMe
Win 11 22H2

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a classic PC gaming title for benchmarking a wide range of hardware. at 1080p we are not testing the capabilities of the video card and are instead focussing on the differences between CPU generation. The 12th Generation i7 CPU throws up a score of 168FPS compared to the 200FPS produced by the 13700K. This shows a 19% performance uplift which is significant. On an older title like this, the difference will be much wider at a lower resolution. Typically the video card in this test should be used at much higher resolutions than 1080p where the performance delta would reduce. By testing this way, it helps identify bottlenecks in the system configuration and show how things perform in more CPU limited situations.

 

Moving onto the recently released Guardians of the Galaxy. The increase from 117FPS on the i7 12700K up to 147FPS on the 13700K shows just under 26% improvement in framerate performance by going with the faster CPU. This game is quite demanding at higher resolutions and from our testing, does like processors with lots of cores and fast frequencies.

 

Cyberpunk 2077 is this generations ‘system killer’ title that needs high power hardware to even begin approaching high framerates. The two CPUs both performed admirably on our Cyberpunk testing with a respectable 80.54FPS coming from the i7 12700K and 95.87FPS generated by the 13700K. An uplift of 19% improvement on the newer chip.

In summary, if you are looking to buy a new computer, the best option you have available to you is the latest hardware. The latest generation of Intel and AMD processors will provide you with staggering performance at every price point and give you plenty of power for the latest games and applications. With every latest gen CPU offering major multicore performance improvements at every pricepoint over their older predecessors, you will be making a solid decision by going for the current gear.

With that being said, those bar charts above this paragraph show big gaps. The reality is that whilst there is a performance difference in games, the lower result still shows perfectly fine gaming performance. The older CPU generations are still no slouch in multitasking and ultimately are providing you with another option at a lower price point.

You cannot go wrong with any of the current range of modern processors or hardware platforms on the market right now. You can certainly save some money in areas that don’t matter to you, but the tradeoff for going for older product models does mean that you can usually take advantage of a lower price point for similar performance.

If you are considering a new Stormforce Gaming system and would like to discuss your needs, our webchat, phonelines and contact forms will get you through to one of our expert team who can advise you on the best platform to power your passion.

class="post-35462 post type-post status-publish format-standard has-post-thumbnail hentry category-all-posts category-game-guide category-product-guidance category-reviews tag-4k-capture tag-4k-gaming tag-ambient-occlusion tag-dlss tag-download-drivers tag-driver-update tag-drivers tag-game-optimizer tag-gameplay-capture tag-gameplay-recording tag-geforce tag-geforce-experience-guide tag-nvidia tag-ray-tracing tag-rtx tag-shadowplay tag-streaming"
GeForce Experience Guide Banner

Get more from your system with NVIDIA GeForce Experience and Shadowplay

NVIDIA GeForce Experience is a free software suite designed to make everything about gaming easier.

Everybody wants an easy life. When you’re gaming, you need everything to be quick, convenient and easy to use. There is nothing more annoying than making a great play, performing a brilliant overtake or scoring a game winner and not being able to save the moment quickly. As gamers, we have all experienced that frustration of getting a new game that refuses to run well on your system no matter what graphics settings you try. PC Games have a lot of graphics settings that allow you freedom to tweak the visual presentation of the game to your liking. If you want high framerate performance, or lower framerate with visuals cranked up to max fidelity there is always a balance to strike. Unless you have a system with a RTX 4090 in it, then just crank everything to max settings.

The thing is, time is precious and most people don’t have more than 10 minutes to spend setting up graphics settings. Frustratingly, most games have built in default settings where they will identify your hardware and throw the settings to whatever default the game thinks will work. Always far from optimal.

NVIDIA GeForce Experience is a software tool that is designed to add value, usability and features that gamers need. Your gaming system should be easy to use and GeForce Experience simplifies a lot of the processes involved in maintaining your graphics hardware as well as giving you many options to maximise the features your graphics card can offer you.

If you have an Stormforce Gaming system with an NVIDIA graphics card, we recommend that every gamer uses GeForce Experience to help maintain their system.

You can download the latest version of GeForce Experience here

When you finish installing the software and first boot up, it is recommended to set up an account with NVIDIA to make logging in, saving settings and linking external accounts like discord and youtube to activate extra features easier.

 

Using GeForce Experience to optimise game settings

The homepage of the program presents a tile grid of all of your installed games. If you have games installed across many storage devices then hit the three dots in the top right hand corner of the app and click on ‘Scan for games & apps’. This will then populate the homepage with all of your installed games so you can manage settings from here.
From this point you can either click the same three dots and select ‘Optimise all games & apps’ or click on a tile to select a game.

Either launch the game or select ‘Details’ to go into the menu and look at a granular breakdown of every graphics setting that the game offers.
You are presented with a slideshow of screenshots that have green boxes you can hover over. This will explain simply what each graphics option does to the visuals of the game. You can usually scroll through a few example images that showcase each setting in a way that is easier to understand. This is much better than going into the graphics settings each time to test each setting and seeing how much of an impact each setting has on performance.
Half way down the screen is a bright green OPTIMISE button. This will instantly take an NVIDIA profile that is built up of mass user data and applies the best settings to the game. In most cases, this will present the most balanced mix between visual fidelity and framerate. Clicking on the spanner icon next to the green OPTIMISE button will give you an additional menu that lets you fine tune your screen settings and how you want to balance optimisation between Performance and Quality. For most people, the default settings are absolutely fine.

Once you have done this. you can launch the game from the game launcher or direct from GeForce Experience by hitting the green LAUNCH button in the top right hand corner.

 

Download and Maintain Game Ready Drivers

NVIDIA regularly release driver updates that boost performance, add features and optimise more and more games. In the old days, the best practice was to uninstall old drivers, use display driver uninstallation tools to remove remnants of old driver packages. In general, this was a real pain. These days things are thankfully much simpler. GeForce Experience gives you a simple panel that allows you to manage driver package rollouts on your system very easily.

Start by clicking DRIVERS on the top left of the GFE app. This will put you onto the driver page which shows what driver updates may be available. Typically, this page will include a few different links. You can click on the ‘Learn What’s New’ tile to bring up a full list of changes that the driver brings. There is also a synopsis of what features the driver focusses on below the banner.

From this page you can Check for Updates manually, download new drivers and when the latest package is downloaded, you can hit ‘Express Installation’ to update the drivers on the fly.
This will update your drivers whilst keeping your settings the same. No need to go and reconfigure anything like G-Sync or your Shadowplay settings.

The best part is that you don’t even need to restart your system. Once the installation is finished you can jump straight into a game. It is a good idea to go back to the home page on GeForce Experience and optimise your games before starting as the new driver may have some additional optimisations that improve the settings that can be used in game

Share your greatest moments with NVIDIA ShadowPlay

ShadowPlay is a built in broadcasting tool that works within NVIDIA graphics drivers. When you are in game, press ALT+Z to bring up the NVIDIA GeForce Experience overlay. This will allow you to access all of the different in game capabilities of the GeForce Experience app. From here you can access the settings and configure each feature to different hotkeys as well as capture gameplay footage and save screenshots.

Go to Settings (the cog icon) and scroll down to video capture. This will allow you to configure how much gameplay footage ShadowPlay caputres continuously. Remember that the higher the framerate and resolution you capture, the larger the files will be when you save them. It is worth while setting the capture timeframe as 5 minutes so you can get a useable video clip to edit later on. You can also set what sounds are recorded. Useful if your teammates are talking and you want to include or remove that element of audio from gameplay footage.

You can go to the Broadcasting tile and use this to upload straight to Facebook, Youtube and Twitch. This allows you to stream gameplay footage directly captured from your GPU with minimal system overheads.
For gamers who just want a rolling highlight reel, the instant replay feature is super useful. Turning Instant Replay on will continuously capture the last few minutes of gameplay. Hitting Alt+Z when you want to save the last few moments of gameplay is a really useful shortcut and all you need to do is click the instant replay tile and hit save (or ALT+F10). This will save your video into your Videos folder in Windows meaning you can just access it later and get straight back into the game.

Nvidia Highlights is a feature available in some games. This uses ShadowPlay technology to automatically save highlights that the game picks for you. Most games that feature this contain the option to turn this on or off in the in game menu.

Learn more about how to get more from your system with ShadowPlay HERE

When you have your videos saved, you can go back to them and use the in game footage to make clips of great plays or interesting replays. Whatever you want to capture, ShadowPlay gives you the power to save gameplay without the need for any additional capture hardware.

 

 

 

class="post-10561 post type-post status-publish format-standard has-post-thumbnail hentry category-all-posts category-game-guide category-gaming category-product-guidance tag-4k-gaming tag-acc tag-driving-simulator tag-racing-games tag-racing-sim tag-sim-racing tag-simulator tag-triple-screen tag-vr"
Assetto Corsa Competizione running on a Stormforce Prism Gaming System

Stormforce Gaming Sim Racing Systems

Simulation computer systems and peripherals are a great training tool for drivers wanting to race at home…

Racing Simulators have been a staple in any PC Gaming library for years. Advances in high performance desktop gaming systems have allowed Sim developers to create realistic simulations that move away from being ‘just a game’ and into the realm of experiencing realistic physics and force feedback in any type of car imaginable.

In 2020, the popularity of racing simulators exploded with real drivers needing practice and seat time and gamers wanting to expand the capabilities of their gaming setups with a steering wheel and pedal set.

Real world racing teams are even adopting Sim Racing as a proving ground for recruiting talented virtual drivers into their real world racing programs.

The popularity of professional drivers turning to esports events to showcase their driving talent has helped to grow awareness of Sim Racing in the gaming community. In addition to this, motorsports and driving fans have now realised that the thrill of driving any car from the comfort of their homes is a realistic and affordable proposition after seeing F1 stars like Lando Norris and Max Verstappen driving online against eachother.

This popularity and momentum has continued for the last couple of years with Sim racing becoming more popular than ever.

Race GT4 Cars to the limit in Assetto Corsa Competizione

Assetto Corsa Competizione uses Laser Scanned track data to replicate detailed surfaces to maximise feedback and immersion

Sim Racing Covers All Bases

From Rally and Offroad to Karting, Formula and GT racing, there is a Sim Racing title to suit every taste.

Serious drivers looking to utilise the realism of simulation titles to practice their track knowledge and gain valuable seat time have flocked to Sim Racing to keep their skills sharp when real life driving isn’t possible.

In addition, gamers have taken to Sim Racing as an affordable alternative to real life racing as it offers much of the same experience without the cost of fuel, tyres, track time and repair bills! A properly set up simulator is a valuable driver training tool and lets you get seat time and extra practice at a much lower cost than track days and race car maintenance.

Many of the most popular simulators on the market today are often heavily discounted or available in discount bundles. Keep an eye on your favourite game service & store for deals on these titles.

 

Assetto Corsa is the go to simulation software for all types of car enthusiast. With a comprehensive list of vehicles in the base title as well as never ending mod support, Assetto Corsa provides an all encompassing platform for Sim Racers to experience any type of driving they wish. Drifting, Rallying, Road Car racing and track days are all catered for by this vast Sim Racing staple that is less demanding on modern hardware and will run well on most gaming systems.
Most Stormforce Gaming systems will play Assetto Corsa fairly well. A higher end system can also take advantage of the custom shader pack which is a mod for the game that enhances the visuals far in excess of how the game launched. Assetto Corsa is the ideal simulator for virtual reality users also with full VR support and a wealth of mods available that enhance a VR experience.

Toyota TS040 Hybrid Prototypes thunder along the Kemmel Straight in a mixed class race with GT3 cars in Assetto Corsa

Assetto Corsa Competizione has taken the online racing world by storm with competitive GT3 and GT4 racing. ACC is widely regarded as one of the pinnacle simulation titles available today and provides detailed visuals and immersive force feedback even on entry level racing peripherals.
Featuring official tracks and cars from the official Fanatec GT World Challenge, ACC brings GT3, GT4 and single-make series championships with close racing at the focus. For gamers looking for a competitive simulator with a huge player base and plenty of immersion, ACC is a competitive focused challenge for any virtual driver.
ACC is really well optimised and performs well on mid range to high end systems. This title is demanding and does require more powerful systems to run well.

Assetto Corsa Competizione Car Selection

Choose from the full official car roster of the GT World Challenge with stunning visuals that immerse you in the world of GT racing

Dirt Rally is a series of rally simulation titles from Codemasters and is seen as the ultimate off road simulator title. You will need quick reflexes and nerves of steel to blast a wide range of legendary Rally machinery around treacherous stages or test your wits in head to head Rally Cross events. Dirt Rally games give you the opportunity to take part in daily, weekly and mothly time trial challenges with worldwide leader boards to compare your abilities against other drivers. Dirt Rally runs really well on even entry level hardware and doesn’t need a mammoth system to get strong visuals.
Rally fans will love the detailed force feedback even on lower cost steering wheels and the constant evolving weekly challenges provide a new project every week!

Dirt Rally - Jumping Subaru in Finland

Go full send through the forest in Dirt Rally 2.0, one of the most exciting Sim Racing experiences available!

Automobilista 2 (AMS2) provides a real showcase with lifelike physics, handling, visuals and weather elements. Powered by the stunning Madness Engine, AMS2 has a huge range of historic and modern circuits, some of which you wont find on any other Sim Racing title. Visually stunning and scaling well on mid range or higher end hardware, AMS2 gives gamers a platform to drive karts, historic touring cars, stock cars, racing prototypes, formula cars and even racing trucks!

Battle for grip in harsh conditions at Donington Park with realistic weather in Automobilista 2

Formula One (F1) Whilst closer to a game than a full blown simulation, the F1 games from Codemasters still provide an enjoyable and challenging ‘sim like’ experience that is about making Formula One driving accessible. Every game is fully licensed each year to provide the latest tracks and liveries as well as having some interesting career features you typically don’t see in more hardcore simulation titles. F1 has full wheel support and really responsive force feedback that allows Sim drivers to get a lot out of the game. In addition, F1 runs really well on most modern hardware.


iRacing is a subscription based racing simulator with all races hosted on official servers. The title simulates real world cars and tracks with great levels of detail and accuracy. Many serious Sim Racing veterans hold the opinion that iRacing is the pinnacle of online racing due to the enforced code of conduct and rules modelled on real world events. iRacing is a more advanced option for people who have tried out other simulators before. Whilst it is entirely possible to play iRacing with no other Sim experience, it is a service that can be costly to participate in as each car and track is costed separately. If you are serious about racing and want to take the next step into competitive racing then iRacing is definitely worth a try.

Project Cars 1&2 offer a user friendly and visually impressive introduction into Sim Racing. These titles are ageing a little now so don’t need a high performance system to run well either.
Project Cars recently released a 3rd game in their series which saw the title take a more arcade approach to their game and moved away from realism in favour of making Project Cars more accessible. These games are worth a try if you have never tried a simulator before and Project Cars 3 is worth checking out if you are looking for a more casual racing game.

rFactor2, Raceroom, KartKraft are all recommended driving simulators with a host of unique features to offer Sim Racers who are looking for more racing action outside of the usual titles.
All of these games run really well on modern hardware and have excellent compatibility with racing wheels.

 

Stormforce Gaming -Spec Suggestions

1080p Entry Level System – Stormforce Gaming recommends systems from our GTX 1650, GTX 1660 and GTX 1660Ti ranges.

1080p HD – Stormforce Gaming recommends Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060/AMD Radeon RX 6600XT or higher

1440p QHD – Stormforce Gaming recommends Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060Ti/AMD Radeon RX 6700XT or higher

4k UHD – Stormforce Gaming recommends Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070/AMD Radeon RX 6800 or higher

Triple Monitor/Ultrawide/Virtual Reality – Stormforce Gaming recommends Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080/AMD Radeon RX 6800XT or higher

If you have a specific simulator in mind or need a high performance system customising to fit the requirements of your simulator then please contact us for more assistance

 

No products were found matching your selection.
class="post-23004 post type-post status-publish format-standard has-post-thumbnail hentry category-all-posts category-gaming category-new-releases category-product-guidance tag-4k-gaming tag-battlefield tag-battlefield-2042 tag-battlefield-hazard-zone tag-battlefield-portal tag-bf2042 tag-fps tag-hazard-zone tag-nvidia-rtx tag-open-beta tag-pc-gaming tag-pre-order tag-radeon"
Battlefield 2024 on PC

Battlefield 2042 Gaming Systems

Battlefield games are epic but usually require hefty hardware specs to run them well…

This near future version of Battlefield is coming with a host of next generation features. With max player count doubling to 128 players, this game is sure to test the limits of your system. We have gathered everything you will need to know to get ready for Battlefield 2042 on PC, whatever your budget. Battlefield games feature enormous arsenals of weapons and vehicles and throw the player into an immersive world of online combat.

Battlefield is a series of games published by EA and developed by DICE. The game uses the Frostbite engine. Battlefield 2042 release date on PC is 19th November 2021. The game will be available on Origin, Steam, and the Epic Games Store.

There has been confirmation that crossplay is in the works for the game so there is a possibility you can play alongside your friends using PlayStation 5 and XBOX Series X/S.

 

Battlefield Portal

Battlefield 2042 brings Battlefield Portal, to the series. Battlefield Portal is a sandbox mode that allows you to build any scenario you can thing of with assets from historic battlefield titles. With weapons, maps and vehicles from Battlefield 2042, Battlefield 3, Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 1942, you will never run out of options for your games.

Use Battlefield Portal to create unique gaming experiences with powerful game creation tools giving you the opportunity to create, share and experience community driven content on this comprehensive Battlefield experience.

Battlefield Hazard Zone

Locate data drives across a huge map and beat the storm with your team on hand to help get to the extraction point. Hazard Zone is a brand new game mode in Battlefield 2042 with the objective to extract as many data drives as possible. Earn Dark Market credits to upgrade your loadouts and build up your extraction streak to maximise your player potential and upgrade your gear and tactical advantages.

Hazard Zone will be available in the main game and is the ultimate game mode for gamers looking for a tactical multiplayer scenario.

Battlefield 2042 System Spec Suggestions

1080p Entry Level System – Stormforce Gaming recommends systems from our GTX 1650, GTX 1660 and GTX 1660Ti ranges.

1080p HD – Stormforce Gaming recommends Nvidia GeForce 2060/AMD Radeon RX 6600XT or higher

1440p QHD – Stormforce Gaming recommends Nvidia GeForce 3060Ti/AMD Radeon RX 6700XT or higher

4k UHD – Stormforce Gaming recommends Nvidia GeForce 3080/AMD Radeon RX 6800XT or higher

 

 

No products were found matching your selection.
class="post-15567 post type-post status-publish format-standard has-post-thumbnail hentry category-all-posts category-creator-focus category-gaming category-news tag-4k-gaming tag-community tag-content-creation tag-flight-simulator tag-gaming-pc tag-microsoft tag-vr tag-youtube"

Content Creator Focus – VR Flight Sim Guy

Stormforce Gaming systems power content creation and demanding VR simulations…

Creating rich and involving content is no easy task, especially when the simulation software you focus on in your content is extremely demanding. Running any demanding game or simulation can be really taxing on your computer and usually requires extremely high performance hardware to achieve smooth frame rates whilst capturing and encoding gameplay footage.

We covered the spectacular Microsoft Flight Simulator in a previous article HERE and in the meantime, World Updates have been added to the title which enhance the fidelity and immersion of landmarks and locations by adding even more detail to environments with airports and points of interest being expertly modelled with stunning levels of accuracy.

At the end of December 2020, Asobo Studio added the highly anticipated Virtual Reality update to Flight Simulator providing the ultimate experience for sim enthusiasts who wanted to experience next level immersion and the feeling of being there.

This Virtual Reality update has allowed members of the Flight Simulator community to produce incredible content showcasing the feeling of real flight without compromise.

Stormforce Gaming recently received a Trustpilot review for one of our flagship systems from a customer who needed a system to power demanding titles on his HP Reverb G2 and Oculus Virtual Reality Headsets and 4K monitor. After checking out his Youtube channel, we just had to share some of this amazing content with the Stormforce Community!

The VR Flight Sim Guy Youtube channel provides a deep dive into the performance aspects in a variety of Virtual Reality flight simulations as well as interesting explorations, reviews and live streams. For Sim enthusiasts, the channel offers a raft of content on making the most out of your simulator experience and tuning your settings for smooth framerates.

Check out the latest videos from VR Flight Sim Guy on Youtube HERE and consider subscribing to his channel

 

We spoke to VR Flight Sim Guy to find out more about his passion and what made him choose Stormforce Gaming to power his VR experience and content creation workloads.

“I’ve always had a passion for VR as it gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in an environment that would otherwise be inaccessible in real life. This combined with my interest in flying (both in the real world and using flight simulators), has completely transformed the experience into something tangible and authentic.

The only issue has been finding the right hardware to power such dreams and since owning my previous PC (an i5 8600k, 1080ti), I needed something to power me into the future.

Using high fidelity flight simulators combined with the highest resolution VR headsets can be extremely demanding, but thankfully I found the right PC up to the task.

I can now run all my sims and games on ultra and experience the immersion I’ve always wanted. It’s absolutely amazing.”

It is incredible to see what the Stormforce Gaming community use their systems for and we love hearing from content creators about how our systems help them to improve their work.

A huge thank you to VR Flight Sim Guy for giving us permission to share his awesome content and for choosing Stormforce Gaming for his simulator requirements!

If you are a content creator with a Stormforce Gaming system, please get in touch! We love hearing from our community members on how you use your system and you could be in an upcoming feature too!

To view our range of Stormforce Gaming Flight Simulator Ready Systems – Click HERE

 

class="post-14691 post type-post status-publish format-standard has-post-thumbnail hentry category-all-posts category-gaming category-news category-product-guidance tag-4k-gaming tag-dlss tag-gaming tag-gaming-pc tag-nvidia tag-ray-tracing tag-rtx"

NVIDIA RTX 3060 Announced, More Ray Tracing and DLSS Titles Incoming

NVIDIA have announced additional titles being added to the RT & DLSS lineup…

We recently posted a guide to optimising your system for the best performance in the demanding Cyberpunk 2077 to help Stormforce Gaming customers extract the maximum frames per second out of their systems. As games become more graphically demanding and monitor resolutions and frequencies improve, the load put on your graphics card is likely to increase.

DLSS (or Deep Learning Super Sampling) from NVIDIA is an AI accelerated image enhancement tool that works with all RTX video cards. For gamers with high resolution monitors, DLSS can be the difference between a playable and unplayable gaming experience.

Games with DLSS capabilities will render at a lower resolution and upscale the game to your target resolution whilst AI helps to sharpen the upscaled image with very little loss to visual fidelity and huge gains in performance.

If you have an RTX video card in your Stormforce Gaming system, enabling DLSS in supported games is a must!

 

At CES 2021, NVIDIA took to the floor on their Game On live stream and announced a growing list of upcoming titles being added to the DLSS line up.
– Amid Evil
– Atomic Heart
– Boundary
– Call Of Duty: Warzone
– Edge Of Eternity
– FIST: Forged In Shadow Torch
– Five Nights At Freddy’s Security Breach
– JX3
– Mortal Shell
– Mount & Blade II Bannerlord
– Outriders
– Ready Or Not
– Scavengers
– The Medium
– Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
– Xuan-Yuan Sword VII

Many of these upcoming titles are going to be receiving Ray Tracing support also meaning you will be able to enhance lighting effects and visual immersion in so many more modern titles using DLSS in conjunction with Ray Tracing to keep your framerates high.
In addition to this, recent titles like The Witcher III and Doom Eternal will also be updated to include Ray Tracing support and provide significant visual improvements to existing titles already in your library.

The CES 2021 presentation mainly focusses on upcoming mobile gaming devices but desktop gamers also have the RTX 3060 to look forward to in late February 2021. At Stormforce Gaming, we are super excited to see the RTX 3060 hit the market and bolster our mid range gaming system range.

This lower price point RTX card features Ampere core technology and will bring the cost of a capable RTX system down whilst providing significant performance improvements to gamers who are looking to enhance their gaming experience without paying flagship GPU prices.

RTX 3060 comes with a huge 12GB of GDDR6 memory. This card is designed to cater for AAA gaming at 1080p and harness the powerful RT and DLSS features that enhance the visual fidelity and performance of supported titles.

Stay tuned to our social media channels around the end of February 2021 for information on RTX 3060 equipped Stormforce Gaming systems

 

 

class="post-10560 post type-post status-publish format-standard has-post-thumbnail hentry category-all-posts category-game-guide category-gaming category-reviews tag-4k-gaming tag-flight-simulator tag-game-pass tag-game-pass-for-pc tag-gaming tag-microsoft tag-simulator tag-system-recommendations tag-virtual-reality"

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator is a true innovation in PC Gaming providing newcomers and enthusiasts a rich and vibrant world to explore…

Throughout the history of the PC, Microsoft’s Flight Simulator series has been a mainstay in software innovation and graphical achievement. Since the 1980’s every iteration of the popular program has been met with huge fanfare, pushing the boundaries software capabilities and utilising hardware of every generation to maximise visual impact.

Releasing in August 2020, the latest version of Microsoft Flight Simulator attempts to provide the most immersive, realistic ‘in game world’ ever created. Leveraging the power of Microsoft’s Bing satellite map data, Flight Simulator provides a 1:1 scale replica of the entire planet for you to explore however you like.

Microsoft Flight Simulator: Standard Edition is available to play on Xbox Game Pass for PC. With over a million people taking to the skies on the first few weeks of launch, players have been exploring the world in all sorts of aircraft.

For Sim fans looking for even more, Deluxe and Premium editions of the simulator are available with additional features through the XBOX app on PC.

Incredibly detailed satellite map data is used to produce stunning real world scenery, cities and airports for you to explore

 

Loaded with an ever expanding variety of aircraft for you to master, Flight Simulator includes a wide scope of planes to suit all ability levels and interests. From the mighty Boeing 747-8 ‘Jumbo Jet’ to the Cessna Citation CJ4 ‘private jet’, you can take to the skies easily in planes of all shapes and sizes.
The larger jets and passenger airliners have higher maximum altitudes which allow you to take in breath-taking scenery from above the clouds, climbing up through realistic cloud cover and cruising with a relaxing view of the horizon.
A comprehensive array of propeller driven planes are also available, some of them providing huge levels of maneuverability and control in the air. Pick a stunt plane and perform loops and tight turns through your local city or take a thrill ride through the Swiss Alps.

The real beauty of this game is the escapism on offer and the ability to fly anywhere you can think of. As a tool for exploring the world, there really isn’t anything more comprehensive than Microsoft Flight Simulator

Wide Variety of Controls

Flight Simulator will Scale with your skill level, set the game controls to ‘easy’ and use a Microsoft XBOX controller with your PC to get going quickly using intuitive controls that let you pilot your aircraft and take a relaxing flight somewhere. Playing on a controller also lets you precisely control the agile planes too, resulting in some really impressive twists and turns.

Keyboard & Mouse gamers can get into flight simulator quickly. Whilst the harder difficulty settings are not ideal for a KB&M control setup, the game is still very playable like this and will allow you to get started without any additional gaming peripherals.

Joystick and flight yoke controls are all supported by Flight Simulator and offer the most realistic and immersive experience in the simulator. With limitless options of customisation, a joystick will give you precision control in any situation.
Simulator veterans and real life pilots will appreciate the incredible level of granular detail in the sim that allow you to recreate the complexities of flying a real aircraft.

Take off from the Hudson River in New York City in an Icon A5 Amphibian aircraft. The scenery in large cities is impressively detailed for maximum immersion.

 

Real World Weather – Real World Air Traffic

Flight Simulator allows you complete control of the time and weather of your flight. You can decide to fly at any time of day and make adjustments to the time, date and weather circumstances whist in the air. This allows you to take in incredible sunrises or put yourself in the middle of a storm to test your flight skills. By default, the weather circumstances use realtime weather data so wherever you are flying in the world, the time of day and weather scenario will be presented as it is in that location. Many Flight Simulator users have been using this revolutionary feature to explore weather events like hurricanes and storms all over the planet.

In addition to complete control of the weather and time, Flight Simulator uses data from real life aircraft to populate airports and the skies with real life aircraft. If you see another plane cruising by on your flight, that plane will be on its flight path in real life too. There isn’t another simulator available with this level of detail and immersion.

Constant development on the title means that the world and presentation of Flight Simulator is always progressing. The developers have announced that Virtual Reality support is coming soon. Putting you in the cockpit of your favourite aircraft so that you can fly around landmarks and points of interest with ease.

System Suggestions & Resolutions

All of the ground breaking features that Flight Simulator offers means that in order to run the game at Ultra Settings, you will need a hefty Gaming System. Stormforce Gaming has a wide range of systems that will offer a Flight Simulator experience for most budgets. The simulator has been labelled as one of the most demanding PC Gaming titles in recent memory so your experience will vary depending on your resolution and the Stormforce Gaming system you use.

The game has a very scalable graphics engine and will work well on lower end hardware but you will be forced to drop your video quality settings to maintain smooth frame rates.

One thing to keep in mind is that Microsoft Flight Simulator is a fairly slow paced game. Usually we suggest that gamers aim for a system that will run a title at 60 frames per second or higher but after many hours of testing, we have found that 35 frames per second or higher in this title offers a very playable and smooth experience. If you can achieve higher than 35FPS on your system then your experience of the simulator will be even better.

  • At 1080p, an RTX 2060 Super would be a baseline for Ultra settings. Lower tier video cards will still run the game but you will need to scale back graphics settings for a smooth experience.
  • Higher resolutions like 1440p can be achieved with higher tier cards like NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super or the new NVIDIA RTX 3070 or AMD Radeon RX 6800 for a smooth experience on Ultra settings.
  • 4k and ultrawide monitor users will require a card like the NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super. The new NVIDIA RTX 3080 or AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT would be the best option for the highest settings at large resolutions.

We recommend a system with at least an AMD Ryzen 5 or Intel i5 processor, 16GB of system memory and an SSD for optimal performance in this title too.

If you need a second opinion or more advice on the best system for you, please reach out to us for more information on how to optimise your Microsoft Flight Simulator experience – Contact Us Here

 

To view the range of Stormforce Gaming systems for Microsoft Flight Simulator – Click Here

class="post-10559 post type-post status-publish format-standard has-post-thumbnail hentry category-all-posts category-game-guide category-gaming category-gaming-pc-recommendations tag-4k-gaming tag-pc-gaming tag-space-combat tag-star-wars tag-star-wars-squadrons tag-tie-fighter tag-virtual-reality tag-vr tag-x-wing"
X Wing Fighter in Rebel Hangar

Star Wars Squadrons – Overview and System Recommendations

Star Wars Squadrons brings the thrill of blockbuster movie space combat to your Stormforce Gaming PC…

Released at the start of October 2020, Star Wars Squadrons propels gamers into the legendary space combat between the Galactic Empire and the New Republic.

Squadrons boasts an immersive story mode set after the events of Return of the Jedi and features a plethora of references that will appeal to even the most casual Star Wars fans. You take the seat of pilots in Imperial Titan Squadron and the Alliance Vanguard Squadrons as you learn the basics of space flight, starfighter control systems and the careful balance between engines, shields and weapons systems. After a short time and some practice, you will be able to ‘boost drift’ past enemy starfighters, perform wild manoeuvres and minimise hull damage whilst locking onto your next target.

The story mode will introduce you to the basic controls and systems for each of the four starfighter classes on both sides.

 

Fighter Class ships are represented by the TIE Fighter and X-Wing which are well balanced and versatile for any situation.
Interceptor Class Starfighters like the A-Wing and TIE Interceptor are speedy ships with less armour but much faster engine systems.
Bomber Class ships include the TIE Bomber and Y-Wing and are perfect for dealing huge damage to enemy flagships and critical objectives.
Support Class vessels like the TIE Reaper and U-Wing play a disruptive role and help your squadron stay in the fight longer.

You can also take your newly mastered skills online into Dogfight mode where up to 10 players can battle it out for supremacy in a variety of space combat arenas, each with their own unique appearance, there is also plenty of terrain and debris to block enemy fighters line of sight and avoid crashing into!

Fleet Battles is the main online mode with the objective of taking down the enemy Capital Ship. There is no other game available right now that provides the feeling of taking down an Imperial Star Destroyer quite as well as Squadrons.

Playing Online Multiplayer earns you Glory points which gives you the options to apply cosmetic upgrades to your ship and cockpit. Choose from different hull paint jobs, decals, holograms and even Ewok bobbleheads!

Every starfighter has a host of loadout options allowing you to customise weapon slots, repair droids and hull armour so you can maximise your time on the attack.

 

Great for Controller, Keyboard and Mouse and Flight Stick

Every player is catered for in Squadrons. The game has responsive keyboard and mouse controls that most PC gamers will be familiar with from the off. Using your mouse to aim and acquire targets feels natural and responsive.
Using the Microsoft XBOX Controller with PC, you can use the built in control scheme to pilot your ship with devastating efficiency. Your controller is fully remappable meaning you can tweak your input configuration to find the best balance for this fast paced game.
The ultimate way to play squadrons is with a HOTAS control setup (short for Hands on Throttle and Stick). This will include a separate joystick and throttle input that give you precise control over your starfighter.

 

Virtual Reality is incredible in Star Wars Squadrons

Squadrons is built from the ground up for VR support and creates an authentic and immersive experience that puts you right in the cockpit. VR support is integrated into the game and can be launched easily with minimal time spent configuring the game for good VR performance. All major VR headsets like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Valve Index and HP Reverb are supported and will provide real wow factor when playing the game. If you are in the fortunate position to own a HOTAS controller and a VR headset, you are in for a wild ride the first time you jump to lightspeed!
A powerful gaming system is suggested for the best results in Virtual Reality but a mid range system will play Squadrons in VR with the graphics settings adjusted to ensure smooth frame rates.

System Performance Suggestions

Squadrons performance scales very well across a wide variety of PC hardware and is very well optimised to present you with a smooth gaming experience at every monitor resolution.

  • At 1080p, entry level graphics cards like the AMD RX580 and NVIDIA GTX 1650 provide a very playable experience on maximum graphics settings.
  • Higher resolutions like 1440p can be achieved with higher tier cards like NVIDIA GTX 1660 Super or RTX 2060.
  • 4k and ultrawide monitor users can enjoy max settings gameplay, achievable with an RTX 2070 Super graphics card or higher.
  • VR users will benefit from the graphics performance of a higher end video card like an RTX 2060 Super or higher.

Stormforce Gaming have compiled a list of Star Wars Squadrons ready systems that will provide the performance you need to get into this exciting title. The newcomer friendly barrier of entry is extremely low, allowing casual fans to access the world of Star Wars space combat. There is a high skill ceiling and steep learning curve for players who want to learn to master ship commands, systems balancing and gain expert control of their starfighter in online multiplayer battles.

To view the range of Stormforce Gaming systems for Star Wars Squadrons – Click Here