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Unleash Your Brilliance with An Intel® Core™ 11th Gen Gaming PC!

Intel® Core™ 11th Generation Processors

The new line of Intel® Core™ 11th Generation processors has introduced significant changes to Intel’s usual CPU lineup. Now the Intel Core family begins with Core i5 (with six cores and twelve threads), through to Core i7 and Core i9 (both with eight cores and sixteen threads). Intel 11th Gen processors can offer gamers a noteworthy boost in gaming performance with a 19% increase in instructions per clock (IPC) and can deliver blistering clock speeds of up to 5.3GHz.

Intel Core 11th Generation processors are built to cater to the needs of modern PC gamers through delivering rich 4K entertainment and high performance on the most demanding games. In this blog, we will look at some of the key features of Intel’s 11th gen processors and discuss which processors are the best for gaming and creating digital content.

Redesigned Processor Architecture

Intel’s latest generation of processors has seen the debut of a new and improved desktop core architecture called Cypress Cove, which will replace their long-established Ice Lake 10nm architecture. Gamers will experience significant performance benefits from this new architectures 14nm production process that is designed to offer gamers higher frequency cores that can deliver higher frame rates and lower latency whilst gaming. Plus, Intel’s new Cypress Cove architecture can also deliver intelligent graphics capabilities, improved 3D performance, and faster image processing with Intel® UHD graphics featuring Intel’s new Xe graphics architecture.

Gen4 Technology

Intel Core 11th Gen processors can provide up to 20 CPU PCIe 4.0 lanes, compared to the previous generation’s 16 lanes. In turn, this means the Rocket Lake Series will offer additional slots for PCIe Gen 4 hardware like SSDs and graphics cards that will offer enhanced performance. These additional PCIe lanes are supported by Intel’s new H570, B560, and Z590 motherboards, but the entry-level H510 board will still be limited to 16 slots. Discover a truly next-gen gaming experience with an Intel Core 11th Gen gaming processor that can enhance every aspect of your gaming experience, whilst optimising your Stormforce Gaming PC’s overall performance.

Intel® Xe Graphics *

Dynamic and immersive graphics are a vital aspect of PC gaming. With Intel’s 11th Gen desktop processors, you can experience enhanced visuals with Intel® UHD Graphics featuring Intel® Xe graphics architecture. Intel UHD graphics have been improved significantly when compared to previous generations to ensure intelligent graphics capabilities such as faster image processing, improved 3D performance, and amplified visual complexity. Intel® Xe graphics architecture is designed to cater to the demands of modern gamers like supporting 1080p and 4K HDR desktop gaming.

*Featured on applicable processors.

AVX512 Instructions

Intel AVX-512 is a new set of instructions that 11th Gen CPUs will follow which can improve your processor’s storage, computing, and network functions. This new feature doubles the width of the register and can double the number of floating-point operations per second (FLOPS) compared to Intel’s previous generation of processors. In turn, Intel AVX-512 can increase the overall instructions needed for coding and further reduce latency, whilst accelerating your Stormforce Gaming systems performance when carrying out intensive workloads like creating digital content and video editing.

 

Which Intel 11th Gen CPU is best for gaming?

Each member of the Intel Core CPU family benefits from 11th Gen introducing a new processor architecture that increases the processors instructions per clock, per-core performance, increases FPS, and decreases latency. Intel’s family of 11th Gen processors offers a variety of options that aims to fit every gamers needs at every price point.

Intel Core i5 Processors (Entry-Level Gaming)

Over the last few generations, Intel has significantly increased the performance of their entry-level gaming processors. Intel Core i5 processors offer 6 cores and 12 threads, with the Core i5-11400F being able to boost up to 4.4GHz. The i5 line can deliver a solid level of performance when paired with a mid-level graphics card like the GTX 1660S that together create the perfect entry level gaming PC for any first-time PC gamer or any gamers who are on a budget. The i5 line can deliver high frame rates and higher resolutions on less demanding games, which makes this line the ideal platform for playing Esports titles like the Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, Warzone, and many more.

Intel Core i7 Processors (Mid/high – Level Gaming)

The Intel Core i7 line is designed for gamers who want to achieve high performance when playing the most demanding games. Intel Core i7 processors offer 8 cores and 16 threads, with the Core i7-11700F being able to turbo up to an impressive 4.9GHz. A Stormforce Gaming PC that features an Intel Core i7-11700F processor can take on the most demanding modern games when paired with the correct graphics card. The increased number of threads and cores in this line makes this CPU ideal for any customer who want to stream their high-quality gameplay or carry out intensive multi-threaded tasks like video editing and creating digital content.

Intel Core i9 Processors (Extreme – Level Gaming)

Intel’s 11th generation of processors has introduced one of their most powerful processors ever that can provide all the raw processing power needed to game, stream, or create content. Intel Core i9 processors are designed for ‘power users’ with this line boasting 8 cores and 16 threads, with the Core i9-11900K offering multi-threaded performance and clock speeds that can boost up to 5.3GHz with Intel’s Thermal Velocity Boost Technology (Intel HT Technology). Here at Stormforce, we pair Intel’s flagship Core i9-11900K processor with a high-powered flagship graphics card to minimise CPU bottlenecking. The premier processing power of Intel’s i9 line can deliver a system that offers premier performance when playing the latest games or carrying out CPU intensive tasks like streaming or creating rich digital content.

Click here to learn more about our Stormforce Gaming PCs that feature an Intel Core 11th Gen processor!

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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

 

 

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AMD Ryzen 5000 ‘Zen 3’ Desktop Processors

AMD Ryzen 5000 is here, offering significant improvements in productivity and gaming. The performance on offer is staggering…

In 2017, AMD released the first generation of Ryzen CPUs. These processors offered fantastic efficiency by offering modern multicore performance, high clock speeds and surprising energy efficiency.

The second generation of Ryzen CPUs from 2018 pushed the boundaries further with significant improvements in enthusiast and gamer orientated features.

In 2019, the speed, efficiency and optimisation continued with the launch of Ryzen 3000. Bringing wide socket compatibility and the introduction of PCIe Generation 4 connectivity.

AMD has taken huge leaps in efficiency and performance with every iteration of Ryzen since the initial release.

Things are about to change yet again with the launch of the new AMD Ryzen 5000 Range.

Push the Performance Envelope

Over the last few years, AMD have been working tirelessly to produce compelling desktop processors for gamers and creators. Each Ryzen line released in the past three years has improved and refined expectations in the desktop processor market. With significant wins in all areas of computing, AMD processors have been revolutionising performance in desktop, laptop, enterprise and console computing applications. Both the new Microsoft XBOX Series X and Sony Playstation 5 feature 7nm processor architecture from AMD.

AMD’s recent rise in popularity in the PC Gaming space can be widely attributed to the Zen CPU microarchitecture. Ryzen 3000 processors provided gamers with a multitude of refinements with more cores and more performance available whilst increased core counts improved multitasking performance for content creators on mainstream desktop platforms.

AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors increase performance further with higher maximum boost speed, new core layout and a significant improvement in IPC (Instructions Per Clock) that will all directly benefit gamers and content creators who need fast, multicore processing solutions to get the very best from their systems.

 

What The New Changes Bring for You

Zen 2 vs Zen 3 CPU Layout

The improvements in speed are easier to understand when you view the architecture diagrams comparing the new CPUs to the previous generation.

On Zen 2 (Ryzen 3000) processors, the Level 3 Cache was split in a way that it could be shared with each CCX (Core Complex).
With Zen 3 (Ryzen 5000) processors, the cores are combined into a single, unified CCD (Core Chiplet Die). The Level 3 Cache is combined and accessible to all of the cores.

Simply put, the amount of cache remains the same but the way each core accesses the cache is drastically improved by essentially doubling the pool of cache accessible to each core.

This approach will reduce latency across the entire processor and reduce the amount of communication paths the CPU has to make. This translates into a significant boost in Instructions Per Clock performance which is vital for achieving higher framerates in games.

Frequencies on the new processors are a little higher than the previous generation but the 5000 series efficiency improvements will translate to better raw performance in games as well as single and multi core optimised applications. Video rendering, game streaming, 3D modelling and other CPU hungry applications will all be able to take advantage of this new architecture.

AMD claims large gaming improvement across the board vs the old generation of Ryzen processors, especially in lower resolutions where gaming performance can be more CPU limited.

The New AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Processors

The new CPU models available from AMD will operate on AMD X570 and B550 chipset motherboards.

All of the new CPUs have 24 PCIe lanes, support DDR4 3200 memory speeds and are packaged for the AM4 CPU Socket.

When paired with an X570 motherboard, users can benefit from up to 40 PCIe lanes of connectivity, all at PCI Express Gen4 speeds.
Should you choose a more affordable B550 model, you can enjoy up to 20 PCIe Gen4 lanes.

Ryzen 5 5600X – 6 Cores, 12 Threads – 65W TDP – 32mb L3 Cache – 3.7GHz Base Clock – 4.6GHz Boost Clock
This CPU is being pitched as the ultimate gamers CPU. 6 high frequency cores provide ample thread count for multi threaded applications and games and provides gaming performance similar to processors much higher in the range.

Ryzen 7 5800X – 8 Cores, 16 Threads – 105W TDP – 32mb L3 Cache – 3.8GHz Base Clock – 4.7GHz Boost Clock
The octa-core Zen 3 processor is one of the fastest gaming chips in the Ryzen 5000 line-up. Providing strong performance increases in multithreaded applications, this CPU is ideal for gamers with high refresh rate monitors looking for high FPS figures in their games.

Ryzen 9 5900X – 12 Cores, 24 Threads – 105W TDP – 64mb L3 Cache – 3.7GHz Base Clock – 4.8GHz Boost Clock
12 Core CPUs are suited to gamers who do a lot more with their system than just running titles at 1080p. If you play demanding next generation titles and want to make sure you are achieving high framerates with the ability to stream and produce content then this CPU is ideal.

Ryzen 9 5950X – 16 Cores, 32 Threads – 105W TDP – 64mb L3 Cache – 3.4GHz Base Clock – 4.9GHz Boost Clock
The flagship Ryzen 9 boasts a thread count which rivals many High End Desktop platforms. AMD have labelled this CPU as ‘The World’s Best Gaming Processor’.
You can expect ultimate performance in games, editing 4k video files with smooth playback, super fast render times and class leading single core performance.

 

In House Testing Results

Stormforce Gaming are an AMD Elite System Builder and we have been testing these products in house. All of our systems include fully qualified products as part of a stringent quality control timeline. This ensures that every system developed by Stormforce Gaming provides exceptional compatibility, build quality, balanced specifications and reliability.

Stormforce Gaming Ryzen 5000 Test Platform
ASUS Crosshair VIII Motherboard (X570)
Asus TUF GAMING RTX 3080 OC 10GB
WD 500GB SN750 M.2 2280 Black NVMe
Corsair Vengeance RGB 2x8GB DDR4-3600

 

Cinebench R20 Single Core testing – higher is better. Single Core performance is important because it makes everything on your system feel fast.

Cinebench R20 Multi Core – higher is better. Multi core performance is important for both content creation and gaming

1080P Gaming Benchmarks – 5 Run Average Frames Per Second – higher is better – All Titles using maximum graphics settings

 

 

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Processors are available in Stormforce Gaming systems – Click Here

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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

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XBOX Game Pass for PC

Microsoft XBOX Game Pass for PC on Stormforce Gaming Systems

XBOX Game Pass for PC has transformed the way that modern PC Gaming is delivered…

Microsoft XBOX Game Pass for PC allows you to play over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, plus enjoy all the benefits of EA Play coming towards the end of 2020.
EA Play gives members instant access to a collection of the best EA titles available as well as early trials on selected titles and special member-only content.

Digital content delivery services have revolutionised the way that PC Gamers choose their latest games. Whilst this was convenient and easy to use it becomes very expensive buying one or two games every month.
Game purchase via digital delivery services would mean a high initial outlay and the potential for problematic refund procedures if you didn’t like the title.

Game Pass for PC does away with all of this. Your monthly subscription service from Microsoft provides you instant access to the latest and greatest blockbuster titles and indie favourites. Simply download the game you want to play and get going straight away. If the game isn’t for you, uninstall it and try something else. There are no restrictions on the platform or extra charges outside of your monthly subscription fee.Game Pass Home Page

New and exciting titles are added all of the time so there will always be something interesting that caters for your tastes. You will also have full access to new PC games from Xbox Game Studios the day they launch.

The Game Pass for PC app is built into Microsoft Windows 10 so there is nothing for you to install other than games.

For gamers who have a Stormforce Gaming PC and a Microsoft XBOX console, upgrading to Game Pass Ultimate gives you all the benefits of Game Pass for PC as well as on XBOX consoles!

Forza HorizonForza Horizon 4 running at maximum settings on a Stormforce Crystal AMD Ryzen 3700X System at QHD Ultra Wide 1440p Resolution

 

How to get started with your Stormforce Gaming PC & Microsoft XBOX Game Pass for PC

As Microsoft partners, Stormforce Gaming provides a one month free trial of Game Pass with qualifying systems providing you with instant access to a huge library of top tier games to get up and running with as soon as your system arrives.

When you first switch on your new Stormforce Gaming PC and hit the desktop, your system will alert you that there are items that come with your device.

  • Click ‘Get it now’ or search in the taskbar for ‘Windows Store’.
  • On the Home tab of the Windows Store you will be presented with Game Pass for PC.
  • Click ‘Get’ and sign in using your Microsoft account details or create a new account.
  • The wizard will then allow you to subscribe and choose a payment method for future months after your trial period.
  • Once completed, you can go to the XBOX Game Pass for PC app and start browsing for titles to play!

On the main XBOX Game Pass for PC app you can browse titles by Recently Added, Most Popular or have the app randomly suggest your next adventure.

When you select a game to install, the game page will provide an overview of the game with important information like System Requirements and game ratings. All Game Pass for PC titles will have an ‘Included with Game Pass’ tag above them so you know it is part of your subscription. Just hit the green Install button to start the game download.

Installing Game Pass for PC Titles

After the game has finished downloading you can launch from the icons on the far left of the app and get into the game!

XBOX Game Pass for PC comes preloaded with a one month free trial on qualifying system specifications.

To view the range of Stormforce Gaming systems with XBOX Game Pass for PC – Click Here