Battlefront Beta, AMD Zen, Windows 10 Control Panel: PC News Roundup
With the week about to end, let’s have another look at some of the major happenings in the world of PC hardware and software.
Star Wars Battlefront Beta:
The much anticipated open beta for DICE’s upcoming shooter, Star Wars Battlefront launched on October 8th. Extensive benchmarking was carried out over a wide variety of hardware specifications involving both Nvidia and AMD, with AMD gaining a lead on resolutions of 1080p and above.
According to benchmarks, AMD R9 290X is able to outperform Nvidia’s GTX 980. The benchmarks also revealed that on big maps and game modes such the 40 player Walker Assault on Hoth, it’s better to have a RAM capacity close to the recommended one mentioned by DICE (which in this case is 16GB) as the mostly common 8GB causes many frame rate issues.
AMD Zen Architecture:
AMD’s upcoming Zen architecture release date also creeps in closer (although still scheduled for 2016) but there has been a decent amount of information influx about it leading to speculations about its strengths and weaknesses.
Zen is aiming to provide an increased per-core performance instead of an increased core count or multi-thread performance. Zen is also rumored to be built on 14nm process instead of the usual 32nm or 28nm.
Microsoft To Remove Control Panel from Windows 10:
When Windows 8 launched, it received a lot of negative reviews, many of whom talked about it having two applications to change the system settings, the classic Control Panel and the new introduced Settings app, making things unnecessarily complex. This continued with the launch of Windows 10 as the new OS still has both the applications; however that may soon change.
Responding to some tweets, Microsoft’s head of the Insider Program, Gabe Aul and Senior Programmer Brandon LeBlanc recently acknowledged this and indicated that the company might remove the traditional Control Panel in a future build of Windows 10.
This means that users will have to start learning their way around the new Settings app, which although is a bit more streamlined but is also slightly confusing at first and a bit sluggish.