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The End Of An Era: Blizzard Renames Battle.net PC Client To ‘Blizzard’

Posted on March 24, 2017 12:47 PM by Rob Williams
Blizzard Client for Windows

It’s almost hard to believe, but after twenty-one years of faithful service, Blizzard has decided to push the Battle.net name to the shadows. Going forward, the developer’s front-facing PC (Windows, Mac) client encompassing all of its games will simply be called ‘Blizzard’. Blech. It works, but it doesn’t have that same kind…..

Apple Says Recent Leak Of CIA iPhone Exploits Poses No Threat

Posted on March 24, 2017 12:11 PM by Rob Williams

Earlier this week, whistleblowing website WikiLeaks released a trove of information that detailed CIA efforts to gather information through the use of malware. It also talks about some of the tools the CIA used to break into mobile devices, such as Apple’s iPhone. It’s been a secret to no one that the…..

GOG’s Galaxy Game Client Comes Out Of Beta, Introduces Overlay & Cloud Saves

Posted on March 24, 2017 10:54 AM by Rob Williams
GOG Galaxy - Game Library

GOG announced this week that its GOG Galaxy game client has just received its biggest update of all time, bringing it to version 1.2. This version becomes a milestone release, as it signifies the software’s exit from beta – a beta which began over two-and-a-half years ago. This stable version also comes…..

Meatless Meat That Doesn’t Taste Like Cardboard Could Thrive By Year’s End

Posted on March 23, 2017 2:32 PM by Rob Williams
05 Homepage News

Impossible Foods has a task that itself seems impossible: to create fake meat that tastes like real meat. We’ve all heard about the lab-grown meat that’s coming, but this is a bit different. Impossible Foods creates “veggie” burgers, but with an important extra ingredient that helps create a realistic enough burger that…..

Stunning, Small: Corsair’s VR-Ready ONE Gaming PC Boasts Creative Design, Great Aesthetics

Posted on March 23, 2017 2:02 PM by Rob Williams
Corsair ONE Gaming PC

Have you ever noticed that Corsair produces a lot of different PC components? We at Techgage sure have. In fact, we’ve often joked in the past with the idea that Corsair should just go ahead and craft its own PC. Well, with the ONE, that’s just what’s happening. The ONE hasn’t been a huge…..

Futuremark Adds Vulkan Support To Its API Overhead Feature Test

Posted on March 23, 2017 10:00 AM by Rob Williams
Futuremark 3DMark - API Overhead Test

Almost exactly two years ago, Futuremark introduced an “API Overhead” feature test as part of its 3DMark suite, and now, it gets a major update. In March 2015, the industry was still scrambling to figure out just how important these low-level APIs were, with DirectX 12 being at the top of most…..

EVGA’s k|ngp|n Overclocks GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Beyond 3GHz

Posted on March 22, 2017 2:26 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - Top Angle

When NVIDIA unveiled its GeForce GTX 1080 Ti to the world a couple of weeks ago, it gave us the big promise of the card being quite the overclocker. I found that to be the case, with excess of 2GHz being possible with the Founders Edition cooler, without touching the voltages. But…..

Corsair Infuses Some RGB Into Its VENGEANCE DDR4 Memory

Posted on March 22, 2017 12:18 PM by Rob Williams
Corsair VENGEANCE RGB DDR4 Memory

If you’re looking to add a bit (or a lot) of bling to your PC, you sure don’t have to look far for appropriate product nowadays. Corsair itself offers a staggering number of RGB products, from keyboards to mice to chassis to even mousepads. And now? Some high-performance VENGEANCE DDR4 memory makes…..

Star Citizen’s Developers Choose Vulkan Over DirectX 12

Posted on March 20, 2017 11:00 AM by Rob Williams
Star Citizen - Promo 1

I think few would argue the fact that Vulkan is an excellent graphics API, and one that all game developers should consider supporting. Why? For starters, it’s lightweight, designed to offer better gaming performance than we’ve ever seen from the likes of heavier APIs, a la DirectX 11. Beyond that, Vulkan is…..

Intel Details Optane With Enterprise DC P4800X PCIe NVMe SSD

Posted on March 19, 2017 11:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Intel Optane DC P4800X

Optane is Intel’s application of the 3D Xpoint (crosspoint) architecture that was built in conjunction with Micron, and aims to fill the gap between memory and storage. Its support was originally announced with the launch of the Kaby Lake CPU and supporting chipset, but this is the first time the technology has…..

Is The Road To The Future Of Windows 10 Paved In Ads?

Posted on March 17, 2017 1:39 PM by Rob Williams
Windows 10 - Switching Default Web Browser

There’s a lot to love about Windows 10. It’s the most advanced version of Microsoft’s OS to date, and I dare say it’s the most attractive, as well. However, with the good comes quite a bit of bad – or, at least “annoyance”. Sure, the entire Windows Update mechanic is more annoying…..

Need More JPEG? Google’s New Guetzli Algorithm Could Cut JPEG Sizes Down By 35%

Posted on March 17, 2017 11:51 AM by Rob Williams
Google Research Logo

In case it (somehow) isn’t obvious, Google cares a lot about reducing the size of webpages, and the images on those webpages. On one hand, smaller webpages and images means that both of those things will download quicker, and at the same time, it means that the hosting provider isn’t pushing more…..

Microsoft Blocks Windows 7 & 8.1 Updates On Current Generation AMD & Intel Processors

Posted on March 16, 2017 2:58 PM by Rob Williams
Windows 10 Update Limbo

Have you upgraded to Intel’s Kaby Lake or AMD’s Ryzen, but still refuse to give up on Windows 7? Going forward, that’s going to become a bit of a problem, as Microsoft has said that it’s cutting off Windows Update support for such a configuration – one that also includes Windows 8.1. In…..

NVIDIA Releases Advanced VR Benchmarking Tool ‘FCAT VR’

Posted on March 16, 2017 11:00 AM by Rob Williams
FCAT VR SportsBarVR Test

At a press and analyst briefing held a couple of weeks ago in San Francisco, NVIDIA talked at length about some of its latest technologies, and in particular, what exactly it is that makes the company’s brand-new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti so damn powerful. Beyond that, we were also shown some development…..

AMD Announces 4 & 6-Core Mid-Range Ryzen 5 CPUs

Posted on March 15, 2017 10:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
AMD Ryzen Processor

It’s just been over a week since AMD launched its breakthrough Zen architecture to the world with the Ryzen 7 CPUs, but the next phase of the launch is already under way. The key information on the new mid-range Ryzen 5 CPUs has been detailed, including core counts and pricing. Ryzen 5…..

Intel Jumps Into The Autonomous Deep End With $15.3 Billion Mobileye Acquisition

Posted on March 13, 2017 12:37 PM by Rob Williams
Intel Acquires Mobileye

If you have any lingering doubt about whether or not autonomous vehicles are going to become a big part of our future, consider this: Intel just shelled out an impressive $15 billion to acquire a company to help it break into the autonomous market in a big way. That company is, as…..

QNAP Announces TS-453Bmini NAS That Supports Ubuntu Linux

Posted on March 8, 2017 10:40 AM by Jamie Fletcher
QNAP TS-453Bmini Quarter Left With Remote

NAS boxes have changed a lot over the years. From dumb storage, to multi-user storage, routing and network services, to web servers, to cloud servers, to full-blown media centers and PCs that can perform all of the above. QNAP is one of the leading NAS providers and it’s now releasing a new…..

Linux Benchmarking Gets Even Better With Phoronix Test Suite 7.0

Posted on March 7, 2017 6:23 PM by Rob Williams
Phoronix Test Suite 7

Long story short: following the launch of AMD’s first Ryzen processors, I decided to throw all of our previous CPU results in the garbage and start a suite anew. I’ll give more verbose reasoning in a future post, but what this means to you is: TG hopes to offer a selection of great…..

Kingston Launches PCIe 3.0 x8 DCP-1000 SSDs Into Data Centers

Posted on March 7, 2017 2:20 PM by Robert Tanner
Kingston Liqid DCP1000 PCIe NVMe SSD

Kingston announced today a new enterprise-based SSD, the DCP-1000, and it’s an intriguing NVMe enabled PCIe card targeting data center deployments. Developed in partnership with Liqid, Kingston’s drive incorporates four 8-channel SSD controllers on a single card. The drive makes use of an x8 PCIe 3.0 slot (it actually requires PCIe 3.0,…..

AMD Aims To Shake Up Enterprise Server Market With New Zen-based Naples Platform

Posted on March 7, 2017 12:00 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Naples Enterprise Platform

Leading up to the launch of AMD’s first Ryzen CPUs, the hype was pretty mind-blowing. I’ve gone through and dealt with a slew of hyped launches, but I’m pretty sure Ryzen’s takes the cake. One of the big reasons for that hype is the fact that people have been craving for something…..

Bungie Confirms Destiny 2 Will Feature A New Start With Majority Of Character Data Staying Put

Posted on March 3, 2017 3:36 PM by Rob Williams
Destiny - Vault of Glass Raid Thumb

In an update posted to the official Destiny website, Bungie gives us a preview of the game’s final major content update, and also informs us about some caveats to expect when Destiny 2 drops later this year. First and foremost, Destiny fans have been anxious for many months to learn about the…..

A Quick Look At AMD’s Ryzen CPU Launch

Posted on March 2, 2017 9:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
AMD Ryzen Processor

It’s here, it’s finally here. The months of hype, guessing, heated debates; AMD finally opens up the floodgates for benchmarks to be revealed on its latest CPU launch, Ryzen. The boost in instructions per clock, the doubling of core counts, smaller manufacture process, new architecture, new socket, new I/O, it’s all new,…..

Oculus Shaves $200 Off Rift & Touch Controllers

Posted on March 2, 2017 8:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Oculus Rift Plus Touch Controllers

While it’ll still make a rift in your wallet, Oculus has dropped the price of its Virtual Reality head mounted display, the Oculus Rift, by a cool $200 when bought with a pair of (essential) touch controllers. This works out to a rather impressive 25% off its launch price. Not only that,…..

ADATA Adds The XPG SX950 SSD To Its Arsenal

Posted on March 1, 2017 10:00 AM by Robert Tanner
SX950

ADATA is no stranger to SATA SSDs with an extensive catalog of models to choose from. We were impressed by the super budget-friendly SP550 and are currently finalizing a review of the midrange SU800, but that leaves out still more options like the SP900 and SU900. Deciding there wasn’t enough choices, ADATA is…..

NVIDIA Showcases Faster Than Titan X $699 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

Posted on February 28, 2017 11:19 PM by Jamie Fletcher
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - Angled

It was speculated for a while, but it’s finally here. NVIDIA at the GDC 2017 event finally shows off the specifications for the much-anticipated GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, the hyped up version of its top-end GTX 1080. Sporting the usual mix of bumped clocks and more cores, there are a couple of…..

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