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Thecus Launches High-end N7770-10G And N8880U-10G Business NASes

Posted on August 24, 2015 9:30 AM by Rob Williams
Thecus N7770-10G Business NAS

On the lookout for a new high-end Linux-based business NAS? If so, Thecus’ ‘Elite Class’ N7770-10G or N8880-10G might prove suitable. The 10G in each device’s name represents the fact that 10GbE Ethernet is default – no need for an add-in card. The N7 is a pedestal-style NAS while the N8 is…..

Spotify Privacy Update, Wants Access To Your Life – Users Revolt

Posted on August 21, 2015 11:10 AM by Jamie Fletcher

Just when you thought big data privacy concerns would die down, Spotify introduced an update to its privacy policy, granting it permission to access your photos, sensor and location data, your contacts, and your social media ‘stuff’. P.S.: you have to tell everyone you know that Spotify is doing this, for legal…..

NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTX 950 – Gaming On A Budget

Posted on August 20, 2015 7:50 PM by Jamie Fletcher
ASUS GeForce GTX 950 STRIX - Overview

With IDF over, we get back to our usual programming, and this time, it’s all about the GPUs. NVIDIA’s latest release is the more budget-orientated GTX 950. This is another member of the GM206 Maxwell 2 family, and is effectively a cut-back GTX 960. Being cut from the same cloth is actually…..

Intel To Support VESA’s Adaptive-Sync Standard For Variable Refresh Displays

Posted on August 20, 2015 7:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Samsung U28E590D 28-inch 4K FreeSync Monitor

In a Q&A session with Intel’s Chief Graphics Software Architect, David Blythe, The Tech Report obtained some interesting information regarding Intel’s stance on the whole variable refresh display debate. Intel is all for standards-based solutions and is likely to side with VESA’s Adaptive-Sync technology. This is the same tech behind AMD’s FreeSync.…..

Kingston & OCZ Show Off NVMe-based PCIe SSDs At IDF

Posted on August 19, 2015 3:14 PM by Rob Williams

It’s not often that a brand-new or updated protocol feels deprecated right out-of-the-gate. Take a look at Thunderbolt; it seems to deliver outstanding speeds that we can’t even catch up to with our devices. And then there’s SATA 3, a protocol that became a bottleneck for super-fast SSDs not long after it hit…..

Intel Announces Optane Brand of 3D XPoint Storage Devices

Posted on August 19, 2015 2:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Intel and Micron 3D XPoint Memory Technology

At the Intel Developer Forum, a new storage technology was announced called 3D XPoint (crosspoint) which will find its way into Intel’s new Optane brand of SSDs. The technology is a hybrid of sorts that was originally announced last month, being 1000 times more durable than NAND Flash (and supposedly 1000 times…..

WD 6TB Black and Red Pro Edition HDDs Announced

Posted on August 18, 2015 11:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
WD Black 6TB Hard Drive

Update: Newegg now has availability for the 6TB Black, along with Amazon. Soon to be at an etailer near you, WD has announced two new 6TB hard drive densities for the Black and Red families, covering high-density NAS and high performance desktop scenarios. 6TB drives have been available for a while, but…..

Rambus Designing DDR4 Chipsets For High-Density Servers

Posted on August 18, 2015 10:30 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Rambus RB26 R+ Memory Interface Chipset For LRDIMMs

After a long hiatus in the public eye, Rambus will start to design and manufacture memory chipsets for the server market, providing access to huge memory pools for companies that need it. For those unfamiliar with computer history, Rambus is traditionally known as being a patent bully back in the day (not…..

Topless Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce Roadster Bows in Pebble Beach

Posted on August 17, 2015 8:00 AM by J.D. Kane

Anyone who knows me really well, knows that my automotive heart’s first and greatest love is for the mighty machines from Sant’Agata Bologenese, Lamborghini. Consequently, every time a new Lamborghini debuts, an alert goes out to my local emergency room, just in case my heart races out of control from all the…..

Samsung Announces A Trifecta Of NVMe SSDs

Posted on August 14, 2015 5:53 PM by Robert Tanner
Samsung SSD

Hot on the heels of its 256Gb TLC 3D NAND announcement, Samsung is unveiling a trio of new NVMe solid-state drive families. First up is the PM953, which is an update to the popular SM951 drive. We don’t have performance numbers for comparison, but the PM953 will be a NVMe capable drive…..

Toshiba And Samsung Unwrap 256Gb TLC NAND Chips

Posted on August 13, 2015 9:20 AM by Robert Tanner
Samsung 256Gb NAND Chip

Fresh from the Flash Memory Summit and Exhibition, two major SSD manufacturers have unveiled new 256Gb (32GB) TLC NAND flash chips. With process node shrinks destined to become fewer and farther between, the only other way for SSDs to continue to see prices fall and drive capacities increase will be continued increases…..

Qualcomm Reveals Snapdragon 820 And Adreno 530 Processors At SIGGRAPH

Posted on August 12, 2015 2:01 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm Snapdragon Logo

Qualcomm has just unveiled its next top-end Snapdragon chip, and not surprisingly, its promises are grand. A highlight of the Snapdragon 820, and also the upcoming 620 and 618, is the Adreno 500 series GPU. The beefiest chip will be treated to the Adreno 530, while the 6XX models will get the…..

SPEC Updates Us On Its Forthcoming Graphics & Workstation Benchmarks

Posted on August 12, 2015 11:01 AM by Rob Williams

SPEC’s Graphics and Workstation Performance Group has taken advantage of SIGGRAPH to fill us in on what we can expect to see from it this year, and overall, there’s quite a bit to look forward to. To start, SPECgpc will issue a much-needed update to SPECviewperf, adding 4K support. At the moment,…..

NVIDIA Expands Its Maxwell-based Quadro Lineup With M4000 & M5000 Workstation Cards

Posted on August 11, 2015 6:00 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA Quadro M5000 Workstation Graphics Card

SIGGRAPH became the launching platform for NVIDIA’s DesignWorks suite of tools and libraries, but that wasn’t enough to satiate the company’s appetite. Being a de facto graphics conference, SIGGRAPH is a great place to introduce brand-new workstation cards. In this case, we’re talking the second and third Maxwell-based Quadros: M4000 and M5000. Given…..

What NVIDIA’s GameWorks Does For Game Developers, Its DesignWorks Does For The Tool Makers

Posted on August 11, 2015 4:45 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA DesignWorks Black Logo

Many readers of Techgage are bound to be familiar with NVIDIA’s GameWorks middleware which allows game developers to add cool effects to their games quickly and easily. We’re talking NVIDIA-specific tech like HairWorks, FaceWorks, and of course, PhysX, as well as enhanced technologies, like HBAO+, TXAA, and soft shadows. Up to this…..

Lenovo Announces P-Series Workstation Laptops With Xeon CPUs & Thunderbolt 3

Posted on August 11, 2015 2:30 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Lenovo P70 Workstation Press Shot

Quick on the heels of Intel’s latest mobile Xeon launch, Lenovo has announced its own series of workstation laptops, bringing with it 64GB of DDR4 ECC memory, two(!) Thunderbolt 3 ports, NVIDIA Quadro graphics, and a 4K display. That’s a lot of premium tech in a small package. It wasn’t going to…..

Google, Meet Your New Overlord: Alphabet

Posted on August 10, 2015 8:30 PM by Jamie Fletcher

In a company restructuring endeavor, Google is no longer top dog in the corporate hierarchy. Instead, it will now become a wholly owned subsidiary of Alphabet. Now I need to purge my mind of Sesame Street… In a move that appears to be completely out of the blue, the lovable and colorful garage-based…..

Android Gaming To Get Huge Performance Boost Thanks To Vulkan API

Posted on August 10, 2015 3:11 PM by Rob Williams
Imagination Vulkan Android Demo

When Khronos unveiled its Vulkan API – OpenGL’s successor – at March’s Games Developer Conference in San Francisco, it was touted as being the ultimate low-level API, one that will work wherever games are. That of course includes mobile devices, which is arguably where such optimizations are needed most. At SIGGRAPH, Imagination Technologies…..

Windows RT Devices To Be Treated To An Update Next Month

Posted on August 10, 2015 2:50 PM by Rob Williams
Microsoft Surface RT

We learned back in June that Windows RT devices wouldn’t be seeing an upgrade to Windows 10, something that became the inevitable final nail in this digital coffin. As unfortunate as it is to those who put their faith in Microsoft’s interesting endeavor, it makes little business sense for the company to…..

Intel To Release Mobile Xeon Processors With Thunderbolt 3 and ECC RAM

Posted on August 10, 2015 8:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Intel Xeon Logo

Have you ever wanted a full-blown workstation that you can carry around? Soon, you can, as Intel releases it’s first official Xeon CPUs for laptop and mobile markets, with its new Xeon E3-1500M v5. We say first official Xeon mobile CPU because there have been laptops with Xeon chips in the past,…..

Valve’s The International 5 Dota 2 Championship Starts With $18 Million Prize Pool

Posted on August 4, 2015 4:08 PM by Robert Tanner
Dota Logo

Dota 2 fans likely are already familiar with TI, but for everyone else: Valve’s The International is an annual multi-million dollar Dota 2 tournament. This year, TI is in its fifth edition and continues to shatter records with a current prize pool of $18 million and is being played live at Seattle’s…..

Autodesk Launches Bitsquid-derived Stingray Game Engine

Posted on August 3, 2015 4:07 PM by Rob Williams
Autodesk Small Logo

At GDC Europe 2015, Autodesk announced what’s become of its Bitsquid acquisition: Stingray. This engine is designed to work well with Autodesk’s other development products, such as 3ds Max and Maya, but focuses on ease-of-use. Stingray’s ultimate goal is to allow people to create the best-looking games possible as easily as possible.…..

NVIDIA Recalls SHIELD Tablets Due To Potential Overheating Battery

Posted on July 31, 2015 1:58 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet With Stand

NVIDIA has issued a voluntary recall of its SHIELD Tablet. The recall encompasses all versions that were sold between July 2014 and July 2015, which in effect makes it most SHIELD Tablets out there. This is due to the fact that the battery used has the potential to overheat and pose a fire…..

Intel & Micron Announce Memory Breakthrough: 3D XPoint Touted As 1,000x Faster, 10x Denser Than NAND

Posted on July 28, 2015 4:07 PM by Rob Williams
Intel and Micron 3D XPoint Memory Technology

At an event held in San Francisco today, Intel and Micron jointly announced 3D XPoint memory – memory that promises to be 1,000x faster than traditional NAND, 1,000x more durable, and 10x more dense. Both companies consider this to be a “breakthrough”, and the biggest memory innovation in over 25 years. If…..

Ferrari 488 Spider – Maranello’s Latest Topless Model Is Super-Sexy

Posted on July 28, 2015 3:06 PM by J.D. Kane
Ferrari 488 Spider - Angle

While almost all Ferraris are just hot, there are some which are so hot they have to go topless. Maranello’s 488 Spider fits that description. Derived from the 488 GTB, the 488 Spider shares much of its coupe forebear’s lovely mechanical bits. The Spider has the same 3.9L 661 bhp, 560 lb/ft…..

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