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Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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Autodesk Releases Maya 2020 & Arnold Renderer 6 (With NVIDIA RTX On)

After many years of fan anticipation, Autodesk has today released a brand-new Arnold Renderer that takes its GPU component out of beta. While Arnold 6 is introducing many other features, Arnold GPU coming out of beta denotes one important thing: that Autodesk is confident that the GPU renderer is effectively 1:1 with…..

Published on December 10, 2019
Autodesk Maya 2019 and Arnold Renderer 6

A Real HEDT CPU: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X & 3970X Workstation Performance Review

We’ve already put AMD’s newest Ryzen Threadripper chips through our Linux test gauntlet, so it’s now time to shift our focus back to Windows, where we have an even more daunting number of tests to cover. It won’t take long to notice a trend: AMD’s 24-core 3960X and 32-core 3970X are ridiculously fast processors.

Published on November 29, 2019
AMD Ryzen Threadripper Chip Shot Thumbnail

A SUPER Sweet Spot? NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Review

NVIDIA’s SUPER series of GeForce cards has reached a total of five, thanks to the recent introduction of two GTX variants. We’re taking a look at the 1660 SUPER here, with a focus on 1080p for the bulk of our testing, and up to 4K for high-FPS esports titles. Let’s see how the extra memory bandwidth is put to use!

Published on November 28, 2019
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, 3970X & Intel Core i9-10980XE Linux Performance

The day many have been waiting for has arrived: AMD and Intel have officially launched their respective next-gen enthusiast processors. In this article, we’re going to follow-up on our 3950X Linux article from last week to introduce both Intel’s Core i9-10980XE and AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and 3970X into the test results.

Published on November 25, 2019
AMD Ryzen Threadripper and Intel Core X-series (Thumbnail)

Cascade Lake Effect: A Performance Look At Intel’s Core i9-10980XE

We’ve reached the third generation of eighteen core desktop processors from Intel, with the launch of the new Core X-series, and its flagship Core i9-10980XE. Even with a bump to the max Turbo clock, and an increase of officially supported memory speed and total density, the most notable thing about Intel’s latest flagship is actually something else: its sub-$1,000 price tag.

Published on November 25, 2019
Intel introduces the Intel Core X-series processors in October 2

A Seriously Powerful Sub-$1000 CPU: 16-core AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Review

Following-up on our previous quick look at AMD’s sixteen-core Ryzen 9 3950X processor, and having (mostly) finished catching up on benchmarking, we now have a much fuller look at overall performance from AMD’s newest wonder chip on-hand. Join us as we explore all of what this chip is made of across many rendering, encoding, and gaming workloads.

Published on November 23, 2019
AMD Ryzen Chip Shot - Angled

Blender 2.81 Releases With NVIDIA RTX And Intel Open Image Denoise Support

It’s hard to believe that after the super-long wait for Blender 2.80 to arrive, that version has become old hat, as 2.81 has just been released. As usual, we’ll work to integrate 2.81 into our suite as quickly as possible, so we can see how performance scales between versions. On the topic…..

Published on November 21, 2019
Blender 2.81

Navi For Workstation: A Performance Review Of AMD’s Radeon Pro W5700

AMD has augmented its Radeon Navi lineup with its first workstation card: the Radeon Pro W5700. This 8GB card shares traits with the RX 5700, but with optimizations in place, it can sometimes exceed expectations. We’re pitting AMD’s latest against NVIDIA’s Quadro RTX 4000, and a handful of others.

Published on November 19, 2019
AMD Radeon Pro W5700

AMD Brings Navi To ProViz With Radeon Pro W5700

Since AMD launched its Navi architecture in July, we’ve seen the release of the gaming-focused Radeon RX 5700, RX 5700 XT, and RX 5500, which was announced just a few weeks ago. Now, Navi has hit the workstation, with the first product coming to us in the form of the Radeon Pro…..

Published on November 19, 2019
AMD Radeon Pro W5700 Thumbnail

A Linux Performance Look At AMD’s 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X

With so many CPUs hitting the market this month, it was time to both retest our collection of chips and update our tests. In this article, we’re going to be covering a bunch of workloads in Linux, ranging from compiling to rendering, compute to encryption. AMD’s new 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X joins ten other processors, so let’s see how it stacks up.

Published on November 18, 2019
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Packaging - Left Side

A Quick Look At AMD’s 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X Processor

We’re a little late on our full-blown look at AMD’s new sixteen core Ryzen 9 3950X, thanks in part to a recent suite overhaul that’s proving to take quite a while to run on each chip. We’re going to kick our coverage off with a quicker look at both rendering and encoding performance, so far comparing it to the 3700X, 3900X, 2950X, and also Intel’s Core i9-9900K and 9900KS.

Published on November 14, 2019
AMD Ryzen 9 Processor Packaging

Upcoming Game Airplane Mode Lets You Sit In Coach For Six Hours

For some, flying is an absolute joy. You get to chill on a bus 30,000+ in the air while reflecting on a book, work, or whatever happens to be outside the window. For others, flying can feel more like an ordeal, where the thought of being stuck on a plane for six…..

Published on November 11, 2019
Airplane Mode Game

Super Mario 64 Land Fan Game Released, Can Be Played In Any N64 Emulator

For about as long as video game emulation has existed, there have been fan hacks. Some of these hacks might be as simple as translating one language to another, while others could be more advanced, adjusting game rules and behavior. Then there are hacks that are more like entirely new games, such…..

Published on November 10, 2019
Super Mario 64 Land (2)

Eight Cores At 5GHz: Intel Core i9-9900KS Review

With competition in the CPU market proving to be fiercer than ever, Intel has decided to haul out some big guns. “Big guns” in this case refers to eight cores running at 5GHz a piece. This comes to us in the form of the Core i9-9900KS, and you can join us as we pit it against the rest of our collection in creator and gaming workloads.

Published on November 10, 2019
Intel Core i9-9900KS Stock Image

Steam Beta Reveals Valve Is Planning To Expand To Cloud Gaming

When we started the year, we’re not sure anyone outside of Valve realized just how many quality updates would be hitting the Steam client throughout the year. Part of the sudden insurgence of new features could be due to the intense competition that’s come out of the woodwork – but whatever the…..

Published on November 9, 2019
Steam Client (Nov 2019)

MAINGEAR Releases VECTOR: High-Performance 15-inch Gaming Notebook At $1,499

Are you on the lookout for a full-featured gaming notebook that’s not going to break the bank? MAINGEAR has just released an alluring option called VECTOR, and as a single configuration, you don’t need to worry about customizing anything – it’s just a flat $1,499 price (we’re not sure if it’s lower…..

Published on November 8, 2019
MAINGEAR VECTOR 15-inch Gaming Notebook - Front

Corsair Releases $299 T3 RUSH Gaming Chair

Following-up on its T1 RACE and T2 ROAD WARRIOR gaming chairs, Corsair has just announced its third take: T3 RUSH. Will you want to “RUSH” out to pick one up? That depends on whether or not you dig the unique color schemes offered here, and the standard design that seems to be…..

Published on November 8, 2019
Corsair T3 Rush Gray Charcoal Gaming Chair

Qualcomm Expects 200 Million 5G Phones To Be Sold In 2020

Qualcomm believes that 2020 is going to be a massive year for 5G, and based on all we know about how the technologies have rolled out so far, it seems safe enough to assume that’s correct. But Qualcomm is putting some real numbers down: it expects that 200 million 5G smartphones will…..

Published on November 7, 2019
OnePlus 7 Pro 5G

AMD To Release Ryzen 9 3950X & First Two Third-gen Threadrippers On November 25

Considering the fact that AMD itself said its latest chips would be releasing this month, we’ve known that it was only a matter of time before we’d learn about actual dates, and finally, the company has revealed all of that today – along with a surprise or two. First and foremost, AMD’s…..

Published on November 7, 2019
AMD's Lisa Su With Third-gen Ryzen Threadripper

NZXT Debuts Audio Products: AER Headset, MXER Controller & STND Holder

NZXT has today entered the audio arena with not just a single product, but a handful of products that complement each other quite well. As the first go, NZXT wanted to make sure its audio products impressed from the get-go, and based on what we’re reading so far, things are looking good.…..

Published on November 6, 2019
NZXT AER Closed-back Headset

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