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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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Report Suggests Red Dead Redemption 2 More Than Doubled Sales Once It Launched On Steam

Ever since Epic launched its game store, the company’s worked hard to make sure people flock to it with the help of free games, and exclusives. On the exclusives front, Borderlands 3 is one of the most major examples of a game that have helped many discover EGS, and will continue to…..

Published on January 24, 2020
Red Dead Redemption 2 - Shootout

Corsair Adds AMD CPUs and GPUs To Its VENGEANCE PC Line

When we caught up with Corsair at CES a few weeks ago, we inquired whether or not AMD CPUs would be making an appearance in its PCs anytime soon. On display were not just the ONE PC and Origin PC’s own, but also Corsair’s VENGEANCE rigs. Unlike the ONE PC, which is…..

Published on January 24, 2020
Corsair VENGEANCE 6182 - Side View

Own Goal: Psyonix To Kill Linux & macOS Support For Rocket League

There are many reasons to love Rocket League, but for PC gamers not using Windows, the game’s support of macOS and Linux has been one of the biggest ones. Most Rocket League history is filled with great vibes, because up to a point, it seemed like it was a series that couldn’t…..

Published on January 23, 2020
Rocket League

AMD Releases Next Mid-range Navi: Radeon RX 5600 XT

AMD has today released a new addition to its Radeon Navi lineup: RX 5600 XT. This mid-range offering slots in at $289 for the version we tested (Sapphire Pulse), which until the other day was a price point that settled itself a fair distance away from NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2060. As usual,…..

Published on January 21, 2020
Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5600 XT

Microsoft’s Edge Browser Is Well Worth Giving Another Shot

When Microsoft released its Edge web browser alongside Windows 10 way back in 2015, I admit that there wasn’t even a single point in between then and the past week where I thought favorably of it. It’s not that I didn’t want to. Like many, I always used Edge as a secondary…..

Published on January 20, 2020
Microsoft Edge - Blank Page

AMD Rumored To Release ‘Big Navi’ At Computex

Over the weekend, we reported on the fact that AMD’s Lisa Su confirmed multiple times that “Big Navi” would be released in 2020. Today, leaker website VideoCardz is reporting on more specific information: Big Navi at Computex, and something else from NVIDIA before then. We were told NVIDIA will launch a new…..

Published on January 20, 2020
AMD Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 Chip

PNY Releases Passively-cooled Quadro RTX 6000 & 8000 Graphics Cards

As we’re working through more benchmarks to post our full look at NVIDIA’s Quadro RTX 6000 graphics card, we’re reminded that we forgot to talk about PNY’s recent release of passively-cooled Quadro RTX graphics cards – Quadro SKUs without video connectors. That’s not something we see everyday! Going all-in with passive cooling…..

Published on January 20, 2020
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ASUS Releases Bezel-free Monitor Kit, Currently Available For $110 On Amazon

Two CESes ago, ASUS had an interesting product being shown off in its suite that caught many off-guard: a bezel-free monitor kit. In effect, it was a hunk of plastic that slipped in between two monitors in order to combine them; or, in other words: give the illusion that the bezel isn’t…..

Published on January 18, 2020
ASUS Bezel-free Monitor Kit

AMD Expected To Release ‘Big Navi’ Radeon In 2020

AMD announced its next mid-range GPU offering at CES, called Radeon 5600 XT. This card follows-up on another mid-range release from December, of the Radeon 5500 XT. With this duo of mid-range releases, many have been left wondering: where’s “Big Navi”? Well, according to AMD’s own Lisa Su, it’s going to be…..

Published on January 18, 2020
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Graphics Card 4

Our Experiences With 360Hz Gaming At CES

At CES a couple of weeks ago, NVIDIA unveiled some forthcoming 360Hz G-SYNC monitors, allowing press who visited its suite at the Wynn to go hands-on with them. Before the event, I felt like the difference between 240Hz and 360Hz would be hard to spot, but fortunately for me, NVIDIA had a…..

Published on January 18, 2020
ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz Gaming Monitor

NVIDIA GPU Performance In Arnold, Redshift, Octane, V-Ray & Dimension

We recently explored GPU performance in RealityCapture and KeyShot, two applications that share the trait of requiring NVIDIA GPUs to run. With more results in-hand, we’re now going to explore performance from five other renderers that also require NVIDIA: Arnold, Redshift, Octane, V-Ray, and Adobe Dimension.

Published on January 5, 2020
Autodesk Arnold - Jaguar E-Type Render

OTOY To Preview Octane X For macOS With Intel & Radeon GPU Support Early This Year

Last spring, we wrote about OTOY’s plans for reintroducing native hardware support in OctaneRender for macOS, something that implies support for AMD’s Radeon discrete GPUs, Intel’s integrated GPUs, as well as Apple’s Metal API. Currently, Octane users on Mac need to be glued to an older version of the operating system to retain the CUDA support that’s critical…..

Published on January 1, 2020
OTOY Octane X Running on macOS

Exploring CPU & GPU Rendering Performance With KeyShot 9

Luxion’s KeyShot 9 brings a lot of good stuff to the table, but of most interest to us is the introduction of not just GPU rendering, but also GPU accelerated denoising. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at performance from both CPU and GPU rendering, and also talk about some quirks that you may encounter when shifting from CPU to GPU.

Published on January 1, 2020
Luxion KeyShot Logo

Exploring GPU Photogrammetry Performance With RealityCapture

Turning a series of photographs into 3D models is a compute intensive process, one that can make good use of CPUs and GPUs alike. Capturing Reality’s RealityCapture becomes our second photogrammetry benchmark, and we’re introducing it with a dedicated look at graphics card performance.

Published on December 29, 2019
RealityCapture Logo

Blender And V-Ray CPU Rendering: Linux vs. Windows

It’s an age-old question: is Linux better than Windows, or vice-versa? It’s of course a loaded question, but we can easily take a look at specific angles, such as performance. In this quick match-up, we’re seeing how both OSes fare in a couple of rendering tests involving Blender and Chaos Group’s V-Ray.

Published on December 24, 2019
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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
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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

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