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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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A Look At Corsair’s A500 Dual-fan Air Cooler

Corsair surprised us earlier this year when it released a new air cooler: the dual-fan A500. From the get-go, the cooler gave us reason to be intrigued, with its ease-of-installation, adjustable (and easily removable) fans, and a clean aesthetic that takes the rare route of foregoing RGB. Let’s see how it cools our Core i9-9900KS!

Published on June 15, 2020
Corsair A500 Dual-fan Cooler

NVIDIA Bumps NVENC Stream Limit On GeForce From Two To Three

Here’s something a bit out of left field. It seems that NVIDIA has quietly increased the NVENC concurrent sessions limit from two to three across a range of GeForce cards, adding a bit more flexibility for those who use their GPU’s encoder to improve efficiency. Naturally, the previous limit of two streams…..

Published on June 15, 2020
NVENC Support Matrix

Blender 2.83: Best CPUs & GPUs For Rendering & Viewport

To greet the launch of the Blender 2.83 release, we loaded up our test rigs to generate fresh performance numbers. For rendering, we’re going to pore over CPU, GPU, CPU and GPU, and NVIDIA’s OptiX. For good measure, we’ll also look at viewport frame rates, and the impact of tile sizes with Cycles GPU rendering.

Published on June 8, 2020
Blender Logo (Square Thumbnail)

Linux Kernel 5.7 Released, Adds exFAT Improvements & Support For Intel’s Tiger Lake Platform

Just in time for the new month, the latest version of the Linux kernel has dropped. The 5.7 kernel is pretty beefy overall, and brings quite a good number of interesting additions and enhancements. We’re going to cover some basics here, but if you want to really jump into the deep-end, you…..

Published on June 1, 2020
Linux Kernel 5.7

Taking A Tour Of NVIDIA’s Quadro Experience Desktop Software

After spending a lot of time in beta, NVIDIA has just released the first public version of its Quadro Experience desktop software. As with GeForce Experience, users will have access to robust recording and streaming features, automated per-application optimizations, and access to NVIDIA’s gaming features, like Ansel and Freestyle.

Published on May 27, 2020
NVIDIA Quadro Experience

Logitech Releases TKL Version Of Its G915 LIGHTSPEED Gaming Keyboard

Following-up on its G915 LIGHTSPEED full-sized keyboard release last fall, Logitech has just announced the release of a more compact version: G915 LIGHTSPEED TKL. This tenkeyless design is pretty much what you’d expect to see with a cut-down G915, except maybe the fact that Logitech has culled all dedicated macro buttons. Fortunately,…..

Published on May 26, 2020
Logitech G915 TKL

Linus Torvalds Adopts Ryzen Threadripper To Greatly Improve Compile Times

It’s not all too often that Linux and Git creator Linux Torvalds feels compelled to praise a new piece of hardware, but AMD has found itself on the receiving end of some love this week. In a Linux Kernel Mailing List email, Torvalds mentions that an upgrade to an AMD Ryzen Threadripper…..

Published on May 25, 2020
Compile Performance (Linux Kernel, AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X 64-core Processor)

Adobe Premiere Pro May 2020 AMD vs NVIDIA GPU Encoding Performance

The latest versions of Adobe’s Premiere Pro and Media Encoder bring significant encode performance improvements to our graphics cards. With this 14.2 release, we revisited all 21 GPUs we just finished testing for our latest Radeon Pro review, and added a bunch more on top to help paint a better overall picture.

Published on May 25, 2020
Adobe Premiere Pro Logo

Mid-range Pro Navi: AMD Radeon Pro W5500 Workstation Graphics Card Review

AMD released its Navi-based Radeon Pro W5500 a few months ago, and to say we’ve spent a lot of time battering it with tests would be an understatement. We’re taking a look at AMD’s latest $399 professional GPU with the help of many encoding, rendering, viewport, and gaming tasks.

Published on May 20, 2020
AMD Radeon Pro W5500 Workstation Graphics Card

NVIDIA GTC 2020: Ampere A100, Drive, Jarvis, Merlin & A Whole Lot Of Mellanox

NVIDIA has released all of its GTC announcements en masse today, and as expected, there is a ton of information to pore over. We’re taking a look at most of what was announced, including, of course, a look at the company’s new top-end data center GPU: the Ampere-based A100.

Published on May 14, 2020
NVIDIA EGX A100 Converged Accelerator PCIe Card

The First Unreal Engine 5 Tech Demo Looks Downright Amazing

In a bit of a surprise this week, Epic revealed the first details about its next major Unreal Engine update, dubbed UE5. As always, there’s quite a bit to be intrigued by, and while what’s provided is just a “tech demo”, a developer video proves that it’s completely playable, and could in…..

Published on May 14, 2020
Lumen in the Land of Nanite

AMD Releases Radeon ProRender Plugin & Enterprise Driver Updates

We wrote earlier of AMD’s new Radeon Pro VII, effectively its most powerful workstation graphics card ever. As cool as that launch may be, though, it isn’t the only thing AMD has going on today. For users of Radeon Pro graphics cards, there’s a new 20.Q2 Enterprise driver download to go snag,…..

Published on May 13, 2020
AMD Radeon Pro VII Workstation Graphics

Qualcomm Releases Performance Boosted Snapdragon 768G 5G Mobile Platform

At its Tech Summit held this past December, Qualcomm had an onslaught of 5G-related news to unveil, but one thing to catch our eye more than most was the announcement of the 765G mobile platform. It’s no secret that the entry to the 5G era isn’t exactly inexpensive, so Qualcomm has directed…..

Published on May 13, 2020
Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G Badge

It Looks Like The Mafia Series Is Next In Line For A Remaster Release

We wrote about the surprise announcement yesterday of a Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 remaster, and in it, we mentioned that remasters in general have been coming in hot and heavy. So far this year, we’ve seen releases or announcements for Final Fantasy VII Remake, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare…..

Published on May 13, 2020
Mafia Trilogy Announcement Logo

AMD Launches Radeon Pro VII, Delivers Huge FP64 Performance For $1,899

AMD’s Radeon Pro family has just gained another member, and this one’s a screamer. The Radeon Pro VII might sound familiar by name, possibly because of Radeon VII’s release last year, or the fact that cardĀ felt like a Radeon Pro VII. We even called it that in one of our launch articles…..

Published on May 13, 2020
AMD Radeon Pro VII

NVIDIA Teases ‘World’s Largest Graphics Card’ Ahead Of Thursday Unveil

Well, we finally know what NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang has been up to this quarantine season: baking some high-end tech in his oven. In a video that sprang up earlier today, Jensen teases that he’s got something to show us, before hauling out what appears to be a really heavy piece of…..

Published on May 12, 2020
NVIDIA's Jensen Huang With World's Largest Graphics Card

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 Remaster To Release This Fall

Is it just us, or is the number of games being remastered all of a sudden pretty impressive? Final Fantasy VII Remake released to a ton of great fanfare last month, and the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered was also – if you ignored the fact that it’s only…..

Published on May 12, 2020
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 Remaster - Minneapolis

AMD Releases Four New FidelityFX Features, Relaunches GPUOpen Website

Since the launch of its GPUOpen initiative a handful of years ago, AMD has been hard at work to deliver open standards that anyone can adopt and make use of. That includes not just the software vendors, but also hardware vendors. GPUOpen has come quite a ways since its inception, so AMD…..

Published on May 11, 2020
Stochastic Screen Space Reflections - GPUOpen Example

A Quick Reminder That It’s Important To Keep Good Backups!

Many times over the course of Techgage’s life, we have extolled the virtues of keeping your data backed up. If you didn’t ever realize it because we told you, you’d definitely know it after losing important files because you were too careless to protect them. I have lost data that I’ve wanted…..

Published on May 9, 2020
Acronis True Image - Restoring Files From Cloud

Latest Xbox Insider Announces Dirt 5 & Second Extinction, Drops Bunch Of New Trailers

Each month, Microsoft publishes an “Xbox 20/20”, which takes a look at the future of the platform and begins planting seeds of hype. Today’s unveiling was pretty surprising, as there were a couple of notable announcements, as well as new trailers dropping for some much-anticipated upcoming titles. While all of these announcements…..

Published on May 7, 2020
Dirt 5 Ice Racing

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