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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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EVGA Releases Precision For Windows Game Bar Beta

If you’re the owner of an EVGA graphics card, you may be familiar with the company’s super-popular overclocking tool Precision. This tool has seen many changes over the years, but this latest release is something quite different: it’s Precision that slides right into your Windows 10 Game Bar, enabling quick access to…..

Published on July 20, 2020
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AMD Announces Ryzen Threadripper Pro Workstation Series Processors

Until we caught the rumor last week that AMD would be releasing a Ryzen Threadripper Pro series, we didn’t really expect to see anything Threadripper-related new this year. As we learn today, the rumor from last week was pretty spot-on, although there are still some surprises. Threadripper has always been about giving…..

Published on July 15, 2020
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NVIDIA Releases New Game Ready GeForce Driver And Death Stranding Promotion

Following-up on its GeForce driver release in late June which enabled DirectX 12 Ultimate support with the latest Windows release, NVIDIA today introduces another updated driver packed with optimization, and not to mention a promotion revolving around it. Death Stranding is a hit game from Hideo Kojima, following his unceremonious departure from…..

Published on July 9, 2020
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AMD Rumored To Soon Launch Ryzen Pro Version Of Threadripper 3990X, Dubbed 3995WX

Well, here’s a move we didn’t quite expect. According to the rumor mill, AMD is planning to release an update to its monstrous 64-core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X that could bolster capabilities, making it a wee bit more attractive to those who have certain levels of expectations for a workhorse machine. The currently-available…..

Published on July 9, 2020
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Apple And AMD Expect To Support Intel’s Full Thunderbolt 4 Feature Set

We learned yesterday of Intel’s Thunderbolt 4, the updated standard that improves much of the minimum spec, giving consumers the confidence that their new PC will handle beefy configurations without issue. One way we saw improvement was with the bump from one to two 4K monitor support, and an increase of the…..

Published on July 9, 2020
Intel Thunderbolt 4 Feature Set

Intel Unveils Thunderbolt 4, Set To Launch With Tiger Lake Notebooks

Today, Intel has announced the next generation of its popular Thunderbolt connector – aptly named Thunderbolt 4 – which we’ll begin to see this year in notebooks built around the company’s Tiger Lake platform. Unlike the past couple of Thunderbolt iterations, we’re not seeing a doubling of total throughput here, but we…..

Published on July 8, 2020
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Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 865+ 5G Mobile Platform, Upgrades To Wi-Fi 6E

Qualcomm is on a roll with Snapdragon platform releases lately. Just a few weeks ago, the company announced its Snapdragon 690 5G, and not long before that, we were greeted to the Snapdragon 768G 5G. Today, the company has something for high-end users – those who demand the best performance (and not…..

Published on July 8, 2020
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus Reference Platform

Summer 2020 GPU Rendering Performance In Arnold, KeyShot & Octane

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve taken a look at current performance for a couple of CUDA-only renderers, V-Ray and Redshift. For this article, we’re going to group a trio of others together, and bring is up-to-date on current CUDA and OptiX rendering with Autodesk Arnold, Luxion KeyShot, as well as OTOY Octane.

Published on July 6, 2020
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Redshift 3.0 Massive Performance Boost Tested – Comparing Redshift 2.6 & NVIDIA Optix

With the release of Redshift 3.0 set in the not-so-distant future, we’ve decided to finally dive in and take a look at its performance improvements over the current 2.6 version. As we did with V-Ray last week, we’re also taking this opportunity to render with NVIDIA’s OptiX, and see what further performance gains might be in store.

Published on June 29, 2020
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Mobile Gaming At 300Hz: A Look At Acer’s Predator Triton 500 Gaming Notebook

The gaming notebook market has been infused with high-refresh display panels over the last couple of years, and with its latest 10th-gen processors, Intel has been eager to see more flood the market. In this article, we’re going to explore 300Hz gaming on Acer’s new Predator Triton 500 notebook.

Published on June 26, 2020
Acer Predator Triton 500 Gaming Notebook

NVIDIA Releases Updated GeForce & Quadro Graphics Drivers To Enable DX 12 Ultimate

NVIDIA’s been hard at work releasing new drivers today, as GeForce Game Ready, Studio, and Quadro have all seen updates to version 451.48. This is the most notable driver release from NVIDIA since the release of the May Windows 10 update, as it enables official support for DirectX 12 Ultimate, the most…..

Published on June 24, 2020
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Chaos Group V-Ray 5 CUDA, OptiX & Heterogeneous Rendering Performance

With Chaos Group having launched the latest major update to its popular V-Ray rendering plugin, we’ve decided to boot the test rig up and see what performance gains are to be had between the brand-new V-Ray 5, and the most recent version of V-Ray 4. With a collection of NVIDIA graphics cards in-hand, let’s explore CUDA, OptiX and heterogeneous performance in V-Ray 5.

Published on June 24, 2020
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NVIDIA Unveils PCIe Version Of Its Ampere-based A100 Data Center Graphics Card

At the International Supercomputing Conference, this year held digitally (surprised?), NVIDIA pulled the veil off of the PCIe version of its Ampere-based A100. Like the A100 for NVIDIA’s HGX platform announced during its digital GTC, the A100 for PCIe sports the same GPU, but comes with a note that users should only…..

Published on June 22, 2020
NVIDIA A100 PCIe 4.0 Datacenter Graphics Card

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 & 3300X Quad-core CPU Performance Review

With its Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X quad-core processors, AMD is delivering some new options to those who want to build a new rig on the cheap. Fortunately, today’s ~$100 processors are pretty powerful, with both of these options impressing us in various ways. So, let’s walk through an onslaught of test results across workstation and gaming workloads to see how these chips stack up.

Published on June 22, 2020
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EA Announces Development Has Begun On Skate 4

Fans of skateboarding video games know all-too-well that the dearth of title releases is all-too-common. There have been many stretches of years where the genre seemed to go largely ignored, but thankfully, it’s starting to look like fans are going to be super-spoiled real soon. We covered last month that Tony Hawk’s…..

Published on June 19, 2020
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Windows 10 20150 Preview Build Adds DirectML & CUDA GPU Compute To WSL

When Microsoft first launched its Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) four years ago, it would have been difficult to predict exactly where it was to go. In truth, we weren’t expecting WSL to take off as it has. It’s quickly become an invaluable feature in Windows for Microsoft, and one that continues…..

Published on June 18, 2020
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AMD Reiterates That Zen 3 Is On Track For 2020

We don’t spend a ton of time perusing the rumor mill since so little ever holds up, and much seems to be fabricated to the core, so it’s sometimes funny when we’re sent a debunking of a rumor we didn’t even know existed. Over the past week or so, it seems some…..

Published on June 17, 2020
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Qualcomm Brings 5G To Even Lower Price-points With Snapdragon 690 5G Mobile Platform

2020 is quickly shaping up to become the year where 5G hits the masses, as Qualcomm has made yet another announcement that aims to open up the floodgates even more. You might recall that last month, Qualcomm delivered a performance-boosted Snapdragon 768G 5G chip that gives gamers top-rate performance, without having to…..

Published on June 17, 2020
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 Reference Device

Corsair Updates ONE & VENGEANCE PCs With AMD Ryzen 3000 & Intel Core 10th-gen

With both AMD and Intel having launched their latest-gen processors, Corsair has deemed right now to be the perfect time to add in a couple of new PC models. This week, the company finally introduces AMD Ryzen options, and also updates its Intel SKUs with new 10th-gen options. Corsair is offering three…..

Published on June 17, 2020
Corsair ONE a100 Compact PC

Chaos Group Releases V-Ray 5, With Initial Support For 3ds Max

Following a rather short public beta test phase, Chaos Group has released the latest version of its popular renderer: V-Ray 5. This release comes nearly two years after the release of V-Ray 4, also known as V-Ray Next. Just as with the transition from 3 to 4, the jump to V-Ray 5…..

Published on June 16, 2020
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