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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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AMD’s 22.3.1 Adrenalin Driver Adds Radeon Super Resolution, Updates RIS And AMD Link

AMD adds new functionality and optimizations to its Radeon graphics driver as time goes on, but every once in a while, the company likes to wrap a bundle of updates together, and unleash them all at once. The new Adrenalin Edition 22.3.1 driver is one such release, bringing a number of improvements…..

Published on March 17, 2022
AMD Software Adrenalin Edition

Elden Ring Becomes FromSoftware’s Most Successful Title, PC Gamers Account For 44% Of Total

With the sort of hype that Elden Ring enjoyed leading up to its launch, it felt like the title was being built-up to be so good, that it could become one of the best games ever. Well, we’ve seen time and time again, that the more hype a game has, the greater…..

Published on March 16, 2022
Elden Ring - Overlooking Limgrave

AMD Announces April 20 Release For 3D V-Cache Packed Ryzen 7 5800X3D

First announced at CES in January, AMD’s planning to shake-up its Ryzen CPU lineup with a new model that bundles in the company’s new 3D V-Cache solution – one that uses vertically-stacked cache to provide lots of it. This chip is called the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, and compared to the regular 5800X,…..

Published on March 15, 2022
AMD 3D V-Cache CPU

Blender 3.1 Lands – Introduces Apple Metal Support, Many Performance & Feature Improvements

Right on schedule, the Blender Foundation has released the latest major version of its popular design suite, Blender 3.1. As you’ve come to expect from Blender, there are many notable updates in this new release, but one of the biggest focal points is performance. If you love your processes to be faster…..

Published on March 9, 2022
Blender 3.1 Splash Screen

Apple Releases Mac Studio Workstation, With New M1 Ultra 20-Core Option

During a launch event held earlier today, Apple announced a refreshed iPhone SE, green color options for its iPhone 13, and two new entrants to its “Studio” series: the Mac Studio desktop workstation, and a 27-inch 5K Studio Display complete with 12 megapixel webcam that will probably put all other built-in webcam…..

Published on March 8, 2022
Apple Mac Studio and Studio Display

AMD Launches Zen 3-based Ryzen Threadripper PRO Workstation Processors

Since the pandemic has done a great job of skewing our perception of time, have you realized that it’s been nearly two full years since the launch of enthusiast/workstation grade processors? The previous launch came with AMD’s first-gen Threadripper PRO, built around its Zen 2 architecture. Intel’s most recent Core X-series processors…..

Published on March 8, 2022
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5000 Series Lineup

Micron Kills Off Its Crucial Ballistix Gaming Memory Line

Micron has issued some surprising news this week: it’s sticking a knife into one of the most iconic gaming memory brands on the planet: Crucial Ballistix. In some ways, this really does feel like a significant end to an era, as the Ballistix brand became well-established a couple of decades ago, quickly…..

Published on February 17, 2022
Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR2

Bungie Finds New Home Under Sony Following $3.6 Billion Deal

When Microsoft announced its plans to acquire Activision two weeks ago, it seemed like everyone and their dog began to wonder who Sony would try to acquire to help pad its own portfolio. It goes without saying, as much as Activision is loathed for its internal conduct, it’s loved for its many…..

Published on January 31, 2022
Bungie's Destiny 2 The Witch Queen

Ampere At $249: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Gaming Review

NVIDIA has just launched its 8th Ampere-based gaming GPU, coming to us in the form of the $249 GeForce RTX 3050. At its price point, the RTX 3050 is the least-expensive GeForce to include RTX features, like DLSS and RT cores. Let’s see how the latest X050 GeForce card fares across 11 game titles and many synthetic tests.

Published on January 26, 2022
EVGA GeForce RTX 3050 XC

RPR 2.2: A Current Look At Radeon ProRender Rendering Performance

With the latest release of AMD’s Radeon ProRender, great features such as RPR Interactive viewport and Arm-based Mac support have been added, but while AMD hasn’t made it a point to call specific attention to it, we’ve found that performance has experienced some noticeable polish. Let’s dig in, and see where half a year of RPR updates has landed us.

Published on January 24, 2022
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Budget RDNA2: A Review Of AMD’s $199 Radeon RX 6500 XT

AMD becomes the first major GPU vendor to release a new model in 2022, and it comes to us in the form of a new lower-end part: Radeon RX 6500 XT. This latest Radeon slots into the $199 price-point, but while it’s a more modest part, there’s still quite a bit to talk about. Let’s dig in and see how it performs against AMD’s and NVIDIA’s current-gen lower-end cards.

Published on January 19, 2022
GIGABYTE Radeon RX 6500 XT Eagle

Intel Launches Dozens Of 12th-Gen Core Desktop & Mobile CPUs At CES 2022

This year’s CES has proven fruitful so far where product announcements are concerned, and naturally, Intel has had a big hand in that. This CES comes just two months after Intel launched its 12th-gen Core processors, so it was largely expected that we’d see the company fill some gaps in the lineup.…..

Published on January 5, 2022
Intel 12th-gen Core Style Shot

NVIDIA Announces New GPUs & Max-Q 4th-gen At CES 2022

At CES 2022, NVIDIA’s Jeff Fisher kicked off the company’s annual keynote by highlighting the fact that gaming is unbelievably strong – which shouldn’t surprise anyone reading this. There were days in the past where some thought the days of PC gaming (or gaming in general) were numbered, but today’s market proves…..

Published on January 4, 2022
NVIDIA's Jeff Fisher Showing Off GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Graphics Card

AMD Bolsters Its Radeon GPU Lineup For Both Desktop And Mobile At CES 2022

The latest CES has just kicked-off, and many companies have wasted no time in unveiling their latest wares, with an absolute deluge of announcements filling our inboxes today. This isn’t an ordinary CES in terms of how many people will show up in-person, but where products are concerned? There’s a lot to…..

Published on January 4, 2022
MSI Radeon RX 6500 XT MECH 2X 4G Graphics Card (Thumbnail)

ASUS Launches ProArt Studiobook 16-inch Notebooks For Mobile Creators

Here at Techgage, we spend quite a bit of our time testing desktop hardware in creative workloads, but don’t cover notebooks quite as often as we’d like. Well, despite notebooks being completely portable, today’s mobile hardware is so powerful, that designing while on-the-go isn’t the dream that it once was. This week,…..

Published on December 7, 2021
ASUS ProArt Studiobook - Angle View

Blender 3.0 – How Fast Are GPUs in Cycles X, EEVEE & Viewport?

Blender has just released its latest major update, pushing the software to new 3.0 versioning. As always, we’ve dug into the latest update to take a look at it from a performance perspective. Join us as we throw all of the current-gen GPUs from GeForce and Radeon at Cycles X, EEVEE, and the viewport.

Published on December 3, 2021
Blender 3.0 - Sprite Fright (Thumbnail)

Qualcomm Announces Latest Flagship Mobile Platform: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

At the latest iteration of its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm has unveiled its ‘most advanced’ mobile platform: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Last week, the company let it become known that it would be shaking up the Snapdragon brand, effectively freshening it up with improved logos, typography, and even the naming. Snapdragon…..

Published on November 30, 2021
Male hands holding smartphone with blank screen, playing video games

Intel 12th-gen Core i9-12900K & i5-12600K Workstation Performance Review

Intel’s 12th-gen Core architecture represents a huge shift from previous designs, with ‘performance’ cores being teamed up with ‘efficient’ cores in launch models. For our first performance deep-dive, we’re going to put the i5-12600K and i9-12900K up against many encoding, rendering, and system benchmarks.

Published on November 30, 2021
Intel 12th-gen Core i9 Gaming PC

NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3090 Ti With Super Fast GDDR6X Rumored To Release In January 2022

This past June, we saw NVIDIA expand its current-gen Ampere GeForce series from five to seven models, thanks to the release of some Ti variants – 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti. Another Ti model, which has been rumored for quite some time, is the 3090 Ti – what could become a new…..

Published on November 29, 2021
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 - Overview

Intel Details Its ‘Long-Term Retention Lab’, Which Currently Houses Nearly 3,000 Platforms

Here at Techgage, we retain a handful of modern platforms for our testing and retesting purposes. Our benchmarking never ends after a launch review, as we always want to track how performance can improve over time, and of course introduce new workloads as they arise. While our key focus is on performance,…..

Published on November 29, 2021
At Intel’s Long-Term Retention Lab, state-of-the-art infrastru

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