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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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Viewport Performance Look At CATIA, SolidWorks, SNX, Creo, 3ds Max & Maya

We’re taking a fresh look at the many workloads available in SPECviewperf. This time around, we’re taking a much deeper look at subtest results, to gain a better understanding of how SVP’s overall scores are generated. With the help of 28 GPUs, two resolutions, and 38 subtests, we have a lot of data to explore.

Published on February 27, 2023
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AMD Announces Pricing And Availability For Its 3D V-Cache-infused Zen 4 SKUs

AMD’s had a pretty busy 2023 so far, especially where CPUs are concerned. At CES, the company announced three 65W Ryzen models, in addition to three others that have been infused with 3D V-Cache. Today, the company has announced both pricing and availability for those latter SKUs (the 65W parts were officially…..

Published on February 1, 2023
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Intel Drops Arc A750 Price To $249, Launches Major Driver Update

Intel has been on quite the “journey” since it launched its Arc-series graphics cards last year. While the GPU hardware is really quite good, the state of Arc’s drivers being less-than-ideal was known to pretty much every enthusiast. Fortunately, the company has been on a tear to get bugs fixed and support…..

Published on February 1, 2023
Intel Arc A770 LE Side View

Intel Launches 4th-gen Xeon Scalable & Xeon Max Processors

Today’s the day when Intel launches its long-anticipated 4th-gen Xeon Scalable and Xeon Max-series processors, and the company has given us plenty to talk about. We have CPUs with built-in HBM2e memory, many accelerators scattered across the entire range, and notably, AMX AI acceleration built into every one.

Published on January 10, 2023
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Zen 4 At 65W: Ryzen 9 7900, Ryzen 7 7700 & Ryzen 5 7600 Launched

As we covered during CES last week, AMD’s introducing a number of processor SKUs for the desktop market, including a trio of 65W parts, and another trio that packs AMD’s 3D V-Cache inside. Today’s launch revolves around the former, the 65W parts that give new options to those wanting to adopt AMD’s…..

Published on January 9, 2023
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Intel Arc Rendering Performance Strengths Are Really Understated

When we first took a detailed look at Intel’s Arc graphics cards this past fall, we found ourselves impressed with the performance we were seeing across multiple scenarios. At that time, there was no question that Arc’s graphics drivers were still in bad need of polish, but after our exhaustive testing, we…..

Published on January 9, 2023
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AMD Unveils New Desktop And Mobile Ryzens At CES, Including Three 3D V-Cache Options

This year’s CES has had the usual onslaught of product announcements, but it feels like the CPU market has been catered to more this go-around than in previous events. We wrote the other day of Intel’s new CPU launches, with an almost ridiculous number of SKUs targeting both desktop and notebook. Now,…..

Published on January 5, 2023
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NVIDIA Launches Mobile Ada Lovelace GeForces, Delivers DLSS 3 & Studio Updates At CES

At the ongoing CES 2023 event, NVIDIA has had lots to talk about – from new GPUs to Omniverse to DLSS 3. Perhaps one of the biggest announcements revolves around the company’s notebook gaming efforts. As of today, the company says that over 170 upcoming designs will include a latest generation GeForce…..

Published on January 4, 2023
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12GB Creator Review

NVIDIA’s third Ada Lovelace-based GeForce has landed: RTX 4070 Ti. This artist formerly known as RTX 4080 packs in 12GB of memory, effectively delivering a 50% boost to VRAM gen-over-gen. Our first look at the new GPU will be focusing on creator: rendering, encoding, and more.

Published on January 4, 2023
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Intel Launches Many 13th-gen Core Notebook And Desktop Processors At CES

Following on the launch of the first 13th-gen Core “Raptor Lake” desktop processors a few months ago, Intel has taken full advantage of the ongoing CES 2023 event to debut a slew of new models for both desktop and notebook. To kick things off, let’s take a look at the new “HX”…..

Published on January 3, 2023
At CES 2023, Intel introduces the 13th Gen Intel Core mobile pro

Blender 3.4 Performance Deep-dive: Cycles, Eevee & Viewport

Blender 3.4 released just a few weeks ago, and as usual, we couldn’t wait long before jumping in and exploring its performance with current GPUs from AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA. With 22 graphics cards and six Cycles and Eevee projects in-hand for rendering and viewport testing, let’s find out which GPUs rise above the rest.

Published on January 2, 2023
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NVIDIA To Remove GameStream Function In Upcoming SHIELD Update

In an update posted to its support website late last week, NVIDIA’s revealed that it will be removing the GameStream function that’s been present in all of its SHIELD devices dating back to the original portable version, released in 2013. This move hasn’t gone down well with the community, and it’s no…..

Published on December 20, 2022
NVIDIA SHIELD TV Family (2019)

NVIDIA NeRF Could Make Future Games Much Smaller In Size

If at first glance you thought that NVIDIA NeRF was a sign that the graphics giant was attempting to pivot to the toy dart gun market, no one could blame you. Fortunately, the reality is much cooler. NeRF stands for “Neural Radiance Fields”, an AI-based technology that aims to recreate objects or…..

Published on December 19, 2022
NVIDIA NeRF Examples - Two Minute Papers

AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT & Radeon RX 7900 XTX Creator Review

AMD has just launched its newest top-end Radeons – the RDNA3-based RX 7900 XT and RX 7900 XTX – and for creators, there’s a lot to be intrigued by. That includes the fact that AMD is delivering the least-expensive 24GB GPU we’ve seen to date. In this article, we’ll explore performance of both GPUs across encoding, rendering, photogrammetry, and viewport tests.

Published on December 13, 2022
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AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT & Radeon RX 7900 XTX Gaming Review

AMD’s first RDNA3-based GPUs have just landed, with both the Radeon RX 7900 XT and RX 7900 XTX targeting the top-end of the market. We’re kicking off our performance coverage with a look at 4K gaming across a wide-range of titles, with ray tracing and upscaling tests strewn throughout.

Published on December 12, 2022
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 GPU Rendering Performance Review

The second GPU to grace NVIDIA’s Ada Lovelace GeForce lineup has landed: RTX 4080. Like the previously-released RTX 4090, the RTX 4080 continues to show us that the Ada Lovelace generation offers huge upticks in rendering performance over the previous-gen Ampere.

Published on November 15, 2022
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Blender 3.3 Performance Deep-dive: Cycles, Eevee & Viewport

With a new Blender version comes a new Blender performance deep-dive – and thankfully, there’s lots to talk about here. Blender 3.3 introduces support for Intel’s Arc GPUs, so those are tested and included here, along with NVIDIA’s newest top-end GeForce. We also explore AMD’s performance improvements over the past six months, as well as shader compile times.

Published on October 31, 2022
Blender 3.3 Splash Screen - Scanlands (Thumb)

Steam Soon To Get Big Picture Upgrade, Possible SteamOS 3 Desktop Release

When Valve introduced its Steam Deck handheld gaming device, the company began transitioning its SteamOS Linux distribution towards supporting only that device. It was uncertain whether the company had plans to return the OS to its original home on desktop PCs, but this week, we have hints that it is indeed going…..

Published on October 27, 2022
Steam Big Picture (October 2022)

Memory Test Tool Memtest86+ Gets First Major Update In Nearly A Decade

If there’s been one constant in desktop and notebook PCs over the years, it’s that memory will need to be tested. Anyone who’s been working with PCs for a substantial amount of time are likely familiar with Memtest86+ – a bootable tool that couldn’t be much simpler in design, but serves an…..

Published on October 25, 2022
Memtest86+ 6.0

Intel Releases First Arc GPU Driver For Linux, Tinkering Prowess Required

Intel has just released the first Linux-bound graphics driver for its new Arc graphics cards, and as long as you’re running Ubuntu 20.04 or 22.04, you should be able to get going fairly quickly. We emphasize “fairly” because you will be copying and pasting a fair number of commands to get your…..

Published on October 21, 2022
Intel Arc GPU Driver Operational Under Ubuntu

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