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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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NVIDIA Turing & Ampere CUDA & OptiX Rendering Performance

Ahead of 2021, we wanted to take one last look at rendering performance with the current range of NVIDIA GPUs and the renderers that target them. Those include some staples: Arnold, KeyShot, Octane, Redshift, and V-Ray, with a little Blender on the side. Many have also been tested with RTX on and off, so read on and see how well each one of these eleven GPUs fare.

Published on December 29, 2020
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 and 3080

Blender 2.91: Best CPUs & GPUs For Rendering & Viewport

With Blender 2.91 recently released, as well as a fresh crop of hardware from both AMD and NVIDIA, we’re tackling performance from many different angles here. On tap is rendering with the CPU, GPU, and CPU+GPU, as well as viewport – with wireframe testing making a rare appearance for important reasons. Let’s dig in.

Published on December 23, 2020
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Even Bigger Big Navi: AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Gaming Review

AMD’s top dog Radeon RX 6900 XT has landed, and we’re taking a look at its performance across a variety of 1440p and 4K workloads – with and without DXR. With the 6900 XT, AMD is taking care of gamers who want a premium product and have no qualm splurging on it – so let’s see how it fares against the competition.

Published on December 18, 2020
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT

Cyberpunk 2077’s Developer Promises Regular Bug & Performance Patches

With as much hype as Cyberpunk 2077 received leading up to its launch, it was inevitable that the game would endure relentless complaining around the web about everything minor. Unfortunately for CD Projekt, however, the game did actually launch in a poor state – a reality that’s forced us to postpone our…..

Published on December 14, 2020
Cyberpunk 2077

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming At 1080p and 1440p, DXR On and Off

NVIDIA has just added a fourth model to its current-gen GeForce lineup, and following in the footsteps of the RTX 3070, the RTX 3060 Ti becomes the newest most affordable Ampere option ($399). We’re going to be taking a look at NVIDIA’s latest card across our usual fleet of games, including a few DXR ray traced games with and without DLSS.

Published on December 7, 2020
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Snapdragon Tech Summit: Snapdragon 888 Performance, AI & Camera Deep-dive

On day two of its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm went into great detail about what makes its new Snapdragon 888 alluring. The new SoC offers huge performance improvements, as well as a fleet of new features from camera to gaming to bite into.

Published on December 2, 2020
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Snapdragon Tech Summit: 5G Momentum & Snapdragon 888 Reveal

Qualcomm had a lot to talk about on the first day of its latest Snapdragon Tech Summit. We’ve once again been given updates on 5G momentum, and gained the suspicion that availability is on the cusp of exploding. We were also introduced to the company’s latest top-tier chip: Snapdragon 888.

Published on December 1, 2020
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC

Blender 2.90: Best CPUs & GPUs For Rendering & Viewport

With a collection of CPUs and GPUs, we’re exploring performance in the latest version of Blender, 2.90. As before, we’re going to take a look at rendering performance with both Cycles and Eevee, as well as hybrid and OptiX rendering. For good measure, we’ll also take a look at Material Preview viewport performance.

Published on November 18, 2020
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Big Navi, Big Performance: AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT & RX 6800 Gaming Review

AMD’s first ‘Big Navi’ Radeon graphics cards have landed, and we have many performance results to share with you. With both the RX 6800 XT and RX 6800 in-hand, we’ve put AMD’s latest to the test at multiple resolutions in thirteen games – four of which revolve around ray tracing. Not to ruin anything, but you’ll probably be pretty happy with what AMD has delivered.

Published on November 18, 2020
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT

New Cinebench R23 & V-Ray 5 Standalone Benchmarks Released

Over the past week or so, two of the most common benchmarks we test with for our CPU and GPU reviews have released updates – and if you happen to love benchmarking, you may want to jump on them. The first is Maxon’s Cinebench, which has been updated to the latest R23…..

Published on November 16, 2020
Chaos Group V-Ray 5 Benchmark

NVIDIA Rolls Out 80GB A100 GPUs, Updates DGX Station

Regular end users – including gamers – will have a challenging time filling a graphics card’s large frame buffer (especially with a card like the GeForce RTX 3090), but for deep-learning researchers, there can almost never be enough memory. NVIDIA knows this well, and so it’s continually increased the amount of memory…..

Published on November 16, 2020
NVIDIA A100 80GB Deep-learning GPU

AMD’s Ryzen 9 5950X 1080p & 4K Gaming Performance

AMD has just launched its much-anticipated Zen 3 processors, with four on offer for mainstream budgets. We’re kicking off our coverage with a look at the top dog Ryzen 9 5950X in gaming, as it goes up against the last-gen Ryzen 9 3950X, and Intel’s de facto best gaming CPU, the Core i9-10900K.

Published on November 5, 2020
AMD Ryzen 5000 Series - Promo Shot Square

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Gaming At 4K, Ultrawide & With RTX On

With NVIDIA’s new $499 GeForce RTX 3070 in-hand, we’re taking a look at gaming performance across a wide-range of games, including some sporting ray tracing features. NVIDIA promises a card that goes up against last-gen’s $1,199 RTX 2080 Ti, and overall, it delivers on that.

Published on November 3, 2020
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Watch Dogs: Legion Performance At 1080p, 1440p, 4K & Ultrawide

Watch Dogs: Legion has just released, and given it’s the latest title to implement ray tracing, we couldn’t help but jump in and test its performance across a range of GPUs. In this look, we’re comparing sixteen GPUs at 1080p, 1440p, 4K, and ultrawide, with and without ray tracing and NVIDIA’s DLSS.

Published on October 29, 2020
Watch Dogs Legion Box Art

AMD Unveils ‘Big Navi’ Graphics Cards: The 16GB RX 6800, RX 6800 XT & RX 6900 XT

Right on schedule, AMD has today unveiled its next-gen Radeon graphics cards, built around the RDNA2 architecture. This of course comes one day after NVIDIA’s release of the GeForce RTX 3070, and based on what’s promised, we’re sure NVIDIA is already planning to plug more gaps in the months ahead. When NVIDIA…..

Published on October 28, 2020
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Performance In CUDA & OptiX Rendering

NVIDIA has just launched its third Ampere GeForce, and at $499, the RTX 3070 is going to lure in more folks than the previously released 3090 or 3080. NVIDIA says that its RTX 3070 will match the 2080 Ti in gaming, but to kick our coverage off, we’re going to start with an area where even larger gains can be found: rendering.

Published on October 27, 2020
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Adobe Releases Slew Of Creative Cloud Updates, With AI Enhancements Found All Over

Adobe’s MAX conference has kicked-off this week, and as you’d expect, it’s all-digital. To say that there is a lot being unveiled at the event would be an understatement. You could easily spend an hour browsing Adobe’s various blogs. There’s so much there, in fact, that you will have to hit “Load…..

Published on October 21, 2020
Adobe Photoshop 2021 - Sky Replacement Feature

UL Releases 3DMark ‘Wild Life’ Test For Notebooks & Mobiles

The folks at UL have just augmented the super-popular 3DMark benchmark with a new test, and this one caters to mobile – notebooks, tablets, and phones. Like some of UL’s other tests, this Wild Life one is set to deliver as accurate a comparison between devices as possible, despite the differences in…..

Published on October 15, 2020
UL 3DMark - Wild Life Screenshot

OnePlus Unveils Its $749 8T Flagship: 120Hz Screen, 65W Charging & Quad Cameras

Right on schedule, the folks at OnePlus unveiled their latest high-end smartphone today: OnePlus 8T. Some of the biggest highlights include a fast 120Hz screen (which comes as a surprise to no one, given the company’s own hints), as well as a bolstered 65W charger that can fill the phone’s large battery…..

Published on October 14, 2020
OnePlus 8T - Mirror Shot

SPEC Releases SPECviewperf 2020, Sports Updated Tests & UX Improvements

The most popular workstation viewport testing tool on the planet has just received an update, and for those who make use of SPECviewperf, the latest version is worth an immediate download. At quick glance, the overall benchmark may seem really similar to the previous one, but there have been many improvements made…..

Published on October 14, 2020
SPECviewperf 2020 - Creo Viewport Test

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