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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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Intel Launches Ice Lake-infused Xeon W Processors, Sporting Up To 38 Cores

Intel released some big updates to its workstation-focused Xeon W processor lineup last week, with refreshed and new models built around the company’s 10nm Ice Lake architecture. The feature set of Xeon W isn’t much different from the server-bound Xeons, aside from the fact that they are designed for single-socket machines. Xeon…..

Published on August 3, 2021
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Google Unveils Pixel 6 & Pixel 6 Pro, As Well As New Google Tensor SoC

If you’ve been eagerly waiting for Google to spill the beans on its next Pixel phones, then you’re in luck today – even if some of those beans are still stuck in the can. Google today announces both the Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro, along with a handful of unique features that will be hitting them both – when they launch later this year.

Published on August 2, 2021
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New Zealand Retailer Publishes Listings For Radeon RX 6600 XT GPUs

It might be a little hard to believe, but it’s already been eight months since AMD launched its latest-generation RDNA2 Radeons. In all of that time, the company has only released four models total, with the lowbie being the RX 6700 XT, priced with an SRP of $479. Where SRP is concerned,…..

Published on July 22, 2021
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Intel Alder Lake Leaked Benchmark Hints At Greatly Improved Single-thread Performance

It’s not all too often that we report on rumors, but this latest one is a little too juicy to ignore. It’s a secret to no one that AMD has been waging a great battle against Intel since the release of its Zen architecture, and with each new iteration, the company’s made…..

Published on July 22, 2021
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Corona Renderer 7 Released: Introduces New Physical Material, Sky Volume Effects, Performance Boosts & More

Corona Renderer users have a good reason to be excited today, as Chaos Czech has just rolled out the latest major iteration of the software: Corona Renderer 7. This release comes just under a year since the release of CR6, but in that time, the developers have added lots of polish and…..

Published on July 21, 2021
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Amazon’s New World Leads To Bricking Of Certain Faulty GPUs, V-Sync Use Recommended

Amazon’s New World MMO has just entered its closed beta stage, and unfortunately, it didn’t take long for a dangerous issue to creep up. On both the official forums and the dedicated subreddit, some owners of EVGA’s GeForce RTX 3090 FTW3 have reported that their cards bricked as the result of running…..

Published on July 21, 2021
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Adobe Joins Blender Development Fund, Releases Substance 3D & Mixamo Plugins

The latest company to jump onboard with Blender’s Development Fund is Adobe, makers of a mind-boggling number of creator tools, many of which perfectly complement Blender in a workflow. The company becomes a Corporate Gold sponsor, meaning the Blender Foundation gets an additional €2,500/mo, and the more full Blender’s coffers are, the…..

Published on July 21, 2021
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Final Fantasy XIV Devs Working Hard To Improve Server Issues Caused By Huge Influx Of Players

It’s not often we see an MMORPG developer experience a serious influx of new players some eight years after their game launched, but that’s just what we’re seeing happen right now with Square Enix and Final Fantasy XIV. Out of nowhere, the company has suddenly had to expedite certain decisions, and quickly…..

Published on July 20, 2021
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Microsoft Will Bring DirectStorage To Windows 10 – But With Caveats

It’s not often the latest generation of consoles bring forth cool features that are not even available on PC, but the super-fast SSD technologies found on the likes of the PlayStation 5 are basically jaw-dropping. Games like Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart leverage improved I/O technologies to speed up level loads, allowing…..

Published on July 20, 2021
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Adobe Rolls Out Notable Updates To Premiere Pro, After Effects & Character Animator

If you use either Adobe’s Premiere Pro, After Effects, or Character Animator, it’s well worth loading up the Creative Cloud app and snagging the latest updates right away. Some enhancements shipped with the latest builds improve workflow, while others offer brand-new functionality that can help you enhance your content without much extra…..

Published on July 20, 2021
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NVIDIA Brings Its RTX Tech To Linux On Arm

When NVIDIA sets out to acquire a company, it doesn’t seem to waste any time to start producing custom product with the new IP access. After the company announced its plans to acquire Arm last fall, the company announced a full-fledged Arm-based supercomputer called Grace this past spring. Arm in the enterprise…..

Published on July 20, 2021
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F1 2021 Performance At 1080p, 1440p, Ultrawide & 4K

Codemasters has just released F1 2021, and for the first time in the series, ray tracing features are offered. For that and other reasons, we decided to dive into a look at both the technical and performance aspects of the game, with plenty of benchmark results to be had at four resolutions with current generation GeForces and Radeons.

Published on July 19, 2021
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Valve Announces Steam Deck Handheld, Equipped With AMD APU & NVMe Storage

Rumors of a portable Steam device have been floating around for a while, but with it being such a difficult market to break into, we were holding back our thoughts until Valve made an announcement – if it ever would. Well, today, we learn that the company has in fact been working…..

Published on July 15, 2021
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OnePlus Found To Be Throttling Performance Of Some Apps On OnePlus 9 Pro

When a phone vendor tries to sell you on the standout features of its latest offerings, performance is usually one of the first things discussed. With promises of huge performance, users generally expect that their new phone will run everything faster than their old one. Just how happy do you think a…..

Published on July 13, 2021
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Latest Red Dead Redemption 2 Update Introduces NVIDIA DLSS Support

Rockstar has just released the latest update to its popular Red Dead Online, with new content called Blood Money. Along with this update, the long-anticipated introduction of NVIDIA’s DLSS has finally happened, and as you’d expect, it brings some pretty hefty performance uplifts – and thankfully so, since this is a game…..

Published on July 13, 2021
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Blender 2.93 Rendering & Viewport Performance: Best CPUs & GPUs

With the release of Blender 2.93, the 2.X era comes to an end. Considering Blender 2.0 released in August 2000, you could say that this moment is a bit special. It’d be a true understatement to say that the software has come a long way in all of that time, so let’s honor the final major 2.X release with some in-depth rendering and viewport benchmarking, shall we?

Published on July 7, 2021
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Backporting New NVIDIA DLSS DLLs To Older DLSS Games Can Provide An Immediate Improvement

As more games featuring support for NVIDIA’s DLSS (deep-learning super-sampling) roll out, the technology continues to get even better. That’s always been pretty obvious, but when Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege received its DLSS update not too long ago, the fact that you are able to take the latest DLSS DLL file…..

Published on July 2, 2021
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Windows 11: Key Things To Know

When we updated our test machines with Windows 10 21H1 a couple of months ago, we had no idea that the next time we did a major update, we’d be seeing Windows 11. This is an OS that has really come out of nowhere, unless you count the incredible number of leaks…..

Published on June 25, 2021
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Mid-2021 GPU Rendering Performance: Arnold, Blender, KeyShot, LuxCoreRender, Octane, Radeon ProRender, Redshift & V-Ray

It’s been six months since we’ve last taken an in-depth look at GPU rendering performance, and with NVIDIA having just released two new GPUs, we felt now was a great time to get up-to-date. With AMD’s and NVIDIA’s current-get stack in-hand, along with a few legends of the past, we’re going to investigate rendering performance in Blender, Octane, Redshift, V-Ray, and more.

Published on June 25, 2021
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AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution Feature Launches Today, With Initial Support For 7 Games

The moment many PC gaming fans have been waiting for has arrived: AMD has just released the first iteration of Super Resolution, the latest feature to join others under the FidelityFX umbrella. When FSR was first announced a few weeks ago, it wasn’t immediately clear if anyone outside of AMD would actually…..

Published on June 22, 2021
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