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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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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
Redshift Logo

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
NVIDIA Driver Designation (Studio)

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
V-Ray 5 Scene Thumbnail - Credit Toni Bratincevic

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
AMD Zen 2 Ryzen 3 Packaging

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
Windows Subsystem in Linux - DirectML GPU Acceleration Support

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
AMD Ryzen Threadripper Third-gen Close-up

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
V-Ray 5 Scene Thumbnail - Credit Toni Bratincevic

AMD Intros Clock-bumped Ryzen XT Models, StoreMI Updates & A520 Chipset

Brand-new “XT” series Ryzen CPUs have been lingering around the rumor mill for a little while, and lo and behold, today, they’ve become official. With today’s launch, AMD introduces the Ryzen 5 3600XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 9 3900XT. All of these chips adhere to the same price-points as their original…..

Published on June 16, 2020
AMD Ryzen Stylized

AMD Releases Radeon Pro 5600M For Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro

AMD has just announced a new Radeon Pro option for Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro, and for a variety of reasons, it’s an interesting release. As far as we can tell, the new Radeon Pro 5600M is the de facto fastest mobile option of the entire MacBook lineup, with 40 compute units and…..

Published on June 15, 2020
Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch Model)

A Look At Corsair’s A500 Dual-fan Air Cooler

Corsair surprised us earlier this year when it released a new air cooler: the dual-fan A500. From the get-go, the cooler gave us reason to be intrigued, with its ease-of-installation, adjustable (and easily removable) fans, and a clean aesthetic that takes the rare route of foregoing RGB. Let’s see how it cools our Core i9-9900KS!

Published on June 15, 2020
Corsair A500 Dual-fan Cooler

NVIDIA Bumps NVENC Stream Limit On GeForce From Two To Three

Here’s something a bit out of left field. It seems that NVIDIA has quietly increased the NVENC concurrent sessions limit from two to three across a range of GeForce cards, adding a bit more flexibility for those who use their GPU’s encoder to improve efficiency. Naturally, the previous limit of two streams…..

Published on June 15, 2020
NVENC Support Matrix

Blender 2.83: Best CPUs & GPUs For Rendering & Viewport

To greet the launch of the Blender 2.83 release, we loaded up our test rigs to generate fresh performance numbers. For rendering, we’re going to pore over CPU, GPU, CPU and GPU, and NVIDIA’s OptiX. For good measure, we’ll also look at viewport frame rates, and the impact of tile sizes with Cycles GPU rendering.

Published on June 8, 2020
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Linux Kernel 5.7 Released, Adds exFAT Improvements & Support For Intel’s Tiger Lake Platform

Just in time for the new month, the latest version of the Linux kernel has dropped. The 5.7 kernel is pretty beefy overall, and brings quite a good number of interesting additions and enhancements. We’re going to cover some basics here, but if you want to really jump into the deep-end, you…..

Published on June 1, 2020
Linux Kernel 5.7

Taking A Tour Of NVIDIA’s Quadro Experience Desktop Software

After spending a lot of time in beta, NVIDIA has just released the first public version of its Quadro Experience desktop software. As with GeForce Experience, users will have access to robust recording and streaming features, automated per-application optimizations, and access to NVIDIA’s gaming features, like Ansel and Freestyle.

Published on May 27, 2020
NVIDIA Quadro Experience

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