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PowerColor Reveals All There Is To Know About AMD’s Radeon RX 590

Posted on November 13, 2018 4:20 PM by Rob Williams
PowerColor Radeon RX 590

AMD’s Radeon RX 590 has been rumored for quite a while, and with PowerColor having posted a page that reveals the release date to be November 15, it seems very likely that we’re soon to be greeted by the new Radeon. In its press release, PowerColor says the RX 590 offers a…..

NVIDIA Announces Fourth Turing Quadro Workstation GPU: RTX 4000

Posted on November 13, 2018 9:50 AM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 Workstation Graphics Card

NVIDIA has taken advantage of the ongoing Autodesk University in Las Vegas to launch its fourth Turing-based Quadro: the 8GB RTX 4000. This is a GPU many have been undoubtedly waiting for, as the 4000 series Quadros typically offer some of the best bang for the buck – and in this continued case,…..

AMD Drops Hint About Future Microsoft DXR Ray Tracing Support On Radeon

Posted on November 12, 2018 3:40 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100 02

When NVIDIA unveiled its GeForce Turing series, many began to wonder what its special RTX features meant for the competition. On the pro side, RTX allows designers to take advantage of things like accelerated ray tracing and deep-learning assisted denoising, and on the gaming side, it allows scaled-back real-time ray tracing in…..

RPCS3 PlayStation 3 Emulator Can Now Run Skate At 4K 60 FPS

Posted on November 8, 2018 4:45 PM by Rob Williams
Skate on RPCS3 PlayStation 3 Emulator

As a fan of video game console emulation, I’m embarrassed to have missed the fact that there has been a fully working PlayStation 3 emulator for some time. It’s called RPCS3, and it doesn’t only support over 1,000 different titles, it’s also free and open-source. It’s even available for Linux (but no…..

NVIDIA’s Battlefield V Game Ready Driver Brings Optimizations, Bug Fixes For GeForce Turing

Posted on November 8, 2018 3:55 PM by Rob Williams
Battlefield V

NVIDIA’s Turing-based GeForce RTX cards are fast, but their launch hasn’t been completely smooth. That’s ignoring the RTX ecosystem of features we can’t even use yet. Fortunately, though, most of the issues anyone has been facing can be fixed in software, and the new GeForce 416.81 Game Ready driver is tackling some…..

Intel’s Cascade Lake-AP Xeon To Bring 48 Cores & 12 Channel Memory In A Multi-Chip Package

Posted on November 5, 2018 5:10 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Xeon-Platinum-Badge

Intel has released tidbits of information regarding its next generation server architecture, Cascade Lake, for a few months. It builds off of the Xeon Scalable Skylake family, with most of its focus on security and compute. However, there are now going to be two Cascade Lake families, with the latest to be…..

Destiny 2 Free For Limited Time To Celebrate Series’ First Year On PC

Posted on November 2, 2018 4:40 PM by Rob Williams
Destiny 2 Free Copy Thumb

Upon hitting the first anniversary of Destiny on PC, Bungie apparently found itself feeling a bit generous. Or, a lot generous. Until November 18, anyone who’s never journeyed into the world of Destiny 2 on PC will be able to claim a free copy of the game. Unsurprisingly, this free copy withholds the most recent…..

Corsair Releases High-end H100i & H115i RGB Platinum AIO Coolers

Posted on November 2, 2018 11:57 AM by Rob Williams
Corsair H115i RGB Platinum

Just when you thought Corsair couldn’t possibly fit more models into its all-in-one cooler lineup, it’s gone ahead and done just that. The new “Platinum” variant is for those who don’t want to compromise on anything – cooling ability, and features. And if those “features” include “bling”, the Platinum series has definitely…..

Chaos Group Takes Over V-Ray for Cinema 4D Development

Posted on November 2, 2018 10:49 AM by Rob Williams
Daniel Sian - Robots - V-Ray for Cinema 4D

V-Ray for Cinema 4D has long been made available by a third-party, not the renderer’s principle developer, Chaos Group. So, it’d be understandable if you thought CG didn’t think enough of C4D to make its own magic happen. Well, it could be that the company has heard these murmurs, because it’s announced…..

Benchmark All The Things: SPECwpc Releases SPECworkstation 3

Posted on November 1, 2018 12:00 PM by Rob Williams
SPECwpc 3

Almost exactly five years ago, the folks at SPEC released SPECwpc, a benchmark suite catering to the wonderful world of workstation. Since then, the suite has been iterated on a number of times, and with the latest, it has been given a name-change: SPECworkstation 3. “SPECwpc” isn’t disappearing, though, since it’s the…..

Cooler Master Using Kickstarter? The Analog ControlPad Using Aimpad Tech

Posted on October 30, 2018 6:35 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Cooler Master ControlPad Keypad Backlight

We don’t report on Kickstarter projects very often, despite the hundreds of emails we get about them each day. The ones we do report on don’t usually have happy endings. However, this time around, this particular Kickstarter caught our attention because of the company that set it up: Cooler Master. This isn’t…..

Samsung Begins Selling 512GB EVO Plus microSD Card, Priced At Over $300 USD

Posted on October 30, 2018 11:40 AM by Rob Williams
Samsung 512GB EVO Plus U3 SDXC microSD Memory Card

When Samsung released its Galaxy Note 9, the company offered support for microSD cards up to 512GB in size. We’re used to seeing those kinds of numbers thrown around, and often, we can’t even acquire that kind of spec’d product if we tried – even through importing. Well, importing might now be…..

AMD Releases 12 & 24-Core Ryzen Threadrippers: 2920X & 2970WX

Posted on October 29, 2018 2:57 PM by Jamie Fletcher
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX In Its Protective Case

Following up on the August launch of the very well received 2nd generation AMD Ryzen Threadrippers, AMD is now releasing the odd-sized core count chips to fill in the gaps between its 8-core Ryzen CPUs, and the 32-core behemoth that is the 2990WX Threadripper. The 2920X is the 12-core 24-thread, more budget…..

OnePlus Announces 6T Flagship Smartphone And T-Mobile Support

Posted on October 29, 2018 1:23 PM by Rob Williams
OnePlus 6T Under Screen Finger Print Reader Thumb

At an event held in New York City earlier today, OnePlus rolled out its follow-up to the OnePlus 6, called 6T. It’s rare for a phone to get through to a launch date with minimal leaks, but that was one situation not enjoyed by OnePlus for the 6T. I am honestly not…..

Cooler Master Updates The Hyper 212 With Black Edition & RGB

Posted on October 26, 2018 6:30 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black

The original Hyper 212 from Cooler Master was released all the way back in 2007, and has remained one of the most popular after-market CPU coolers, even to this day. It’s had numerous tweaks and updates over the years, but has remained one of the most price competitive coolers on the market,…..

Corsair Launches K70 RGB MK.2 Mechanical Keyboards With Low-Profile CHERRY MX Switches

Posted on October 25, 2018 9:14 PM by Rob Williams
Corsair K70 RGB MK2 Low-Profile Mechanical Keyboard - RGB Keys

Corsair’s K70 RGB MK.2 mechanical keyboard has become well-regarded for its feature set, its design, and also its durability. Now, that same plank gets a low-profile infusion, thanks to CHERRY and its MX Speed and Red low-profile switches. I am in the middle of testing the Speed version of this keyboard, and…..

Microsoft CEO Confirms That Xbox Game Pass Will Come To PC

Posted on October 25, 2018 7:19 AM by Rob Williams
Xbox Game Pass

There’s no shortage of subscription gaming services out there, but Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass looks to be one of the better ones for the money. Well, it will be if what company CEO Satya Nadella uttered during a financial call proves true: that the PC will gain Game Pass support in the…..

Dell Refreshes Rugged Notebook Range With 1000-nit Displays, USB-C, & Dual Hot-Swap Batteries

Posted on October 24, 2018 3:47 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Dell Full Rugged Family photo

Everyone secretly wants an indestructible laptop, but there are circumstances where they are a requirement – thing is, actually making them is extremely tough. Dell’s Rugged range are not new, but are a long-running product line meant to live up to the expectations of some very hard work conditions. Rugged laptops, generally…..

Logitech’s New Capture Software Takes The Pain Out Of Webcam Configuration

Posted on October 24, 2018 11:49 AM by Rob Williams
Logi Capture - BRIO Configuration

Logitech has been making webcams for as long as I can remember, and the more I think about it, the company has been a constant for me ever since I was a kid. If I had a webcam at any point in my life, it was Logitech. I even have a Logitech…..

Rift & ArcheAge Developer Trion Worlds Sold, Suffers Huge Layoffs

Posted on October 23, 2018 1:30 PM by Rob Williams
Trion Worlds Defiance

After spending twelve years as an independent game developer, Trion Worlds has been acquired by Gamigo, a company which seemingly focuses only on free-to-play games. The free-to-play aspect of this acquisition makes sense, since F2P has been Trion’s modus operandi for the past five years or so. This acquisition hits me as…..

Oculus Cancels Development Of “Rift 2”, But That Doesn’t Mean Much

Posted on October 23, 2018 12:15 PM by Rob Williams
Oculus Rift

For virtual reality fans, news last week of the cancellation of a “Rift 2” from Oculus might have come as a bit of a shock. After all, Oculus was arguably the reason VR started to gain real traction, spearheading companies like HTC to move on in and deliver market-leading solutions. It’d be unfortunate…..

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 675 Set To Accelerate Gaming, AI & Camera For Mainstream Devices

Posted on October 23, 2018 11:00 AM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm Snapdragon 675

It’s fun to talk about the latest high-end hardware all of the time, but the (obvious) fact of the matter is, the majority of users are not going to be using that high-end hardware. Instead, most people are going to opt for a middle-of-the-road option, one that doesn’t break the bank, but…..

Still Not Sure How To Benchmark? AMD Has Your Set Of Testing Guidelines

Posted on October 21, 2018 1:57 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX Installed Thumb

Before the weekend hit, AMD shot over some slides that discuss its thoughts on the recent Intel + Principled Technologies performance debacle. I saw some AMD employees make comments on the matter after it happened, but it didn’t seem like the company was going to offer an official statement until now. I’ll…..

Black Ops 4 Retail Server Performance Doesn’t Match That Of Beta

Posted on October 21, 2018 1:16 PM by Rob Williams
Bullet Update Rates In Online Games via BattleNonSense

It’s been just over a week since Black Ops 4 released, and so far, first impressions around the web seem to be good. Many fans of previous Call of Duty titles have claimed that the series is “all about the multi-player”, and Treyarch certainly proved it with BLOPS 4, which revolves almost…..

Intel Launches First 9th-gen Core Desktop Processors: i9-9900K, i7-9700K & i5-9600K

Posted on October 19, 2018 11:04 AM by Rob Williams
Intel Core i9-9900K Packaging

A couple of weeks ago, Intel took the veil off of its ninth-gen Core series. At the forefront, that included the Core i9-9900K, an eight-core chip bound for the mainstream Z390 platform. With it comes the market’s highest Turbo clocks, and sixteen threads to help tear through some serious workloads. As lightly…..

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