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What To Expect From AMD’s Annual Radeon Software Update: Adrenalin 2019

Posted on December 13, 2018 9:01 AM by Jamie Fletcher
PowerPoint Presentation

AMD has started to get into a habit of releasing large feature updates to its software package at the end of each year, and this year is no different. Adrenalin 2019 introduces many new features that have been frequent requests from users, as well as some interesting extras along the way. These…..

Qualcomm Talks 5G On First Day Of Its 3rd Annual Snapdragon Tech Summit

Posted on December 4, 2018 4:00 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G Badge

At its third annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, held in Maui for the second year in a row, Qualcomm ushered in the “next decade” of mobile wireless. You might have noticed that each “G” (eg: 3G, 4G) lasts about a decade, so with 5G about to land, the mobile landscape is about to…..

PhysX Goes Open Source Under BSD License

Posted on December 4, 2018 9:54 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Nvidia physx official logo

With some more news after the TITAN RTX launch, NVIDIA has decided to release its physics modeling SDK, PhysX, under an open source BSD license, released on GitHub. This isn’t just the CPU engine, but also the GPU acceleration aspect as well. NVIDIA’s reasoning for this relates to its push for AI,…..

NVIDIA Announces TITAN RTX Graphics Card At $2499

Posted on December 3, 2018 11:16 PM by Jamie Fletcher
TITAN RTX T-Rex Crop

Dubbed the ‘T-Rex’ by NVIDIA, the TITAN RTX is the latest in the ray tracing focused RTX graphics cards to be announced. As is expected of a TITAN card, it’s a rather hefty GPU. Most of the performance specifications relate to its compute and ray tracing performance, rather than gaming, but needless…..

Qualcomm To Livestream Its 3rd Annual Snapdragon Tech Summit Next Week

Posted on November 28, 2018 12:00 PM by Rob Williams
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Qualcomm is going to be hosting its third-annual Snapdragon Tech Summit next week in Maui, Hawaii, and the company wants to make sure that anyone wanting information out of the event will be able to get it. The company is going the extra mile with the streams this year, offering them for…..

Valve Adds Frame-Smoothing Feature To SteamVR, Currently Works With HTC Vive Headsets And NVIDIA GPUs

Posted on November 28, 2018 10:52 AM by Rob Williams

Earlier this month, Valve released a SteamVR beta feature called Motion Smoothing. Its goal in life is to energize modest graphics cards to deliver a better gaming experience. When engaged, the feature locks the frame rate to 45 FPS on a 90Hz headset, making for a smoother experience overall, and one that…..

Samsung Introduces 860 QVO High-Capacity SATA Storage SSDs

Posted on November 27, 2018 4:20 PM by Robert Tanner
Samsung 860 QVO SSD

In a possible foreshadowing of things to come, Samsung is today introducing the 860 QVO SATA SSD series, in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities. These drives are intended to hit ultra-low price points and do double-duty as long-term data storage drives while offering many of the advantages of modern flash drives. Samsung…..

AMD Releases Ryzen 5 2600X And Ryzen 7 2700 With Wraith MAX Cooler In The Box

Posted on November 24, 2018 4:06 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen 7 MAX with Wraith Cooler

AMD has long been aggressive on CPU pricing, but with Ryzen, the value was greatly enhanced for some pretty obvious reasons (namely, the Zen architecture). The boosts in architectural performance wasn’t enough for AMD, so it decided to cough up some better-than-normal CPU coolers to include in the box. You’ll commonly find…..

Here Are The Best Black Friday PC Hardware Deals We Could Find

Posted on November 23, 2018 10:19 AM by Rob Williams
Corsair H100i v2 Cooler

Black Friday is here, and that means that retail looks like a madhouse, and etail servers are being given a great stress. As we did yesterday, we pored the web over today to find some of the best deals. We’re talking deals that actually have some substantial savings, not a meager cut…..

Some Early Deals Worth Checking Out Ahead Of Black Friday

Posted on November 22, 2018 4:04 PM by Rob Williams
PowerColor Radeon RX 580 (Red Devil Edition)

Like always, 2018’s Black Friday has become “Black Week”, with deal upon deal being unleashed before the official day hits – and that’s ignoring that we have Cyber Monday soon after. We don’t usually do too many deals posts, but it’s probably best that we start: if you want to directly support…..

A Fourth GeForce RTX Model Shows Up In The FFXV Benchmark Database: RTX 2060

Posted on November 22, 2018 11:15 AM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA GeForce RTX Logo Closeup

Final Fantasy XV‘s standalone Windows benchmark is an interesting beast. On one hand, it’s not a great benchmark. It has issues that should prevent people from even touching it, but, that only assumes that you are not simply looking to get an idea of what the game looks like. To test out…..

An AMD Ryzen 8-core CPU Could Grace The PlayStation 5

Posted on November 21, 2018 11:35 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Second-gen Ryzen 7 Box

For PC gamers, performance offered on the current crop of game consoles leaves a bit to be desired. While there are many games that run at 60 FPS, that high frame rate comes at the expense of graphics fidelity. Then we have games like Destiny 2, which should be 60 FPS, but…..

The Original Half-Life Released 20 Years Ago

Posted on November 19, 2018 12:45 PM by Rob Williams
Half-Life

You’re reading the title correctly: the original Half-Life released to PC exactly 20 years ago today. We’ve come a long way since then, and while the series seems to get absolutely no love from its creator anymore, it goes down as a true FPS classic, one that’s inspired many others to come…..

AMD Releases Its Q4 Enterprise Radeon Pro Driver, Welcomes ProRender To PTC Creo

Posted on November 15, 2018 9:03 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon Pro WX 8200

At last week’s Next Horizon7 event, AMD talked a lot about upcoming hardware, but software was hardly an afterthought. Following the event, there were breakout sessions where press and analysts could learn more about the nitty-gritty – especially when it comes to Radeon Pro, ProRender, the multiple Radeon drivers in constant development,…..

First NVIDIA RTX Content Arrives With Battlefield V & FFXV Benchmark

Posted on November 14, 2018 2:35 PM by Rob Williams
Battlefield V RTX Ray Tracing Thumbnail

The rollout of NVIDIA’s RTX features in gaming has lagged up to this point, thanks in large part to the fact that the DXR-supporting Windows 10 1809 build was pulled by Microsoft right after it released. That build was finally reinstated two days ago, so it sure didn’t take long for NVIDIA…..

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
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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…..

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