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Qualcomm Announces Newest 7-series SoC: Snapdragon 778G 5G

Posted on May 19, 2021 12:25 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G Mobile Platform

Qualcomm has been busy the past few months (or even year) with new Snapdragon releases, and it appears that nothing is about to slow the company down. Just a couple of months ago, the company introduced the Snapdragon 780G, another SoC targeted at delivering a high-end feature set, including 5G, at a…..

NVIDIA To Limit Crypto Hashing Rate Of Newly Manufactured RTX 3080, RTX 3070 & RTX 3060 Ti

Posted on May 18, 2021 4:20 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070

Ahead of the launch of NVIDIA’s most recent Ampere-based GeForce, RTX 3060, the company said that due to a hash limiter put in place, the GPU wouldn’t be desirable to cryptocurrency miners. The goal was likely obvious from the get-go: NVIDIA wanted more of its gaming-focused GPUs to – you know –…..

Ubisoft Details Its Many Plans For The Division Series, Including New Free-to-play & Mobile Titles

Posted on May 6, 2021 4:48 PM by Rob Williams
The Division 2

For fans of The Division series, there’s a lot of new information to digest – and it seems to be all good stuff. If you’re an avid The Division 2 player, you don’t have much to worry about, as that game is continuing to get support, with plans to release new content…..

Kingston Ships First Overclockable DDR5 Memory To Motherboard Partners

Posted on May 6, 2021 4:00 PM by Rob Williams
Kingston DDR5 Memory Module

The PC hardware industry sees regular releases of new and updated components, such as CPUs, GPUs, and so forth, but it’s not too often we can greet the release of a brand-new memory architecture that we’ll all be using on our future PCs. DDR4 released in 2014, although it didn’t start to…..

NVIDIA GeForce 466.27 Driver Adds Reflex To Rust, Optimizes Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition

Posted on May 6, 2021 3:15 PM by Rob Williams
Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition - Ray Tracing

If you’re an NVIDIA user playing either Rust or Metro Exodus, you’ll want to quickly go fetch the brand-new 466.27 GeForce driver which enhances performance and features in both. On the Rust side, NVIDIA’s low-latency Reflex technology has been deployed, with the company promising improvements of up to 38%. Whether Reflex will…..

Microsoft Rolls Out Xbox FPS Boost Update To Support Nearly 100 Games

Posted on May 3, 2021 4:17 PM by Rob Williams
Star Wars Battlefront II

For a number of reasons, PC gamers have a few advantages versus their console friends, such as being able to scale the level of performance a gaming rig has, from modest to overkill. When games like Crysis release, and require top-end CPUs and GPUs to deliver great frame rates, there’s always the…..

UL Releases Wild Life Extreme 3DMark Test To Expand Mobile Performance Testing

Posted on May 3, 2021 3:39 PM by Rob Williams
UL Wild Life Extreme Differences

Last fall, the folks at UL Benchmarks released a new Wild Life test which catered its performance testing to mobiles – notebooks, phones, and even Windows notebooks. Today, the company has released an update to 3DMark which releases Wild Life Extreme, a test with even beefier settings to better test more high-performance…..

Intel To Invest $3.5 Billion Into Its Rio Rancho Campus, With Eyes On Foveros

Posted on May 3, 2021 3:13 PM by Rob Williams
Intel New Mexico Rio Rancho Campus

Not even a month-and-a-half ago, Intel announced that it’d be using a $20 billion investment to upgrade some of its fabs, and launch a foundry business that would allow other vendors to take advantage of its technologies to get their products built. Given the ongoing global chip shortage, it’s nearly impossible to…..

Blender Developers Divulge 2021 Roadmap, Cycles Renderer Overhaul

Posted on April 26, 2021 4:00 PM by Rob Williams
Blender - Pose Library

Since the release of Blender 2.80, development of the popular open-source design software has been supercharged. With that particular release, much of the industry seemed to finally catch on that Blender is a full-featured tool that is worth supporting, with the likes of AMD, NVIDIA, Epic, and others helping to accelerate development…..

NVIDIA’s DLSS Added To CoD: Warzone, Naraka: Bladepoint & Mortal Shell

Posted on April 22, 2021 3:30 PM by Rob Williams
Call of Duty Warzone

A new update has just landed for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone to enable performance boosts with the help of NVIDIA’s DLSS. As usual, use of NVIDIA’s AI upscaler will require an RTX-equipped graphics card, with even low-end models able to see large performance boosts. DLSS in…..

Greyscalegorilla Launches Plus Service To Accelerate Your Cinema 4D Workflows

Posted on April 22, 2021 2:00 PM by Rob Williams
Greyscalegorilla - Lighting Plugin

Out-of-the-box, Maxon packs a ton of functionality into its Cinema 4D design suite, including plenty of assets to help you get started with your scene. But, like most other design software options, there’s always room to expand and augment your overall experience and workflow to help you not just get work done…..

NVIDIA’s DLSS To Gain Native Support In Unity With 2021.2 Release Later This Year

Posted on April 15, 2021 2:40 PM by Rob Williams
LEGO Builder's Journey

Since the release of NVIDIA’s DLSS (deep-learning super-sampling) in 2018, the company has been adamant about the fact that the technology is easy to integrate into most games. Despite that, up until recently, every developer has had to work with NVIDIA in some capacity to get DLSS fully implemented, because the tech…..

AMD’s Ryzen 5000 G-series Introduces Zen 3 To APUs

Posted on April 14, 2021 5:00 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen 5000 Series - Promo Shot 1

Considering the fact that it’s only April, it’s impressive how much movement there’s been in the CPU market lately. That’s especially true for the high-end and business crowd. AMD and Intel both ushered in their latest server platforms, with EPYC’s Milan, and Xeon Scalable’s Ice Lake. AMD also released other PRO variants,…..

Maxon Overhauls Corporate Identity, Releases Major Updates Of C4D & Redshift

Posted on April 14, 2021 1:15 PM by Rob Williams
Maxon - 2021 Corporate Identity

Maxon has made a number of big moves the past few years, what with the acquisition of Red Giant and Redshift, and also the infusion of subscription-based models into its products. This week, the company takes another step forward, unveiling a corporate overhaul, as well as new major versions of some of…..

NVIDIA Officially Launches Omniverse Enterprise Platform At GTC 2021

Posted on April 14, 2021 11:25 AM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA Omniverse - BMW AI Factory

NVIDIA unveiled its Omniverse platform at GTC in 2019, and since then, the company’s iterated on what it can do, bringing it closer and closer to an official launch. Following a beta cycle that lasted a few months, NVIDIA seems confident that its Omniverse platform is finally ready for the enterprise, and…..

NVIDIA Announces Grace, An Upcoming Arm-based Data Center CPU

Posted on April 13, 2021 3:25 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA Grace Arm-based CPU For The Data Center

When NVIDIA announced its plans to acquire Arm, it became obvious that the company had plans to take much fuller advantage of the company’s technologies, and perhaps even release its own CPU. Well, at the ongoing GTC 2021, NVIDIA announced that very thing. It’s called Grace (named after programming pioneer Grace Hopper),…..

Adobe Improves Premiere Pro QuickSync Encoding, Adds Apple M1 Support To Premiere Rush

Posted on April 13, 2021 9:00 AM by Rob Williams
Adobe Premiere Pro - Dynamic Lumetri Presets

Adobe has been in the routine lately of releasing new builds of its Premiere products every month, and the latest rollout is notable for a few reasons. While Adobe may prefer to focus on Apple M1 SoC support being added to its Premiere Rush tool, we can’t help but think the improvements…..

NVIDIA Launches New Workstation, Mobile & Enterprise GPUs At GTC 2021

Posted on April 12, 2021 5:15 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA A5000 Workstation Graphics Card

NVIDIA’s latest GPU Technology Conference begins today, and to say the company has a lot to talk about is a true understatement. This may be the newsiest GTC that NVIDIA has ever had, making it difficult to figure out where to even begin. Well, given our love for the latest graphics tech,…..

Alienware Launches First AMD Notebook In 14 Years, With m15 Ryzen Edition R5

Posted on April 7, 2021 3:30 PM by Rob Williams
Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5 Gaming Notebook

Prior to the launch of AMD’s first Ryzen CPUs in 2017, no one knew what kind of impact they’d ultimately have. We vividly remember that launch, both because the product was good, and also because there were a fair number of platform issues out-of-the-gate. Fortunately, AMD got on top of those issues…..

Official Graphics Driver For Intel’s 11th-gen CPUs To Land In A ‘Few Weeks’

Posted on April 2, 2021 3:14 PM by Rob Williams
Intel Rocket Lake-S Desktop Packaging

6:30PM ET update: It appears that the driver will land much quicker than a ‘few weeks’. The latest is that it will drop this coming Monday. Earlier this week, Intel launched its 11th-gen CPUs, and to say it was a bit of a rough launch is an understatement. We’re still in the…..

TSMC To Spend $100 Billion Over Next Three Years To Expand Fab Capacity

Posted on April 1, 2021 2:14 PM by Rob Williams
TSMC's 5nm Producing Fab 18

With ongoing chip shortages plaguing companies and consumers alike, we’ve all been hoping that the situation would be improved sooner than later, and that the world’s largest fabs would move to expand. At this point, it seems incredibly unlikely that any efforts to expand would be regretted later, as chip demand doesn’t…..

Computex Cancels On-site 2021 Event, Will Hold Virtual Alternative Instead

Posted on April 1, 2021 1:30 PM by Rob Williams
Computex 2019 Press Conference

Here’s a quick reminder that the COVID-19 pandemic has been going on for far too long: on-site Computex has been canceled for the second time in a row. You might recall that last March, once the pandemic became well-known to the entire world, Mobile World Congress was the first trade show to…..

World Backup Day Is Your Reminder To Prevent Data Disasters

Posted on March 31, 2021 3:50 PM by Rob Williams

Today is World Backup Day, as it is every March 31st. It acts as an annual reminder to YOU that backing up your data is important, and shouldn’t be treated haphazardly. If you don’t take proper measures to protect your data, you can’t be surprised if you wake up one day and…..

NVIDIA Releases Feature-packed GeForce 465 Series Drivers For Linux & Windows

Posted on March 30, 2021 4:15 PM by Rob Williams
Outriders

It’s not often that NVIDIA releases both a Linux and Windows driver on the same day that bring their own notable changes, but the newly-released 465 versions do just that. On the Windows side, the new 465.89 driver adds NVIDIA Reflex low-latency technology to Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, with promises of…..

14nm Refined (Again): Intel Launches Its 11th-gen Core Processor Series

Posted on March 30, 2021 9:22 AM by Rob Williams
Intel Core Rocket Lake - Chip Shot Thumbnail

It’s been a fairly busy year so far for CPU launches, with AMD being responsible for the lion’s share up to this point. Intel’s beginning to make some big moves, however, starting today, with the official launch of its 11th-gen Core processors. While Intel targets many folks with its new series, gamers…..

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