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MAXON Releases Cinebench R20, Enhances CPU Test, Drops GPU Test

Posted on March 5, 2019 6:02 PM by Rob Williams
Cinebench R20

For many years, MAXON’s Cinebench has been a much-loved benchmark for generating super-quick (relatively) performance results for single- and multi-thread CPU tests, as well as an OpenGL GPU test. With Cinema 4D R20 having released at last summer’s SIGGRAPH, it became clearer than ever that the standalone Cinebench benchmark needed an update.…..

Battery-Life And Applications Tests Coming To PCMark 10 In Near Future

Posted on February 26, 2019 9:38 AM by Rob Williams

The folks over at UL have announced that a new iteration of PCMark 10 is coming, and will introduce two long-awaited tests: battery-life, and applications. On the battery-life side, this means that PCMark 10 will finally be able to fully replace PCMark 8 for those who were sticking to it for that…..

AMD’s 19.2.3 Radeon Driver Supports Ryzen Mobile, Fixes Radeon VII Fan Speed Bug

Posted on February 25, 2019 5:27 PM by Rob Williams

At CES, AMD pleased Ryzen mobile fans the world over when it announced that it would be handling GPU driver releases going forward. That fixes a rather annoying problem of users having to wait months for an official driver update to be provided by the notebook vendor – a genuinely pathetic problem…..

SanDisk And Micron Introduce Beefy 1TB microSD Cards

Posted on February 25, 2019 2:58 PM by Rob Williams

It’s hard to believe just how fast technology moves sometimes. At the end of January, we learned from Samsung that 1TB smartphones were coming, thanks to its new 16-layer 512Gb V-NAND. As we saw last week, the smartphone giant wasted no time putting that 1TB V-NAND into a phone, as the Galaxy…..

Qualcomm’s Quick Charge Tech Expands To Wireless

Posted on February 25, 2019 10:09 AM by Rob Williams

With each new Quick Charge iteration, Qualcomm promises that we’ll be waiting for even less time while our phones charge. But what about those folks who would love to take better advantage of wireless charging? It’s the new hotness, and yet Quick Charge hasn’t catered to it. Until now, of course. Qualcomm…..

Corsair Releases First CAPELLIX LED Memory Kit: DOMINATOR Platinum RGB

Posted on February 21, 2019 12:05 PM by Rob Williams
Corsair DOMINATOR Platinum RGB Memory - Vaporwave Colors

Corsair had a lot to show off at last month’s CES, but one of the products that was undeniably eye-catching was the new DOMINATOR Platinum RGB memory, featuring the company’s CAPELLIX LEDs. These LEDs are not only able to run brighter at equal power compared to current solutions, a lot more LEDs…..

Intel Wants You To Join Its Graphics “Odyssey” To Improve Community Feedback

Posted on February 20, 2019 5:14 PM by Rob Williams
Join the Odyssey Thumb

Intel is the leader in desktop graphics thanks to the inclusion of an integrated graphics processor on most of its mainstream offerings. The discrete GPU side of things has been a little more tumultuous for the company, however. We were at IDF in 2009 when Larrabee was announced, a graphics card that…..

Arm Amps-up Its Server Push With Neoverse N1 And E1 Platforms

Posted on February 20, 2019 3:52 PM by Rob Williams
Arm Neoverse Servers

As it stands today, Arm dominates the mobile chip landscape. Its architectures are found in most of the world’s smartphones, with heavy-hitters Qualcomm using them in its Snapdragon processors, and Apple in its A-series. Given the permeation of Arm in mobile, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that mobile…..

Ahead Of 5G Smartphone Rollout, Qualcomm Announces An Even Better 5G Modem

Posted on February 19, 2019 11:26 AM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G Badge

Over the past year, Qualcomm and its partners have given us plenty of reasons why the upcoming 5G rollout is worth getting excited over. Many of the performance claims have been undoubtedly impressive. In effect, it seems like we’ll be getting more performance than we even “need”, which means there should be…..

Trials Rising To Support Cross-platform Profiles, Tracks & Leaderboards

Posted on February 19, 2019 10:57 AM by Rob Williams
Trials Rising - Multiplayer

This week, Rocket League gets bolstered cross-play capabilities by allowing friends on different platforms to team up. Being able to play against others on different platforms has existed for a while in RL, but with the ability to team up with friends on another platform, another major caveat of cross-play gaming gets…..

Synology Releases 5-bay DS1019+ NAS, Sports NVMe Slots And 8GB Of Memory

Posted on February 15, 2019 11:52 AM by Rob Williams
Synology DS1019+ 5-bay NAS

Those looking for a new five-bay NAS would do well to check out Synology’s newest DiskStation, the DS1019+. This new NAS replaces the DS1517+, and offers five bays as well as a quad-core CPU and 8GB 4GB of memory as standard. It also includes dual M.2 slots for super-fast SSD access, and…..

NVIDIA And Dassault Systèmes Tease ‘RTX On’ Features Coming To SolidWorks

Posted on February 11, 2019 9:33 PM by Rob Williams
SolidWorks 2019 - RealView With NVIDIA Quadro RTX

At the ongoing SOLIDWORKS World 2019, NVIDIA, along with a number of partners, rolled out a slew of Quadro RTX workstations. As you might expect, given the location, these workstations are perfectly suited for SolidWorks use, allowing users to edit inside of a fluid viewport in SW, and then render or animate…..

AMD’s Radeon VII Is Not Receiving Radeon Pro Driver Optimizations

Posted on February 11, 2019 8:54 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon Pro WX 8200 and Radeon VII Thumb

With three articles on launch day, we can honestly say that Radeon VII’s launch has kept us busy. What’s been most exhausting, though, has been keeping track of details. I can’t remember the last time there was so much miscommunication surrounding a new GPU launch, and it seems like nothing is stopping…..

AMD Releases Its First Radeon Pro Enterprise Driver of 2019

Posted on February 11, 2019 11:13 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon Pro Enterprise 19Q1 Driver - Performance Uptake

Just in time for SOLIDWORKS World in Dallas, Texas, AMD has released its latest Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise driver, which among many things improves performance in Dassault Systèmes’ flagship design suite. According to AMD, the 19.Q1 driver represents a 46% performance increase in SolidWorks, over last year’s 18.Q1 driver. Similarly, a…..

Battlefield V’s DRM Is Infuriating To Gamers, But Especially To Benchmarkers

Posted on February 5, 2019 9:42 AM by Rob Williams
Origin - Battlefield V

DRM is one of the worst plagues to hit ever hit consumer goods. To purchase a product and be locked out of it due to draconian DRM is, to me, inexcusable. It was BS when S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky had a five-time activation limit, and it was likewise BS when the much-hyped Spore…..

For Better Or For Worse, Epic’s Game Store Is Stirring Up The PC Game Market

Posted on February 1, 2019 8:06 PM by Rob Williams
Epic Games Store

Last week, publisher Deep Silver made the interesting announcement that it would be moving Metro Exodus from Steam and other platforms to become an exclusive at Epic Games Store. For gamers, this move generally works out well because there is a cost savings of $10, but it of course comes at the…..

Intel Names Bob Swan As Its Permanent CEO

Posted on January 31, 2019 11:16 AM by Rob Williams
Intel CEO Bob Swan

Following months of anticipation and uncertainty, Intel has today named interim CEO Bob Swan as the company’s new full-time CEO. The move isn’t going to change too much for Swan, but it finally adds some stability to the company to help it move forward more effectively, and efficiently. Admittedly, the fact that…..

Samsung Announces 1TB eUFS 2.1 Flash Storage For Future Smartphones

Posted on January 30, 2019 12:10 PM by Rob Williams
Samsung 1TB eUFS Memory

For many, smartphones have largely replaced desktops and notebooks, because they can get everything they need to get done right on that little screen. If you’re someone who fits into that mold, your hunger for more storage likely never goes away. Currently, the top storage device you can get today is 512GB,…..

G.SKILL Releases 192GB Memory Kit To Complement Intel’s Xeon W-3175X

Posted on January 30, 2019 11:20 AM by Rob Williams
GSKILL Trident Z Royal Hexa-Channel Memory

Intel’s new 28-core Xeon W-3175X is a beast of a processor. It’s a chip that’s meant for the most serious of workloads, and that means lots of memory would be helpful. Leave it to G.SKILL to give us an absolute lust-worthy memory kit on day 1, with its beautiful Trident Z Royal…..

Intel Launches Its 28-core Xeon W-3175X HEDT Processor

Posted on January 30, 2019 10:39 AM by Rob Williams

At last summer’s Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, Intel teased its 28-core Xeon W processor that would cater to enthusiasts instead of the server market. With as much time as we’ve been waiting for this chip to become a reality, no one could blame you if you thought it’d never see the light of…..

Deep Silver Moves Metro Exodus From Steam To Epic Games Store, Saves Gamers $10

Posted on January 28, 2019 4:11 PM by Rob Williams
Metro Exodus

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote that Valve would be infusing Steam with some machine-learning. The goal is to improve the relevancy of the games you’re recommended, which is pretty important if you’re the type to browse stores to see what’s out there. Ultimately, Steam recently touted the many ways Steam…..

Corsair Will Light Up The Division 2 With iCUE Integration

Posted on January 25, 2019 11:54 AM by Rob Williams
Tom Clancy's The Division 2

With the release of Far Cry 5 under a year ago, Corsair introduced an ability with its iCUE software to allow a game to instantly adjust RGB lighting depending on the situation in a game. In FC5, the main menu would light up a PC in red, white, and blue, a tie-in to…..

Intel Announces $199 RealSense Camera For Use With Drones, Robots, AR/VR

Posted on January 24, 2019 10:43 AM by Rob Williams
The Intel RealSense Tracking Camera T265 is a new class of stand

For as often as Intel talks about its RealSense camera technology, it hasn’t seemed to catch on as much as it probably should have by now. Initially, that was definitely due to cost, but over the years, costs have come down, and the tech has only gotten better. This week, the company…..

12-core Ryzen Desktop CPU Appears In Benchmark Database

Posted on January 24, 2019 10:08 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Second-gen Ryzen 7 Box

At CES, AMD laid the groundwork for what’s to launch throughout 2019, which at the forefront includes the third-generation Ryzen series, dubbed the 3000-series. That will be followed by EPYC 2, and both platforms will support the latest features users crave, as well as some new ones, such as PCIe 4.0 (which…..

NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Rumored To Launch On February 15

Posted on January 24, 2019 9:31 AM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA GTX Turing Private Event

Earlier this week, we reported on a leak which suggested NVIDIA could have a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti en route, despite how nonsensical the name seems to be, given what we’ve known of NVIDIA’s naming schemes up to this point. Nonetheless, the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark result seemed awfully convincing. Last…..

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