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AMD Bolsters Its Radeon GPU Lineup For Both Desktop And Mobile At CES 2022

Posted on January 4, 2022 2:05 PM by Rob Williams
MSI Radeon RX 6500 XT MECH 2X 4G Graphics Card (Thumbnail)

The latest CES has just kicked-off, and many companies have wasted no time in unveiling their latest wares, with an absolute deluge of announcements filling our inboxes today. This isn’t an ordinary CES in terms of how many people will show up in-person, but where products are concerned? There’s a lot to…..

ASUS Launches ProArt Studiobook 16-inch Notebooks For Mobile Creators

Posted on December 7, 2021 6:53 PM by Rob Williams
ASUS ProArt Studiobook - Angle View

Here at Techgage, we spend quite a bit of our time testing desktop hardware in creative workloads, but don’t cover notebooks quite as often as we’d like. Well, despite notebooks being completely portable, today’s mobile hardware is so powerful, that designing while on-the-go isn’t the dream that it once was. This week,…..

Qualcomm Announces Latest Flagship Mobile Platform: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Posted on November 30, 2021 10:20 PM by Rob Williams
Male hands holding smartphone with blank screen, playing video games

At the latest iteration of its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm has unveiled its ‘most advanced’ mobile platform: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Last week, the company let it become known that it would be shaking up the Snapdragon brand, effectively freshening it up with improved logos, typography, and even the naming. Snapdragon…..

NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3090 Ti With Super Fast GDDR6X Rumored To Release In January 2022

Posted on November 29, 2021 3:09 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 - Overview

This past June, we saw NVIDIA expand its current-gen Ampere GeForce series from five to seven models, thanks to the release of some Ti variants – 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti. Another Ti model, which has been rumored for quite some time, is the 3090 Ti – what could become a new…..

Intel Details Its ‘Long-Term Retention Lab’, Which Currently Houses Nearly 3,000 Platforms

Posted on November 29, 2021 2:29 PM by Rob Williams
At Intel’s Long-Term Retention Lab, state-of-the-art infrastru

Here at Techgage, we retain a handful of modern platforms for our testing and retesting purposes. Our benchmarking never ends after a launch review, as we always want to track how performance can improve over time, and of course introduce new workloads as they arise. While our key focus is on performance,…..

One Ambitious Modder Sets Out To Improve GTA: The Trilogy Definitive Edition Low-res Textures

Posted on November 26, 2021 3:15 PM by Rob Williams
Grand Theft Auto The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition (Vice City)

To say the launch of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition was rough would be a gross understatement. What started with huge hype from GTA‘s loyal fanbase ahead of the launch quickly turned sour – and it wasn’t for just one reason, but many. Some launch issues were so…..

Latest Proton Release Adds Support For DX11/DX12 NVIDIA DLSS Titles Under Linux

Posted on November 25, 2021 4:05 PM by Rob Williams
Cyberpunk 2077 (Thumbnail)

We first learned this past summer that NVIDIA’s DLSS (deep-learning super-scaling) would be coming to Linux, and since then, we’ve seen it officially deployed, but have limited use. That changes today, as the latest version of Proton (6.3-8) brings support for DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 titles. Cyberpunk 2077 is one game…..

Blender Shows Off Cycles X Rendering Performance Improvements

Posted on November 24, 2021 5:15 PM by Rob Williams
Blender - Barbershop Render

As we first talked about earlier this year, the forthcoming Blender 3.0 is going to introduce a completely overhauled Cycles render engine – dubbed Cycles X. As Cycles is the de facto choice for most Blender users, any impact to performance is going to be noticed, and thankfully, what we’re seeing with…..

Many Forza Horizon 5 Players Seemingly Getting Banned For Superfluous Reasons

Posted on November 24, 2021 3:15 PM by Rob Williams
Happy Dad Forza Horizon 5 Livery

It’s a fact of life that if there is an online game, there are going to be bans. Sometimes, it’s obvious why someone was banned, while other times, it’s seemingly impossible to know what happened. Naturally, there are always those who try to plead ignorance about their ban even though they know…..

New Online Tool Converts Saved Game Files To Formats Emulators Can Use

Posted on November 23, 2021 5:51 PM by Rob Williams
Save File Converter Website

Game emulation isn’t just awesome, it could be considered important. With emulation capabilities, we can preserve gaming history, and not to mention dabble in nostalgia, or experience classics for the first time. On the PC, there exist roughly one billion emulators, and companies like Microsoft and Nintendo have used them to bring…..

DDR5 Seems Plentiful If You Want To Be Price Gouged

Posted on November 23, 2021 4:15 PM by Rob Williams
Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR5 First Edition (Thumbnail)

We’ve talked a lot about the painful topic of inflated hardware pricing the past year, spawned largely by overall hardware shortages that plague multiple industries. While we were pretty pumped after AMD and NVIDIA released their latest crop of GPUs last fall, it didn’t take long before we began to feel more…..

NZXT Releases ‘Foundation’ H510 Edition PC Focused On APU Gaming

Posted on November 22, 2021 4:33 PM by Rob Williams
NZXT Foundation PC - H510 Edition (Thumbnail)

Not long after NVIDIA released its Ampere-based GeForces last September, GPU supply issues were becoming evident. By the time AMD released its RDNA2-based Radeons a couple of months later, hopeful buyers were already settled on the fact that they’d be “impossible” to buy – at least if you weren’t willing to be…..

Qualcomm Ushers In A ‘New Era Of Snapdragon’ With Branding Overhaul

Posted on November 22, 2021 3:53 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm Snapdragon Compute Platform

Ahead of the latest iteration of its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm has announced that it’s shaking up its Snapdragon branding to better push it forward. In a blog post by Qualcomm’s SVP and CMO Don McGuire, it’s highlighted that the Snapdragon brand has a legion of fans already, and it’s gaining…..

Qualcomm Releases Windows-based Snapdragon Developer Kit For $219 USD

Posted on November 18, 2021 3:33 PM by Rob Williams
ECS LIVA Mini Box QC710 Desktop - Qualcomm Developer Kit (Thumbnail)

Earlier this year, alongside the launch of its second-gen Snapdragon 7c SoC, Qualcomm announced that it would soon be releasing a Windows-focused development kit – and today, it’s here. Application developers who want to port their x86 applications to ARM but lack the hardware can jump on this development kit for $219…..

NVIDIA Talks DLSS 2.3, Open Sources NVIDIA Image Scaling & Releases ICAT Image Comparison Utility

Posted on November 16, 2021 1:05 PM by Rob Williams
Shadow of the Tomb Raider

With its newest GeForce GPU driver, 496.76, NVIDIA says it’s providing optimal performance for games like Battlefield 2042, Assetto Corsa Competizione, Hot Wheels Unleashed, Farming Simulator 22, Bright Memory: Infinite, and Myth of Empires – but that just scratches the surface on what NVIDIA wants to talk about today. At the forefront,…..

AMD Releases Beta Radeon Driver To Enable HIP Render Devices In Blender 3.0

Posted on November 15, 2021 4:42 PM by Rob Williams
Blender 3.0 - Sprite Fright (Thumbnail)

As we covered a couple of weeks ago, Blender 3.0 is going to bring about lots of change, not just at launch, but throughout the life of the product (leading up to 4.0). One of the more major changes we’ll see in 3.0 is the replacement of Cycles with the new “Cycles…..

Intel Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Its First Processor: 4004

Posted on November 15, 2021 3:40 PM by Rob Williams
Intel 4004 Processor

In November 1971, Intel launched the world’s first commercially available microprocessor, simply named 4004. At that time, the chip would have been considered a technical marvel. Created by engineer Federico Faggin (who also later created the Intel 8080), Stan Mazor, and Ted Hoff, this now-modest chip sported 2,250 transistors, boasted high speeds,…..

AMD Announces Milan-X EPYC With 3D V-Cache, Instinct MI200 Data Center GPU & Teases Zen 4

Posted on November 8, 2021 4:40 PM by Rob Williams
AMD EPYC Roadmap

Since the launch of its first EPYC processors, it’s been clear that AMD had huge ambitions for the enterprise. Not only was the company offering CPUs with more cores than its competitors, the Zen architecture has continued to improve and make each of those cores more potent, and more effective in a…..

Intel Launches 12th-gen Desktop Processors, Overclocking Records Already Being Set

Posted on November 4, 2021 4:48 PM by Rob Williams
Intel 12th-gen Core i9 Gaming PC

Intel has just kicked-off its 12th-gen Core series with three desktop models, along with an IGP-less version of each. Due to shipping delays, we’ve yet to benchmark the architecture formerly known as Alder Lake, but based on what we’re seeing around the web, first impressions are good. Even some reviewers who tend…..

Blender 3.0 Due Out In Early December, New Open Movie ‘Sprite Fright’ Released Today

Posted on October 29, 2021 4:13 PM by Rob Williams
Blender 3.0 - Sprite Fright (Thumbnail)

As we’ve covered before, the next major release of Blender is going to bring us to version 3.0 – some 20 years after the release of 2.0. If you’ve been paying attention even just recently, you’ll know that minor version bumps in Blender don’t necessarily mean minor improvements. There are stark –…..

For One Game Dev, Linux Users Submit More Bug Reports Than Any Other

Posted on October 25, 2021 1:29 PM by Rob Williams
ΔV Rings of Saturn (1)

When you take a look at the state of Linux gaming as it was just a decade ago, and then look at it again today, the differences are almost staggering. More developers have jumped on board with native builds, while many others have ensured (or maybe not) that their titles run fine…..

Microsoft Releases Windows 11, Provides Installers So You Can Upgrade Today

Posted on October 5, 2021 1:05 PM by Rob Williams
Windows 11 Pro Launch Build

Right on schedule, Microsoft has today released the latest major version of Windows: 11. This release comes just over three months after the original announcement, which makes Windows 11 one of the quickest releases we’ve seen, from announcement to launch. Unlike most Windows OSes, 11 is a significantly changed both under and…..

3DMark Update Adds Many Steam Goodies, And Is Ready For Windows 11

Posted on September 29, 2021 2:30 PM by Rob Williams
3DMark Fire Strike Steam Profile Wallpaper

The folks at UL have released a simpler, but interesting update to 3DMark this week – one worthy of note if you’re a user of the Steam version. While 3DMark is a benchmark, not a game, UL wanted to add a full fleet of achievements that you can work towards earning, as…..

NVIDIA Announces DLSS Has Reached 100 Titles, Releases 472.12 GeForce Driver For Windows 10 And 11

Posted on September 20, 2021 4:15 PM by Rob Williams
Behind Enemy Lines 2

You probably don’t need any proof that time flies way too fast, but here’s some anyway: NVIDIA’s latest-gen Ampere GeForce GPUs officially released over a year ago, and the company’s newfangled upscaling technology called DLSS? That came out just over three full years ago. A lot has happened in that time, including…..

AMD Releases 21.Q3 Radeon PRO Enterprise Driver, Enhances Remote & Viewport Boost Support

Posted on September 15, 2021 5:08 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon PRO 2021 Q3 Release Thumbnail

AMD has just released the latest iteration of its Radeon PRO Software for Enterprise, version 21.Q3. Highlights include performance improvements year-over-year, which the company claims is as high as 16% across multiple benchmark workloads. The latest driver also includes the usual optimization that improves stability and reliability. In the news release we…..

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