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AMD Announces Three Radeon Instinct Compute Cards Coming Q3 – Includes MI25, MI8 & MI6

Posted on June 21, 2017 11:05 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Radeon Instinct MI25 FrontView

While late last year was all the hype surrounding Zen and Polaris for AMD, this year, it’s EPYC, Threadripper, Vega, and now Instinct. The role of the GPU has changed somewhat over the years, moving beyond simple graphics accelerators. GPUs now do general purpose compute, ray tracing, video rendering, finance, and now…..

AMD Aims To Take Back Datacenter Marketshare With EPYC Platform & 7000 Series Processors

Posted on June 20, 2017 4:00 PM by Rob Williams
EPYC Presentation At AMD's Austin Headquarters

AMD’s 2017 so far has been action-packed, and we haven’t even entered the second-half of the year yet. Back in March, the company released its most ambitious desktop processor series in about a decade, called Ryzen. With it, AMD delivered incredible performance gains over its predecessor and suddenly became competitive with Intel…..

Select Intel 300-series Chipsets Rumored To Bake In AC Wireless, Bluetooth 5.0, And USB 3.1

Posted on June 19, 2017 12:14 PM by Rob Williams
Intel - Advancing Moore's Law on 14nm

With Intel’s launch of Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X having just happened, we must ask: what’s next? As Jamie alluded to earlier, the beefiest Core X chips Intel has to offer will be coming out over the next couple of months, finishing off with the mammoth 18-core i9-7980XE at some point this fall…..

Intel Opens Pre-Orders On Core X-Series CPUs & X299 Motherboards

Posted on June 19, 2017 9:14 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Intel introduced the new Intel® Core™ X-series processor fami

Back at Computex 2017, Intel unveiled its new Core X-Series processors, effectively the re-branded Extreme Edition processors that make up Intel’s high-performance platform of CPUs. It also announced the new X299 chipset, with supporting motherboard vendors releasing their respective designs for the new LGA2066 socket and platform. Everything was new, everything was…..

Dell To Be Exclusive OEM Provider Of AMD’s Threadripper For 2017

Posted on June 18, 2017 6:40 PM by Rob Williams
Alienware Area-51 Gaming PC - Promo Shot

When news hit the web last week that Alienware’s Area-51 gaming PC would be packing AMD’s Threadripper processors, a rather important fact slipped under my radar: Dell is the exclusive OEM builder to have that privilege for the rest of 2017. That’s both good and bad. On one hand, AMD could use…..

After Four Years In The Making, AMD’s EPYC Server Processors Are Just Days Away From Launch

Posted on June 17, 2017 4:45 PM by Rob Williams

Note: We have preliminary coverage of the AMD press event, with some specific details about the EPYC CPUs and the platform in general. When AMD launched Ryzen earlier this year, the company pulled off what at times seemed impossible: it delivered on its promises. We knew from the get-go that Ryzen’s IPC…..

TG Tip: Put All Of Your Spotify Saved Albums In The Same Playlist To Ease Downloading To New Devices

Posted on June 16, 2017 2:20 PM by Rob Williams
Spotify - Full Albums Playlist

It might sound like an antiquated idea, but in lieu of listening to a random assortment of tracks in a listening session, I prefer to toss on full albums, listening to them straight through. On the desktop, I use foobar2000 to listen to the FLAC rips I have, and then add the…..

Pricing For AMD’s Radeon Vega FE Workstation Graphics Cards Revealed

Posted on June 16, 2017 12:30 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition (Liquid-cooled)

With the official release date of AMD’s Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card right around the corner (June 26), isn’t it about time we get that bit of information we all want? I’m of course talking about the price, and it’s a question that components etailer SabrePC has decided to answer. On…..

Creative Announces Sound BlasterX AE-5 – Gaming Soundcard Complete With RGB

Posted on June 15, 2017 4:43 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Creative SE-5 Soundcard Render

Strange as it seems, there is still a market for soundcards, even today. While integrated audio has improved massively over the last few years, there is still a fair ways to go when it comes to something that sounds decent. Creative’s new sound card is still a gaming soundcard, in that it…..

Intel’s First Core X-series Processors Available For Preorder On June 19, Release Pegged For June 26

Posted on June 14, 2017 11:58 AM by Rob Williams
Intel Core i9 Processor

It’s interesting to see how E3 has changed over the years. It once used to revolve so heavily around consoles, that many PC gamers didn’t even bother tuning in. But today, hardware vendors have begun making announcements at the show. That includes NVIDIA, which announced that it’s bundling a copy of Destiny…..

The 4K Delusion: Xbox Chief Says PS4 Pro Best Compared To OG Xbox One

Posted on June 13, 2017 5:10 PM by Rob Williams
Xbox One X and Xbox One S

Hot on the heels of me explaining the reasons Microsoft’s new-fangled Xbox One X isn’t a “true 4K” system, Xbox chief Phil Spencer fires shots at Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro, claiming the same thing. In my post, I surmised that it requires about 12 TFLOPS of GPU horsepower to earn the designation…..

Destiny 2 PC Version To Drop On October 24, New NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 And 1080 Ti Buyers Get Free Copy

Posted on June 13, 2017 2:40 PM by Rob Williams
Destiny 2 Teaser Art

Not long after the official unveiling of Bungie’s upcoming Destiny 2, hints of a delayed PC launch hit the web in full force – to the chagrin of those craving that silky-smooth 60 FPS gameplay. Now, we have some good news, and some bad news. The good is that Bungie is kind…..

LG Refreshes 34-Inch Ultrawide Monitor With G-Sync & 144Hz

Posted on June 13, 2017 2:15 PM by Jamie Fletcher
LG 34UC89G Feature Image

We love our ultrawide monitors here at Techgage, so it’s always nice to see companies release new models, even if they are refreshes, as it affirms there is indeed a market for such beasts. Today is LG’s turn as it pushes out the new 34UC89G, a 34-inch ultrawide sporting NVIDIA’s G-Sync adaptive…..

Logitech Creates A Truly Wireless Mouse With Powerplay Wireless Mouse Pad

Posted on June 12, 2017 10:20 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Logitech Powerplay Image Bundle

It finally happened! A company figured out that a mouse mat can be used as a wireless power source for mice! OK, A little sensationalist since this has been in development for a while, but Logitech managed to crack this rather difficult nut with the Powerplay mouse pad. Untangling the mess that…..

Like Fast & The Furious? It Looks Like Need for Speed Payback Was Made For You

Posted on June 11, 2017 11:45 AM by Rob Williams
Need for Speed Payback

This November, the twenty-third title in the Need for Speed series will launch in the form of Payback. A handful of NFS titles in recent years have looked like, and in some cases, felt like, a Fast & the Furious game, and Payback pushes that to the limit. The entirety of the…..

Forza Horizon 3 Is A Perfect Example Of What A Cross Platform Game Should Be

Posted on June 10, 2017 12:28 PM by Rob Williams
Forza Horizon 3 - Cross Platform Co-Op

I’ve been a fan of the Forza series since the second iteration was released almost exactly ten years ago (May 29, 2007, for the Xbox 360), and because I’m a big fan of open-world racing games (eg: Test Drive Unlimited 2, The Crew), I’ve found myself hugely drawn to the Forza Horizon sub-series…..

Samsung Launches First Wave of FreeSync 2 Enabled Displays, Including 49-Inch Ultrawide

Posted on June 9, 2017 12:30 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Samsung C49HG90 Freesync 2 Ultrawide

There are three key features that make up a modern gaming monitor these days, outside the usual high refresh rates and response times; that’s ultrawide resolutions, adaptive refresh, and HDR support. Today’s announcement from Samsung is all about pushing these new features for AMD graphics cards, with its first generation of FreeSync 2…..

NVIDIA Kicks-off E3 2017 Contest And Wants To Give Away A Thousand GeForce GTX Flash Drives

Posted on June 9, 2017 10:40 AM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA GeForce GTX Graphics Card And Flash Drive

This past April’s Fools’, NVIDIA touted its “GeForce GTX G-Assist” flash drive, and despite its ridiculous claims, fans salivated at the thought of owning one. The current design of top-end GTX graphics cards are cool enough, but shrunk down to the size of a flash drive? It’s downright adorable. NVIDIA’s heard your…..

Some Thoughts On Intel’s ‘Core X-Series’ Processor Branding

Posted on June 8, 2017 7:30 PM by Rob Williams
Intel Core i9 Processor

If it’s not obvious enough (somehow), we’re in the midst of an incredible time for processor tech. Remember when the first 1GHz chips hit the market? That was exciting. It was also exciting when we saw the world’s first dual-core chips. Fast-forward to right now, and it’s exciting because after a decade…..

Toppc Breaks DRAM Overclocking World Record After Pushing G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Module To DDR4-5500

Posted on June 7, 2017 12:44 PM by Rob Williams
Toppc World Record DDR4-5500 Overclock

Something that wasn’t hard to find at last week’s Computex event was super-fast RAM. It was all over the place, and what was there was downright impressive. I wrote last week about a cool showing at the Corsair suite, where I saw 8x16GB Vengeance modules running at a ridiculous DDR4-3800. For smaller kits…..

AMD Releases Radeon Pro 500 Series For Apple’s New All-in-one iMac

Posted on June 6, 2017 5:00 PM by Rob Williams
Apple iMac (2017)

Apple’s latest iMacs are interesting in their own right, but what had me most intrigued about them is the fact that AMD once again managed to be the exclusive provider (aside from Intel IGP in the bottom models) of graphics cards. Standard iMacs, which begin at $1,099 USD for a 21.5″ configuration,…..

NZXT Breaks Into The Custom Gaming PC Market With BLD

Posted on June 6, 2017 4:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
NZXT BLD Promo Image

If you are looking for a new gaming rig and you have no idea where to start, you start asking around for help. Within a couple of minutes you’ll be flooded with questions, like what you want to play, what other requirements you have, and soon enough you’ll be given hundreds of…..

AMD’s Upcoming Threadripper CPUs & X399 Platform Use LGA Designs In Lieu Of PGA

Posted on June 6, 2017 1:10 PM by Rob Williams
LGA (Intel Core i7-7770K, Core i7-6950X) & PGA (AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, A10-6800) Processors (Thumb)

Here’s something that went completely under my radar. At Computex last week, many vendors showed off their wares built around AMD’s upcoming Threadripper processors, based on the X399 platform. Unfortunately, a series of timing issues prevented me from getting a close hands-on look at an X399 motherboard, and that’s something I regret, because I’ve now learned that X399…..

MSI X299 Boards And GTX 1080 Ti With USB Type-C Announced At Computex

Posted on June 5, 2017 2:30 PM by Jamie Fletcher
msi-motherboard-x299 m7 ack-m2 shield frozr

Finishing up some of the announcements and late arrivals into our inbox, is MSI’s product launch range for Intel’s new X-Series processors, as well as some GPU updates. The X299 release with socket 2066 has left many motherboard makers creating many different varieties of motherboards to cover the rather bewildering array of…..

AMD Rounds Out Its Current Radeon Pro Lineup With WX 3100 & WX 2100

Posted on June 5, 2017 12:20 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon Pro WX 2100 Workstation Graphics Card

To say it’s been a busy 2017 for AMD would be an incredible understatement. We’ve seen the launch of the company’s hugely anticipated Ryzen desktop processors, a second generation Radeon Pro Duo, and preparations for the launch of the first graphics card based on Vega, called Frontier Edition. While we wait for…..

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