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Pre-Orders Available On 10nm Intel NUCs With Discrete AMD GPUs

Posted on August 10, 2018 9:40 AM by Jamie Fletcher
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Don’t get too excited over the headline, but 10nm chips from Intel are going up for pre-order through an enterprise retailer called SimplyNUC that deals in specialized Small Form Factor (SFF) PCs. The NUC8i3CYSM and NUC8i3CYSN going up for pre-order are the first NUCs to come with AMD discrete graphics chips in…..

AMD’s 18.Q3 Radeon Pro Enterprise Driver Adds Citrix XenDesktop & Fan Control Support

Posted on August 8, 2018 5:55 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100 02

Three months sure does go by fast. Right on schedule, AMD has released the latest Enterprise release driver for its Radeon Pro and FirePro (of olde) product stack, this one versioned 18.Q3. While there are a bunch of bug fixes here, as expected, there are some great new features, too. With this…..

AMD’s Latest Radeon Game Bundle Includes AC Odyssey, Strange Brigade & Star Control: Origins

Posted on August 8, 2018 11:06 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Raise the Game Bundle

In advance of a widely expected GeForce launch, AMD has decided to spice-up its Radeon offerings, and if you’re in the market for either an RX 570+ or Vega 56+, you’re going to want to pay attention to this promotion. It’s been a while since AMD has offered a game bundle, but…..

Kingston’s Canvas React microSD Cards Tout 80MB/s Write Speeds, 32~256GB Densities

Posted on August 7, 2018 4:36 PM by Rob Williams
Kingston 256GB Canvas React microSD Card

microSD cards don’t seem to get a ton of love, despite the fact that they’re better than ever. Not only can we easily get 256GB cards for our phones or cameras, the prices are pretty reasonable for that perk. You might pay an extra $50 or $100 to gain 64GB inside your…..

Unboxing AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX 32-Core Workstation Processor

Posted on August 6, 2018 9:00 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX - In All Its Glory

It’s been no secret that AMD has had plans to bring a 32-core (64-thread) processor to market, but despite the fact that it’s going to be soon happening, I still sit here in awe that this is the reality. Before last summer, 10 cores was the best you’d get from a top-end…..

NVIDIA To Celebrate GeForce Gaming At Next Month’s Gamescom In Cologne

Posted on July 30, 2018 6:43 PM by Rob Williams
Shadow of the Tomb Raider

In just under one month’s time, one of the biggest video game shows of the year will take place in Cologne, Germany. I’m of course talking about Gamescom, and concidentally, so is NVIDIA. The company shot us over an email to say that it will be stationed at the show between August…..

EVGA Offering Destiny 2 + Expansion Pass With The Purchase Of A New GTX 1060 Or Higher

Posted on July 24, 2018 12:31 PM by Rob Williams
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 iCX Edition

If you’ve been intrigued by Destiny 2 since its launch, but haven’t been able to pull the trigger, EVGA has some temptation to throw your way. That assumes you’re in need of a brand-new graphics card, that is, for any model GTX 1060 and higher. The starting point being a GTX 1060…..

AMD, NVIDIA, Oculus, Valve, & Microsoft Create Open Standard Connector For VR – VirtualLink

Posted on July 17, 2018 9:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
HTC Vive Pro

When you look around for ‘Open Standards’ in the virtual reality space, you will be bewildered by dozens of competing standards, all open, but all setup by different bodies with different interests. OpenVR and later SteamVR was created by Valve, OSVR was created by Razer, OpenXR was created by Kronos Group and…..

Corsair Embraces Amazon Prime Day With Huge Sale

Posted on July 16, 2018 9:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
LL Fans 06 Built

From mice and keyboards, to power supplies, cases, and coolers, Corsair is taking advantage of Amazon’s Prime Day sale that’s just kicking off. Pretty much everything from Corsair’s latest products are on sale to some degree, with the only unfortunate exception being memory. However, if you’ve been looking into get a new…..

Intel Launches Xeon E-Series CPUs: Coffee Lake’s Business Cousin

Posted on July 12, 2018 1:57 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Intel Xeon E 2100 procesor

Intel is rounding up its workstation focused Xeon range, with a new entry-level range, the Xeon E series. This will be a direct replacement of the Xeon E3 V6 range, complete with a new chipset to boot. The new E-series chips are basically Coffee Lake 8000-series CPUs, but with the usual assortment…..

Valve Leaks Lifetime Player Numbers, Putting Team Fortress 2 Comfortably On Top

Posted on July 7, 2018 12:48 PM by Rob Williams
Team Fortress 2

Valve does the community a major solid by offering many statistics to us mere mortals to get an idea on what hardware people are running, and which games people are playing. Unfortunately, getting super-specific information is difficult, because there’s a lot that Valve would like to keep close to its chest. Fortunately…..

Intel Reveals Select Core i3 & i5 9000-series Processor SKUs In Public Document

Posted on July 3, 2018 1:38 PM by Rob Williams
Intel 8th Gen Core Processor

It’s not entirely clear when they’re going to get here, but Intel is already revealing some information about its next mainstream processor series, rumored (and expected) to fall under the 9th-gen Core line. The sleuths at VideoCardz found a document sitting on Intel’s servers that reveals a number of 9000-series processors, with…..

GIGABYTE Warning Investors About Pending GPU Price Drops

Posted on July 3, 2018 12:52 PM by Rob Williams
Gigabyte Geforce Gtx 1070 G1

It’s beginning to look like the end of price-gouged graphics cards is soon upon us, thanks in large part to the fact that the mining craze is dying down. That in turn is tied to the fact that there is a lot of stock left of Pascal-based GeForce GPUs, which isn’t exactly…..

Sony Killed Off Fallout 76’s Cross-play Functionality Before It Could Become A Reality

Posted on July 2, 2018 12:19 PM by Rob Williams
Fallout 76 Box Shot

A couple of weeks ago, I ranted about the latest iteration of Sony’s complete disregard to how important cross-play functionality is for gaming. At that time, it was Fortnite in the crosshair: even though it’s a cross-play title, PS4 gamers found themselves locked to that platform, whereas someone on any other platform…..

der8auer Says Adding CPU Cores Less Important Than Higher Clocks

Posted on June 28, 2018 11:35 AM by Rob Williams
Der8auer PCGamer

At Computex earlier this month, PC Gamer met up with famed overclocker Der8auer to talk about anything and everything related to PC performance, including of course, overclocking. He was asked whether or not the trend of higher-clocked parts meant anything for overclocking, and no… that doesn’t seem to be the case. Der8auer (aka:…..

Apple’s iTunes Is The Best Podcatcher – Change My Mind

Posted on June 28, 2018 10:34 AM by Rob Williams
iTunes Is The Best Podcatcher Change My Mind

With podcasts, I go through phases. There have been years when I haven’t listened to a single one, and others where I listen to them almost religiously. Lately, after a bit of a time without any podcasts in my life, I decided to start listening to some again – partially fueled by…..

Full Stream Ahead: Corsair Acquires Elgato Gaming

Posted on June 27, 2018 12:45 PM by Rob Williams
Elgato PCIe Game Recorder Card

In one of the simplest press releases sent to us by Corsair, the company today announced that it has acquired Munich-based Elgato Gaming, renowned maker of some of the most popular game recording hardware on the planet. Elgato is big in the streaming and eSports space, as is Corsair, so this seems…..

Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon SoCs for Mobiles – 632, 439 & 429

Posted on June 26, 2018 9:01 PM by Jamie Fletcher
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Qualcomm’s chips are not always just for the high-end flagship mobiles like the Snapdragon 845, new generation Windows-based laptops, and VR/AR standalone devices – there are of course, more budget minded chips for when you don’t need the best of the best. It’s with these three new chips that Qualcomm is expanding…..

PUBG Launches Event Passes, Immediately Annoying Game’s Dedicated Fanbase

Posted on June 21, 2018 1:42 PM by Rob Williams
PUBG Sanhok

After its launch, it didn’t take long for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to become one of the most played games on the planet. Even today, as of the time of writing, the game has peaked at 1.4 million concurrent players today – twice as many as the #2, Dota 2. PUBG is clearly still…..

NVIDIA’s Jensen Huang Gives Away 20 ‘CEO Edition’ TITAN Vs To AI Researchers In Salt Lake City

Posted on June 21, 2018 11:36 AM by Rob Williams

NVIDIA’s Jensen Huang is no stranger to gifting powerful hardware to researchers, and this week continued his generosity by awarding twenty TITAN Vs to AI researchers at Salt Lake City’s Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference this week. If that sounds like an awfully specific event, it definitely is, but there are…..

Intel’s Brian Krzanich Resigns, Bob Swan Takes Over As Interim CEO

Posted on June 21, 2018 9:47 AM by Rob Williams

The tech industry has had a very exciting past year, and in fact, I might even go as far to call it one of the most exciting years in tech – at least on the semiconductor front. Unfortunately for Intel, most of the excitement has been seen outside its walls, as the…..

Noctua Releases Three CPU Coolers For Intel’s LGA3647 Xeon Platform

Posted on June 19, 2018 12:36 PM by Rob Williams
Noctua NH-D9 DX-3647 4U - Angle

When we met up with our friends at Noctua during Computex a couple of weeks ago, it impressed me a bit to see a couple of CPU coolers destined for Intel’s latest Xeon platform, based around the LGA3647 socket. Clearly, there’s some demand, because beyond these coolers, I saw the platform promoted…..

Wouldn’t It Be Great If Game Devs Could Decide On Saved Game Locations?

Posted on June 19, 2018 11:51 AM by Rob Williams
Changing Documents Folder Location (Windows)

A thread over at reddit‘s r/PCGaming subreddit caught my eye yesterday, and given the fact it now has some 4,000 upvotes, it seems like I wasn’t the only one. Simply titled, “Don’t you hate when a game saves to My Documents or App Data instead of wherever you installed the game?”, some…..

Win An i7-8086K From Intel? AMD’s Willing To Trade You For A Ryzen Threadripper 1950X

Posted on June 18, 2018 5:07 PM by Rob Williams
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Intel’s 50th birthday takes place next month (July 18), and leading up to it, the company has been celebrating by taking a look at its past. Recently, to commemorate the launch of the first x86-based processor, Intel released the Core i7-8086K, a 5GHz-clocked (Turbo) six-core chip that’s significantly faster than the original 8086…..

Sony Continues Being Roadblock To A True Cross-play Gaming Reality

Posted on June 15, 2018 1:33 PM by Rob Williams

Sony has been a thorn in the side of cross-play realities for a little while, and the mega-popular Fortnite has this week reignited the issue in a big way. Believe it or not, people want to play with their friends online, regardless of the target platform those friends choose to stick to.…..

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