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Cooler Master Using Kickstarter? The Analog ControlPad Using Aimpad Tech

Posted on October 30, 2018 6:35 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Cooler Master ControlPad Keypad Backlight

We don’t report on Kickstarter projects very often, despite the hundreds of emails we get about them each day. The ones we do report on don’t usually have happy endings. However, this time around, this particular Kickstarter caught our attention because of the company that set it up: Cooler Master. This isn’t…..

Samsung Begins Selling 512GB EVO Plus microSD Card, Priced At Over $300 USD

Posted on October 30, 2018 11:40 AM by Rob Williams
Samsung 512GB EVO Plus U3 SDXC microSD Memory Card

When Samsung released its Galaxy Note 9, the company offered support for microSD cards up to 512GB in size. We’re used to seeing those kinds of numbers thrown around, and often, we can’t even acquire that kind of spec’d product if we tried – even through importing. Well, importing might now be…..

AMD Releases 12 & 24-Core Ryzen Threadrippers: 2920X & 2970WX

Posted on October 29, 2018 2:57 PM by Jamie Fletcher
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX In Its Protective Case

Following up on the August launch of the very well received 2nd generation AMD Ryzen Threadrippers, AMD is now releasing the odd-sized core count chips to fill in the gaps between its 8-core Ryzen CPUs, and the 32-core behemoth that is the 2990WX Threadripper. The 2920X is the 12-core 24-thread, more budget…..

OnePlus Announces 6T Flagship Smartphone And T-Mobile Support

Posted on October 29, 2018 1:23 PM by Rob Williams
OnePlus 6T Under Screen Finger Print Reader Thumb

At an event held in New York City earlier today, OnePlus rolled out its follow-up to the OnePlus 6, called 6T. It’s rare for a phone to get through to a launch date with minimal leaks, but that was one situation not enjoyed by OnePlus for the 6T. I am honestly not…..

Cooler Master Updates The Hyper 212 With Black Edition & RGB

Posted on October 26, 2018 6:30 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black

The original Hyper 212 from Cooler Master was released all the way back in 2007, and has remained one of the most popular after-market CPU coolers, even to this day. It’s had numerous tweaks and updates over the years, but has remained one of the most price competitive coolers on the market,…..

Corsair Launches K70 RGB MK.2 Mechanical Keyboards With Low-Profile CHERRY MX Switches

Posted on October 25, 2018 9:14 PM by Rob Williams
Corsair K70 RGB MK2 Low-Profile Mechanical Keyboard - RGB Keys

Corsair’s K70 RGB MK.2 mechanical keyboard has become well-regarded for its feature set, its design, and also its durability. Now, that same plank gets a low-profile infusion, thanks to CHERRY and its MX Speed and Red low-profile switches. I am in the middle of testing the Speed version of this keyboard, and…..

Microsoft CEO Confirms That Xbox Game Pass Will Come To PC

Posted on October 25, 2018 7:19 AM by Rob Williams
Xbox Game Pass

There’s no shortage of subscription gaming services out there, but Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass looks to be one of the better ones for the money. Well, it will be if what company CEO Satya Nadella uttered during a financial call proves true: that the PC will gain Game Pass support in the…..

Dell Refreshes Rugged Notebook Range With 1000-nit Displays, USB-C, & Dual Hot-Swap Batteries

Posted on October 24, 2018 3:47 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Dell Full Rugged Family photo

Everyone secretly wants an indestructible laptop, but there are circumstances where they are a requirement – thing is, actually making them is extremely tough. Dell’s Rugged range are not new, but are a long-running product line meant to live up to the expectations of some very hard work conditions. Rugged laptops, generally…..

Logitech’s New Capture Software Takes The Pain Out Of Webcam Configuration

Posted on October 24, 2018 11:49 AM by Rob Williams
Logi Capture - BRIO Configuration

Logitech has been making webcams for as long as I can remember, and the more I think about it, the company has been a constant for me ever since I was a kid. If I had a webcam at any point in my life, it was Logitech. I even have a Logitech…..

Rift & ArcheAge Developer Trion Worlds Sold, Suffers Huge Layoffs

Posted on October 23, 2018 1:30 PM by Rob Williams
Trion Worlds Defiance

After spending twelve years as an independent game developer, Trion Worlds has been acquired by Gamigo, a company which seemingly focuses only on free-to-play games. The free-to-play aspect of this acquisition makes sense, since F2P has been Trion’s modus operandi for the past five years or so. This acquisition hits me as…..

Oculus Cancels Development Of “Rift 2”, But That Doesn’t Mean Much

Posted on October 23, 2018 12:15 PM by Rob Williams
Oculus Rift

For virtual reality fans, news last week of the cancellation of a “Rift 2” from Oculus might have come as a bit of a shock. After all, Oculus was arguably the reason VR started to gain real traction, spearheading companies like HTC to move on in and deliver market-leading solutions. It’d be unfortunate…..

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 675 Set To Accelerate Gaming, AI & Camera For Mainstream Devices

Posted on October 23, 2018 11:00 AM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm Snapdragon 675

It’s fun to talk about the latest high-end hardware all of the time, but the (obvious) fact of the matter is, the majority of users are not going to be using that high-end hardware. Instead, most people are going to opt for a middle-of-the-road option, one that doesn’t break the bank, but…..

Still Not Sure How To Benchmark? AMD Has Your Set Of Testing Guidelines

Posted on October 21, 2018 1:57 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX Installed Thumb

Before the weekend hit, AMD shot over some slides that discuss its thoughts on the recent Intel + Principled Technologies performance debacle. I saw some AMD employees make comments on the matter after it happened, but it didn’t seem like the company was going to offer an official statement until now. I’ll…..

Black Ops 4 Retail Server Performance Doesn’t Match That Of Beta

Posted on October 21, 2018 1:16 PM by Rob Williams
Bullet Update Rates In Online Games via BattleNonSense

It’s been just over a week since Black Ops 4 released, and so far, first impressions around the web seem to be good. Many fans of previous Call of Duty titles have claimed that the series is “all about the multi-player”, and Treyarch certainly proved it with BLOPS 4, which revolves almost…..

Intel Launches First 9th-gen Core Desktop Processors: i9-9900K, i7-9700K & i5-9600K

Posted on October 19, 2018 11:04 AM by Rob Williams
Intel Core i9-9900K Packaging

A couple of weeks ago, Intel took the veil off of its ninth-gen Core series. At the forefront, that included the Core i9-9900K, an eight-core chip bound for the mainstream Z390 platform. With it comes the market’s highest Turbo clocks, and sixteen threads to help tear through some serious workloads. As lightly…..

The Fun Of Battling Unknown Issues In The Test Lab

Posted on October 18, 2018 1:09 PM by Rob Williams
Corsair Carbide 600C (Techgage WS GPU PC) - Upside Down And Lit Up

I’m sure there’s something more important that can be written about, but sometimes it’s nice to just let it out and put rant to paper. Well, I’m not sure “rant” is the right word for this, but it will hopefully provide some insight as to how frustrating benchmarking can be when things…..

Overclocking A New CPU? Silicon Lottery Tells You What You Can Expect

Posted on October 18, 2018 12:27 PM by Rob Williams
Intel 8086K

Silicon Lottery is a website that sells binned processors for whatever model’s popular, so when people pick one up, they know what to expect for overclocking. In that way, it’s not really a lottery, but it serves a need for those who want to push their hardware to the limit. The website…..

Haas F1 Team Will Use AMD EPYC To Aid Its Vehicle Design Efforts For Next Year’s Formula 1 Season

Posted on October 17, 2018 10:41 PM by Rob Williams
Haas VF-18 Formula 1 Car

Since the introduction of its EPYC server processors last summer, AMD has been keen on sending out emails detailing its latest wins and newest partnerships. Admittedly, this has become a little hard to keep track of, which is impressive from the standpoint that this is a first-gen enterprise-grade product. With second-gen EPYC…..

Dell Launches 49-inch Dual Quad-HD Ultrawide & USB-C Monitors

Posted on October 17, 2018 6:50 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Dell U4919DW Hero Shot

In the tech industry, we expect a fast pace. New CPUs, faster graphics, more memory, faster storage, everything is more and faster. However, the humble monitor is often left behind with the advances. While companies try to push higher resolutions and larger panels, fundamentally they have remained the same for a long…..

Qualcomm’s Newest Chipsets Pave The Way For 10Gbps Wi-Fi In Our Homes

Posted on October 16, 2018 6:35 PM by Rob Williams
ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 Router

It’s not surprising, but it remains disappointing that 10Gbps Ethernet has taken so long to catch on in the home. The standard 1Gbps connection most of us deal with is about on par with what we’d see from real-world transfer performance out of a mechanical hard drive. SATA SSDs are rated at…..

Crucial Enters The NVMe Arena With New P1 SSD Series

Posted on October 16, 2018 5:53 PM by Rob Williams
Crucial P1 NVMe SSD

SATA-based SSDs are an easy choice if the option is between one and mechanical storage, but at this point in time, it feels like NVMe has become ubiquitous in this space. If you build a PC today, there’s really no reason not to opt for the faster storage, as long as the…..

We’re Trying To Automate All The Things (Or At Least Our Benchmarking)

Posted on October 16, 2018 5:22 PM by Rob Williams
TGBench Generated Quadro P6000 Results

As of this moment, Techgage is thirteen-and-a-half years old, which means we’ve been posting performance reviews for about just as long. It seems neat to have been doing this for over a decade, but at the same time, I feel like an idiot for waiting until 2018 before I decided to explore…..

NVIDIA Launches Its Third Turing GeForce: RTX 2070 8GB

Posted on October 16, 2018 4:20 PM by Rob Williams

NVIDIA has today launched its third Turing-based GeForce GPU, the RTX 2070. As notable as the launch is, it seems to be a quiet one, with NVIDIA itself keeping mum about it on social media (from what I can tell, at least). It’s also a launch that broke tradition and didn’t see…..

Winamp To Receive Minor Update This Week, Major Update Next Year

Posted on October 15, 2018 7:46 PM by Rob Williams

A couple of weeks ago, I shared news to our social channels of the Internet Archive’s effort to pay homage to the legendary music player Winamp. With “Webamp”, the Archive created a verbatim recreation of the classic Winamp 2.x, and even allows you to set one of 5,000+ equally classic skins that…..

Coming Soon To An Adobe Dimension CC Install Near You: NVIDIA RTX Support

Posted on October 15, 2018 7:02 PM by Rob Williams
Adobe Dimension Logo

Where content creation is concerned, Adobe is one of the first names to come to most minds. The company’s software portfolio is almost jaw-dropping, and as a newbie, it can seem daunting figuring out which application is used for which purpose. As an experienced Adobe user, chances are that multiple Adobe applications…..

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