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AMD Offering Up To Three Free Games With Latest Ryzen And Radeon Promotions

Posted on October 1, 2019 1:30 PM by Rob Williams
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint Feature Image

With the major love AMD showed Borderlands 3 before and after its launch, we’ve been left surprised that the company hasn’t worked out a bundle deal with the game’s publisher. After all, there are new features to take advantage of on its newest Radeon Navi cards, such as image sharpening (which has…..

Testing Out 8K Blackmagic RAW Speed Test On Fifteen CPUs

Posted on September 27, 2019 11:25 AM by Rob Williams
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test

As we talked about yesterday in our post taking a look at strong Zen 2 performance in Adobe Lightroom, we mentioned that we’ve been augmenting our test suite for the next set of CPU launches. Lightroom is one (re)addition that’s being made, while Blackmagic RAW Speed Test is another. While we plan…..

Cache-Rich: AMD’s Zen 2 CPUs Lead Adobe Lightroom Export Performance

Posted on September 26, 2019 5:30 PM by Rob Williams
Adobe Lightroom Classic

In advance of the CPU launches from AMD and Intel set to happen over the next month or two, we’ve been updating and augmenting our respective test suite. Some preexisting tests like Premiere Pro and Corona Renderer have been bolstered, while some other new tests are being added – one of those…..

AMD To Launch Both Ryzen 9 3950X And 3rd-gen Ryzen Threadripper In November

Posted on September 20, 2019 1:00 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3rd Gen

Zen 2 holdouts who’ve been patiently waiting for AMD to launch its 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X are going to have to exercise their patience for another two months, as the company has officially pushed the date back. If this news burns, will some ointment in the form of a third-gen Ryzen Threadripper announcement help?…..

AMD Boasts EPYC 2 Successes, Introduces 64-core SKU Bound For Liquid-cooled Servers

Posted on September 18, 2019 3:55 PM by Rob Williams
AMD EPYC 2 - 100+ World Records

After seeing what the first-gen EPYC brought to the table, and having known what improvements AMD was going to be implementing, the wait for the second-gen release seemed to take ages. But, the launch finally took place last month, and it included much fanfare from AMD itself, and a number of its…..

AMD & NVIDIA Greet Borderlands 3 With New Drivers, AMD Adds Image Sharpening To Radeon RX 400/500

Posted on September 13, 2019 2:19 PM by Rob Williams
Borderlands 3

After a long wait, Borderlands fans can finally jump into the latest game and indulge in whatever it is Pandora (and beyond) is ready to throw their way. As expected, both AMD and NVIDIA have new graphics drivers to greet the launch, with AMD offering an extra special bonus to owners of…..

Corsair’s iCUE 3.19 Software May Introduce Game Performance Issues

Posted on September 12, 2019 5:02 PM by Rob Williams
Corsair iCUE Software

The enthusiast community seems to be in wide agreement that peripheral software is rarely great, and if people had the choice, most would avoid it. Yet, we’re in an era where everything from fan speeds to RGB colors are controlled by software. Unfortunately, that software almost always needs to be active the…..

Valve Updates Steam Store Discovery Mechanics To Improve Relevancy

Posted on September 12, 2019 4:21 PM by Rob Williams
Steam Client

At the start of the year, Valve announced that it would be making some major changes to the Steam client going forward. Whether or not this renewed vigor for improvement was spurred by the insurgence of the Epic Game Store, we’re not sure, but we’d like to think most Steam fans would…..

Overclocker Toppc Reaches 6GHz With G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Memory

Posted on September 11, 2019 2:20 PM by Rob Williams
GSKILL Trident Z Royal DDR4 Memory - Thumb

Overclocking records are broken all of the time, so it’s rare when a new result manages to grab more than the usual amount of attention. If you’re an overclocker who’s managed to breach a long-targeted clock speed, such as 6GHz on memory, that’s an example of a result that will definitely stand…..

Maya 2017 Quadro RTX 4000 vs. Radeon Pro WX 7100: Testing AMD’s Claims

Posted on September 11, 2019 11:30 AM by Rob Williams
SPECapc Maya 2017

A couple of weeks ago, AMD posted Maya 2017 performance claims to its social media accounts, with us catching it on Twitter. Both AMD and NVIDIA regularly post similar things, but this one stuck out to us more than usual, because it didn’t actually make sense to us. Here’s the performance chart:…..

AMD Releases More Detail About Its Ryzen Boost Clock AGESA 1003ABBA Update

Posted on September 10, 2019 12:55 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X In Motherboard 2

Right on schedule, AMD has released updated information concerning Ryzen boost clocks, and the forthcoming AGESA update which will bring fixes to consumers. As we covered yesterday, this new AGESA is versioned 1003ABBA, and you’re all lucky that I am not that familiar with the pop band, or else this post would…..

Updated AMD AGESA EFIs Begin Popping Up

Posted on September 9, 2019 3:10 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen 9 Processor Packaging

Sept 10 Update: Updates from AMD have been covered here. Last week, AMD let people know that it’d soon be releasing a new AGESA platform update to improve clock boost issues that have been plaguing some (or most) users. AMD said it’d be releasing more information on September 10, but it seems…..

Qualcomm To Help Bring 5G Capabilities To 2 Billion People In 2020

Posted on September 6, 2019 2:00 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G Badge

We’ve all heard 5G praises sung from the rooftops, but as we inch closer towards the end of the year, it may feel like the market hasn’t progressed too much. 5G rollouts have occurred in various cities around the world, but it remains largely inaccessible to the masses. For those lucky enough…..

Logitech Launches MX Master 3 Wireless Mouse & MX Keys Wireless Keyboard

Posted on September 6, 2019 12:00 PM by Rob Williams
Logitech MX Master 3 Mouse - Angle

Logitech’s MX series of products have become well-regarded over the years, though the offerings are generally quite a bit different from all of the gaming products that come through our office. Gamers are not the target for the new MX products; instead, Logitech says it’s best-suited for developers, engineers, and designers. Let’s…..

Western Digital Announces 18TB And 20TB Ultrastar DC Hard Drives

Posted on September 6, 2019 9:40 AM by Jamie Fletcher
WD 20TB HC650 SMR Hard Drive

Two new enterprise storage hard drives were announced by Western Digital, launched under the Ultrastar range. Initial reports had speculated that these were WD’s first entry of MAMR drives into the market, but so far, no official word has been given. These new drives come in the form of the Ultrastar DC…..

Intel’s Core i9-9900KS To Launch Next Month, Along With New Core X-Series

Posted on September 4, 2019 6:40 PM by Rob Williams
Intel Core i9-9900KS Launch

It’s beginning to feel like hardware vendors are bucking the trend of when and where products are going to be launched. To our recollection, Berlin’s annual IFA event doesn’t typically result in many computer hardware launches, but this year has proven different. Earlier, we reported that NVIDIA announced a Quadro RTX 6000 high-end…..

Intel Contradicts Itself Over Claiming Cinema 4D Is Not An Important Workload (Updated)

Posted on September 4, 2019 1:20 PM by Rob Williams
MAXON Cinema 4D R20

(Sept 5 update at bottom) At Techgage, we care a lot about benchmarks, and especially real-world ones. Over time, we’ve reduced the number of irrelevant benchmarks to make way for more realistic tests that our readers can actually make use of. Our Cinebench performance was joined by real Cinema 4D performance a…..

NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 Laptops: ACE Reference Design

Posted on September 4, 2019 12:05 PM by Jamie Fletcher
PowerPoint Presentation

Back in May, around Computex time, NVIDIA unveiled its latest range of RTX Studio laptops for creative professionals. This brought a new set of drivers specifically built for designers and artists, but also new reference designs for the laptops themselves, and the introductions of the Quadro RTX 5000 GPU for laptops. The…..

University of Texas at Austin Unveils World’s Fastest Academic Supercomputer: Frontera

Posted on September 3, 2019 4:51 PM by Rob Williams
Texas Advanced Computing Center's Frontera Supercomputer

Texas likes to do things big, and its latest supercomputer reiterates that. Developed by the University of Texas at Austin, the new Frontera supercomputer is unlike most others, as it’s comprised of two different subsystems. The primary is built by Dell EMC, and uses Intel Xeon CPUs, while the second is built by…..

AMD To Fix Ryzen Boost Clock Bug In Upcoming EFI

Posted on September 3, 2019 2:46 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X In The Sun (Thumbnail)

Overall, AMD’s launch of its third-gen Ryzen processors was successful. It’s impossible to look at the performance results and think otherwise. Yet, it feels like there’s no such thing as a “perfect” launch, because once the products began to find themselves in consumer hands, issues of boost clocks not hitting rated speeds…..

Benchmarks That Matter: Synthetic vs. Real-World

Posted on September 2, 2019 5:15 PM by Rob Williams
Cinebench R20

Since the launch of AMD’s third-gen Ryzen CPUs in July, there’s been a lot of chatter around the web with regards to which benchmarks matter, and which can be safely ignored. We’re rather passionate about benchmarking, so we decided to chime in and give our thoughts. AMD’s launch was massive for a…..

Intel Adds Integer Scaling Support To Its GPU Driver, Supporting Only Gen11 Graphics

Posted on September 2, 2019 12:16 PM by Rob Williams
Intel Integer Scaling

Back in July, Intel made the announcement that it would be bringing integer scaling to its graphics driver, and late last week, the first supporting driver was released. This release comes soon after NVIDIA itself introduced integer scaling in its graphics drivers. We’re sure AMD can’t be far behind. With as much…..

NVIDIA GeForce vs. Studio vs. Quadro Driver: What’s The Difference?

Posted on August 28, 2019 3:35 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA Control Panel - Driver Version

At its GTC event in March, NVIDIA released its first ‘Creator’ driver, one that targeted the ProViz market just as the Game Ready drivers have targeted gamers. Some time later, NVIDIA changed the name from Creator to ‘Studio’, matching the same name applied to notebooks that adhere to NVIDIA’s Studio platform. The…..

UL Releases Variable Rate Shading Test In 3DMark For Use With NVIDIA Turing & Intel Ice Lake GPUs

Posted on August 28, 2019 1:36 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA Variable Rate Shading In Wolfenstein Youngblood

This week, 3DMark gained another feature test, this one revolving around the useful variable rate shading feature currently supported by NVIDIA’s Turing and Intel’s Ice Lake GPU architectures. This test becomes another that won’t run on AMD hardware, as we confirmed with the company a month ago that current Radeon archs do…..

System Requirements For Borderlands 3 & Ghost Recon: Breakpoint Released

Posted on August 28, 2019 12:08 PM by Rob Williams
Borderlands 3

The minimum and recommended PC specs have been released for both Borderlands 3 and Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. Gearbox and Ubisoft have also revealed some of the features we can expect to have control over in the settings.

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