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Cyberpunk 2077’s 1.2 Patch Includes Huge List Of Fixes, Adds Support For Radeon Ray Tracing

Posted on March 29, 2021 1:45 PM by Rob Williams
Cyberpunk 2077

If you’re a Cyberpunk 2077 who has been dying to see a major patch drop for the game, your wish has been granted today. While CD Projekt has been hard at work patching the game ever since its launch in December, today’s 1.2 patch is the first truly major update. In fact,…..

Qualcomm Announces Newest 7-series Flagship SoC: Snapdragon 780G

Posted on March 25, 2021 3:30 PM by Rob Williams
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Qualcomm has just announced the launch of its latest top-end 7-series Snapdragon SoC: 780G. This launch comes just a few months after the company released its latest top top-end Snapdragon, the 888. The new 780G takes some features from the 888, with the overall package giving consumers a new high-end 5G option…..

Autodesk Launches 2022 Versions Of 3ds Max & Maya

Posted on March 25, 2021 1:25 PM by Rob Williams
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It’s that time of year again, when Autodesk unveils the latest major versions of its popular M&E products. This time around, both 3ds Max and Maya see their 2022 releases happen at the exact same time, which is something that will nicely complement anyone who wants to take Autodesk’s new custom installer…..

AMD’s Radeon Pro 21.Q1 Enterprise Driver Delivers Overhauled UI

Posted on March 24, 2021 5:10 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon Pro W5700 - Angle

AMD has just released the first Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise driver of 2021, and as it happens, it packs a nice punch. After installing this new driver, Radeon Pro users will immediately notice that the entire Radeon Software interface has been overhauled, now aligning with the latest update that launched on…..

Intel To Launch Foundry Business, Team Up With IBM & Relaunch IDF

Posted on March 23, 2021 7:30 PM by Rob Williams
During recording of the “Intel Unleashed: Engineering the Futu

Months ago, Intel’s future seemed to be a bit murky. Previously downed competition returned to the fight in a big way, and other mainstay competitors have only grown stronger. Naturally, as we’ve seen with AMD’s recent adventures, any company that seems down-and-out still has the ability to strike back. The needed ingredient…..

Qualcomm Rumored To Be Developing Nintendo Switch-like Gaming Device

Posted on March 23, 2021 5:00 PM by Rob Williams
Nintendo Switch

Here’s a rumor we sure weren’t expecting. It’s being reported that Qualcomm is working on its own game console, one that wouldn’t be hugely different from Nintendo’s ultra-popular Switch. If Qualcomm were to pursue its own console, the Switch would be an obvious target, but there’s a lot that would need to…..

OnePlus Unveils 9 & 9 Pro: Brings 120Hz Displays, Ultra-fast Charging & Hasselblad Tuned Cameras

Posted on March 23, 2021 1:15 PM by Rob Williams
OnePlus 9 Pro - Front and Back

OnePlus has today launched its newest flagship, the not-so-surprisingly named OnePlus 9 Pro, as well as the OnePlus 9. Interestingly, it wasn’t only these phones that have been announced today, but also coming is the company’s first smart watch, simply named OnePlus Watch. If you’ve been paying any attention to the rumor…..

Intel To Launch Its Third-gen Xeon Scalable Platform On April 6

Posted on March 22, 2021 1:10 PM by Rob Williams
Intel Third-gen Xeon Scalable - What Will You Solve For

Hot on the heels of AMD’s launch of its third-gen EPYC processors (our deep-dive here), Intel has just made it clear that more competition is coming – in the form of the third-gen Xeon Scalable series. The company has announced that it will be launching its new series on April 6, and…..

NVIDIA Releases New Studio Driver To Polish Latest Creator AI Features

Posted on March 18, 2021 12:11 PM by Rob Williams
Adobe Super Resolution Example

NVIDIA updated its three core driver releases this week (GeForce, Studio, Quadro) to 461.92, and bundled within is a bunch of optimization for cool new AI features that are found in various creative applications, such as from Adobe and Blackmagic Design. NVIDIA wants you to “work smarter, not harder”, and AI can…..

NVIDIA’s DLSS Added To Crysis Remastered, The Fabled Woods & System Shock

Posted on March 17, 2021 4:40 PM by Rob Williams
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March has proven to be a pretty busy month for PC hardware, but so too has PC gaming. We found out last month that NVIDIA’s DLSS (deep-learning super-sampling) technology has become integrated with Unreal Engine via a new plugin, and since then, Crysis Remastered, The Fabled Woods, and even the System Shock…..

AMD Slots New Radeon RX 6700 XT Into Its RDNA2 Lineup; Priced At $479

Posted on March 17, 2021 3:40 PM by Rob Williams
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As mentioned in a previous post, AMD has had one seriously busy week so far. On Monday, the company launched third-gen EPYC (our performance look here), and yesterday, it unveiled three Zen 3-based chips targeting the Ryzen PRO mobile lineup. Today, the company continues its relentless launch attack with the Radeon RX…..

AMD Brings Zen 3 To Its Ryzen PRO Mobile Processor Series

Posted on March 17, 2021 1:52 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen PRO 5000-series Chip Shot

AMD has had an almost ridiculous amount of launches going on this week. It all started on Monday when the company unveiled its third-gen server-bound EPYC series, which we took an in-depth look at. Today, the company unveils its gaming-bound Radeon RX 6700 XT, while yesterday, the company announced its latest-generation Ryzen…..

Intel Wants You To ‘Get Real’ And ‘Go PC’ While Throwing Shade At Apple M1

Posted on March 17, 2021 12:51 PM by Rob Williams
Intel's Go PC Form Factors

Who could forget those infamous Apple ads which pit the PC (John Hodgman) against the Mac (Justin Long)? As hard as it might be to believe, those originally aired well over a decade ago, and since then, they’ve been referenced heavily, and have become known as really effective advertising. Well, now Intel…..

Intel Announces 11th-gen Core ‘Rocket Lake-S’ Desktop Processor Lineup

Posted on March 16, 2021 4:00 PM by Rob Williams
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Intel has today unveiled its 11th-gen Core processor lineup, dubbed Rocket Lake-S. This latest crop of chips is built around the company’s 14nm Cypress Cove core architecture, and brings both Xe graphics and Deep Learning Boost to the desktop. Today’s announcement isn’t aligned with the review embargo, so our deep-dive look at…..

AMD Unveils Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB GPU, Smart Access Memory Support For Ryzen 3000

Posted on March 3, 2021 12:00 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT Graphics Card

AMD has today unveiled the fourth model to become part of its RDNA2-based gaming Radeon series: RX 6700 XT. To date, the company has catered its new series exclusively to the high-end market, with the RX 6800, RX 6800 XT, and top-end RX 6900 XT coming before it. Before today, that meant…..

AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper PRO Processors Begin To Land In Stores

Posted on March 2, 2021 1:45 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO Packaging

We learned in January that AMD was planning to make its Ryzen Threadripper PRO processors available directly to consumers in March, but we weren’t quite expecting the company to waste basically no time at all into the month before pulling the trigger. Starting today, Threadripper PRO processors and supporting sWRX8 motherboards will…..

Blender 2.92 Released: Adds Geometry Nodes, Bolstered Sculpting & Improved NVIDIA OptiX Support

Posted on February 25, 2021 4:00 PM by Rob Williams
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The Blender Foundation has just released the latest stable version of its popular free and open-source design software. As we’ve come to expect with new Blender releases, there are quite a few additions and notable improvements to be found within the new 2.92. Perhaps the most intriguing new feature of the bunch…..

NVIDIA Releases Its Fifth Ampere GeForce, The RTX 3060 12GB

Posted on February 25, 2021 10:45 AM by Rob Williams
ASUS GeForce RTX 3060 Dual

NVIDIA has today launched its fifth Ampere-based GeForce, the RTX 3060. This card is interesting in a number of ways, with one of the most notable being the fact that it includes 12GB of memory. For gamers and creators alike, that’s a lot of breathing room, although the saving grace of the…..

NVIDIA To Limit RTX 3060 Mining Performance, Will Launch Dedicated Mining Series

Posted on February 18, 2021 2:15 PM by Rob Williams

It feels safe to say that the present time has proven to be one of the worst periods for wanting to build a new PC. Ongoing CPU and GPU shortages are no surprise to anyone who’s recently tried to secure parts for a build, unless they managed to get really lucky. Even…..

NZXT Addresses H1 Chassis Fire-risk Issue With New Repair Kit

Posted on February 2, 2021 2:04 PM by Rob Williams
NZXT H1 SFF Chassis

After an eventful week for NZXT, and its H1 small-form-factor chassis, the company has announced that it’s temporarily ceasing availability for the chassis through either its own website, and its BLD system builder service. This decision follows an interesting (to say the least) week that began with our friends at Gamers Nexus…..

NVIDIA Partners Debut NVIDIA-Certified ‘Battle Tested’ AI Servers

Posted on January 26, 2021 3:30 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA Certified AI Servers From HP, Inspur, Dell, GIGABYTE, Supermicro

It’s been well over a decade since NVIDIA began talking about using its graphics processors for major focuses other than just gaming, and ever since we first heard the term “GPGPU”, we’ve seen so much transpire in the industry. Today, truly jaw-dropping hardware is being offered, which is something we’ve gotten used…..

NVIDIA Releases 461.40 Game Ready & Studio Drivers Supporting RTX 30 Series Notebooks

Posted on January 26, 2021 12:55 PM by Rob Williams
Aero GeForce RTX 30 Series Mobile Workstation

At CES earlier this month, NVIDIA announced its newest mobile GeForce GPUs, with huge focus being given not just to gaming, but also creator. The company has worked with many notebook vendors to cram these new RTX 30 series GPUs into their designs, and today, the first official driver to support them…..

Corsair Announces Three New Mid-tower Chassis: 5000D, 5000D Airflow & iCUE 5000X RGB

Posted on January 14, 2021 4:15 PM by Rob Williams
Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB Mid-Tower Chassis

Corsair is one company we always look forward to meeting up with at CES, and often, there are usually so many new products being unveiled, that it’s easy to forget about some by the time we leave. This year’s CES is hugely different, as the first product announcement took until today to…..

Qualcomm Acquires Arm CPU Startup NUVIA For $1.4 Billion

Posted on January 13, 2021 3:09 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm and Nuvia Logos

While digital CES continues on, some companies have been working in the background to finalize the groundwork on some major moves. We already wrote of Intel’s rehiring of Pat Gelsinger, this time as CEO, and just as that happened, Qualcomm bolstered its defenses against the ever-increasing competition with an acquisition of startup…..

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO Processors To Be Made Available To Consumers In March

Posted on January 13, 2021 1:50 PM by Rob Williams
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Last summer, AMD followed-up on its third-gen Ryzen Threadripper releases with new “PRO” variants, catering to those who want a Threadripper platform that shares features with EPYC. At the time, the DIY crowd was a bit miffed, since AMD decided to keep the PRO variants exclusive to OEMs – most notably Lenovo.…..

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