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Acronis Puts Artificial Intelligence To Work With Its True Image 2018 Backup And Protection Suite

Posted on August 22, 2017 8:55 PM by Rob Williams
Acronis True Image 2018 - Active Protection

If I ever need a reminder of how fast life can move, I just need to remember how often a new version of Acronis’ True Image comes out. Yup, we’re at version 2018, and based on what I know so far, it looks like it’s a worthy upgrade. Talk of artificial intelligence…..

AMD’s Radeon RX Vega GPUs Built Using At Least Three Different Packages

Posted on August 22, 2017 4:15 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon RX Vega Die - Thumb

To say that the past week has been an exhaustive one in RX Vega’s world would be an understatement. Alongside our look at compute performance, gaming performance, and the chips’ HBCC (high-bandwidth cache controller), we were hit with a deluge of uncertainties and raised questions. I covered most of my thoughts this…..

Intel Announces Its 8th Gen Core Processors, Will Debut In Notebooks First

Posted on August 21, 2017 7:10 PM by Rob Williams
Intel 8th Gen Core Team

Intel has today launched its 8th generation Core processors, unveiling the first four models that will see the light of day. If you’re asking why Intel is launching its 8th gen series mere months after its Core X series, the simple answer is that neither product stack will compete with each other…..

NVIDIA Dishes On How It’s Infusing GeForce Into Upcoming Titles, Including Destiny 2 & PUBG

Posted on August 21, 2017 6:36 PM by Rob Williams
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds ShadowPlay Highlights

As news from Gamescom begins to flood the web, NVIDIA thought it’d contribute as well with its own onslaught of announcements. If you’re a fan of HDR, or any of NVIDIA’s technologies such as Ansel, SLI, and ShadowPlay Highlights, there’s probably something for you here. At the forefront, ShadowPlay Highlights infuses one…..

Unanswered Questions Linger After AMD Issues Statement About Radeon RX Vega 64 Launch Pricing

Posted on August 18, 2017 3:25 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 - Thumbnail

The very second the embargo lifted on AMD’s Radeon RX Vega series, people stormed etailers like Newegg and Amazon to snatch one up as quickly as possible. Some got lucky, but many didn’t. In a matter of minutes, many who were craving to own an RX Vega were left empty-handed. Of course,…..

Qualcomm Introduces Trio Of Cameras To Spectra Module Program For Super-Accurate Depth Sensing

Posted on August 17, 2017 8:30 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Engineers Capture A Point Cloud in Qualcomm Camera Labs

Making smartphones smarter is Qualcomm’s bread and butter, and with the expanding possibilities that are being generated from the continued development of virtual and augmented realities, it’s in Qualcomm’s interest to keep the technologies rolling in. The second generation Spectra Image Signal Processor (ISP) that’ll come with the next Snapdragon SoC offers…..

A Super Quick Look At Gaming Performance On AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 64 & 56

Posted on August 14, 2017 9:00 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Reference Cooler Thumb

While most websites around the globe are posting their in-depth looks at RX Vega in gaming today, I decided to be a goof and go a different route by tackling the workstation side of things first. This was largely fueled by the fact that I had the workstation test PC hooked up…..

AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 64 Has Landed – Let’s Unbox It!

Posted on August 12, 2017 11:14 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 - Overall Packaging

Ugh, I just had to go and use that “unbox” word to bait people in, didn’t I? Well, since I’ve gotten your attention, we might as well actually unbox it then, aye? With much fervor, FedEx hit our doorstep today with a much larger box than I was anticipating. Inside? Well, it…..

First Ryzen Threadripper 1950X Benchmark Results Paint A Pretty Picture Of AMD’s Newfound Domination

Posted on August 9, 2017 5:06 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen Threadripper GeekBench Score

Considering the fact that AMD has embargoed Ryzen Threadripper test results (for some media, at least) until tomorrow, it was with great surprise (OK, not really) when I spotted a GeekBench 3 result over at reddit last night, as I was trying to wind my brain down from a long day of…..

ASUS Announces A Pair Of ROG Rampage X299 Boards For The ‘No Compromises’ Among Us

Posted on August 8, 2017 7:51 PM by Jamie Fletcher

When picking a motherboard for a new build, it’s not about performance, but features and price. ASUS already has a fine selection of X299 boards ready and waiting, as was shown at Computex, but there was still room for a couple more ‘enthusiast’ grade boards. ASUS’ ROG Rampage takes a ‘no compromise’…..

Intel Teases New “Ruler” SSD Form Factor & Dual Port Enterprise SSDs

Posted on August 7, 2017 4:10 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Intel Webcast Slides Ruler SSD Feature Image

As part of Intel’s Optane roll-out, new ways of handling data storage at the enterprise level is cropping up. The shift to solid state storage is still ongoing, but it brings with it an opportunity to experiment with new ways of handling that storage. Classic hard drives have defined the form factor…..

Intel Reveals Full Specs For Remaining Core X Enthusiast CPUs, 14+ Core SKUs Due Next Month

Posted on August 7, 2017 1:40 PM by Rob Williams
Intel Core i9 Processor

When Intel unveiled its Core X series of processors at Computex in early June, many believed that the only reason we saw the launch take place at that time was because of the immense (almost out-of-nowhere) pressure applied by AMD, with its Ryzen portfolio. Considering the fact that up to this point,…..

Good, But Bad: AMD’s Radeon Vega 64 Rumored To Be Amazing For Mining

Posted on August 4, 2017 8:30 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 - Angled Shot

How in the heck can something be good, but bad at the same time? One not-so-subtle example is when a product is targeted at one audience, but disappears from store shelves due to another. I’m of course talking about currency mining, and the current craze of running as many GPUs at one…..

AMD’s EPYC Year (So Far): Threadripping To Vega And Back

Posted on August 3, 2017 7:00 PM by Rob Williams
Lisa Su At AMD's Capsaicin SIGGRAPH 2017 Event Thumbnail

When AMD released its Ryzen series of processors this past spring, I didn’t fully grasp the reality that AMD was just getting started. I write this after having arrived back home after a weekend full of AMD events and briefings – activities crammed with so much information, that I could swear I…..

AMD Announces Vega-Based Radeon Pro SSG And WX 9100 Workstation GPUs

Posted on July 31, 2017 4:18 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Radeon & Vega Pro Workstation Feature Image

While RX Vega and Threadripper take most of the limelight for high-end desktops and gaming, SIGGRAPH is about workstations too, the content creators and people behind what makes gaming possible. For professionals, AMD had two new workstation cards unveiled, both are Vega-based to complement the Vega FE launch. The WX 9100 is…..

AMD To Unleash Its Ultra-powerful Ryzen Threadripper CPUs August 10th

Posted on July 30, 2017 10:30 PM by Rob Williams
1720050 Threadripper CPU 1.jpg

What could prove to be one of the most disruptive high-end enthusiast components is almost here: AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper. The fact that TR has been en route should come as a secret to no one. Even those outside of the tech world could have heard about it, because the rumor mill has…..

The Wait Is Almost Over: AMD Reveals Full Details About Radeon RX Vega 64 & 56

Posted on July 30, 2017 10:30 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 - Angled Shot

As I mentioned in the complementary Ryzen Threadripper post, AMD didn’t give us a whole lot of time to write too much depth about Radeon RX Vega, so for now, I’ll drop some high-level details. First and foremost, the RX Vega 64 is AMD’s new flagship, and it’s going to go head-to-head…..

AMD’s Ryzen 3 Launch: R3 1300X And R3 1200 Quad Core CPUs From $110

Posted on July 27, 2017 2:50 PM by Jamie Fletcher
AMD Ryzen 3 CPU Box

Finishing up AMD’s consumer Ryzen CPU launch are budget orientated R3 CPUs; the 1300X, and 1200. We had a sneak peek at these chips with the Ryzen PRO launch a couple of weeks ago, but we now have both confirmation and official launch. The two R3 chips will ship for $110 and…..

Qualcomm & HTC Announce VIVE Standalone VR Headset For China

Posted on July 27, 2017 8:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 And VIVE Standalone VR Headset Feature Image

Standalone VR platforms are beginning to crop up, providing a VR experience without the need for a smartphone or desktop computer. A couple of months back, Qualcomm announced a partnership and reference design for Google’s Daydream platform, a purpose-built experience for VR that extends beyond the capabilities of what Cardboard originally offered.…..

AMD’s Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2 Driver Adds Slew of Enhancements & New Features

Posted on July 26, 2017 5:00 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition

If it’s not enough that AMD has an RX Vega and Ryzen Threadripper launch mere days away, the company has decided to preface that excitement with a major upgrade to its Radeon software. The latest, Crimson ReLive 17.7.2, packs in an awful lot of enhancements, and to be clear, those enhancements are…..

NVIDIA’s GeForce 384.94 Game Ready Driver Complements First ShadowPlay Highlights Title: Lawbreakers

Posted on July 24, 2017 1:54 PM by Rob Williams

As someone who loves to record video of their gameplay to share with other people, and not to mention for nostalgia’s sake in the future, I’ve become a big fan of NVIDIA’s ShadowPlay feature in its GeForce Experience app. As long as it’s running in the background, you’ll never have to worry…..

NVIDIA Surprises 15 Research Institutions With A Free Tesla V100 Data Center Compute Card In Honolulu

Posted on July 24, 2017 12:48 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA's Tesla V100 Data Center Compute Card

NVIDIA’s Tesla V100 is an absolute powerhouse of a GPU, made most useful when used for deep learning and artificial intelligence. In case it somehow isn’t obvious by now, AI and deep learning are areas NVIDIA has put a ton of focus on in recent years (the company even held a deep…..

Bungie Reveals Destiny 2 Beta Is Based On Months Old Build

Posted on July 21, 2017 2:28 PM by Rob Williams
Destiny 2 Promo Art

Bungie released what it calls a “beta” for Destiny 2 to some incredible fanfare earlier this week, and being a huge fan of the series, I wasted no time jumping in. As much as I would have loved to have been wowed, I wasn’t. I seemed to be in the minority with…..

Intel Releases Its First Movidius Deep Learning USB Stick, Prices It At $79

Posted on July 21, 2017 12:18 PM by Rob Williams
Intel Movidius Deep Learning Compute Stick

Last April, we wrote about Movidius, and its “deep learning accelerator” housed inside of a USB stick. We were intrigued by the company’s offering, but months later, we found that Intel was even more so, as it acquired the company for an undisclosed sum. Now, the first fruits of the acquisition have…..

First Thoughts Of Destiny 2 Based On The PlayStation 4 Beta

Posted on July 19, 2017 12:45 PM by Rob Williams
Destiny 2 Teaser Art

Since it seemed impossible to ignore, chances are you knew that the Destiny 2 PlayStation 4 beta dropped yesterday. It prefaces the launch of the beta for the Xbox One (which should be live as of the time of this post). PC? That beta comes later – stay tuned. Having put close…..

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