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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.

Qualcomm Introduces Networking Pro & FastConnect Wi-Fi 6 Solutions

Posted on August 27, 2019 7:03 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm Wi-Fi 6 Portfolio

It’s hard to talk Qualcomm and not mention 5G, but the company is still very much focused on all of the other wireless standards it supports, including Wi-Fi 6. While Wi-Fi 6 has been around for a couple of years, its adoption thus far has been pretty modest. Things are improving as…..

CoreCtrl: A Radeon Settings Alternative For Linux

Posted on August 22, 2019 2:06 PM by Rob Williams
CoreCtrl - AMD Radeon Settings For Linux

It’s a frustrating reality for Linux users that Windows software counterparts tend to be better. They may offer greater functionality, better design, and be easier-to-use. There are some exceptions, such as with the NVIDIA Linux GPU driver, which offers two features the Windows version doesn’t: temperature monitoring, and fan control. For the…..

Intel Launches Eight 10th-Gen ‘Comet Lake’ Models

Posted on August 22, 2019 1:43 PM by Rob Williams
Intel 10th Gen Core i7 Processor Logo

The latest batch of 10th-gen Intel Core processors have arrived, coming to us in the form of Comet Lake, and with core/thread counts going up to 6C/12T. These chips are still built on a 14nm process, but should offer considerable performance benefits over the previous generation for their intended devices – productivity…..

We’re In The Process Of Benchmarking MAGIX’s Vegas Pro 17

Posted on August 22, 2019 11:35 AM by Rob Williams
MAGIX Vegas Pro 17

We don’t often feel compelled to talk about benchmarking we’re working on until it’s finished, but we know there are many who have been waiting on our look at performance in MAGIX Vegas Pro 17, so we wanted to take a moment to provide some updates. Ultimately, we hope to have something…..

Acronis Releases True Image 2020, Enhancing Its Data Protection Capabilities

Posted on August 20, 2019 3:43 PM by Rob Williams
Acronis True Image 2020 - Backup Screen

Keeping your important data backed up is crucial, yet it’s a fact that the vast majority of folks don’t seem to grasp – until, of course, the inevitable happens. I’ve personally lost data over the years, and I’ve known way too many people who’ve experienced the same. I have multiple solutions in…..

NVIDIA’s Gamescom Game Ready Driver Brings Big Performance Gains & New Features

Posted on August 20, 2019 1:32 PM by Rob Williams
Gamescom Game Ready Driver Performance Improvements

NVIDIA announced its RTX GeForce series at last year’s Gamescom, and this year, the company has been using the event to talk about all of the RTX gaming infusion that’s coming down the pipe, as well as some cool features being added to the GeForce driver. And speaking of, that new driver…..

NVIDIA Bringing Ray Tracing Support To Minecraft, Dying Light 2, And Others

Posted on August 19, 2019 1:05 PM by Rob Williams
Minecraft RTX Off vs On

After NVIDIA announced its RTX technologies last summer, the world began to wonder just how much it could improve our games. Since then, some examples of ray tracing implementations have been better than others, with Metro Exodus proving to be one of the best so far. That’s a series that’s always valued…..

The International 9 Tournament Kicks Off With $33 Million Player-Funded Prize Pool

Posted on August 14, 2019 6:00 PM by Robert Tanner
The International 2019

Another year, another Valve sponsored Dota 2 tournament is here. As it has done since 2012, The International once again broke its previous record with a $33 million gamer-funded prize pool (as of this writing) to be split among participating teams, with the TI9 champions set to receive a cool $15 million…..

AMD Releases 19.Q3 Radeon Pro Enterprise Driver

Posted on August 14, 2019 12:27 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon Pro Siemens NX 10 Performance

AMD has just posted the latest quarterly Radeon Pro Enterprise driver, aptly named 19.Q3. This is the third Enterprise release of the year, encapsulating all of the bug fixes since the previous version, ISV certification updates, and new features and functionality. AMD regularly fixes bugs with iterative releases, so it’s important to…..

AMD Stops Production Of Its RX 5700 Reference Cards, Partner Cards To Take Over

Posted on August 9, 2019 3:10 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT - Thumbnail

Earlier this week, French tech site Cowcotland reported that AMD has discontinued its Radeon RX 5700 series reference graphics cards, a move that at this point would cause a lot of people to scratch their head. Well, we can confirm that this is true, but there are important nuances of the details…..

Samsung’s $999 Galaxy Book S Becomes First Snapdragon 8cx Always-on Notebook

Posted on August 8, 2019 9:23 PM by Rob Williams
Samsung Galaxy Book S - Lifestyle Shot

Qualcomm first announced its Snapdragon 8cx Always-on Windows PC platform back in December at its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, and at Computex some six months later, we were briefed on a lot more about what will make 8cx tick. At that event, we saw folks from UL on-hand to tout PCMark support,…..

Blender 2.80 Released, Enhances Countless Tools And Capabilities

Posted on July 30, 2019 7:50 PM by Rob Williams
Blender 2.8 'Spring' Scene

It’s been a busy few months for the Blender Foundation, and at SIGGRAPH, the results of its hard work is being seen. Yesterday, we reported that NVIDIA and Blender have been working together the past few months to add RTX support to the open-source design suite. Currently, access to the feature requires…..

Maxon Announces Cinema 4D R21, Overhauled Version And Pricing Structure

Posted on July 30, 2019 4:10 PM by Rob Williams
Maxon Cinema 4D R21 - Marjin Raeven

SIGGRAPH is like a treasure trove for ProViz announcements. In fact, if you use a piece of design software that’s overdue for an update, chances are an announcement will happen at SIGGRAPH. We’ve already talked about NVIDIA RTX support coming to both Blender and KeyShot, NVIDIA’s enabling of 30-bit color support in…..

AMD Talks New Radeon ProRender Integrations, New Plugin Versions, And Coming Features

Posted on July 30, 2019 3:18 PM by Rob Williams
AMD ProRender - Full Spectrum Rendering

The past few SIGGRAPH conferences have seen the launch of some new hardware from AMD and NVIDIA, with AMD’s Radeon Pro series having been announced there a few years ago, and both the Radeon Pro WX 8200 and NVIDIA’s Quadro RTX launched last year – which happened to come soon after our interview with ray…..

Latest AMD Chipset Driver Fixes Destiny 2 Launch Issues, Hardware Fix To Come In Weeks Ahead

Posted on July 30, 2019 1:01 PM by Rob Williams
Destiny 2 Free Copy Thumb

For Linux users and Destiny 2 fans alike, the launch of AMD’s latest-gen Ryzen CPUs has been anything but smooth. Thanks to a bug related to the hardware RDRAND instruction, systemd on some current Linux distros fails to run, while Destiny 2 refuses to open. Not long after the Ryzen 3000-series launch,…..

NVIDIA Enables 30-bit Color In Studio Drivers, Grows RTX Support In Creative Software

Posted on July 29, 2019 6:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
NVIDIA Studio Driver 1276x672

With SIGGRAPH 2019 kicking off, there will be plenty of creative and workstation news coming out over the next few days. We’ve already seen the start with announcements coming from Blender and Luxion, but NVIDIA made a surprise announcement. Last year, we saw the launch of the Quadro RTX series at SIGGRAPH,…..

Luxion Will Support NVIDIA’s RTX Ray Tracing And Denoising Acceleration In KeyShot 9

Posted on July 29, 2019 2:34 PM by Rob Williams
KeyShot 9 RTX Support

At last year’s SIGGRAPH, you couldn’t walk far into the halls without spotting some sort of support for NVIDIA’s RTX, which had only been announced at that show. Since then, a lot has happened, and for the better, with more and more software vendors opting their support. That even includes the gaming…..

NVIDIA’s RTX Ray Tracing And AI Denoising Technologies Are Coming To Blender

Posted on July 29, 2019 2:01 PM by Rob Williams
Blender RTX Performance Comparison

We’ve had the hunch for a couple of weeks now that the Blender Foundation would have an NVIDIA RTX-related announcement at SIGGRAPH, and lo and behold, it’s just happened. For those equipped with an RTX card and a code compiler, you could jump into testing today. In a new blog post, Blender’s…..

Listing For 10-core Intel ‘Comet Lake’ CPU Hits European Regulatory Database

Posted on July 24, 2019 4:45 PM by Rob Williams
Intel 9th Gen i9-9900K Box And Silicon Feature

There’s a lot of excitement flourishing through the CPU market right now. With its latest Ryzen 3000-series launch, AMD has built up a super-strong defense against the competition. As we found in our in-depth look at the 8-core 3700X and 12-core 3900X, the company is packing a lot of value into the…..

Corsair Acquires Origin PC, Purchase Will Not Affect Its Own Prebuilt Series

Posted on July 24, 2019 12:54 PM by Rob Williams
Corsair's Origin Acquisition

We’re beginning to get the impression that Corsair loves making surprise announcements, because yet again, the company has today caught many off-guard with a new purchase. This time, the company has acquired PC builder Origin PC, a company that used its ten years effectively to build itself as a premier brand, offering…..

Ubisoft Joins Blender’s Development Fund, Will Contribute To And Use Software In Animation Production

Posted on July 22, 2019 1:40 PM by Rob Williams
Blender Logo

With the long-awaited 2.80 release of Blender soon upon us, to say that there’s a lot of excitement revolving around the free and open-source design suite would be an understatement. In a post last week, we talked about Blender’s RC2 build, which was released a couple of days ago. We also talked…..

Qualcomm Announces Top-end Snapdragon 855+ Along With Low-end 215 Series

Posted on July 17, 2019 2:36 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ Badge

Qualcomm has been keeping busy this summer so far, having announced multiple SoCs that will target future smartphones. Perhaps most interesting to performance lovers is the new Snapdragon 855+, an iteration on the original 855 that sees clock boosts hit both the CPU and GPU, delivering better gaming performance overall, and perhaps…..

Blender Soon To Release 2.8 RC2 Build, NVIDIA RTX Hints Dropped For The Weeks Ahead

Posted on July 17, 2019 1:16 PM by Rob Williams
Blender 2.8 - Spring Project

With Blender 2.8’s release right around the corner, excitement is high, and so too are the number of questions about “When’s the final going to drop?!” Well, it’s coming soon, but the Blender Foundation doesn’t want to be hasty and push something out that’s less than ideal, especially when it’d take only…..

Intel Gives Updates On Its Graphics Integer Scaling Support

Posted on July 13, 2019 5:20 PM by Rob Williams
Willow NES Properly Scaled

A couple of weeks ago, Intel made a surprise announcement that it would be soon introducing integer scaling support in its graphics driver. The move came as a direct response of requests from the community, and most notably those discussed as part of the company’s recent AYA (ask you anything). Integer scaling…..

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