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AMD X570 Motherboards Could Be Priced Higher Than Previous Generation

Posted on June 7, 2019 6:20 PM by Rob Williams

As covered in our roundup from earlier this week, there was a lot of excitement at this year’s Computex surrounding AMD’s upcoming products. Admittedly, Radeon Navi almost seems to act as a side-car to the Zen 2 launch, which seems to have everyone excited. It’s for good reason. AMD’s original Ryzen launch…..

NVIDIA Augments Quake II With Real-time Ray Tracing, Available To Download Now

Posted on June 7, 2019 11:01 AM by Rob Williams
Quake II RTX - Blaster Lit Environment

It’s hard to believe that in 2019, we’re hearing so much talk about the FPS classic Quake II. We’ve known for months that NVIDIA’s been able to infuse some ray tracing into the 1997 original, but we didn’t know until recently that the company had plans to make it available to the…..

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare To Take Advantage Of DXR Ray Tracing & NVIDIA Adaptive Shading

Posted on June 5, 2019 3:25 PM by Rob Williams
Call of Duty Modern Warfare (2019)

When a new Call of Duty is released nearly every year, it’s admittedly hard to get truly excited about the “next one”. The new Modern Warfare, due in October, is one of the biggest exceptions in recent years, and for a handful of reasons. Arguably, the MW series has been the best…..

Seagate Announces 16TB Exos & IronWolf Hard Drives

Posted on June 5, 2019 10:59 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Seagate Exos 3.5-inch HDD

Seagate’s enterprise Exos-series hard drives will be launching along with consumer-friendly IronWolf drives, in the next few months. These 16TB helium-filled drives use some of Seagate’s more advanced conventional hard drive technologies, relying on TDMR (two-dimensional magnet recording), instead of HAMR, SMR, and dual-heads. While hard drives seem dull and doomed in…..

Following Mac Pro Launch, Intel Rolls Out Xeon W 3000-series Lineup

Posted on June 4, 2019 2:17 PM by Rob Williams

Intel had quite a lot to talk about at last week’s Computex, and we covered most of it right here. The star of the show was the company’s new Ice Lake 10th-gen Core processors, even though all we’re seeing for the moment is a quad-core model at the top-end. We hate to…..

Stay In The Light – A Game That Requires NVIDIA RTX To Play

Posted on June 4, 2019 10:50 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Stay In the Light NVIDIA RTX Early Access 2

From what started as a request for play testers over on reddit, Richard Cowgill of Sunside Games managed to get the backing of NVIDIA’s marketing team and an Early Access launch for his latest game, all in less than a month (of the reddit post). Stay in the Light is a first-person…..

Pre-Zen 2 AMD AM4 Motherboards Will Not Support PCIe 4.0

Posted on June 3, 2019 7:03 PM by Rob Williams
Aorus X570 XTREME AM4 Motherboard - Press Shot

A couple of weeks ago, some AMD AM4 motherboard users began to notice that a new EFI option hinting at PCIe 4.0 support appeared. We couldn’t find the option on our installed AM4 board of choice, but after talking in private to a related vendor, we were told that the option would…..

Apple’s New Mac Pro Supports Up To 28-core CPU, Can Use Multiple Radeon Pro Vega II GPUs

Posted on June 3, 2019 5:59 PM by Rob Williams
Apple Mac Pro (2019)

Apple had lots to talk about during its WWDC keynote today, but the star of the show was really the brand-new (and hugely overdue) Mac Pro. The trash bin design is gone, having been replaced with a cheese grater instead, littered with holes for optimum airflow. And that airflow is going to…..

Qualcomm Plans Snapdragon SoCs To Support Less Expensive “Windows on Snapdragon” Notebooks

Posted on June 3, 2019 3:45 PM by Rob Williams
Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS Snapdragon Notebook

During last week’s Computex, Qualcomm revealed lots about its upcoming Snapdragon 8cx mobile platform, which should see the first notebook models being introduced in the months ahead. We’ve already gone over the numerous bullet-points for 8cx in a dedicated article and video, but after we were done taking a look at 8cx,…..

GIGABYTE’s High-End Gaming At Computex – X570 Motherboards, 15GB/s SSD, And More

Posted on June 1, 2019 11:16 AM by Jamie Fletcher
GIGABYTE Computex 2019 Motherboard Display

While Computex is officially over now, there is still a load of info to go through from all the different announcements. GIGABYTE was one of the many excited board partners showcasing many of the new advanced technologies that AMD has instigated with its Zen 2 platform, and it goes beyond just the…..

Chaos Group Releases V-Ray For Unreal Update 1, Now Supports Native Materials

Posted on May 31, 2019 8:00 AM by Rob Williams
V-Ray for Unreal - Interior Automotive Visualization

Over the last handful of years, the popularity of Unreal Engine has gone through the roof. Some renderer vendors which once overlooked the engine have suddenly begun to put a ton of effort into porting theirs over. We’re not sure Chaos Group particularly ignored Unreal Engine at any point ever, but it’s…..

Get Out Of Here Touchbar, ASUS’ ScreenPad Adds Second 4K Display To Laptop

Posted on May 30, 2019 12:53 PM by Jamie Fletcher
ZenBook Pro Duo UX581 Feature

Computex is a great time for PC hardware companies to show off, not just upcoming products, but their technical prowess too. ASUS decided to show off in both categories with its new ZenBook Pro Duo, a dual display laptop that’s close to the conceptual all-display laptop shown the previous year. The Pro…..

G.SKILL To Sell DDR4-4000 384GB Kits & DDR4-5200 Memory

Posted on May 29, 2019 9:24 PM by Jamie Fletcher
G.SKILL DDR4-4000 384GB Kit Close up

When it comes to overclocking, getting memory speeds high can be quite the challenge when you also need larger capacities. The more memory you have and the more slots it takes up, the more unstable it becomes. G.SKILL has a solution to this with its massive 384GB kit of 12 modules, running…..

Corsair Breaks Into Custom Water Cooling With Hydro X

Posted on May 29, 2019 9:12 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Corsair Hydro X Waterblock

There’s been rumors for some time that Corsair was going to break into the custom water cooling market, we just didn’t know when. Here we are at Computex 2019, and we finally get to see what Corsair’s been up to. The Hydro X line is a full selection of all the parts…..

HyperX Introduces New Gaming Headset and Keyboards, Plus More RGB Memory

Posted on May 28, 2019 9:44 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Cloud Alpha S Plus Dongle

While much of what was on show at Computex this year for HyperX was shown at CES, there were a few new items to add to the line-up of future releases. The HyperX Cloud headsets got a new addition in the form of the Cloud Alpha S, a new Alloy keyboard using…..

NVIDIA Announces More RTX Games And Updated G-Sync Monitors

Posted on May 28, 2019 6:03 AM by Jamie Fletcher
ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQX G-Sync Ultimate Mini-LED Monitor

The amount of choice when it comes to NVIDIA’s ray tracing extension, RTX, has been somewhat limited for the most part. On the professional side, dozens of software companies have already integrated Tensor and RT cores into their pipeline for rendering and AI assisted tasks. For games, it’s a different story, but…..

Corsair’s 5GB/s PCIe 4.0 SSD – MP600

Posted on May 27, 2019 8:27 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Corsair MP600 PCIe 4 M.2 SSD Right

Back at CES AMD told the world that its next motherboard, chipset, and CPU, would be the first consumer platform to make use of next-generation PCI express interconnects. At the time there was speculation about what real-world impact this would have. Worry not as Corsair was extremely eager to show off its…..

NVIDIA Announces RTX Studio Laptops & 16GB Mobile Quadro RTX 5000

Posted on May 27, 2019 3:30 AM by Jamie Fletcher
NVIDIA Studio Drivers visual

As part of the deluge of Computex announcements incoming over the next week, NVIDIA will be expanding its mobile RTX GPUs with workstation focused models, including a new 16GB VRAM mobile Quadro RTX 5000 GPU. This also ties in with a new mobile platform which NVIDIA will be calling RTX Studio. RTX…..

Intel i9-9900KS 5GHz All-Core At Computex 2019 Plus Ice Lake

Posted on May 26, 2019 12:06 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Intel Core i9-9900K Packaging

Intel is prefacing the start of the Computex event in Taipei this year with the announcement of a special edition 9900K, called the i9-9900KS. This CPU will be similar to the sort of limited edition 8086K that was released last year, effectively being a pre-overclocked 8700K. The 9900KS is making headlines because…..

Valve Kicks Off Steam Spring Cleaning Sale

Posted on May 25, 2019 5:52 AM by Rob Williams
Steam Spring Cleaning Event 2019 Thumbnail

Summer is right around the corner, so you’re probably wondering what excuse you’re going to come up with for staying inside. Welp, Valve has an answer, and it of course involves a Steam sale. It’s officially dubbed the “Spring Cleaning Event”, but I like to think of it as more of a…..

Oculus Quest And Rift S Released At $399

Posted on May 22, 2019 9:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Oculus Quest Feature Image

While previously available for pre-order, Oculus has officially released its two new VR headsets to the market, at very competitive prices of $399 for both the Quest and Rift S, each targeting slightly different markets. The Rift S is just a minor iteration on the original Oculus Rift, designed to be hooked…..

Sapphire Reveals Radeon Navi Specs At AMD 50th Anniversary Event

Posted on May 21, 2019 11:30 AM by Rob Williams

With Computex set to kick off next week, the rumor mill is on fire. Of course, it’s hard to believe everything we read, but with AMD itself acknowledging that there will be big launches there, we know we have at least that to look forward to. It will likewise be interesting to…..

NVIDIA Offering TITAN RTX With 20% Educational Discount

Posted on May 18, 2019 12:17 PM by Rob Williams

At NVIDIA’s GTC in March, it kind of felt like price-drops were in the air. At the event itself, the TITAN RTX could be found on the floor for 20% off of its original price, representing a $500 drop. Ahead of the event, NVIDIA quietly price dropped some of its top Quadro…..

OnePlus Launches 7 Pro With Large 6.67″ 90Hz OLED Screen & Three Cameras

Posted on May 14, 2019 2:40 PM by Rob Williams
OnePlus 7 Pro Nebula Blue Promo Shot

It’s hard to believe how quickly new smartphone releases come sometimes, but here we are, witnessing the launch of the seventh OnePlus series. In a normal generation, today’s launch would usher in the OnePlus 7, but instead, we’re seeing the higher-end Pro variant. Rumor has it that an actual OnePlus 7, spec’d…..

Ubisoft Announces Ghost Recon Breakpoint, An Open-world Shooter Due Oct 4

Posted on May 9, 2019 4:51 PM by Rob Williams
Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Ubisoft has announced the next game in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon series, and if you were a fan of the open-world co-op experience that Wildlands gave you, then it looks like you have reason to get really excited about this next release. Maybe even insatiably excited when you realize the launch date…..

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