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Synology Releases 5-bay DS1019+ NAS, Sports NVMe Slots And 8GB Of Memory

Posted on February 15, 2019 11:52 AM by Rob Williams
Synology DS1019+ 5-bay NAS

Those looking for a new five-bay NAS would do well to check out Synology’s newest DiskStation, the DS1019+. This new NAS replaces the DS1517+, and offers five bays as well as a quad-core CPU and 8GB 4GB of memory as standard. It also includes dual M.2 slots for super-fast SSD access, and…..

NVIDIA And Dassault Systèmes Tease ‘RTX On’ Features Coming To SolidWorks

Posted on February 11, 2019 9:33 PM by Rob Williams
SolidWorks 2019 - RealView With NVIDIA Quadro RTX

At the ongoing SOLIDWORKS World 2019, NVIDIA, along with a number of partners, rolled out a slew of Quadro RTX workstations. As you might expect, given the location, these workstations are perfectly suited for SolidWorks use, allowing users to edit inside of a fluid viewport in SW, and then render or animate…..

AMD’s Radeon VII Is Not Receiving Radeon Pro Driver Optimizations

Posted on February 11, 2019 8:54 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon Pro WX 8200 and Radeon VII Thumb

With three articles on launch day, we can honestly say that Radeon VII’s launch has kept us busy. What’s been most exhausting, though, has been keeping track of details. I can’t remember the last time there was so much miscommunication surrounding a new GPU launch, and it seems like nothing is stopping…..

AMD Releases Its First Radeon Pro Enterprise Driver of 2019

Posted on February 11, 2019 11:13 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon Pro Enterprise 19Q1 Driver - Performance Uptake

Just in time for SOLIDWORKS World in Dallas, Texas, AMD has released its latest Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise driver, which among many things improves performance in Dassault Systèmes’ flagship design suite. According to AMD, the 19.Q1 driver represents a 46% performance increase in SolidWorks, over last year’s 18.Q1 driver. Similarly, a…..

Battlefield V’s DRM Is Infuriating To Gamers, But Especially To Benchmarkers

Posted on February 5, 2019 9:42 AM by Rob Williams
Origin - Battlefield V

DRM is one of the worst plagues to hit ever hit consumer goods. To purchase a product and be locked out of it due to draconian DRM is, to me, inexcusable. It was BS when S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky had a five-time activation limit, and it was likewise BS when the much-hyped Spore…..

For Better Or For Worse, Epic’s Game Store Is Stirring Up The PC Game Market

Posted on February 1, 2019 8:06 PM by Rob Williams
Epic Games Store

Last week, publisher Deep Silver made the interesting announcement that it would be moving Metro Exodus from Steam and other platforms to become an exclusive at Epic Games Store. For gamers, this move generally works out well because there is a cost savings of $10, but it of course comes at the…..

Intel Names Bob Swan As Its Permanent CEO

Posted on January 31, 2019 11:16 AM by Rob Williams
Intel CEO Bob Swan

Following months of anticipation and uncertainty, Intel has today named interim CEO Bob Swan as the company’s new full-time CEO. The move isn’t going to change too much for Swan, but it finally adds some stability to the company to help it move forward more effectively, and efficiently. Admittedly, the fact that…..

Samsung Announces 1TB eUFS 2.1 Flash Storage For Future Smartphones

Posted on January 30, 2019 12:10 PM by Rob Williams
Samsung 1TB eUFS Memory

For many, smartphones have largely replaced desktops and notebooks, because they can get everything they need to get done right on that little screen. If you’re someone who fits into that mold, your hunger for more storage likely never goes away. Currently, the top storage device you can get today is 512GB,…..

G.SKILL Releases 192GB Memory Kit To Complement Intel’s Xeon W-3175X

Posted on January 30, 2019 11:20 AM by Rob Williams
GSKILL Trident Z Royal Hexa-Channel Memory

Intel’s new 28-core Xeon W-3175X is a beast of a processor. It’s a chip that’s meant for the most serious of workloads, and that means lots of memory would be helpful. Leave it to G.SKILL to give us an absolute lust-worthy memory kit on day 1, with its beautiful Trident Z Royal…..

Intel Launches Its 28-core Xeon W-3175X HEDT Processor

Posted on January 30, 2019 10:39 AM by Rob Williams

At last summer’s Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, Intel teased its 28-core Xeon W processor that would cater to enthusiasts instead of the server market. With as much time as we’ve been waiting for this chip to become a reality, no one could blame you if you thought it’d never see the light of…..

Deep Silver Moves Metro Exodus From Steam To Epic Games Store, Saves Gamers $10

Posted on January 28, 2019 4:11 PM by Rob Williams
Metro Exodus

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote that Valve would be infusing Steam with some machine-learning. The goal is to improve the relevancy of the games you’re recommended, which is pretty important if you’re the type to browse stores to see what’s out there. Ultimately, Steam recently touted the many ways Steam…..

Corsair Will Light Up The Division 2 With iCUE Integration

Posted on January 25, 2019 11:54 AM by Rob Williams
Tom Clancy's The Division 2

With the release of Far Cry 5 under a year ago, Corsair introduced an ability with its iCUE software to allow a game to instantly adjust RGB lighting depending on the situation in a game. In FC5, the main menu would light up a PC in red, white, and blue, a tie-in to…..

Intel Announces $199 RealSense Camera For Use With Drones, Robots, AR/VR

Posted on January 24, 2019 10:43 AM by Rob Williams
The Intel RealSense Tracking Camera T265 is a new class of stand

For as often as Intel talks about its RealSense camera technology, it hasn’t seemed to catch on as much as it probably should have by now. Initially, that was definitely due to cost, but over the years, costs have come down, and the tech has only gotten better. This week, the company…..

12-core Ryzen Desktop CPU Appears In Benchmark Database

Posted on January 24, 2019 10:08 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Second-gen Ryzen 7 Box

At CES, AMD laid the groundwork for what’s to launch throughout 2019, which at the forefront includes the third-generation Ryzen series, dubbed the 3000-series. That will be followed by EPYC 2, and both platforms will support the latest features users crave, as well as some new ones, such as PCIe 4.0 (which…..

NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Rumored To Launch On February 15

Posted on January 24, 2019 9:31 AM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA GTX Turing Private Event

Earlier this week, we reported on a leak which suggested NVIDIA could have a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti en route, despite how nonsensical the name seems to be, given what we’ve known of NVIDIA’s naming schemes up to this point. Nonetheless, the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark result seemed awfully convincing. Last…..

Samsung Releases 970 EVO Plus 96-Layer V-NAND NVMe SSD

Posted on January 22, 2019 9:00 PM by Rob Williams
Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 2TB NVMe SSD

The solid-state drive market isn’t quite as intense as some others, but vendors have been doing well to eke as much performance out of their drives as possible, and also continue bringing high-end performance to more palatable price-points. With its newest SSD, Samsung proves that it’s serious about keeping on top, and…..

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Benchmark Result Leaks

Posted on January 21, 2019 10:21 AM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti - Ashes of the Singularity Benchmark

Hot on the heels of the launch of NVIDIA’s fourth Turing GeForce, RTX 2060, we’re seeing rumor of the company’s possible next GPU, and boy are things getting complicated. Before the new year, rumor hinted at the fact that a GTX 2050 would launch after the 2060. But perhaps it’d be called…..

NVIDIA’s Support Of FreeSync Seems Well Received So Far

Posted on January 19, 2019 6:45 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA Control Panel G-SYNC on FreeSync

Following years of gamer outcry, NVIDIA finally released a GeForce driver earlier this week that opens up support for VESA’s Adaptive-Sync, used by every AMD FreeSync monitor. From the get-go, the company was clear that it didn’t think most FreeSync monitors fit the bill, and proved it by certifying only 12 of…..

What Can We Expect From PCIe 4.0 And 5.0 Bandwidth?

Posted on January 18, 2019 11:15 AM by Jamie Fletcher and Rob Williams
Intel SSD DC P4600 Series

At last week’s CES, AMD announced that it would become the first company to support PCIe 4.0, with either its enterprise-bound EPYC or desktop-oriented Ryzen platforms. But what does PCIe 4.0 actually mean, and how would it impact you? Well, the truth is, we already have so much PCIe bandwidth available with…..

Agisoft’s Popular PhotoScan Photogrammetry Tool Renamed “Metashape”

Posted on January 18, 2019 10:00 AM by Rob Williams
Agisoft Metashape Thumbnail

Without too much fanfare, Agisoft released the latest iteration of its popular photogrammetry tool in recent weeks, effectively kicking off the next era of the company’s software. Since 2010, this software has been known as PhotoScan, but as of a couple of weeks ago, the transition to “Metashape” took place. Until last…..

As We Wait For PCIe 4.0 Products, The PCIe 5.0 Standard Gets Ratified

Posted on January 17, 2019 12:51 PM by Rob Williams
PCI-SIG PCIe Bandwidth Trend

It’s been over seven years since we entered the PCIe 3.0 generation, so isn’t it about time for an upgrade? At CES last week, AMD announced that its next processors would be supporting PCIe 4.0, which would once again double our available bandwidth per lane. So, 2019 should be the year 4.0…..

CD Projekt’s DRM-Free Games Provider Turns 10 Next Month

Posted on January 17, 2019 11:47 AM by Rob Williams
Good Old Games Original Splash Page

There are a number of things that can make me feel like time is flying by just a bit too quickly, and realizing that GOG is about to turn 10 is one of those things. I remember being so excited at the launch of the classic game-focused service, that I wrote about…..

Deep-learning Used To Enhance Zelda: Twilight Princess For NVIDIA SHIELD (In China)

Posted on January 17, 2019 11:13 AM by Rob Williams
Zelda Twilight Princess - After Deep-learning Texture Upgrade

Deep-learning can be used for myriad things, and has the potential to improve products and solutions in all industries. Relevant to the Techgage audience, deep-learning has allowed NVIDIA to accelerate AI denoising in its OptiX engine, while on the gaming side, it’s begun to enable super-sampling quality at a lower performance cost,…..

NVIDIA Releases GeForce Driver Supporting FreeSync-Compatible Displays

Posted on January 15, 2019 5:18 PM by Rob Williams

At last week’s CES, NVIDIA impressed many by announcing that it was going to begin supporting Adaptive-Sync monitors, complementing the G-SYNC support it’s offered since 2013. During meetings, the company was clear that many monitors sold as FreeSync fail to live up to the green team’s high standards, but whether or not…..

Autodesk Releases Maya 2019, Introduces Cached Playback To Improve Animation Workflow

Posted on January 15, 2019 4:15 PM by Rob Williams
Autodesk Maya Logo

Autodesk has today released Maya 2019, the latest iteration of its popular modeling and animation software. Included within are major improvements to performance, bolstered animation tools, and updates to Arnold renderer and Viewpoint 2.0, to name just a few things. Admittedly, the numbering scheme in Maya’s name is a little misleading, because…..

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