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World of Tanks Gets Ray Tracing Support, But Doesn’t Need Special Hardware

Posted on October 15, 2019 3:20 PM by Rob Williams
World of Tanks - Ray Tracing Example 2

World of Tanks is one of the most popular online games going right now, so it’s notable that it’s soon going to embrace advanced ray tracing – so soon, in fact, that the test can be snagged from the official site right now. Using the enCore RT engine, this WoT update primarily…..

Corsair Releases New ONE, ONE PRO & VENGEANCE Prebuilt PC Models

Posted on October 15, 2019 1:12 PM by Rob Williams
Corsair VENGEANCE Prebuilt PC

When Corsair acquired Origin PC in July, it immediately quelled the fear that its own prebuilt models would be impacted. Today, we’re seeing proof of the company’s commitment to its PC lines, with five new configurations being released. While Corsair has a number of different ONE models, it’s important to note that…..

NVIDIA Plans To Infuse Ray Tracing Into More Old Games

Posted on October 15, 2019 11:11 AM by Rob Williams
Quake II RTX - Dark Environment Lit With Blaster

When NVIDIA first unveiled its RTX ray tracing feature, most people looked to the future, and envisioned what the technology could mean for improving upcoming titles. But while we were dreaming about what upcoming games could do with it, NVIDIA showed us that old games could be vastly improved with the tech,…..

Intel Reiterates That Its 10nm Desktop Processors Are Coming

Posted on October 15, 2019 9:50 AM by Rob Williams
Intel Core i9-9900KS Launch

It’s been an interesting week for Intel so far, and it’s only just begun. Yesterday, German tech site HardwareLUXX reported that Intel would be shelving its 10nm desktop processor ambitions, meaning we’d only ever be seeing the chips in notebooks or similar devices. As an observer of Intel’s 10nm journey, it’s unfortunately…..

Corsair Releases 5GHz Memory Kit That You Can Buy Today

Posted on October 11, 2019 3:45 PM by Rob Williams
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4

You may find it hard to get excited about memory compared to some other components, but companies haven’t seemed to slow down on the production of fancier kits, and more importantly, faster kits. We’ve even seen overclocking records continue to be broken, such as with Toppc’s G.SKILL DDR4-6000 overclock we talked about…..

Adobe Beginning To Roll Out Creative Cloud Overhaul To Users

Posted on October 10, 2019 2:47 PM by Rob Williams
Adobe Creative Cloud Update

Since its launch eight years ago, Adobe’s Creative Cloud application has changed seemingly little. It’s always acted as a hub for installing the software Adobe licenses, like Photoshop and Illustrator, but over the years, it’s been iterated upon to deliver additional useful features and resources. That includes a section to brush up…..

Upcoming Steam Update Will Enable Online Support For All Local Multiplayer Games

Posted on October 10, 2019 9:52 AM by Rob Williams
Steam Client

With a new update set to drop in a couple of weeks, Valve is going to be adding online support for any multiplayer game that’s tagged as local co-op, local multiplayer, or split-screen. The best part? Only one person needs to own the game, but with the caveat that the same person…..

Gamers Are Up In Arms Over Companies Putting Profits Over Human Rights

Posted on October 9, 2019 4:05 PM by Rob Williams
Overwatch Mei - Hong Kong Message

The past week has been pretty eye-opening for anyone following along with the massive amount of protesting that’s going on in Hong Kong, all supporting the fight for democracy. China has proven multiple times over that it has no patience when it comes to others not slinking around its draconian laws, and…..

Rockstar Talks Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Perks, Recommended System Specs

Posted on October 9, 2019 3:01 PM by Rob Williams
Red Dead Redemption 2 - Canoe On The River

Following-up on the news that Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to the PC, Rockstar today has piled on even more information about what to expect. Part of that revolves around the goodies that the PC version in particular is bringing to the table, so if you’ve been waiting for juicy information,…..

AMD Launches OEM-bound Ryzen 9 3900 & Ryzen 5 3500X

Posted on October 9, 2019 12:00 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen 9 Processor Packaging

After lingering in the rumor mill for some time, AMD has officially launched its Ryzen 9 3900 and Ryzen 5 3500X processors. But – there’s a catch. Both of these SKUs are targeted strictly at the OEM and system integrator market, so chances are good that you’ll never find either of these…..

Antlion Audio Introduces new ModMic USB and Uni

Posted on October 9, 2019 9:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
ModMic USB On Headphones

We’ve covered ModMics for a while now, and have seen the product change over time. Today marks some new arrivals into the product stack at Antlion Audio with the ModMic USB and ModMic Uni, as it attempts to simplify its product range, and at the same time fixes some of the last…..

Noctua Releases Versions Of Its NH-D15, NH-U12S & NH-L9i CPU Coolers

Posted on October 8, 2019 2:50 PM by Rob Williams
Noctua CPU Coolers

Following a bit of a wait, Noctua has finally launched its anticipated coolers, painted in a sleek black with no RGB to be found anywhere. We first saw an iteration on these coolers at last year’s Computex, and the reason for their existence is simple: not everyone loves the beige/brown color…..

Sony’s PlayStation 5 To Launch Holiday 2020, Bring Overhauled Controller With It

Posted on October 8, 2019 1:05 PM by Rob Williams
Sony PlayStation Logo

Sony has announced that the next-gen PlayStation will be launching in time for Holiday 2020, and that it will officially be called PlayStation 5. While the name choice is unsurprising, it’s refreshing at the same time, since some other companies forego consistency for seemingly superfluous reasons. Microsoft is arguably guilty of it…..

Intel Announces Caskade Lake-X Based Xeon W Series, Drops Price Of 9th-gen Core F/KF SKUs

Posted on October 7, 2019 11:05 AM by Rob Williams

Last week, Intel unveiled its new Core X series of CPUs, something that should have happened today if not for certain websites taking it upon themselves to spoil each and every launch. While the Core X update is one of the biggest news items in this latest bundle, there’s also new Xeon…..

AMD Announces Radeon RX 5500 Series GPUs For Mobile & Desktop

Posted on October 7, 2019 9:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
AMD Radeon RX 5500 Desktop Render Feature Image

AMD is making available the next installment in its Radeon Navi GPU rollout with the release of the RX 5500 series. These GPUs will be first Navi GPUs to be released to the mobile market, as well as desktops. These GPUs will be released straight-to-AIB products, meaning no reference design restrictions, so companies…..

Rockstar Announces Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Release, Launches November 5

Posted on October 4, 2019 12:25 PM by Rob Williams
Red Dead Redemption 2 - PC Announcement

It’s almost hard to believe, but it’s true: Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to the PC. For some Rockstar fans, this announcement is a little bittersweet, since the original RDR never came to PC, despite an immense outpouring of support from fans. Nonetheless, PC gamers who’ve been unable to play the…..

Sony Stops Being A Roadblock As PlayStation 4 Cross-play Exits Beta

Posted on October 2, 2019 8:13 PM by Rob Williams
Sony Playstation 4 Pro

The idea seems so simple: to let gamers play against (or with) each other regardless of the platform they’re on. Wide cross-play support has been a long time coming, but it really didn’t start to take off in a big way until a couple of years ago. In 2017, we wrote about…..

Microsoft Doubles-up On Displays With New Surface Neo & Surface Duo

Posted on October 2, 2019 6:24 PM by Rob Williams
Microsoft Windows 10X

We’ve already talked about Microsoft’s announcements revolving around updated Surface Pro and Surface Laptop models, but that’s far from where the company’s reveals have ended. At its New York press event, Surface creator Panos Panay said that he and the company didn’t know how to even talk about the Surface Neo and…..

Microsoft Updates Its Surface Lineup, Adds AMD & Qualcomm Options To The Mix

Posted on October 2, 2019 4:38 PM by Rob Williams
Microsoft Surface Pro X

Microsoft’s Surface series has received one heck of a shot in the arm today. The company has managed to not only launch a big collection of new products, but have every single one of them demand attention. Let’s tackle the new laptops, starting with the Surface Laptop 3: The latest Surface Laptop…..

Intel Details Upcoming Cascade Lake-X: Cuts Price By Half

Posted on October 2, 2019 10:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Intel Cascade Lake CPU Crop

In a somewhat surprise announcement from Intel, details on its next range of HEDT processors have been released. Cascade Lake-X is an update to the long-running Skylake-based architecture, and is in large part an incremental update. It has many of the security protections and mitigations implemented, higher frequencies, more memory capacity, and…..

AMD Offering Up To Three Free Games With Latest Ryzen And Radeon Promotions

Posted on October 1, 2019 1:30 PM by Rob Williams
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint Feature Image

With the major love AMD showed Borderlands 3 before and after its launch, we’ve been left surprised that the company hasn’t worked out a bundle deal with the game’s publisher. After all, there are new features to take advantage of on its newest Radeon Navi cards, such as image sharpening (which has…..

Testing Out 8K Blackmagic RAW Speed Test On Fifteen CPUs

Posted on September 27, 2019 11:25 AM by Rob Williams
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test

As we talked about yesterday in our post taking a look at strong Zen 2 performance in Adobe Lightroom, we mentioned that we’ve been augmenting our test suite for the next set of CPU launches. Lightroom is one (re)addition that’s being made, while Blackmagic RAW Speed Test is another. While we plan…..

Cache-Rich: AMD’s Zen 2 CPUs Lead Adobe Lightroom Export Performance

Posted on September 26, 2019 5:30 PM by Rob Williams
Adobe Lightroom Classic

In advance of the CPU launches from AMD and Intel set to happen over the next month or two, we’ve been updating and augmenting our respective test suite. Some preexisting tests like Premiere Pro and Corona Renderer have been bolstered, while some other new tests are being added – one of those…..

AMD To Launch Both Ryzen 9 3950X And 3rd-gen Ryzen Threadripper In November

Posted on September 20, 2019 1:00 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3rd Gen

Zen 2 holdouts who’ve been patiently waiting for AMD to launch its 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X are going to have to exercise their patience for another two months, as the company has officially pushed the date back. If this news burns, will some ointment in the form of a third-gen Ryzen Threadripper announcement help?…..

AMD Boasts EPYC 2 Successes, Introduces 64-core SKU Bound For Liquid-cooled Servers

Posted on September 18, 2019 3:55 PM by Rob Williams
AMD EPYC 2 - 100+ World Records

After seeing what the first-gen EPYC brought to the table, and having known what improvements AMD was going to be implementing, the wait for the second-gen release seemed to take ages. But, the launch finally took place last month, and it included much fanfare from AMD itself, and a number of its…..

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