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AMD Releases Four New FidelityFX Features, Relaunches GPUOpen Website

Posted on May 11, 2020 2:00 PM by Rob Williams
Stochastic Screen Space Reflections - GPUOpen Example

Since the launch of its GPUOpen initiative a handful of years ago, AMD has been hard at work to deliver open standards that anyone can adopt and make use of. That includes not just the software vendors, but also hardware vendors. GPUOpen has come quite a ways since its inception, so AMD…..

A Quick Reminder That It’s Important To Keep Good Backups!

Posted on May 9, 2020 12:35 PM by Rob Williams
Acronis True Image - Restoring Files From Cloud

Many times over the course of Techgage’s life, we have extolled the virtues of keeping your data backed up. If you didn’t ever realize it because we told you, you’d definitely know it after losing important files because you were too careless to protect them. I have lost data that I’ve wanted…..

Latest Xbox Insider Announces Dirt 5 & Second Extinction, Drops Bunch Of New Trailers

Posted on May 7, 2020 2:40 PM by Rob Williams
Dirt 5 Ice Racing

Each month, Microsoft publishes an “Xbox 20/20”, which takes a look at the future of the platform and begins planting seeds of hype. Today’s unveiling was pretty surprising, as there were a couple of notable announcements, as well as new trailers dropping for some much-anticipated upcoming titles. While all of these announcements…..

AMD Launches Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X, Ryzen Pro 4000 Mobile Lineup

Posted on May 7, 2020 12:25 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Zen 2 Ryzen 3 Packaging

AMD has today launched both its newest Ryzen 3 desktop processors, as well as its mobile line of Zen 2-based Ryzen Pro 4000 for mobile. We first wrote about the new Ryzen 3 chips a couple of weeks ago, so they’ve been no secret. Today, the cheapest Zen 2 option becomes the…..

MAINGEAR Launches Workstation-focused Pro WS Desktop Series

Posted on May 6, 2020 3:20 PM by Rob Williams
MAINGEAR Pro WS Workstation PC

The folks at MAINGEAR have long provided appropriate options for workstation users to get their jobs done quick, but today, the company launches a new series that makes its target audience super obvious: Pro WS. Like the RTX Studio-branded Vybe Pro series released last year, customers will have NVIDIA Quadro graphics card…..

Intel Z490 Motherboards Are Starting To Pop Up For Preorder

Posted on May 6, 2020 12:45 PM by Rob Williams
ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4 Motherboard

As we covered last week, Intel is soon going to be launching its 10th-gen desktop processor lineup, built around a new LGA1200 socket, and covering the Core, Pentium, and Celeron series. The latest top-end chip becomes the Core i9-10900K, bringing 10 cores to the table for an SRP/1,000 of $488. In late…..

Halo 2: Anniversary Hits Steam & Windows Store On May 12

Posted on May 5, 2020 5:21 PM by Rob Williams
Halo 2 Anniversary Ghost Vehicle

We wrote earlier about the nostalgic kick that is Super Mario 64 (which just received a new unofficial PC native port), and as it happens, it’s not the only cool classic gaming thing to happen this week. Xbox Game Studio has announced the next Halo to be released on May 12 as…..

Super Mario 64 Gets A Native (Unofficial) PC Port, Can Take Advantage Of Reshade

Posted on May 5, 2020 2:23 PM by Rob Williams
Super Mario 64 Native PC Port

In case it hasn’t been obvious up to this point, gamers love Mario. That especially includes the classics, like Super Mario Bros. released for the NES back in 1985, and Super Mario 64, which became the first flagship title for the Nintendo 64 in 1996. Both of those titles still see huge…..

Intel Announces Core, Pentium & Celeron Comet Lake-S 10th-gen Processors

Posted on April 30, 2020 12:45 PM by Rob Williams
Intel Comet Lake-S 10th-gen Core i9 Packaging

It feels like we’ve been waiting quite some time for Intel’s 10th-gen mainstream parts to launch. Well, the wait is almost over, as the company has just announced a massive collection of new SKUs, all based on the Comet Lake-S microarchitecture. As the stock photo below highlights, this next generation is going…..

NVIDIA Suggests Ultimate Weapon In Call of Duty Warzone: High Frame Rates

Posted on April 28, 2020 9:30 AM by Rob Williams
Call of Duty Warzone

There has long been interest in high FPS gaming, but at this year’s CES, it became clear that more and more people will become equipped with higher refresh monitors as time goes on. NVIDIA even had a 360Hz monitor on display for us to test with, and we were genuinely impressed. More…..

AMD To Launch Zen 2-based Ryzen 3 CPUs And B550 Chipset Next Month

Posted on April 22, 2020 12:35 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Zen 2 Ryzen 3 Packaging

Since the launch of its Zen 2 architecture last summer, AMD’s done a good job of catering to a huge chunk of the desktop market. That even goes for the extreme high-end, as its 64-core Threadripper 3990X proves. If anything, it’s been the low-end that’s been vying for some attention, so it’s…..

Maxon Announces Subscription-based Cinema 4D S22

Posted on April 20, 2020 2:40 PM by Rob Williams
Maxon Cinema 4D S22 Splash

Maxon has just announced the release of a brand-new Cinema 4D version: S22. Anyone familiar with C4D will likely notice the difference in naming right away. Going forward, the new subscriber-only version will be dubbed “S”, while the annual perpetual releases will still go by the “R” moniker. Overall, this move means…..

NVIDIA Releases GameReady Driver Ahead Of Minecraft RTX Beta Release

Posted on April 15, 2020 2:51 PM by Rob Williams
Minecraft with RTX

If you’re a Minecraft fan who’s been craving some NVIDIA RTX infusion, we have some good news: the open beta begins tomorrow. In advance of the launch, NVIDIA has rolled-out a new GeForce GameReady driver that both optimizes for the game’s performance, as well as adds support for DLSS 2.0. If you…..

AMD Launches Three New EPYC Processors Focused On Frequency & Cache

Posted on April 15, 2020 1:40 PM by Rob Williams
AMD EPYC Second-gen Servers

Since the launch of AMD’s second-gen EPYC last summer, the company’s done well to offer a wide variation of models to ensure that as many customer needs are accounted for as possible. Of course, there’s always room for even more, because you can never perfectly accommodate everyone – only as many as…..

ASUS & ASRock Release New BIOSes To Enable 14Gbps Memory Speeds On Radeon 5600 XT

Posted on April 15, 2020 12:02 PM by Rob Williams
ASRock Phantom Gaming Radeon RX 5600 XT

The launch of the Radeon RX 5600 XT earlier this year was rather interesting, or perhaps the better word is “confusing”. That was the case at least for us, because we couldn’t quite tell for certain which specs these models were meant to launch with. While many cards launched with 12Gbps memory,…..

Mobile SoC Maker MediaTek Caught Cheating In Benchmarks, Results In UL Delisting

Posted on April 15, 2020 11:24 AM by Rob Williams
Oppo Reno3 Pro Marketing Shot

SoC maker MediaTek has been in the news quite a bit this week, and not for the greatest of reasons. Cheating in benchmarks isn’t new, but it’s still railed against by anyone who cares about accurate data. In the mobile world, we’ve seen some companies optimize for benchmarks in the past, but…..

OnePlus Unveils 8 & 8 Pro Smartphones, Goes All In On 5G

Posted on April 14, 2020 12:13 PM by Rob Williams
OnePlus 8 Pro

OnePlus has today unveiled its much-anticipated 8 series phones, including the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. Whereas the 7 series launched with only a single model, to be later joined by another, OnePlus has decided to unveil both of these new models at the same time, which seems like a great…..

Luxion Adds NVLink Support To KeyShot 9.2, Updates Standalone Benchmark To Support GPUs

Posted on April 6, 2020 8:30 PM by Rob Williams
Luxion KeyShot 9 Viewer Benchmark

In November, Luxion released KeyShot 9, a major update to its popular rendering software which added support for NVIDIA’s RTX accelerated ray tracing and denoising, as well as the comprehensive RealCloth woven materials editor. In February, 9.1 was released, adding Unwrap UV for aiding in proper texture placement, GPU support for network…..

AMD, NVIDIA Join US Government’s COVID-19 HPC Consortium

Posted on April 6, 2020 5:10 PM by Rob Williams
Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Summit Volta-powerd Supercomputer

There’s been much to come out of this COVID-19 pandemic that’s been upsetting, something that’s made pretty much all positive news seem that much more special. Today, AMD and NVIDIA both join the US government’s COVID-19 HPC Consortium, joining many others to dedicate massive amounts of computing power to researchers to help get…..

CoD: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered To Launch On PC End Of April

Posted on April 1, 2020 12:41 PM by Rob Williams
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Remastered

After much rumor, Activision announced the “Remastered” version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 yesterday. The title will follow in the footsteps of the Modern Warfare Remastered from 2017, but not include multiplayer or Spec Ops co-op modes. Considering the fact that MW2 MP was memorable for many, it’s unfortunate to…..

AMD Ryzen 4000-series Notebooks Launch To Great Response

Posted on March 30, 2020 2:40 PM by Rob Williams
Acer Aspire 5 (A515-44) Notebook

In some ways, it’s hard to believe that AMD launched its first Ryzen CPUs only three years ago. Out-of-the-gate, the first-gen series impressed, and little did we realize at the time, things were only going to be getting better. The second-gen launched with nice iterations, and then the third-gen launched last summer…..

Steam Sets 23.4M Concurrent User Record, CS: GO Responsible For 1.1M

Posted on March 29, 2020 4:15 PM by Rob Williams
Steam Concurrent Players Record (March 29, 2020)

With COVID-19 forcing so many of us to self-isolate, it was inevitable that the world’s networks would take a good beating, and start setting some new records. One service that has been enjoying some extra load is Steam, which has been setting multiple records for itself over the course of the past…..

Maxon To Host Virtual NAB Show April 20 – 23

Posted on March 24, 2020 3:41 PM by Rob Williams
Maxon Virtual NAB Show 2020

Like a countless number of shows slated for this year, the annual NAB show in Las Vegas has been canceled, leaving many participating companies wondering where to go from here. For Maxon, its next move wasn’t too complicated, since for the past decade, the company has supplemented its live NAB appearance with…..

Computex Moves Its 2020 Event From June To September

Posted on March 24, 2020 2:50 PM by Rob Williams
Computex 2020

With the effects of COVID-19 in full swing, the world feels far different today than it did just two weeks ago, and especially one month ago. As mentioned yesterday, we would have been at NVIDIA’s latest GTC this week had it gone ahead as planned. Instead of canceling, NVIDIA decided to take things…..

NVIDIA’s GTC Digital 2020 Kicks Off March 24

Posted on March 23, 2020 5:13 PM by Rob Williams

It was a little over a month ago when we were preparing our travel for NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference, and to say that a lot has transpired since would be a great understatement. Many have felt that their lives have been turned upside-down, and with self-isolation, the situation can become tedious really…..

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