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SPECgpc Releases SPECviewperf 13 Benchmark, Adds Overhauled UI & 4K Support

Posted on May 24, 2018 3:04 PM by Rob Williams
SPECviewperf 13 Medical Test

It’s a big week for those who like to measure the viewport performance of leading applications, as SPECgpc members have just launched their latest benchmark: SPECviewperf 13. SPECviewperf, and SPEC in general, is no stranger to our results pages. Our just-posted video tackling Radeon Pro and Quadro performance analyzed results from eight…..

AMD’s Radeon Adrenalin Edition 18.5.1 Driver Unifies Desktop & Mobile GPUs

Posted on May 24, 2018 2:24 PM by Rob Williams
PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 580

It’s beginning to look like this is the week for new graphics card drivers. Earlier, we posted about NVIDIA’s latest Game Ready drivers, which tackles performance for The Crew 2 (beta) and State of Decay, but somehow, a brand-new Radeon release managed to escape me. Yesterday, AMD released 18.5.1, an actually very…..

To Accelerate Its AI Vision, Qualcomm Forms AI Research Organization

Posted on May 24, 2018 1:50 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm Snapdragon

In case the fact has somehow escaped you, artificial intelligence is big business right now. We went from barely hearing about AI in the real-world to hearing about it all of the time. It’s hardly annoying, though, like many other constant reminders in our lives can be (it’s “Laurel”, by the way).…..

Qualcomm Launches Snapdragon 710 Platform, First Equipped Devices Expected Soon

Posted on May 24, 2018 12:56 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Series Thumbnail

Back in February, at a time when Qualcomm had been hassled relentlessly by acquisition efforts, the company announced a new higher-end Snapdragon mobile SoC series targeting devices for those who demand solid performance, but don’t necessarily need the best of the best. Ultimately, Qualcomm wants to get AI-capable chips into more and…..

NVIDIA’s 397.93 Game Ready GeForce Driver Tackles Performance For The Crew 2 Beta & State of Decay 2

Posted on May 24, 2018 12:26 PM by Rob Williams
The Crew 2

Cluing me into the fact that The Crew 2‘s launch is much closer than I realized, NVIDIA has today released a new Game Ready GeForce driver that tackles performance enhancements for the game before it even gets here. I was a pretty big fan of the original The Crew, having been a…..

NVIDIA Releases A Bit Of An Odd GPU: 3GB GeForce GTX 1050

Posted on May 21, 2018 10:09 AM by Rob Williams
ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

A 3GB version of NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050 has been rumored about for some time, and today, we finally see the card rise to the surface – at least by way of appearing in plain text form on NVIDIA’s website. It’s a bit of an odd beast, though… almost too odd, making…..

The Synology DiskStation DS1618+: When The Great Gets An Upgrade

Posted on May 19, 2018 5:00 PM by Robert Tanner
IMG 3363

Synology has officially launched the DiskStation DS1618+, a six-bay prosumer NAS geared for anyone from enthusiasts to small and medium-sized businesses that need room to safely store, manage, and backup impressively large amounts of data. The DS1618+ marks the first Synology NAS utilizing Denverton C3000 Atom processors, replacing the aging five-year old Rangeley Atom C2000…..

It’s Beginning To Look Like The PlayStation 5 Could Feature AMD’s Ryzen

Posted on May 19, 2018 4:06 PM by Rob Williams
Sony Playstation 4 Pro

This isn’t likely to come as a surprise to anyone who follows the console market, given the fact that AMD silicon is currently featured in both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but we’re beginning to see hints that AMD’s Zen microarchitecture is going to wind up in Sony’s next major console.…..

EVGA To Begin Providing Its Motherboard Drivers On 8GB Flash Drives, Not Discs

Posted on May 18, 2018 4:59 PM by Rob Williams
EVGA Flash Drive With Motherboard Drivers

From the “It’s about damn time!” files is news from EVGA that the company is going to soon be shipping its motherboard drivers on a… *drum roll*… flash drive. Novel idea, right? In reality, it’s been an idea pretty much everyone has had at some point the past decade, as optical discs…..

Checking Out AMD’s Santa Clara Headquarters

Posted on May 17, 2018 11:00 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Santa Clara HQ - Thumbnail

To better show off what AMD has in store for 2018 (and the future) on the business side of its… business, the company invited press and analysts down to its new Santa Clara headquarters last week. Usually, I don’t take enough photos to justify a post, but this time was different. I…..

Intel Signs Deal With European Automaker To Deliver Mobileye Autonomous Tech To 8 Million Vehicles

Posted on May 17, 2018 9:30 AM by Rob Williams
Intel Autonomous Driving with BMW - Investor Day 2016

Intel may be struggling with getting its 10nm processors out the door, but in other markets, the company is apparently making some great progress, and signing some huge deals. Last year, the company acquired Israel’s Mobileye for $15.3 billion, and while Intel has dabbled in many markets it ended up pulling out…..

OnePlus Launches Aggressively Styled And Spec’d OnePlus 6

Posted on May 16, 2018 2:36 PM by Rob Williams
OnePlus 6 Mirror Black

OnePlus’ latest flagship has proven to be one of the worst-kept secrets in 2018, with an incredible number of leaks that turned out to be true, for the most part. The new OnePlus 6 sports a very different design over the previous flagships, largely because of the all-glass design, and, the Apple-esque…..

NVIDIA Reportedly Releasing 4K/144Hz G-SYNC Monitors By End Of May

Posted on May 15, 2018 2:36 PM by Rob Williams

4K/144Hz G-SYNC monitors have been rumored for launch for a number of months, but we now have actual proof that some models will be gracing store shelves (digital or otherwise) soon. As in… this month, potentially. This is according to KitGuru, which talked to NVIDIA’s G-SYNC PM Vijay Sharma at a London…..

Logitech Makes 1ms Wireless Performance Affordable With Its G305 LIGHTSPEED Gaming Mouse

Posted on May 15, 2018 12:34 PM by Rob Williams
Logitech G305 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse (Black)

“With the Logitech G305, there is no reason to game with a leash” may be one of the best lines I’ve ever seen in a press release. It of course relates to the very product mentioned: a brand-new LIGHTSPEED gaming mouse model from Logitech that brings ultra-fast wireless performance to the masses.…..

Bethesda Announces Rage 2, Dystopian Open-world FPS Due In 2019

Posted on May 15, 2018 11:34 AM by Rob Williams
Rage 2 Box Art

The original Rage, which was released in 2011 as a semi-open-world shooter, impressed the masses overall. On PC, there were some issues that kept people unhappy for a time, but ultimately, the game felt like a commercial success… something proven by the fact that we’re now talking about its just-announced sequel. And…..

Qualcomm To Support Forthcoming WPA3 Wireless Encryption Protocol – We Investigate Why That Matters

Posted on May 15, 2018 7:30 AM by Jamie Fletcher
NETGEAR NIGHTHAWK X4 Wi-Fi Router

It’s hard to believe that WPA2 has been with us now for nearly 14 years, and that it’s taken so long for a new standard to replace it, not too dissimilar from the transition from USB 2.0 to 3.0. For the most part, WPA2 has done its job. It’s been the predominant…..

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 Rumored To Include A Finger Print Reader Under The Display

Posted on May 14, 2018 11:57 AM by Rob Williams
Samsung Galaxy S9

Considering the fact that Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ came out only a couple of months ago, it’s a little surprising that we’re already hearing about what the S10 might introduce. Or… is it? For the most part, the S9 family doesn’t look or feel that much different from the S8 family,…..

Thermaltake’s View 32 TG RGB Edition Chassis Offers Lots Of Bling & Lots Of Glass

Posted on May 14, 2018 11:08 AM by Rob Williams
Thermaltake View 32 TG RGB Edition Chassis

Nearly a year after I took Corsair’s Crystal 570X chassis for a test drive, I find myself still admiring its overall design. It’s not the easiest chassis to work with, a given with tempered glass on all sides, but the finished product looks fantastic – especially if you have some LED fans.…..

New Software Technique Helps Identify Used Flash Memory Chips Sold As Factory Fresh

Posted on May 12, 2018 6:25 PM by Rob Williams
Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator Internals

Counterfeit products have likely been a problem for about as long as humans have existed, with an incredible number of believable products being recycled and reused, or straight-up faked, hitting markets every day. The issue is especially bad in China, which is home to a countless number of counterfeiting stories – we’ve…..

GIGABYTE Launches UD PRO SSD Series For Budget-oriented Consumers

Posted on May 12, 2018 3:45 PM by Rob Williams
GIGABYTE UD PRO Solid-state Drive

A new entrant has just arrived in the SSD market: GIGABYTE. With its initial UD PRO series, the company is targeting the value-conscious consumer who doesn’t want to spend a whole lot, but still want much better performance than mechanical storage (or simply need to replace their preexisting SSD). GIGABYTE has provided…..

Valve’s Dota 2 The International 2018 Compendium Is Out & Breaking Records

Posted on May 10, 2018 6:05 PM by Robert Tanner

Valve’s The International Dota 2 tournament happens once a year like clockwork, and just like clockwork, it never fails to break new records. With a prize pool already 25% higher than the equivalent period last year, The International 8 is already past $6.5 million and seems poised to reach $30 million this…..

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Supply Has Just Become A Lot Better, And With More Reasonable Pricing

Posted on May 9, 2018 4:08 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti - Side-view

NVIDIA sends us many emails, but it’s one that says something as simple as “GeForce GTX back in stock!” that makes our ears perk up. It’s a secret to no one that the GPU market has been seriously rough the past year or more, with prices skyrocketing on any model capable of…..

AMD Releases Updated ProRender 2.2 Plugin For 3ds Max – We Test 13 GPU Configurations

Posted on May 9, 2018 9:00 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon ProRender

Last month, we tried to counter April’s showers with a look at the performance of two ray tracing renderers: AMD’s Radeon ProRender, and Chaos Group’s V-Ray. On the V-Ray side, the latest 4.0 version brings significant performance boosts, especially if you’re using a GPU equipped with Tensor cores. At the time our…..

QNAP’s TS-963X A 9-bay NAS In A 5-bay Size, Powered By AMD G-Series Quad-Core SoC

Posted on May 8, 2018 10:27 AM by Rob Williams
QNAP TS-963X 9-bay NAS - Front

As someone who’s used five-bay NASes for quite some time, I’ve come to feel like it’s the “perfect” size. Four of the bays can be used for RAID5 (not that this is particularly suggested for huge volumes), and the spare could be used when one of the other four drives needs to…..

Future Intel ‘Cascade Lake’ Server Platform To Include 6-channel Memory, Up To 224 Cores Per System

Posted on May 7, 2018 2:10 PM by Rob Williams
Intel 8th Gen Core Processor

It’s becoming hard to predict what Intel is going to do next, and for a number of reasons, that’s a great thing. I sound like a broken record at this point, but it seems clear to me that AMD’s Zen has really lit a fire under Intel’s bottom. We saw it with…..

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