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Chaos Group To Debut “Over 80% Faster” V-Ray GPU Rendering Architecture At GTC 2018

Posted on March 22, 2018 6:12 PM by Rob Williams
Chaos Group V-Ray GPU Render (dabarti credit)

Chaos Group’s V-Ray renderer has become a de facto option over the years, both with its ADV CPU-bound and RT GPU-bound options. Soon, that latter option is going to get a whole lot better. In fact, that’s so much the case, that a name-change is in the cards: “V-Ray GPU”. It’s not…..

Qualcomm To Release Snapdragon 845-powered VR Developer Kit In Q2

Posted on March 21, 2018 12:18 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm SVR845 Snapdragon Logos Mockup

Qualcomm has taken advantage of the ongoing Game Developers Conference in San Francisco to usher in its next-generation VR development kit, starring the just-released Snapdragon 845 SoC. As always, Qualcomm’s goal with its VRDKs is to provide developers with the ideal setup for producing and experiencing VR content. The better the development…..

AMD Publishes New Videos To Teach You The Ins And Outs Of Radeon Overlay & WattMan

Posted on March 21, 2018 9:43 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Render

We posted just the other day about a series of videos Qualcomm produced to highlight the benefits of its Snapdragon-powered notebooks, and clearly, video is a great way to get the message across (surprised?!). To that end, AMD is very proud of its Radeon Overlay and WattMan tools, and has created two…..

NVIDIA’s Ansel & ShadowPlay Highlights Find Their Way Into Handful Of New Games

Posted on March 21, 2018 9:28 AM by Rob Williams
ShadowPlay Highlights in Star Wars Battlefront II

It’s that time of year again – when a game developers conference directly precedes NVIDIA’s own technology conference. There’s never a question about a supposed battle between both GDC and GTC (well, aside from telling someone “GTC” and they thought you said “GDC”), as both events complement each other very well. That’s…..

Qualcomm Highlights Key Snapdragon-powered Notebook Benefits With New Videos

Posted on March 20, 2018 5:31 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm Snapdragon Powering Windows 10 Notebook Feature

As the first Snapdragon-powered “always on” notebooks begin to ship to customers, Qualcomm has decided to tackle some confusion that’s permeated through the market about Arm-based platforms, versus x86 ones. This isn’t about software compatibility (since these Snapdragon notebooks can run x86 applications just fine), but rather other benefits you may not…..

Latest CTS-Labs Interview Bolsters Belief Of Targeted Attack On AMD

Posted on March 16, 2018 12:28 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen 1800X and GIGABYTE AB350-GAMING 3

As we wait for something to become of the ousting of 13 vulnerabilities related to AMD’s Zen-based processors, a new in-depth interview helps bolster our belief that something isn’t quite right with CTS-Labs. The company couldn’t even be bothered to establish an address before taking on a microprocessor giant with insinuations of…..

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ Released – Faster CPU & Better Wi-Fi

Posted on March 15, 2018 6:50 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Top View

The venerable Raspberry Pi 3 just got an update with the Model B+ (instead of just a Model B). It keeps the same $35 price as all previous generation Model Bs, but now with a faster CPU, better wireless capabilities, and some other new features ready to be exploited, such as PoE.…..

Google And LG Team Up To Develop 5500×3000 AMOLED VR Display

Posted on March 15, 2018 4:07 PM by Rob Williams
HTC Vive Pro HMD

When HTC announced its Vive Pro at CES a couple of months ago, VR fans had reason to be excited. It’s clear that current solutions are great, but they leave a lot to be desired, and the same could even be argued about the Vive Pro – it’s a big leap, but…..

AMD Security Insinuations Likely A Targeted Hit On Company’s Stock

Posted on March 14, 2018 10:52 AM by Rob Williams
Dell EMC PowerEdge R7425 AMD EPYC Server - Under the Hood

Remember the time when security vulnerabilities were taken seriously? When those vulnerabilities weren’t given cute names and their own branding with logos? When companies were given more than 24 hours to react to accusations? Yesterday, a company unknown to anyone, CTS-Labs, came out of nowhere with a vulnerability website,, and an…..

US Presidential Order Prevents Broadcom From Acquiring Qualcomm

Posted on March 13, 2018 12:57 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC

Following a frustrating few months of Qualcomm battling Broadcom in its attempt at a hostile takeover, none other than the President of the United States decided to step in like a playground hero and break things up. Officially, Broadcom’s pursuit of Qualcomm is over, seemingly entirely to do with concerns of national…..

ASUS Doles Out The Features With Its ProArt PA32UC 4K HDR Professional Monitor

Posted on March 11, 2018 2:57 PM by Rob Williams
ASUS ProArt PA32UC Professional Monitor

If you’re in the market for a new professional monitor, then you’ve got some great timing. ASUS’ new ProArt PA32UC caters to professionals from top to bottom, and that includes with the price. This 4K monitor will set you back $1,999, but for those who take their image quality seriously, the best…..

Getting Rid Of Intel’s “ITBM Driver Not Available” Error In Windows 10

Posted on March 11, 2018 2:30 PM by Rob Williams
Intel ITBM Driver Issue - Disable Service Dialog

I run a handful of Intel PCs in the lab, but only one gives me a nagging problem that’s driven me nuts for months. On an Intel X299-based platform, every single Windows 10 boot would (yes, “would”) result in an Intel Turbo 3.0 error box telling me that a driver is missing…..

Microsoft Announces Upcoming Support For AMD’s FreeSync On Xbox One & Xbox One X

Posted on March 11, 2018 1:20 PM by Rob Williams
Samsung CHG70 4K FreeSync Display

With both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 equipped with AMD graphics, it’s long been assumed that FreeSync support wouldn’t be an impossibility. After all, these consoles are more PC-like than ever, something Microsoft in particular has proven with its Xbox platform being integrated with Windows. Well, support is now official for…..

Valve Goes Back To Its Roots, Decides To Begin Making Games Again

Posted on March 10, 2018 3:09 PM by Rob Williams
Half-Life 2

This isn’t the freshest news, but it’s important enough to revive. Earlier this week, it was discovered that Valve has not just one game in the works, but multiple. The problem? We only know about the first, and nothing about the rest. So, before you get your hopes up for an Episode…..

HP’s ENVY x2 Snapdragon Notebook Available For Pre-order, Has Already Sold Out Once

Posted on March 10, 2018 1:09 PM by Rob Williams
HP Envy x2

It feels like we’ve been talking about Qualcomm’s Snapdragon-enabled “all day” notebooks for quite some time, so I’m finding it hard to get through my head that the first products are finally almost out the door. That includes HP’s ENVY x2, which sells for $999, and is expected to ship by March…..

Oculus Revives Rift Headsets With Patch, Offers $15 Store Credit To Say “Sorry”

Posted on March 8, 2018 5:56 PM by Rob Williams
Oculus Rift

Gaming has sure come a long way. It used to be that electricity was the biggest requirement for gaming, but nowadays, we have internet requirements to contend with, and of course sporadic updates that can ruin what was supposed to be your prime game time. And let’s not forget our peripherals that…..

NVIDIA Accused Of Anti-competitive Practices With New Partner Program

Posted on March 8, 2018 5:00 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - Top Angle

Some accusations are being hurled at NVIDIA today for alleged anti-competitive practices revolving around its newly launched “GeForce Partner Program”. If you hadn’t heard of that yet, don’t feel bad, because this is the first time I’m hearing about it, too. Despite that, anyone who paid attention to NVIDIA’s blog last week…..

Leaked Slides Highlight Features Coming To AMD’s Upcoming Ryzen 2000 Series Processors

Posted on March 8, 2018 3:04 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen 2 SKUs

It’s beginning to feel like AMD’s preparing a launch for some new CPUs, and I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t because of the barrage of rumors that have been floating around. Some of those rumors include believable slides, encompassing both Ryzen 2000 series chips, as well as the second-gen Ryzen…..

Khronos Group Announces Vulkan 1.1, Brings Numerous Enhancements Including Multi-GPU Support

Posted on March 8, 2018 12:20 PM by Rob Williams
Khronos Vulkan Logo

It’s been a very busy few years for Khronos Group and its Vulkan graphics API. Three years ago, Valve stunned GDC audiences with the announcement that it had begun work on a Vulkan graphics driver. That came at a time when the industry was only barely grasping what Vulkan was all about,…..

ASRock Reportedly Diving Into GPU Market With A Focus On Radeon

Posted on March 7, 2018 4:03 PM by Rob Williams
ASRock H110 Pro BTC+ Motherboard

For better or for worse, the explosion of cryptocurrency and crypto mining has affected the PC components market significantly – and not to mention the consumers who want those products. Consumers have a hard time finding the graphics card they want, and companies have a hard time getting enough product out the…..

Windows 10 Spring Creators Update To Bolster Machine-learning Capabilities

Posted on March 7, 2018 3:24 PM by Rob Williams

The next major iteration of Windows 10 is due soon, either this month or early next, and based on all that we know so far, it’s going to be worth the upgrade. Called the Spring Creators Update (AKA: Redstone 4), and versioned 1803, one of the biggest (but probably most subtle) things…..

As Doubt Surrounding Qualcomm Deal Grows, Broadcom Tries To Woo US With $1.5B Pledge

Posted on March 7, 2018 2:34 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm At MWC

It’s been an extremely busy couple of months for both Qualcomm and Broadcom, as the latter continues to pursue a hostile takeover. Earlier this week, Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) announced that its annual shareholders meeting would be pushed back to April 5, as the US Committee on Foreign Investment decided to spend some…..

Intel’s NUC With Radeon RX Vega M Looks Great, Runs Even Better

Posted on March 6, 2018 5:40 PM by Rob Williams
Intel NUC With RX Radeon Vega M

It doesn’t even feel like it’s been that long since Intel announced its partnership with AMD to deliver Radeon graphics on some of its SKUs, but here we are, not far from an actual launch. Korean tech site Playwares (via HotHardware) managed to snag one of the new Hades Canyon NUCs, sporting…..

Arm’s Latest Mali Processors Bring High-end Capabilities To Mainstream Devices

Posted on March 6, 2018 2:24 PM by Rob Williams
Arm Mali-G52, Mali-V52 & Mali-D51 Processors

It’s nice to envision a world where only high-end devices exist, and with Arm’s latest processors, the gap between high-end and mainstream is tightened. The new products include the Mali-G52 and Mali-G31 graphics processors, the Mali-D51 display processor, and also the Mali-V52 video processor. Yup – that’s a lot to wrap your…..

Corsair Crams A Ton Of Functionality Into Its Carbide 275R Mid-tower Chassis

Posted on March 6, 2018 11:00 AM by Rob Williams
Corsair Carbide 275R Mid-tower Chassis - Thumb

Corsair has just launched a new $70 chassis ($80 with tempered glass) that aims to give you everything you’re looking for in a chassis at any price-point. The Carbide 275R is a mid-tower coming in either black or white that’s painted on with the goal of a minimalist aesthetic – but not…..

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