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This year's Nvidia April Fool's joke is now a reality

This year's Nvidia April Fool's joke becomes a reality (Source: Nvidia)
This year's Nvidia April Fool's joke becomes a reality (Source: Nvidia)
The software may still be a pipe dream, but at least some lucky few will get to own a very cool-looking 64 GB USB thumb drive. Gamers have until the end of this week to register and be included in the drawing.

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It's not uncommon for computer manufacturers and tech companies to announce ridiculous products and services every year on April 1st in celebration of April Fool's Day. Sometimes these "announcements" can become a bit out of hand and do more harm than good, but most of the time they are lighthearted fun for the community such as Nvidia's AI-powered GeForce GTX "G-Assist" USB stick.

Nvidia has announced that the stylish G-Assist stick will be returning as an actual 64 GB USB 3.0 USB thumb drive for users to own. The stick will look exactly like how it was advertised on April 1st and will appear as a miniaturized version of the reference GTX 1080 desktop graphics card. Of course, it's doubtful that the drive will carry the absurd AI-powered software, but its design should make it a must have for any Nvidia fan.

Unfortunately, the manufacturer will only produce exactly 1080 of these USB drives as giveaways to qualified gamers. In order to be in the drawing, users must install GeForce Experience and agree to receive promotional emails from Nvidia before the June 23rd deadline. It's a little disappointing that the USB stick will be a limited run in order to promote GeForce Experience as we're sure that plenty of users would rather just purchase the drive like any other product.

According to Nvidia's April Fool's video below, the G-Assist stick would have granted owners unfair advantages in single-player and multiplayer games with "professional" auto-play AI settings.

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Allen Ngo, 2017-06-19 (Update: 2017-07- 2)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.