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Intel GPUs may feature native ray tracing capabilities. (Image Source: Guru3D)

New evidence for hardware-accelerated ray tracing support in Intel Xe GPUs comes to light

Fresh evidence for hardware-accelerated ray tracing in what is purported to be Intel GPU driver code has surfaced. The driver references several ray tracing features of the DXR API. Although speculation about ray tracing support i...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Sat, 25 Jan 2020 13:03:00 +0100
PCs are still the favorite. (Image source: Asia Pacific University)

Game developers are more interested in working with the PlayStation 5 than the Nintendo Switch or Xbox Series X but the PC rules the roost

An interesting survey released by the Game Developer Conference has shown which platforms are the most interesting to developers at the moment. In the console wars, the PlayStation 5 just pips the Nintendo Switch for being the dev...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 25 Jan 2020 08:50:00 +0100
The Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 Chromax.black maintains the dimensions and performance of the original, while being better suited to use in windowed cases (Source: Noctua)

AMD small form-factor builds now have another stealth CPU cooler option

Small form factor builders who prefer to use AMD processors now have the option of Noctua's ultra-compact NH-L9a-AM4 Chromax.black for their colour themed builds. The Chromax version is better suited for windowed cases where the s...
Craig Ward, Sat, 25 Jan 2020 02:15:00 +0100
Austere's new 8K HDMI 2.1 Cable. (Source: Austere)

Austere releases an HDMI 2.1 cable for 8K UHD content

8K is the next up-and-coming thing in display-tech standards. However, devices that support it may only be so effective at showing it without compatible, high-quality cables. The company Austere has put just such a product on the ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 24 Jan 2020 18:25:00 +0100
The unlikely alliance between Matrox and Nvidia is bringing a custom embedded Quadro GPU supporting four 4K commercial wall displays. (Image source: Matrox)

Matrox is back... collaborating with Nvidia?

Is Matrox going to follow Intel's example to rise against Nvidia and AMD in the gaming GPU market? Probably not, as the Canadians are still focusing on professional and enterprise GPU solutions, but it is interesting to see the Ca...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 24 Jan 2020 16:22:00 +0100
The new PNY NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000 Passive. (Source: PNY)

PNY releases a passively-cooled version of its Quadro RTX 8000 card

PNY has launched a new version of its 48GB NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000 graphics card. This one, however, lacks a fan of any kind. Nevertheless, the OEM asserts that it is still capable of a memory bandwidth of 624 gigabytes per second ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:23:00 +0100
AMD's Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors feature Radeon Graphics. (Image source: AMD)

AMD's Ryzen 7 4800H mobile APU spotted surpassing Intel's Core i7-9700K desktop CPU in Time Spy benchmark

A noted data miner has dug out an impressive result for AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800H in 3DMark’s Time Spy benchmark. The Ryzen 4000 series chip from the new Renoir family of APUs amassed a total of 8,350 points in the test, putting it ahea...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 23 Jan 2020 04:55:00 +0100
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Klaus Hinum, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 19:12:19 +0100
The new Comet Lake-S motherboard chipsets will not support the PCIe 4.0 standard. (Image Source: Intel)

Intel drops PCIe 4.0 support for upcoming Comet Lake desktop CPUs, postpones launch to April

Industry insider sources inform that Intel's Comet Lake lineup of desktop CPUs will not provide support for the PCIe 4.0 standard as advertised back in late 2019. Intel's CPU shortages combined with the impossibility to adapt circ...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 16:35:00 +0100
What has AMD got up its sleeve for its "Big Navi" GPUs? (Image source: AMD via Guru3D)

Rumour | AMD is apparently planning 80 CUs and beyond for its 2020-bound "Big Navi" GPUs

The RX 5600 XT has been well received so far, but a new rumour claims that AMD has 80 CU and beyond GPUs planned for this year. The lower-end model in what will supposedly be called the RX 6000 series will target the RTX 2080 Ti t...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:32:00 +0100
The Impact mini PC based on Kontron motherboard runs on a Core i9 CPU with no fans whatsoever (Source: Impact Display Solutions)

The Impact mini PC based on Kontron motherboard runs on a Core i9 CPU with no fans whatsoever

Aimed at industrial applications where complete silence may be desired, the mini PC encases a Fujitsu mini-STX motherboard in a huge heat sink with configurations up to the octa-core Core i9-9900T.
Allen Ngo, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 08:27:00 +0100
The entire Half-Life series is available to download on Steam for free till March. (Source: Valve)

Valve's Half-Life series is free on Steam for the next two months

To help drum up the hype ahead of the launch of Half-Life: Alyx in March, Valve is offering gamers an unbeatabale deal. For the next two months, anyone with a Steam account can download and play each of all previous Half-Life titl...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 02:57:00 +0100
The Radeon RX 5600 XT will launch at US$279. (Image source: AMD)

AMD sees off NVIDIA RTX 2060 price cuts with 10-15% RX 5600 XT performance boost

AMD and NVIDIA are locked in a battle for the midrange currently, with both manufacturers pulling moves to make their cards look more attractive. First we had NVIDIA, which cut the RTX 2060 by US$50, and now AMD has reportedly pus...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 12:57:00 +0100
PUBG Season 6 brings in a new Motor Glider. (Source: PUBG Corp)

PUBG Season 6 releasing January 25, brings a new Karakin map, Motor Glider, Survivor Pass, and more

PUBG is getting a new Season 6 update next week. Season 6 offers a new 64-player map, Karakin, which is designed to offer a challenging gameplay and a new hazard called Black Zone in which the map layout changes with every match. ...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:10:00 +0100
WhatsApp will not display ads any time soon. (Source: WhatsApp)

Facebook abandons its "Ads for WhatsApp" plan

Facebook has encountered serious opposition to its intentions to use WhatsApp for ad revenue-building purposes. Now, a new report has indicated that the social media giant has ultimately dropped its efforts to achieve this aim, wh...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 23:09:00 +0100
Microsoft executives unveil the company's new carbon-negating plan. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft announces its goal of going carbon-negative by 2030

Microsoft's president, Ben Smith, has publicly acknowledged the scientific consensus that is anthropogenic climate change. Accordingly, the executive has announced an initiative by which the company aims to throw its carbon emissi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:06:00 +0100
AMD will apparently debut the RX 6000 series this summer. (Image source: RedGamingTech)

AMD RDNA 2: New rumors allege 50% better performance than RDNA 1 with no added power consumption

If you thought that 2019 was good for graphics cards and gamers, then think again. 2020 is already shaping up to be even better than last year, with not only new consoles and RTX 3000 around the corner, but also RDNA 2. AMD's next...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 19:21:00 +0100
AMD has a new Radeon driver update. (Source: AMD)

The latest Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 update brings support for the newest Dragon Ball Z title

AMD has just announced the release of the latest version of Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition (20.1.2). It confers support for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, as well as Vulkan 1.2. It also fixes a problem for some UE4-based games in...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:10:00 +0100
PC shipments are up, but only by a small percentage. (Image Source: BusinessKorea)

2019 PC shipments were surprisingly up for the first time in 7 years

PC shipments increased by a small percentage in 2019 and this is mostly due to Microsoft discontinuing support for the venerable Windows 7 OS. 261 to 267 million PC system shipping throughout 2019 are nothing to scoff at, but thes...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:09:00 +0100
Windows 7 will no longer be supported by Microsoft. (Image Source: ComputerWorld)

Still can't let go of Windows 7? Here's a hack to further extend your eligibility for security updates

Microsoft has ended official support for Windows 7 on January 14, but many home users and businesses still use it as their primary operating system. Enterprise customers can still avail the option of paying for extended support le...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 09:48:00 +0100
Certain Xeon Platinum SKUs will change in price soon. (Source: Intel)

Scalable Intel Xeon Platinum-M series to be depreciated; L-series to take its price-point

Intel has announced a shake-up in its line of Xeon scalable processors. The OEM will cease sales of the M variants of these server-grade SoCs (the Xeon Platinum 8280M, for example) will. However, their L (the Platinum 8280L, and s...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 07:00:00 +0100
All images via Lenovo

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT: A fanless mini PC that can't take the heat

The Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT is a rugged but silent mini PC suited for IT deployments and enterprise use. Unfortunately, the little desktop's performance suffers under load, primarily because of thermal throttling.
Sam Medley, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 04:48:00 +0100
Apple's Mac Pro can now be purchased in a rack-friendly form factor. (Image via Apple)

Rack-mount Mac Pro now available, starts at US $6500

Apple has started selling the Mac Pro in a server-friendly rack-mountable form factor. While the internals of the new model are the same as the tower Mac Pro, the rack-mount design runs an extra US $500.
Sam Medley, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 22:21:00 +0100
The more affordable B550 and A520 variants of the X570 chipset are expected to be released this spring. (Image Source: Anandtech)

AMD's 600-series chipset expected to launch by the end of 2020

Reports coming from Taiwan and China reveal that AMD will collaborate with ASMedia in order to produce all upcoming motherboard chipsets, including the more affordable B550 and A520 for Ryzen 3000 desktop CPUs, as well as the upco...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:07:00 +0100
Are you in the mood for new Navi GPUs? (Image source: AMD via PCGamesN)

High-end AMD Navi GPUs appear in new trademark filing

Excited by the prospect of a high-end Navi GPU or two? Well, AMD's partners are seemingly prepping themselves for some new product releases too, with one filing trademarks for four unreleased Navi SKUs at the EEC. We discuss wheth...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 14:38:00 +0100
The vulnerability could impact every Windows system released in the past 20 years (Image source: Microsoft)

The NSA reports "extraordinarily serious" Windows flaw to Microsoft: The US military's already received an update

Sources told Krebs on Security that Microsoft is working to patch an "extraordinarily serious" vulnerability, potentially affecting every Windows system released in the last 20 years.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 18:47:00 +0100
The new ZBOX Nano is powered by AMD's Ryzen 3 3200U APU. (Image Source: WCCFTech)

Zotac to release ZBOX Nano mini-PCs powered by AMD's Ryzen and Vega chips

Zotac is the latest company to join AMD's mini PC initiative. For now, there is only a ZBOX Nano barebones model that is powered by the Ryzen 3 3200U APU with integrated Vega 3 graphics and support for up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:58:00 +0100
The Mac Pro failed to make inroads into the cheese grater market (Image source: Apple)

PC makers continue to eat into Mac's dwindling market share

Market research estimates by Gartner and IDC indicate that Apple's share of the PC market continues to decline. With a 7.5 percent share as of Q4 2019, Apple remains the world's 4th largest PC seller. However, it is outsold signif...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 14:42:00 +0100
The Asus Dual GeForce RTX 2070 Mini is designed for Intel's 'Ghost Canyon' NUC 9 Extreme. (Source: Asus)

Asus creates first 'Mini' RTX 2070 GPU for Intel's 'Ghost Canyon' gaming NUC

Asus has launched its first custom GPU for Intel’s forthcoming ‘Ghost Canyon’ modular gaming NUCs. The new card is a compact version of Nvidia’s RTX 2070 features two Axial-tech fans two help maximize frame rates during play....
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 12:40:00 +0100
The i9-10990XE might steal the crown from the Ryzen 9 3950X, but at what cost? (Image source: ExtremeTech)

Intel allegedly prepping monstrous i9-10990XE with 22 cores

A user on the ChipHell forums posted unconfirmed evidence of the Intel i9-10990XE. If the post is genuine, it could mean that Intel's attempting to brute force its way to multi-core dominance with an insane 380W, 22-core, 44-threa...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 19:52:00 +0100
Asus introduced a 360Hz G-SYNC display at CES 2020 (Source: Asus)

Are high refresh rate displays worth your money?

With the incredibly wide range of refresh rate displays available, 60Hz is starting to look like a thing of the past. While high refresh rate displays have numerous benefits, is it really worth it in the long run?
Loki Rautio, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 18:31:00 +0100
Do you really need a 240 Hz or 300 Hz laptop display? The common misconception about high refresh rate monitors

Update | Do you really need a 240 Hz or 300 Hz laptop display? The common misconception about high refresh rate monitors

No, you don't need a stable 144 FPS to take advantage of a 144 Hz display. For gaming laptops in particular where CPU and GPU power are limited, these 240 Hz and 300 Hz high refresh rate panels are more useful for their wide range...
Allen Ngo, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 17:51:00 +0100
FireFox voice gives you Siri-like control over the FireFox browser (Image source: Wikipedia)

FireFox Voice gives you full-browser voice control and Siri-like natural language features

Mozilla adds natural language voice processing to FireFox with the new FireFox Voice feature. Currently limited to desktop, FireFox voice gives you near-total control over the FireFox browser using just your voice and natural lang...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 17:51:00 +0100
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT Review - Silent desktop with crippled performance

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT Review - Silent desktop with crippled performance

Fins, not fans. The ThinkCentre M90n Nano IoT is a fanless variant of Lenovo's newest mini PC. While the rugged build is solid and the device is completely silent, performance leaves something to be desired, especially given the price.
Intel Core i3-8145U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | | 720 g
Sam Medley, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 08:01:00 +0100
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X has a retail price of US$3,990. (Image source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X details officially go live: "One Processor to Render Them All"

The official page for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X processor has gone live. Many of the details about the HEDT chip were already revealed at CES 2020 but now the powerful 64-core desktop CPU has its own home to boast of. AMD i...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 07:15:00 +0100
openEuler Linux taking off, source code available for download (Source: openEuler)

Huawei's CentOS-based openEuler goes live — source code available as well

With the arrival of the source code on Gitee, Huawei's CentOS-based openEuler Linux distro is taking one step forward. However, this notable effort by the Chinese tech giant is currently sabotaged by its unfinished website and doc...
Codrut Nistor, Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:59:00 +0100
AMD is expected to launch the high-end Navi GPU around the time Nvidia plans to release the Ampere GPUs. (Source: HotHardware)

AMD's high-end Navi GPU allegedly pops up in OpenVR benchmark, outperforms Nvidia's RTX 2080 Ti

Even though the high-end Navi GPU is supposed to launch this summer, engineering samples appear to already be tested in the wild. The alleged high-end Navi model that popped in cyubeVR OpenVR benchmark, for example, is 17% faster ...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:38:00 +0100
The new Audio-Technica TWS noise-cancelling earbuds. (Source: Audio-Technica)

CES 2020 | Audio-Technica's 2020 line-up includes TWS earbuds and premium over-ear headphones

Audio-Technica has packed its Las Vegas showcase with high-tech new products. They include 3 pairs of TWS earbuds, the flagship of which are the QuietPoint ATH-ANC300TW with hybrid noise cancellation. There are also headphones dir...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 09 Jan 2020 22:39:00 +0100
The new Wacom One tablet. (Source: Wacom)

CES 2020 | Wacom launches a new, entry-level 13-inch creators' display

The Wacom One is a new, 13-inch digital-art display. It has an FHD panel and in-built, foldable legs for various modes. It is aimed at those looking to get into electronically-enhanced or -generated art, and can also leverage Micr...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 09 Jan 2020 20:49:00 +0100
A look at the Intel Xe DG1. (Image source: Intel via Guru3D, Videocardz & Wccftech)

Intel Xe DG1 unveiled: A 75 W GPU with 96 execution units?

Intel shied away from revealing too much about the Xe DG1 earlier this week, but a leaked set of renders and pictures have lifted the lid on the company's upcoming GPU. Sporting a smart metal design, the DG1 will likely turn heads...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 09 Jan 2020 17:02:00 +0100
Samsung will introduce 250 GB capacities to the Pro NVMe SSD family for the first time. (Source: Anandtech)

CES 2020 | Samsung finally adopts PCIe 4.0 standard for its latest 980 Pro NVMe SSDs

Surprisingly enough, Samsung was not among the first companies to introduce the PCIe 4.0 standard for its popular 900-series NVMe SSDs last year. However, this year, with the announcement of the 980 Pro models, the South Korean gi...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 09 Jan 2020 13:56:00 +0100
EVGA's RTX 2060 KO is the first sub-US$300 RTX 2060 (Image source: TechPowerUp)

RTX 2060 price drops to $299 after AMD's RX 5600 XT reveal

Seemingly in response to AMD's RX 5600 XT announcement, Nvidia's slashed prices on the RTX 2060. The new EVGA RTX 2060 KO is set to arrive on January 13th, priced at just $299. What will this do to the RX 5600 XT and GTX 1660 Ti?
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 19:26:00 +0100
AMD CEO Lisa Su provided more details at a separate Q&A session shortly after the CES keynote. (Source: Tech Times)

CES 2020 | AMD CEO confirms launch for high-end Navi-based GPUs with hardware-level ray tracing this year plus Navi APUs in 2021

The CES keynote did not touch on important aspects, but press representatives were able to obtain new info immediately after, when AMD CEO Lisa Su was kind enough to answer a torrent of questions at a separate Q&A session. Among t...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 16:34:00 +0100
Adata mentioned that there will also be a fancy heatspreader. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

CES 2020 | Adata reveals PCIe 4.0 XPG Sage NVMe SSD with 1 million IOPs and 7,000 MB/s speeds

If current top-of-the-line PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSDs reach peak sequential read/write speeds of around 3,500 MB/s do not cut it for you, maybe save up for the upcoming XPG Sage from Adata that promises to deliver double the performance,...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 16:06:00 +0100
Dr. Lisa Su unveils the 64-core AMD Threadripper 3990X at CES 2020.

CES 2020 | The AMD Threadripper 3990X is a 64-core behemoth that will be unrivaled for quite a long time

AMD has launched the 64-core 128-thread Threadripper 3990X at CES 2020. The new HEDT processor is the world's most powerful CPU for content creators and can boost up to 4.3 GHz in a 280W TDP envelope. The Threadripper 3990X will b...
J. Simon Leitner and Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 00:02:00 +0100
The AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT promises to deliver a great 1080p gaming experience. (Source: AMD)

CES 2020 | AMD takes the fight to GTX 1660 Ti territory with the Radeon RX 5600 XT, promises 120 fps gaming for US$279

AMD has introduced the Radeon RX 5600 XT at CES 2020 to take on NVIDIA's GTX 1660 series for 1080p Ultra gaming. Using the RDNA architecture with 36 CUs and 6 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, the RX 5600 XT seems to show considerable gains over ...
J. Simon Leitner and Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0100
The Panasonic 'gaming' soundbar. (Source: Panasonic)

CES 2020 | The Panasonic SC-HTB01 soundbar is "designed especially for gamers"

The Panasonic SC-HTB01 is a soundbar developed in partnership with Square Enix to suit gaming-related audio content. It has 3 appropriately-themed audio presets: RPG, FPS and Voice. They can inform the device's dual frontal speake...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 21:20:00 +0100
NVIDIA's latest Game Ready driver brings in many new features. (Source: Forbes)

CES 2020 | NVIDIA announces new Game Ready driver with VRSS, Wolfenstein: Youngblood to receive a major RTX update

NVIDIA has announced the release of a new Game Ready driver at CES 2020. The new driver brings support for variable rate supersampling (VRSS), Freestyle splitscreen, updates to image sharpening, and frame rate limiting among other...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 17:30:00 +0100
NVMe SSDs reached all-time low prices in 2019. (Source: Phoronix)

Report warns NAND memory prices could increase 40%, leading to more expensive M.2 SSDs in 2020

Reports have been warning about possible NAND memory price hikes ever since late 2018, but the actual increases could happen this year. DigiTimes reports that a minor power failure problem has set back NAND memory production by 3 ...
Bogdan Solca, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 16:04:00 +0100
Upcoming HP Envy 32 All-in-One treads a thin line between multimedia and professional

CES 2020 | HP Envy 32 All-in-One treads a thin line between multimedia and professional

Though HP is marketing the Envy 32 AiO to general consumers and multimedia users, its fast Core i7 CPU, GeForce RTX 2080 graphics, and large 31.5-inch DCI-P3 HDR600 display can also appeal to content creators, power users, and som...
Allen Ngo, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 02:00:00 +0100

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