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Crytek Releases Neon Noir, A Real-Time Ray Tracing Demonstration For CRYENGINE

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Crytek has released a new video demonstrating the results of a CRYENGINE research and development project. Neon Noir shows how real-time mesh ray-traced reflections and refractions can deliver highly realistic visuals for games. The Neon Noir demo was created with the new advanced version of CRYENGINE’s Total Illumination showcasing real time ray tracing. This feature will be added to CRYENGINE release roadmap in 2019, enabling developers around the world to build more immersive scenes, more easily, with a production-ready version of the feature.

Intel Teases New Gamer-Friendly Graphics UI

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Not everyone needs the latest and greatest discrete graphics card, which is something Intel appears to have realized with many eSports titles running perfectly fine on their integreated graphics.

G.SKILL Announces OC World Cup 2019 Competition – $25,000 USD Total Cash Prize Pool

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G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is excited to announce the 6th Annual OC World Cup 2019. The online qualifier competition stage will be held from March 13, 2019 until April 16, 2019 on hwbot.org. The top 9 winners of the online qualifier will be qualified to join the live competition at the G.SKILL booth during Computex 2019 week from May 29th to 31st and compete for a chunk of the $25,000 USD cash prize pool.

MSI Afterburner 4.6.0 Final Released

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MSI Afterburner, the utility many use for monitoring and overclocking their graphics cards, has just received an update to 4.6.0 (Final), which adds a fair string of changes.

EVGA Associates Program – Earn Rewards and Discounts

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The EVGA Associates Program offers a simple way for EVGA ELITE Members to allow others to purchase an EVGA product with a discount on EVGA.com – and lets you earn a percentage of the purchase back in EVGA Bucks!

Cinebench R20 Released

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Maxon’s Cinebench is one of the more popular single- and multi-threaded benchmarks around, placing emphasis frequency, IPC, and core count to give very accurate real-world comparisons between various CPUs from both Intel and AMD. R15, which was released late in 2013, has been the latest version until now.

NVIDIA Announces RTX Triple Thread Bundle

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From time to time, NVIDIA bundles a well sought-after AAA title with their higher end graphics card, but often it is a collection of less popular games or even in-game currencies. Not this time, however, with the new RTX Triple Threat Bundle which offers up to three of the biggest games of today.

Intel Takes Steps to Enable Thunderbolt 3 Everywhere, Releases Protocol

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Intel is well on its way to making the innovation delivered with Thunderbolt 3 available to everyone. Today, Intel announced that it contributed the Intel Thunderbolt protocol specification to the USB Promoter Group, enabling other chip makers to build Thunderbolt compatible silicon, royalty-free. In addition, the USB Promoter Group announced the pending release of the USB4 specification, based on the Thunderbolt protocol. The convergence of the underlying Thunderbolt and USB protocols will increase compatibility among USB Type-C connector-based products, simplifying how people connect their devices.

GoPro HERO7 Black Goes White-Hot!

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What’s white, but not quite, and black all over? GoPro’s new limited-edition HERO7 Black camera in Dusk White, available around the world beginning March 2. This is the first time GoPro has released a special colorway of its flagship camera, which means you get all the goodness of the award-winning HERO7 Black while earning bonus points for limited-edition style.

GPU-Z Updated to Version 2.17.0

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GPU-Z by TechPowerUp is a popular tool for monitoring your graphics card and has just received its latest update, Version 2.17.0, which brings with it support for a slew of new graphics cards including the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, Titan RTX, Quadro RTX 4000, Radeon VII, and more, as well as support for AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition drivers.

MSI Afterburner 4.6.0 Beta 15 Released, Adds Radeon VII Overclocking

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MSI Afterburner, the utility many use for monitoring and overclocking their graphics cards, has just received an update to 4.6.0 Beta 15, which adds support for the AMD Radeon VII overclocking.

UL Corporation Announces Two New Benchmarks Coming to PCMark 10

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UL Corporation today announces that two new benchmark tests that will soon be coming to PCMark 10. The first is our eagerly awaited PCMark 10 battery life benchmark. The second is a new benchmark test based on Microsoft Office applications.

OrionX2 Dual System Extreme Overclocked PC – Intel Core i9 7980XE & Intel Core i7 9700K

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The 8Pack series comprises the absolute pinnacle of complete PC systems, replete with ultra high-end equipment and designed by the number 1 worldwide overclocking champion, the multi-world record holder Ian “8Pack” Parry. With a knack for electronics and a steady hand this Englishman, backed by a team of experienced professionals at Overclockers UK, created every one of these systems bearing his name from the ground up, and thus the ultimate in premium overclocked systems came to be.

EVGA x deadmau5 Project and Giveaway

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Canadian electronic music producer and mau5trap label head deadmau5 is one of the most prominent fixtures in the international dance scene of the last decade, instantly recognizable with his signature oversized mau5 head. Known for his live sets and highly produced stage set-ups, he is also an avid video gamer – contributing to soundtracks for Grand Theft Auto, Need for Speed, and more.

Cinebench R15 for HEDT Processors Now Available

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Cinebench R15 is a good test of a CPU’s speed, but due to it scaling almost linearly with core count it is becoming an extremely quick test. This not only means that a rather unstable CPU can complete a run, but also there can be large fluctuations in scoring as some runs might be completed before thermal throttling even gets a chance to kick in. To combat this, “Hwgeek” has released an unofficially modded version of Cinebench R15 labelled “Cinebench R15 EXTREME!”

Softbank Clears its NVIDIA Stock Valued at US$ 3.6 Billion

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Softbank is one of the largest holders of NVIDIA stock, but on 10 January sold its entire holding valued at a little over JPY 39.8 billion, or US$ 4.6 billion as of 31 December 2018. Well known for far-sighted investments in the IT sector, this news is rather troublesome of industry investors.

ASUS Announces New World Records for Fasterst 2P & 1P Server Performance

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ASUS, the leader in high computing performance in server systems, server motherboards, workstations and workstation motherboards today announced that its 2P (2-socket) servers now hold 129 top-performance benchmark world records for computing-intensive performance as recognized by the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC). ASUS 1P (single-socket) servers powered by the latest Intel Xeon E platform also earned 8 world records, marking the first time ever they have achieved a No.1 performance ranking. These top-performance achievements for ASUS 2P and 1P servers undeniably demonstrate the company’s R&D capabilities, product innovation and the ability to fulfill the requirements of different applications.

3DMark Adds DLSS Performance Test

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Did you see the NVIDIA keynote presentation at CES this year? For us, one of the highlights was the DLSS demo based on our 3DMark Port Royal ray tracing benchmark.

Intel Names Robert Swan CEO

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Intel Corporation today announced that its board of directors has named Robert (Bob) Swan as chief executive officer. Swan, 58, who has been serving as Intel’s interim CEO for seven months and as chief financial officer since 2016, is the seventh CEO in Intel’s 50-year history. Swan has also been elected to Intel’s board of directors.

Buy Select EVGA Products – Get GRIP: Combat Racing Game

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Harnessing gravity defying physics alongside a bristling arsenal of outlandish weapons, GRIP delivers the fastest, most competitive racing experience ever. Scale walls, ceilings and anything else you can get your tires onto… as you master tantalizing tracks, tricks and perform mind-blowing stunts to race your way across the cosmos. Now you can get it free with select EVGA products! Also included is an exclusive EVGA vehicle skin!

CORSAIR Partners with Ubisoft to Light up The Division 2

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CORSAIR, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced a collaboration with video game publisher Ubisoft and developer Massive Entertainment to incorporate dynamic, system-wide lighting integration into Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, the upcoming sequel to 2016’s massively popular, open world online shooter RPG, Tom Clancy’s The Division. Through the use of CORSAIR iCUE software, PC players can enhance their gameplay experience and become fully immersed in the game with real-time lighting effects across all of their compatible CORSAIR components and peripherals.

ZADAK and NVIDIA Team up at Taipei Game Show 2019

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ZADAK, in association with NVIDIA Taiwan, wowed visitors at the opening of the Taipei Game Show 2019, presenting a scratch build from up and coming Taiwanese modder AK. Inspired by the popular Fallout 76 PC game, the Pip-Boy mod is composed of leather, aluminum and 3D-printed acrylics. It marks the first collaboration between ZADAK and NVIDIA Taiwan, showcasing the flagship MAOB II Water-cooled PC from ZADAK, and the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti gaming graphics card.

Add the Finishing Touch with a Host of New Premium PC Accessories from CORSAIR

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CORSAIR, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced the availability of a wide range of new PC enthusiast accessories to help complete the look of a custom PC: CORSAIR Premium Individually Sleeved PSU Cables, Premium Sleeved Front Panel Extension Kit, Premium Sleeved SATA Cable, Premium PCIe 3.0 x16 Extension Cable, and TM30 Performance Thermal Paste.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Immediate Availability of World’s First Tri-band 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) Router

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced that the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Wi-Fi gaming router is now available. Featuring support for the latest 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) standard, which includes a variety of new technologies that improve Wi-Fi speed and increase network capacity and coverage, ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 satisfies gamers’ demands for ultrafast, networking performance and reliability. As a gaming router, it also offers numerous additional features designed to provide the best online gaming experiences, including triple-level gaming acceleration to reduce ping times and provide low latency gameplay, Game Radar to let gamers find the best game server before connecting, Open NAT for simple, three-step port forwarding and dynamic frequency selection (DFS) to avoid interference from other wireless devices.

ASUS Announces New Mini PC ProArt Series for Professional Content Creation

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ASUS today announced ASUS Mini PC ProArt PA90, a new series of compact, workstation-class PCs that deliver powerful, fast and stable performance for designers and content creators. Featuring 9th Generation Intel Core processors, NVIDIA Quadro graphics, up to 64GB of high-speed DDR4 memory, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and a triple-storage design that blends ultrafast SSD and high-capacity HDD storage, Mini PC ProArt PA90 provides uncompromising performance for computer-aided design (CAD) workflows for architecture, engineering and manufacturing in an attractively modern, compact form-factor that fits easily into any workspace.