World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands Laptop Graphics Shootout With Variable Rate Shading

About two years ago, NVIDIA started talking about a shader rendering method that applied varying levels of quality to different objects in the game world. That method was called Variable Rate Shading, or VRS. When applied skillfully and artfully in different areas of a scene that are less prominent in the gamer's field of view, the resulting rendered image quality wouldn't look all that different than if the whole scene had been fully shaded, though the graphics workload savings would improve performance significantly. Fast forward a year or so, and benchmarks became available for measuring...

Radeon RX 6800 & RX 6800 XT Review: AMD’s Back With Big Navi

For the past few weeks, PC gamers have been eagerly anticipating the launch of AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 series, a.k.a. “Big Navi”. NVIDIA shook up the GPU market over the last few months with its Ampere-based GeForce RTX 30-series cards, which offer significantly more performance and value than their predecessors. But, limited availability of GeForce 30-series cards has left a large contingent of enthusiasts in the lurch, with a pile of cash burning a hole in their pockets, itching to upgrade. So, when AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 series was officially unveiled in late October and it...

Radeon RX 6800 XT And RX 6800 Hands-On Tour: AMD Big Navi In The Flesh

AMD has a lot of to prove with its next-generation Radeon RX 6000 Series of high-end enthusiast graphics cards. NVIDIA has gone pretty much unchallenged in the high-end sector for the past two years; however, AMD is now looking to fight fire with fire and we've got the first pieces of hot hardware in our hands right now. We're of course talking about the Radeon RX 6800 and Radeon RX 6800 XT, which we just recently took possession of. The Radeon RX 6800 is most directly comparable to the GeForce RTX 3070, while the Radeon RX 6800 XT will be facing the GeForce RTX 3080; AMD...

AMD Unveils Three Powerful Radeon RX 6000 Series Big Navi Cards To Topple NVIDIA's Best

Earlier this month, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su took to the stage and officially unveiled the company’s high-performance Zen 3-based Ryzen 5000 series processors. Towards the end of that event, Dr. Su also snuck in a few juicy tid-bits of information regarding the company’s upcoming high performance RDNA 2-based Radeons, often referred to as “Big Navi”. After that initial sneak peek, which showed a Radeon RX 6000 series card trading blows with a GeForce RTX 3080, some speculated that AMD may have been playing coy and holding something back for today’s bigger reveal, which...

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Review: Breakout Performance At $499

NVIDIA is expanding its line-up of Ampere-based GeForce RTX 30 series cards today, with the relatively affordable GeForce RTX 3070. Although the card was announced alongside the higher-end GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 during NVIDIA’s GeForce Event hosted by CEO Jensun Huang last month, and was originally due to be arrive a bit sooner, NVIDIA decided to hold off on the official launch until its partners could ramp production and ensure shelves were adequately stocked upon launch. The more powerful flagship GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 sold out in a blink the moment they became available....

NVIDIA Reflex Tested: Low Latency, Precision Gaming At 360Hz

A few weeks back, we showed you NVIDIA’s Reviewer Toolkit, which gives publications like ours the ability to quantify GPU performance, power, and system latency in finer detail than we could before. One of the main components of the Reviewer Toolkit is a small device, dubbed LDAT, or the Latency Display Analysis Tool. LDAT connects to a system via USB and features an integrated photoelectric luminance sensor, along with a direct connection to the left mouse button on a modified Logitech G203 gaming mouse. When connected to a system and mounted to the proper location on a monitor, LDAT can...

Microsoft Readies Hardware-Accelerated AV1 Windows 10 Codec Requires Iris Xe, Ampere Or Navi 21

The AV1 video codec created by the Alliance for Open Media promises big gains in video quality for a given bitrate. The new codec also delivers an open, royalty-free standard that the consortium hopes to use to replace Motion Picture Entertainment Group's (MPEG) H.264 and Google's VP9. AOM says that AV1 can achieve 50% better compression with the same image quality compared to H.264, so it's bound to save some bandwidth. Video encoded with AV1 has been out there for a while, but has required CPU intervention to decode. Now AV1 can be accelerated by graphics hardware, but the requirements are kind...

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Review: BFGPU Benchmarks Unleashed

What happens when you take the burly GPU powering the GeForce RTX 3080, enable a couple thousand more cores, widen the memory interface, more than double the memory capacity, boost the texturing capabilities, and outfit the beast with a quiet, oversized, high-performance cooler? Well, we’ll tell you. You end up with the GeForce RTX 3090, or the “BFGPU” as NVIDIA’s CEO Jensen Huang called it during its official unveiling. If you’re unfamiliar with the Doom BFG reference there, we’ll let you look it up. Rest assured, the BF doesn’t stand for Best Friend....

Palit GeForce RTX 3080 GamingPro OC Review: Big, Custom Ampere

The Ampere-based NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 review embargo lifted yesterday and immediately got hardcore gamers and GPU enthusiasts buzzing. Cards may not be in the hands of consumers just yet, but witnessing the power and performance of the GeForce RTX 3080 alongside NVIDIA’s and AMD’s now previous-gen flagships, it is plain to see that Ampere is giant leap forward. The $699 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 skunked even the ultra-high-end Titan RTX and it blew past the similarly-priced GeForce RTX 2080 Super. What about AMD you ask? Well, for all intents and purposes, the GeForce RTX 3080 was...

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Review: Ampere Is A Gaming Monster

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang officially unveiled the GeForce RTX 30 series based on the company’s Ampere architecture a couple of weeks back, to much fanfare. According to Jensen, who owns more spatulas than any human realistically should, the GeForce RTX 30 series represents the greatest generational leap in the company’s history. During the presentation, Jensen claimed the GeForce RTX 3080 would offer double the performance of its predecessor, with better efficiency, and it would feature leading-edge technology throughout its design, from its chip packaging, to its PCB, a new cooling solution,...

TONOR Q9 USB Microphone Kit Review: Affordable, Quality Audio

This is undoubtedly the year of video conferences and virtual meetings. Perhaps nothing makes one of these conferences more insufferable than someone’s scratchy, low-quality integrated microphone -- and the last thing you want is for that scratchy mic to be yours. Fortunately, upping your microphone game can be very easy. You do not need to dive into the expensive world of audio interfaces, mixers, and XLR cables to see a massive improvement. The TONOR Q9 USB microphone kit we'll be showing you here provides everything necessary to step up your audio production quality for a very attractive...

NVIDIA Reviewer Toolkit: Preparing For Ampere, Exploring Perf, Power And Latency

A couple of days after NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang officially unveiled the company's Ampere-based GeForce RTX 30 series of GPUs, the company held a few additional briefings to give press and analysts a deeper dive into its latest innovations. Should you have missed NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30 series event and our additional coverage of Ampere’s architecture and new features, we’d suggest checking out those articles to set the stage for what is in store over the next few weeks. Intermingled with one of NVIDIA’s follow-up talks, company officials also unveiled a new set of tools...

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30-Series: Under The Hood Of Ampere

NVIDIA held some virtual briefings yesterday to provide some additional color to CEO Jensen Huang’s GeForce RTX 30 series event from earlier this week. There weren’t many significant new announcements made, but a number of the slides Jensen presented were fleshed-out a bit more, with additional details and a few new visuals revealed, that paint a more complete picture of Ampere and the GeForce RTX 3090, GeForce RTX 3080, and RTX 3070. If you haven’t already read our coverage of the launch event, we strongly suggest checking that out. There overview provided will lay the foundation...

NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3090, RTX 3080 And 3070 Debut With Killer Gaming Performance

NVIDIA CEO, Jensen Huang, just finished hosting a special GeForce webcast that was chock-full of major announcements. Of course, the star of the show was NVIDIA’s brand-new, oft-leaked Ampere-based GeForce RTX 30 series – which will be available soon -- but a number of additional technologies for gamers and creators were revealed as well, including RTX IO, NVIDIA Reflex, NVIDIA Broadcast, and NVIDIA Omnibus Machina. Needless to say, there’s a lot to cover here; let’s start with the hardware, because we know many of you are eager to see some official GeForce RTX 30 series...

AMD Quietly Outs Radeon RX 5300 Navi 14 Cards Ahead Of Critical Big Navi Launch

AMD's Navi family of graphics cards falls into a pretty tight price range currently, from the $170 Radeon RX 5500 XT 4 GB to the $400 Radeon RX 5700 XT, where AMD's Navi-based GPU ambitions max out (for now). Anything priced lower than that relied on the older cut down GCN Radeon RX 500 parts. While NVIDIA counts down to an expected Ampere launch on September 1 and we know that AMD's own Big Navi isn't in the too-distant future (with real-time ray tracing features in tow), the red team did announce a new GPU: the Radeon RX 5300.  If that number sounds familiar, it's because a variant of this...

NVIDIA Confirms Leaks, Highlights Cooling And Power Solutions For GeForce RTX Ampere Cards

With all the leaks and information floating around, we would have expected NVIDIA to remain hush-hush on their new product lineup until their special event, which is just a few days away. This is not the case, however, as NVIDIA has dropped a video detailing some information about its new GeForce RTX Ampere series cards. In this video, a new cooling configuration is outlined, information on a notched PCB is dropped, a compact 12-Pin power connector is confirmed, a new mounting bracket with spring tension mechanism is shown, and a snippet of the new card makes an appearance. First on the docket,...

ASUS TUF Gaming X3 Radeon RX 5700 Series Review: Great Coolers, Solid Value

By now, AMD's Radeon RX 5700 family of GPUs is a pretty well-known quantity. The Navi architecture that makes up the current crop of AMD-based graphics cards offers pretty good bang for the buck from the mainstream Radeon RX 5500 XT up to the biggest and baddest Radeon RX 5700 XT, thanks to aggressive pricing and the economics of TSMC's latest 7-nanometer manufacturing process. We were pretty impressed with Navi when it initially launched, and partner cards sweetened the deal with higher clocks and better acoustic performance.  Unfortunately, ASUS's earliest Radeon RX 5700 designs from the...

GeForce RTX 3080 Ampere Leak Alleges 2.1GHz GPU Clock And 19Gbps GDDR6X

It seems we can hardly take a breath without another leak about NVIDIA's GeForce RTX based on the company's next-generation Ampere technology. Yesterday, the top-end GeForce RTX 3090 Ti was posing for the cameras. Today, one of the smaller siblings, expected to be called GeForce RTX 3080, went for a romp on Userbenchmark.  As pointed out by _rogame on Twitter, a device with an unknown NVIDIA PCI identifier showed up in the online database with a single data point. PCI IDs are easy to parse: the first four hexadecimal characters indicate the manufacturer and the rest identify the component....

More GeForce RTX 3090 Ampere Details Allegedly Leaked Including Memory Config And Clock Speeds

Between all the accidental leaks and myriad rumors surrounding NVIDIA's Ampere architecture and GPUs, there may not be much left to reveal by the time any next-generation graphics cards ship. This time we've got a spicy selection of specs and photos regarding what should be the company's top-end GPU, rumored to be called the GeForce RTX 3090. It all started with a photo posted by a supposed anonymous leaker who goes by the name Yuuki_AnS. If the phrase "supposed anonymous leaker" sets off alarm bells in your head, don't worry; we're right there with you. At any rate, the photo shows an alleged...

Architecture Day 2020: Intel's Tiger Lake, 10nm SuperFin And Xe GPU Arsenal Exposed

Intel held a virtual Architecture Day 2020 event this week, and similar to its late 2018 event, the company disclosed a number of details regarding its Six Pillars of technology innovation -- Process, Architecture, Memory, Interconnect, Security and Software. During the event, Intel’s execs and architects discussed new transistor and packaging technologies, software and security innovations, and disclosed new information about upcoming CPU, GPU, memory, and hybrid architectures that are designed to advance products across Intel’s entire portfolio. Additional details were revealed regarding...

Dell G5 15 SE: Testing AMD Radeon Vega 7 Integrated Graphics

When we reviewed the Dell G5 15 SE, an all-AMD gaming laptop that features an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H processor and a Navi-based Radeon RX 5600M, we didn't have a chance to dive into integrated graphics performance. The gaming battery life with powerful discrete graphics left something to be desired of course—the system lasted just an hour on battery with a gaming workload—but bypassing the discrete GPU should give a bit more time away from the wall socket. Folks wanted to know how this integrated AMD GPU performs, and come to think of it, so did we. So now it's time to find out.  If...

NVIDIA RTX Voice Tested: How To Use GPU AI For Perfect Zoom Conference Audio

Lots of folks are working from home these days, and that means endless WebEx, Zoom, Skype, or other online meeting sessions. When you're not optimally equipped to work from home, especially if you don't have a dedicated workspace, that can be a bit of a mess with lots of background noise happening while you're in a session. It's not all bad, though, because Team Work From Home can clean up captured audio in real time with the help of NVIDIA's new RTX Voice application. Video Conference Call Noise Cancellation For GeForce Owners Basically, RTX Voice works as a software layer between an audio source...

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