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Tuesday, March 19th 2019

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Quake II Reimagined with Ray-tracing on Vulkan

Christoph Schied reimagined the 1990s cult-classic "Quake II" with real-time ray-tracing, using the Vulkan API and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series hardware exposing the "VK_NV_ray_tracing" extension. Called "Q2VKPT," this game based on id Software's open-source Quake II code, implemented real-time path-tracing to make the lighting more physically accurate. NVIDIA expanded on Schied's work with "Quake II RTX," which is possibly the world's first game that is fully real-time ray-traced.

This NVIDIA rendition of Q2VKPT leverages NVIDIA's RTX for Vulkan to ensure all lighting, shadows, reflections, and other visual effects are ray-traced and denoised using NVIDIA's AI-accelerated denoiser. Unless it somehow scored higher-resolution texture assets from id Software, NVIDIA could also be using a GPU-accelerated upscaler to improve texture resolution. It's also possible that ambient-occlusion methods such as HBAO+ are in play to add apparent geometric detail to some of the surfaces in the game. NVIDIA hasn't made Quake II RTX public yet, although you could take the path-traced Q2VKPT for a spin. You'll need an RTX 20-series graphics card and the latest drivers.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Details Leak Thanks to EEC Filing

The GeForce GTX 1650 will be NVIDIA's smallest "Turing" based graphics card, and is slated for a late-April launch as NVIDIA waits on inventories of sub-$200 "Pascal" based graphics cards, such as the GTX 1050 series, to be digested by the retail channel. A Eurasian Economic Commission filing revealed many more details of this card, as an MSI Gaming X custom-design board was finding its way through the regulator. The filing confirms that the GTX 1650 will pack 4 GB of memory. The GPU will be based on the new 12 nm "TU117" silicon, which will be NVIDIA's smallest based on the "Turing" architecture. This card will likely target e-Sports gamers, giving them the ability to max out their online battle royale titles at 1080p. It will probably compete with AMD's Radeon RX 570.
Monday, March 18th 2019

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ID-Cooling Auraflow X 240

ID-Cooling Auraflow X 240

ID-Cooling seeks to dominate the competition with their latest and greatest all-in-one liquid cooler, the Auraflow X 240. This RGB LED-equipped offering not only delivers solid performance, but also manages to deliver best in class value when looking at RGB-equipped liquid coolers.

RPCS3 Emulator Shows Exceptional Progress in Latest Update Video

While the RPCS3 emulator has been in development since 2011, it is only recently that it has begun to see rapid improvements thereby Bringing PS3 games to the PC platform in a playable way. In their latest update video, the development team behind RPCS3 showed off the most recent performance improvements they have made. Multiple titles have seen tremendous gains thanks to Nekotekina, who managed to approximate Xfloat. This has allowed more games to benefit from the SPU LLVM recompiler which delivers better performance compared to ASMJTT. It also results in LLVM seeing better compatibility with a broader range of titles that before did not run with it or had game breaking issues. They also demonstrated Improvements to SPU cache building with LLVM now being multi-threaded. This change cut the cache build time from 12 minutes and 34 seconds to a 1 minutes 28 seconds on an AMD Ryzen 7 1700.

To demonstrated their hard work the development team showed off Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time which saw a roughly 20-30% performance increase, but is still not considered fully playable as of yet. Even so, the performance uplift means Sly Cooper is running in the low 40-50 FPS range which is an excellent start all the same. They also showed off Uncharted Drake's Fortune which thanks to the same changes received a massive uptick in performance of around 50%. While this means the game only went from 20 FPS to 29 FPS, it is still a sizeable improvement.

NVIDIA to Enable DXR Ray Tracing on GTX (10- and 16-series) GPUs in April Drivers Update

NVIDIA had their customary GTC keynote ending mere minutes ago, and it was one of the longer keynotes clocking in at nearly three hours in length. There were some fascinating demos and features shown off, especially in the realm of robotics and machine learning, as well as new hardware as it pertains to AI and cars with the all-new Jetson Nano. It would be fair to say, however, that the vast majority of the keynote was targeting developers and researchers, as usually is the case at GTC. However, something came up in between which caught us by surprise, and no doubt is a pleasant update to most of us here on TechPowerUp.

Following AMD's claims on software-based real-time ray tracing in games, and Crytek's Neon Noir real-time ray tracing demo for both AMD and NVIDIA GPUs, it makes sense in hindsight that NVIDIA would allow rudimentary DXR ray tracing support to older hardware that do not support RT cores. In particular, an upcoming drivers update next month will allow DXR support for 10-series Pascal-microarchitecture graphics cards (GTX 1060 6 GB and higher), as well as the newly announced GTX 16-series Turing-microarchitecture GPUs (GTX 1660, GTX 1660 Ti). The announcement comes with a caveat letting people know to not expect RTX support (think lower number of ray traces, and possibly no secondary/tertiary effects), and this DXR mode will only be supported in Unity and Unreal game engines for now. More to come, with details past the break.

Plugable Rolls Out the Performance Onyx Gaming Headset

Plugable, the leading developer of USB and Thunderbolt devices, launches the Plugable Performance Onyx Gaming Headset. With sound isolation capacity and a sturdy, sleek brushed aluminum design and wide compatibility across consoles and PCs, the Onyx Gaming Headset is ideal for gamers looking for a capable and affordable headset for gaming and streaming. The Plugable Performance Onyx Gaming Headset is available now for $44.95 on Amazon.

The Plugable Performance Onyx Gaming Headset features a sturdy brushed aluminum frame with adjustable hinges and comfy memory foam padding on both the headband and the earcups. The adjustable hinges on the headset let gamers personalize the size of headband to optimize fit. A retractable microphone provides clear audio for multiplayer game play.

Microsoft Paves the Way for Industry-Wide Adoption of Variable Rate Shading

Microsoft today via a devblog announced their push to make Variable Rate Shading an industry-wide adoption in the search of increased performance that can support the number of pixels and quality of those pixels in future games. The post starts with what is likely the foremost question on the mind of any discerning user that hears of a technique to improve performance: "does it degrade image quality?". And the answer, it seems, is a no: no discernible image quality differences between the Variable Rate Shading part of the image, and the fully rendered one. I'll give you the option to speak on your own perception, though: analyze the image below and cast your vote on the poll.

As resolution increases, so does the amount of work that any given GPU has to process to generate a single frame - and compare that to the amount of additional work that goes from rendering a 30 FPS, 1080p game to a 60 FPS, 4K one, and... It stands to reason that ways of squeezing the highest amount of performance from a given process are at a premium. Particularly in the console space, where cost concerns require the usage of more mainstream-equivalent hardware, which requires creative ways of bridging the desired image quality and the available rendering time for each frame.

Intel Core i9-9900F Makes an Appearance in SiSoft Sandra: No iGPU, No Unlocked Multiplier

Intel has been playing with the release of multiple of their 14 nm ++ processors without any integrated graphics tech, such as the Intel Core i5-9400F, or the iGPU-less, unlocked Core i9-9900KF. However, as strange as it may seem, a quick look online still shows the i9-9900KF selling for more ($582.50) than its complete i9-9900 sibling.

The Core i9-9900F, as caught in SiSoft's Sandra, is likely simply a locked-down version of Intel's Core i9-9900, since delidding of Intel's Core i5-9400F has shown that the silicon real-estate for the iGPU is still there - as such, this likely isn't an effort from Intel to reduce the silicon used for graphics and pass on the savings to customers. At the most, this is Intel launching products that may carry defective iGPUs from the production process and still be able to sell them - though Intel does seem to be looking not to budge on its profit margin, even on these "crippled" CPUs.

Borderlands 3 Possibly Exclusive to Epic Games Store on PC, Fans Worry Based on Old Tweet

Randy Pitchford is an interesting character even as game company CEOs go, with a.. checkered history in the last few months that go from funny all the way to controversial at minimum. As the head of Gearbox, he holds a lot of power when it comes to the Borderlands franchise, which itself teased a third numbered entry to be revealed at PAX East later this month. His social media activity has been a prime example of what not to do as a CEO owing to some personal and professional issues alike, which meant that this latest tease not only got people looking at more about the Borderlands franchise, but also his twitter account.

Users dug up an old tweet from December 2018 wherein he claimed he was "excited to support the Epic Games Store", and this was enough to initiate concerns that Borderlands 3 might be an exclusive to the Epic Games Store on the PC platform. Subsequent replies did nothing to quell these concerns, although there was nothing to confirm anything either. This may all be making a mountain out of an imaginary molehill, but it makes sense for Epic Games to go after Borderlands 3 to get more customers on their side- especially knowing that such exclusivity deals could be in the millions of US dollars. We will know more when the game is officially announced, so keep an eye out for that.

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Aerocool's New RGB Case Squad Arriving Soon

Aerocool Advanced Technologies Corp., a leading PC gaming hardware and accessories design company, has announced the launch of not just one but six new PC cases, all glowing with RGB lighting accents and lightweight price tags. The cases are hitting markets throughout March and April.

The launch of a family of RGB case designs follows the global success of Aerocool's Cylon case series, which has sold over 100,000 units since its launch in 2018. The new additions of the RGB squad - with the flagship, full-tower Tor Pro followed by the Tor, Klaw, Bolt, Shard, and Playa - all come etched with their own unique RGB lighting accents, non-linear designs, and a price tag under US$70 (excepting the full tower flagship). The cases will be available over the start of the Spring as they arrive in markets around Asia, Europe, Australia and the Americas.

Khronos Releases OpenXR 0.90 Provisional Specification for High-Performance Access to AR and VR

Today, The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies creating advanced acceleration standards, announces the ratification and public release of the OpenXR 0.90 provisional specification. OpenXR is a unifying, royalty-free, open standard that provides high-performance access to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR)- collectively known as XR-platforms and devices. The new specification can be found on the Khronos website and is released in provisional form to enable developers and implementers to provide feedback at the OpenXR forum.

The OpenXR 0.90 provisional release specifies a cross-platform Application Programming Interface (API) enabling XR hardware platform vendors to expose the functionality of their runtime systems. By accessing a common set of objects and functions corresponding to application lifecycle, rendering, tracking, frame timing, and input, which are frustratingly different across existing vendor-specific APIs, software developers can run their applications across multiple XR systems with minimal porting effort-significantly reducing industry fragmentation.

Kingston Technology Launches New Data Center 500 Series SSDs

Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, today announced it is shipping the Data Center DC500R Enterprise SSD optimized for read-intensive applications. This is the first drive in the DC500 series that implements Kingston's strict Quality of Service (QoS) requirements to ensure predictable random I/O performance as well as predictable low latencies over a wide range of read and write workloads. Next week, the company will ship its DC500M SSD optimized for mixed-use workloads.

DC500R is ideal for read-intensive applications such as boot up, web servers, virtual desktop infrastructure, operational databases and real-time analytics. Cloud service providers and software-defined storage architects can leverage the drive's consistent I/O and latency performance to deliver the QoS needed in demanding read-centric environments. At .5 DWPD (drive writes per day), DC500R allows IT administrators to maximize their investment in storage hardware with a drive that delivers on performance, endurance and reliability. DC500R is available in 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB and 3.84TB capacities.

Turtle Beach Also Announces Battle Buds In-ear Headset

Leading gaming headset and audio accessory brand Turtle Beach (Nasdaq: HEAR) today announced that the Turtle Beach Battle Buds - a high-performance in-ear headset designed for gamers on the go - are now available internationally. The Battle Buds' standout feature is the removable high-sensitivity boom microphone which delivers crystal-clear in-game chat with other players. When not gaming, the boom mic can be easily detached, and the inline mic can be used for taking calls and chatting on the go. Additionally, Battle Buds have 10mm speakers that deliver full-range sound, as well as a standard 3.5 mm connection to ensure compatibility with nearly all mobile devices, Nintendo Switch , Xbox One, PS4 , and PC. Battle Buds arrive with two color combinations - bright white with teal accents, or sleek black with silver accents, and are available today at for just £24.99.

"The Battle Buds use our renowned mic technology to deliver a great multiplayer chat experience, just in a smaller, more portable package created for gamers playing on Nintendo Switch and mobile devices," said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach. "Battle Buds sound great whether gaming or listening to music, and both mics pick up your voice loud and clear, whether you're coordinating with your squad to ensure you get the next win, or on a call with a friend talking about your next match."

Turtle Beach Announces Recon 70 Series Gaming Headset

Turtle Beach (NASDAQ: HEAR), a global leader in gaming audio, today unveiled the all-new Recon 70 - the Company's latest series of powerful and affordable wired gaming headsets, and the successor to the Turtle Beach's Recon 50. The Recon 70 is built to give gamers the advantage they need on any battlefield, on any platform. Available for a MSRP of £29.99, the Recon 70 delivers high-quality game audio through powerful 40mm over-ear speakers and features Turtle Beach's signature high-sensitivity flip-to-mute mic. The Recon 70's lightweight design includes a padded and adjustable headband, while synthetic leather-wrapped ear cushions provide unmatched comfort so players can focus on the match and secure that win.

The Recon 70 for Nintendo Switch , with its signature red accents, is available now at www.turtlebeach.com and at participating retailers in North America. Additionally, black and white models of the Recon 70 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will be available in North America starting May 1, 2019, with pre-orders available now. Also available on May 1, 2019 will be a midnight red version of the Recon 70 for PS4 .

NVIDIA GTC 2019 Kicks Off Later Today, New GPU Architecture Tease Expected

NVIDIA will kick off the 2019 GPU Technology Conference later today, at 2 PM Pacific time. The company is expected to either tease or unveil a new graphics architecture succeeding "Volta" and "Turing." Not much is known about this architecture, but it's highly likely to be NVIDIA's first to be designed for the 7 nm silicon fabrication process. This unveiling could be the earliest stage of the architecture's launch cycle, would could see market availability only by late-2019 or mid-2020, if not later, given that the company's RTX 20-series and GTX 16-series have only been unveiled recently. NVIDIA could leverage 7 nm to increase transistor densities, and bring its RTX technology to even more affordable price-points.

AMD Brings Back the "XT" Moniker with China-specific Radeon RX 560 XT

Back in the glory days of ATI Radeon, the XT brand extension denoted the better-endowed variant among two or more graphics card models based on the same silicon, such as the Radeon HD 2900 XT. After AMD's takeover, the XT, Pro, XL, and other lesser used extensions such as XTX and All-in-Wonder were retired in favor of numerical variant numbers, beginning with the HD 3870. The company continued to use "XT" and "Pro" internally to differentiate ASIC variants, although those monikers were seldom if not never used in marketing materials. That's about to change. AMD launched its first overtly XT brand-extended product in close to 15 years, with the China-specific Radeon RX 560 XT, but alas, it's a lousy re-brand.

The RX 560 XT is positioned between the RX 560 4 GB and RX 570 4 GB, and is based on the "Polaris 20" or "Polaris 30" silicon (we don't know which). AMD enabled 28 out of 36 NGCUs on this silicon, resulting in 1,792 stream processors, 112 TMUs, and 32 ROPs. The memory is 4 GB across a 256-bit wide memory interface, although the memory clock-speed is dialed down to 6.6 Gbps (211.2 GB/s). What makes the RX 560 XT a re-brand is that AMD launched an SKU with the same exact specifications, called Radeon Pro 570, and there are several odd-ball RX 570-branded cards in the wild with this core-config. There's no reference-design board of the RX 560 XT, and the SKU is entirely in the hands of board partners to come up with custom-designs of their own.

Update: AMD has informed us that the RX 560 XT is based on the 14 nm "Polaris 10" silicon, and not "Polaris 20" or "Polaris 30." Polaris 10 is the first implementation of the "Polaris" architecture.
Friday, March 15th 2019

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Noctua NF-F12 PWM chromax Fan

Noctua NF-F12 PWM chromax Fan

The chromax series from Noctua is their answer to the many requests from customers wanting more color options beyond tan and brown, while retaining all the new technology from their R&D department. The NF-F12 PWM chromax is an all-black version of their NF-F12 fan thus, with six color options to choose from for corner pads and compatibility with other chromax accessories as well.

Input Club Announces the Keystone Mechanical Keyboard: Hall Effect + Analog Control Switches

The Input Club Keystone Mechanical Keyboard is an unparalleled leap forward in typing and gaming technology. The Keystone combines two new keyboard features - High Definition Analog Control and per-key fast Hall Effect (magnetic) sensing - for supreme performance. Our magnetic switch technology enables near-infinite customization, billion-press durability (20x the industry standard), and analog control benefits for everyone. Full firmware programmability and RGB lighting round out its features. This project is the future of mechanical keyboards; join our waitlist to have the future of keyboards at your fingertips.

The Keystone brings novel features together to continue pushing keyboard invention further - with its SILO Hall Effect and High Definition Analog Switches. These are both keyboard switch technologies that have been produced in the past, separately, but this implementation takes them to the next level. With Hall Effect switches, instead of relying on a bending piece of metal for actuation, your keyboard tracks the movement of a magnet. This allows you to change when and where the keyboard receives the signal, while also providing a billion press switch lifespan that simply cannot be competed with.

Three Kingdoms: Total War- System Specifications Revealed

The Creative Assembly has released the system specifications for Three Kingdoms: Total War. It seems those with less powerful systems will still be able to enjoy this title with relative ease considering the minimum specifications reference an Intel i7-8550U, UHD Graphics 620, and 6 GB of system memory. With a system of this caliber, users can expect to run the game with low settings at 1280x720 while getting 25-35 FPS. Minimum specifications change somewhat when looking at dedicated graphics cards. The CPU requirement drops from an Intel i7 to a 3.0 GHz Core 2 Duo, but only if the GPU is equal to or better than an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti or AMD Radeon HD 7850.

In regards to pushing the game at high or ultra settings. Users will need a slightly beefier system. For High at 1080p you're looking at needing an Intel i5-6600 or Ryzen 5 2600X with 8 GB of memory and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 Fury X. All these considered these requirements are quite reasonable. Moving on to Ultra settings is where the requirements take a large jump with the Creative Assembly suggesting the use of an Intel i7-8700K, 8 GB of memory and either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 or RTX 2060. Even with the large jump between high and ultra the fact remains these requirements are rather tame compared to some other AAA titles as of late.

Valve Announces Steam Link App for Mobile Game Streaming Anywhere

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Valve had promised continued support to the Steam Link after discontinuing it last year, and most took it to mean basic updates to the hardware device itself at the time. That was 2018, and it is remarkable how the topic of in-house game streaming has come up since. Be it Google's Project Stream which seemingly is leading up to a major announcement by the company at GDC coming up very shortly, or Microsoft introducing their new Wireless Display app for PC game streaming on the XBOX One, as well as bringing its XBOX Live service to mobile platforms on iOS or Android alike, 2019 seems to herald a re-focus into the concept of game streaming whether the infrastructure is ready or not.

Valve for their own part has had their Steam Link be enjoyed by a fairly niche audience, one that shares a more local form of game streaming from a host device to another on the same network. NVIDIA's Shield offered a similar concept, and that too has not really made the news as much as NVIDIA would surely have wanted. This latest news from Valve allows streaming of one's Steam library (games, in particular) to phones, tablets, and TVs with no download or service fees applicable. Interested users can participate in the open beta program by simply downloading the app (Google Play store only for now) or on the Raspberry Pi as has been the case for a few months already. The Steam Link app is compatible with a number of popular Bluetooth controllers, including the Steam Controller, and Valve recommends a 5 GHz network or wired Ethernet for best experience. Looks like the weekend just got busier than I originally planned!

Crytek Shows Off Neon Noir, A Real-Time Ray Tracing Demo For CRYENGINE

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.

Spire X2 Also Launches the Aura Fan 3-pack

Introducing the RGB AURA FAN 3.0. X2-gaming AURA 3.0 come in fans of 3 of each 12cm RGB fans of high quality, multi-LED and multi-colored DC cooling fans for the PC gamer and enthusiast. The fan contains a speed of 1000 RPM and an appropriate 23 dB silent sound level because of installed anti-vibration pads that is wonderful when focusing on gaming without distractions. Also comes with a Big 4pin connector. This all new fan design will make a great addition to any gamer PC. By X2-Gaming - All geared up.

Spire X2 Unveils the RGB ZOOM Fan Series

X2 introduces the RGB ZOOMFAN RGB. X2-gaming ZOOM series 12cm RGB fans are high quality, multi-LED and multi-colored DC cooling fans for the PC gamer and enthusiast. These fans come in groups of 3 for ultimate LED lighting that fills up any PC case with lights. The fans contains a speed of 1000 RPM and an appropriate 23 dB silent sound level because of installed anti-vibration pads that is wonderful when focusing on gaming without distractions. Also comes with a Big 4-pin connector. Game in fashion with the new RGB ZOOM fans. By X2-Gaming - All geared up.

Netgear Introduces New Nighthawk Pro Gaming Router Optimized For Minimal Lag

NETGEAR, the leading provider of networking products for online gaming, has debuted the Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR300 WiFi Router, during the SXSW Gaming Expo. This latest member of the Nighthawk Pro Gaming product family is designed to minimize ping and latency on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, PCs and mobile devices, for a wide audience.

The XR300 leverages a purpose-built gaming dashboard powered by DumaOS, critical for an enhanced online gaming experience. With the explosion in popularity of online games such as Fortnite, Apex Legends and PUBG, the Nighthawk Pro Gaming Dashboard, used across our entire Nighthawk Pro Gaming line, prioritizes internet speeds for faster online gaming and smoother streaming, minimizing lag with ultra-low ping rates, and giving gamers a fully personalized experience on the customizable dashboard.

TechPowerUp GPU-Z v2.18.0 Released

TechPowerUp today released the latest version of TechPowerUp GPU-Z, the graphics information, diagnostic, and monitoring utility for PC enthusiasts and gamers. The latest version adds support for even more new GPUs, and improves on various areas. To begin with, support is added for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660, RTX 2060 Mobile (TU106-B), Quadro RTX 5000, and Quadro RTX 6000. We have successfully implemented another AMD Radeon VII sensors: GPU hotspot. With this, hotspot measurement is no longer exclusive to Wattman and visible in GPU-Z, too. While at it, we also enabled the Hotspot sensor by default for graphics cards based on "Vega 10" and "Vega 20."

In addition, we made several under-the-hood changes, such as cleaning up the PCI vendor database to add new entries and remove unused ones; making sure Sapphire doesn't appear on PC Partner OEM graphics cards; a start-up crash when parsing video BIOS on older-generation graphics cards (NVIDIA "Fermi" and older); a random GPU-Z hang on the splash screen on some systems; and a crash during video BIOS parsing on machines with certain AMD Radeon graphics cards. Grab it from the link below.
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ASUS ZenBook 14 (UX431) Now Available

ASUS today announced ZenBook 14 (UX431). It balances value and performance to deliver a sleek, sophisticated ultraportable that doesn't compromise on power. This premium laptop is packed full of the latest technology that includes 8th Generation Intel Core processors, NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics, up to 16GB of RAM, ample SSD storage space and the latest connectivity options. The ZenBook 14 is available now, in two configurations, starting at $799.99.

ZenBook 14 exudes sophistication without screaming for attention. Its Utopia Blue color and spun-metal finish are decidedly chic while still being distinctly Zen. Lifting the lid reveals a 14-inch FHD (1920x1080) IPS NanoEdge display that offers great viewing angles and uniform color, whether the user is sitting square in front of it at work, or lounging to one side watching Netflix.

Palit Unveils its GeForce GTX 1660 Lineup

Palit Microsystems Ltd, the leading graphics card manufacturer, releases the new NVIDIA Turing architecture GeForce GTX 16 series in Palit GeForce product line-up, GeForce GTX 1660 Dual OC, Dual, StormX OC and StormX.

Palit GeForce GTX 1660 is built with the latest NVIDIA Turing architecture which performs great at 120FPS, so it's an ideal model for eSports gaming titles It can also reach an amazing performance and image quality while livestreaming to Twitch or YouTube. Like its big brother, the GeForce GTX 1660 utilizes the "TU116" Turing GPU that's been carefully architected to balance performance, power, and cost. TU116 includes all of the new Turing Shader innovations that improve performance and efficiency, including support for Concurrent Floating Point and Integer Operations, a Unified Cache Architecture with larger L1 cache, and Adaptive Shading.
Thursday, March 14th 2019

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Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Twin Fan 6 GB

Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Twin Fan 6 GB

The most affordable Turing graphics card is also NVIDIA's most important thus far, as it replaces the GTX 1060 6 GB which sold in mountains. Zotac's cost-effective implementation of the new GeForce GTX 1660 gives you more: a twin-fan cooler at NVIDIA's baseline price.
Palit GeForce GTX 1660 StormX 6 GB

Palit GeForce GTX 1660 StormX 6 GB

Palit's GeForce GTX 1660 StormX is a minimalist and compact graphics card designed to get you on the road to Full HD e-Sports. The Palit GTX 1660 StormX launches at NVIDIA's baseline price of $220, includes a factory-overclock, and is out to change the sub-$250 segment.
EVGA GTX 1660 XC Ultra 6 GB

EVGA GTX 1660 XC Ultra 6 GB

EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 XC Ultra is the company's premium GTX 1660 offering that includes idle fan-stop and an excellent cooler that delivers impressive temperatures. Performance of the GTX 1660 beats the Radeon RX 590 with ease.
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X 6 GB

MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X 6 GB

MSI's GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X is the company's top GTX 1660 offering, and it has certain high-end segment-first features that include the back-plate, idle fan-stop, and the company's highest factory overclock. In our testing, we also saw amazing noise levels, better than any other GTX 1660.

GIGABYTE Unveils its GeForce GTX 1660 Graphics Card Series

GIGABYTE, the world's leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, today announced the latest GeForce GTX 1660 graphics cards powered by NVIDIA Turing architecture. GIGABYTE launched 3 graphics cards - GeForce GTX 1660 GAMING OC 6G, GeForce GTX 1660 GAMING 6G, GeForce GTX 1660 OC 6G. These GeForce GTX 1660 graphics cards not only use overclocked GPUs certified by GIGABYTE but are also built with GIGABYTE cooling systems for game enthusiasts pursuing extreme performance and the best gaming experience.

GIGABYTE releases the GeForce GTX 1660 GAMING OC 6G graphics card for users who prefer Triple Fan solutions with the new GeForce GTX 1660. In addition to the GIGABYTE "Alternate Spinning" patented function, the unique blade fan design can effectively enhance the airflow, which is spilt by the triangular fan edge and guided smoothly through the 3D stripe curve on the fan surface. Equipped with 3 pure copper composite heat-pipes and direct touch GPU, it can dissipate heat from the GPU quickly, keeping the graphics card working at a low temperature with higher performance and product stability. Moreover, GAMING OC built with extreme durable and overclocking design which provides over-temperature protection design and load balancing for each MOSFET, plus the Ultra Durable certified chokes and capacitors, provides excellent performance and a longer system life.

Rebellion Announces Four New "Sniper Elite" Projects

Independent developer and publisher Rebellion today announced multiple Sniper Elite projects, including a much-demanded follow-up to the BAFTA-nominated Sniper Elite 4.
In a 'Sniper Elite Development Update' video prepared specially for fans of the series, Rebellion CEO and Co-Founder Jason Kingsley OBE confirmed for the first time that FOUR Sniper Elite projects are currently in development:
  • Sniper Elite V2 Remastered will bring 1945 Berlin to current platforms with stunning new visuals and a host of new features.
  • Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition on Switch introduces Karl's breathtaking North African adventure to a Nintendo platform for the first time ever.
  • A new, standalone Sniper Elite game for VR devices is being developed in partnership with independent British studio Just Add Water, known for their work on the Oddworld and Gravity Crash series.
  • The next major title in the Sniper Elite series, following in the footsteps of the widely acclaimed Sniper Elite 4, is being worked on now.

Turtle Beach to Acquire Roccat

Turtle Beach, the global leader in gaming headsets and audio accessories, today announced the entry into an agreement to acquire ROCCAT - a top German PC peripherals company with a history of producing innovative, award-winning gaming mice, keyboards and other accessories.

With ROCCAT's powerful product lineup added to Turtle Beach's broad market position and leading headset brand, the acquisition significantly accelerates Turtle Beach's planned expansion into the $2.9 billion market for PC gaming headsets, mice and keyboards. By acquiring ROCCAT, Turtle Beach further strengthens its market position in key PC-centric European territories, including Germany where ROCCAT is already a well-respected leading brand. Additionally, ROCCAT will see the benefits of Turtle Beach's strong sales and distribution in North America and across Europe, while Turtle Beach will gain distribution into new Asian markets through ROCCAT's presence in those markets.
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