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Maxon Offers Cinebench R20 Direct Download -Microsoft Store Not Required

Originally Cinebench R20 was released to the Microsoft Store which as you can probably guess caused a bit of negative PR for Maxon due to the benchmarks popularity within the enthusiast community. What really seemed to fuel the fire was the fact it was always freely distributed just about everywhere even here on TechPowerUp. Fast forward to the latest release and with it being locked to a digital walled garden of sorts really didn‘t sit too

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(PR) Alphacool Unveils NexXxoS 40mm and 80mm Server Radiators

Alphacool is an internationally renowned company in the field of watercooling solutions for both industrial and end customer. Constantly innovating and improving both server and home solutions, Alphacool strives to create the perfect solution. The 40 mm NexXxoS radiators are specially designed for server racks and workstations. Due to their low height of only 40mm and the special M3 mounting holes on the top and bottom, they‘re perfect for

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(PR) Logic Supply Unveils Karbon 300 Compact Rugged PC, Built For IoT

Global industrial and IoT hardware manufacturer Logic Supply has combined the latest vision processing, security protocols, wireless communication technologies, and proven cloud architectures to create the Karbon 300 rugged fanless computer. The system has been engineered to help innovators overcome the limitations of deploying reliable computer hardware in challenging environments. "Computing at the edge is increasingly at the core of today&ls

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Hitman 2 to Get DirectX 12 Renderer Through a Patch Later Today

IO Interactive announced that "Hitman 2" will receive a new DirectX 12 renderer through a patch scheduled for later today. The game launched with only DirectX 11 support unlike the 2016 reboot of the franchise that was one of the posterboys of DirectX 12, and let you choose between the two APIs. The DirectX 12 renderer is expected to be better optimized for multi-core CPUs. Hitman 2 is published by WB Games, which likely emphasized on getting all

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(PR) Silicon Power Unveils Mobile C10 USB-C Flash Drives

Silicon Power (SP), a leading provider of memory storage solutions, adds the new Mobile C10 flash drive to its OTG flash drive family. With the Type-C interface becoming the most popular interface for smart devices of any kind and increasing connectivity, data, and storage problems for smartphone uses, the Mobile C10 aims to be the premier solution for customers. SP designed the new flash drive to be an on-the-go companion and excellent solution

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Intel Readies New Stepping of 9th Gen Core Processors

Intel is readying a new stepping of 9th generation Core processors, which could require motherboard BIOS updates. ASUS released a statement in which it mentions that Intel is preparing to launch processors based on the new stepping of "Coffee Lake Refresh" silicon from Q2-2019. It goes on to say that BIOS updates have been released for its entire line of Intel 300-series chipset motherboards for supporting the new stepping. The company doesn&lsqu

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(PR) DIYPC Introduces DIY-Line-RGB Chassis

DIYPC, leading professional manufacturer of computer cases and accessories, introduces the DIY-Line-RGB mid-tower with pre-installed addressable RGB LED 120mm cooling fan and addressable RGB LED strip with offering stunning RGB lighting. The DIYPC DIY-Line-RGB comes with an integrated RGB controller with AURA adapter to control and customize RGB lighting with the built-in lighting effects or connect to the motherboard ARGB header for software con

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(PR) Intel Board of Directors Extends Andy Bryant‘s Term as Intel Chairman until 2020

Intel Corporation today announced that its board of directors had unanimously decided to extend Andy Bryant‘s term as Intel chairman for one additional year, to help support Intel‘s leadership transition. If Bryant is re-elected at Intel‘s 2019 annual stockholders‘ meeting, his term as chairman would continue through the conclusion of Intel‘s 2020 annual stockholders‘ meeting. Bryant has informed the board that

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(PR) Apple Introduces Apple Arcade

Apple today announced Apple Arcade, a game subscription service that will feature over 100 new and exclusive games, including original releases from renowned creators Hironobu Sakaguchi, Ken Wong, Will Wright and dozens more. Apple Arcade games will redefine games and be curated based on originality, quality, creativity, fun and their appeal to players of all ages. Apple Arcade will give customers the freedom to try any game from its handpicked c

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(PR) Toshiba Adds BiCS FLASH Enabled UFS to Lineup of Embedded Automotive Memory Products

Toshiba Memory Corporation, the world leader in memory solutions, today announced that it has begun sampling new Automotive JEDEC UFS Version 2.1 embedded memory solutions utilizing 3D flash memory. The new products are embedded flash memory devices that integrate the company‘s BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory and a controller in a single package. The sequential read and write performance are improved by approximately 6 percent and 33 percent, re

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Bethesda Bringing Fallout 76, Rage 2, Doom Eternal, and Wolfenstein Games to Steam

Bethesda had concerned a few people last year when they had announced most of their new games would be available on the PC platform only via their own store and launcher, at least initially. People were quick to speculate whether this was Bethesda wanting a bigger share of the pie than Steam would allow, which is hilarious in hindsight with everything Epic Game Store related since then, and also whether this was because they were worried that Fal

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Hackers Get to ASUS Live Update Servers, Plant Malware in Thousands of Computers

In a chilling reminder of just why system software should always be manually updated and never automatically, Vice Motherboard citing Kaspersky Labs reports that hackers have compromised the Live Update servers of ASUS, making them push malware to thousands of computers configured to fetch and install updates automatically. These include not just PC motherboards, but also pre-builts such as notebooks and desktops by ASUS. Smartphones and IoT devi

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Free Game Alert: The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Available for Free Today Only

Attention to all of you who enjoy your games to be free of charge (and don‘t we all?). Bethesda has announced that The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is available for free download, today only. Yes, the game is an old one, but a free game is certainly worth the admission price, whether you‘ve already played it and have your trusty, physical CD edition laying around (it‘s good for a frisbee nowadays), or just want to get your hands

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NVIDIA Releases GeForce 419.67 WHQL Game Ready Drivers

After the oddity that was its GeForce 419.67 WHQL Creator Ready drivers, NVIDIA launched new GeForce drivers with the same 419.67 version number, but with "Game Ready" branding. It‘s now clear that Creator Ready is a fork of the GeForce software, released at a slightly lesser frequency, targeting creativity and productivity software that don‘t quite need Quadro feature-set or certifications. GeForce 419.67 WHQL Game Ready, on the othe

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(PR) HyperX Announces HyperX QuadCast Microphone for Streamers and Casters

HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc. and brand leader in gaming and esports, today announced the release of the HyperX QuadCast microphone for streaming and audio recording. HyperX QuadCast features a built-in anti-vibration shock mount and offers four polar pattern choices, gain control, a built-in pop filter, and a tap-to-mute feature that indicates the mute status by turning off the red LED lighting. Capturing clea

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Teslasuit, the Full Body Haptic Feedback VR Suit, Wins the Red Dot Design Award

If you‘ve heard of Teslasuit, you‘ve likely felt some sort of interest towards it. As well you should: the ideal of a full body suit with haptic feedback for VR experiences is enough for some of us - at least those with the hero, "I‘ll never get hit by any bullet" complex. Add to the full body haptic feedback capabilities such as full body motion tracking embedded into the suit, as well as localized temperature controls for tran

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ASUS and ASRock AMD X570 Chipset Motherboards Listed

AMD X570 is the companion premium chipset option for the company‘s 3rd generation Ryzen "Matisse" processor family, and is expected to debut alongside the first of these processors some time in June, 2019. Unlike the X470 and X370, the new X570 will be based on an in-house chipset design by AMD, and probably manufactured at GlobalFoundries on its 14 nm node. The mid-range "B550" and lower chipset models could continue to be sourced from ASM

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ASUS Outs ROG Swift PG278QE: 27-inch WQHD with 165Hz

ASUS today rolled out the ROG Swift PG278QE, a 27-inch planar gaming monitor with stellar gaming-grade specifications. To begin with, you get WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution, with 165 Hz refresh-rate, 1 ms (GTG) response time, and support for NVIDIA G-Sync. It also packs TV Rheinland-certified blue light reduction technology that reduces eye fatigue from extended gameplay sessions. ASUS did not mention panel type, however, looking at its 170

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Thermalright Intros Silver Arrow IB-E Extreme Rev. B CPU Cooler

Thermalright today rolled out the Silver Arrow IB-E Extreme Rev. B CPU cooler. They may look like aluminium, but every fin in this D-type double fin-stack heatsink is made of nickel-plated copper. Thermalright has made changes to the design to make sure the fin-stack is slightly offset from the base in directions that free up headroom near the memory area and topmost expansion slot of a typical mainstream-desktop motherboard, giving you easy acce

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ASUS Announces Pro OLED Panel: ProArt PQ22UC with 4K, HDR, 10-bit Panel

If you were waiting for another OLED solution in the PC monitor space to enter the market, the ASUS ProArt PQ22UC may be answering part of your prayers. However, it likely doesn‘t fit your bill at all when it comes to affordability or choice of features for a gaming-centered solution. The ProArt PQ22UC features an OLED panel with 4K resolution, support for HDR, and a 10-bit panel for increased color reproduction. Aiding in color reproductio

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Quantic Dreams‘ Detroit: Become Human to Make use of Vulkan API on PC, System Requirements Revealed

The former PS4-exclusive Detroit: Become Human, from Quantic Dreams, will be making use of the Vulkan API on its PC version. This isn‘t completely outside expectations: PlayStation doesn‘t feature DirectX like the XXBOX does, and its custom API, geared for an AMD-based solution, would certainly borrow from Vulkan‘s programming. This likely means that Detroit: Become Human will feature improved performance on AMD‘s solution

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PCIe SSDs Increasing in Demand, Overtaking SATA Solutions in 2019

DigiTimes, citing industry sources, has reported that PCIe-based SSDs will be overtaking SATA-based solutions during 2019. This makes sense in a number of ways: the smaller footprint for Pcie-based, M.2 SSDs means they are prone to higher adoption form laptop manufacturers tan their SATA counterparts. On the desktop and DIY side of things, SATA solutions have sometimes been preferred to their PCIe counterparts mostly due to the pricing delta betw

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(PR) EK Water Blocks Releases EK-Vector Series Water Blocks for AMD Radeon VII

EK Water Blocks, the leading premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is releasing EK-Vector Radeon VII water blocks that are compatible with reference design AMD Radeon VII graphics cards. This kind of efficient cooling will allow your high-end graphics card to reach higher boost clocks, thus providing more overclocking headroom and more performance during gaming or other GPU intense tasks. This water block directly cools the GPU, 16G

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Several Gen11 GPU Variants Referenced in Latest Intel Drivers

The latest version of Intel Graphics drivers which introduce the company‘s latest UWP-based Graphics Command Center app, hide another secret in their INF. The file has pointers to dozens of variants and implementations of the company‘s next-generation Gen11 integrated graphics architecture, which we detailed in a recent article. Intel will implement Gen11 on two key processor microarchitectures, "Ice Lake" and "Lakefield," although la

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