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  • ASUS ROG Announces PC Partnership with Activision for Call of Duty Black Ops 4

    ROG Black Ops 4 Products Include Unique Styling, Custom AURA Integration, and Come Bundled with Digital Standard Edition of the Game for PC

    Fremont, Calif. and TAIPEI, Taiwan, September 20, 2018 — Today, ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG), announced a collaboration with Activision and Intel® to produce a range of limited edition Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 products in advance of the upcoming release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PC. Expanding on the recently announced partnership, with Activision, which allows consumers who purchase qualifying  ASUS and ROG products access to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, similarly, consumers who purchase certain limited edition ROG Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 products will receive a game code that will allow them to access the Digital Standard Edition for PC at launch. In addition, a unique integration with ROG’s AURA Sync technology allows the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 emblems and RGB lighting elements to echo what’s happening during gameplay.

    Experience Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on the Latest ASUS and ROG Hardware

    Intel collaborated with Activision to help optimize the PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for PC gamers, and worked closely with ASUS and Republic of Gamers to create products, like the ROG Strix GL12, that take advantage of the latest Intel® Core™ processors to deliver the premium performance that gamers expect :


    “Intel is committed to enabling the most compelling gaming experiences,” said John Bonini, Vice President and General Manager of VR, Esports and Gaming at Intel. “As an official PC partner of Activision, we can’t wait for the highly anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and our work with ASUS ROG to leverage the latest Intel® Core™ processors, will help bring the game to life on PC.”


    ROG Strix GL12 Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 Edition:The limited edition GL12 gaming desktop contains the best-in-class hardware, to deliver exceptional realism in and smooth gameplay in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The GL12 is equipped with a factory-overclocked 8th Gen Intel® Core™i7-8700K processor and a brand-new NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX2080 graphics card. Specially designed for Call of Duty, the front façade includes the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 emblem and orange slashes, in addition to AURA Sync RGB lighting, and the specially-integrated Call of Duty lighting effects which interact with gameplay. In addition, the side panel is emblazoned with the Black Ops series skull. The GL12 will come with a game code that will allow purchasers to access the Digital Standard Edition for PC.



    ROG Gaming Motherboard Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 Edition:This upcoming motherboard will support the latest Intel chipset and is the perfect foundation for a Call of Duty gaming rig, as it combines substantial power, smart cooling and faster memory support under a stealthy skin. Loaded with renowned ROG features, from one-click overclocking and cooling to attention-grabbing AURA Sync illumination, this special edition is crafted for the battle ground and will let you become the hero. The soon-to-be-announced motherboard will include a game code allowing access to the Digital Standard Edition for PC

    Customized Call of Duty Design Elements, Emblems and AURA Sync Integration into Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for an Enhanced Gaming Experience

    For other limited edition Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 products, ROG worked with Activision to include design elements and emblems from the game. In addition, the design elements will incorporate customized AURA Sync capabilities and effects within Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for PC to AURA Sync capable devices, mentioned in the previous partnership announcement. AURA Sync coordinates colors and effects with compatible RGB-lit products like laptops, desktops, headsets, keyboards, mice, and motherboards, among others, making it easy for users to personalize their entire gaming set up to a consistent look and feel.

    ASUS AURA Gaming: Immersive Gaming Experience with RGB Lighting
    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for PC gives the ROG community a totally unique experience that’s possible with AURA Sync-enabled hardware. When playing Black Ops 4, the RGB lighting signals changes in environment and offers crucial visual cues based on the in-game action. With rows of keys that change color when a player’s health drops and switch off as a player’s ammo runs low, players are more in tune with the game and better equipped to handle high-stress situations.

    ROG Strix GeForce® RTX 2080TI OC Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 Edition:
    The new ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 TI utilizes a custom circuit board engineered to ensure the highest performance from the GPU. With 16 phases, the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti has copious power on demand for both automatic clock scaling and manual overclocking. Premium alloy chokes and solid polymer capacitors ensure the GPU is fed with pristine power. AURA Sync RGB lighting illuminates the backplate and shroud with customizable colors and effects that are easy to synchronize with compatible components. The ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 TI will be packaged with a game code that will allow purchasers to access the Digital Standard Edition for PC.



    ROG Swift PG258Q Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 Edition:
    The Black Ops 4 Edition ROG Swift PG258Q gaming monitor is all about speed — making it the perfect monitor for Call of Duty's fast-paced matches. The Full HD monitor is one of the fastest on the market, with a 240Hz native refresh rate, 1ms response time and NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ technology for buttery-smooth gameplay in high-fidelity. In addition to matching the game with technical ability, the limited edition comes complete with design elements inspired by Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. In addition, the PG258Q will also come with a game code that will allow purchasers to access the Digital Standard Edition for PC.

    ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 Edition:
    Sporting a Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 motif and a uniquely loaded web UI, the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 supplies menacing performance that is perfect for Call of Duty gameplay. 2.5G Ethernet and next-gen 802.11ax performance is fueled by a 1.8GHz quad-core processor, delivering the power to dominate online skirmishes even when multiple clients are vying for network bandwidth. The Digital Standard Edition for PC will also be included with purchase.   
    ROG Strix Flare Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 Edition:
    The ROG Strix Flare Black Ops 4 Edition is a mechanical gaming keyboard that features immersive ASUS AURA Sync and AURA Gaming lighting, in addition to rapid-response Cherry MX RGB switches, dedicated media controls, and an ergonomic wrist rest. RGB Lighting includes vibrant pre-key RGB backlighting and ambient under glow on both sides of the keyboard, and users can customize an illuminated Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 badge to their preference.

    ROG Gladius II Origin Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 Edition:
    The ROG Gladius II Origin Black Ops 4 Edition is an optical gaming mouse that extends on-screen action to the illuminations of your mouse through AURA Gaming. The 12,000-dpi sensor tracks every movement precisely, while the exclusive socket design speeds the fitting of sweet-spot switches. Right-handed ergonomics meticulously designed in collaboration with esports pros imbue expert comfort into every sweep and shot.

    The ROG Strix Edge Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 Edition:
    The ROG Strix Edge Black Ops 4 Edition is a large, portrait gaming mouse pad with an optimized cloth surface that provides accurate, responsive tracking for outstanding gaming performance. Rounding out the collection of Black Ops 4 Editions peripherals, the ROG Strix Edge features design elements and graphics inspired by Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

    AVAILABILITY & PRICING
    The ROG Strix GL12 – Black Ops 4 Edition will be available for pre-order today for $2,599 USD at the following etailers: ASUS Store, Amazon, ABT, B&H, BestBuy.com, and Newegg. For more information, including updated where to buy links, please visit: https://www.asus.com/Tower-PCs/ROG-Strix-GL12-Call-of-Duty-Black-Ops-4-Edition/.

    Additional limited edition Black Ops 4 ROG Products will be available dependent upon region, and pricing and configurations will be announced at launch. For more detailed information please contact your local ASUS representative.

  • NVIDIA RTX Launch Day

    Not to long ago NVIDIA announced their next generation consumer GPU called the RTX 20-Series.  However, unlike previous launches they didn't just launch the GPU architecture but almost the entire line of cards including the 2080 Ti, 2080, 2070 Ti and 2070.  There is no indication that these GPUs will extend down into the 60 and 50 range but, we said the same thing about 10-series and 9-series too.

    With the launch we have some web reviews.  Sadly NVIDIA passed "us" over for a card while other sites got multiples  #notbitter

    Web Reviews
    Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080TI & RTX 2080 GPU Review at Modders-Inc
    MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio 8 GB @ TechPowerUp
    ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 STRIX OC 8 GB @ TechPowerUp
    Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card reviewed
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti And RTX 2080 Benchmarks: Turing Is A Beast
    ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 Ti STRIX OC 11 GB @ TechPowerUp
    ZOTAC GAMING RTX 2080 Ti AMP Review @ Vortez

    Of course that was only from the sites who still send their press releases to the hardware asylum newsbox.  BTW Betting is still open for how many cards the YT community will be locking up and flaunting around for the launch because they complain.

  • Thermaltake Unveils Versa J Series & V200 TG / TG RGB Edition Mid-Tower Chassis

    Taipei, Taiwan-September 13th, 2018-Thermaltake, a leading premium gaming tower manufacturer, announced the immediate availability of the Thermaltake Versa J Series, including J22, J23, J24, and J25 TG RGB Edition, and V200 TG RGB Edition Mid-Tower Chassis. The Versa J Series are designed to satisfy PC builders with different preferences regarding case style. For better ventilation, the J22 TG RGB comes with 3 built-in 120mm 12V RGB fans, two at the front and one at the rear. The J23, J24, J25, and V200 TG RGB come with 3 built-in 120mm 12V RGB front fans. And all the 3 built-in 120mm 12V RGB fans are dual-mode controllable either viathe I/O port RGB button or the synchronization with enthusiasts’ favorite RGB capable motherboard brands, including Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, ASRock, and Biostar. Furthermore, the All-in-One (AIO) Liquid Cooler products are a perfect match for the J Series and V200 TG RGB Edition. Finally,the TG Editions are also designed to meet every PC builders’ needs.

    The Versa J22 TG RGB Mid-Tower Chassis is designed for those who want a classic look and 5.25” bay support, but want amazing cooling performance and tempered glass as well. Though a standard mid-tower with ATX support, it still boasts a suite of premium features that make it the most outstanding standard case you’ve seen. Offering premium experience out of the box, the J23 TG RGB Mid-Tower Chassis is the way to go, especially, if you’re looking for a sleek, modern way to show off your system. Besides, the chassis also features a full-width tempered glass panel on the left side, an acrylic front panel to showcase your fans and lighting modes as well as a handy power supply cover to keep your system looking neat and tidy. Versa J24 TG RGB Mid-Tower Chassis is custom built for what the very best tempered glass and mesh paneling have to offer. The case is designed as clean and sleek as possible, while maintaining airflow and plenty of space to work in. In addition, the product gives you all the utility benefits you need by supporting the lasted PC hardware and high-end GPU solutions. Versa J25 TG RGB Mid-Tower Chassis is designed to target PC builders who want a sleek, custom looking case with great airflow and a crystal clear tempered glass panel. Additionally, it is the ultimate mid tower because it supports a huge range of air and liquid cooling hardware, high-end GPUs and even a handy PSU cover in the basement.

    The latest in our line of sleek tempered glass cases and built for high-end hardware and custom system designs, the V200 TG RGB Mid-Tower Chassis is the perfect upgrade for someone looking to give their rig a facelift which comes with durable tempered glass window, clear acrylic front window and a handy PSU cover.

    Superior Hardware Support
    When it comes to hardware support, the PC builders will be amazed by what the Versa J Series TG and TG RGB Edition can provide. The J22 and J23 TG and TG RGB Edition have outstanding expandability with support for a tower CPU cooler with maximum height 160mm, a dual expansion slot VGA of up to 310mm in length, and a power supply with length up to 170mm. Besides, the J22 is also equipped with one 5.25 bay for optical drive support at the front panel.

    Don’t skim on the power- the J24 and J25 TG and TG RGB Edition give you all the space you need for high-end hardware. They can fit a tower CPU cooler with a maximum height of 160mm, a dual expansion slot VGA cards of up to 330mm in length, and a power supply with length of up to 160mm.

    Handy I/O Ports Including One Button to Easily Access Gorgeous RGB LED Illumination
    PC builders not only can find handy I/O ports on top-front panel of the Versa J Series and V200 TG RGB Edition but can spot one button that can help them easily access gorgeous RGB LED illumination. With lighting modes of RGB Lighting including Single Color, Breath and a range of different colour options, the Versa J Series and V200 TG RGB Edition are able to give PC builders a pleasant and unique user experience.  

    Sync with Motherboard RGB Software
    When designing products, Thermaltake always follows the principle of customer-oriented mind. Therefore besides using I/O ports to control fan RGB LED illumination, PC builders can synchronize with frequently used motherboard brands which include ASUS Aura Sync, GIGABYTE RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light Sync, ASRock RGB LED, and BIOSTAR Vivid LED DJ and control the lighting modes through motherboard software.

    All-in-One Compatibility
    The Versa J Series and V200 TG & TG RGB Edition can fit various kinds of cooler product including All-in-One (AIO). Water 3.0 and Floe Riing series of AIO designed and manufactured by Thermaltake are ideal options for PC builders to cool down their cases interior environment. With the good variety of AIO products Thermaltake possesses, PC builders can find what they are looking for if prefer All-in-One liquid cooler. Water 3.0 Performer / Pro and Floe Riing 240/360 /280 are good for the Versa J22 and J23 TG and TG RGB Edition. Water 3.0 Performer/Pro and Floe Riing 240/360 are suitable for the J24 and J25 TG and TG RGB Edition. Water 3.0 Performer/Pro and Floe Riing 240/280 can be placed in the V200 TG and TG RGB Edition.

    Availability, Warranty, Compatibility and Pricing
    The Versa J Series and V200 TG and TG RGB Edition Mid-Tower Chassis is available via the Thermaltake worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors. The Versa J Series and V200 TG and TG RGB Edition are backed by a three-year warranty and supported by the Thermaltake worldwide customer service and technical support network. For up-to-date pricing of the Versa J Series and V200 TG and TG RGB Edition Mid-Tower Chassis, please refer to the Thermaltake website or contact your local Thermaltake sales or PR representative.

    For more details on the Thermaltake Versa J Series and V200 TG and TG RGB Edition Mid-Tower Chassis, please visit:  

    Versa J22 TG Mid-Tower Chassis
    https://www.thermaltake.com/Chassis/Mid_Tower_/Versa/C_00003295/Versa_J22_Tempered_Glass_Edition/design.htm

    Versa J22 TG RGB Mid-Tower Chassis
    https://www.thermaltake.com/Chassis/Mid_Tower_/Versa/C_00003296/Versa_J22_Tempered_Glass_RGB_Edition/design.htm

    Versa J23 TG Mid-Tower Chassis
    https://www.thermaltake.com/Chassis/Mid_Tower_/Versa/C_00003293/Versa_J23_Tempered_Glass_Edition/design.htm

    Versa J23 TG RGB Mid-Tower Chassis
    https://www.thermaltake.com/Chassis/Mid_Tower_/Versa/C_00003294/Versa_J23_Tempered_Glass_RGB_Edition/design.htm

    Versa J24 TG Mid-Tower Chassis
    https://www.thermaltake.com/Chassis/Mid_Tower_/Versa/C_00003287/Versa_J24Tempered_Glass_Edition/design.htm

    Versa J24 TG RGB Mid-Tower Chassis
    https://www.thermaltake.com/Chassis/Mid_Tower_/Versa/C_00003288/Versa_J24Tempered_Glass_RGB_Edition/design.htm

    Versa J25 TG Mid-Tower Chassis
    https://www.thermaltake.com/Chassis/Mid_Tower_/_/C_00003289/Versa_J25Tempered_Glass_Edition/design.htm

    Versa J25 TG RGB Mid-Tower Chassis
    https://www.thermaltake.com/Chassis/Mid_Tower_/Versa/C_00003290/Versa_J25Tempered_Glass_RGB_Edition/design.htm

    V200 TG Edition Mid-Tower Chassis
    https://www.thermaltake.com/Chassis/Mid_Tower_/V_Series/C_00003291/V200_Tempered_Glass_Edition/design.htm

    V200 TG RGB Edition Mid-Tower Chassis
    https://www.thermaltake.com/Chassis/Mid_Tower_/V_Series/C_00003292/V200_Tempered_Glass_RGB_Edition/design.htm

  • EAK Design Studio MagPower Wireless Charger Power Banks and Gamepads Launch on Indiegogo

    Pioneering company debuts accessories that will optimize smartphones for holding longer charges and enhanced gameplay

    San Francisco, California, September 12, 2018 - Smartphone owners frequently struggle with keeping their devices charged in a convenient way, as well as with enjoying enhanced gameplay. A brand-new technology and design offering solutions to these challenges have just launched on Indiegogo.

    EAK Design Studio’s MagPower N1 and N2 wireless charger power banks offer portable charging that attached to iOS and Android smartphones in such a streamlined way that the user can keep their existing cases. The wireless power banks offer charges that are up to four times faster for Android users and twice as fast for iPhones.

    Customers can choose from the 4000mAh and 8000mAh models, which are both available in white and black colors and have the ability to tether charge up to three devices simultaneously.

    The N2 charger also offers another option that is expected to be embraced by gamers everywhere. This model can be paired with the N2 Gamepad, which transforms the gaming experience by essentially adding a handheld gaming controller to the smartphone.

    EAK Design Studio has conducted extensive research and carried out rounds of prototypes to ensure that the final version is the best. Leveraging the latest in Qi wireless charging, Quick Charge 3.0, and Power Delivery 3.0 technology, users can expect an ergonomic design with powerful results.

    As the MagPower moves from engineering to pre-production stage, EAK Studio aims to use the Indiegogo campaign to raise $25,000 towards the manufacturing of the MagPower, as well as for raising awareness about the product and achieve the ideal target cost and price for mass production.

    Currently, pledges are being accepted with discounts being offered in exchange. EAK is offering special Indiegogo super early bird rates of $36 for the N1; $50 for the N2; and $67 for the N2 and N2 Gamepad bundle. These rates reflect a 30% off discount from the MSRP prices, which will go into effect after the product launch.

  • Gigabyte UD PRO 512GB Solid State Drive Review at Modders-Inc

    Here is another review of the Gigabyte SSD, this time with some SS's.

    With the release of Gigabyte's UD PRO line of SATA SSDs, Gigabyte is moving towards being a one-stop shop for everything PC, sans CPU. Gigabytes line of SSDs is aimed at the masses as they are inexpensive. The UD Pro line comes in both 256 GB and 512 GB flavors. They offer SATA III speeds and utilize Toshiba's 3D NAND

    Be sure to check out our review of the same (but smaller) version of the same drive.

  • The Intel Xeon vs. AMD EPYC Performance Cost Of Spectre / Meltdown / Foreshadow Mitigations @ Phoronix

    I really like it when sites take the time to look at hardware from a different perspective.  It is something I have been known to do but not to this level.

    One of the most frequent test requests recently has been to look at the overall performance cost of Meltdown/Spectre mitigations on the latest Linux kernel and now with L1TF/Foreshadow work tossed into the mix. With the Linux 4.19 kernel that just kicked off development this month has been continued churn in the Spectre/Meltdown space, just not for x86_64 but also for POWER/s390/ARM where applicable. For getting an overall look at the performance impact of these mitigation techniques I tested three Intel Xeon systems and two AMD EPYC systems as well as a virtual machine on each side for seeing how the default Linux 4.19 kernel performance -- with relevant mitigations applied -- to that of an unmitigated kernel.

    They say planning for the future is also planning for failure by looking at risks before they happen and deciding how to handle them.  Some say Meltdown has been solved while others say it cannot be solved while speculative execution is still enabled.

    Ironic isn't it?

  • RGB Free PC Build Guide - 2018 @ Vortez

    Ok now this is funny and a little backwards from what you would expect a hardware site to post.  Normally you would expect an article dedicated to RGB and how to get the perfect light show across 8 RGB LED strips and two sets of DDR4 RGB LED memory when all you have is a toothbrush and GTX 1050 Ti.

    I mean, pfft, piece of cake, everyone knows how to do that.

    Well, consider the flip.  A build guide without RGB.  That is basically every build guide since before I started Ninjalane.com back in 1999. Sure, the hardware changed and there was a couple years where LED Fans were all the rage but still.

    That is when it hit me.  Most "new" hardware sites, heck even the top notch YouTube channels are clueless when it comes to hold hardware with most of them not knowing what a PCI slot or DEBUG card is.  It just gives me a chuckle and yet scares me that I'm going to have to re-do every build guide and every mod I have ever done because google thinks anything over 2 hours old might as well be archived and the new generation of readers don't have time for anything they can't find or do not know.

    Of course with that being said, this article is great and the article image has LEDs in it. #LOL

    In this guide, we’re on a quest to provide a full system specification for anyone who prefers to side-step the current RGB mania. At Vortez, we’re fully engaged with RGB lighting and we actually quite like it, but we also appreciate that it may not be everyone’s ‘cup of tea’. So, if you would rather opt for a subdued, discreet configuration – then you’ve come to the right place.

    Keep up the good work, or something happy smile

  • Phanteks announced the new Glacier G2080 and G2080Ti GPU Waterblock for Nvidia RTX2080 and RTX2080Ti

    Walnut, California, August 30th, 2018 – Phanteks today introduced their new full-cover waterblocks designed specifcally for the recently announced RTX2080 and RTX2080
    Ti cards.

    With a completely redesigned copper cold-plate and highly optimized fow routing, the Glacier 2080 waterblocks can handle all the overclocking potential the new RTX cards have to offer.

    The Glacier 2080 waterblocks will be available in both Digital RGB and RGB and comes in Black and Chrome color options.

  • Beyerdynamic MMX 300 2nd Generation @ TechPowerUp

    We were able to review these headphones shortly after CES and they were good.  The biggest thing to note is that they are quite a bit bigger than standard gaming headsets which not only feels weird at first but also really enhances the sound stage at all levels.

    The Beyerdynamic MMX 300 2nd Generation is the new iteration of the company's first gaming headset. It keeps the high price of its predecessor, but significantly improves upon all its key aspects, which makes it an interesting choice for exceptionally demanding gamers with big budgets.

    I would have to agree on the budget comment.  The MMX 300 is a rather expensive gaming headset and is one that many casual players will let pass by purely from cost alone.  Sadly there is no way around that, if you want a quality headset you will eventually need to pay for it.

    Be sure to check out our review of the MMX 300 before clicking over to read the TechPowerUp review.

  • The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 Series Graphics Cards Launched

    Those of you who have listed in the Hardware Asylum Podcast back in May 2018 may have noticed that we talked extensively about how video cards were back on the market.  If you didn’t catch the show be sure to check it out. 

    In that episode we talk about several reasons for why cards were back in stock and one of those was a rumor that a new NVIDIA card was set to be released.  At the time everyone was grasping for any information about the new project and up until “now” nobody had it right.  The name was wrong, the model number was wrong.  In fact the only thing anyone got right was the name of the GPU architecture, Turing.

    At Gamescom the NVIDIA CEO announced the new generation of GeForce graphics for gamers called the GeForce RTX.  Unlike previous generations they are hitting the market with ALL of the halo chips including the RTX 2080, RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2070 and RTX 2070 Ti.  In the past the Ti editions would be a cash grab for after the early adopters exhausted the first release and it would seem this time around several things have changed. 

    Mind you I didn’t get any of this information from NVIDIA though I’m pretty sure they monitor everything I write so, maybe, just maybe I’ll get an email.

    But, I digress

    On to what I noticed from my arm chair

    • I had already mentioned this but normal and Ti edition cards were announced at the same time.  This is a major change in the NVIDIA release cycle and while they will stage the cards to market they were at least launched at the same time.
    • The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is $1200 USD!!  Yes that’s right, twelve hundo.  The GTX 1080 Ti was half that and I have a theory as to why.  Well, two theories.
    • Theory #1:  Remember when there was a GPU shortage and retailers would price gouge buyers AND cash flush gamers would pay it?  Well, guess what? those consumers (miners, gamers etc) provided to NVIDIA that people are willing to pay $1200 bux for a video card.  On top of that even if gamers can’t afford to buy the card the miners will be fisting over cash trying to Pokemon every RTX they can find.
    • Theory #2: There won’t be a Titan version (not likely) and the RTX 2080 Ti will take the spot while the Quadro cards will fill in the professional gap left by the Titan.
    • The NVIDIA Marketing engine is running 120% to re-brand the new cards as the second coming for gamers.  It is all about ray tracing and the ability to get most excellent graphics in real time.  That is no small feat and I applaud them for making it happen however the brutal “in your face” “nobody listens to us cause we are only the leader in performance graphics” “blah blah something about certain generations not reading anymore, thinking YouTube is truthful, laptops are for gaming so, we had better hit them hard with messages they don’t understand” marketing seems a little extreme.  #heyitworked
    • There are actually some decent cards in the GeForce RTX line-up and at a reasonable price.  You can get the RTX 2070 for $600 USD and there is promise that downmarket cards like the 2060 and 2050 will likely follow sometime later.  Or, maybe that will be what all of the “extra” GTX 1080 Ti cards will end up becoming.
    • The new heatsink design is pretty damn ugly however; I will say that for a factory cooling solution it is better than the old blower design.
    • EVGA is doing some amazing things with RTX and will finally break into the 2.5 slot cooler designs.  We can thank NVIDIA for removing 4-Way SLI for that little gem.
    • Speaking of SLI I didn’t catch how what would work with the new Turing based cards.  It seems to only be available on the 2080’s and will be using NVLink.  NVIDIA has 4 slot bridges listed on the NVIDIA website so maybe that will be a thing, again?
    • Finally, power the new GPUs are super sippy when it comes to power consumption.  RTX 2070 @ 185W while the RTX 2080 Ti tops out @ 260W.

    On the positive we have a new GPU on the market and that always makes me excited.  This will expand what games can do, will push VR to the next level and might even bring back 3D Vision!!  (Ha just kidding).  As always I can’t wait to get a card in the lab and really see how powerful it is, how well it overclocks and learn more about the Turing architecture.

    I’m also super excited to see how many RTX 20 Series cards Jay (@jayztwocents) will get from NVIDIA so he can gloat about them on his channel.  Inevitably he will later complain about them when everyone else (the board partners) sends over cards for him to review. 

    Must be nice! 

    Take care and stay tuned.

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