Hardware

fractal-design-meshify-2-compactBy Niels Broekhuijsen @ Tom’s Hardware

When Fractal Design launched its Meshify 2 chassis, it impressed us so much that we had no choice but to award it a rare five stars. So you can imagine that I was quite excited when the company reached out asking if I wanted to review the new Meshify 2 Compact. In essence, it’s the same case but a little shorter, cutting back on the extreme storage or radiator setup possibilities, but offering the same basic design.

Because of this, the Meshify 2 Compact is arguably the more mainstream case suited to standard ATX setups that don’t need a ton of space – the vast majority of gaming systems. However, priced at $110, it’s not the most budget-friendly option, and it’s competing in a crowded segment. Let’s find out if Fractal Design has what it takes to earn yet another spot on our Best PC Cases list.

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nvidia-geforce-rtx-3060NVIDIA today released its new Geforce RTX 3060 graphics card. The review embargo has been lifted, and we have gathered together a number of reviews on various Custom cards from different manufactures. Here’s a bit from NVIDIA:

Having been built using the same NVIDIA Ampere Architecture as the rest of the GeForce RTX 30 Series, the new GeForce RTX 3060 offers all the same advancements, benefits and features, improving your gaming, live streaming, content creation, and work.

2nd Generation Ray Tracing Cores give you the hardware to run the latest ray-traced titles with solid performance. 3rd Generation Tensor Cores power NVIDIA DLSS to boost frame rates in ray-traced and rasterized games.

NVIDIA Reflex reduces system latency in competitive multiplayer games, helping get shots off faster, which can make all the difference between success and defeat. NVIDIA Broadcast uses Tensor Cores and AI to enhance your live streaming and conference calls with near-magical noise removal, virtual green screens, and more features that transform your space into a home studio. And the GeForce RTX 3060 also includes our initial support for Resizable BAR on desktop GPUs.

Check out the reviews via the links listed below.

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NVIDIA today released the latest version of GeForce drivers. Version 461.72 WHQL introduces support for the new GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, and adds optimization for “Outriders” demo. In addition DLSS support is added for “Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition” and “Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord.” NVIDIA Reflex support is added for “Rainbow Six Siege.” Among the issues fixed are stuttering noticed with “Hitman 2″ and “Edge of Eternity” with G-SYNC enabled and in windowed mode; a performance drop noticed in Vulkan apps when switching between windowed and fullscreen modes with G-SYNC enabled; an application crash for “X4: Foundations” with Windows 10 1803; a legacy bug with Blu-ray playback flickering with HDMI display output; Chrome and Edge experiencing random TDR on “Ampere” graphics cards; and LG CX OLED TVs not being recognized as being G-SYNC capable.

You can download the GeForce 461.72 WHQL Game Ready drivers via GeForce.com.

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adata-xpg-spectrix-s20g-ssdBy Peter Donnell @ eTeknix

ADATA is one of the leading names when it comes to high-performance memory and storage. Actually, they’re even a strong competitor when it comes to laptops, PC cases and peripherals these days too! However, I’ll be focusing on their storage division for now. I have their new XPG Spectrix S20G M.2 2280 Gen 3×4 SSD in for review. It’s packed full of features, and promises RGB thrills, fast read and write speeds, so it’s sure to appeal to those planning a new Gaming PC or even a nice upgrade to their existing system.

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gigabyte-radeon-rx-6900-xt-gaming-ocBy W1zzard @ TechPowerUp!

The Gigabyte Radeon RX 6900 XT Gaming OC is the company’s first custom-design RX 6900 XT “Big Navi” graphics card. It is positioned a notch below the company’s flagship RX 6900 XT AORUS Master and designed for those wanting a simple, air-cooled custom-design RX 6900 XT card to get gaming. The company paired the RX 6900 XT with its latest-generation WindForce 3X cooling solution that made its debut with the NVIDIA RTX 30-series custom cards, and a custom-design PCB by Gigabyte that pulls power from a trio of 8-pin PCIe power connectors. The card also features a moderate factory overclock to sweeten the deal.

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msi-radeon-rx-6900-xt-gaming-x-trioBy Hilbert Hagedoorn @ Guru3D

MSI is back with their finest customized offering of AMD’s Flagship consumer graphics card, the Radeon RX 6900 XT in the flavor GAMING X TRIO. It’s big, agile, and a treat for the eyes. Join us in this extensive review; much like the 6800 XT GAMING X TRIO, this 6900 XT version shows a bit more TLC as it has been fitted with custom cooling. The result is a graphics card that looks both handsome and is remarkably silent as well. The card was fabbed around a custom PCB, premium components, a triple fan TriFrozr cooler, increased clock frequencies, as well as an increased power limiter for this X revision. This by far, is one of the best performing acoustic products in its default operating modes.

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amd-radeon-software-adrenalin-2020Source: TechPowerUp!

AMD has released the latest version of Radeon Software Adrenalin drivers. Version 21.2.3 beta adds optimization for “DIRT 5 Energy Content Pack.” Among the handful of issued fixed with these drivers include HDMI audio device (such as home-theater receivers) failing to install on Radeon RX 400 series and RX 500 series “Polaris” graphics cards; hot-plugging TVs and displays in multi-monitor configurations causing a system hang; “Substance Painter” experiencing a crash with Radeon RX 6000 series; HP Reverb G2 VR HMD causing a system crash when plugging into RX 6900 XT, and the Radeon Software application sometimes failing to look up the latest version of the software.

The Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.2.3 beta drivers are available online at the AMD driver download page.

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amd-radeon-software-adrenalin-2020Source: TechPowerUp!

AMD released the latest version of Radeon Software Adrenalin drivers. Version 21.2.2 beta doesn’t add any new game optimization (since there haven’t been any big releases since the previous 21.2.1 driver release; but fixes a handful legacy issues. To begin with, 3D objects failing to render correctly with the EEVEE renderer in Blender, on “Polaris” GPUs, has been fixed. A performance drop noticed with “Wolfenstein: Youngblood” when Smart Access Memory is enabled, has been fixed. Lastly, AMD addressed a display corruption issue with “Quake III Arena” (yes, that 22-year old game). Apparently AMD discovered display corruption issues during game load and gameplay, with Q3A just now.

The Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.2.2 beta drivers are available online at the AMD driver download page.

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