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The Razer Blade Stealth 13 is touted as the world’s first gaming ultrabook, and rightfully so. Weighing in at 3.1-pounds, the two stealth variants are powered by the Intel 10th Gen Core i7-1065G7 processor, 16GB of fast LPDDR4 3,733MHz dual-channel RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics, 512GB PCIe SSD, and the 4K UHD model sports a 13.3″ glass panel with touch integration, complete with Razer’s signature tone-on-tone matte black finish. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
Minecraft, the best-selling game yet, has just gotten more realistic with support for real-time ray tracing on Windows 10 PCs. This free update provides gamers with stunning visualizations of their self-created worlds, including direct lighting from the sun / sky / etc., emissive surfaces such (glowstone and lava), realistic hard / soft shadows, and even per-pixel emissive lighting. Read more for two videos and additional information.
AMD announced that its slashing the prices of their new RX 5700 Series video cards ahead of their official release on July 7. They include the 50th Anniversary Edition AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card ($449), Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card ($399), and Radeon RX 5700 graphics card ($349). This means that the RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT will be competing directly with the NVIDIA RTX 2060 ($349) and RTX Super ($399) GPUs. Many early benchmarks have NVIDIA’s RTX 2060 Super competing neck-and-neck with AMD’s RTX 5700 XT. Read more for a video and additional information.
NVIDIA officially announced at Computex 2019 that their Quake II RTX ray-traced remaster of the classic FPS game will be released on June 6th, 2019. Owners of a GeForce RTX graphics card, or other capable hardware, can experience the first 3 levels of the game for free, fully remastered with path-traced graphics and a variety of other enhancements. Better yet, if you own a copy of Quake II, the campaign can be played in its entirety, and against others in online multiplayer. Read more for a video walkthrough with NVIDIA Jensen Huang and a behind-the-scenes clip.
NVIDIA has just released its latest GeForce Game Ready driver update, and it brings their ray-tracing capabilities to the older 10-series GTX cards. Up until this latest update, ray-tracing has been reserved for its pricier GeForce 20-series RTX graphics cards, due to the GPUs’ underlying Turing architecture boasting dedicated RT cores for handling the complex calculations ray-tracing needs. “With this new driver however, GeForce GTX 1060 6GB and higher GPUs can execute ray-tracing instructions on traditional shader cores, giving gamers a taste, albeit at lower RT quality settings and resolutions, of how ray tracing will dramatically change the way games are experienced,” said the company. Read more for benchmark comparison videos and additional information.
Why valet park, when autonomous summon technology can have your car navigate parking lots or streets to pick you up? During the GPU Technology Conference last month, Clarion demonstrated its long-range autonomous summon technology, running on NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Xavier. Using just a smartphone, you can call a parked, driverless vehicle to a pick-up spot. It automatically navigates around pedestrians, other vehicles and obstacles on the route to smoothly meet its passengers. Read more for another video of the NVIDIA Drive AGX and additional information.
NVIDIA introduces GeForce RTX R.O.N., a revolutionary AI-powered holographic assistant that delivers the unique thrill of personalized PC gaming, but unfortunately, it’s just their 2019 April Fools’ Day prank. If this device were real, it would tap into the full power of your GeForce RTX 20 Series-powered gaming rig to connect to your games, coach you through gameplay, and stay up-to-date on everything happening in the world of gaming. Plus, it can even create and project 3D AR displays of maps, levels, and data to help you consistently dominate in battle. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
NVIDIA’s Jetson Nano is basically an artificial intelligence computer that makes it possible to create millions of intelligent systems. Available as a $99 devkit for developers and the $129 production-ready module, this tiny CUDA-X AI computer delivers 472 GFLOPS of compute performance for running modern AI workloads and is highly power-efficient, consuming as little as 5 watts. Not only does it support high-resolution sensors, process many sensors in parallel and run multiple modern neural networks on each sensor stream, it also supports many popular AI frameworks, making it easy for developers to integrate their preferred models and frameworks into the product. Read more for a video showing Intelligent Video Analytics for 8 channels at 1080P 30FPS powered by DeepStream SDK running on a Jetson Nano.
NVIDIA has developed a deep learning model capable of transforming rough sketches into photorealistic art, thanks to generative adversarial networks, or GANs, to convert segmentation maps into lifelike images. GauGAN, a tribute to post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin, is the interactive app using the model. “It’s much easier to brainstorm designs with simple sketches, and this technology is able to convert sketches into highly realistic images,” said Bryan Catanzaro, vice president of applied deep learning research at NVIDIA. Read more for a video and additional information.
NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is a pricey graphics card to say the least, but things just got a lot more expensive, thanks to Colorful’s limited edition iGame Kudan model. This Steampunk-inspired card will be limited to just 1,000-units and priced at a whopping $3,000. It’s not all about the looks, as it does come factory overclocked to 1,800MHz, and for comparison, the Founder’s Edition clocks in at 1,635MHz, while 1,545MHz for a reference card. Other upgrades include a triple-slot cooler that combines air and water cooling with three fans as well as numerous heatpipes. Read more for additional pictures and information.