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The RTX 30-series GPU shortage just got seriously bad news

The RTX 30-series GPU shortage just got seriously bad news

If you're trying to build a new PC at the moment, then you've almost certainly had a difficult time getting parts for it at a decent price. GPUs in particular are very difficult to come by at fair prices, and that seems doubly true for NVIDIA's new RTX 30-series cards. If you were hoping that we'd only have to endure a few more months of hard-to-find hardware, you might want to settle in, because NVIDIA has indicated that it could be quite some time before the shortage is resolved.

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NVIDIA Reflex enabled for Overwatch to score more critical hits

NVIDIA Reflex enabled for Overwatch to score more critical hits

Almost half a year ago, NVIDIA introduced a new technology that went beyond just displaying breathtaking graphics. Although it still had something to do with what you do see in the end, NVIDIA Reflex is more focused on reducing the gap between clicking a mouse button and seeing its effect on the screen. This latency-reducing technology, however, needs more than just NVIDIA hardware. It also needs games to actually support Reflex and Overwatch is just the latest to join that exclusive club.

Display technologies are naturally concerned about things like refresh rates, response rates, tearing, and the like but, in the world of competitive esports, there are other factors that could mean the difference between glorious victory and embarrassing defeat. NVIDIA Reflex tries to solve the problem of system latency, also called input lag, that sometimes makes enemies seem almost invincible just because your god-like bullet missed your opponent's head.

Unlike with other NVIDIA technologies like G-SYNC, it takes more than just hardware to see Reflex in action. Games have to actually integrate the tech and support it, which is why there were only 14 games that supported it. Now there are fifteen, with Overwatch jumping into the fray, guns a-blazing.

With NVIDIA Reflex enabled on Overwatch, the game is advertised to be 50% more responsive, a critical increase for a fast-paced, twitch-based competitive shooter. It's even better if you have a "Reflex Latency Analyzer-compatible Monitor", one that can raise the response rate up to 360 Hz. At that point, you might as well invest in a Reflex-compatible mouse while you're at it.

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NVIDIA Reflex is compatible with GPUs as old as the GeForce GTX 900. Users will need to get the latest Game Ready Driver and update Overwatch before they see the switch to toggle it in-game.

Intel Xe HPG discrete gaming graphics card might debut next week

Intel Xe HPG discrete gaming graphics card might debut next week

Intel has long been trying to convince both users and manufacturers that its graphics tech is all you need but that spiel has always fallen flat when it came to gaming and graphics-extensive applications. It wasn't until its most recent Intel Xe graphics architecture that that claim actually started to finally show some promise. That said, Intel's new graphics tech is still missing one critical market but that might change next week when the chipmaker finally reveals its Intel Xe HPG discrete graphics card made especially for gaming.

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RTX 3060 cryptocurrency mining capabilities unlocked with beta NVIDIA driver

RTX 3060 cryptocurrency mining capabilities unlocked with beta NVIDIA driver

Back in February, NVIDIA made a pair of reveals that went hand-in-hand. For starters, it announced that it would sell certain GPUs as "cryptocurrency mining processors," or CMPs. At the same time it announced it was rolling out these CMPs, the company also announced that it would be limiting the RTX 3060's usefulness when it came to cryptocurrency mining, the hope being that those limitations would make RTX 3060 cards less appealing to crypto miners.

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Newegg Shuffle restocks RTX 3060, 3070 but you have to be quick

Newegg Shuffle restocks RTX 3060, 3070 but you have to be quick

Those of you looking to get your hands on new graphics cards from NVIDIA or AMD might want to check Newegg right now, where another Shuffle drawing is happening at the moment. Newegg actually publicized this particular Shuffle rather late during the selection window, so if you want to participate in this one, you're going to need to act fast.

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NVIDIA RTX-30 series cards get a frame rate boost with Resizable BAR

NVIDIA RTX-30 series cards get a frame rate boost with Resizable BAR

NVIDIA announced today that it's rolling out a new feature called Resizable BAR to some RTX 30-series machines. This new feature could boost performance in some games, resulting in as much as a 10% boost to frame rates in those titles. For now, Resizable BAR is only available through the RTX 3060 on desktop and on RTX 30-series laptops, but NVIDIA says it will come to the whole RTX 30-series family next month.

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Good luck paying NVIDIA’s MSRP for an RTX 3060

Good luck paying NVIDIA’s MSRP for an RTX 3060

Today is a big day for those who are in the market for a new GPU, as NVIDIA is releasing the RTX 3060. While that branding suggests it'll be less powerful than the highly sought-after RTX 3070 and RTX 3080, it might the only obtainable option for those who have an aging PC and need to upgrade their graphics hardware.

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NVIDIA’s answer to RTX 30 restock hell is some familiar old GPUs

NVIDIA’s answer to RTX 30 restock hell is some familiar old GPUs

NVIDIA may not be able to keep up with GeForce RTX 30 series graphics card demand, but its stopgap fix for the frustrating shortage will involve some familiar old GPUs rather than a sudden restock of the cutting-edge chips. As anybody who has tried to upgrade their PC or outfit their new-build with an RTX 30 GPU has discovered over the past few months, getting hold of one of the prized graphics cards is about as tricky as finding a new Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 at retail.

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NVIDIA just made it easier to buy the right RTX 30-series laptop

NVIDIA just made it easier to buy the right RTX 30-series laptop

During CES 2021 last month, we received a flood of announcements for laptops that feature NVIDIA's RTX 30-series GPUs. Like the RTX 20-series before it, the 30-series will likely make for some particularly formidable gaming laptops, but with every manufacturer under the sun seemingly announcing at least one laptop for this year (and oftentimes many more), it can be difficult to make an informed choice about which is the best laptop for the money.

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RTX 30-series scalpers are making bank while regular customers wait for restocks

RTX 30-series scalpers are making bank while regular customers wait for restocks

If you've been trying to get your hands on an RTX 30-series card, you've likely heard scalpers mentioned more than once. Scalpers - people who are buying hard-to-find products and reselling them at high prices through sites like eBay - get a lot of blame for these stock shortages from regular consumers who are trying to get a graphics card or a console themselves, but how much of an impact are they actually having? A new set of data suggests that at the very least, scalpers are making a decent chunk of change from the RTX 30-series cards they've been reselling.

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Intel Iris Xe desktop graphics cards are here but you can’t have them yet

Intel Iris Xe desktop graphics cards are here but you can’t have them yet

While Intel still holds the lion's share of the CPU market, it has never really been known to have any solid footing when it comes to the graphics department. Sure, its integrated GPUs power many a laptop or tablet but those still pale in comparison to even the mobile versions of NVIDIA's and AMD's chips. Intel has been making strides and heavily pushing its new Iris Xe architecture and now its first-ever discrete graphics cards for desktops have arrived, but you won't be able to buy them just yet.

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Samsung Exynos with AMD GPU claimed to beat Apple A12 Bionic

Samsung Exynos with AMD GPU claimed to beat Apple A12 Bionic

Samsung's Exynos has been the subject of much controversy and drama in the past months, especially as its performance gap with Qualcomm's equivalent Snapdragon chips became more prominent. The company's semiconductor business has been trying to turn that ship around quickly, especially with a favorable outlook for the new Exynos 2100. That said, the real highlight might still be coming later this year, especially if the combined powers of Samsung and AMD are indeed able to run circles around Apple's 2019 A12 Bionic chip.

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