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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 review: A truly modern GPU for the masses (hopefully)

PCWorld

Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3050 delivers great 1080p gaming performance with modern features, including capable ray tracing chops and DLSS. It has plenty of memory and doesn't make any unusual technical compromises, unlike AMD's rival Radeon RX 6500 XT, but that potentially makes it a target for GPU miners--which could mean bad things for price and availability. A year and a half into the latest generation of graphics cards--one plagued by chip shortages, logistics woes, tariffs, crypto demand, and scalpers--we're finally starting to see the first GPUs for PC gamers on a tighter budget. And as the GeForce RTX 3050 we're reviewing today shows, Nvidia and AMD couldn't be going about it any more differently. AMD landed the first strike. The Radeon RX 6500 XT arrived just last week, and AMD made some hard compromises to hit its low $199 price point.


Meta says it's building world's largest AI supercomputer out of Nvidia, AMD chips

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How to use this site What can we do for you? What can we do for you? Meta says it's building world's largest AI supercomputer out of Nvidia, AMD chips Facebook owner Meta is building the world's largest AI supercomputer to power machine-learning research that will bring the metaverse to life in the future, it claimed on Monday. Each compute node is an Nvidia DGX-A100 system, containing eight GPU chips and two Epyc microprocessors, totaling 2,000 nodes. It's expected to hit a peak performance of 5 exaFLOPS at mixed precision – FP16 and FP32 – and can feed in 16 terabytes of training information per second from up to 1EB of cache-based storage, we're told.


Nvidia's AI-powered scaling makes old games look better without a huge performance hit

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Nvidia's latest game-ready driver includes a tool that could let you improve the image quality of games that your graphics card can easily run, alongside optimizations for the new God of War PC port. The tech is called Deep Learning Dynamic Super Resolution, or DLDSR, and Nvidia says you can use it to make "most games" look sharper by running them at a higher resolution than your monitor natively supports. DLDSR builds on Nvidia's Dynamic Super Resolution tech, which has been around for years. Essentially, regular old DSR renders a game at a higher resolution than your monitor can handle and then downscales it to your monitor's native resolution. This leads to an image with better sharpness but usually comes with a dip in performance (you are asking your GPU to do more work, after all). So, for instance, if you had a graphics card capable of running a game at 4K but only had a 1440p monitor, you could use DSR to get a boost in clarity.


Dive into hands-on coding and programming with this Raspberry Pi and Arduino bundle

Mashable

TL;DR: The 2022 Complete Raspberry Pi and Arduino Developer Bundle is on sale for £30.33, saving you 97% on list price. Anyone has the ability to create and control their own robots and other gadgets. The trick is having the right tools and knowing your way around those tools. The best tools for the job are DIY maker platforms like Arduino and Raspberry Pi -- and the best way to learn the ropes is with this affordable beginner's course collection. The 2022 Complete Raspberry Pi and Arduino Developer Bundle is valued at £1,365, but the price has dropped to just £30.33. The nine courses in this bundle are led by experienced robotics entrepreneur and software engineer Edouard Renard.


Discover the power of Arudino and Raspberry Pi with this deal

Mashable

TL;DR: The 2022 Complete Raspberry Pi and Arduino Developer Bundle is just $31.97 at the Mashable Shop with code GREEN20 as of Dec. 13. Anyone has the ability to create and control their own robots and other gadgets. The trick is having the right tools and knowing your way around those tools. The best tools for the job are DIY maker platforms like Arduino and Raspberry Pi -- and the best way to learn the ropes is with this affordable beginner's course collection. The 2022 Complete Raspberry Pi and Arduino Developer Bundle is valued at $1,800, but the price has dropped to just $31.97 with the code GREEN20.


Save an extra 20% off these comprehensive Raspberry Pi and Arduino courses

ZDNet

The saying "If you want it done right, do it yourself" is something that the DIY engineer community quite literally lives by. Sure, smart home integration, with popular platforms like Alexa and Google Home, is more popular than ever, but there's a satisfaction that comes from setting up your own home security system or LED controller that can't be replicated from an out-of-the-box set of hardware. It's for that reason that DIY engineers spend hours poring the internet for coding guides, and even more time undergoing trial and error. However, with the 2022 Complete Raspberry Pi & Arduino Developer Bundle featuring nine lifetime courses from Edouard Renard, you'll discover all the skills and knowledge necessary to bring your own projects to life. Right now, these comprehensive courses are on sale for $31.97 when you use the Green Monday coupon code GREEN20 at checkout.


Chromebooks versus Windows laptops: Which should you buy?

PCWorld

Should I buy a Chromebook or a Windows laptop? It's a common question, whether asked by parents weighing the best computer option for back-to-school or by people who just want an inexpensive computer for themselves. We'll help you choose the right one. Our latest update includes more answers to questions you might have: such as, how slow (and inexpensive) can a Chromebook be before it stops being usable? What does Windows 11 and Windows 11 SE mean for laptops? Read on for the answers, plus our up-to-date buying guide for November 2021 and Black Friday, plus more details and what to buy. A notebook PC or laptop powered by Microsoft Windows offers several advantages. Windows offers the most flexibility to run just about any app, your choice of any browser, and configure antivirus options, utilities, and more. You can tweak and configure your PC as you choose. That convenience demands more computing horsepower, and often a higher price compared to most Chromebooks. Prices can soar into the thousands of dollars, and if you need a powerful PC for gaming or video editing, Chromebooks can't compete, and they don't try to. But you'll find some great deals among our more affordably priced, top Windows picks. See our buying guide to the best laptops for even more options.


Nvidia data center sales grew 55% on demand for artificial intelligence chips

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Kress said customers are using the chips for tasks such as understanding human speech and crunching data to offer customer recommendations. Gaming, Nvidia's biggest market, reported $3.2 billion in sales, up 42% from $2.27 billion in the same quarter last year. The company said it was primarily due to increased sales of its GeForce consumer graphics processors, but the company said supply remained limited. Nvidia's gaming graphics cards now have software that prevents them from being used for cryptocurrency mining, the company said. Nvidia introduced dedicated graphics cards for crypto mining earlier this year to help meet some of the demand.


Raspberry Pi's Build HAT helps students build LEGO robots

Engadget

Raspberry Pi has launched a new product that would make it easier to build robots out of LEGO components. The Build HAT (or Hardware Attached on Top), as it is called, is an add-on device that plugs into the Pi's 40-pin GPIO header. It was specifically designed to make it easy to use Pi hardware to control up to four LEGO Technic motors and sensors from the the toy company's Education Spike kits. Those sets are meant as a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) learning tool for young students. The HAT also works with motors and sensors from the Mindstorms Robot Inventor kit. In addition to the Build HAT itself, the company has created a Python library that can help students build prototypes using a Raspberry Pi and LEGO components.


Nvidia DLSS Is Building a Walled Garden, and It's Working

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I just reviewed AMD's new Radeon RX 6600, which is a budget GPU that squarely targets 1080p gamers. It's a decent option, especially in a time when GPU prices are through the roof, but it exposed a trend that I've seen brewing over the past few graphics card launches. Nvidia's Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) tech is too good to ignore, no matter how powerful the competition is from AMD. In a time when resolutions and refresh rates continue to climb, and demanding features like ray tracing are becoming the norm, upscaling is essential to run the latest games in their full glory. AMD offers an alternative to DLSS in the form of FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR).