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Symantec Unveils Industry's First Neural Network to Protect Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Warfare

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Symantec Corp., the world’s leading cyber security company, today introduced Industrial Control System Protection (ICSP) Neural, the industry’s first neural network-integrated USB scanning station that helps organizations protect critical infrastructure by preventing the devastating physical consequences of cyber-attacks on operational technology (OT).

OT is mission-critical in industries such as energy, oil and gas, manufacturing, and transportation, but legacy systems are often outdated and nearly impossible to secure with traditional endpoint security. Companies have typically relied on unscanned USB devices to update these systems, increasing the potential for malware infection and targeted attacks. 

The threat of cyber warfare – including physical damage and personal safety – is very real and the consequences are potentially devastating. Despite this, the industrial control systems that power critical infrastructure often run on outdated Windows systems leaving them vulnerable to both known and unknown threats. For example, the infamous Symantec-discovered Stuxnet worm used USB-based malware to manipulate centrifuges in Iranian nuclear plants – ultimately sabotaging a key part of the country’s nuclear program. To help combat this type of threat, the U.S. government elevated its Cyber Command to a full combatant command in May 2018. 

Symantec ICSP Neural utilizes artificial intelligence to prevent known and unknown attacks on IoT and OT environments by detecting and providing protection against malware on USB devices. ICSP Neural stations scan, detect USB-borne malware, and sanitize the devices. Existing ICSP deployments have shown that up to 50 percent of scanned USB devices are infected with malware.

“USB devices are given away at events, shared between co-workers, and reused again and again for business and personal use, introducing the risk of accidental or malicious infection. The impact of connecting an infected device to a critical system can be devastating,” said Patrick Gardner, senior vice president, advanced threat protection and email security, Symantec. “Behind the scenes, ICSP Neural will retrofit existing infrastructure with a central nervous system to provide protection for critical infrastructure. On the front end, a rugged aluminum design embodies a simple, intuitive user experience that clearly highlights potential threats.”

Better security through simplicity

Simplifying the scanning process is critical to overall security hygiene, as operational technology environments are often in remote areas or field operations, far removed from an organization’s IT teams. As such, the ICSP Neural scanning process is simple, requiring no specific security or IT training. Once connected, ICSP Neural emits visualizations and real-time signals through the LED light ring that indicate when malware has been detected and sanitized. 

Provides protection against the most advanced threats

The Symantec-designed neural engine harnesses the power of Symantec’s world-class threat intelligence network to increase detection efficacy by up to 15 percent. It also detects adversarial machine learning attempts and initiates self-learning to provide protection against unknown threats. The AI-powered technology can learn in real-time, leading to sustained efficacy with limited internet connectivity – up to twice as long. These artificial intelligence and organic self-adaption capabilities can protect organizations against emerging and future attacks. The neural engine enables high-intensity detection with near-zero false positives (as low as one hundredth of a percent)*. These capabilities are accomplished using just a tenth of the bandwidth of other similar solutions – an indispensable feature for systems using VSAT connections.

ICSP Neural supports a full range of OT and IoT devices and systems. The optional enforcement process prevents use of unscanned USBs with less than a 5MB installation footprint and can be deployed on operating systems from Windows XP to Windows 10 (Linux support is planned in 2019).

As part of the Integrated Cyber Defense strategy, ICSP Neural complements the latest version of Symantec’s Critical System Protection (CSP) software; a flexible and compact behavioral security engine built with application whitelisting, infused with anti-exploits for managed or standalone devices. CSP 8.0 provides a no-internet, policy-based approach to endpoint security, securing devices from known and unknown zero-day exploits and attacks, even on legacy operating systems. 

Symantec’s ICSP Neural is available for pre-order now and is expected to ship in early 2019. For more information visit:

*Based on internal tests of in-field malware samples.

AMD's Adrenalin 2019 Brings Host of New and Improved Features and Optimizations

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AMD has announced AMD Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition, the next generation of its software suite for AMD Radeon™ GPUs, providing gamers, creators and enthusiasts with new immersive features that deliver unparalleled visual experiences. 

AMD Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition unleashes the power of AMD Radeon GPUs, delivering up to 15 percent average higher performance for some of today’s top game titles compared to last year. The 2019 Edition also enables streaming of PC-based games and video to mobile devices and is the first AMD solution designed to enable PC-quality streaming to standalone Virtual Reality (VR) headsets, delivering incredible VR experiences on millions of standalone VR devices.

 “AMD Radeon software is designed to deliver the ultimate in stability and performance for an unparalleled gaming experience,” said Andrej Zdravkovic, corporate vice president of software, Radeon Technologies Group. “We are delighted to unveil our biggest software update ever. Built upon the industry’s most stable driver, AMD Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition delivers double-digit performance improvements in select games and amazing new features, making it easier than ever for gamers to optimize their graphics settings to invigorate the PC gaming experience for both novice and expert Radeon™ GPU users.” 

Key new and enhanced features of AMD Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition include:
PC-to-VR and mobile device streaming: AMD Radeon™ ReLive, combined with the updated AMD Link mobile application and dedicated VR store applications, now enables streaming of PC-based games and video to standalone VR headsets as well as a wide selection of Android and iOS-based mobile phones and tablets via a home Wi-Fi network. The new functionality provides low-latency, PC-quality experiences on mobile devices and standalone VR headsets, delivering brilliant colors and razor-sharp images. 
In-game instant replay: AMD Radeon™ ReLive software, which enables gamers to capture, stream and share their greatest moments, now allows them to revel in their victories instantly by viewing a five-to-30 second picture-in-picture style gameplay clip or by creating a five-to-30 second GIF without leaving the game. In addition, the new scene editor provides more content creation tools, enabling the editing of streams and captures as well as incorporating more content into streaming overlays. 
Powerful optimization tools improve the AMD Radeon™ GPU experience: New and updated user-friendly tools simplify gaming and system configuration, including:
o Radeon™ Game Advisor: A new intuitive, wizard-like tool walks gamers through the process of tuning their games for the optimal mix of fluid animation and visual fidelity. 
o Radeon™ Settings Advisor: Automatically recommends system and display settings for the optimal gaming experience that can be deployed with a single click.
o Upgrade Advisor: Determines if a PC meets the minimum and recommended developer game specifications and offers AMD CPU and GPU hardware upgrade suggestions, if needed.
Updated AMD Link application: The free AMD Link mobile application features a streamlined user interface, new driver upgrade features, enhanced Radeon™ ReLive gallery support and, for the first time, the ability to use natural language voice commands to control Radeon™ ReLive functionality and track performance metrics.
Improved performance and power management: AMD Radeon™ WattMan Technology now provides one-click controls for auto-GPU and memory overclocking and auto-GPU undervolting. The revamped AMD Radeon™ Chill power-saving tool delivers up to 20 percent more power savings in select titles.
Fluid, responsive and stunning imagery: Enhanced AMD Radeon FreeSync™ 2 HDR technology8 provides auto-tone mapping to deliver exceptional color contrast and visible detail consistently across FreeSync™ technology-supported displays9. In addition, the AMD Virtual Super Resolution feature now supports ultra-wide 21:9 displays.
Monitor, record and fine tune without leaving the game: The updated Radeon™ Overlay feature allows users to access system performance metrics on screen, and now includes in-game controls for AMD Radeon™ WattMan5  technology, Enhanced Sync technology and Game Advisor. The new release also provides one-click access to the AMD Radeon™ Software ecosystem, including Radeon™ ReLive, performance monitoring, Radeon™ Chill, Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC), Radeon FreeSync™ technology8, and color settings. 

AMD Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition is available today here. 

COLORFUL iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Giveaway

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We're not going to miss Christmas without a proper giveaway, so we're going to host one for you and everyone else! We've teamed up with the folks from COLORFUL to giveaway their COLORFUL GeForce GTX 1080 to our lucky readers both new and current, so yeah hop on while you're at it!

We'll make the rules simple and easy so we can have as many people to jump in and make it more fun for everyone!

2. Share this post publicly on Facebook with the hashtags #COLORFUL #Christmas #Holidays #Giveaway
3. Tag a friend in the comments section of the Facebook post here and greet them a Merry Christmas

The winner will be selected randomly, and will be announced on 31st December 2018. Make sure to follow the mechanics because we'll be verifying those of course. Also, do take note that only one comment is needed on the post to qualify, and commenting multiple times won't have any effect.

The contest is open globally, and will be live from 14th. December 2018 until 28th December 2018. Best of luck to you all, and Happy Holidays!

DXC Technology Announces Additional Analytics Migration Factory Locations in the Philippines and Poland

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With continued strong demand for the migration of analytics workloads to the cloud, DXC Technology today announced the opening of two additional DXC Analytics Migration Factory locations in Manila, Philippines, and Warsaw, Poland.

The new centers will provide clients with an efficient, end-to-end experience to accelerate the migration of data and analytics environments to Microsoft Azure. DXC launched its first Analytics Migration Factory for Microsoft Azure in Bangalore, India, in September 2018.

DXC professionals in Manila and Warsaw will be investing in training and certification to enhance their skills in data science, cloud architecture, solution design and deployment on Azure. Today DXC has more than 900 Azure professional certifications, 900 analytics clients and 8,000 analytics and AI professionals worldwide.

“With our Analytics Migration Factories, we are helping our clients’ digital transformations by ensuring smooth, rapid and orderly migrations of analytics workloads to Azure,” said Edward Ho, executive vice president and general manager, Offerings, DXC. “Adding to our Bangalore center, our two new Analytics Migration Factory locations will further enable DXC clients to migrate to modern, cloud-based platforms, helping them leverage advanced analytics, AI and machine learning in new and innovative ways.”

Rohan Kumar, corporate vice president, Azure Data Platform, Microsoft Corp., said, “DXC’s approach to cloud migrations is helping deliver cutting-edge innovations that help customers navigate the technological and business shifts businesses are facing. Microsoft Azure gives customers the capability to extract valuable insights from their data and engage their customers in ways they were not able to do previously. Getting there quickly and efficiently is DXC’s Analytics Migration Factory approach.”

Accelerating and driving Azure cloud migration efficiencies
The DXC Analytics Migration Factory model accelerates and drives migration efficiencies with a deep library of catalogued methods, proven design patterns and best practices, backed by a team of trained and certified migration factory experts. DXC’s application of broader standardization on both Azure tools and select third-party components produces significant process improvements throughout the migration to Azure.

The DXC Analytics Migration Factory employs DXC Bionix™, the company’s secure digital-generation services delivery model that provides a comprehensive approach to intelligent automation at scale. The result is maximum performance and value with accelerated digital transformation.

These capabilities provide organizations with the elasticity of cloud for their analytic services to enable new and deeper business insights, to try or test new analytic use cases, and to explore new technologies without incurring unnecessary deep capital outlays.

Unwrap Christmas 2018 – Holiday Gift Guide

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It’s always a good time to celebrate the gift of giving, and with Christmas coming, you’ll probably want to go all out on bringing the fun to everyone. But then again, with a plethora of options to go for, it’s getting more difficult to even just get started. But don’t let that intimidate you, because we’ve coughed up a good ol’ round up of the best gifts for each and every one in your circle.

Music and Gaming Audio Needs on the Go
Price: $49.99/Php2,495

Most likely, you’ll have that gamer cousin or friend who’s been itching for some sweet audio upgrade but don’t want to settle for those large earcups that tend to get in the way, not to mention the impracticality of it when you’re on the move.

HyperX’s Cloud Earbuds is one of the most ideal options for anyone who’s looking to game on the go or just wants to listen to some sweet tunes. It’s designed ideally for the Nintendo Switch, but that won’t stop you from using it with your phones.

Gaming Essentials Whenever, Wherever
 Nintendo Switch
Price: $299/Php16,995

A gaming PC would probably be the ultimate choice when it comes to some sweet, immersive gaming experience. But you don’t have to limit yourself tethered to your gaming rig. Nintendo Switch is easily the most practical way of playing.

Looking for couch gaming? Dock the Switch. Gaming on the go? Take it with you to the bus ride wherever. And hey, if you want to roll it in one package, the aforementioned HyperX Cloud Earbuds can do you good.

Easy Upgrade, Easy Price
Price: 240GB – Php2,750

By now, everyone’s probably familiar with Kingston. The independent world leader in memory products have been dishing out beautiful gaming products from high-performance desktop RAM to blazing fast SSDs at very competitive prices. And with that said, you just can’t go wrong with their products.

Kingston’s A400 SSD is easily one of the most affordable SSDs you can get your hands on, making it a great option if you’re looking for a quick upgrade on your gaming PC without breaking the bank. It’s loads faster than traditional hard drives, and the company’s longstanding reputation in warranty also has your back. It’s available from Lazada and Shopee on the Playbook store as well.

Picture Perfect
Price: $600/Php31,400 EF-M 15-45mm IS STM Kit

Canon’s EOS M50 wasn’t exactly a game changer, but don’t let that dictate your expectations of it. The EOS M50 is a user-friendly mirrorless camera that packs in 4K capabilities, the new Digic 8 processor and a compact design.

Camera Storage Woes No More
Price: Canvas Select SD card 128GB – Php 2,350
          Canvas Select microSD card 64GB – 1,200

You’d always, always want your storage devices in tiptop shape, because if they end up failing, you’ll end up losing those beautiful moments you should have been watching right now. With that said, Kingston’s Canvas Select SD and microSD cards are built to withstand harsh environments. It’s waterproof, shockproof, and vibration proof, making it a prime choice when you’re shooting in the great outdoors or you just need something that can last. They’re also both available on the Lazada Brand Store and Shopee’s Playbook store.

Artful Workings
Price: Php 28,999 for the Windows Version, Php 23,999 for the Android Version

Lenovo’s laptops are what we’d tag as “enduring” when it comes to the test of time. Some parts anecdotal, some parts established fact. And with that said, someone’s probably going to want a laptop that can do much yet look so unique at the same time.
That’s what the Lenovo YOGA BOOK can be. This laptop is probably what you’d call unconventional with its Halo keyboard that also doubles as a graphic slate. There’s also a version with double the screen, but also around double the price. So, yeah. We’re going with the first YOGA BOOK just for the price and ingenuity alone.

Intelligent Communication that Lasts
SRP: Php8,995

We’ve reviewed the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro, and we have plenty of good things to say about it. Enduring battery life fit for a king, beautiful performance, and superb straightforward design. Best of all, the price. You just can’t go wrong with it.

Time Will Tell
Price: $400/Php20,000

Smartwatches aren’t really taking off the same way smartphones did, but they’re still devices that can help you bolster your productivity and fashion sense. Huawei’s Watch 2 Pro is a beautiful and classy smartwatch loaded with features to also get you kickstarted on both your fitness and productivity. It’s also a bit elusive, which makes it even more special.

Power Overwhelming
Price: $99/Php5,000

There’s no such thing as too many power banks. Trust us, you’ll prefer to have multiple of these in your home rather than just one or two. No need to bring them all and lug them in your bag, however. But if you’re going to bring something with you at all times, make sure it’s reliable. The Anker 20000 PowerCore Speed PD would fit that description, and it can even charge up your MacBook or Nintendo Switch if you want. Handy.

Safety is Priceless
Price: Php7,000

Transcend has been on a roll with its line of dash and body cams, and you might want to get one for yourself if you still haven’t. Because you know, there’s no such thing as too safe when it comes to the world today. The 2nd gen Transcend DrivePro Body 10 can capture the most crucial details with its wide 130-degrees viewing angle and F/2.8 aperture, and it’s water and shock resistant, too!

Ultimate Gaming Within Budget
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
Price: $599/Php35,000

New tech, new games, and new year incoming. With that said, you may want to give that special gamer that gift that will last them for a while. NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2070 would let you in on ultra-immersive gaming experience with the RTX hype, with beautiful performance, all while being within a reasonable price.

AMD FIGHT 2018 Rallies Up Gamers for Tekken 7 Tournament

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It’s no easy feat becoming the King of the Iron Fist, but AMD wants to make it easier for everyone as it opened up plenty of opportunities for you to take a shot at and thus delivers AMD FIGHT 2018. Rack up those combos for the kill.

At Teatrino at the Promenade, Greenhills, AMD opened up its grand Tekken tournament co-presented by MSI and sponsored by a host of brands including Corsair, HKC, Western Digital, and RAKK Gears. The challengers battled it out for the Php70,000 prize pool, and of course, there were also loads of prizes given away during the event.

It’s great to see AMD making a push for local gaming events in partnership with brands, and we’re hoping there’s another one coming our way next year.

Palit GeForce RTX 2070 Super Jetstream Preliminary Review

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It seems we’re boarding the RTX hype train as Palit sends its GeForce RTX 2070 Super Jetstream to us to put to the test. This is kind of a new frontier for us, given that NVIDIA’s RTX brings plenty of new things to the table that we’ll need to explore its inner workings to understand it fully. So, then. Without further ado, let’s begin.


Palit had a certain design language when it came to presenting its products, specifically the ones in the JetStream lineup. Gone are the minimalist and unique aesthetics in the packaging and now we have a picture of a storm over the skies. Wouldn’t really fit the bill when it comes to premium presentations, but regardless of that case you’d buy it for the product and not for the packaging.

Anyway, moving forward, Palit keeps the bundles to a minimum. Honestly, what we have right here are just the essentials. There’s the Palit GeForce RTX 2070 Super Jetstream in anti-static bag, a product manual, a disc driver and that’s about it.


At first glance, you’ll notice Palit’s attempt in refining its signature Super Jetstream. It has a more industrial yet cleaner look to it, and given its black and silver theme you have plenty of room in fitting it with your build’s theme. Mind you, the card also has some heft to it. It's quite thick at 59.6mm, occupying 2.7 slots.

The Palit GeForce RTX 2070 Super Jetstream also comes with a healthy serving of ports - a single HDMI Port, three DisplayPort 1.4 ports, and a USB Type-C port on its honeycomb bracket.

The Palit RTX 2070 Super Jetstream also comes with quite a sexy backplate that also dons the Jetstream logo. 

RGB on the other hand is set up via Palit's Thunder Master app. The options are quite limited, however. You can turn it off totes, use it as an indication for the GPU temperature, choose a specific color, or rainbow.


NVIDIA's RTX brought with it plenty of new things that we'll need to make several adjustments on our benchmark methodologies to accommodate it. For starters, the current and only game that supports Ray Tracing is Battlefield V, but others are set to follow. It's also limited to DirectX 12, which at this time is still unsupported by Fraps.

1600 3.2GHz
GPUPalit GeForce RTX 2070 Super Jetstream (417.22 GeForce Game Ready Driver)
CoolerCorsair H60 (2018)
StoragePlextor M9e 512GB M.2 SSD + Seagate BarraCuda 4TB + 2TB Western Digital Green HDD
CaseSilverstone RL06
OSWindows 10 Pro N
DisplayViewSonic VX2758 144Hz Monitor

3DMark Time Spy 

3DMark Time Spy is a DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows 10 gaming PCs. Time Spy is one of the first DirectX 12 apps to be built the right way from the ground up to fully realize the performance gains that the new API offers. With its Extreme counterpart rendering visuals in 4K.

3DMark Firestrike

Fire Strike is a showcase DirectX 11 benchmark for modern gaming PCs. Its ambitious real-time graphics are rendered with detail and complexity far beyond other DirectX 11 benchmarks and games. With Extreme and Ultra versions raising resolution in 25650 x 1440 and 4K.

Battlefield V

Battlefield V is the very first title to support NVIDIA's Ray Tracing. Our test involves a run on the War Stories - Under No Flag section to test out the performance between RTX enabled and disabled. And of course, everything possible to adjust set to maximum/ultra. Drive it hard.

Ambient Occlusion: SSAO
Anti-aliasing Post-processing: TAA High
DXR: Ultra/Off
Effects Quality Ultra
GPU Memory Restriction: Off
Graphics Quality: Ultra
Lighting Quality: Ultra
Mesh Quality: Ultra
Post-processing Quality: Ultra
Resolution Scale: Ultra
Terrain Quality: Ultra
Texture Filtering: Ultra
Texture Quality: Ultra
Undergrowth Quality: Ultra
Framerate Limiter: 200
VSync: Off
Future Frame Rendering: On

The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 despite its age is still one of the most demanding titles as it holds up graphically. Our test is done on Mulbrydale.

VSync: Off
FPS: Unlimited
NVIDIA Hairworks: Off
Number of Background Characters: Ultra
Shadow Quality: Ultra
Terrain Quality: Ultra
Water Quality: Ultra
Grass Density: Ultra
Texture Quality: Ultra
Foliage Visibility Range: Ultra
Detail Level: Ultra
Ambient Occlusion: SSAO
Depth of Field: On
Chromatic Abberation: On
Vignetting: On
Light Shafts: On

Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV from Square Enix is one of the most graphically intensive games to date, offering rich details and beautiful visuals to boot. Our test run involves a run on the great wilderness from Hammerhead to the road ahead. 

Framerate: 120fps
Resolution: 100%
Preset: Highest
Assets: On
Model LOD: High
TRAM: Highest
Anisotropic Filtering: High
Geomapping: On
Lighting: High
Shadows: Highest
Ambient Occlusion: High
Anti-aliasing: TAA
Motion Blur: On
Filtering: Highest
NVIDIA Hairworks: Off
NVIDIA TurfEffects: Off
NVIDIA ShadowLibs: Off

Final Fantasy XV DLSS Test

Final Fantasy XV's Benchmark Tool now comes with DLSS. DLSS seems to be locked down to 4K, so results will be for that resolution only. For this one, we'll compare results when it's activated and off.

Assets: On
Model LOD: High
TRAM: Highest
Anisotropic Filtering: High
Geomapping: On
Lighting: Highest
Shadows: Higherst
Ambient Occlusion
Anti-aliasing: TAA
Motion Blur: On
Filtering: Highest
NVIDIA HairWorks: On
NVIDIA TurfEffects: On
NVIDIA ShadowLibs: On
(Recorded with GeForce Experience)

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Adaptive Quality: Off
Ambient Occlusion: Very High
Anti-aliasing: High
Character: Ultra High
Clutter: Very High
Depth of Field: High
Character Texture Detail: Ultra High
Texture Detail: High
Environment Details: Ultra High
Fog: High
Resolution Modifier: 100
Screen Space Reflections: High
Shadows: Ultra High
Terrain: High
Volumetric Clouds: Ultra High
Water: Very High

Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Odyssey looks like it still used the same engine as Assassin's Creed Origins, but a more refined one at that. Our test run is done on the Coast of Koliadai area.

Metro Last Light Redux Benchmark Tool

Metro Last Light Redux features a built in benchmarking tool that can simulate on multiple passes and comes with detailed sequences.


Quality: Very High
Texture Filtering: AF 16X
Motion Blur: Off
Tesselation: Very High
VSync: Off
Advanced PhysX: Off
Runs: 3


For the temperature, we look for the average on a 30-minute idle state and load temperatures are tracked during 3DMark's Time Spy stress test for the same duration. The test system is under a 30C ambient room temperature, and unit is in Celsius.


Palit's GeForce RTX 2070 Super Jetstream definitely provided a vast learning space for us. RTX shows a lot of visual promise, although we can see such a huge strain in performance when it's activated. We're looking ahead to development improvements on its performance. It's a shame, really that Battlefield V is the only supports it at the time of writing, we'd love to test it out on other titles as well to make a more conclusive report. The majority of our testing procedures involve reviewing it as a normal card due to the lack of support for RTX titles currently. 

Specifically in terms of the Palit GeForce RTX 2070 Super Jetstream, it's easily a performer by the numbers as it delivers on both 1080p and 1440p. Shooting for 4K especially with DXR enabled however would be asking for it. It's easily a great gaming card so to speak, allowing you to go nuts on the quality on 1080p and 1440p to an extent. Ray Tracing is just too demanding, and we can't stress enough how we're in need of more titles to support it for us to fully explore its potential.

We'll be looking into this further, and if you have other games you have in mind tested or you have some comments on our tests, please feel free to drop a message.