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RTX 3080 Reviews
The review/teardown embargo on the new range of RTX graphics cards was lifted yesterday, and here are a pick from the main tech channels: The general conclusion is that the 3080 Founders Edition is a great card - awesome performance compared to the 2080, and a very well thought out cooling system that in the end has no impact on overall system temperatures (in fact it may help it). All this at a price point that is within reach of many compared to the 20xx series.


Nvidia 3000 Updates
Here are a couple more videos regarding the new Nvidia cards, the first of which is due to be released later this week:


Nvidia 3000 Series Q&A
In this video, Jay answers a bunch of questions he's received regarding the upcoming 3000 series. Topics covered include PCIe Gen 4, Founders Edition, the 12 pin power connector, plus discussing the likelihood of a 3080Ti to bridge the huge price gap to the 3090.

Watch the vid here at JayzTwoCents


Nvidia 3000 Partner Cards
Following Nvidia's big announcement on 1st September, details of partner manufacturer cards are starting to emerge. In the linked video, Nexus covers cards by EVGA, MSI, Zotac, Gigabyte and Asus. Watch in full on Gamers Nexus


Nvidia Ampere Announced
Last night, Nvidia introduced the world to their new Ampere range of graphics cards, aka the 3000 series. This new architecture suggests almost double the performance over the previous Turing series, all at a refreshingly low price point (well, except for the 3090 which is listed at £1400)

There's loads of info online, plus summaries from the usual suspects: JaysTwoCents, Gamer Nexus, Linus Tech Tips and an early look at the actual hardware from Digital Foundry


ESL One Cologne 2020 Results
The various regional grand finals took place yesterday, with Herioc coming out on top of the European group. Here are all the grand final results:
  • Herioc 3 - 0 Team Vitality (Europe)
  • Tyloo 3 - 1 ViCi Gaming (Asia)
  • Renegades 3 - 0 Avant Gaming (Australia and Oceania)
  • Team Liquid 2 - 3 Evil Geniuses (North America)
This is a great result for Herioc, the draw being wide open after NIP beat Astralis in the quarters, and then NIP going out 2-0 to Vitality in the semis.

Anyone watching on Twitch would have noticed the setups of each team - very impressive, and definitely not cheap. It goes to show just how much money there is in elite e-sports right now!


ESL One Cologne
This year's ESL One event in Cologne started yesterday and continues today with more first round matches. You can watch the event on the ESL Twitch stream, or just follow the results via Twitter


Nvidia Announcement
The Nvidia site is showing a countdown to a "Special Event" on 1st September - what could it be? The page suggests a look back at their products since 1999, but could there also be an announcement of RTX30xx perhaps?

There is speculation over on Shacknews and elsewhere in the Twitterverse


Xbox Live Gold Continues
Microsoft have confirmed that Xbox Live Gold will continue for the foreseeable future, despite the growing popularity of their new Game Pass scheme.

There are good articles on it over at Shacknews and The Verge


CS:GO Trusted Mode Fix
It looks like the Trusted Mode issues that plagued CS:GO last week have been fixed in the latest version. The previously suggested beta version is no longer compatible with up-to-date servers, so you have no choice but to take the non-beta version. However, there don't appear to be any problems starting the game, even with things like Corsair iCue and MSI Afterburner running. Whether they have fixed the application detection, whitelisted more applications or just rolled the whole thing back remains to be seen.

counter-strike.net has the change list from this week's release.



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