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Acer's New Predator Laptops And Desktop PCs Are Ready For VR

A ‘Nvidia GeForce VR Ready’ sticker is the crowning feature of Acer’s new Predator gaming laptop and desktop range, announced overnight with certified support for VR headsets including the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The two new machines are the most powerful that Acer has ever built, but are surprisingly compact for their high-end specs.


Corsair And Gigabyte Are Getting Creative With Pre-Built PCs

One of my favourite urban legends is the story about how cake mixes were first a commercial failure because customers felt uneasy about putting a cake together with just powder and water. It’s not true, of course: sales of cake mixes doubled initially after World War 2, but that’s a whole other story.

I bring it up because for better or worse, the idea that people were more comfortable adding an egg and butter to their cake mix has stuck. And it turns out that Corsair, GIGABYTE and NVIDIA are pulling a similar trick with PC builds.


Under The Hood: This Week In PC, Component And Software News

Thinking of building a new gaming PC? Struggling with whatever random error your desktop is throwing up this week? Under The Hood gives you a quick and concise run-down of the most important things that happened to the PC master race in the last seven days.


NVIDIA's Dark Souls 3 Game Ready Drivers Are Still Causing Issues

If you’re paying any degree of attention to the gaming world, you’ll probably be aware that Dark Souls 3 comes out today. And if you’re a PC gamer, you’ll probably be abreast of the fact that the GPU manufacturers like to push out new patches to coincide with major game launches.

NVIDIA’s Game Ready driver for Dark Souls 3 is version 364.72, and it’s also the latest release with Microsoft’s WHQL certification. Problem is, lots of gamers are having issues.


Meet DGX-1: Nvidia's Stupidly Powerful Supercomputer For Deep Learning

“250 Servers in a box.” That’s how Nvidia describes the DGX-1 — the world’s first commercially available supercomputer specifically built for deep learning. Packing in eight Tesla P100 GPUs that are capable of delivering up to 170 teraflops at peak performance, it is hands-down the most powerful system Nvidia has ever brought to market. We took some snapshots of this AI behemoth on the GTC showroom floor. Feast yer eyes!


Tomorrow's Self-Driving Vehicles Will Look Nothing Like Cars Today

The current fleet of autonomous car prototypes aren’t terribly far removed from their manual counterparts — visually, the only significant difference is the mechanical brain stuffed inside their boots. All this is set to change in the years ahead, however. As Nvidia’s senior director of automotive research Danny Shapiro explains, everything from the materials used to the way cars are upgraded will be completely different. In short, your car will behave like a very expensive smart phone.


Watson-Powered Taylor Swift Is The AI Robot From Your Nightmares

Watson Nao is a self-learning “concierge robot” powered by IBM’s question-answering computer system of the same name. During Nvidia’s GTU technology conference, we were shown a demo of Nao in action from IBM Watson’s chief technology officer Rob High. According to Hugh, one of the keys to endearing artificially intelligent robots to humans will be their ability to sing and dance authentically. We’ll let you be the judge…


The Roborace Cars Will Use Nvidia Computers To Make 24 Trillion AI Operations A Second

Last week, the autonomous racing series that is Roborace unveiled what its cars will look like. But now we also know what will control them: Nvidia’s liquid-cooled Drive PX 2 computers, which crunch through 24 trillion AI operations every single second.


Under The Hood: This Week In PC, Component And Software News

Thinking of building a new gaming PC? Struggling with whatever random error your desktop is throwing up this week? Under The Hood gives you a quick and concise run-down of the most important things that happened to the PC master race in the last seven days.


Self-Driving F1 Racecar Robots Are Coming In 2016

During its GTC 2016 keynote address, Nvidia unveiled a new Formula E event dubbed Roborace. As its name implies, this new racing class will feature fully autonomous cars powered by Drive PX 2 supercomputers. If that’s not crazy enough, the first race is expected to kick off this season. Blimey.


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