Archive for July 3, 2019

ASUS Announces High Performance Gaming Graphics Cards

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 3, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS today announced eight new GeForce® RTX 2080, 2070, and 2060 SUPER graphics cards, spanning the ROG Strix, ASUS Dual, and Turbo lines. These new GPUs bring even more competitive performance to high-end NVIDIA Turing™ graphics card options, offering a sweet deal for gamers looking to pull the trigger on an RTX build this summer.

The new GeForce RTX SUPER GPUs leverage almost a year of exhaustive architectural and process optimizations to deliver the fastest gaming performance in traditional rasterized games and the flood of blockbuster titles implementing real-time ray tracing. They are poised to offer the best performance-per-watt and performance-per-dollar of any gaming GPU in their class.

ROG Strix: Take flight

The ROG Strix GeForce RTX 20 SUPER series graphics cards are paired with a host of power and cooling features for a truly top-tier gaming experience. On the RTX 2060 SUPER, our tried and true Wing-blade fan design provides excellent cooling. Moving up to the top-end 2070 and 2080 SUPER cards, new Axial-tech fans enter the fray with better all-around performance, while MaxContact technology provides a better connection between heatsink and die for superior thermal transfer. The high-end hardware is supported with an arsenal of software utilities that allow users to customize and tweak settings.

ASUS Dual EVO: 2x fans. 2x fun.

Delivering the latest NVIDIA Turing gaming experience in its purest form, the ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 20 SUPER EVO series graphics cards meld performance and simplicity like no other. With Axial-tech fan design all around and a beefy 2.7-slot footprint to house a thick heatsink, these dual-fan cards deliver exemplary cooling performance. The entire assembly is reinforced by a protective backplate, making the Dual series a solid choice for those who prefer substance over style.

ASUS Turbo EVO: Blow them away

The ASUS Turbo GeForce RTX 2070 and 2060 SUPER EVO graphics cards are designed from the ground up for systems with restricted airflow. A redesigned shroud preserves the air intake area above each fan, ensuring enough cool air can get to the card, even in a cramped chassis. Both models also feature dual ball fan bearings, which last up to twice as long as sleeve bearing designs.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ROG Strix, ASUS Dual EVO, and ASUS Turbo EVO GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER and 2060 SUPER graphics cards will be available worldwide on July 9, 2019.

ROG Strix and ASUS Dual EVO GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics cards will be available worldwide on July 23, 2019.

Please contact your local ASUS representative for more information.

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CDW Canada Donates $50,000 to The Hospital for Sick Children

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 3, 2019 by itnerd

CDW Canada is delighted to announce it has donated $50,000 to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) through the Children’s Miracle Network this year.

This donation continues an 11-year partnership during which CDW Canada has raised more than $299,000 through the Children’s Miracle Network.

CDW Canada is a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government, education and healthcare. CDW Canada helps customers achieve their goals by delivering integrated technology solutions and services that help customers navigate an increasingly complex IT market and maximize the return on their technology investment. Areas of focus include software, networking, unified communications, data centre and mobility solutions. CDW Canada is on the Channel Daily News Top 100 Solutions Provider list in Canada, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vernon Hills, Illinois-based CDW Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. For more information, visit http://www.cdw.ca.

TELUS Rolls Out “Unlimited” Rate Plans As Part Of Their Standard Offerings

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 3, 2019 by itnerd

When the wireless pricing wars broke out a few weeks ago, it seemed to me that Rogers was the only ones who would put a stake in the ground when it came to having an “unlimited plan. By contrast both Bell and Telus would only respond with limited time offers. And I was critical of both companies for not joining Rogers in making these sorts of plans part of their standard offerings.

But that changed this morning as TELUS announced via press release three things. First, they announced this:

TELUS Easy Payment device financing gives customers access to any smartphone in TELUS’ leading device line-up, including iconic smartphones starting at $0 upfront, with easy payment financing options over 24 months, alongside transparent billing that clearly separates the device cost from the monthly rate plan fee.

I am sure that this is a direct response to Rogers doing the same thing and criticism that the “big 3” carriers do not remove device subsidies when the phone is paid for. Then they annouced this:

TELUS Peace of Mind rate plans give new, renewing and bring-your-own-device customers access to endless data starting at $75 per month for 10GB of high-speed data without ever having to worry about overage charges. If customers exceed their high-speed data bucket, they can continue to stream, share and stay connected as much as they want with speeds up to 512 kbps, all on Canada’s fastest and largest network.

This is clearly their stake in the ground when it comes to these “unlimited” plans that are now in vogue as this appears at first glance to be part of the carrier’s standard offerings. Next up was this:

TELUS Family Discounts provide incremental savings off the monthly rate plan with every new family member who signs up. Two family members will each receive $5 off a month, three family members $10 each, and four or more family members will each receive savings of $15 a month.

That’s an interesting sweetener to try and get their subscriber count up.

Everything seems to be live at the moment at telus.com/peaceofmind and I will be digging into the details as the devil is always in the detail. If I spot anything interesting, I’ll be updating this post.

Watch for a response from Bell in the coming hours or days as they are now the only “big 3” carrier who hasn’t made these changes.