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EVGA Ends Partnership with Nvidia

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Graphics card manufacturer EVGA has made a name for itself manufacturing and selling Nvidia’s GeForce GPUs for two decades, including some of the more attractively priced options on the market. But according to the YouTubers at Gamers Nexus, analyst Jon Peddie, and an EVGA forum post, EVGA is officially terminating its relationship with Nvidia and will not be manufacturing cards based on the company’s RTX 4000-series GPUs.

EVGA’s graphics cards have exclusively used Nvidia GPUs since its founding in 1999, and according to Gamers Nexus, GeForce sales represent 80 percent of EVGA’s revenue, making this a momentous and arguably company-endangering change. But EVGA CEO Andrew Han told Gamers Nexus that the decision was about “principle” rather than financials—Han complained about a lack of communication from Nvidia about new products, including information about pricing and availability.

Nvidia’s pricing strategy was apparently another sore point for EVGA. Nvidia’s first-party Founders Edition cards could often undercut the pricing of cards offered by EVGA and other vendors, forcing them to either lower prices or lose sales as a result.

Nvidia may not be entirely at fault here—the wider dynamics of the GPU market are also tough to navigate. As Peddie also points out, even as GPU costs have gone up, profit margins for the board partners that manufacture Nvidia GPUs have gone down. Modern high-end GPUs have massively higher power, cooling, and PCI Express signaling requirements than cards from just a few years ago, making them more expensive to design and manufacture, and reporting about the RTX 4000 series indicates that that trend is only going to continue.

The end of the EVGA-Nvidia relationship could also hurt Nvidia—Peddie says that EVGA represents about 40 percent of Nvidia’s GPU market share in North America—but in the medium term, the company is unlikely to be fazed much. Nvidia has other partners, and despite differences in cooler design and clock speeds, GPUs in the same series tend to perform similarly regardless of which of Nvidia’s partners actually made them. In other words, an RTX 3070 is an RTX 3070, and people who want one are just going to buy one from another company if EVGA’s products aren’t available.

EVGA will continue to sell its other products, including power supplies, though Han told Gamers Nexus that the company doesn’t plan to return to the GPU market at all—not with AMD’s or Intel’s GPUs, and not with future GeForce product generations. Han also said that EVGA would continue to sell cards based on older GeForce GPUs, including the RTX 3000 series until they run out of stock toward the end of 2022. The company will also keep enough inventory of these cards on-hand to fulfill any warranty repairs or replacements for currently supported cards.

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CORSAIR Intros White RMx SHIFT PSU Series with Side-Mounted Connection

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CORSAIR today launched a white colour variant of the revolutionary RMx SHIFT Series of ATX 3.0 power supplies. RMx SHIFT, the world’s first PSU with the DC connector panel on the side of the unit, quickly became a sensation among DIY PC enthusiasts after its launch last year thanks to cleaner and easier cabling than traditional power supplies. Available in 750, 850, 1000, and 1200 wattages, the RMx SHIFT Series exemplifies CORSAIR’s commitment to addressing the evolving needs of its customers.

With its repositioned side panel, builders have unobstructed access to all of its Type 5 Gen 1 micro-fit connections, making installation and maintenance painless. It also means less bending and twisting of the cables, removing unnecessary strain on the cables and connectors.

White models of RMx SHIFT address the overwhelming demand from the PC building community for more customization options to match a wider range of builds. The new white units retain all the features that have made the RMx SHIFT a market standout, including fully modular cabling, 80 Plus Gold-rated efficiency, premium 105°C-rated Japanese capacitors, and a 140 mm fluid dynamic bearing fan, while matching the clean aesthetic of white system builds.

With ATX 3.0 certification and PCIe 5.0 compliance, the RMx SHIFT Series is ready to power the latest systems and includes a PCIe 5.0 12VHPWR GPU cable for use with modern graphics cards such as the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 Series. RMx SHIFT PSUs and cables will fit in any PC case that supports the ATX format and is at least 210 mm (8.3″) wide. The PSU must also be accessible from the side when mounted in the case.

The CORSAIR RMx SHIFT White series is available now from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorised retailers and distributors. The RMx SHIFT Series is backed by a ten-year warranty, alongside the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.

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Corsair Launches iCUE LINK-Powered XH405i Custom Water Cooling Kit

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Corsair today unveiled the iCUE LINK XH405i RGB, the latest evolution in its award-winning Hydro X Series of custom cooling kits. Since the launch of the original XH305i kits in 2020, Corsair has revolutionized the custom cooling market, offering enthusiasts a comprehensive package that simplifies entry into custom cooling. These kits have successfully introduced thousands of new DIY builders to the hobby. Building on this legacy, the XH405i RGB kit elevates the experience with an advanced suite of cooling components augmented with RGB lighting, harmoniously integrated with Corsair’s innovative iCUE LINK technology to further streamline the building process.

The XH405i kit, available in stealth grey or white, bundles everything you need to set up a stunning iCUE LINK-enabled CPU custom cooling system. This includes a high-efficiency CPU water block, a top-tier D5 pump/reservoir combo unit, three stunning QX120 RGB fans, a 360 mm performance radiator, and more. Taking advantage of the game-changing iCUE LINK ecosystem that vastly reduces the complexity of component connections, the XH405i makes custom cooling a genuinely accessible hobby for enthusiasts of all levels – not just the most dedicated builders.

The XC7 RGB ELITE CPU Water Block delivers extreme cooling performance with a premium copper cold plate and hexa-flow cooling engine. It is compatible with a wide range of Intel and AMD processors, supporting LGA 1700 and AM5 / AM4 sockets. The XD5 RGB ELITE Pump/Reservoir Combo is powered by the widely popular D5 PWM pump and features a 440ml integrated nylon reservoir. Both units come with innovative in-loop temperature sensors that enable next-level cooling performance control thanks to the intelligent, bi-directional iCUE LINK connection. Furthermore, iCUE LINK ELITE components are now Smart, housing individual microcontrollers that manage and report performance and temperatures to the included System hub and iCUE software.

The inclusion of three QX120 RGB fans, alongside the XR5 360 mm radiator, ensures optimal heat dissipation, while 148 individually addressable RGB LEDs across the entire cooling setup offer endless customization options through Corsair iCUE software. Transparent XT Hardline Tubing completes your loop, easily shaped and cut to your needs with an included XT Hardline Bending Toolkit. A litre of pre-mixed clear XL8 Performance Coolant carries heat away from your CPU. The XH405i contains all the necessary XF Hardline Fittings and Adapters, with extra fittings included for those looking to expand their cooling to GPU blocks.

For builders wanting to do just that, the updated iCUE LINK XG7 RGB GPU Water Blocks are launching alongside the XH405i. Updated models fit GeForce RTX 4080 and 4080 SUPER MSI SUPRIM / GAMING TRIO and ASUS ROG STRIX / TUF Gaming cards, joining the best-selling 4090 SUPRIM / GAMING TRIO water block. These iCUE LINK-ready blocks ensure comprehensive cooling for your GPU, memory, and VRM, pushing your graphical performance to new heights while eliminating noise from stock fans. If you’ve been interested in building a custom cooling loop, the XH405i, with its integration of award-winning iCUE LINK technology, offers the perfect opportunity to achieve the unrivalled performance and spectacular looks that only custom cooling can provide.

The Corsair Hydro X Series iCUE LINK XH405i Custom Cooling Kit and Hydro X Series iCUE LINK XG7 RGB 40-SERIES GPU Water Blocks are available now from the Corsair webstore and the Corsair worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors. Core Hydro X Series custom cooling components (CPU and GPU Water Blocks, Pump/Reservoir, and Radiators) are backed by a three-year warranty, alongside the Corsair worldwide customer service and technical support network. Other products in the XH405i kit (fans, coolant, tubing, and fittings) are backed by a two-year warranty.

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NVIDIA Intros New DLSS Upgrades and Game Ready Driver

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NVIDIA announced that Horizon Forbidden West Complete Edition’s PC system requirements were released, four games are getting DLSS upgrades, while The Thaumaturge got a new Game Ready Driver. Horizon Forbidden West Complete Edition, the critically acclaimed sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn is launching on PC on March 21st, and includes Burning Shores, the story expansion that picks up after the conclusion of the main game, along with bonus content.

When Horizon Forbidden West Complete Edition is released, GeForce RTX gamers can activate DLSS 3 from day one to multiply their performance, while those with fast enough frame rates can use DLAA to maximize their image quality. To make gameplay even more responsive, players can enable Reflex to reduce system latency. With DLSS Super Resolution and Frame Generation, performance is substantially faster, enabling gamers to play with increased levels of detail at higher resolutions.

Endnight Games’ The Forest was a viral open-world survival and crafting game. Their critically acclaimed follow-up, Sons Of The Forest, recently exited Early Access with a massive content update. Since its initial Early Access launch, Sons Of The Forest has included DLSS 2 support, enabling GeForce RTX gamers to accelerate performance at the highest detail levels and resolutions. When activated, DLSS 2 boosts performance by an average of 50% at 4K max settings, enabling users to experience the game at its absolute best at fast frame rates on the GeForce RTX 4070 and above.

Other DLSS News:

  • Mortal Kombat 1Peacemaker Update – Available now with DLSS 2 to help GeForce RTX gamers hit 60 frames per second, with every setting maxed out.
  • REVEIL- launches today with day-one support for DLSS 2 and DLAA.
  • Hellbreach: Vegas- Entering Early Access on March 11th with day-one support for DLSS 2 and DLAA, enabling gamers to boost performance, or crank visuals to the absolute max.

GeForce Game Ready Drivers deliver the best experience for users’ favourite games because they are finely tuned in collaboration with developers and extensively tested across thousands of desktop and laptop hardware configurations for maximum performance and reliability. Our latest driver supports The Thaumaturge, which includes NVIDIA DLSS 3 and NVIDIA Reflex.

NVIDIA’s Game Ready Driver program was created from the ground up as a method to provide the best gaming experience possible. This program creates a synergy with game developers, establishing a regular cadence of exchanging pre-release game builds and drivers. We work together on finding optimizations and resolving issues. Iterate builds accordingly to ensure both the game and the Game Ready Driver deliver the highest quality and performance at launch.

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