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How to watch NVIDIA GeForce event livestream: RTX 3090 reveal

Published: 1/Sep/2020 14:17

by Calum Patterson

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NVIDIA is set to unveil its next set of flagship GPUs at the GeForce Special Event on September 1, including the highly anticipated RTX 3090. Here’s how to tune in for the big reveal.

For almost two years, the RTX 2080 Ti has reigned top dog for gaming GPUs (notwithstanding the significantly more pricey Titan RTX), but the time has come for it to be superseded by the new Ampere cards.

It’s expected that only the flagship 3090 and 3080 will be revealed at the event, with a general focus on the new technology, comparisons to the previous generation, and what it means for gaming.

How to watch NVIDIA GeForce Special Event

The stream will start at 9 am PT/12 pm ET/5 pm BST on September 1, streamed live on NVIDIA’s own Twitch channel.

There is a countdown on stream until the event starts, so keep an eye on it to make sure you don’t miss it.

What is the RTX 3090?

The next generation of RTX cards will build upon the RTX 20 series, which includes the 2060, 2070, 2080, and 2080 Ti (as well as “super” versions of the first three).

The 30 series, dubbed ‘Ampere’ is the evolution of these cards, and some leaks suggest that the 3090 will be as much as double the power of the 2080 Ti.

2080 Ti’s boast 11GB of VRAM,  which was an unheard-of figure when they were launched, but the 3090 is slated to have a whopping 24GB of VRAM.

NVIDIA 3090

A leaked image showing slides expected to be shown at the reveal, shows the 3090 doubling the performance of the 2080 Ti in Control, a fairly graphically intensive game.

The event will last around one hour though, so expect to have to wait till close to the end before the full reveal of the cards.

Two cards, the 3090 and 3080, are due to release in September, with more cards from the series coming later in 2020.

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Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.