Yesterday after an all-day session of benchmarking on Wednesday, we published our initial performance results for Civilization: Beyond Earth. As can often be the case with limited testing, we ran into a problem and were unable to find a solution at the time. In short, while there was a lot of talk about how developers Firaxis had spent some effort to improve latency using a custom Split-Frame Rendering (SFR) approach with Mantle on CrossFire configurations, we were unable to produce anything that corroborated that story. Emails were sent, but it took half a day before we finally had the answer: enabling SFR actually requires manual editing of the configuration file. Oops. We could ask why manual editing of the INI file is even necessary, and...

Answered by the Experts: Heterogeneous and GPU Compute with AMD’s Manju Hegde

AMD’s Manju Hegde is one of the rare folks I get to interact with who has an extensive background working at both AMD and NVIDIA. He was one of...

15 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/21/2012

NVIDIA Launches Fermi Based GeForce GT 610, GT 620, GT 630 Into Retail

While we were off at NVIDIA’s GTC 2012 conference seeing NVIDIA’s latest professional products, NVIDIA’s GeForce group was busy with some launches of their own. The company has quietly...

44 by Ryan Smith on 5/19/2012

GTC 2012 Part 1: NVIDIA Announces GK104 Based Tesla K10, GK110 Based Tesla K20

We’re here at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2012, where NVIDIA is holding their semi-annual professional developers conference. There’s been a great deal announced that will take a few...

50 by Ryan Smith on 5/17/2012

The AMD Trinity Review (A10-4600M): A New Hope

AMD’s microprocessor history goes way back, predating even the now venerable x86 architecture. Their first foray into x86 territory came as a subcontractor to Intel, and from there AMD...

272 by Jarred Walton on 5/15/2012

Ask the Experts: Heterogeneous and GPU Compute with AMD’s Manju Hegde

AMD’s Manju Hegde is one of the rare folks I get to interact with who has an extensive background working at both AMD and NVIDIA. He was one of...

100 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/14/2012

NVIDIA Q1 FY2013 Earnings Report: $924M Revenue, $60M Net Income

As earning season wraps up NVIDIA has released their earnings report for Q1 Fiscal Year 2013 (Feb-April 2012). For the first quarter of FY2013 NVIDIA booked $924M in revenue, with...

19 by Ryan Smith on 5/11/2012

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Review Feat. EVGA: Bringing GK104 Down To $400

In a typical high-end GPU launch we’ll see the process take place in phases over a couple of months if not longer. The new GPU will be launched in...

414 by Ryan Smith on 5/10/2012

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Review: Ultra Expensive, Ultra Rare, Ultra Fast

In an unusual move, NVIDIA took the opportunity earlier this week to announce a new 600 series video card before they would be shipping it. Based on a pair...

199 by Ryan Smith on 5/3/2012

The Prybar: GeForce GTX 690 Arrives

If there was any doubt after Saturday night as to what NVIDIA's prybar was for, this should put it to rest. FedEx just dropped off the prybar's companion, the...

68 by Ryan Smith on 4/30/2012

NVIDIA Unveils GeForce GTX 690: Dual GK104 Flagship Launching May 3rd

As we mentioned back on Monday, NVIDIA was going to be making some kind of GeForce announcement this evening at the NVIDA Gaming Festival 2012 in Shanghai, China. NVIDIA’s...

109 by Ryan Smith on 4/28/2012

Capsule Review: Sapphire's Radeon HD 7870 Overclock Edition

As AMD’s 28nm allocation has improved so has the selection of cards available on the market. We’re still in the first phase of the Radeon HD 7000 series rollout...

37 by Ryan Smith on 4/28/2012

NVIDIA Updates GeForce 600 OEM Desktop Lineup, Adds GT 645, GT 640, GT 630

While NVIDIA doesn’t publically announce most of their OEM desktop graphics cards, they do update their website with the specifications of these cards, which is how we usually find...

29 by Ryan Smith on 4/25/2012

AMD Launches Radeon 7700M, 7800M, and 7900M Mobile GPUs

Late last year, we covered the first part of AMD’s HD 7000M product lineup, the 7400M, 7500M, and 7600M. Today, the other shoe drops as we get the high-end...

53 by Jarred Walton on 4/24/2012

Of Crowbars and Countdowns

It’s not often that we cover marketing teasers, but then it’s not often that we get crowbars in the mail either… Earlier this afternoon the following crowbar unexpectedly showed up...

32 by Ryan Smith on 4/24/2012

AMD Radeon HD 2000, HD 3000, & HD 4000 Video Cards Being Moved To Legacy Status In May

Late last week word began circulating that AMD would be dropping driver support for their DX10 generation GPUS – HD 2000, HD 3000, and HD 4000 – based on...

38 by Ryan Smith on 4/23/2012

AMD Q1’12 Earnings Report: $1.59B Revenue, $590M Net Loss

It’s the middle of April and that means it’s once again earnings season for the prior quarter. Late yesterday AMD released their earnings report for Q1 2012, and it turned...

27 by Ryan Smith on 4/20/2012

AMD's Godfrey Cheng Joins Rick Bergman at Synaptics

A couple of weeks ago one of my oldest friends in the industry, Godfrey Cheng, announced his resignation from AMD. Godfrey came over from the ATI side of the...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/17/2012

Radeon HD 7000 Series Price Cuts & Promos Announced

For those of you in the market for a new video card, some price relief is on its way. Earlier today AMD sent out an announcement that they’ll be...

53 by Ryan Smith on 4/16/2012

AMD Partners With PTC for Creo Parametric 2.0

A few months ago during the Radeon HD 7970 launch we discussed how AMD would be revising their Independent Software Vendor (ISV) relations. While their efforts with ISVs in...

9 by Ryan Smith on 4/13/2012

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