The idea of an external PCI-Express chassis for video cards is practically as old as PCI-Express itself. However over the years the idea has failed to reach the consumer market as a complete product, even with the introduction of standardized external PCIe interfaces such as Thunderbolt. Various prototypes have been shown, but in practice the only way to acquire such a rig has been to build it yourself, combining an ExpressCard slot and its pokey PCIe 2.0 x1 link with an external PCIe chassis. Thankfully it looks like the PC industry is finally going to turn the corner on the concept thanks to Alienware. Today Alienware is introducing their own PCIe video card chassis, the Alienware Graphics Amplifier. Alienware’s amplifier is a fairly typical take on...

DisplayPort Alternate Mode for USB Type-C Announced - Video, Power, & Data All Over Type-C

Earlier this month the USB Implementers Forum announced the new USB Power Delivery 2.0 specification. Long awaited, the Power Deliver 2.0 specification defined new standards for power delivery to...

106 by Ryan Smith on 9/22/2014

NVIDIA 344.11 & 344.16 Drivers Available

In the crazy rush to wrap up the GeForce GTX 980 review in time for the NDA lift yesterday, news of the first R343 driver release may have been...

39 by Jarred Walton on 9/19/2014

Short Bytes: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 in 1000 Words

To call the launch of NVIDIA's Maxwell GM204 part impressive is something of an understatement. You can read our full coverage of the GTX 980 for the complete story...

41 by Jarred Walton on 9/19/2014

Microsoft Details Direct3D 11.3 & 12 New Rendering Features

Back at GDC 2014 in March, Microsoft and its hardware partners first announced the next full iteration of the Direct3D API. Now on to version 12, this latest version...

24 by Ryan Smith on 9/18/2014

NVIDIA GameWorks: More Effects with Less Effort

While NVIDIA's hardware is the big start of the day, the software that we run on the hardware is becoming increasingly important. It's one thing to create the world's...

19 by Jarred Walton on 9/18/2014

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Review: Maxwell Mark 2

At the start of this year we saw the first half of the Maxwell architecture in the form of the GeForce GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti. Based on...

270 by Ryan Smith on 9/18/2014

AMD Radeon R9 285 Review: Feat. Sapphire R9 285 Dual-X OC

Last month AMD held their 30 years of graphics celebration, during which they announced their next Radeon video card, the Radeon R9 285. Designed to be AMD’s new $249...

84 by Ryan Smith on 9/10/2014

Analyzing Apple’s A8 SoC: PowerVR GX6450 & More

With their iPhone keynote behind them, Apple has begun updating some of their developer documentation for iOS to account for the new phone. This of course is always a...

136 by Ryan Smith on 9/10/2014

IDF 2014: Intel Demonstrates Skylake, Due H2’2015

Taking place this week alongside the consumer electronics clamor is the annual Intel Developer Forum (IDF) at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Though it has and continues to...

32 by Ryan Smith on 9/9/2014

Apple Announces A8 SoC

As expected from this year’s iPhone keynote, Apple has announced a new member of their internally developed family of ARM SoCs. The latest SoC, dubbed A8, is Apple’s first SoC...

66 by Ryan Smith on 9/9/2014

NVIDIA Files Patent Infringement Complaints Against Qualcomm & Samsung

In a surprising move this afternoon, NVIDIA has announced that they will be filing patent infringement complaints against both Qualcomm and Samsung. This complaint is centered around the alleged...

75 by Ryan Smith & Jarred Walton on 9/4/2014

Matrox to Use AMD GPUs in Their Next Generation Multi-Display Graphics Cards

If you go back far enough in the computer industry, there have been many successful video card companies. Back before the whole 3D craze kicked off, some of the...

36 by Jarred Walton on 9/3/2014

NVIDIA Announces GAME24 - 24 Hour Live Gaming Celebration

It seems company sponsored live events are becoming more popular. Not long after AMD hosted their own gaming celebration, NVIDIA is upping the ante with a 24 hour live...

1 by Stephen Barrett on 9/3/2014

The State Of PC Graphics Sales Q2 2014

Every quarter, Jon Peddie Research analyzes the market for graphics and gives us a chance to see where the industry is at. The market for discrete graphics is seasonal...

32 by Brett Howse on 8/29/2014

NVIDIA & VMware Preview GRID vGPU & Tegra K1 Chromebook Support

NVIDIA has been anything but shy about their GPU virtualization aspirations, making it a focal point for the company’s development since the launch of their first GRID cards back...

11 by Ryan Smith on 8/27/2014

AMD Announces Radeon R9 285, Shipping September 2nd

During their 30 years of graphics celebration, today AMD announced a forthcoming addition to the Radeon R9 200 graphics card lineup. Launching on September 2nd will be the company’s...

84 by Ryan Smith on 8/23/2014

AMD Celebrates 30 Years of Gaming and Graphics Innovation

AMD sent us word that tomorrow they will be hosting a Livecast celebrating 30 years of graphics and gaming innovation. Thirty years is a long time, and certainly we...

32 by Jarred Walton on 8/22/2014

Intel Demonstrates Direct3D 12 Performance and Power Improvements

Since the introduction of Direct3D 12 and other low-level graphics APIs, the bulk of our focus has been on the high end. One of the most immediate benefits to...

42 by Stephen Barrett & Ryan Smith on 8/15/2014

NVIDIA Launches Next GeForce Game Bundle - Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

After letting their previous Watch Dogs bundle run its course over the past couple of months, NVIDIA sends word this afternoon that they will be launching a new game...

7 by Ryan Smith on 8/12/2014

NVIDIA Refreshes Quadro Lineup, Launches 5 New Quadro Cards

Continuing today’s spate of professional graphics announcements, along with AMD’s refresh of their FirePro lineup NVIDIA is announcing that they are undertaking their own refresh of their Quadro lineup...

24 by Ryan Smith on 8/12/2014

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