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 midrange enthusiast card, the R9 285 would be launching on September 2nd. In the process the R9 285 would be a partial refresh of their R9 280 series lineup, supplying it with a new part that would serve to replace their nearly 3 year old Tahiti GPU. The R9 285 is something of a lateral move for AMD, which is something we very rarely see in this industry. The R9 285’s immediate predecessor, the R9 280 (vanilla) has been on the market with an MSRP of $249 for nearly 4 months now. Meanwhile the R9 285...

ATI Radeon HD 4890 vs. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275

Two new GPUs at the $250 price point battle it out. Guess what? Both GPUs perform about the same. We take this opportunity to go through...

295 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Derek Wilson on 4/2/2009

NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250: A Rebadged 9800 GTX+

First it was the 8800 GT, then the 8800 GTS 512, then the 9800 GT then the 9800 GTX and shrunk down to the 9800 GTX+. Now it's...

107 by Derek Wilson on 3/3/2009

MultiGPU Update: Finding the True Halo with 4-way

We round out our series on multiGPU performance with a look at 4-way SLI and CrossFire. Who will come out on top? The answer will surprise you.

44 by Derek Wilson on 2/28/2009

MultiGPU Update: Does 3-way Make Sense?

For those who want the most graphics power they can pack in to a computer, 3-way multiGPU technology can seem very attractive. But is the Siren call of the...

46 by Derek Wilson on 2/25/2009

MultiGPU Update: Two-GPU Options in Depth

With both AMD and NVIDIA fully invested in both single and multiple card multiGPU solutions, we have dedicated some time to testing the landscape starting with two GPU configurations.

95 by Derek Wilson on 2/23/2009

NVIDIA's Ion Platform: Performance Preview

NVIDIA sent us a fully functional Ion platform. As expected, pairing up Intel's Atom processor with the GeForce 9400M provides a much better user experience than current Atom...

68 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/3/2009

Revealing The Power of DirectX 11

DirectX 11 isn't quite out yet, but samples and specifications are out and we've had the opportunity to comb over the many presentations on the API over the past...

109 by Derek Wilson on 1/30/2009

GeForce GTX 285: 55nm Enabling Higher Performance

With higher performance, a larger price tag, and smaller die sizes, NVIDIA is hoping to capitalize on a new 55nm part. Here's the low down.

76 by Derek Wilson on 1/15/2009

NVIDIA's Ion Platform: Hands on at CES 2009

NVIDIA gave us some additional time with its recently announced Ion platform. We help explain its positioning as well as clear up some confusion about Intel's Atom processor naming.

29 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/13/2009

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295: Leading the Pack

NVIDIA enters this round of single-card dual-GPU graphics solutions with a reclaiming of the halo.

96 by Derek Wilson on 1/12/2009

GeForce 3D Vision: Stereoscopic 3D From NVIDIA

Though stereoscopic shutter glasses have been around for a while, the time is ripe for a resurgence if hardware and software makers get on board. NVIDIA is making the...

56 by Derek Wilson on 1/8/2009

OpenCL 1.0: The Road to Pervasive GPU Computing

NVIDIA and AMD have been moving toward GPU Computing for a long time with CUDA and what became ATI Stream. How do things change with an API that runs...

37 by Derek Wilson on 12/31/2008

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 Coming in January

We don't have any performance details, but we do have hardware specifications. This part looks lean, mean, and poised to take the single card multi-GPU crown from AMD.

69 by Derek Wilson on 12/18/2008

NVIDIA's Ion Platform: Bringing High Def to Netbooks

Take Intel's Atom processor and pair it with NVIDIA's GeForce 9400M chipset and you've got the Ion platform. The latest bold move from NVIDIA offers an alternative to...

61 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/17/2008

GPU Transcoding Throwdown: Elemental's Badaboom vs. AMD's Avivo Video Converter

Two applications, both running parts of their code on the GPU are now available for end users to transcode video. As of Catalyst 8.12, all AMD Radeon HD...

34 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Derek Wilson on 12/15/2008

The RV770 Story: Documenting ATI's Road to Success

It was the biggest launch for ATI since the memorable R300 (Radeon 9700 Pro), yet we failed to get the full story on how RV770 (Radeon HD 4800) came...

115 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/2/2008

Far Cry 2 Dissected: Massive Amounts of Performance Data

We delve into Far Cry 2 performance across multiple settings and DX versions. Beyond this we do a full top to bottom hardware analysis using the game.

78 by Derek Wilson on 11/21/2008

NVIDIA Fall Driver Update (rel 180) and Other Treats

NVIDIA has released a new driver that adds a few new PhysX and SLI features and should improve performance in some cases. There are also recent developments in PhysX...

63 by Derek Wilson on 11/20/2008

Guitar Hero World Tour: The Best, The Worst, and Everything in Between

After last week's review of Rock Band 2 and this weeks launch of Guitar Hero World Tour, we had some unanswered questions to ... well ... answer. So here...

33 by Derek Wilson on 10/31/2008

MSI R4350 - First Look

We take a first look at a HD4350 solution for those HTPC owners with the multi-channel LPCM blues.

24 by Gary Key on 10/29/2008

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