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...

Badaboom: A Full Test of Elemental's GPU Accelerated H.264 Transcoder

It's finally here, a GPU accelerated H.264 transcoder that promises to speed up one of the most time intensive things you can do on your desktop. Unfortunately the...

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/18/2008

AMD's Radeon HD 4870 X2 - Testing the Multi-GPU Waters

AMD officially unveils its highest performing single-card to date: the Radeon HD 4870 X2. How will the first multi-GPU R7xx series card fare against the price reduced GeForce...

94 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Derek Wilson on 8/12/2008

Race Driver: GRID (PC)

We hit the pavement with Codemasters' latest offering in the racing genre, Race Driver: GRID.

42 by Eddie Turner on 8/7/2008

Intel's Larrabee Architecture Disclosure: A Calculated First Move

While not giving away much if any info about future products, Intel has cracked the door open just a bit on their Larrabee project. As expected, the information was...

101 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Derek Wilson on 8/4/2008

ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 - R700 Preview: AMD's Fastest Single Card

Hot on the heels of the launch of the Radeon HD 4800 series, AMD sent out 10 cards into the wild based on its new R700 GPU. Despite...

56 by Derek Wilson on 7/14/2008

Games Missing In Action

We know there are tons of titles coming out, but there are always a few that crop up, make waves, and then disappear without ever seeing the light of...

36 by Eddie Turner on 6/26/2008

The Radeon HD 4850 & 4870: AMD Wins at $199 and $299

Last week we showed that AMD offered the best $199 GPU on the market. Today we're able to show you that AMD has the best $299 GPU as...

174 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Derek Wilson on 6/25/2008

NVIDIA's First 55nm GPU: GeForce 9800 GTX+ Preview

NVIDIA quietly die-shrunk its G92 GPU last week, just 12 hours before AMD's launch of the Radeon HD 4870 we've got a preview of the GeForce 9800 GTX+. ...

37 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Derek Wilson on 6/24/2008

More Details on Elemental's GPU Accelerated H.264 Encoder

After our GT200 review went live we got up with Elemental's CEO and asked a few questions about their GPU accelerated H.264 video encoder. Due out for release...

51 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/23/2008

ATI Radeon HD 4850 Preview: AMD Delivers Performance for the Masses

In stark contrast to NVIDIA's $650 GPU launch earlier this week, AMD is letting us make an early introduction of the Radeon HD 4850 today. Priced at $199...

116 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Derek Wilson on 6/19/2008

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 Pipeline Update

A quick update on one of the unknown variables in NVIDIA's GT200 architecture.

21 by Derek Wilson on 6/18/2008

NVIDIA's 1.4 Billion Transistor GPU: GT200 Arrives as the GeForce GTX 280 & 260

Today NVIDIA introduced the most compute-intensive microprocessor we've ever reviewed. Built out of 240 simple cores, using a total of 1.4 billion transistors and with a 512-bit interface...

108 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Derek Wilson on 6/16/2008

Penny Arcade Adventures Episode 1

Penny Arcade and Hothead have joined forces to create a new episodic game series. Join us, as we step boldly over the precipice of dorkness.

21 by Jarred Walton on 6/16/2008

Assassin's Creed PC

Assassin's Creed has made its way to the PC, and we have a review and performance analysis plus a dash of DX10.1 controversy thrown into the mix. Controversy aside...

33 by Jarred Walton on 6/2/2008

Mario Kart Wii

Nintendo's latest Mario Kart makes its way to the table, and with it as usual comes change. Not all changes are for the better, unfortunately.

24 by Laura Wilson on 5/30/2008

Haze - PS3 Exclusive

In the modern multi-platform landscape, the exclusives can help one game system rise above the rest. Haze is the latest PS3 exclusive, but does it elevate the platform or...

29 by Eddie Turner on 5/26/2008

NVIDIA Analyst Day: Jen-sun Goes to the Mat With Intel

NVIDIA took the gloves off and came out swinging at Intel yesterday, embarking on a battle over the future of the GPU with the CPU giant

44 by Derek Wilson on 4/11/2008

Rainbow Six Vegas 2: Xbox 360 Review

Rainbow Six returns to Vegas for another romp through everyone's favorite city of sin.

30 by Eddie Turner on 4/4/2008

GeForce 9800 GTX and 3-way SLI: May the nForce Be With You

NVIDIA has released it's high end refresh based on the G92 core. The major factor it brings to the table is price.

49 by Derek Wilson on 4/1/2008

Quad SLI with 9800 GX2: Pushing a System to its Limit

The new highest of the high-end solution is available in the form of two 9800 GX2 GPUs paired up for Quad-SLI. How much performance can we get before we...

53 by Derek Wilson on 3/25/2008

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