Over the weekend we reported on a statement released by NVIDIA regarding recent concern over unusual VRAM allocation and VRAM bandwidth performance from the GeForce GTX 970. In brief, various GTX 970 owners had observed that the GTX 970 was prone to topping out its reported VRAM allocation at 3.5GB rather than 4GB, and that meanwhile the GTX 980 was reaching 4GB allocated in similar circumstances. All of this was at odds with what we thought we knew about the cards and the underlying GM204 GPU, as the two cards were believed to have identical memory subsystems. As a result we’ve been digging into this issue over the weekend, working to collect the final pieces of the puzzle. To that end NVIDIA reached out to...

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

Retesting the Radeon HD 4830: Too Few SIMDs Enabled

UPDATED... Some review samples and RETAIL versions of the Radeon HD 4830 were sent out with one too many SIMDs disabled. This resulted in lowered performance in our (and...

24 by Derek Wilson on 10/25/2008

Music Gaming Goodness: Rock Band 2 Rocks The House

We've had some time to play with Rock Band 2 along with the new standard and premium drum kits and the new guitar. Take a look at what we...

20 by Derek Wilson on 10/24/2008

AMD Radeon HD 4830: Affordable Performance And Heavy Competition

UPDATED -- With AMD's introduction of a $130 part that can handle high quality settings at decent resolutions, we also see an escalation in the price war NVIDIA is...

56 by Derek Wilson on 10/23/2008

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Xbox 360, PS3)

We unleash the force in Lucas Arts' latest Star Wars game.

24 by Eddie Turner on 10/6/2008

ATI Radeon HD 4350 and 4550: Great HTPC Solutions

While these lower end cards aren't all that great for gaming (in spite of major advantages over integrated graphics), they offer a great set of features for those who...

56 by Derek Wilson on 9/30/2008

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