After the last 344.75 NVIDIA driver update, I thought maybe we might not get any more updates until the New Year. Certainly I wasn't expecting to move from the R343 category of drivers to R346, but today NVIDIA has done just that. This is also one of the rare instances where NVIDIA has released a beta driver this year; the last official beta came back in June with 340.43, after which NVIDIA had six straight WHQL updates. You can find the drivers at the usual place. I have to be clear, however: NVIDIA's driver numbers can often be something of a mystery, and this is a great example. One look at the full release notes (PDF) and I have to ask: why is this 347.09...

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

PURE (PC, Xbox 360) Review

Join us as we stray from the beaten path and review the latest entry in the off-road racing genre...

22 by Eddie Turner on 9/29/2008

The Radeon HD 4870 1GB: The Card to Get

Many have been waiting for the higher memory variant of AMD's 4870 since it's launch. It is now available, and at very good prices. Our tests show performance improvement...

78 by Derek Wilson on 9/25/2008

Understanding 8-channel LPCM over HDMI: Why it Matters and Who Supports it

Recent GPU and chipset launches have started including support for 8-channel LPCM audio over HDMI. I explain what that is and why you should want it.

52 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/17/2008

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216: Competition for the 4870

Priced at $279 there's a new GTX 260 in town and it's got one purpose: to compete with the Radeon HD 4870. NVIDIA manages to close the performance...

66 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Derek Wilson on 9/16/2008

AMD Radeon HD 4670: Ruling from Top to Bottom

AMD took the world by storm with its $200 - $300 killers earlier this summer, but can they do it again at $79 with the new Radeon HD 4670...

90 by Derek Wilson on 9/10/2008

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (PC, Xbox 360, PS3) Review

Join us as for a show and tell session as we review Pandemic's latest action game...

17 by Eddie Turner on 9/9/2008

NVIDIA 9500 GT: Mainstream Graphics Update

The 9500 GT has been out for a while now, and today we take a look at what it has to offer.

37 by Derek Wilson on 9/5/2008

Bargain Bin Games Revue - Round One

We explore the depths of the bargain bin in an attempt to wet those dry spells between big name releases...

35 by Eddie Turner on 9/1/2008

Lucid's Multi-GPU Wonder: More Information on the Hydra 100

Derek sat down with Lucid and answered some more questions on the Hydra 100, a chip that enables multi-GPU on any platform.

57 by Derek Wilson on 8/22/2008

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