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 these new APIs is their ability to better scale out with multiple threads and alleviate CPU bottlenecking, which has been a growing problem over the years due to GPU performance gains outpacing CPU performance gains. However at the opposite end of the spectrum and away from the performance benefits are the efficiency benefits, and those are gains that haven’t been covered nearly as well. With that subject in mind, Intel is doing just that this week at SIGGRAPH 2014, where the company is showcasing both the performance and efficiency gains from Direct3D 12 on their hardware. When...

The Future of Anti-Aliasing Settings in Question: NVIDIA Discussion

Times are changing and the fate of AA settings in NVIDIA's driver is at stake. Find out what the problem is, what's being considered and what you can...

50 by Derek Wilson on 3/15/2007

Factory Overclocked 8800 Roundup

We pit multiple factory overclocked 8800 cards against each other to find out which offer the most value.

20 by Derek Wilson on 3/12/2007

Performance Scaling with OCZ's 8800 GTX

OCZ has decided to augment its memory, cooling and power supply business with a high end graphics product. Today we test OCZ's graphics hardware and dive deeper into 8800...

12 by Derek Wilson on 2/16/2007

Power Within Reach: NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB

NVIDIA has launched a cheaper G80 based 8800 GTS with half the RAM of the original. We explore the performance and memory size impact.

54 by Derek Wilson on 2/12/2007

Coming Soon to HD DVD: Silicon Optix HD HQV

Silicon Optix has provided us with an early version of their HD HQV test. We test AMD and NVIDIA hardware to get an idea of HD image quality on...

27 by Derek Wilson on 2/8/2007

HD-DVD Playback - On the Xbox 360 & on NVIDIA GPUs

As a follow up to our recent articles on HD media playback, we will now take a look at a couple HD-DVD movies using the Xbox 360 player.

51 by Derek Wilson & Manveer Wasson on 12/15/2006

HD Video Playback: H.264 Blu-ray on the PC

We now have Blu-ray titles that make use of H.264 encoding in order to put our hardware to the test.

86 by Derek Wilson on 12/11/2006

Splinter Cell: Double Agent: A Performance Analysis

The newest addition to the Splinter Cell series has recently been released for the PC. We'll take a look at the game and see how it runs on several...

28 by Josh Venning on 12/8/2006

NVIDIA and ATI HDCP Compatible Graphics Cards Roundup

Today we have a hefty roundup of NVIDIA and ATI cards which all have HDCP capability. We'll talk about HDCP and what it's going to mean for you, as...

48 by Josh Venning on 11/16/2006

GeForce 8800 Roundup: The Best of the Best

You know you want G80, now it's time to find out which card is the best.

34 by Josh Venning on 11/13/2006

NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 (G80): GPUs Re-architected for DirectX 10

The DirectX 10 wars have begun, and NVIDIA just fired the first shot.

111 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Derek Wilson on 11/8/2006

Introducing the Radeon X1650 XT: A New Mainstream GPU from ATI

ATI has just launched their new Radeon X1650 XT. Looking to compete against NVIDIA's 7600 GT, will it fit the bill whenever it finally becomes available?

33 by Josh Venning on 10/30/2006

ATI Radeon X1950 Pro: CrossFire Done Right

By integrating the compositing engine onto RV570, ATI has vastly improved the CrossFire user experience for it's X1900 GT replacement.

45 by Derek Wilson on 10/17/2006

Fall '06 NVIDIA GPU Refresh - Part III: GeForce Go 7950 GTX

NVIDIA's fall refresh concludes with an updated mobile part, offering the expected CPU and memory speed upgrades.

11 by Ryan Smith on 10/16/2006

The GPU Advances: ATI's Stream Processing & Folding@Home

Another step has been taken in the evolution of the GPU, with ATI's R500 series now providing a significant performance boost for distributed computing.

43 by Ryan Smith on 9/30/2006

ASUS P5B Deluxe: ATI CrossFire and Intel P965 Tango

We preview the performance potential of the Intel P965 with ATI CrossFire. Is it all it can be?

22 by Gary Key on 9/22/2006

The NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GS: A Closer Look

Today we're taking a closer look at NVIDIA's 7900 GS with a mini-roundup from five manufacturers: Albatron, BFG, EVGA, Leadtek and XFX.

43 by Josh Venning on 9/19/2006

Fall '06 NVIDIA GPU Refresh - Part II: GeForce 7950 GT and SLI

NVIDIA's recently launched overclocked 7900 GT replacement has arrived. Will the 7950 GT have what it takes to compete with the X1900 XT in value?

30 by Derek Wilson on 9/14/2006

PhysX Performance Update: City of Villains

With the City Of Villains Issue 7 update, PhysX support has now moved out of beta and into full production. What has changed, what remains the same, and...

31 by Ryan Smith on 9/7/2006

Fall '06 NVIDIA GPU Refresh - Part I: GeForce 7900 GS

NVIDIA is announcing two new cards here and hard launching one of them, meet the X1900 GT competitor: NV's GeForce 7900 GS.

29 by Derek Wilson on 9/6/2006

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