This week the benchmarking gurus over at Futuremark are releasing their own first run at a DirectX 12 test with their latest update for the 3DMark benchmark. Futuremark has been working away at DirectX 12 for some time – in fact they were the first partner to show DirectX 12 code in action at Microsoft’s 2014 DX12 unveiling – and now they are releasing their first DirectX 12 project. In keeping with the general theme of the demos we’ve seen so far, Futuremark’s new DirectX 12 release is another proof of concept test. Dubbed the 3DMark API Overhead Feature Test, this benchmark is a purely synthetic benchmark designed to showcase the draw call benefits of the new API even more strongly than earlier benchmarks. Whereas...

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

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

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