Though we don’t normally report on Windows updates, we’ll make an exception on this one. AMD sends word this evening that they are advising users to remove update KB3004394, which was released as part of this week’s Patch Tuesday, due to driver installation issues this update is inflicting. The update, designed to update Windows’ root certificate store, has apparently been causing havoc on some Windows 7 configurations. In AMD’s case what they are finding is that the update prevents the installation of new graphics drivers on affected systems, with both AMD and NVIDIA drivers refusing to install. More broadly, Infoword is reporting that KB3004394 is also being blamed as the culprit behind certain issues affecting Windows Defender, Task Manager, and other software. At this point this...

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

Silence is Golden: Silent GPU Roundup

Today we have a massive roundup of 20 silent graphics cards from seven different card manufacturers. We'll put them all in order and see what kind of performance these...

49 by Josh Venning on 8/31/2006

ATI's New High End and Mid Range: Radeon X1950 XTX & X1900 XT 256MB

As a last hurrah before the onslaught of DX10 parts the X1950 launches with a more reasonable price tag, and a 256MB X1900 XT arrives at less than $300.

74 by Derek Wilson on 8/23/2006

Mid Range GPU Roundup - Summer 2006

Tired of only hearing about $600 graphics cards? If you've got $200 - $300 we'll tell you what to spend it on.

74 by Derek Wilson on 8/10/2006

TripleHead2Go: The Latest External Multi-Display Upgrade from Matrox

The new multi-display box from Matrox adds another display over the previous DualHead2Go. We'll take a look at this "surround gaming" device and see how well it works.

23 by Josh Venning on 7/31/2006

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