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...

NVIDIA GameWorks: More Effects with Less Effort

While NVIDIA's hardware is the big start of the day, the software that we run on the hardware is becoming increasingly important. It's one thing to create the world's...

19 by Jarred Walton on 9/18/2014

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Review: Maxwell Mark 2

At the start of this year we saw the first half of the Maxwell architecture in the form of the GeForce GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti. Based on...

274 by Ryan Smith on 9/18/2014

AMD Radeon R9 285 Review: Feat. Sapphire R9 285 Dual-X OC

Last month AMD held their 30 years of graphics celebration, during which they announced their next Radeon video card, the Radeon R9 285. Designed to be AMD’s new $249...

86 by Ryan Smith on 9/10/2014

Analyzing Apple’s A8 SoC: PowerVR GX6450 & More

With their iPhone keynote behind them, Apple has begun updating some of their developer documentation for iOS to account for the new phone. This of course is always a...

136 by Ryan Smith on 9/10/2014

IDF 2014: Intel Demonstrates Skylake, Due H2’2015

Taking place this week alongside the consumer electronics clamor is the annual Intel Developer Forum (IDF) at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Though it has and continues to...

33 by Ryan Smith on 9/9/2014

Apple Announces A8 SoC

As expected from this year’s iPhone keynote, Apple has announced a new member of their internally developed family of ARM SoCs. The latest SoC, dubbed A8, is Apple’s first SoC...

66 by Ryan Smith on 9/9/2014

NVIDIA Files Patent Infringement Complaints Against Qualcomm & Samsung

In a surprising move this afternoon, NVIDIA has announced that they will be filing patent infringement complaints against both Qualcomm and Samsung. This complaint is centered around the alleged...

76 by Ryan Smith & Jarred Walton on 9/4/2014

Matrox to Use AMD GPUs in Their Next Generation Multi-Display Graphics Cards

If you go back far enough in the computer industry, there have been many successful video card companies. Back before the whole 3D craze kicked off, some of the...

36 by Jarred Walton on 9/3/2014

NVIDIA Announces GAME24 - 24 Hour Live Gaming Celebration

It seems company sponsored live events are becoming more popular. Not long after AMD hosted their own gaming celebration, NVIDIA is upping the ante with a 24 hour live...

1 by Stephen Barrett on 9/3/2014

The State Of PC Graphics Sales Q2 2014

Every quarter, Jon Peddie Research analyzes the market for graphics and gives us a chance to see where the industry is at. The market for discrete graphics is seasonal...

32 by Brett Howse on 8/29/2014

NVIDIA & VMware Preview GRID vGPU & Tegra K1 Chromebook Support

NVIDIA has been anything but shy about their GPU virtualization aspirations, making it a focal point for the company’s development since the launch of their first GRID cards back...

11 by Ryan Smith on 8/27/2014

AMD Announces Radeon R9 285, Shipping September 2nd

During their 30 years of graphics celebration, today AMD announced a forthcoming addition to the Radeon R9 200 graphics card lineup. Launching on September 2nd will be the company’s...

84 by Ryan Smith on 8/23/2014

AMD Celebrates 30 Years of Gaming and Graphics Innovation

AMD sent us word that tomorrow they will be hosting a Livecast celebrating 30 years of graphics and gaming innovation. Thirty years is a long time, and certainly we...

32 by Jarred Walton on 8/22/2014

Intel Demonstrates Direct3D 12 Performance and Power Improvements

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...

42 by Stephen Barrett & Ryan Smith on 8/15/2014

NVIDIA Launches Next GeForce Game Bundle - Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

After letting their previous Watch Dogs bundle run its course over the past couple of months, NVIDIA sends word this afternoon that they will be launching a new game...

7 by Ryan Smith on 8/12/2014

NVIDIA Refreshes Quadro Lineup, Launches 5 New Quadro Cards

Continuing today’s spate of professional graphics announcements, along with AMD’s refresh of their FirePro lineup NVIDIA is announcing that they are undertaking their own refresh of their Quadro lineup...

24 by Ryan Smith on 8/12/2014

AMD Completes FirePro Refresh, Adds 4 New FirePro Cards

Kicking off a busy day for professional graphics, AMD is first up to announce that they will be launching a quartet of new FirePro cards. As part of the...

27 by Ryan Smith on 8/12/2014

Intel Broadwell Architecture Preview: A Glimpse into Core M

Typically we would see Intel unveil the bulk of the technical details of their forthcoming products at their annual Intel Developer Forum, and with the next IDF scheduled for...

158 by Ryan Smith on 8/11/2014

Khronos Announces Next Generation OpenGL Initiative

As our regular readers have already seen, 2013 and 2014 has been one of the most significant periods for graphics APIs in years. While OpenGL and Direct3D have not...

22 by Ryan Smith on 8/11/2014

OpenGL SIGGRAPH 2014 Update: OpenGL 4.5, OpenGL ES 3.1, & More

Taking place this week is SIGGRAPH 2014, the graphics industry’s yearly professional event. As the biggest graphics event of the year this show has become the Khronos Group’s favorite...

3 by Ryan Smith on 8/11/2014

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