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...

Best Desktop Video Cards - Holiday 2013

Continuing our series of Holiday Buyer’s Guides, today we’ll be taking a look at desktop video cards. Cyber Monday kicks off today, and while video cards neither have the...

44 by Ryan Smith on 12/2/2013

Fall 2013 Supercomputer Rankings Released; Achieving Max Efficiency With Oil

Turning our eyes back towards SC13 and supercomputers one more time this week, we have the biannual supercomputer rankings, which are released every spring and every fall. These rankings...

28 by Ryan Smith on 11/22/2013

The Xbox One - Mini Review & Comparison to Xbox 360/PS4

Earlier this morning Microsoft lifted the embargo on press reviews of the Xbox One. I’ve been playing with final hardware and near final software for a few days now...

286 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/20/2013

NVIDIA 331.82 Game Ready WHQL Drivers Available

Just in time for the release of Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag and Need for Speed: Rivals, NVIDIA has an updated driver available. The 331.82 driver builds on the...

14 by Jarred Walton on 11/19/2013

IBM and NVIDIA Announce Data Analytics & Supercomputer Partnership

Our other piece of significant NVIDIA news to coincide with the start of SC13 comes via a joint announcement from NVIDIA and IBM. Together the two are announcing a...

12 by Ryan Smith on 11/18/2013

NVIDIA Launches Tesla K40

Kicking off today is the annual International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis, better known as SC. For NVIDIA, next to their annual GPU Technology Conference...

7 by Ryan Smith on 11/18/2013

Update: AMD Announces New Game Bundles For Radeon R7 260X & Above

Coinciding with today’s launch of the Radeon R9 270, AMD is announcing that they are putting up new video game bundles for their 200 series cards, the first such...

37 by Ryan Smith on 11/15/2013

NVIDIA Announces CUDA 6: Unified Memory for CUDA

Kicking off next week will be the annual International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis, better known as SC. For NVIDIA, next to their annual GPU...

43 by Ryan Smith on 11/14/2013

PS4 Spec Update: Audio DSP Is Based On AMD’s TrueAudio

Continuing our coverage of AMD’s APU13 conference, one of this morning’s keynotes has been from Sony’s VP of Research & Development in North America, Dominic Mallinson. Most of Dominic’s...

42 by Ryan Smith on 11/13/2013

The AMD Radeon R9 270X & R9 270 Review: Feat. Asus & HIS

Launching today is the latest member of AMD's Radeon 200 series family, the R9 270. Today we'll be looking at it alongside AMD's first 270 series card, the R9 270X.

52 by Ryan Smith on 11/13/2013

AMD Kaveri APU Launch Details: Desktop, January 14th

Kicking off today is AMD’s annual developer conference, which now goes by the name APU13. There will be several APU/CPU related announcements coming out of the show this week...

97 by Ryan Smith on 11/11/2013

AMD Changes 290 Series Fan Algorithms & About That 290 Conclusion

In a busy week that’s going to end up being just a bit busier, AMD has pushed out another Catalyst driver update specifically targeted at the new Radeon R9...

141 by Ryan Smith on 11/9/2013

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Review

First announced last month at an NVIDIA event, launching today is NVIDIA's newest flagship video card and the capstone to the GK110 family, GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Taking everything...

302 by Ryan Smith on 11/7/2013

The AMD Radeon R9 290 Review

Launching today is AMD's Radeon R9 290, the obligatory lower-tier part for AMD’s new flagship video card lineup. Making the usual tradeoffs for a lower-tier part, AMD is cutting...

295 by Ryan Smith on 11/5/2013

NVIDIA 331.65 Game Ready WHQL Driver

Brian posted earlier today about the latest NVIDIA SHIELD update, and buried within that post is information that NVIDIA has released their latest 331.65 WHQL drivers along with GeForce...

6 by Jarred Walton on 10/28/2013

NVIDIA Announces GeForce GTX 780/770 Price Cuts; GTX 780 Ti Launch Date & Price

With the launch of AMD’s new flagship Radeon R9 290X only a couple of days behind us, NVIDIA has wasted surprisingly little time in responding the latest salvo in...

146 by Ryan Smith on 10/28/2013

The AMD Radeon R9 290X Review

Launching today is AMD's Radeon R9 290X. The 290X is not only the fastest card in AMD’s 200 series lineup, but the 290 series in particular also contains the...

396 by Ryan Smith on 10/24/2013

NVIDIA GeForce 331.58 WHQL Drivers Now Available

After last month’s release of their 331.40 beta drivers, NVIDIA’s R331 driver branch has finally reached WHQL certification with today's release of driver version 331.58. For those of you on...

5 by Ryan Smith on 10/21/2013

Tim Sweeney, Johan Andersson & John Carmack @ NV Montreal - Live Blog

NVIDIA managed to bring Tim Sweeney (Founder, Epic), Johan Andersson (Frostbite Technical Director, Dice) and John Carmack (Founder, id Software) all up to Montreal to share their thoughts on...

29 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/18/2013

NVIDIA's G-Sync: Attempting to Revolutionize Gaming via Smoothness

Earlier today NVIDIA announced G-Sync, its variable refresh rate technology for displays. The basic premise is simple. Displays refresh themselves at a fixed interval, but GPUs render frames at...

217 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/18/2013

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