Much has been made over the advent of low-level graphics APIs over the last year, with APIs based on this concept having sprouted up on a number of platforms in a very short period of time. For game developers this has changed the API landscape dramatically in the last couple of years, and it’s no surprise that as a result API news has been centered on the annual Game Developers Conference. With the 2015 conference taking place this week, we’re going to hear a lot more about it in the run-up to the release of DirectX 12 and other APIs. Kicking things off this week is AMD, who is going first with an update on Mantle, their in-house low-level API. The first announced of the...

Civilization: Beyond Earth CrossFire with Mantle SFR: Not Actually Broken!

Yesterday after an all-day session of benchmarking on Wednesday, we published our initial performance results for Civilization: Beyond Earth. As can often be the case with limited testing, we...

60 by Jarred Walton on 10/24/2014

Benchmarked - Civilization: Beyond Earth

One of the longest running gaming franchises around, the Civilization series goes all the way back to my high school years. There have been many changes along the way...

73 by Jarred Walton on 10/23/2014

AMD Posts Mantle Whitepaper

As part of a larger Mantle promotion, AMD has posted a number of blogs on their site detailing their low level API. The blog posts themselves are unabashedly closer...

25 by Ryan Smith on 5/29/2014

AMD Mantle Developer Private Beta Begins

Word comes from AMD this morning that the private beta for the Mantle developer program has begun. Up until now the Mantle SDK (not to be confused with the...

51 by Ryan Smith on 5/1/2014

Microsoft Announces DirectX 12: Low Level Graphics Programming Comes To DirectX

With GDC 2014 having drawn to a close, we have finally seen what is easily the most exciting piece of news for PC gamers. As previously teased by Microsoft...

105 by Ryan Smith on 3/24/2014

Evaluating AMD's TrueAudio and Mantle Technologies with Thief

Scheduled for release today is the 1.3/AMD patch for Thief, Square Enix’s recently released stealth action game. Following last month’s Battlefield 4 patch, Thief is the second big push...

75 by Ryan Smith on 3/18/2014

Battlefield 4 Mantle Performance Preview

After a false start or two, AMD is finally getting the first beta of Mantle out the door. With EA DICE having shipped their Mantle patch for Battlefield 4...

135 by Ryan Smith on 2/1/2014

Battlefield 4 Mantle Update Delayed Until January

AMD and Electronic Arts send word this afternoon that the Mantle update for Battlefield 4 has been delayed until next month. The update was previously scheduled for late December...

66 by Ryan Smith on 12/30/2013

AMD Posts "The four core principles of AMD’s Mantle"

Picking up from where we left off with AMD’s Mantle-related Tweet on Tuesday, the company has published a longer blog post that goes a bit deeper into what the...

13 by Ryan Smith on 10/18/2013

AMD Expands On Microsoft Blog Post, Reiterates Mantle Goals

Picking up from where we left off with Microsoft's blog post on the state of Direct3D, AMD has released their own short statement through Twitter expanding on Microsoft's blog...

46 by Ryan Smith on 10/15/2013

Microsoft Comments on State of Direct3D, Mantle Support, & Names XB1 API “Direct3D 11.x”

In a somewhat unusual technical/promotional blog entry called “Raising the Bar with Direct3D”, Microsoft has released some additional details on the version of Direct3D for Xbox One, along with...

36 by Ryan Smith on 10/15/2013

Understanding AMD’s Mantle: A Low-Level Graphics API For GCN

Wrapping up our AMD product showcase coverage, AMD’s final announcement of the day was a very brief announcement about a new API called Mantle. Mantle is something of an...

246 by Ryan Smith on 9/26/2013

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