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 ran into a problem and were unable to find a solution at the time. In short, while there was a lot of talk about how developers Firaxis had spent some effort to improve latency using a custom Split-Frame Rendering (SFR) approach with Mantle on CrossFire configurations, we were unable to produce anything that corroborated that story. Emails were sent, but it took half a day before we finally had the answer: enabling SFR actually requires manual editing of the configuration file. Oops. We could ask why manual editing of the INI file is even necessary, and...

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

The Sapphire R9 280X Toxic Review

Today we're taking a look at Sapphire's Radeon R9 280X Toxic, the latest of the custom 280X cards to come rolling through our labs. With the Toxic series of...

84 by Ryan Smith on 10/10/2013

The Radeon R9 280X Review: Feat. Asus & XFX - Meet The Radeon 200 Series

After being announced back at AMD's 2014 GPU Product Showcase, today AMD is finally launching the Radeon 200 series. Today we’ll be looking at the new series in detail...

149 by Ryan Smith on 10/8/2013

NVIDIA Announces GeForce GTX 660, GTX 650 Ti Boost Price Cuts

Ahead of things to come this week, NVIDIA has announced a preemptive price cut for a couple of their mainstream GeForce products. As of today, the GTX 660 is...

34 by Ryan Smith on 10/7/2013

The GeForce GTX 760 Roundup: Gigabyte and EVGA Compared

Today we’re taking a look at our first customized GTX 760 cards, the GTX 760 OC Windforce 3X and GTX 760 Superclocked ACX from Gigabyte and EVGA respectively. Based...

22 by Ryan Smith on 10/7/2013

The GeForce GTX 770 Roundup: EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI Compared

Today we’re taking a look at our first customized GTX 770 cards, coming from from EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI. All of these are semi-custom and fully custom cards pairing...

53 by Ryan Smith on 10/4/2013

Radeon R9-290X Preordering Begins Today

Hot on the heels of AMD’s 2014 GPU Product Showcase, along with details of the upcoming 2x0 AMD GPUs being launched, AMD was coy about the headline product, the...

61 by Ian Cutress on 10/3/2013

AMD Catalyst 13.10 Beta2 Drivers Now Available

With the highly anticipated Battlefield 4 beta test kicking off today, AMD has pushed out their own driver update to coincide with the release of DICE’s multiplayer shooter. Catalyst 13.10...

19 by Ryan Smith on 10/1/2013

AMD Comments On Upcoming Crossfire Eyefinity Frame Pacing Driver

For AMD owners currently wondering when AMD’s Crossfire frame pacing improvements will make their way to multi-monitor Eyefinity configurations, we finally have some additional news on the matter. While...

19 by Ryan Smith on 9/30/2013

NVIDIA GeForce 331.40 Beta Drivers Now Available

Whenever NVIDIA capstones a driver branch with the release of a WHQL driver – as happened two weeks ago with 327.23 – a new beta can’t be far behind...

5 by Ryan Smith on 9/30/2013

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

AMD Announces TrueAudio Technology For Upcoming GPUs

As part of today’s public session for AMD’s 2014 GPU product showcase, AMD has announced a new audio technology for some of their upcoming GPUs. Dubbed TrueAudio, Although technical...

62 by Ryan Smith on 9/25/2013

AMD Announces Next Generation Radeon R7 and R9 Video Cards

At AMD’s 2014 GPU Product Showcase, AMD has just announced their upcoming next generation product lineup. In an unusual move they’re announcing a complete top-to-bottom of products at all...

72 by Ryan Smith on 9/25/2013

AMD 2014 GPU Product Showcase Live Blog

We're seated for the start of AMD's 2014 GPU product showcase. We're expecting to see new GPUs from AMD, along with updates on Crossfire, Eyefinity, and AMD's Linux driver efforts.

60 by Ryan Smith & Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/25/2013

NVIDIA Pledges Help On Open Source Linux GPU Driver Development

In what’s quickly becoming a big week for Linux, word comes from Ars Technica today that NVIDIA has quietly announced their intent to help with the development of open...

18 by Ryan Smith on 9/24/2013

AMD Offers A Taste Of Tomorrow’s GPU Showcase

We’re here at Kapolei, Hawaii in preparation for tomorrow’s AMD product showcase. While the bulk of AMD’s announcements will be centered around that and NDA sessions to follow, AMD...

30 by Ryan Smith on 9/24/2013

Capsule Review: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked ACX

Today we’ll be taking a quick look at EVGA’s GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked ACX. A twist on tradition card for EVGA, the 780SC ACX is the company’s standard first-tier...

42 by Ryan Smith on 9/22/2013

NVIDIA GeForce 327.23 WHQL Drivers Now Available

After last month’s release of their 326.80 beta drivers, NVIDIA’s R325 driver branch has finally reached WHQL certification with today's release of driver version 327.23. For those of you on...

20 by Ryan Smith on 9/19/2013

AMD Announces 2014 GPU Product Showcase Webcast: Sept. 25, 3pm EDT

Picking up from where we left off this morning, AMD has unveiled their plans for their next GPU tech day, including plans for a product showcase webcast. AMD’s GPU 2014...

14 by Ryan Smith on 9/18/2013

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