On our forums and elsewhere over the past couple of weeks there has been quite a bit of chatter on the subject of VRAM allocation on the GeForce GTX 970. To quickly summarize a more complex issue, various GTX 970 owners had observed that the GTX 970 was prone to topping out its reported VRAM allocation at 3.5GB rather than 4GB, and that meanwhile the GTX 980 was reaching 4GB allocated in similar circumstances. This unusual outcome was at odds with what we know about the cards and the underlying GM204 GPU, as NVIDIA’s specifications state that the GTX 980 and GTX 970 have identical memory configurations: 4GB of 7GHz GDDR5 on a 256-bit bus, split amongst 4 ROP/memory controller partitions. In other words...

Inside the Titan Supercomputer: 299K AMD x86 Cores and 18.6K NVIDIA GPUs

Earlier this month I drove out to Oak Ridge, Tennessee to pay a visit to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). I'd never been to a national lab before...

130 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/31/2012

NVIDIA Releases 310.33 Beta Drivers; GeForce 6 & 7 Series Moved To Legacy Status

It would appear that on top of everything else going on this week, this is also a big week for video drivers. Following AMD’s major release of Catalyst 12.11...

34 by Ryan Smith on 10/24/2012

AMD's Holiday Plans: Catalyst 12.11 Performance Driver & New Holiday Game Bundle

Update: Catalyst 12.11 hss been releasd (Release Notes) As October winds to a close, the consumer electronics industry is making its final preparations for the holiday shopping season. Among events...

65 by Ryan Smith on 10/22/2012

AMD Q3 2012 Earnings: $157M Loss; 15% of Workforce To Be Cut

Picking up from where we left off with Intel, earnings week has continued to roll along with most of the major tech companies having reported their Q3 earnings. As...

59 by Ryan Smith on 10/18/2012

Diamond Multimedia Launches DV100 USB3.0/2.0 Dual Head Display Adapter

In recent years Diamond Multimedia has been carving out their niche in the world with an increasingly vast array of video periphials, including video capture devices, Android based media...

12 by Ryan Smith on 10/16/2012

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Launch Recap

Earlier this week we reviewed NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 650 Ti. As this was a hard launch many of NVIDIA’s partners have had their cards available for purchase from day-one...

9 by Chris Hansen on 10/11/2012

NVIDIA 306.97 WHQL Drivers Available

Continuing their 304 Series drivers, NVIDIA has just released their 306.97 driver update for desktops and laptops. Along with updated SLI and 3D Vision profiles for a few games...

17 by Jarred Walton on 10/10/2012

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Review, Feat. Gigabyte, Zotac, & EVGA

At a pace just shy of a card a month, NVIDIA has been launching the GeForce 600 series part by part for over the last half year now. What...

91 by Ryan Smith on 10/9/2012

Radeon HD 7850 Prices Fall Again

Update 10/07: AMD sent us a clarification this morning stating that they were not the ones responsible for the recent reduction in 7850 prices, bur rather that it was...

52 by Ryan Smith on 10/5/2012

AMD A10-5800K & A8-5600K Review: Trinity on the Desktop, Part 2

Last week we took a look at the GPU side of the desktop Trinity APUs. We looked at the top end 384-core Radeon HD 7660D configuration as well as...

177 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/2/2012

AMD's Trinity : An HTPC Perspective

Intel started the trend of integrating a GPU along with the CPU in the processor package with Clarkdale / Arrandale. The GPU moved to the die itself in Sandy...

49 by Ganesh T S on 9/27/2012

AMD A10-5800K & A8-5600K Review: Trinity on the Desktop, Part 1

After years of waiting, AMD finally unveiled its Llano APU platform fifteen months ago. The APU promise was a new world where CPUs and GPUs would live in harmony...

139 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/27/2012

NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTX 650: GK107 With GDDR5

Alongside today’s launch of the GK106-based GeForce GTX 660, NVIDIA is also launching one other card: the GeForce GTX 650. In a nutshell, the GTX 650 is the long-awaited...

22 by Ryan Smith on 9/13/2012

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Review: GK106 Fills Out The Kepler Family

It's been nearly 6 months since the launch of the first Kepler GPUs, and due to 28nm production difficulties NVIDIA has spent the last 6 months with a sizable...

147 by Ryan Smith on 9/13/2012

AMD’s Enduro Switchable Graphics Levels Up

A couple weeks back, I contacted AMD to let them know I was working on a notebook review—a Clevo P170EM from AVADirect with HD 7970M graphics. Much to my...

200 by Jarred Walton on 9/6/2012

AMD Southern Islands GPU Die Shots Released

On a more curiosity-related tangent, thanks to this week’s Hot Chips conference we finally have some good die shots of AMD’s Southern Islands GPUs – Tahiti, Pitcairn, and Cape...

18 by Ryan Smith on 8/29/2012

AMD Hires Ex-Intel Labs Architect, John Gustafson, As Chief Graphics Product Architecture

After a bunch of high profile departures earlier this year, AMD has been trying to turn the tides as of late with high profile hires. Kicking it off was...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/28/2012

Diamond Multimedia Ships GC1000 1080p PVR with Video Passthrough for Game Consoles

Diamond MM is in the process of launching multimedia products in rapid succession. Last week, we had the launch of the Android Media Player AMP1000, and this time around...

6 by Ganesh T S on 8/28/2012

PowerColor Announces Their Custom Devil13 HD7990 Dual-GPU Video Card

While AMD’s official Radeon HD 7990 (New Zealand) continues to be missing in action, we’ve known for some time now that PowerColor has been working on their own custom...

15 by Ryan Smith on 8/27/2012

AMD Announces FirePro S Series: S9000 and S7000 For Servers

One of the surprising things we learned earlier this month with the launch of AMD’s FirePro W Series was that AMD would be retiring their FireStream brand. FireStream had...

8 by Ryan Smith on 8/27/2012

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