GPUs

Earlier this week Apple announced their 2015 15” Retina MacBook Pro. Though Apple didn’t make any CPU changes, they did make some GPU changes on the high-end model, swapping out NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 750M for AMD’s Radeon R9 M370X. Since the M370X was not a published part number in AMD’s recently-announced 2015 Radeon M300 series refresh lineup, there have been some questions over just what M370X really is. At the time of the rMBP’s launch, we suspected that it was an AMD Cape Verde GPU, based on the fact that this GPU is also in the M375, which is the next part above M370X. With the new laptop shipping immediately, M370X models have already begun arriving in buyers’ hands, finally giving us a chance to...

NVIDIA GeForce 314.07 WHQL Available

NVIDIA's beta R313 driver with performance enhancements for Crysis 3 (among other titles) has now received WHQL certification. We wouldn't expect much of a difference in performance relative to...

10 by Jarred Walton on 2/18/2013

AMD Reiterates 2013 GPU Plans: Sea Islands & Beyond

A few minutes ago AMD wrapped up a somewhat impromptu conference call, which had been called together to reiterate the company’s 2013 GPU plans. While there is technically very...

58 by Ryan Smith on 2/15/2013

NVIDIA's New F2P Bundle: The First Hit Is Free

Last week AMD announced their Never Settle Reloaded gaming bundle, with several high-profile games available with the purchase of AMD GPUs. This week, NVIDIA follows suit with their own...

51 by Jarred Walton on 2/11/2013

3DMark for Windows Launches; We Test It with Various Laptops

After a two-year hiatus, Futuremark is back with a new version of 3DMark, and in many ways this is their most ambitious version to date. Instead of the usual...

69 by Jarred Walton on 2/5/2013

AMD Announces New Winter Video Game Bundle: Never Settle Reloaded

Although game bundles are nothing new for the video card industry, in the last couple of years they’ve come back into vogue in a way we haven’t seen in...

13 by Ryan Smith on 2/2/2013

Cineca’s Tesla K20-Based “Eurora” Supercomputer Unveiled; Water Cooling Unlocks Extra Efficiency

We typically don’t cover a lot of supercomputing news outside of the major Top500/Green500 announcements due to the fact that the launches of so many supercomputers are clustered around...

17 by Ryan Smith on 1/31/2013

AMD Catalyst 13.2 Beta 3 Drivers Released

As promised alongside last week’s release of the Catalyst 13.1 WHQL drivers, AMD has shipped out the first public beta for the next version of their drivers this week...

6 by Ryan Smith on 1/29/2013

NVIDIA GeForce R313.95 Beta Drivers Available

It seems ironic that after years of their monthly releases when AMD/ATI has now switched to a "when it's necessary" release schedule--something NVIDIA has been doing via official beta...

2 by Jarred Walton on 1/28/2013

Whither 3DMark—Updates on the Cross-Platform Launch

Early in December 2012, I posted a short article about the Fire Strike trailer for the next 3DMark with the note that the full release was promised before the...

15 by Jarred Walton on 1/23/2013

AMD Q4’12 and FY 2012 Earnings: Closing Out a Rough Year, Looking Towards the Next

Continuing the spate of earnings announcements this week we have both AMD’s Q4’12 and fiscal year 2012 earnings. The 4th quarter presents something of a culmination of several events...

34 by Ryan Smith on 1/23/2013

Addendum Regarding AMD’s Mobility Catalyst 13.1 Drivers

Late last week AMD release their first drivers for 2013, the Catalyst 13.1 drivers. The drivers as noted already are available for both desktops and laptops, but I did...

16 by Jarred Walton on 1/22/2013

AMD’s Mobility Catalyst 13.1 Update, Enduro Edition

We posted earlier today about the public availability of AMD’s latest Catalyst 13.1 WHQL drivers, but being available and installing properly and without problems on Enduro laptops are sadly...

20 by Jarred Walton on 1/18/2013

AMD Catalyst 13.1 WHQL Drivers Available

Having refined their 12.11 beta drivers, AMD has recently released their Catalyst Software Suite Version 13.1 update. This WHQL update includes all the performance improvements found in the previous...

43 by Chris Hansen on 1/18/2013

The Tegra 4 GPU, NVIDIA Claims Better Performance Than iPad 4

At CES last week, NVIDIA announced its Tegra 4 SoC featuring four ARM Cortex A15s running at up to 1.9GHz and a fifth Cortex A15 running at between 700...

60 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/14/2013

Sapphire mITX and a Budget Tahiti GPU

Like most graphics companies, Sapphire didn’t have anything major to announce at CES. Their suite was mostly dedicated to showing off their Mini-ITX Edge VS boxes, which were launched...

7 by Jarred Walton on 1/12/2013

NVIDIA’s Annual GPU Rebadge Begins: GeForce GT 730M and GeForce 710M Partial Specs Published

As we discussed yesterday with AMD’s latest round of GPU rebadges, both AMD and NVIDIA are locked into playing the OEM rebadge game in order to fulfill their OEM...

25 by Ryan Smith on 1/8/2013

AMD Releases Full Product Specifications For Radeon HD 8000M Series

Along with their announcement of their annual desktop GPU rebadge, AMD has also released the full product specifications for their new Radeon HD 8000M mobile GPUs. These GPUs were...

15 by Ryan Smith on 1/8/2013

AMD’s Annual GPU Rebadge: Radeon HD 8000 Series for OEMs

In an effort to mimic the model year nature of cars and other durable goods, in recent years PC OEMs have increasingly moved to updating their wares both on...

38 by Ryan Smith on 1/7/2013

Asus Announces ROG ARES II Video Card: Dual Radeon HD 7970GE On A Single Card

Dual GPU video cards are nothing new, but there are very few companies that do it with the level of flair (and dare we say overkill) of Asus. Along...

13 by Ryan Smith on 1/7/2013

More Details on NVIDIA's Tegra 4 & i500: 5th core is A15, 28nm HPL, UE Category 3 LTE

We just finished NVIDIA's CES press conference where it introduced the Tegra 4 SoC and Shield mobile gaming console. Immediately following the press event we snagged some more information...

34 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 1/7/2013

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