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...

Google I/O: Qualcomm Celebrates Launch of Adreno 420 GPU for Android Gaming

With Google’s annual I/O developers’ conference taking place this week, this should end up being a busy week for Android news. The conference itself doesn’t officially start until Wednesday...

64 by Ryan Smith on 6/23/2014

AMD Announces FirePro W8100

Following up a little less than 3 months after the launch of their new flagship professional graphics card, the FirePro W9100, AMD is back once again this week to...

5 by Ryan Smith on 6/23/2014

ISC 2014: NVIDIA Tesla Cards Add ARM64 Host Compatibility

Kicking off this week for the world of supercomputing is the 2014 International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany. One of the major supercomputing conferences, ISC is Europe’s largest supercomputing...

6 by Ryan Smith on 6/23/2014

NVIDIA Kepler Cards Get HDMI 4K@60Hz Support (Kind Of)

An interesting feature has turned up in NVIDIA’s latest drivers: the ability to drive certain displays over HDMI at 4K@60Hz. This is a feat that would typically require HDMI...

52 by Ryan Smith on 6/20/2014

NVIDIA GeForce 340.43 Beta Drivers Now Available

Arriving just a few weeks after the release of their 337.88 GeForce WHQL driver, NVIDIA’s driver team is back again with a new beta driver. Now at version 340.43...

6 by Ryan Smith on 6/17/2014

AMD Reorganizes Business Units; Names Dr. Lisa Su as COO

In a move that will mark a mild shake up in how AMD operates, AMD has announced that they will be undergoing a company reorganization next month. Come July...

50 by Ryan Smith on 6/13/2014

3DMark Update Brings DX11 Sky Diver Benchmark

This afternoon Futuremark released an updated version of their 3DMark benchmark for PCs. The new release brings 3DMark to version 1.3.708 and includes a new benchmark for DX11 systems...

10 by Jarred Walton on 6/11/2014

Computex 2014: The ASUS Booth Tour

After two jam-packed press conferences this year, the ASUS booth was brimming with visitors all week every time I walked past. We were given the full tour of...

22 by Ian Cutress on 6/11/2014

Computex 2014: Galaxy Showcases GTX 750 Ti Darbee Edition

In the realm of photo and film-editing, post processing can make the difference between bad looking media and something epic. The depth of post processing on an image...

26 by Ian Cutress on 6/5/2014

Computex 2014: AMD Demonstrates First FreeSync Monitor Prototype

Our very own Anand Shimpi just got off of the Computex showfloor for a bit after paying a visit to AMD’s booth. Among the items AMD is showing at...

44 by Ryan Smith & Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/5/2014

Some Thoughts on Apple’s Metal API

Though it seems like Apple’s hardware divisions can hardly keep a secret these days due to the realities of mass production, the same is fortunately not true for their...

54 by Ryan Smith on 6/3/2014

ASUS Launches ROG Ares III for Water Cooling Builds

The Radeon R9 295X2, or any graphics card that comes pre-liquid cooled, comes up against a barrier. There will be a market segment that cares more about the...

13 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2014

GeForce Experience 2.1 Released

It has been a bit over 2 years since NVIDIA first announced GeForce Experience, and while it took them a bit longer to get off the ground than they...

7 by Ryan Smith on 6/2/2014

Best Video Cards: May 2014

We’re back once again with our monthly guide to video cards and video card industry recap, this time for May of 2014. All things considered, the month of May has...

44 by Ryan Smith on 5/29/2014

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

NVIDIA Releases GeForce GTX Titan Z

Back in March at GTC 2014, NVIDIA announced their forthcoming flagship dual-GPU video card, the GeForce GTX Titan Z. Based on a pair of fully enabled GK110 GPUs, NVIDIA...

57 by Ryan Smith on 5/28/2014

AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta Drivers Released, Adds New Eyefinity Functionality & More

For our second video card driver update of the week we have AMD, who is releasing their Catalyst 14.6 beta drivers today. Like NVIDIA’s driver release, this is first and...

40 by Ryan Smith on 5/27/2014

NVIDIA GeForce 337.88 WHQL Driver Now Available

Scheduled for release this week is Watch Dogs, Ubisoft’s heavily promoted open world techno thriller. As is often the case with these high profile AAA games, NVIDIA and AMD's...

17 by Ryan Smith on 5/26/2014

NVIDIA GRID Update: NVIDIA Launches GRID Test Drive for VDI Desktops

For the last several years now NVIDIA has been heavily pursuing the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) market. In NVIDIA’s continuing efforts to maintain and expand their presence in the...

15 by Ryan Smith on 5/22/2014

AMD Cuts Radeon R9 280 to $249

AMD sends word this afternoon that they’re instituting an official price cut for one of their more recently launched video cards, the Radeon R9 280. The 280, AMD’s lower...

43 by Ryan Smith on 5/13/2014

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