This week the benchmarking gurus over at Futuremark are releasing their own first run at a DirectX 12 test with their latest update for the 3DMark benchmark. Futuremark has been working away at DirectX 12 for some time – in fact they were the first partner to show DirectX 12 code in action at Microsoft’s 2014 DX12 unveiling – and now they are releasing their first DirectX 12 project. In keeping with the general theme of the demos we’ve seen so far, Futuremark’s new DirectX 12 release is another proof of concept test. Dubbed the 3DMark API Overhead Feature Test, this benchmark is a purely synthetic benchmark designed to showcase the draw call benefits of the new API even more strongly than earlier benchmarks. Whereas...

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

NVIDIA 344.48 WHQL Drivers Available; DSR Added To Fermi & Kepler

NVIDIA just released their latest driver updates today, bringing us up to version 344.48. These are WHQL certified drivers, and they're also Game Ready for several upcoming titles. NVIDIA...

41 by Jarred Walton on 10/22/2014

AMD Q3 FY 2014 Quarterly Earnings Analysis - 7 Percent Workforce To Be Cut

This afternoon, AMD released their financial results for the third quarter, which ended September 27, 2014. While revenue was down slightly from Q2, the net income was positive for...

81 by Brett Howse on 10/16/2014

Video Card Tuesday: $370 R9 290X & Borderlands: TPS Now Shipping

Following up on last week’s Radeon pricing observations, it looks like there has been one final shift in Radeon R9 290 series pricing. While R9 290 has held steady...

82 by Ryan Smith on 10/14/2014

AMD Appoints Dr. Lisa Su as President & CEO, Rory Read Steps Down

As part of AMD’s broader restructuring efforts, back in June the company announced a business reorganization that would see the company organized into two major groups, the Computing and...

37 by Ryan Smith on 10/8/2014

The AnandTech Guide to Video Card Overclocking Software

Video card overclocking has become a very popular topic amongst gamers and PC enthusiasts these days. With the release of next generation games around the corner and the growing...

56 by Michael Wilding on 10/8/2014

MSI GT72 Dominator Pro: Performance Preview

NVIDIA just launched their new GTX 980M/GTX 970M GPUs, and unfortunately we were unable to get a notebook in time for testing… which just changed a few hours ago...

52 by Jarred Walton on 10/8/2014

AMD Radeon R9 290 Series Prices Finally Begin To Fall

With the launch of NVIDIA’s Maxwell-powered GeForce GTX 900 series last month, it was immediately obvious that NVIDIA had been able to deal a swift blow to AMD’s product...

69 by Ryan Smith on 10/7/2014

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and GTX 970M: Mobile to the Maxwell

Every year NVIDIA launches quite a few new products; some are better than others, but they're all interesting. This fall, the big news is Maxwell 2.0, aka GM204. Initially...

67 by Jarred Walton on 10/7/2014

Benchmarked - Metro: Last Light Redux

Last month 4A Games released updated versions of the two earlier games in the Metro series, Metro 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux. The games have both been...

29 by Jarred Walton on 10/2/2014

AMD Releases Catalyst 14.9 Drivers

It seems like it's been a long time since we've seen a WHQL driver release from AMD… and it has been. The previous WHQL driver dates back to April...

36 by Jarred Walton on 9/29/2014

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Review: Featuring EVGA

Last week we took a look at NVIDIA’s newest consumer flagship video card, the GeForce GTX 980. Today in the second part of our series on the GTX 900...

150 by Ryan Smith on 9/26/2014

PayPal Announces Bitcoin Support

It's been a long time in coming, but PayPal announced in a blog post today that they have partnered with BitPay, Coinbase, and GoCoin to allow merchants to accept...

33 by Jarred Walton on 9/23/2014

NVIDIA Announces SLI LED Bridges

For those that just can't get enough bling in their cases, NVIDIA today announced the availability of SLI LED bridges, available for the time being exclusively through the NVIDIA...

41 by Jarred Walton on 9/23/2014

Chipworks Disassembles Apple's A8 SoC: GX6450, 4MB L3 Cache & More

One of the more enjoyable rituals with Apple’s annual iPhone launch is the decapping, deconstruction, and photographing of the processor die at the heart of Apple’s newest SoC. ...

65 by Ryan Smith on 9/23/2014

DisplayPort Alternate Mode for USB Type-C Announced - Video, Power, & Data All Over Type-C

Earlier this month the USB Implementers Forum announced the new USB Power Delivery 2.0 specification. Long awaited, the Power Deliver 2.0 specification defined new standards for power delivery to...

107 by Ryan Smith on 9/22/2014

NVIDIA 344.11 & 344.16 Drivers Available

In the crazy rush to wrap up the GeForce GTX 980 review in time for the NDA lift yesterday, news of the first R343 driver release may have been...

39 by Jarred Walton on 9/19/2014

Short Bytes: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 in 1000 Words

To call the launch of NVIDIA's Maxwell GM204 part impressive is something of an understatement. You can read our full coverage of the GTX 980 for the complete story...

41 by Jarred Walton on 9/19/2014

Microsoft Details Direct3D 11.3 & 12 New Rendering Features

Back at GDC 2014 in March, Microsoft and its hardware partners first announced the next full iteration of the Direct3D API. Now on to version 12, this latest version...

24 by Ryan Smith on 9/18/2014

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