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 of Direct3D would be focused on low level graphics programming, unlocking the greater performance and greater efficiency that game consoles have traditionally enjoyed by giving seasons programmers more direct access to the underlying hardware. In particular, low level access would improve performance both by reducing the overhead high level APIs incur, and by allowing developers to better utilize multi-threading by making it far easier to have multiple threads submitting work.
At the time Microsoft offered brief hints that there would be more to Direct3D 12 than just the low level API, but the low level API...
We have already told you about the technology behind NVIDIA's new GeForce3, now it's time for the moment we all have been waiting for: benchmarks.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/22/2001
With the GeForce2 Go here, the Radeon Mobility on the way, it's time to see S3's next-generation mobile graphics platform. Enter the SuperSavage and all of its low-power...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/14/2001
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Matthew Witheiler on 3/13/2001
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Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/27/2001
The recent release of the Radeon VE from ATI proves that more and more manufacturers are taking dual display solutions seriously. With three consumer level solutions out there now...
Matthew Witheiler on 2/21/2001
Are you concerned about 3D performance under Windows 2000? Interestingly enough, the drivers that you may be using aren't as perfect as was once thought. Find out...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/20/2001
ATI is at it again, livening things up in the recently quiet video card market. Today we take a look at ATI's latest offering, the Radeon VE. The first...
Matthew Witheiler on 2/19/2001
After NVIDIA's GeForce2 Go product announcement 2 months ago, ATI could not leave the attack on their market share unanswered. Instead, they regrouped and today are presenting us with...
Matthew Witheiler on 2/5/2001
Buckle up as AnandTech takes you through the roller coaster ride that was Y2K.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/4/2001
Rising a full 3 driver builds since the Voodoo5 5500's initial release and 1 driver build since the release of the Voodoo4 4500, 3dfx set out to make driver...
Matthew Witheiler on 12/14/2000
It's faster than a GTS, but cheaper than an Ultra. What is NVIDIA's best kept secret? Read on to find out about the GeForce2 Pro.
Matthew Witheiler on 12/5/2000
With some video card prices
going through the roof, it is good that manufacturers finally realized that there
are some of us out there on a limited budget. 3dfx...
Matthew Witheiler on 11/27/2000
Chaintech is best known for their motherboards, but their video cards are just as good and priced equally low. With the Desperado RI-91, we find out what happens...
Vlad Trishkin on 11/25/2000
The graphics chipset industry is about to journey into a period of intense competition. Find out what 3dfx, ATI, Matrox and NVIDIA all have planned for 2001. ...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/22/2000
The GeForce2 GTS based successor to the V6800 Deluxe is here. Did ASUS' feature filled design receive any upgrades outside of the new GTS core?
Vlad Trishkin on 11/3/2000
What happens when one of the largest video card manufacturers gets acquainted with the fastest video chipset on the market? The Creative Labs Annihilator2 Ultra is here, and...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/26/2000
3dfx's Voodoo4 is finally here, but is it too little too late from the former king of 3D? Let's find out as we pit it against a number...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/23/2000
ATI's answer to NVIDIA's GeForce2 MX is here. Can ATI's HyperZ technology save it from the same memory bandwidth limitations that have been holding back the GeForce2 MX?
Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/13/2000
ELSA was the first to bring a GeForce2 GTS card to market with their GLADIAC. Will they do the same now that they're armed with the GeForce2 Ultra...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/12/2000
A lot of attention is placed on frame rates when it comes to evaluating the latest graphics accelerators, but very rarely is any attention paid to the video playback...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/11/2000