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...

AMD Announces Radeon R9 280: Radeon HD 7950 w/Boost Returns

With the launch of the Radeon R9 series back in October of 2013, AMD began the process of releasing a number of their existing GCN 1.0 7000 cards as...

43 by Ryan Smith on 3/4/2014

AMD updates driver and programming tools roadmap for supporting HSA features in Kaveri

In our Kaveri review, we discussed HSA and that Kaveri brings many exciting hardware features such as true CPU/GPU shared memory (hUMA) and others such as heterogeneous queueing (hQ)...

22 by Rahul Garg on 3/3/2014

Low Level Graphics API Developments @ GDC 2014?

With the annual Game Developer Conference taking place next month in San Francisco, the session catalogs for the conference are finally being published and it looks like we may...

63 by Ryan Smith on 2/26/2014

AMD Catalyst 14.2 Beta Drivers Now Available

Just a bit over 3 weeks since the release of AMD’s Catalyst 14.1 beta drivers, AMD is back again with their first update to the Catalyst 14 series with...

15 by Ryan Smith on 2/25/2014

AMD Announces Embedded Radeon E8860 GPU

For the integrated market, there are several levels of capability that manufacturers need to consider. This is a market driven by sales, thus OEMs that require specific resources...

7 by Ian Cutress on 2/25/2014

Imagination's PowerVR GX6650: Competition for Mobile Kepler

Ryan touched on this in his excellent deep dive on Imagination's PowerVR Series 6XT GPU architecture earlier today, but I wanted to specifically call out the new high-end from...

16 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/24/2014

Imagination's PowerVR Rogue Architecture Explored

In what should prove to be an extremely eventful and important day for our coverage and understanding of SoC GPUs, Imagination chosen to share more details about the inner...

95 by Ryan Smith on 2/24/2014

Sapphire Combines the R7 250X with a Vapor-X Cooler

In order to differentiate yourself in the GPU market, a GPU vendor has to be creative and provide a feature that no-one else does. On the high end...

8 by Ian Cutress on 2/23/2014

NVIDIA GeForce 334.89 WHQL Drivers Now Available

After the previous 332.21 WHQL drivers became a part of my 2014 test setup over a month ago, NVIDIA have quickly turned around a new set of WHQL drivers...

12 by Ian Cutress on 2/21/2014

AMD Center Giveaway: ASUS Radeon R7 250

Lately there's been a lot of excitement around value video cards. Part of it is due to the simple fact that for low resolution gaming, you can generally approximate...

1570 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/20/2014

Red Harbinger tests the Cryptocurrency Chassis Market: The DopaMINE

With the ups and downs of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin and Dogecoin now part of the zeitgeist; notable trends are starting to happen. The software is being probed...

27 by Ian Cutress on 2/19/2014

AMD Announces "AMD Rewards" Program for the Gaming Evolved Application

We normally don’t cover contests and giveaways, but this one is just a bit different than the others and sheds some light on the inner workings of AMD, so...

25 by Ryan Smith on 2/19/2014

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750 Review: Maxwell Makes Its Move

As the GPU company who’s arguably more transparent about their long-term product plans, NVIDIA still manages to surprise us time and time again. Case in point, we have known...

181 by Ryan Smith & Ganesh T S on 2/18/2014

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan Black: No Compromises for Gaming & Compute

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan was an absolute beast when it launched. With 7.1 billion transistors and an architecture that separated itself from high-end consumer GPUs, the Titan was worthy...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/18/2014

Radeon R9 290X Retail Prices Hit $900

Though we keep track of video card pricing regularly on an internal basis, it’s not something we normally publish outside of our semi-regular buyer’s guides. More often than not...

134 by Ryan Smith on 2/14/2014

The AMD Radeon R7 265 & R7 260 Review: Feat Sapphire & Asus

The launch of the Radeon R7 250X earlier this week and today the Radeon R7 265 are part of a larger refactoring of AMD’s mainstream desktop product family. AMD...

52 by Ryan Smith on 2/13/2014

AMD Announces Radeon R7 250X; Shipping Today

As it turns out, February is going to be a busy month for GPUs. Normally February is something of a quiet month, surrounded by CES on one side and...

27 by Ryan Smith on 2/10/2014

AMD Catalyst 14.1 Beta Drivers Now Available: Mantle, Frame Pacing, & More

Picking up from where we left off yesterday afternoon, word comes from AMD that they have finally squashed the installation bug on their Catalyst 14.1 beta drivers, resolving the...

48 by Ryan Smith on 2/2/2014

Battlefield 4 Mantle Performance Preview

After a false start or two, AMD is finally getting the first beta of Mantle out the door. With EA DICE having shipped their Mantle patch for Battlefield 4...

135 by Ryan Smith on 2/1/2014

Floating point peak performance of Kaveri and other recent AMD and Intel chips

With the launch of Kaveri, some people have been wondering if the platform is suitable for HPC applications. Floating point peak performance of the CPU and GPU ...

102 by Rahul Garg on 1/22/2014

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