Over the weekend we reported on a statement released by NVIDIA regarding recent concern over unusual VRAM allocation and VRAM bandwidth performance from the GeForce GTX 970. In brief, various GTX 970 owners had observed that the GTX 970 was prone to topping out its reported VRAM allocation at 3.5GB rather than 4GB, and that meanwhile the GTX 980 was reaching 4GB allocated in similar circumstances. All of this was at odds with what we thought we knew about the cards and the underlying GM204 GPU, as the two cards were believed to have identical memory subsystems. As a result we’ve been digging into this issue over the weekend, working to collect the final pieces of the puzzle. To that end NVIDIA reached out to...

Valve Publically Releases "ToGL" Direct3D-to-OpenGL Shim

Though firmly rooted in the Microsoft technology camp for much of their history, in the past few years Valve has been expanding their reach to additional platforms and technologies...

33 by Ryan Smith on 3/11/2014

CeBIT 2014: MSI Shows New Intel Motherboards, R9 270X Gaming ITX

While we do not have anyone on the floor of CeBIT this year, manufacturers are showcasing several new products worth mentioning between now and Computex in June. MSI...

6 by Ian Cutress on 3/11/2014

NVIDIA GeForce 335.23 WHQL Drivers Now Available: GTX 750 Overclocking Limits Increased

Word comes this afternoon that NVIDIA has released another new set of WHQL drivers, this time version 335.23. 335.23 is another member of the R334 driver branch, so this...

12 by Ryan Smith on 3/10/2014

AMD Radeon R7 250 - AMD Center Giveaway

The month of Radeon R7 250 giveaways continues! Last week we chose three winners for a stack of ASUS Radeon R7 250s, and this week AMD is giving us...

944 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/5/2014

AMD's Radeon R7 265 Now Available

After initially missing their planned availability window of late February, AMD sends word this evening that the first Radeon R7 265 SKUs have finally reached North American retailers. Sapphire’s R7...

19 by Ryan Smith on 3/5/2014

DirectX 12 to Be Unveiled At GDC 2014

Picking up from where we left off with last week’s discussion of GDC presentations, Microsoft has released a short teaser regarding their GDC presentation. The previously mentioned “DirectX: Evolving...

59 by Ryan Smith on 3/5/2014

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...

45 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/18/2014

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