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...

AMD Catalyst 14.6 Release Candidate 2 Drivers Posted

AMD has posted a new version of their Catalyst 14.6 drivers this afternoon, bringing their latest driver set up to Release Candidate 2. As a further refinement of the 14.6...

1 by Ryan Smith on 6/24/2014

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

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

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

Best Video Cards: April 2014

As April comes to a close we’re back once again with our monthly guide to video cards. Compared to the February/March time period and the flurry of activity coinciding with...

65 by Ryan Smith on 4/30/2014

AMD Posts Catalyst 14.4 Release Candidate Drivers

Coinciding with this week’s launch of the Radeon R9 295X2, AMD has posted their latest Catalyst drivers, now at version 14.4. Catalyst 14.4 is the first driver set for...

19 by Ryan Smith on 4/21/2014

AMD Announces Refresh of Never Settle Forever Program

After letting their Never Settle Forever gaming bundle program slowly lapse over the past few months, AMD sends word this morning that they’re going to be significantly refreshing the...

11 by Ryan Smith on 4/21/2014

The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Review

Launching today is AMD's Radeon R9 295X2. After much consumer speculation and more than a few teasers, AMD is releasing their long-awaited Hawaii-powered entry to their dual-GPU series of...

131 by Ryan Smith on 4/8/2014

AMD’s Next Teaser: The Mystery Briefcase

After taking a week off, AMD is back once more with another teaser for their forthcoming dual-GPU product. This should, we assume, be the final such teaser, meaning we’re...

47 by Ryan Smith on 4/2/2014

Best Video Cards: March 2014

We’re back once again with our regular guide to desktop video cards, this time for March of 2014. Since our last update in January 2014, we’ve seen some significant shifts...

53 by Ryan Smith on 3/24/2014

AMD Teases Dual-GPU Video Card Once Again

Following last week’s dual-GPU teaser, AMD’s marketing department is back with another teaser for their forthcoming product. This time they’ve sent along a bottle of water and two cans of...

22 by Ryan Smith on 3/19/2014

Evaluating AMD's TrueAudio and Mantle Technologies with Thief

Scheduled for release today is the 1.3/AMD patch for Thief, Square Enix’s recently released stealth action game. Following last month’s Battlefield 4 patch, Thief is the second big push...

75 by Ryan Smith on 3/18/2014

AMD Teases Forthcoming Dual-GPU Video Card

It looks like AMD is starting up another one of their tongue-in-cheek video card marketing campaigns, if the latest package to arrive on my doorstep is any indication. In an...

35 by Ryan Smith on 3/13/2014

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

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 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 "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

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

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