Benchmarking the AMD FirePro W9100

Posted by Alex Herrera on April 16th 2014 | Discuss (0)
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: nvidia amd w9100 w9000 viewperf workstations

Our choice to benchmark the FirePro W9100 is the same tool we used previously on its W9000 predecessor: Viewperf 12. This latest version of SPEC’s venerable Viewperf benchmark is designed to isolate the stress on the graphics card specifically, rather than the system as a whole. As a result, scores reflect the GPU installed and do not (at least should not) reflect differences in other key system components like CPU, memory, and storage. It streams pre-defined viewsets (OpenGL and DirectX), representing typical, visual demands of popular workstation-caliber applications, including PTC Creo, Dassault Systemés CATIA and Solidworks, Siemens NX, and Autodesk Maya…

Enter Maxwell

Posted by Robert Dow on March 13th 2014 | Discuss (0)
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: nvidia gtx 750ti maxwell

Nvidia’s latest, greatest GPU/AIB

Corel updates Video Studio, releases V7

Posted by Kathleen Maher on March 11th 2014 | Discuss (0)
Categories: Software Review
Tags: corel video studio v7

Kathleen Maher

From moms to marketers: new program has wide range of features for every type of user

Playing with 4K - Do I need one, can I afford one?

Posted by Jon Peddie on February 6th 2014 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: pixels dell ultrahd 4k igzo sharp

Jon Peddie

Dell recently released a new 4K monitor, the P3214Q, that has a beautiful 32-inch IGZO IPS panel. You know the old saying: If you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it? It’s still true. This little big beauty sells for $3,500, which is not cheap.   The other question to ask is what would you do with a 4K monitor? (Maybe it’s the same kind of answer: If you have to ask, then you don’t need one.) However, if you think you do need (or at the least want) one, then you will want to know how…

AMD’s A10 Kaveri impresses

Posted by Robert Dow on January 23rd 2014 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: amd gaming apu a10 a8 kaveri

Robert Dow

First experiences with AMD’s new APU

AMD’s R9 290 series drives 4K monitors well

Posted by Robert Dow on November 27th 2013 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: amd ultrahd 4k r9

Robert Dow

The Graphics Core Next architecture is opening up the 4K gamer market  There is a shift coming in the high-end gaming segment, with more and more enthusiast gaming, and gamers, converting to Ultra HD. The new high-end AIBs will be tasked with displaying playable frame rates in these higher resolutions while not sacrificing options like TresFX and anti-aliasing. The R9 290 and 290X, based on AMD’s Graphics Core Next architec¬ture, represent the ultimate in the new HD 7900 series of graphics AIBs from the company. They are built on the 28-nm process like the Performance class versions, the R9 280X and…

Playing with GeForce Experience

Posted by Jon Peddie on November 27th 2013 | Permalink
Categories: Software Review
Tags: gpu nvidia geforce driver

Jon Peddie

Nvidia has generated a clever new app for PC gamers that uses an Nvidia GPU (desktop or notebook) called the GeForce Experience. The app has two features: a DVR-like recorder, called ShadowPlay, that will make a video of what you did in the game, and an optimizer/tuner for game settings. When the app is run it finds all the games on your machine—well, most games; it didn’t find Stalker, but that’s because the app only finds games that are supported. To see if your favorite games are supported go to http://www. GeForce.com/GeForce-experience/supported-games.   After the app inventories your machine, the main…

AMD APU-based HP Envy TouchSmart Sleekbook

Posted by Robert Dow on November 21st 2013 | Permalink
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Tags: amd hp pmark envy touchsmart razor sleekbook razor blade

Robert Dow

Great value, good performance

AMD’s Radeon R7 260X, R9 270X, and R9 280X

Posted by Robert Dow on October 8th 2013 | Permalink
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Tags: amd radeon 270x 280x r9 r7 260x

Robert Dow

Introducing the new line GPU 14 last week, chief marketing officer Colette La Force rallied the troops in Hawaii, where AMD rolled out the new family of R9 graphics cards. We were able to get our hands on three of the new offerings: the Mainstream segment’s R7 260X, the R9 270X for the Performance segment, and the Enthusiast-class R9 280X. The R7 260X  The Mainstream R7 260X is a dual-slot card (or single-slot card, depending on the AIB configuration) mainstream board that has 896 stream processors with a 1.1-GHz core clock and 2 GB of GDDR5. The R7 260X has two…

Chromecast TV dongle

Posted by Kathleen Maher on October 8th 2013 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: google netflix dongle chrome chromecast youtube

Kathleen Maher

Our friends at Vivante got a Chromecast for us (their GC 1000 graphics core is inside the Marvell DE3005-A1 SoC), and we gave it a go. Chromecast is a $35 HDMI dongle that plugs into a TV or monitor. It’s a good thing we got this when we did; they’re flying off the shelves, and Amazon has back-ordered the things.  We plugged it into a not-smart HDTV, and the TV never saw it. We thought we had a dud and called Vivante. Prateek Pujara, who has tested several of the units, suggested we plug it into a monitor, so we did.…