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Over the last few generations of its mainstream desktop processors, Intel has released “Special Edition” models, which are functionally similar to that generation’s flagship CPU, but with goosed clock speeds to boost performance. The same is true of the Alder Lake-based 12th Gen Core processors. When... Read more...
For the past year we've been hearing about how Microsoft's DirectStorage API will supercharge PC gaming with faster load times, and facilitate "virtual worlds that are more expansive and detailed than ever," to use Microsoft's own words. It holds a lot of promise, but does your PC support the feature? There's now an... Read more...
We've been hearing leaks and rumors about the next generation of Radeons since before the current generation even came out. Sometimes it's hard to differentiate between leaks and rumors, but as we get closer to the launch, information is becoming more and more concrete. So it goes, and as it happens, some of the... Read more...
Nintendo sells consoles based on the strength of its game experiences rather than the power of their processors, but technology marches on regardless, and the venerable NVIDIATegra X1 is getting pretty long in the tooth. While its ARM Cortex-A57 CPUs are roughly comparable to the old AMD Jaguar CPUs in the... Read more...
AMD gets a lot of love from the open-source community because it's willing to work with developers to ensure that its Radeon graphics cards are fast and stable on operating systems that aren't Windows. A prime example would be the recent updates to the Linux kernel to support GFX11, which refers to the company's... Read more...
With every new rumor and leak that comes out, it seems like the next-generation graphics cards from both AMD and NVIDIA get more powerful and more power-thirsty. Well, today's tidbit from the rumor mill puts the kibosh on that trend, as it seems like AMD's Navi 3x GPUs might actually be significantly less capable than... Read more...
Rumors about next-generation GPUs just don't stop. Every tidbit of news we hear about AMD's Radeon RX 7000 series and NVIDIA's Ada Lovelace GPUs leaves us mind-blown at the possibilitiesto say nothing of Intel's top-end Arc offerings. This time around, it's the red team in the rumor mill, with an update to an old leak... Read more...
The pixels output by your PC's graphics card are only as good as the monitor that displays them. Attach a shiny new GeForce RTX 3080 Ti to a bargain basement, slow 1080p panel with a refresh rate of 60Hz and you'll likely get what you had coming: blurring, color shift, dull images, and an unpleasant experience. We... Read more...
Let's go over the NVIDIA vs. Lapsus saga: On February 25th, The Telegraph reported that an insider had informed them of a cyber-attack on NVIDIA. The next day, Lapsus (frequently stylized as LAPSUS$) took responsibility for the hack, and claimed that NVIDIA had hacked them back with a ransomware attack, although... Read more...
Over the years, Chinese phone manufacturer RedMagic has managed to build a reputation for making affordable, feature-packed gaming phones and selling them in the US. The company typically releases new models in the spring using Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor, then launches similar, but updated versions in... Read more...
In case you haven't been following high-performance computing (HPC) news, NVIDIA is sort of ruling the roost lately. Its massively-parallel processing engines like GV100 and GA100 are the fastest chips around for computing many types of crunchy math operations, big data analytics, AI etc. They achieve that supreme... Read more...
Mesh shaders are one of the more interesting recent developments in computer graphics technology, despite that many users are very likely not heard of them, or only heard the name. In essence, mesh shaders are a programmable shader type that allows a GPU to shift some of the workload from... Read more...
Folks who had experience with the old version of SteamOS might recall that it was little more than Ubuntu with a Steam-flavored coat of paint. The upcoming release of SteamOS, initially shipping with the Steam Deck, however, is not going to be that. Though the new edition of SteamOS is derived from Arch Linux, Valve... Read more...
Well, it's officially the first day of February and that means January is now in the rear view mirror. Why is that notable? Technically, we were supposed to have learned more about NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3090 Ti by now. During the company's pre-CES livestream a few weeks ago, NVIDIA SVP Jeff Fisher held up a Founders... Read more...
AMD's graphics drivers for Linux have been getting a lot of love lately, but not just from AMD. The most up-to-date and commonly-used Radeon graphics drivers are all open-source, which means anyone can contribute, and the biggest contributor lately is none other than game-dev-turned-platform-host Valve. That might be... Read more...
2021 was a big year for graphics, despite all the shortages, in large part thanks to dueling upscaling technologies. While NVIDIA's Deep Learning Super Sampling gets a lot of attention, Fidelity FX Super Resolution knocked our socks off thanks to its vendor-agnostic approach and open source license. The company is... Read more...
The gaming GPU market is really going to light up next year. Not only do the usual suspects AMD and NVIDIA have new products on the way, but we're also expecting to see the first discrete graphics products from Intel's Arc brand. Heck, we might even see new desktop GPUs based on PowerVR IP next year. It's entirely... Read more...
We've seen a lot of reactions to Intel's upcoming Arc GPUs among hardware enthusiasts. Obviously, you have your die-hard Intel fans who think Arc will be a "first strike is deadly"-style attack on the GPU market. On the flip side of things, we've also seen a few folks who care so little they probably won't even read... Read more...
Given inflated prices and limited availability making it difficult for consumers to buy graphics cards, it's been a reasonable play for PC gamers to build machines with the intent to game on their integrated graphics solutions in the interim. Modern IGPs from Intel and especially AMD are quite capable, and can hold... Read more...
This past Saturday we reported on the possible existence of some low-powered Radeon cards based on a long-rumored but as-yet-unseen Navi 24 GPU. Well, today it seems like those products are inching ever closer to market. News has come to us revealing key specifications of the Radeon RX 6500 XT and RX 6400, as well as... Read more...
AMD's Radeon RX 6600, the most mainstream RDNA 2 card so far. Remember when graphics cards had more than two performance tiers, the line-ups were easy to decipher, and you could actually buy one? We remember, and that's why we've been disheartened by the dearth of any display devices below "upper-midrange" in the... Read more...
While the device is targeted almost exclusively at PC gamers, the Steam Deck is pretty fascinating in its own right for any PC hardware enthusiast. What Valve is trying to do has basically never been done. Sure, there are other handheld gaming PCs, and even ones that have the same form factor (more or less) as the... Read more...
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