Testing AMD’s FreeSync

Posted by Jon Peddie on March 19th 2015 | Discuss (0)
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: amd gpu graphics r9 cg freesynch

Jon Peddie

It’s works, it’s free, and its available AMD stopped by Mt. Tiburon Testing Labs last week and dropped off a slick, 21:9, 2560 × 1080, LG, 34-inch ultra-wide FreeSync monitor. LG introduced the monitor at CES this year. Unlike the Gsync monitors, which have only a DisplayPort connector, the LG 34UM67 has DP, HDMI, and DVI, but no USB inputs. However, the IPS screen covers 99% of the sRGB color spectrum.  The monitor will run from 48 to 75 frames per second (FPS) and has a fast 9.5-ms response time, and LG claims their “Dynamic Action Sync” technology would shave a…

Lenovo’s ThinkStation P900 - The most powerful deskside machine we’ve ever tested

Posted by Alex Herrera on March 10th 2015 | Discuss (0)
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Tags: workstation lenovo thinkstation p900

Alex Herrera

Let’s make this clear right off the bat. This workstation, especially the way it’s configured, is not for everyone. That’s not to say the majority of professionals wouldn’t want one, it’s just that it’s price tag would scare off the vast majority of buyers. That said, the new Lenovo ThinkStation P900, priced out at $18,156, is an incredible machine for professional-caliber visual computing. Yes, there’s the obvious angle of performance to consider with this machine, and after perusing our build specs, we had little doubt it would set records (in our database) for benchmarks. So there was little surprise that it…

EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0+

Posted by Robert Dow on March 10th 2015 | Discuss (0)
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Tags: nvidia gpu aib evga maxwell gtx 960

Robert Dow

A sweet AIB for the market sweet spot The introduction of Maxwell to the “sweet spot” of the market came with the release of the GeForce GTX 960 AIB. The GTX 960 is priced around $200 depending on OEM and configuration. We have EVGA’s version for the GM204-300 based AIB, the GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0+ and so we decided to take a closer look. Mainstream gamers as well as those gamers on the lower end of the Performance segment are still primarily running games at 1920 x 1080, with some of the bells and whistles turned on – the EVGA…

The latest processors from Intel and AMD

Posted by Robert Dow on January 21st 2015 | Permalink
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Tags: nvidia amd aib intel processor fx corei7 fx 9590 i7 5960x

Robert Dow

In late August 2014, Intel released its high-end Core i7-5960X Haswell-E 8-core 3.0-GHz CPU, which includes a new X99 chipset, the first consumer processor using DDR4 memory, a new CPU socket that is not backward-compatible, and no GPU. A few days later AMD released its high-end 8-core FX Black 9000 series CPUs with a 4-GHz clock, DDR3 controller, and no GPU. Both systems use water-cooling for the CPU.  Intel and AMD have new high-performance CPU products. Intel further strengthened its power in the market by introducing 14-nm products, while AMD uses a 28-nm process, and thus fell a step behind Intel.…

LG’s super-wide, highres IPS LED monitor

Posted by Jon Peddie on January 7th 2015 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: lg thunderbolt 34uc97 gaming monitor

Jon Peddie

Nearly three feet of desktop make this the ultimate gaming monitor A Christmas surprise arrived in the Mount Tiburon Testing Labs: a new wide high-res IPS LED monitor from LG. This monitor is going to be shown at CES, and it will very likely change the way people think about gaming monitors. So what’s so special about this monitor? Wide field of view—the more you can see, the more you can shoot  High-contrast IPS display  No-glare (not shiny) screen  Input for every high-speed high-bandwidth source available, including Thunderbolt Best price/PPI ratio    What is it?  The LG 34UC97 has a 34.1-inch…

You too can live in a 3D world

Posted by Jon Peddie on December 29th 2014 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: vr virtual reality

Jon Peddie

At Siggraph 2014 in Vancouver,  Google was giving  away Cardboard VR glasses  that use your large-screen  smartphone as the display. I  didn’t learn about it soon enough and  didn’t get one. Every week since then  I’ve put away 5 cents, and when I collected  $4.55, I went on eBay and bought  a kit. I was motivated to buy the Cardboard  kit after reading Ben Delaney’s  new book, Sex, Drugs, and Tessellation.    The first step was to assemble the  cardboard box, and it was easy. Next  you go to Play Store, type in “cardboard,”  and download some apps. If  you only do…

DEFINING HI RES

Posted by Jon Peddie on December 29th 2014 | Permalink
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Jon Peddie

A word about representing screen resolution You can’t just draw bigger boxes

Half-Life 2 on Shield tablet

Posted by Jon Peddie on November 25th 2014 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: nvidia gaming mobile tegra shield half-life 2

Jon Peddie

Playing an action-packed FPS on an 8-inch screen—amazing experience and memories Ten years old and still fantastic, one of the best games ever has been ported to An¬droid and Nvidia’s Tegra-based Shield tablet. The game is a whopping 2 GB and takes about an hour or more to download. When it’s finally loaded, you use the Shield wireless controller to play the game on the Shield’s 8-inch 1920 x 1200 screen, which is better than an HD experience. If you’ve played the game on a console, you won’t have any difficulty adapting to the Shield-tablet controller combo. If you’re a dyed-in-the-wool…

Is that a console in your pocket? - The Shield reveals new talents

Posted by Ted Pollak on November 25th 2014 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: nvidia gaming mobile android shield console

Ted Pollak

IT ARRIVED AT JPR as just another tablet, but as staffers idly walk by and pick it up to play, we’re finding the Shield is more than a gaming tablet and more than a console replacement. When you combine the convenience of a tablet with the huge developer base of the Android, and HDMI, you get something that’s fun and functional.—Ed. As a matter of fact, that is a console in my pocket, my back pocket, and I am also happy to see you because I have good news. Hardcore PC gamers finally have their best option for HDTV gaming. Why?…

Benchmarking the Quadro K5200 and K2200

Posted by Alex Herrera on November 19th 2014 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: nvidia quadro spec k2200 k5200

Alex Herrera

Nvidia kindly offered us two of the new Quadro cards to test performance, the high end Quadro K5200 and the mid-range K2200. Our benchmarking tool of choice was the same we've used extensively in the past: 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, its 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,…