Review: Nvidia’s dual GPU GTX 690 AIB

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 10th 2012 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: nvidia gpu graphics report

Jon Peddie

Fastest, bestest, not biggest With the GTX 690, Nvidia was focused on creating not only the most powerful dual-GPU card in the world but also a card that was power efficient with great acoustics. There has always been a sacrifice when trying to cobble together the best enthusiast PC in trying to figure out what is the best way to get the best performance. Crossfire and SLi were the solutions up until now. Early attempts at dual-GPU cards under­performed compared to Crossfire and SLi, but the latter was expensive, took up quite a bit of real estate in the tower, and…

DisplayLink Targus

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 2nd 2012 | Permalink
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Jon Peddie

Video and FPSs across USB with Targus DisplayLink started life as Newnham Research in Cambridge England in 2003 doing thin-client displays. It got the bright idea to provide a wireless connection to projectors from a PC. It was a great idea then, still is—even if it doesn’t yet exist. Sidestepping the radio issues, Newnham moved their video compression scheme to USB and sold the idea to Kensington Computer who put it in a universal docking station. They were the first customer for DisplayLink technology. In the early introduction of the DisplayLink USB to video devices (consisting of a software compressor and…

Acer C120 Pico projector

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 2nd 2012 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: acer technology computers projector travel

Jon Peddie

Projecting power like an aircraft carrier We got an Acer C120 Pico projector to play with (and we took it on a road trip to Finland and the UK). The units can display up to 1280 x 800 resolution, has a 1000:1 contrast ratio, and offers 100 Lumens brightness when plugged in. It can be powered by USB 3.0 and there is a battery. The convenient USB 3.0 option allows for faster display of the images at 75 ANSI lumens. Alternatively, when higher brightness matters you can power the projector with the AC adapter and get an even brighter 100 ANSI…

Ivy Bridge graphics and more

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 2nd 2012 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: aib intel pmark benchmark ivy ivy bridge

Jon Peddie

The best ever integrated graphics For comparison, we ran graphics benchmarks on the processor-based graphics in machines using Intel Ivy Bridge (IVB) processors. We ran the same series of tests on the Ivy Bridge i7-3370k running at 3.5 GHz with HD4000 graphics and compared it to a two year old entry level graphics AIB, a GTX 520, to see if integrated graphics had gotten good enough yet—and guess what—it has, within limits. We ran five tests: 3DMark 11, Heaven, Batman, Crysis 2, and Dirt3. We tried running the tests at 1920 x 1080, but couldn’t get the Ivy Bridge’s HD4000 to…

Review AMD Radeon HD 7970 and Nvidia GTX 680 AIB

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 2nd 2012 | Permalink
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Tags: nvidia amd graphics ati 3d review

Jon Peddie

The world’s two fastest graphics boards are compared—GTX 680 wins A month or so ago AMD released their top-of-the-line Radeon HD 7079. Demos were sent out to the company’s favorite reviewers (that means NOT you JPR) and results started being reported, it looked good. Then a week or two ago Nvidia released its GeForce GTX 680 Kepler (Yes JPR, even you can have one), and the comparisons began. In the meantime, by trading some vintage wine and rare out-of-print copies of TechWatch we were able to get a black market HD 7970 (no thanks to AMD). And so we ran some…