AMD’s R9 290 series drives 4K monitors well

Posted by Robert Dow on November 27th 2013 | Permalink
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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
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Tags: nvidia gpu 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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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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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
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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.…

Acer’s Chromebook

Posted by Jon Peddie on October 8th 2013 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: hp acer google android chrome chromebook

Jon Peddie

The Acer Chromebook is a slick-looking, lightweight one-inch-thick clamshell device with an 11.6-inch 1366 × 768 screen (135 PPI) powered by an Intel Celeron processor. It runs the Google proprietary Chrome OS (this is not Android), and that creates a few problems. But this lightweight machine (3 pounds) is an easy-to-tote device with a full-sized keyboard. The device has three USB 2.0 ports, as well as a RJ45, a VGA port, and a HDMI port (courtesy the Celeron). Also, as part of the Intel chipset, there is built-in Wi-Fi that finds your network almost instantly. This is an always-connected, continually updated…

Razer gaming laptop

Posted by Robert Dow on October 8th 2013 | Permalink
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Tags: nvidia gpu laptop windows 8 blade razer

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The world’s thinnest gaming laptop: Razer Blade

Acer’s H6510BD projector and the search for S3D

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 18th 2013 | Permalink
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You can have S3D with the right ID We have been testing the new Acer DLP-based H6510BD projector for a few weeks, and gave a preliminary report on it in TechWatch Volume 13, Number 11 May 21, 2013, p 27. As a general-purpose HD projector, you can’t beat this machine. Bright, lightweight, fast, and lots of inputs.   Just to review the general specifications: It has TI’s latest and greatest display panel, a 0.65" DarkChip 3 DMD (Digital Micromirror Device is what TI is calling their DLP these days). Its native resolution is 1080P (1920 x 1080, WUXGA), and can scale…

Acer’s HD 3D Projector

Posted by Robert Dow on July 15th 2013 | Permalink
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Robert Dow

Lot of power, great value, small package Acer let us play with two of their newest projectors, the H5370BD and a H6510BD a native 1920 x 1080p resolution, 120 Hz projector, with 4:3/16:9/L.Box aspect ratios enabling 3D content projected via DLP Link Technology: Blu-Ray 3D and Nvidia 3DTV Play. The H9500 is a scaled down version of the H5370BD and has a native 720p resolution at 120 Hz. The H6510BD also has a built-in 2D to 3D converter.   The projector is bright and crisp, offering 10,000:1 contrast ratio and 3000 Lm brightness, and a F2.59 to 2.87 lens and a…

New Features in Lightroom 5 Beta

Posted by Kathleen Maher on July 15th 2013 | Permalink
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Kathleen Maher

Just before the kick-off of Adobe Max, Adobe released its latest version of Lightroom, its photo management product, as the Lightroom V5 beta. Lightroom is designed for photographers and it is as much a basic editing tool as it is an organization tool. For many people for whom Photoshop might be overkill, Lightroom may have just enough editing for most work; it has crop, straighten, exposure, color, sharpness, and lens correction. The V5 version is not necessarily a significant release, but there are several features decidedly nice and two that make the release a must-have for users of Lightroom. So, not…