Benchmarking the Quadro K5200 and K2200

Posted by Alex Herrera on November 19th 2014 | Discuss (0)
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: nvidia quadro k5200 spec k2200

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,…

Alienware Graphics Amplifier

Posted by Ted Pollack on November 14th 2014 | Discuss (0)
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: dell alienware graphics amplifier

Gaming on a notebook has traditionally been a less than ideal solution for most committed PC gamers. Thin and light laptops with integrated (or lower end dGPU) graphics can only handle a limited range of current generation games. Nevertheless, serious gaming notebooks can handle just about any gaming task quite well. However they are heavy, expensive and you cannot upgrade them. There are transient gamers who don’t want to haul a desktop or have the space for it, but they do play in a desktop ergonomic with their notebooks, sometimes using an external display. Alienware has come to the rescue. Recently…

Nvidia’s GTX 980 Maxwell monster

Posted by Robert Dow on October 9th 2014 | Discuss (0)
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: nvidia amd r9 titan z gtx 980

Robert Dow

If you’re a gaming enthusiast, this is the AIB you’ve been waiting for

Benchmarking the AMD FirePro W9100

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

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 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: nvidia gtx 750ti maxwell

Nvidia’s latest, greatest GPU/AIB

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 a8 a10 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…

Chromecast TV dongle

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

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…