Augmented Reality hits the mainstream - A darling of technorati Marvel is bringing it home

Posted by Jon Peddie on August 6th 2009 | Permalink
Categories: Software Review
Tags: 3d marvell boeing avatar mattel startrek augmented reality

Jon Peddie

Immersive Technologies’ AR demo.If you’ve ever seen a yellow scrimmage line appear in the field of a football game, you’ve experienced AR (Augmented Reality), which is a term credited to Thomas Caudell in 1990 when he was with Boeing. Lots of companies and universities have experimented with it, and there are games being played on mobile phones in Japan right now (you point your camera phone at a place and on your screen is superimposed a graphics image of a treasure or a monster). At San Diego Comic-Con 2009 last week, Mattel showed a new line of action figures based on…

Wolfenstein - Great game little use of GPU

Posted by Jon Peddie on September 4th 2009 | Permalink
Categories: Software Review
Tags: gpu 3d games fps activision

Jon Peddie

Activision has recently released a remake of the classic FPS Wolfenstein, and all I can say is thank you Activision. However, the GPU folks may not be quite as thankful. When I heard it was coming out I expected it to be in stereovision and have killer physics, after all this is 2009. The physics are good, damn good, but not accelerated by the GPU, and alas there’s no stereo. No doubt Nvidia will do a driver tweak and correct that but a natively developed game in stereo is just so much better. There are three elements I look for in…

Testing the ATI Radeon HD 5870

Posted by Jon Peddie on September 30th 2009 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: gpu amd graphics ati 3d radeon gpgpu 2d teraflops

Jon Peddie

By now you’ve probably read our review of the RV870 and a half dozen others so you should already know it’s suppose to be a 2.7 TFLOPS chip with 1,600 processors and ultra fast 2GB of GDDR5 memory. The board is totally enclosed, with air vents at the back, and oddly the chip’s connector and heat-sink retention bracket is exposed, which adds a strangely aesthetic appeal. It could be we got an early test unit and the production version will have a cover plate over the chip. You can see the two six-pin power connectors at the top of the rear…

Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 Review

Posted by Robert Dow on March 24th 2011 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: gpu nvidia graphics 3d aib gaming pmark benchmark games

Robert Dow

Let no pixel go un-accelerated Right on the heels of their most recent midrange product launch, the GTX 550 Ti, Nvidia rolled out their flagship AIB the dual GPU GTX 590. This top of the line, take no prisoners, 3GB GDDR5 AIB with a massive 384-bit memory bus (per GPU) has delivered some impressive scores, but doesn't beat two GTX 480s or 2 GTX 580s in SLI configuration—it doesn't cost as much either The AIB has a 12-layer PCB and to help disperse heat more effectively across the PCB, two ounces of copper are used for each of the board's power…

Nvidia’s GeForce GTX550 Ti Review

Posted by Robert Dow on March 25th 2011 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: gpu nvidia graphics 3d aib report pmark geforce

Robert Dow

Fastest Midrange AIB Nvidia has introduced the latest in their new Fermi gen2 products, the GeForce GTX550 Ti, (Titanium. Same nomenclature as the 560 Ti) based on the 193 core Fermi GF116 GPU. Compared to other Nvidia GPUs and the price equivalent AMD part (HD5770), the balance of feature and specifications show Nvidia did some careful selections to hit the price-performance point they wanted. Table 1: Comparison of five AIBs   GTS 450 GTX 460 GTX 550 Ti GTX 560 Ti HD5770 Core Clock (MHz) 738 675 900 822 850 Memory Clock  (MHz)  902  900  1,026  1,002  1,200 Memory data rate…

HP ENVY17 3D Review - a 3D entertainment system and more

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 15th 2011 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: nvidia 3d gaming hp review software s3d games

Jon Peddie

The HP 17-inch ENVY laptop is delightful. It has one of the best 3D screens I have ever seen, and it comes with one set of 3D shutter glasses. It can show 3D movies and S3D games, as well as show 3D photos and Google Earth in 3D. The system's screen resolution is 1920 x 1080 on a 17.3-inch panel with 120 Hz refresh, TN panel with sRGB+ gammut and 400 NITS brightness. The display controller is an AMD Radeon 5850 with 1GB DDR5 video memory. It has an Intel Core i7Q740 Processor running at 1.73 GHz, with 4 GB DDR3…

Review the AMD 6000 Series

Posted by Robert Dow on May 3rd 2011 | Permalink
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Tags: gpu amd market graphics ati 3d pmark

Robert Dow

Covers the low end with refresh parts for the mainstream gamer AMD rounded out their 6000 line with the introduction of the "Turks" line of add-in boards. AMD who was first to market with DirectX 11 AIBs points out that developers are no longer making DirectX 10 games. Even "World of WarCraft," the world's most popular PC game (12 million subscribers), is now DirectX 11. So their message to the consumer is: It's time to upgrade to DirectX 11 now! AMD thinks the casual gamers who bought a Radeon 5450 a couple of years ago, a fine DirectX 10 AIB, should…

Review: HP Envy 17 redux

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 28th 2011 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: gpu graphics 3d gaming hp laptop envy computer

Jon Peddie

Second time’s a charm – but the first time wasn’t bad either This is a lot of computer for $1,600. It comes with a 120 Hz (S3D) 17-inch display, a Blu-ray player, 750 GB HDD (7200 RPM), 6 GB DDR3 (1333 MHz) system RAM, AMD HD6850M discrete GPU with 1 GB GDDR5, HDMI and an Intel i7-263QM (2.) GHz—2.9 GHz). It’s got a SATA I/O, DS memory slot, VGA and four USB 2.0 sockets. A whole lot of computer for not too much money. It’s a complete media center that can be used for watching HD Blu ray movies, listening to…

AnTuTu mobile device benchmark

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 28th 2011 | Permalink
Categories: Software Review
Tags: graphics 3d mobile benchmark 2d android

Jon Peddie

Nice evaluation tool for Android devices The AnTuTu System Benchmark is an Android benchmarking tool that can run a full test of a mobile devices’ processor through a series of test for easy comparison. It can test for Memory Performance CPU Integer Performance CPU Floating point Performance 2D and 3D Graphics Performance SD card reading/writing speed Database I/O performance. And when completed presents the results in a numeric list on the mobile device’s screen. We ran the benchmark on some of the mobile devices we had and got the following results (we didn’t test for SD car or Database I/O performance.…

Review AMD Radeon HD 7970 and Nvidia GTX 680 AIB

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 2nd 2012 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
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…