Benchmarking the Quadro K5200 and K2200

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

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

Corel updates Video Studio, releases V7

Posted by Kathleen Maher on March 11th 2014 | Permalink
Categories: Software Review
Tags: corel v7 video studio

Kathleen Maher

From moms to marketers: new program has wide range of features for every type of user

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 a10 a8 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…

Playing with GeForce Experience

Posted by Jon Peddie on November 27th 2013 | Permalink
Categories: Software Review
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…