From the Magazine

avatar

The DirectX Evolution

They said it was dead. They said it would never return. They were wrong. DirectX 12 is coming, and Nvidia thinks it could be something rather special.

avatar

Z97 Comes Ashore!

We can still remember the hand wringing motherboard makers had before Z87 launched about the two-to-three-year dead space between chipset launches, during which time they would have nothing to tickle consumers’ fancies. Well, guess what? They were wrong. Here we are, less than a year after Z87 launched, seeing its replacement: Z97.

 

avatar

Doctor: Cooling Colors, Movin' On Up & Where's My SSD?

The Doctor answers all your questions about wifi, coolants, and solid state drives.

avatar

Head 2 Head: Two EVGA 780 Ti Cards Vs. One Radeon R9 295X2

Getting two graphics processing units (GPUs) on one video card is a time-honored tradition for enthusiast rigs. With this generation, AMD has gone with an integrated closed-loop liquid cooler (CLC) to keep its two R9 290X GPUs from getting crispy. Nvidia’s dual-GPU card has yet to make an entrance, but two 780 Ti’s linked together with SLI have roughly the same performance and price. If you’re prepared to spend about $1,500, these two options are natural competitors.

avatar

Fast Forward: Windows 8 Workarounds

My forced switch to Windows 8.1 broke some vital software that worked perfectly on Windows XP. Luckily, I’ve found workarounds—and they might save your software, too.

avatar

Editor's Note: Motherboard Memories

I can still remember the first ATX motherboard I bought in the 1990s. I had acquired a blazing-fast 166MHz Pentium MMX part (I had just missed out on the top-end 200MHz Pentium MMX by a few minutes) and needed a mobo to go with it.