Analysts at Jon Peddie Research (JPR) said that Q3 graphics shipments jumped 16.7 percent over last quarter, and 18.4 percent over last year. That's the sort of thing that happens when you start integrating graphics onto CPU dies, as both Intel (Sandy Bridge) and AMD (Fusion) have done, which helped "shipments during the third quarter of 2011 [to] (finally) behave according to past years with regards to seasonality."
Try chanting, "At least it's not Duke Nukem Forever" the next time you fire up Rage and notice any graphical glitches. Screen tearing, popping, texture corruption, and other ugly problems have plagued Rage's release on the PC, but hey, it's more fun to play than DNF, has prettier graphics, and you didn't sit around a decade-and-a-half waiting for it, so there all that going for it. There are also driver updates that are supposed to smooth things out, including AMD's new Catalyst 11.10 Version 3 Preview Driver.
There might not be room enough in Silicon Valley and the rest of the world for both embedded graphics processors and integrated graphics processors (IGP). To wit, Jon Peddie Research claims the full scale production of scalar x86 CPUs with increasingly powerful multi-core, SIMD graphics processing elements is causing traditional IGPs to fade out of existence.
Rage: more than a game, it’s the emotion that many gamers felt when they got their hands on iD’s long-awaited shooter. There have been a bunch of complaints leveled at the game – some of which iD claims is the fault of graphics drivers – but one thing bugging early adopters is the lack of graphics configuration options. iD left them out because Rage is supposed to automatically adjust detail levels to create the perfect blend of gameplay and “Oooh, pretty.” Unfortunately, many gamers say that’s buggered too, but Nvidia has posted a workaround to unlock those awesome, high-res visuals – and it should work for Radeon rockers, too.
Let's face it: the rate in which games are growing is exponential; we dare any of you to look at a 'groundbreaking' game from ten years ago and not giggle a little. It's scary, awesome, and a little unnerving.
We're rapidly getting to the point where it's going to become difficult to differentiate between the video game world and reality (a prime example being the ArmA 2 snafu made by ITV earlier this week), so we decided to compile our favorite realistic looking titles from the past two years or so.
If you're planning to participate in the Battlefield 3 beta that goes live tomorrow and own an Nvidia graphics card, there's a new set of drivers you should know about. Nvidia's just released R285.38 drivers, which are also in beta, supposedly boost performance in Battlefield 3 by up to 38 percent. The drivers are also supposed to help with stability and improve image quality in the game.
History tells us not to expect a whole lot from entry-level graphics solutions. You're not going to fire up a demanding DirectX 11 title and crank up the settings on a lower end graphics card, for example, and while that holds true for AMD's new Radeon E6460 embedded discrete GPU, this entry-level graphics chip sports other talents, like the ability to support up to four simultaneous displays.
Intel has made available an updated graphics driver for Sandy Bridge processors capable of delivering up to 37 percent better performance on Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) platforms, providing you're rocking Intel's integrated HD graphics instead of a dedicated videocard.
We already know Intel is planning to build a better GPU for Ivy Bridge than what's currently available in Sandy Bridge, but just how much better it will be is the question. Intel provided a partial answer at this year's IDF event by detailing parts of the next-generation GPU, which the Santa Clara chip maker says will support up to a 4Kx4K (Quad HD) screen resolution.
MSI today unveiled a pair of new G Series gaming laptops outfitted with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 570M discrete graphics. Available in 15.6-inch (GT683DXR) and 17.3-inch (GT780DXR) form factors, MSI is pitching both at the "serious gamer seeking unmatched power with an unprecedented immersive experience." Let's see how MSI backs up that claim.