Watching the ongoing race between AMD and Nvidia to build the ultimate graphics processor reminds us of the tale of the tortoise and the hare. AMD has played the hare, aggressively bounding ahead of Nvidia in terms of process size, number of stream processors, frame buffer size, memory interface, die size, and even memory type. Yet Nvidia always manages to snag the performance crown. The GeForce 200 series is but the latest example. We lay hands on the smokin’-fast GeForce GTX 280. Could this be the graphics processor to finally tame Crysis? We reveal what makes the card unique and how its architectural advances translate in the benchmarks!
This week, we test the theory that absence makes the heart grow fonder and bring back the podcast crew after a two-week layoff. On the show, Tom, Will, Gordon, and Andy explain just what could have taken them away from their podcasting duties. As Maximum PC nears its 10th anniversary, we also take a look back at our greatest accomplishments... and our biggest blunders! You can add your thoughts on this subject in the comments.
Compared to AMD’s gracefully engineered Radeon 3870 X2, Nvidia’s GeForce 9800 GX2 (represented here by Gigabyte’s implementation) is something of a kludge. But when we consider the performance that Nvidia’s design delivers, it’s hard to complain about elegance.
Today, Tom, Will, Gordon, Dave, and Andy bask in the glory that is the first day of spring and all it promises, warm weather and baseball to name two of our favorites. We also chat about AMD layoffs and the possibility of an iTunes subscription service. Later in the show, we find out what has irked Gordon this week and, as always, answer a load of your questions.