graphics en Intel's DirectX 12 Demo Highlights Impressive Power Savings and Performance Gains <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/dx11_dx12.jpg" alt="DX11 and DX12" title="DX11 and DX12" width="228" height="162" style="float: right;" />Big performance gains are possible using DirectX 12</h3> <p><strong>Intel is turning heads at SIGGRAPH 2014 by showcasing its upcoming DirectX 12 API</strong>. This year's SIGGRAPH in Vancouver is the 41st intentional conference on computer graphics, and one of the highlights is a demonstration comparing DX11 versus DX12, the latter of which underscores the relationship between performance and power. In the demo, simply switching APIs results in up to a 70 percent boost in graphics performance.</p> <p>The chip maker is using a Surface Pro 3 with an Intel Core i5 processor to run the demo. Intel's demo tasks the CPU and integrated graphics with rendering a scene filled with 50,000 fully dynamic and unique asteroids in two different modes -- maximum performance and maximum power saving. To compare DX11 and DX12, the app allows the user to switch between the two modes with the tap of a button.</p> <p>In performance mode, the application runs as fast as possible within the thermal and power constraints of the platform. Using DX11, it pushes 19 frames per second. Switching over to DX12 sees a massive 70 percent jump in performance to 33fps. How can that be?</p> <p>Intel explains the performance jump by pointing to a power graph showing the distribution of power between the CPU and GPU.</p> <p>"DirectX 12 is designed for low overhead, multi-threaded rendering. Using the new API we have reduced the CPU power requirement and thus freed up that power for the GPU," <a href="" target="_blank">Intel explains</a>.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/directx12_demo.jpg" alt="DX12 Demo" title="DX12 Demo" width="620" height="413" /></p> <p>In this demo, DX12 reduces the CPU workload by about half when compared to DX11. It does this by spreading the work across more CPU cores at a lower frequency rather than running a single thread at a high frequency. In addition to benefiting the user with a cooler device and longer battery life, it allows more work to be offloaded to the GPU, which improves graphics performance.</p> <p>According to Intel, an increase in CPU power efficiency can be used for more performance even if an application is not CPU bound.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> directx 12 dx12 graphics Hardware intel siggraph 2014 News Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:21:25 +0000 Paul Lilly 28349 at Graphics Porn: The Most Graphically-Stunning Game Screenshots <!--paging_filter--><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img src="/files/u154082/ass_creed.jpg" alt="Dark Souls" title="Dark Souls" width="250" height="104" style="float: right;" />Showcasing the sexiest, most photogenic game screenshots this side of the Internet</span></h3> <p>We've got our <a href="" target="_blank">Rig of the Month</a> feature for amazing case mods, but what is a graphics afficionado supposed to do with his or her stellar screenshots? We've got you covered with <a href="" target="_blank">Graphics Porn</a>. Every month, we'll be collecting and publishing the most beautiful, photogenic, and amazing screenshots submitted by Maximum PC readers.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you've been using <a title="steam screenshot" href="" target="_blank">Steam's nifty screenshots feature</a>&nbsp;or simply print screening some beautiful wallpaper-worthy game moments, we want to be able to share your captured works of art with the world. Please send them to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. Make sure to include the name of the game, a title for the screenshot, and a description of what's happening on-screen.</p> <p>To kick off the inaugural post of Graphics Porn, we've called upon some of the redditors from <a href="" target="_blank">/r/GameScreens</a>. They've graciously provided us with the right to republish their screenshots to give us a starting point for future installments. Before you take a peek at the gallery, remember that some of the screens might just contain spoilers! You've been warned.</p> <p><em>Follow Ben on <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>.</em></p> beautiful dark souls devil may cry game graphics Graphics Porn maximum pc pc screen capture screenshots Skyrim Steam stunning Features Fri, 02 May 2014 19:41:46 +0000 Ben Kim 27620 at AMD Rides Next Generation Console Launches, Posts 28 Percent Bump in Revenues <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_1.jpg" alt="AMD building" title="AMD building" width="228" height="174" style="float: right;" />PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sales contributed to a 118 percent jump in semi-custom SoC revenue</h3> <p>Propped up by next-generation console launches by Microsoft (Xbox One) and Sony (PlayStation 4), <strong>AMD today announced first quarter revenue $1.4 billion</strong>, which is a decrease of 12 percent sequentially but up a whopping 28 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. Unfortunately for AMD, the jump in revenue still amounted to a $20 million loss, or $0.03 per share, though the Sunnyvale chip designer feels good about where it's at.</p> <p>"AMD continued our momentum by building on the solid foundation we set in the second half of 2013, further transforming the company," <a href="" target="_blank">said Rory Read</a>, AMD president and CEO. "Backed by our powerful x86 processor cores and hands-down best graphics experiences, we achieved 28 percent revenue growth from the year-ago quarter. We are well positioned to continue to grow profitably as we diversify our business and enable our customers to drive change and win."</p> <p>It's been a rough run all around for traditional PC sales, which resonated with AMD. Its Computing Solutions segment saw an 8 percent sequential decrease in revenue and a 12 percent decline year-over-year, both of which AMD attributed to decreased client unit shipments.</p> <p>Revenue from AMD's Graphics and Visual Solutions segment decreased 15 percent sequentially, but ballooned 118 percent year-over-year. This growth was driven in large part by AMD's semi-custom SoCs, which are primarily used to power game consoles. AMD also notes strong demand for its Radeon R7 and R9 family of products.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> amd console graphics Hardware playstation 4 ps4 revenue xbox one News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:26:33 +0000 Paul Lilly 27659 at GPU Doubletake: Nvidia Launches Dual-GPU GeForce Titan Z for $2,999 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/titan_z.jpg" alt="Nvidia GeForce Titan Z" title="Nvidia GeForce Titan Z" width="228" height="146" style="float: right;" />This dual-GPU monster wields 5,760 CUDA cores and 12GB of memory</h3> <p>If you were hoping Nvidia would unleash a beast at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC), you certainly won't be disappointed. You might, however, suffer a stroke induced from sticker shock -- totally understandable, given that <strong>Nvidia just unveiled the GeForce Titan Z for $2,999!</strong> Information is coming in fast and furious, but so far it appears the Titan Z is essentially a dual-GPU version of the Titan Black.</p> <p>What that translates into is an insane spec sheet. Covering the basics, the Titan Z is overflowing with 5,760 CUDA cores and 12GB of memory for 8 TeraFLOPS of performance. Don't bother sending emails about typos, those numbers are correct.</p> <p>The big question here is whether potential customers will be willing to drop $2,999 on the GeForce Z. As a point of reference, the single-GPU Titan Black streets for around $1,000 to $1,100. The advantage of the Titan Z is that it's a single card solution, though the luxury of running one card versus two carriers a hefty premium.</p> <p>"If you’re in desperate need of a supercomputer that you need to fit under your desk, we have just the card for you," Jen-Hsun stated in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/titan_z_specs.jpg" alt="GeForce Titan Z Specs" title="GeForce Titan Z Specs" width="620" height="421" /></p> <p>According to Nvidia, the Titan Z is engineered for next-generation 5K and multi-monitor gaming. In addition, the GPU maker says the the card runs cool and quiet, thanks to low-profile components and ducted baseplate channels that reduce turbulence.</p> <p>Is your mind blown yet? If not, we can take care of that -- picture two of these cards running in tandem. BAM.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC geforce titan z gpu graphics Hardware News Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:25:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 27508 at Nvidia Envisions Longer Lasting Gaming Laptops with 800M Series GPUs <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/geforce_gtx_880m.jpg" alt="GeForce GTX 880M" title="GeForce GTX 880M" width="228" height="137" style="float: right;" />A top to bottom GPU refresh</h3> <p><strong>Nvidia today splashed the mobile market with more than half a dozen new GPUs</strong> comprising the company's GeForce GTX 800M Series. This is a top to bottom release, meaning the new GPUs range from entry-level (GeForce 830M) all the way up to what Nvidia claims is the fastest mobile graphics chip in the world, the GeForce GTX 880M. The new releases join Nvidia's already available 820M GPU.</p> <p>According to Nvidia, the new GPUs are 30 percent, 40 percent, and even 60 percent (in some cases) faster than its previous generation of mobile GPUs, and none more burly than the 880M. Nvidia's flagship part is based on Kepler (not Maxwell) and features 1,536 CUDA cores and 128 TMUs. It has a core clockspeed of 954MHz and supports up to 4GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5,000MHz (effective) on a 256-bit memory bus.</p> <p>This release isn't solely focused on speed, however, as Nvidia points out that its Battery Boost technology is one of several new feature additions. This one in particular is supposed to be able to deliver up to twice the gaming battery life when enabled.</p> <p>"Here’s how it works: instead of your notebook pushing every component to its max, Battery Boost targets a user defined frame rate, such as 30 FPS. The driver level governor takes over from there, and operates all your system components, including CPU, GPU, and memory at peak efficiency, while maintaining a smooth, playable experience," Nvidia explains in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p>More details on the GeForce 830M, 840M, GTX 850M, GTX 860M, GTX 870M, and GTX 880M are available on <a href="" target="_blank">Nvidia's website</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 800m Gaming geforce gpu graphics Hardware laptops mobile notebooks nvidia News Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:56:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 27426 at Research Report Shows Desktop Graphics Shipments Continue to Rise <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_gpu_1.jpg" alt="Nvidia GPU" title="Nvidia GPU" width="228" height="158" style="float: right;" />GPU market showing signs of a recovery</h3> <p>The analytical folks at <strong>Jon Peddie Research (JPR) say there's evidence to show the graphics market may have bottomed out and is now slowly recovering</strong>, though cautioned it's still a bit premature to make any concrete determination. That said, graphics shipments increased 1.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, which is the second quarter in a row that shipments have been up sequentially.</p> <p>That also outpaces the -2 percent 10-year average change for graphics shipments for quarter-to-quarter, <a href="" target="_blank">JPR says</a>. Included in those figures are discrete and integrated graphics (CPU and chipset) for desktops, notebooks, and netbooks, PC-based commercial (such as POS), industrial/scientific, and embedded applications. Not included are handhelds (mobile phones), x86 servers, or ARM-based tablets, though JPR does factor in x86-based tablets and x86-based Chromebooks.</p> <p>AMD saw mixed results for the quarter. It's desktop APU shipments jumped an impressive 15 percent sequentially, but declined 26.7 percent in notebooks, JPR says. Its discrete desktop shipments increased 1.8 percent while notebook discrete shipments fell 6.7 percent. Overall, AMD's PC graphics shipments declined 10.4 percent partly as a result of being "late with its new parts," JPR says.</p> <p>Rival Nvidia saw its desktop discrete shipments rise 3.6 percent sequentially, its notebooks discrete shipments go up 3.2 percent, and its overall PC graphics shipments rise 3.4 percent.</p> <p>Intel, which leads the graphics market with a 65.1 percent stake (versus 18.3 percent for AMD and 16.6 percent for Nvidia), benefited from from a 5.1 percent increase in overall PC graphics shipments.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> amd apu gpu graphics graphics card Hardware intel Jon Peddie Research jpr nvidia Video Card News Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:51:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 27294 at MSI Arms GX Destroyer Series Gaming Laptops with AMD R9 M290X Graphics <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gx70_destroyer.jpg" alt="MSI GX60 and GX70 Destroyer Series" title="MSI GX60 and GX70 Destroyer Series" width="228" height="216" style="float: right;" />High end graphics for gaming on the go</h3> <p><strong>MSI today announced the arrival of its new GX Series of gaming laptops</strong> with AMD inside. These include the 15.6-inch GX60 Destroyer and 17.3-inch GX70 Destroyer, both with Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) non-reflective displays. Both models also feature the same APU and GPU -- an AMD A10-5750 processor clocked at 2.3GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) and AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics.</p> <p>The R9 M290X is pretty much a rebadged HD 8970M, which itself is a powerful mobile GPU. It has an 850MHz engine clockspeed (up to 900MHz with boost), 1,280 stream processors, 80 texture units, 128 Z/Stencil ROP units, 32 color ROP units, and 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1,200MHz on a 256-bit bus.</p> <p>MSI's GX60 Destroyer also features 8GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, 1TB hard drive (7200RPM), DVD burner, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, memory card reader, built-in headset amp, three USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 2.0 port, HDMI and mini DisplayPort output, 720p HD webcam, 2.1 speakers, SteelSeries backlit keyboard, 9-cell battery, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>The GX70 is similarly equipped except that it has more RAM (12GB), a Blu-reader reader, and of course the larger size display.</p> <p>Both the GX60 and GX70 Destroyer models will be available soon for $1,300 and $1,400, respectively. MSI says some retailers and e-tailers will also bundle Battlefield 4 with each laptop.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> amd destroyer Gaming gpu graphics gx60 gx70 Hardware laptop msi notebook OEM r9 m290x rigs News Wed, 05 Feb 2014 17:00:25 +0000 Paul Lilly 27205 at AMD Reports a Profit, Tips Hat to Graphics Division <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd.png" alt="AMD" title="AMD" width="228" height="172" style="float: right;" />Wins in the console sector have paid off handsomely</h3> <p>On hindsight, AMD absolutely made the right decision to purchase ATI, an acquisition that was met with some skepticism among analysts at the time. What those analysts couldn't have predicted is that several years later the PC market would find itself in a slump, leaving AMD to lean heavily on its graphics division. In doing so, <strong>AMD posted a profit of $89 million</strong>, or 12 cents a share, in the fourth quarter of 2013, rebounding from a $473 million loss, or 63 cents a share, a year prior.</p> <p>Revenue from AMD's Computing Solutions segment decreased 9 percent sequentially and 13 percent year-over-year, which the Sunnyvale chip designer blamed on sagging chipset and notebook unit shipments. In terms of dollars and cents, AMD's PC unit recorded an operating loss of $7 million.</p> <p>On the flip side, AMD's Graphics and Visual Solutions division increased its revenue by 29 percent sequentially and a whopping 165 percent year-over-year. AMD credited its semi-custom SoCs for fueling this growth, underscoring how important it was to land contracts with both Microsoft and Sony to power their recently launched consoles. Operating income for graphics came to $121 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.</p> <p>"Strong execution of our strategic transformation plan drove significant revenue growth and improved profitability in the fourth quarter," <a href="" target="_blank">said Rory Read</a>, AMD president and CEO. "The continued ramp of our semi-custom SoCs and leadership graphics products resulted in a 38 percent revenue increase from the year ago quarter. Our focus in 2014 is to deliver revenue growth and profitability for the full year by leveraging our differentiated IP to drive success in our targeted new markets and core businesses."</p> <p>Unfortunately for AMD, the immediate future doesn't look quite as bright. The chip designer said it expects revenue to decrease 16 percent, plus or minus 3 percent, in the first quarter of 2014.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> amd financial report graphics Hardware revenue News Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:01:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 27113 at JPR Notes Second Quarter of Consecutive Growth in Graphics Chip Market <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gtx_780_ti_0.jpg" alt="GeForce GTX 780 Ti" title="GeForce GTX 780 Ti" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Intel, Nvidia emerges as winners in Q3</h3> <p>Overall <a href=""><strong>graphics</strong></a> shipments rose 1.6 percent in the third quarter of 2013, marking the second consecutive quarter of positive growth, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">latest data</a> by Jon Peddie Research. At the same time, shipments in Q3 were down 8.8 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago, JPR said. Q3 is typically when retailers stock up inventory for the holiday shopping season, and though the gain this quarter was smaller than in pre-2008 years, it still ended on a positive note.</p> <p>The three major players are AMD, Intel, and Nvidia. AMD's overall unit shipments decreased 4.2 percent sequentially, while Intel and Nvidia gained 3.5 percent and 2.3 percent, respectively.</p> <p>Total discrete GPU (desktop and notebook) shipments were mostly flat from last quarter with a negligible gain of 0.12 percent, and down 18.8 percent from the same quarter a year ago due to "problems plaguing the overall PC industry," JPR said. Overall, discrete GPU shipments are trending downwards with a CAGR from 2012 to 2016 of -5.7 percent.</p> <p>All tallied, Intel now holds a 63 percent share of the GPU market, versus 61.8 percent a quarter ago and 60 percent last year. AMD is in a distant second with a 20.7 percent share, down from 22 percent last quarter and down from 21 percent last year. In third place is Nvidia with a 16.3 percent, virtually unchanged from last quarter (16.2 percent) and down from 18.6 percent a year ago.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> amd gpu graphics intel Jon Peddie Research jpr nvidia News Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:11:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 26731 at Eidos and Two Other Developers Vow Support for AMD's Mantle Graphics API <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_mantle.jpg" alt="AMD Mantle" title="AMD Mantle" width="228" height="182" style="float: right;" />Mantle is on the move</h3> <p>AMD has been promising big things from its Mantle graphics API, not the least of which is that its flagship GPU will "<a href=""><strong>ridicule</strong></a>" Nvidia's GeForce Titan in Battlefield 4 in terms of performance. As opposed to high level APIs like OpenGL and Direct3D that operate on many different devices, Mantle is a low level API focused on AMD's Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. There's potential to do some great things with Mantle, and that has developers excited.</p> <p>The Sunnyvale chip designer said that three more developers are on board to use Mantle. They include Cloud Imperium Games (responsible for Star Citizen), Eidos Montreal (part of the Square Enix Group and the studio behind Thief), and Oxide Games (a new studio comprised of former Firaxis and Microsoft employees).</p> <p>"AMD's Mantle will allow us to extract more performance from an AMD Radeon GPU than any other graphics API," <a href="" target="_blank">said Chris Roberts</a>, CEO, Cloud Imperium Games. "Mantle is vitally important for a game like Star Citizen, which is being designed with the need for massive GPU horsepower. With Mantle, our team can spend more time achieving our perfect artistic vision, and less time worrying about whether or not today’s gaming hardware will be ready to deliver it."</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/mantle_slide.jpg" alt="Mantle Slide" title="Mantle Slide" width="620" height="349" /></p> <p>Mantle givees developers unprecedented access to GPU hardware on a low level and affords more fine grain control. It's similar in concept to coding for consoles and it should lead to better looking games, faster performance, and less buggy software out of the gate.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> amd api Gaming graphics mantle News Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 26631 at Nvidia Posts Details on GeForce GTX 760 Ti Graphics Cards for OEMs <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/geforce_gtx_760_ti.jpg" alt="GeForce GTX 760 Ti" title="GeForce GTX 760 Ti" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Meet the rebranded GeForce GTX 670</h3> <p>If you poke around <a href=""><strong>Nvidia's</strong></a> website, you may notice a new addition to its GeForce graphics card section for desktops. It's the GeForce GTX 760 Ti, a new part that's intended for OEM partners. Product images and full system specs are posted on Nvidia's website, and at a glance, this appears to be a rebranded GeForce GTX 670 graphics card. Let's have a look at what makes this thing tick.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">GeForce GTX 760 Ti</a> has 1344 CUDA cores, a base clockspeed of 915MHz, boost clockspeed of 980MHz, and 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6GHz on a 256-bit bus resulting in 192.2GB/s of memory bandwidth.</p> <p>It looks identical to the <a href="" target="_blank">GeForce GTX 670</a> and features the same specs we just outlined. Both cards measure 9.5 inches (L) by 4.376 inches (H), have dual-slot coolers, and require two 6-pin power connectors.</p> <p>No pricing information has been announced for the GeForce GTX 760 Ti, and probably never will be since it's intended for OEMs only. However, it fits somewhere in between a GeForce GTX 760 ($249) and a GeForce GTX 770 ($399).</p> <p>As a point of reference in terms of performance, we awarded the <a href="">Asus GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II TOP</a> a perfect 10/10 with a KickAss rewarded when we reviewed it last year, as well as <a href="">MSI's GeForce GTX 670 Power Edition</a>. In other words, it's not a shabby card to rebrand for bulk OEMs to play with.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC geforce gtx 760 ti gpu graphics graphics card Hardware nvidia Video Card News Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:54:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 26526 at Intel Iris Pro Graphics Makes History at Comic Con in New York <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_iris_pro_starcraft_ii.jpg" alt="Intel Iris Pro StarCraft II" title="Intel Iris Pro StarCraft II" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Earning street cred for CPU graphics</h3> <p>When it comes to gaming, we've always held firm that you could pry our discrete graphics cards from our cold, dead hands, and for the most part, we feel the same way today. However, we have to give props where they're due, and right now Intel deserves kudos for its Iris Pro 5200 graphics, the embedded graphics found on select 4th Generation Core processors (<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Haswell</strong></a>).</p> <p>At Comic Con over the weekend, two popular StarCraft II gamers went toe-to-toe in what's believed to have been the world's first professional gaming match played entirely on systems with CPU graphics. CyberPower's Zeus Hercules gaming notebooks featuring Haswell processors with Iris Pro graphics played a pivotal role earning some street cred for integrated graphics.</p> <p>"The competition was streamed live on (and archived <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>) so StarCraft II fans all over the world were able to get into the action. Another advantage of Intel Iris Pro graphics is that streaming on with Intel Quick Sync Video enabled results in up a 60 percent reduction in CPU utilization, freeing up more resources to play your game," Intel's Dan Snyder explained in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p>Specifically, both StarCraft II players got their gaming groove on with an Intel Core i7 4750HQ processor with Iris Pro 5200 graphics</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> comic con Gaming gpu graphics intel iris pro News Tue, 15 Oct 2013 15:20:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 26504 at Intel's Updated Graphics Drivers for Ivy Bridge, Haswell Stomps Out Bugs in Windows 7 and 8 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_idf2013.jpg" alt="Intel IDF 2013" title="Intel IDF 2013" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Integrated graphics need driver updates, too</h3> <p>There's no shame in rocking integrated graphics, especially if you only occasionally play games or don't typically gravitate towards demanding titles that push the envelope. If that's the category of gamer (or non-gamer, as it were) that you fall into, be advised that <a href=""><strong>Intel</strong></a> recently released new graphics drivers for its family of 3rd and 4th Generation of Core processors, otherwise known as Ivy Bridge and Haswell, respectively.</p> <p>Driver versions (32-bit) and (64-bit) are supposed to fix a whole bunch of bugs in Windows 7 and Windows 8. The majority of bug fixes apply to Haswell, including one that caused corruption seen in the beginning of Bioshock (Windows 7) and another that would cause the screen to turn black after switching to Clone mode (Windows 8).</p> <p>After applying the driver update, Intel recommends applying the latest patches to 3DMark 11, Batman Arkham City, Mafia 2, Company of Heroes, HomeFront, Unigine Heaven, and Battlefield 3 to "avoid any unexpected issues."</p> <p>See more in the <a href="" target="_blank">release notes (PDF)</a>. Also, here are links to the <a href=";DwnldID=23105" target="_blank">32-bit drivers</a> and <a href=";DwnldID=23106" target="_blank">64-bit drivers</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> cpu Drivers graphics haswell intel ivy bridge processor Software News Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:21:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 26314 at AMD, Mixamo Bring Real Time Facial Capture Technology to Unity Developers <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/face_plus.jpg" alt="Face Plus" title="Face Plus" width="228" height="118" style="float: right;" />Standard webcam and AMD APU is all that's needed</h3> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>AMD</strong></a> on Thursday announced that it's collaborating with Mixamo on the launch of <a href="" target="_blank">Face P<strong>l</strong>us</a>, an advanced real-time motion capture and 3D facial animation technology for the Unity game engine. The Face Plus plug-in for Unity allows developers to capture facial expressions through ordinary webcams and then transfer those images onto a 3D character using technology powered by AMD A-Series APUs and GPUs.</p> <p>The technology was developed for devices that support OpenCL 1.1 or newer versions. It captures motion at full camera frame rates, up to 42 frames per second on a system powered by an AMD A10-4600M APU. That represents a 13X performance improvement compared to using CPU processing alone, AMD says.</p> <p>"AMD is impressed with the results Mixamo has achieved in optimizing its technology and is excited not only about the capabilities it brings to Unity developers today, but also the potential it could bring to new consumer applications," <a href="" target="_blank">said Manju Hegde</a>, corporate vice president, Heterogeneous Solutions at AMD. "Thanks to incredible OpenCL performance, broad availability, and the capability of AMD APU and GPU solutions across PC form factors, Unity developers can enjoy a much more streamlined development process, allowing their creativity to flow with technology so powerful it recedes into the background without interrupting the creative process."</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="465" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Real-time motion capture of facial expressions is already available as a development tool for content creation, but in the future, AMD and Mixamo envision it being used in consumer software applications like video games (animate avatars in real-time) and video conferencing.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> amd face plus games graphics mixamo unity News Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:58:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 26203 at AMD and Intel Increase Share of Graphics Market in Q2 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_fusion_3.jpg" alt="AMD Fusion" title="AMD Fusion" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Nvidia stands as odd man out in GPU race</h3> <p>According to newly released data by <a href=""><strong>Jon Peddie Research</strong></a> (JPR), AMD was the big winner in the GPU sweepstakes in the second quarter of 2013, at least in terms of market share growth. AMD bumped up its share of the GPU market to 21.9 percent, a gain of 10.9 percent sequentially, while Intel grew a more modest 6.2 percent sequentially for a 62 percent stranglehold on the market.</p> <p>Out of the big three, only Nvidia saw a decline in GPU shipments in Q2. Nvidia's share fell 8 percent sequentially to 16.1 percent, the result of a drop in both desktop and mobile discrete shipments.</p> <p>The advantage AMD and Intel have over Nvidia is that both sell x86 processors with integrated graphics. As such, notebook shipments played a large role in both companies being able to increase their share of the GPU market, especially AMD, which saw APU shipments increase an "astounding" 47.1 percent in notebooks.</p> <p>"The overall PC market declined 2.5 percent quarter-to-quarter while the graphics market increased 4.6 percent. Overall this net 7.1 percent increase reflects an interest on the part of consumers for double-attach—the adding of a discrete GPU to a system with integrated processor graphics, and to a lesser extent dual AIBs in performance desktop machines," <a href="" target="_blank">JPR said</a>.</p> <p>Total discrete GPUs (desktop and notebook) were down 5.5 percent sequentially due to the same problems plaguing the PC industry -- increased interest in tablets and persistent economic slowness.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> amd gpu graphics Hardware intel Jon Peddie Research jpr nvidia News Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:48:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 26117 at