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Gigabyte RX 460 Windforce OC 2GB @ LanOC Reviews
     Mon, Aug 15 2016 | 3:31P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Some of you may have missed it but Monday the RX 460 officially launched. There wasn’t as much of a fuss about it because the RX 470 was taking most of the attention, but the RX 460 is also Polaris based. It is the first card on the Polaris 11 architecture where the RX 470 and RX 480 are on the Polaris 10. AMD is marketing the RX 460 as their e-sports card where the RX 470 was an HD card and the RX 480 was VR. This might be a little confusing, but the general idea is the RX 460 can’t handle everything at 1080p, but it is designed to work well with the popular e-sports titles like Dota 2 and League of Legends. So today I'm going to take a look at the Gigabyte RX 460 that AMD and Gigabyte sent over and then put it through our normal benchmark suite and see how it performs. That will round off a full week of AMD coverage here on LanOC as well!

AMD & NVIDIA GPU VR Performance in Trials on Tatooine
     Mon, Aug 15 2016 | 3:30P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Anyone that buys into an HTC Vive headset will almost assuredly want to wield a lightsaber...for free. This short VR demo built by Lucasfilm's ILMxLAB aims to put you in a photo-realistic Star Wars environment. Trials on Tatooine is not easy going on all GPUs though and not all will provide a premium VR experience.

Re-examining the unusual frame time results in our Radeon RX 470 review
     Mon, Aug 15 2016 | 3:30P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We retested our RX 470 to account for this issue, and we also updated our review with DirectX 12 benchmarks for Rise of the Tomb Raider and Hitman, plus full OpenGL and Vulkan benchmarks for Doom. Check out the updated review here:

Radeon RX 460
     Mon, Aug 15 2016 | 3:30P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While performing our preliminary benchmarking work for the Radeon RX 460 recently, we discovered an issue with high DPC latency on our graphics testbed system that had a significant negative impact on our test results for the Radeon RX 470. We've published an explanation of that high DPC latency's effects.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme review
     Mon, Aug 15 2016 | 3:16P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We move on-wards to the next 1080 review, meet the all custom, cooled and tweaked higher ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme Edition. Let's check out the new 8 GB beast with that massive three slot cooler, extra RGB LED functionality and very hip'n trendy clock frequencies.

Sapphire Nitro+ RX 470 OC Graphics Card Review
     Mon, Aug 15 2016 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Not so long ago, Sapphire unveiled the Nitro+ RX 480 OC graphics card which allowed AMD’s flagship Polaris 10 core to perform to its maximum potential. This is due to the company’s exceptional cooling solution which managed to tame the GPU’s thermal loads and in turn, ensured the boost clock didn’t plummet in a wide range of demanding games. Unfortunately, AMD’s relatively simplistic reference cooling design doesn’t contain any heat-pipes and relies on a single aluminium heatsink with a copper base. This was inadequate for overclocking and after speaking to AMD, they acknowledged it could have been engineered better. While the RX 480 offers outstanding value for money and targets the mainstream demographic, the price point might still be too high for certain consumers on a tight budget or those considering PC gaming for the first time. Thankfully, the RX 470 can dispel those concerns and is a slightly scaled back version of the RX 480. This particular configuration is capable of up to 4.9 TFLOP/s peak performance, has 32 compute units, 2048 stream processors all within a very respectable 150-watt TDP on models sporting an 8-pin connector.

Sapphire Nitro RX 460 OC Graphics Card Review
     Sun, Aug 14 2016 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Only a few days after the RX 470‘s launch, AMD has unleashed a brand new graphics solution designed for low-cost eSports gaming. During the past few years, the competitive scene in the RTS and MOBA genres have flourished and now attract a huge following. As a result, popular titles such as League of Legends have a huge prize pool and create a frenzied response from dedicated fans attending a major event. Of course, many users aim to replicate the stardom of their idols and become a professional player. This challenging endeavour requires dedication and very few people are skilled enough to be considered by established teams. Thankfully, eSports isn’t just about the few who inspire younger players, it’s an inclusive gaming experience which can be incredibly rewarding. AMD is hoping that the RX 460 can fill a void in the market and provide eSports aficionados with an appropriate amount of graphics horsepower.

AMD Radeon RX 460 Review: Polaris On A Budget
     Sun, Aug 14 2016 | 4:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD and NVIDIA have been launching graphics cards at a rapid clip this summer. In the last three months or so, about ten new desktop GPUs have been launched or announced, targeting virtually all market segments. Thanks to new architectures and more advanced manufacturing processes, this latest generation of GPUs offer far better performance and efficiency than the previous-gen, with much smaller die sizes too. So it makes sense that the big two discrete GPU makers wanted their latest wares on store shelves ASAP. Today, AMD is ready with an entry-level graphics card featuring its Polaris architecture, the Radeon RX 460. Unlike the Radeon RX 480 and RX 470 that launched before it, the RX 460 is built around a new piece of silicon, the Polaris 11 GPU. The RX 480 and RX 470 feature the larger, more powerful Polaris 10...

ASUS Radeon RX 460 STRIX Gaming 4 GB review
     Sun, Aug 14 2016 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD officially released the Radeon RX 460 moments ago. We figured it'd be a good tike to test the ASUS Radeon RX 460 STRIX Gaming 4 GB. The graphics card is positioned in the budget range and will perform at entry level gaming wise.

Sapphire Nitro+ RX 470 OC Graphics Card
     Sun, Aug 14 2016 | 4:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Sapphire's Nitro series has been around for a while and with the introduction of AMD's RX Series we now have the Nitro+ series. The Nitro+ series made its debut with RX 480 and now we have the RX 470 model. The RX 470 is of course a step down from AMD's current flagship RX 480 graphics card, but is based on the same Polaris 10 silicon. It features 2048 stream processors across 32 compute units, 128 TMUs, and 32 ROPs. Now the Nitro+ RX 470 OC Graphics Card is no reference card, it features a factory overclock of 1260 MHz boost, has Sapphire's custom DUAL-X cooling solution, black diamond chokes, RGB lighting and more. Let's throw this card on our test bench and see what it can do!"

Sneak Peek Of The AMD Radeon RX 460 In Action Rev. 2.0.
     Fri, Aug 12 2016 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We just stumbled upon an actual Radeon RX 460 graphics card. AMD was using it to power a virtual reality demo of a space turret shooting game on an Oculus Rift VR headset. That was our first encounter with the Radeon RX 460, so we had to take off the perspex cover to take a closer look!

NVIDIA Titan X Review - Monster Performance: 4K 60FPS On A Single GPU
     Fri, Aug 12 2016 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
NVIDIA unleashes its new Titan X (Pascal edition), which is now the single fastest graphics card on the market, period."

Doom OpenGL VS Vulkan Graphics Performance Analysis
     Fri, Aug 12 2016 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Doom series popularised the first-person shooter genre and is still held in high regard decades after the original title’s release. While hyperbole is often used to describe games, it’s evidently clear that Doom deserves the critical acclaim and its place in video gaming history. The franchise’s magical formula is based on an impeccable non-linear level design, fun gunplay, hidden secrets and a stunning soundtrack. Modern franchises including Arma, Call of Duty and Battlefield all take inspiration from Doom. Additionally, the innovative mechanics set a solid foundation for other games to replicate and add a modern twist. Sadly, most first-person shooters opt for an overly restricted level design with invisible walls and provides the player with little freedom to explore. This theme doesn’t honour the Doom legacy and prioritises storytelling over the gameplay.

Radeon RX 480 and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060
     Wed, Aug 10 2016 | 4:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this edition of The Tech Report System Guide, we account for the choices that AMD's Radeon RX 480 and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 afford builders in the under-$300 graphics card market.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition 8GB Graphics Card Review
     Wed, Aug 10 2016 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Thanks to a massive performance increase compared to previous generation models and several new and innovative technologies it's no wonder that the brand new GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition 8GB graphics card by NVIDIA has taken the market by storm.

Nvidia high-performance GPUs
     Tue, Aug 09 2016 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Starting with the Maxwell GM20x architecture, Nvidia high-performance GPUs have borrowed techniques from low-power mobile graphics architectures. Specifically, Maxwell and Pascal use tile-based immediate-mode rasterizers that buffer pixel output, instead of conventional full-screen immediate-mode rasterizers. Using simple DirectX shaders, we demonstrate the tile-based rasterization in Nvidia's Maxwell and Pascal GPUs and contrast this behavior to the immediate-mode rasterizer used by AMD.

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