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Microsoft announced DirectX 12
     Tue, Apr 29 2014 | 9:03A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Microsoft announced DirectX 12 yesterday, we learned that a broad swath of existing hardware would support the new API. That wasn't the whole story, however, as Nvidia's Tony Tamasi clarified in an interview with us today. It turns out that DirectX 12 will introduce a set of new features in addition to the lower-level abstraction, and those features will require new hardware.

NVIDIA's new 337.50 beta driver
     Wed, Apr 23 2014 | 9:03A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Quote: Last week, NVIDIA rolled out their new 337.50 beta driver which promises huge performance increases, particularly for SLI setups. We go in-depth and reveal its potential.

NVIDIA GeForce 337.50 beta performance drivers
     Tue, Apr 22 2014 | 4:00P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"NVIDIA claimed a performance increase of up to 64% in single GPU DirectX 11 performance and up to 71% for SLI setups. According to NVIDIA's announcement, which can be read here, these gains are achieved by optimising single-GPU DirectX 11 performance and globally reducing CPU overhead for the majority of DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and DirectX 11 games. These are very bold claims indeed, which created a wave of controversy across the net. To shed some light into the matter, we decided to run the new NVIDIA GeForce 337.50 Beta drivers through some intensive game-benchmarking, 100% in-house, for your reading enjoyment."

NVIDIA 337.50 Driver Comparison
     Tue, Apr 22 2014 | 9:55A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
From looking at the results, as long as you are not GPU bound, it seems as though the 337.50 drivers do offer some upside in most of the games tested. *Star Swarm* sees a 25% boost on the GTX 770 and the GTX 780 Ti is closer to 30%, exceeding the up to 21% stated on the release notes. In *BF4* the single card gains were minimal, as were the gains at 5760x1080. However when you run the SLI numbers at 1920x1080 you get an easy 5% to 6% boost. *Metro: Last Light*, much like *BF4*, shows minimal gains at 5760x1080, but shows promise in both the single and SLI testing at 1920x1080, with gains as high as 8%. The greatest performance boost in *Batman: Arkham Origins* bucked the trend of being GPU bound with a pair of GTX 780 Ti in SLI by bringing home a 10% boost in performance. *Far Cry 3* shows gains in almost every test; the largest gains coming from the SLI configurations at 1920x1080 with the GTX 770s delivering a 7% boost and the GTX 780 Tis delivering a 4% boost using the new driver."

Microsoft Introduces us to DX12: My Thoughts on the Industry Moving Forward
     Wed, Apr 16 2014 | 11:01A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
DirectX 12 is a much needed improvement to the line. It has been four years since DX11 was released with two minor iterations in that time. We have seen the rise of extreme programmability and parallelism that requires new thinking on the software side in order to harness that type of horsepower. My guess is that DirectX 12 will improve general computing in GPUs and APUs to a great degree as compared to what we have seen with DX11 and DirectCompute. The ball has been rolling for some time, but now that the industry has seen the advances that DX12 brings to the table, I am sure it will lead to some interesting developments on both the hardware and software sides. Good times await enthusiasts of this industry."

AMD Radeon: Windows 8.1 Catalyst vs. Linux Gallium3D
     Wed, Apr 16 2014 | 9:02A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Summary: "Our latest Windows vs. Linux benchmarks on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS are of three different AMD Radeon graphics cards from three different generations as we test the performance of Microsoft Windows 8.1 against Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, when using both the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver and the open-source R600/RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers."

AMD Is Exploring A Very Interesting, More-Open Linux Driver
     Tue, Apr 15 2014 | 3:50P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This week I was out at the Game Developer's Conference not with a focus on games but to learn about some changes they AMD currently pursuing for their Linux driver model. If this new Linux driver model goes through, the Catalyst Linux driver will be more open, but it's not without some risk. Read more in this Phoronix exclusive story."

Radeon Gallium3D Performance Gets Close To Catalyst On Ubuntu 14.04
     Fri, Apr 11 2014 | 3:50P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the open-source graphics driver stack found in the forthcoming release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Mesa 10.1 + Linux 3.13), the performance of the community-developed Radeon Gallium3D driver is now close to that of the official AMD Catalyst driver for recent generations of Radeon graphics cards. In several OpenGL tests the RadeonSI driver can even run 80% the speed of AMD`s official Catalyst Linux driver."

DirectX 12 amid the GDC frenzy
     Tue, Apr 01 2014 | 6:10P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We already covered the basics of DirectX 12 amid the GDC frenzy. Now that we've had time to study our notes from the show, we can delve into a little more detail about the new API's inception, the key ways in which it differs from DirectX 11, and what AMD and Nvidia think about it.

A10-7850K Performance Optimized Catalyst 14.2 Driver
     Tue, Mar 18 2014 | 9:01A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
QUOTE: With the release of AMD’s Kaveri APU and the realization of their heterogeneous compute vision, the A10-7850K has the potential to make a lot of changes in the way we use the processing power available to us. The A10-7850K can harness the full power of both its CPU and GPU cores equally, something that can benefit us, the end users, greatly. The problem is, that vision doesn’t fully come to life until developers start writing for it

AMD's Mantle graphics API
     Fri, Feb 14 2014 | 9:01A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Does AMD's Mantle graphics API deliver on its promise of smoother gaming with lower-spec CPUs? We take an early look at its performance in Battlefield 4.

With Catalyst 14.1 AMD Unleashes Mantle @ Hardware Canucks
     Sun, Feb 09 2014 | 5:50A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the release of the Catalyst 14.1 Beta, we`re about to see big things go sideways."

Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Is Still Sour For Some GPUs
     Fri, Feb 07 2014 | 11:36A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nouveau, the reverse-engineered open-source NVIDIA Linux graphics driver that`s been in development now for the better part of a decade, is working brilliantly for some NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards while for other NVIDIA GPUs the experience is a sloppy mess. Using the Linux 3.13 kernel and Mesa 10.1-devel Gallium3D driver code installed on top of Ubuntu 13.10, here`s what the experience is like when trying a number of GeForce graphics cards with this latest open-source driver code."

AMD Mantle Performance Explored
     Fri, Feb 07 2014 | 9:46A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
1.html,It has been a long time coming but we take a look at early and initial Mantle performance. The upcoming 14.1 Beta driver will receive many improvements. At the simplest level, Mantle is an Application Programming Interface (API), or a language that game developers can use to write code that creates the beautiful graphics on your screen. In its current iteration, the Mantle API uniquely leverages the hardware in the Graphics Core Next architecture (GCN) of modern AMD Radeon."

AMD Mantle BF4 and StarSwarm Testing Part 2 @ Legit Reviews
     Thu, Feb 06 2014 | 9:36A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On February 1, 2014 AMD released the first public beta of the Catalyst 14.1 drivers as Beta 1.6 with Mantle support.  Previously we tested Beta 1.5 drivers, and found it increased the performance of Battlefield 4 by 15.8% on a Sapphire Radeon R7 260X video card.  As this is a new build, we wanted to do some additional testing, focusing on how well Mantle works with both video card and processor overclocking. The percent performance increase from DirectX to Mantle varies greatly and depends on the video card that you are using. AMD provided us with a slide that shows performance of four discrete graphics cards on teh AMD A10-7700K processor and the performance gains ranged from just around 6% on the AMD Radeon R9 270X to over 40% on the AMD Radeon R9 290X. We`ve been testing with an AMD Radeon R7 260X due to the affordability of the card and the fact that many gamers are using it since it supports both AMD Mantle and TrueAudio technologies. Read on to find out what happens with overclocking."

AMD Mantle API Benchmark Performance On Catalyst 14.1 @ Legit Reviews
     Wed, Feb 05 2014 | 9:25A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD has been talking about the potential performance increase that their new Mantle technology is going to provide, we have all seen the numbers that AMD and EA-DICE has been releasing.  AMD has finally released CATALYST 14.1 beta drivers, so now we can do our own independent testing to check out performance with and without Mantle enabled. Read on to see what happens to performance!"

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