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Even cheaper Windows devices are on the way

Even cheaper Windows devices are on the way

Microsoft has tweaked the cost of Windows, making it possible for vendors to ship new entry-level devices priced below $200. At IFA a bunch of Microsoft partners showed off super-low-cost Windows 8.1 devices to compete with Chromebooks. Acer, Asus, and Toshiba have announced sub-$200 Windows tablets or laptops at the show, and other vendors are [...]

By September 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The new Alienware Area-51

The new Alienware Area-51

Alienware still has its mojo with radical new design. Alienware announced the return of the Area-51 performance gaming desktop, featuring a radical new design engineered to provide thermal efficiency and ease of use, while housing the newest line of Intel Core i7 six- and eight-core Haswell-E processors. The Area-51 offers single-, double-, triple-, and quad-AIB [...]

By September 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
SPECapc releases new 3ds Max 2015 benchmark, outlines future

SPECapc releases new 3ds Max 2015 benchmark, outlines future

How to test virtual workstation performance is one of the key issues facing this industry non-profit. At Siggraph SPEC’s Application Performance Characterization (SPECapc) group has released a new benchmark Autodesk 3ds Max 2015, and discussed with press and analysts the challenges it sees ahead. SPECapc for 3ds Max 2015 contains 48 tests for comprehensive measurement [...]

By September 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Matrox chooses AMD for next-generation multi-display graphics cards

Matrox chooses AMD for next-generation multi-display graphics cards

Matrox makes display boards capable of supporting eight or more monitors, but hasn’t been a player in consumer or general-purpose enterprise computing for years. Working with AMD could turn that around.  Matrox Graphics today announced its next generation of multi-display graphics cards will be based on AMD GPUs and display drivers. The shift from internally developed [...]

By September 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Lenovo intros new transformer workstations

Lenovo intros new transformer workstations

The new ThinkStation update takes toolless to a new level. Lenovo came to Siggraph with a fleet of slick-looking new workstations. The company completely revamped their product line with new processors, new cooling techniques, and new cabinets. Lenovo has added new models to its ThinkStation P Series workstation lineup featuring Intel’s Haswell Xeon E5 v3 [...]

By September 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
New AMD FirePro models debut

New AMD FirePro models debut

4K display outputs now included on all workstation-class boards. At Siggraph AMD unveiled new additions to the FirePro professional graphics family with larger memory configurations, top to bottom 4K display support, increased compute performance, application certifications, and new drivers. At the top of the pile is AMD’s FirePro W9100, introduced in May of this year [...]

By September 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Teradici is everyone’s friend

Teradici is everyone’s friend

Film studios and computer vendors want to extend their remote computing. Siggraph was an important show for Teradici. Their PCoIP (PC over IP) is being used by the major hardware vendors including Dell and Lenovo, and at Siggraph 2014 we were told by the studio CTOs and IT chiefs that Teradici has enabled them to [...]

By August 29, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
AMD introduces new ray tracing technology

AMD introduces new ray tracing technology

With 47 ray tracing products on the market, where will it fit in? By Jon Peddie Ray tracing (RT) is to CG as a Mars lander is to NASA—the ultimate goal, dream, and pursuit. At one time or another, almost every company that has ever had anything to do with computer graphics has either bought [...]

By August 28, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Demonstration shows off Chromebook as thin-client graphics workstation

Demonstration shows off Chromebook as thin-client graphics workstation

VMware, Nvidia, and Google team up to run high-performance graphics via cloud technology. Today in San Francisco at VMworld 2014, VMware, Nvidia and Google gave a technology preview in which a Google Chromebook was the client for a high-performance visual computing demonstration. Various workstation-class applications were demonstrated running on the Chromebook, which uses only a [...]

Graphics board shipments down 17% in second quarter

Graphics board shipments down 17% in second quarter

Nvidia continues to hold a dominant market share position. Jon Peddie Research (JPR) reports shipments of graphics add-in cards (AIBs) dropped 17.6% year-over-year in the second quarter of 2014. JPR says AIB shipments behaved according to past years with regard to seasonality, but the decrease was more than the 10-year average. On a sequential basis [...]