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Gaming on a laptop—an Alienware 13

Gaming on a laptop—an Alienware 13

Alienware reclaims its crown as the best performer among gaming notebook. Alienware introduced its first gaming laptop in 2003. It was a challenge then to manage the power, thermals, and deliver gamer performance, but they did it, and established the category. Several other companies copied them over the years, but only Alienware stayed with the [...]

By August 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Google acquires mobile 3D graphics expert drawElements

Google acquires mobile 3D graphics expert drawElements

Android gains a way to standardize 3D graphics, testing for OpenGL/OpenCL compliance.  Google has purchased drawElements, a Finnish software company with tools for testing the accuracy of OpenGL ES and OpenCL GPUs running on mobile devices. Terms were not disclosed, but various sites reporting on the deal speculate Google may have paid an eight-figure sum. [...]

PC gaming market holds lead over consoles

PC gaming market holds lead over consoles

Consoles can’t keep up with high-end gaming PCs running 4K resolution at acceptable frame rates, says new report from Jon Peddie Research. New data from Jon Peddie Research says the PC gaming market continues to hold its long-time lead over console gaming, giving a lift to the otherwise declining PC market. JPR defines the PC [...]

HP ships new $99 Android tablet

HP ships new $99 Android tablet

The Allwinner quadcore CPU and no Bluetooth helps keep the cost low. HP this week started shipping in the US a new low-cost Android tablet. The HP 7 Plus Tablet uses an Allwinner A31 ARM-based CPU and ships without Bluetooth connectivity to keep costs down to $99 retail.  The A31 is based on an older [...]

Workstation market slow but steady in first quarter

Workstation market slow but steady in first quarter

Dell and AMD find new opportunities in workstations, but competition remains fierce. “Cautious and tentative, but still headed in the right direction” is how Jon Peddie Research (JPR) senior analyst and JPR Workstation Report author Alex Herrera sums up 2014’s first quarter workstation market results. The JPR report paints a picture of a market that [...]

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 goes head to head with MacBook Air

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 goes head to head with MacBook Air

The first applications demonstrated were Autodesk Revit and Adobe Photoshop. Is the enterprise ready to standardize on a Windows tablet? [Editor's Update: In paragraph five below, we wondered if the Surface Pro 3 was running an installed version or a networked version of Autodesk Revit. It was an installed version of Revit 2015.] Microsoft gathered [...]

How Dell is growing the Precision Workstation business as a private company

How Dell is growing the Precision Workstation business as a private company

Sales results have exceeded expectations, with workstation sales up 26% year-over-year. By Tom Lansford The transition from a publicly-traded company to a privately held enterprise seems to have been a good change for the workstation experts from Austin. Using the occasion of a recent presentation with their partners from Dassault Systèmes and Nvidia, Dell highlighted [...]

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad W540 mobile workstation is the company’s one and only

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad W540 mobile workstation is the company’s one and only

It performs well when tested against a close rival. But having only one model of mobile workstation may work against it in the marketplace. By Alex Herrera Responsible for nearly 13% of worldwide shipments (units) last year, Lenovo reached number three in the workstation market thanks to a major headstart. In 2005, Lenovo acquired IBM’s [...]

By April 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Review: AMD FirePro W9100 raises the professional graphics bar

Review: AMD FirePro W9100 raises the professional graphics bar

At $3,999 it isn’t for the average workstation user. If you need it, you really need it. By Alex Herrera Do you place heavy demands on GPU hardware, for rendering or other highly parallel workloads? Need more gigabytes of GPU memory than most users have in their workstation’s system memory? Got upwards of $4K burning [...]

Nvidia VMware partnership will extend high-performance graphics throughout the enterprise

Nvidia VMware partnership will extend high-performance graphics throughout the enterprise

Nvidia now has access to VMware’s 76% market share in enterprise computing. By Jon Peddie Last week at Nvidia’s annual GPU Tech Conference (GTC) in San Jose, the company announced VMware is adding virtualized GPU (vGPU) support to vSphere, an enhanced suite of tools for cloud computing. That will bring Nvidia GRID technology to its [...]