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Graphics leaders stalking Rhino

Graphics leaders stalking Rhino

AMD and Nvidia both want their raytracing technology in the hands of Rhino 3D users. The fierce rivalry between AMD and Nvidia never seems to let up. Recently both companies have turned their attention to Rhino 3D, the popular NURBS-based design tool from McNeel and Associates. Last week at the Develop3D conference in the UK, […]

By April 5, 2016 Read More →
The more pixels you store, the more you can do

The more pixels you store, the more you can do

Stuff your model into Nvidia’s 24GB frame buffer. In graphics, too much is never enough. By Jon Peddie Nvidia has released the M6000, a 24GB workstation graphics board, and says it will give users the performance and on-board memory needed to take on their biggest visualization challenges. Artists, animators, and editors can work in almost […]

By April 1, 2016 Read More →
Comparing the new Lenovo 17-inch mobile workstation to deskside models

Comparing the new Lenovo 17-inch mobile workstation to deskside models

A Mt. Tiburon Testing Labs review from Jon Peddie Research. Lenovo has added—again—a 17-inch ThinkPad mobile workstation to its product line. The addition will have a bigger impact on the number-three workstation suppliers’ business than you might think. When they discontinued marketing a 17-inch model a few years ago, the reason seemed sensible. The 15-inch […]

By March 31, 2016 Read More →
Benchmarking the new Samsung S7 Edge smartphone

Benchmarking the new Samsung S7 Edge smartphone

A Mt. Tiburon Testing Labs Review from Jon Peddie Research. Samsung has released the long-awaited S7 Galaxy smartphone, with and without Edge display. It comes with two processors: buyers in the US get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820; the rest of the world gets Samsung’s ARM-based Exynos 8890. For our benchmark testing we used the Snapdragon […]

By March 30, 2016 Read More →
Looking forward to Nvidia’s GTC conference

Looking forward to Nvidia’s GTC conference

Jon Peddie reveals what makes this annual conference on GPU-based computing so special. By Jon Peddie Every year now for the past seven years Nvidia has presented a GPU conference. The first in late September 2009 was named the GPU Technology Conference, and it overwhelmed the San Jose Fairmont hotel, prompting the company to rename […]

By March 30, 2016 Read More →
Imagination Technologies beats the ray-tracing drum

Imagination Technologies beats the ray-tracing drum

This year there is new software to go with the dedicated ray-tracing hardware. Last year around this time, Imagination Technologies unveiled details about its forthcoming GR6500 GPU, a graphics chip that features a dedicated ray-tracing unit (RTU). Now that the GR6500 is shipping, Imagination showed off the capabilities of its PowerVR Wizard ray-tracing architecture this […]

By March 23, 2016 Read More →
Looking inside: Frame workstation in the cloud

Looking inside: Frame workstation in the cloud

Company betting many adopters of remote, virtualized computing will prefer the cloud. By Alex Herrera Building up an IT environment to support complex visual workloads was never easy, but at least it was straightforward. You bought a bunch of high-performance workstations, one for each desk and perhaps one for the road, supported by servers for […]

By March 14, 2016 Read More →
Playing Rise of the Tomb Raider at 12.3 megapixels

Playing Rise of the Tomb Raider at 12.3 megapixels

The more you can see … the more you can game. By Pierre LeBoule When playing a high-action, first-person shooter (FPS) game like Rise of the Tomb Raider, you want high resolution and a very wide field of view (FOV). In many games you can adjust the FOV either in the main screen’s options or […]

By March 9, 2016 Read More →
Workstations continue to outperform broader PC market

Workstations continue to outperform broader PC market

Tiny slippage in sales in 4Q15, as vendors steal market share from each other. Workstation continues to outperform the broader PC markets. Industry reports have noted double-digit percentage decline in PC shipments in 2015, yet research firm and market watcher Jon Peddie Research reports the workstation market fell only 0.8% in the fourth quarter of […]

By March 3, 2016 Read More →
Review: HP new entry-class Z240 workstation

Review: HP new entry-class Z240 workstation

Intel Skylake processors give a lot of bang for the buck. By Alex Herrera The big news in the workstation market in the fourth quarter of 2015 was the arrival of Skylake. Workstation vendors had been champing at the bit, waiting on the first release of Intel’s 14-nm processor generation and eager to refresh two […]

By February 12, 2016 Read More →