Posts Tagged ‘Graphics’
Remember the Emotion Engine from back in the PS2 days? Well, Sony’s still on about the emotional connection its consoles will bring to gamers — specifically, that of the PS4. And to showcase the console’s graphical sophistication, Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshia played a 12-minute tech demo of Quantic Dream’s upcoming PS4 title, The Dark Sorcerer. The majority of the demo focused closely on the sorcerer in question’s face, giving an early glimpse of the nuance of hyper realistic expression capable in characters’ eyes and faces. Only a short snippet was shown on stage here at E3, but if you want to digest the entire thing, Sony’s planning to unveil the full 12-minute demo tomorrow afternoon.
Gallery: Sony E3 2013: The Dark Sorcerer
Question by The Piano Playing Pony: What types of graphics card does my MacBook have, and what can I do to improve it for gaming?
I have a MacBook from Mid 2010 running a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, has 2 gigs of RAM, and has an NVIDIA GeForce 320M 256 MB graphics card. I’m very disappointed in the performance my computer presents while playing games via Steam. I want to know why with the given information above, what I can do to improve it (if it’s affordable), or if it would be less of a pain in my pocket to buy a new computer entirely. The best answer will go to whoever provides accurate information in a pithy manor.
Answer by Jonathan Price
Crap and nothing
Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!
We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, then here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget inquiry is from Xan, who wants Cintiq functionality without paying Cintiq prices. If you’re looking to ask one of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.
“I’m a student and I’m considering staying on to do graphic design, and I really like the look of Wacom’s Cintiq devices. Unfortunately I couldn’t afford one even if I sold a kidney, so I was wondering if I could turn an Android tablet into a cheaper version? I figure a device like the Galaxy Note 10.1 with its Wacom digitizer would be a good fit, so is there a way to do it? Thanks!”
We’re sucking in air through our teeth, as we’re sorry to say, we can’t think of a way this could be done successfully. There’s a few problems like no software, a lack of bandwidth and doubts over the accuracy of a tablet to replicate such a sophisticated piece of hardware. That said, perhaps the forthcoming Surface Pro software update might solve this problem altogether, but an Android tablet? We’re not so sure. But if there’s anyone out there who has made it happen and wants to share their revelation, why not leave a note below?
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And now you must play with him in the woods.
Ira is a nice floating head that lives in the woods and also a garage.
Everyone's gotta live somewhere, right?
Ira was made by the graphics geniuses over at Nvidia to demonstrate the very latest and best in computer game graphics.
Here's Ira hanging out by himself downtown by some neon signs. Don't be afraid. Ira comes from a good family, I swear.
Before Ira, there was Human Head.
He didn't have eyes, but no one's perfect.
Did you think AMD showed all its mobile GPU cards when it launched the Radeon HD 8000M series in January? Think twice. The company has just unveiled the 8900M series, an adaptation of its Graphics Core Next architecture for desktop replacement-class gaming laptops. To call it a big jump would be an understatement: compared to the 8800M, the flagship 8970M chip doubles the stream processors to 1,280, hikes the clock speed from 725MHz to 850MHz and bumps the memory speed slightly to 1.2GHz. The net effect is about 12 to 54 percent faster game performance than NVIDIA’s current mobile speed champion, the GTX 680M, and up to four times the general computing prowess in OpenCL. The 8970M is more than up to the task of powering up to 4K in one screen, and it can handle up to six screens if there are enough ports.
We’ll see how long AMD’s performance reign lasts, although we won’t have to wait to try the 8970M — MSI is launching the GPU inside the new GX70 laptop you see above. We got a brief, hands-off tease of the 17.3-inch GX60 successor at the 8900M’s unveiling, and it’s clear the graphics are the centerpiece. We saw it driving Crysis 3 very smoothly on one external display while powering 2D on two other screens, albeit through a bulky set of Mini DisplayPort, HDMI and VGA cables. Otherwise, the GX70 is superficially similar to its ancestor with that chunky profile, an unnamed Richland-based AMD A10 processor, Killer networking and a SteelSeries keyboard. More than anything, price should be the clincher: MSI is pricing the GX70 with the new Radeon at $ 1,100, which amounts to quite the bargain for anyone whose laptop has to double as a primary gaming PC.
Gallery: AMD Radeon HD 8900M presentation
This is the guitar that’s been tailored through Sharpie with some legit looking Lord Of The Rings graphics by 16-year old artist Vivian Xiao. Sixteen! I wasn’t making anything at 16 however an ass out of myself and $ 2.38 an hour bussing tables at Wilderness Steakhouse. Vivian invested about 25-hours embellishing the guitar, including the sides and back which she made to appear like detailed woodwork and the One Ring’s lettering (pictures after the jump which you really need to see). Could you think of smashing that thing onstage? Since you’re ill if you can. “It belongs in a gallery!” You’re damn right it does, Indy. You and Brief Round still on for poker tonight? Seriously however, I catch him cheating once again I’m gonna make him consume that voodoo blood from the Temple of Doom.
Struck the jump for a lot of rewarding closeups while I pull my roomie’s heart out so these two know I mean business.
When you’re buying a new computer with performance in mind, integrated graphics are generally not the ones you want. Even though they’ve improved greatly over the years, “Intel HD Graphics” has become synonymous with “doesn’t play things very well,” continually lagging behind dedicated GPUs from the likes of AMD and Nvidia.
Now, Intel hopes to break the cycle and the naming association in one fell swoop. The company claims its new Intel “Iris” Graphics, embedded in upcoming Haswell CPUs, can offer double or triple the performance of the Intel HD Graphics 4000 that comes with current Ivy Bridge processors. That’s significant: typically each generation offers only a double-digit percentage boost.
That doesn’t mean every new Haswell…
We’ve seen plenty of the Radeon HD 7990 in action with Battlefield 4, but it’s taken AMD a little while to furnish us with full specs and pricing. Now that all the info is here, in the run-up to commercial availability in two week’s time, it’s finally possible to judge the pros and cons of what is arguably a very niche product. Read on past the break and we’ll do just that.
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We were half expecting AMD’s next graphics card to be some sort of supercomputing colossus, given all the buzz around NVIDIA’s GTX Titan. As it turns out, though, we’re looking at something more subtle and just slightly more affordable: the new Radeon HD 7790. It slots into a cosy niche between the 7770 and the 7850, targeting gamers who want a good helping of 28nm silicon and potential for CrossFire expansion but who don’t want to stretch beyond $ 149. Efficiency tweaks allow the 7790 to offer almost 50 percent more processing power than the 7770 while only demanding a smidgen of extra wattage (85 W instead of 80 W), which bodes well for cooling and decibels. Relative to the 7850, which can now be had for under $ 200, you’d be getting a card with half the power consumption, half the memory (1GB GDDR5), half the memory bandwidth (128-bit) and around 30 percent less processing power.
Compare it to the closest rival from NVIDIA, the GTX 650 Ti, which currently fetches upwards of $ 140, and AMD claims the Radeon HD 7790 offers an average 20 percent advantage in frame rates at 1080p — enough that you shouldn’t need to worry about games like Tomb Raider or Hitman: Absolution at that resolution. Check out the slide deck for further details and official frame-rate charts, and expect to see the card reach retailers starting April 2nd.
Gallery: AMD Radeon HD 7790 slide deck
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NVIDIA’s GTX Titan is rumor no more, as the American computer hardware company unveiled the superpowerful graphics card this morning. With 2,688 CUDA cores, 6GB of GDDR5 RAM, and 7.1 billion transistors packed into the 10.5-inch frame, Titan’s capable of pushing 4,500 Gigaflops of raw power — NVIDIA’s pitching Titan as the means to “power the world’s first gaming supercomputers.” The company even showed off the Titan in its mightiest form, bootstrapped to two others running together (three-way SLI), which powers graphics showcase Crysis 3 running at its highest settings: a whopping 5760×1080 resolution across three monitors. Of course, a setup like that would cost you quite a pretty penny; just one GTX Titan costs $ 1,000, not to mention three (nor all the other hardware required to support it).
Should you prefer your gaming PCs to not be of the neon-lit, triple GPU, above-$ 10,000 variety, NVIDIA was also showing off the Titan in a Falcon Northwest boutique PC. The company’s working with a variety of boutique PC makers to incorporate the Titan (see: Maingear), making NVIDIA’s top of the line a teensy bit more accessible to your average joe.
GTX Titan is the new top of the line for NVIDIA, effectively pushing aside the GTX 690 and setting a new watermark for performance. Of course, with a $ 1,000 price tag and freedom — nay, encouragement — to tweak its nitty gritty settings, the Titan isn’t really meant for your average anyone. The PC game-playing early adopters, however? Here’s your next GPU. Hopefully you’ve got a big, empty space in your rig, as you’ll need it.
Gallery: NVIDIA GTX Titan
Gallery: NVIDIA GTX Titan