The next DirectX upgrade is looking like a sweet, flat upgrade, but is it too good to be true?
Nvidia has unveiled it's new Kepler architecture with its fastest GPU, giving PC gamers a heady combination of performance, power efficiency and auto overclocking via GPU Boost.
It turns out this Kepler-based Nvidia card is far more than just another big, power-hungry graphics card relying on pure grunt.
Last month saw the launch of the Llano motherboards from AMD, and if that isn't enough alliteration for you we've now got the release of the desktop Llano APU code-named Lynx. The AMD A8-3850 Fusion APU is the current top-end desktop Llano chip, and is a bit of a doozy.
MSI's Senior Vice President, Henry Lu today showed off it's Windows-powered, AMD-based tablet, the WindPad. We've seen the WindPad at previous Computex's but, despite MSI claiming it didn't want to release the product until it felt it had got it absolutely right, it came running Windows 7 and the frankly dubious Atom Z530. So have they finally got it right with this AMD version?
In the red corner- AMD. In the green corner, NVIDIA. Age-old adversaries locked in an epic technological arms race. Lately the battles have been fought at the high end of the price spectrum, atop Mount Expensive, both parties chucking massive dual-discrete GPUs at each other.
So in the end we have a very fast card, as fast as AMD's own very fast card. But is there really a place for such a beast in the world today?
It's not necessarily that the GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! is actually a bad card, in many respects it's a perfect entry level gaming card. Unfortunately it simply doesn't make any sense in this market at that price. Drop the pricing closer to the £100 level and you have a card worthy of serious consideration. As it is though, you're better off grabbing a GeForce GTX 460 while you can.