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In the context of gaming hardware, AMD is right up there with NVIDIA and you really can’t have a discussion about processors without bringing it up alongside Intel. Change the context to the stock market, however and AMD is just another name… one that isn’t doing as well as the other companies mentioned here.
Nvidia’s 800m line of laptop graphics chips? They’re so two months ago. Today the company that’s been one-upping itself for years does it again with the Maxwell-based Geforce GTX 980m, promising 75 per cent of the performance of its desktop counterpart.
One of the more popular conspiracy theories is that NASA never put humans on the Moon and that the Apollo 11 spaceflight, carrying US astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong, was a fabrication. Mythbusters famously tackled the issue in an episode and now NVIDIA, of all companies, has had a crack using the latest in game engines and its new and rather fast 900 series of GPUs.
It’s a big day for PC gaming. Graphics card powerhouse Nvidia has a new family of GPUs — the GTX 980 and GTX 970 — based on a brand new chipset, designed to deliver more visual power and higher frame rates than previous generations, while consuming less power. If you believe Nvidia, they’re “the new benchmark in performance and efficiency for gaming on the PC.”
I’ve been having a torrid love affair with skinny gaming notebooks for several years now. Recently, each one I’ve tried has had one thing in common — Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 765M graphics. MSI’s GS60 Ghost is the first super slim gaming notebook to utilise Nvidia’s 800m mobile graphics line, and it’s made a massive difference.
Last week, NVIDIA made it clear that it’s not interested in what AMD is doing with Mantle — the GPU maker is more than happy with the improvements the next version of Direct3D will bring, with the performance tweaks in particular similar to those Mantle offers. It’s only fair AMD has a chance to defend itself and its fledgling graphics API, which is precisely what it’s done in this 21-minute, talking head-heavy video.
Pre-2010, the antics of NVIDIA and AMD (or ATI back then) was one of PC gaming’s biggest topics, but in recent years the “rivalry”, as it were, largely went off the boil. And then AMD released Mantle, a lean 3D graphics API and competitor to Direct3D and OpenGL and suddenly, it was on again. Now the two companies exchange barbs on a regular basis, with NVIDIA providing the latest salvo.