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id Software executives Todd Hollenshead, Paul Steed, and John Carmack provided the opening remarks to kick off the start of this year's Quakecon 2011 today at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. Quakecon is the largest LAN party in North America and typically draws thousands of gamers from all over the world.
Hollenshead got the crowd going with several announcements for discounted games on Steam and the first public demonstration of The Elder Scrolls V: SkyRim. He also mentioned the first demo of sequel Prey 2. Every iOS game put out by id Software, which includes game titles like Rage, Doom II RPG, Wolfenstein, and others, will be 50 percent off from Thursday to Sunday. Hollenshead also challenges Quakecon participates and stated that if the Rage Facebook pages gets 100,000 likes by the end of the weekend, the Rage iOS games will be free for a limited time. PC gamers were not left in the cold as the Doom and Quake pack that includes every Doom and Quake game available on Steam can be purchased for $29.99. Gamers can also drop some cash for the Quakecon Pack, which includes every Bethesda Softworks and id Software title available on Steam for only $69.99. This price will be reduced for gamers who pre-order Rage, Skyrim or both game titles.
Introducing the AMD FSA
At AMD’s Fusion 11 conference, we were treated to a nice overview of AMD’s next generation graphics architecture. With the recent change in their lineup going from the previous VLIW-5 setup (powered their graphics chips from the Radeon HD 2900 through the latest “Barts” chip running the HD 6800 series) to the new VLIW-4 (HD 6900), many were not expecting much from AMD in terms of new and unique designs. The upcoming “Southern Isles” were thought to be based on the current VLIW-4 architecture, and would feature more performance and a few new features due to the die shrink to 28 nm. It turns out that speculation is wrong.
In late Q4 of this year we should see the first iteration of this new architecture that was detailed today by Eric Demers. The overview detailed some features that will not make it into this upcoming product, but eventually it will all be added in over the next three years or so. Historically speaking, AMD has placed graphics first, with GPGPU/compute as the secondary functionality of their GPUs. While we have had compute abilities since the HD 1800/1900 series of products, AMD has not been as aggressive with compute as has its primary competition. From the G80 GPUs and beyond, NVIDIA has pushed compute harder and farther than AMD has. With its mature CUDA development tools and the compute heavy Fermi architecture, NVIDIA has been a driving force in this particular market. Now that AMD has released two APU based products (Llano and Brazos), they are starting to really push OpenCL, Direct Compute, and the recently announced C++ AMP.
Continue reading for all the details on AMD's Graphics Core Next!
AMD and Virtual Vsync for Lucid Virtu
Lucid has grown from a small startup that we thought might have a chance to survive in the world of AMD and NVIDIA to a major player in the computing space. Its latest and most successful software architecture was released into the wild with the Z68 chipset as Lucid Virtu - software that enabled users to take advantage of both the performance of a discrete graphics card and the intriguing features of the integrated graphics of Intel's Sandy Bridge CPU.
While at Computex 2011 in Taiwan we met with the President of Lucid, Offir Remez, who was excited to discuss a few key new additions to the Virtu suite with the new version titled "Virtu Universal". The new addition is support for AMD platforms including current 890-based integrated graphics options as well the upcoming AMD Llano (and more) APU CPU/GPU combinations. It is hard to see a reason for Virtu on current AMD platforms like the 890 series as there are no compelling features on the integrated graphics on that front but with the pending release of Llano you can be sure that AMD is going to integrate some of its own interesting GP-GPU features that will compete with the QuickSync technology of Sandy Bridge among other things. To see Lucid offer support for AMD this early is a good sign for day-of availability on the platform later this year.
The second pillar of Lucid's announcement with Virtu Universal was the addition of support for the mobile space, directly competing with NVIDIA and AMD's own hardware-specific switchable graphics solutions. By far the most successful this far has been NVIDIA's Optimus which has filtered its way down basically into all major OEMs and in most of the major notebook releases that include both integrated and discrete graphics solutions. The benefit that Lucid offers is that it will work with BOTH Intel and AMD platforms simplifying the product stack quite a bit.
Read on for more information and some videos of Virtual Vsync in action!
Day 1 Keynote
We are live in San Francisco from the Intel Developer Forum 2010 ready to report on anything and everything we see about upcoming products including Sandy Bridge, Atom and more! Check in here for our live blogging coverage of the keynotes and other sessions!
Introduction, Brink Demonstration, Quake Live Tournament Finals Winners
The final day of Quakecon 2010 brought more gamers from the local area who were trying to get one day of gaming in before the event was over. More than 2,800 gamers played their favorite titles in the BYOC over the course of the three-day event. Those who were able to stick around for the final day were treated with a special demonstration of Brink, our PC Perspective Hardware Workshop, and the Quake Live tournament finals.
Come one, come all!
The second annual PC Perspective Hardware Workshop is coming up very soon! August 14th in Dallas, Texas during the Quakecon 2010 BYOC/Tournament is date and place that you need to get in on the show! We will have some cool technology demonstrations as well as $25,000 in prizes to raffle off!!!
Game Demonstrations: RAGE and Hunted
Day 2 of Quakecon 2010 brought exciting news about id Software's RAGE FPS game as they announced the release dates for U.S. and European markets. inXile also showcased their Hunted: The Demon's Forge that looked very promising in its first public demo of the game. Lastly, NVIDIA gave us a history lesson on its company and GPUs that was interesting and informative. Check out the rest of the new from Day 2!
Event Kickoff and Carmack Keynote
PC Perspective is one of the featured sponsors at Quakecon 2010 and we are also hosting the hardware workshop and case mod contest this year. Quakecon has been around for more than 10 years and the best part about it is that it's free for gamers to come together and play their favorite PC titles. Check out our Day 1 coverage.
Asus Reveal Press Event - Tuesday January 5, 2010
Image gallery of photos during the Asus Press Event held on Tuesday, January 5, 2010. Many new products were announced including a Bang & Olufsen collaboration notebook, a stealth fighter inspire gaming laptop, and new netbooks.
Viva Las Vegas
PC Perspective brings you CES unlike before! Unscripted and in Hi-Def. Find out how we've got you covered at this year's biggest electronics show starting January 7 to 10.
Day 2/3 summaries, Fatal1ty presentation, Exhibit hall events, AMD overclocking
The final day of Quakecon was a sight to behold as gamers played throughout the night and got their fill of headshots, monster frags, tons of swag, and some even made a few new friends along the way. The first event on the main stage was our PC Perspective Hardware Workshop where Ryan and most of our staff held a overclocking exhibition with AMD, DirectX 11 preview, Quakecon 2009 case mod contest finalists, and NVIDIA's 3D Vision demonstration.
Introduction, Registration, BYOC waiting line, Shelby GT500 unveiling
More than 2,600 gamers (and counting) rushed the doors of the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas today to kick off North America's largest computing gaming event dubbed Quakecon 2009. More than 3,000 gamers are expected to fill the BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) section to capacity by the end of the three-day event. Check out all the action from Day 1 of Quakecon 2009.
Overall results and coverage (part 1)
Jeremiah Allen aka “Miahallen” took the top spot in Gigabyte’s Open Overclocking Championship 2009 regional final Apr. 25 at the Pacific Palms Golf Resort in City of Industry, Calif. His efforts earned him a round-trip ticket to represent North America at Gigabyte’s championship finals in Taipei, Taiwan June 4. Read all about our coverage of the entire event!
NVIDIA's CEO Takes the Stage
After seeing the first two days of NVISION08 we summarize our thoughts about the keynotes and sessions so far. Come read NVIDIA's view of how the GPU will look in 2013 and see a real-time ray tracer running via CUDA on the GT200.
Live from NVISION08 Day 3!
Day 3 of NVISION basically starts and ends with Jen-Hsun Huang's closing keynote that will apparently feature the famous MythBuster's pair and "truly amazing machine." If this is just 3-Way SLI I am going to be really let down...
Day 1 from NVISION08 Live!
Starting tomorrow morning, join us for live coverage and updates from the floor at NVISION08 - NVIDIA's first convention for gamers, developers and the media to showcase the company's upcoming products. We'll also stop by various product demos and booths for video and even TWiT's Ultimate Gaming Machine!
Day 2 and Day 3
For the Intel Developer Forum we’ll be covering the primary keynotes where we expect details of Intel’s Nehalem architecture and products to be announced and more information on Larrabee and the GPU coming soon from the blue giant. We’ll also be live blogging any non-NDA technical sessions we have throughout the week; these are traditionally much in-depth and as such the notes will likely be used for a full write up at a later time.
NVIDIA at CES 2008, Page One
NVIDIA was at CES in full force: showing off new chipsets for the integrated AMD platform and even some high-end AMD chipsets. The 780a, Hybrid SLI and even a new PureVideo HD feature are all discussed in our coverage.
Terascale still moving forward
Our coverage of IDF concludes with an updated look at Intel's 80-core terascale processors as well as desktop and mobile news.
Pat Gelsinger Talks Enterprise
Intel's Pat Gelsinger showed off news on PCI Express 3.0 and USB 3.0 as well as news on Intel's Skulltrail platform.