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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980: The Beast That Sips Electricity

Over the past year, PC graphics cards have swelled to gargantuan proportions, with price tags to match: Nvidia’s GeForce GTX Titan costs an incredible $US999, to say nothing of the $US3000 Titan Z you might consider if your family is in the oil business. Today, Nvidia’s trying something different: the new GeForce GTX 980 is not only the fastest card Nvidia has ever built, it’s also incredibly efficient.


This Laptop Can Voltron With Its Dock For An Extra Graphics Boost

If you want a laptop that can play graphically intensive games, you’re in a tough spot. Generally, you can opt for something crazy expensive but portable, or something hulking and a little but cheaper. MSI’s new GS30 Gaming Shadow notebook offers a middle ground: Take a slim laptop on the go, and plug into a power-tower at home.


Remembering The Designer Who Made Cities More Colourful

The graphic designer Deborah Sussman died at the age of 83 this week, leaving behind a technicolor legacy. She was perhaps most famous for designing the graphics and signage for the 1984 Summer Olympics, which transformed Los Angeles into a dazzling playground of magenta and teal. But Sussman also left her mark on cities around the world.


This Is What A 3000-Car Race Would Look Like If The Earth Were The Moon

Video: Professional video maker Rickard Rick produces renderings of games in his spare time and this 3000-car race-cum-epic-pile-up is one of his best. The physics are a bit crazy, as if the Earth had the moon’s gravity, but the results have a dream-like quality that makes it fun and hypnotic to watch.


10 Of The Best Moments From The Early Days Of CGI

CGI is everywhere now. In many cases, it’s almost completely indistinguishable from things that were actually filmed. You can only tell by the impossible camera angles. It wasn’t always that way though — you remember The Last Starfighter, don’t you? Still, 20th century CGI had its high points, and these are 10 of them.


Over 100 Years Of Cameras Illustrated On One Poster

A really cool poster was recently posted to Behance featuring an illustrated chronology of cameras going back to the 1860s. The poster was made by Carlos Ramos and Carolina Borrero.


AMD's New Radeon Is A Preposterous Powerhouse You'll Wish You Needed

If you buy video cards, chances are you have a lust for power. No respectable PC builder doesn’t at least covet insane high-end cards, even without ever really considering them. Well, here’s a new sucker to salivate at, the 11.5 teraflop, water-cooled AMD Radeon R9 295X2. The new coolest card you have no reason to own.


Nvidia Has A New US$3,000 GPU

Nvidia is only just starting to put out cards that run on its new Maxwell architiecture, but its eyes are already on the future. Today at its annual GPU Technology Conference, Nvidia announced its next, far-future architecture: Pascal.


Nvidia's First Maxwell Card Is A Power-Sipping Screamer

Nvidia’s Tegra K1 is damned pretty for mobile tech, but the desktop team hasn’t just been sitting around waiting for Tegra to catch up. Say hello to Maxwell — the new architecture on the desktop side — and the GTX 750Ti. It’s a tiny little sucker that’s worth its weight in watts.


How Computers Create Convincing Light And Shade In Graphics

Creating rich, lush computer-generated images is no mean feat, and one of the most fundamental aspects is light and shade. This video explains how programmers and designers tackle that crucial problem.


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