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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.


From Dream To 3D Reality: The Fascinating Origins Of Pixar

Before a story about toys, before monsters went corporate, before anyone went searching for Nemo, and before 20 seven Academy Awards, Pixar was a high-end computer hardware company whose clients included the government and the medical community. The story of Pixar isn’t exactly full of superheroes, adorable robots or talking bugs. The tale of the most profitable and critically adored animation studio in the history of the world (yes, by sheer gross numbers, more so than Disney) is one filled with financial difficulties, fired Apple employees, digital printers and an animated left hand. And it all started with a Mormon graduate student at the University of Utah.


Which Superfoods Aren't Actually Super At All?

It’s way more fun to finish off a big ol’ bar of dark choco when you can convince yourself it’s good for you. Because c’mon, science says so… in all those random studies you’ve seen floating around the internet… right? Well, surprise, surprise, it turns out there are a bunch of false facts out there regarding the health benefits of your favourite treats.


How Often Cities Appear In Books From The Past 200 Years, Visualised

Google’s N-Gram Viewer is a wonderful and under-appreciated thing: At the click of a mouse, it lets you search Google Books’ huge corpus of material for specific words and combinations of words. This N-Gram analysis, for example, maps the mention of 10 different cities in every book written between 1800 and 2000, charting the wax and wane of famous metropolises in the popular consciousness.


Just Look At How Insane Your Phone's Graphics Will Be Next Year

Project Logan is NVIDIA’s next-gen mobile processor. Inside of it is the Kepler GPU, which NVIDIA claims the fastest, most advanced scalable GPU in the world. Last year, Kepler hit desktops and laptops, and next year your phone and tablet are about to get supercharged.


These Incredible Facial Scans Capture Detail Down To The Skin Cell

Rendering CGI faces that look close to real is hard, but we’re starting to see hardware that can pull it off. Then, the problem becomes the source material; you’ve got to have models that look good enough to pass for real. For that, a new kind of facial scanning is going to come in handy, one that can get detail all the way down to each skin cell.


Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M: The New Best Graphics Card For Your Laptop

Intel’s new integrated graphics are better than ever, and AMD’s are nothing to shake a stick at either, but if you really want to game on a laptop, nothing’s gonna beat discrete. And NVIDIA’s new GeForce GTX 700M series just rolled into town with the best graphics you can put in your laptop.