Processors often get a ton of reviews and benchmarks, but unfortunately for content creators (and other professionals), it is difficult to find benchmarks that focus on professional applications. In this article we will be looking at a number of Intel CPUs and how they perform in Autodesk 3ds Max.
GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 Premiere Pro Performance
The latest video cards often get a lot of press, but unfortunately for content creators (and other professionals), it is almost impossible to find any non-gaming benchmarks. In this article we will be looking at the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 to see how the perform compared to the previous generation video cards.
Product Review: Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2 Drive
The Samsung 950 Pro is the successor to the Samsung SM951 and their first retail M.2 drive. While this drive does run cooler than previous M.2 drives from Samsung, it still has some throttling issues due to high temperatures. Even with that, this drive has incredible sequential read and write performance at an attractive price point.
Product Review: Samsung SM951 M.2 Drive
The Samsung SM951 is the successor to what was at one time the fastest consumer M.2 drive – the Samsung XP941. This drive has incredible sequential read and write performance, but suffers from extremely high temperatures under load.
Star Citizen Benchmark: Arena Commander v0.8
The long-awaited dogfighting module for Star Citizen, dubbed Arena Commander, has been released to backers of the game in its pre-beta form. It only has a few ships, a pair of maps, and a handful of game modes at this point… but is it the first part of the Star Citizen game to really be playable. It is also the first chance we have to fly ships, seeing how the physics handle and how they look in their natural environment. A lot of people have been waiting many months for this, and many will be looking at performance of this module as a gauge to see whether their computers can handle Star Citizen.
ECC and REG ECC Memory Performance
Recently, a workstation PC was reviewed on a well-known review site that included a Quadro video card, but no ECC memory. In the comment section of that review, a heated discussion occurred with some readers stating that ECC was bad for workstations since it is slower than standard RAM. In this article, we will be running a series of benchmarks on different types of RAM to see if ECC RAM is indeed slower than standard RAM.
Radeon R9 290X Performance Analysis
AMD’s new Radeon R9 290X includes a hardware switch that changes the card between two fan profiles called “Quiet” and “Uber”. The Quiet profile makes the card run quieter at the cost of performance, but we have found that online reviews show much less of a performance drop than we tested ourselves. In this article, we decided to expand our normal testing to discover what might be causing this discrepancy.
Review: Corsair Hydro H60 CPU Cooler (Rev.2)
Closed-loop liquid cooling units are a great way to get exceptional cooling without the hassle and risk of a traditional liquid cooling systems. The Corsair Hydro H60 CPU Cooler is one such cooler that has recently had some improvements made. In this article, we will be taking a look at the changes to determine the effect on both the overall cooling performance and noise levels.
Thermal Paste Application Techniques
The best technique to apply thermal paste is something that is often debated, and as a whole the internet has not decided on a standard technique. There are many varying techniques that are recommended, so in this article we will best test a variety of techniques to see which performs the best.
Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 GPU Acceleration
Premiere CS6 utilizes the Mercury Playback Engine to take advantage of the video card to vastly improve both the performance and quality of certain features, but there is currently very little information available regarding the performance of different video cards. In addition, the list of compatible cards from Adobe has not been updated to include the current NVIDIA 600-series video cards, which is further adding to the confusion of deciding which video card you should use for Premiere CS6.
In this article, we will be benchmarking a variety of video cards to find out how well the MPE in Premiere works with NVIDIA 600-series card, and exactly how much performance difference there is between a wide spectrum of video cards.