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Performance Retrospective: AMD’s Radeon HD 7970M

We recently posted our first review of a notebook equipped with NVIDIA’s latest mobile tour de force, the GeForce GTX 780M. With a theoretical computational performance increase of 30% relative to GTX 680M and 39% more memory bandwidth, the GTX 780M should be stomping all over the competition from AMD. What’s more, the Radeon HD 8970M doesn’t really help matters, as the only change from the 7970M is a Boost clock that’s 50MHz (6%) higher. The other side of the story is drivers, and that's the focus for today.

Performance Retrospective: AMD’s Radeon HD 7970M

We recently posted our first review of a notebook equipped with NVIDIA’s latest mobile tour de force, the GeForce GTX 780M. With a theoretical computational performance increase of 30% relative to GTX 680M and 39% more memory bandwidth, the GTX 780M should be stomping all over the competition from AMD. What’s more, the Radeon HD 8970M doesn’t really help matters, as the only change from the 7970M is a Boost clock that’s 50MHz (6%) higher. The other side of the story is drivers, and that's the focus for today.

Performance Retrospective: AMD’s Radeon HD 7970M

We recently posted our first review of a notebook equipped with NVIDIA’s latest mobile tour de force, the GeForce GTX 780M. With a theoretical computational performance increase of 30% relative to GTX 680M and 39% more memory bandwidth, the GTX 780M should be stomping all over the competition from AMD. What’s more, the Radeon HD 8970M doesn’t really help matters, as the only change from the 7970M is a Boost clock that’s 50MHz (6%) higher. The other side of the story is drivers, and that's the focus for today.

Samsung unveils new Win8+Android Ativ Q convertible tablet with 3200×1800 screen

In addition to unveiling its new EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder with Interchangeable Lens) camera, the Galaxy NX, Samsung used its press event in London this afternoon to show two new Windows 8 Ativ mobile devices: the 13.3-inch convertible Ativ Q and the smaller 10.1-inch Ativ Tab 3.

The Ativ Q is the larger device, powered by a new Intel Haswell Core i5 CPU (with Intel’s HD Graphics 4400 integrated GPU). It has 4GB of DDR3 RAM and comes with a 128GB SSD. Samsung promises battery life of up to nine hours with the Ativ Q. The most interesting spec, though, is the Ativ Q’s 275 ppi 3200×1800 display. Microsoft put a great deal of work into readying Windows 8 for high-DPI tablets, and we’re looking forward to getting our hands on an Ativ Q to see exactly how Windows 8 (not to mention third-party applications) adapts to the display. According to Samsung’s presentation, the screen is viewable in full sunlight, and has an impressively wide horizontal viewing angle of 178 degrees.

Samsung is also playing up the Ativ Q’s ability to run Android applications. According to Samsung, the Ativ Q will allow users to “experience both Windows 8 and Android (Jellybean 4.2.2) on the same device.” Android apps can be pinned to the Windows 8 start screen and run directly from there. The Ativ Q lets users get Android apps directly from the Google Play store and also potentially by copying them from Windows. Samsung says that the device can transfer files and folders between Windows 8 and Android (which we assume will be running virtualized).

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MSI GT70 Dragon Edition Notebook Review: Haswell and the GTX 780M

Coinciding with Intel's launch of Haswell, NVIDIA updated their mobile GPUs with a bomb of a part: a fully enabled GK104. Today we have MSI's flagship gaming notebook, the GT70 Dragon Edition, featuring three SSDs in RAID 0, a Haswell quad core, and a GeForce GTX 780M.

MSI GT70 Dragon Edition Notebook Review: Haswell and the GTX 780M

Coinciding with Intel's launch of Haswell, NVIDIA updated their mobile GPUs with a bomb of a part: a fully enabled GK104. Today we have MSI's flagship gaming notebook, the GT70 Dragon Edition, featuring three SSDs in RAID 0, a Haswell quad core, and a GeForce GTX 780M.

MSI GT70 Dragon Edition Notebook Review: Haswell and the GTX 780M

Coinciding with Intel's launch of Haswell, NVIDIA updated their mobile GPUs with a bomb of a part: a fully enabled GK104. Today we have MSI's flagship gaming notebook, the GT70 Dragon Edition, featuring three SSDs in RAID 0, a Haswell quad core, and a GeForce GTX 780M.

MSI GT70 Dragon Edition Notebook Review: Haswell and the GTX 780M

Coinciding with Intel's launch of Haswell, NVIDIA updated their mobile GPUs with a bomb of a part: a fully enabled GK104. Today we have MSI's flagship gaming notebook, the GT70 Dragon Edition, featuring three SSDs in RAID 0, a Haswell quad core, and a GeForce GTX 780M.

MSI GT70 Dragon Edition Notebook Review: Haswell and the GTX 780M

Coinciding with Intel's launch of Haswell, NVIDIA updated their mobile GPUs with a bomb of a part: a fully enabled GK104. Today we have MSI's flagship gaming notebook, the GT70 Dragon Edition, featuring three SSDs in RAID 0, a Haswell quad core, and a GeForce GTX 780M.

MSI GT70 Dragon Edition Notebook Review: Haswell and the GTX 780M

Coinciding with Intel's launch of Haswell, NVIDIA updated their mobile GPUs with a bomb of a part: a fully enabled GK104. Today we have MSI's flagship gaming notebook, the GT70 Dragon Edition, featuring three SSDs in RAID 0, a Haswell quad core, and a GeForce GTX 780M.