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Sean Pelletier

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DigiTimes reports that NVIDIA CEO Jen-hsun Huang is traveling to Taiwan to meet with TSMC and ensure there is ample fab capacity to produce the company's upcoming G80 GPU. With NVIDIA looking to have a multiple-month head start over rival ATI with the launch of their R600 GPU, the G80 architecture will have the Christmas... Read more...
The Inquirer is reporting that NVIDIA's rumored next-generation G80 GPU is experiencing some major issues involving SLI and HDCP support. According to the rumor, editors have already been provided with G80 cards though there are no stable drivers that support SLI. In addition, HDCP is supposedly broken though the "source"... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that supply of NVIDIA's upcoming G80 GPU (rumored to be the GeForce 8800 series) will be severely limited until the end of the year. Specifically, the cards are expected the first week of November with extremely tight supply in the channel for at least six weeks. Just like in economics class, this... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that NVIDIA has begin designing their own CPU architecture. Based out of the new design center in Portland, Oregon the new architecture will serve as the foundation for the company's upcoming merged CPU/GPU products. At this time, the rumor mill expects the first products from these efforts... Read more...
The NY Times has posted an extremely interesting article regarding Microsoft's new efforts to design their own CPU. To this end, Microsoft has formed what is tentatively known as the "Computer Architecture Group" and will utilize resources from both the Redmond headquarters and Santa Clara campus. Although many will be quick... Read more...
X-Bit Labs have managed to get their hands on the demo for the add-on for the popular game F.E.A.R and run it using the latest crop of hardware to illustrate what hardware will provide the best possible performance for this title. Using the Jupiter EX graphics engine and Havok physics engine, the title demands some significant resources... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that Intel is preparing to spend $300 million on their campaign to promote the new Centrino Pro (Santa Rosa) platform. Timed around the launch of Microsoft's upcoming Vista operating system, the Centrino Pro platform will also introduce an 800MHz FSB, 4MB of L2 cache, Gigabit and wireless 802.11a/g/n, as well as... Read more...
This morning, ATI is launching the new Radeon X1950 Pro GPU which is based off of the highly anticipated 80u RV570 core. Beyond a handful of differences with the R580 architecture, the new Radeon X1950's most desirable new feature is native support for Crossfire. In short, this implies a sharp departure from the days of... Read more...
ATI brings enthusiast-class features and performance to the mid-range with the new Radeon(R) X1950 PRO MARKHAM, ONTARIO, Oct 17, 2006 (CCNMatthews via COMTEX News Network) -- ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) today announced that it is introducing new levels of performance at a mid-range price point with the new Radeon(R) X1950... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that AGEIA's latest drivers have been found to reference system configurations which utilize multiple PhysX discrete physics cards. A key aspect of the driver called the Hardware Scene Manager (HSM) now uses compartments allowing for the presence of multiple PhysX cards. On the surface, it sounds... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that Asustek and C-Media have formed a strategic partnership which will have the motherboard vendor using C-Media's audio IC chipsets from 2007. C-Media's Dolby/Digital Theater System (DTS) audio IC solutions will be used on motherboards with some variants being solely available to Asustek.... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that ATI's next-generation R600 GPU is rumored to have an external 512-bit bus. Should the rumor prove true it might go a long way in explaining why the industry won't see ATI's flagship DX10 GPU until Q1 2007. Here, the use of an external 512-bit memory bus requires a significantly more... Read more...
The enthusiast gaming notebook has become an extremely viable and desirable alternative to today's desktop systems, which in-part explains why the mobile segment is one of the fastest growing in the PC industry. The latest crop of high performance notebooks are an engineering marvel of sorts, as they come dangerously close to... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that Intel's PM96 and GM965 chipsets for the upcoming Santa Rosa platform are on track and aligned with the scheduled March 2007 debut. As Intel's fourth-generation of the wildly popular Centrino platform, "Santa Rosa" brings a host of new performance features such as an 800MHz FSB as well as DX10-caliber... Read more...
Digitimes reports that AMD will be launching the 65u "Tyler" mobile CPU in the second quarter of 2007 with the single core "Sherman" CPU arriving in Q3 2007. As the latest revision to the mobile Turion 64 X2 and mobile Sempron CPU's, these latest cores offer some significant improvements. Here,... Read more...
The folks over at Ageia have informed us that they have just released their new RealityMark physics benchmark utility. Based on the highly popular CellFactor technology demo we utilized in our initial review of the Ageia PhysX card, the benchmark runs through a timedemo of sorts which is run both with and without the discrete PPU enabled.... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that Microsoft will not be making Unified Shaders a strict requirement in order to have complete DirectX10 support. With NVIDIA's upcoming G80 GPU rumored to have its Vertex, Pixel, and Geometry Shaders still somewhat segmented into different parts this is certainly a sigh of relief for the gang in Santa... Read more...
DailyTech has managed to get their hands on a preliminary sample of ATI's upcoming mainstream RV570 GPU and has posted some early performance results for your viewing pleasure. Based on a 80u process, this new GPU features 36 Pixel Shaders and 12 pipelines and is said to run with a core frequency of 580MHz and memory running at 700MHz.... Read more...
DailyTech also has managed to uncover news regarding NVIDIA's upcoming Quantum Physics Engine. Slated to be released alongside the G80 GPU, NVIDIA will be announcing a new dedicated layer on the GPU which will be reserved for physics processing and be referenced as the "Quantum Physics Engine". Essentially, this new engine will... Read more...
DailyTech has once again navigated around NDA's to bring word that they have managed to get their hands on NVIDIA"s upcoming G80 GPU and are sharing some details. Dubbed the Geforce 8800 series, the first two initial flavors will be a GTS and flagship GTX version. Supposedly, these two cards will each have 768MB of... Read more...
DailyTech reports that NVIDIA is preparing to phase out the current nForce 5 series of chipsets to make way for the "new" nForce 6 products. Despite the new name, this new series of chipsets is supposedly a more refined version of the nForce 5 series it replaces. Dubbed the nForce 650i SLI and nForce 680i SLI, the chipsets will... Read more...
Industry sources have informed DigiTimes that AMD will be delaying the launch of the company's AM3 processors until mid 2008. With the first quad-core K8L processors slated to launch in the third quarter of 2007, the change to mid 2008 is a rather significant delay. To avoid the situation where Intel is the only quad-core processor... Read more...
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