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DigiTimes reports that industry sources are expecting SATA to replace standard IDE as the format for optical disk drives in 2007. SATA has been extremely popular the last few years as the connection of choice for the vast majority of consumer hard drives. However, cases which were cleaned up through the use of the smaller cable were... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that graphics card vendors have informed them that NVIDIA will be launching the industry's first DX10 compliant GPU in mid-November. Codenamed G80, this new GPU will have complete support for Shader Model 4.0 as well as for Microsoft's new Vista Operating System. Given the fact that DX10 will be available only... Read more...
Graphics card vendor HIS sends word that the company is releasing the first 1x PCI-E graphics card using ATI's 1K family technology. Based around an ATI X1300 GPU, the card offers a low-profile board design along with dual-link DVI functionality. This card is a worthwhile upgrade path for those using OEM systems (dell, HP,... Read more...
The foreign website PC Watch has posted some interesting shots of Intel's upcoming second generation UMPC design for your viewing pleasure. Although the text will require the use of your favorite online translator, the pictures and slides referenced in the article are universal. Overall, the reference platforms appear to be much... Read more...
In what could be one of the most surprising events in the industry the last few years, we are hearing news from the gang at Gizmodo that none other than HP has purchased Voodoo PC. Much like the scenario where Dell bought Alienware, HP will leverage the IP and customer base from the boutique PC vendor Voodoo PC. Unfortunately,... Read more...
The Inquirer reports that AGEIA has joined Futuremark's list of vendors on their development team. Here, AGEIA will offer their knowledge of physics to the team to allow the next generation of the popular synthetic 3DMark benchmark to test the full functionality and performance of a physics API. Can you imagine a time where games... Read more...
Over the course of the last few days, we have seen an impressive amount of exciting news come out of the latest Intel Develop Forum. Such hot topics such as Quad-Core CPU's and CPU-based physics in games have been the talk of the town as of late. For those who have not yet armed themselves with the appropriate information to hold their... Read more...
Anandtech has posted an interesting bit of news from IDF regarding the highly anticipated upcoming title Alan Wake and its apparent need for a dual-core CPU or better. Used as a demonstration to showcase the power of Intel's new quad-core CPU's, the exceptionally detailed game was actually running no less than five independent threads.... Read more...
ATI leads the way with industry's first graphics hardware certified for Windows VistaTM MARKHAM, ONTARIO, Sep 26, 2006 (CCNMatthews via COMTEX News Network) -- Underlining the company's leadership in developing hardware and drivers to support Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Vista operating system, ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT)... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that AMD is preparing to launch no less than 3 new Athlon 64 FX processors in November to combat the launch of Intel's new QX6700 processor. As part of the company's upcoming "4x4" platform which will consist of two dual-core processors being placed on a motherboard, these new products will be competing... Read more...
The foreign website Tweakers.net has posted a supposedly leaked roadmap of AMD's "4x4" platform for your viewing pleasure. Although you'll need to arm yourself with your favorite online translator to grasp the content, the chart outlining the various pending products is universal. It will certainly be interesting to... Read more...
Microsoft has just publicly stated that the company will be offering a software upgrade later this year that will "unlock" the ability to output game and movie content at 1080p. The whole topic of 1080p and how necessary it would be for this generation of consoles has been an interesting topic the last year or two. As many will remember,... Read more...
VR-Zone and HardSpell have posted some very interesting rumors regarding NVIDIA's upcoming G80 GPU which seem to contradict all the rumors we've heard thus far. Here, some industry sources have supposedly said G80 will in fact be based on a unified shader architecture much like ATI's R600 GPU. There will be an obscene ~700M... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that Intel's upcoming quad-core Kentsfield processor will be arriving in November and will be dubbed "Core 2 Quadro". Slated to debut at the same time as AMD's upcoming 3GHz Athlon 64 FX-64 CPU, the first quad-core CPU from Intel will be a flagship Core 2 Extreme QX6700. This model will feature a 2.66GHz... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that their sources are indicating ATI's next generation R600 GPU will consume an obscene 250W of power! By comparison, the current flagship GPU's consume less than 150W under the most taxing conditions. Should this figure prove true, it is no wonder we're hearing rumors of factory-watercooled graphics... Read more...
DailyTech reports that their sources are indicating that ATI's upcoming RV570 GPU will be arriving mid-October with 12 pipelines and 36 pixel shaders. Dubbed the Radeon X1950 Pro, the card will be priced below the recently introduced Radeon X1900XT 256MB and be doing battle with NVIDIA's new GeForce 7900 GS. At this... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that their sources have indicated that ATI's next-generation R600 GPU will be delayed until Q1 2007. For the last year, the industry has heard endless accounts of how focused ATI has been upon R600 with a significant amount of effort being applied towards the GPU even as early as R520. As such,... Read more...
NVIDIA and ASUS have just issued a press release which announces that ASUS will be using the new GeForce Go 7700 GPU's in their new A8Js notebooks. The otherwise unannounced GeForce Go 7700 GPU is a 80u part which is equipped with 12 pixel pipelines versus the GeForce Go 7600's 8 pipelines. In addition, the GPU also supports 512MB... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that sources are indicating Microsoft is planning to launch a new version of the popular XBox 360 game console with an internal HD-DVD drive. This is surely in response to the pending launch of Sony's Playstation 3 console which will feature its own internal Blu-Ray drive. At this time, the only HD-DVD solution... Read more...
The Inquirer reports that sources are indicating NVIDIA's next generation G80 GPU which was slated for a late September or early October release will now be pushed back to a November launch. Apparently, the company opted for a minor re-spin of the silicon at the fab which has resulted in the slight delay to market for the new GPU. Little... Read more...
Anandtech has just posted a follow-up article to their initial preview of Apple's new Mac Pro flagship desktop / workstation. Here, Anand focuses primarily upon the Mac Pro's upgrade path as well as overall performance when running Windows XP. Although there are relatively few GPU options at this time for the system, the Mac Pro still... Read more...
In addition to TSMC, UMC, and IBM, NVIDIA will now be adding Chartered Semiconductor to their list of current foundry partners. The driving factor behind this new business relationship is to provide NVIDIA with more leverage in terms of pricing with key foundry partner TSMC. This will be accomplished by having NVIDIA allocate a certain... Read more...
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