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In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Dave, Marco and our resident ¼ Geek Apprentice Michael (Dave's son) build a custom, high-end Gaming System for the winner of our totally awesome Dads and Grads sweepstakes! Enjoy this bad boy, Lamar! And a BIG thanks for entering the sweepstakes everyone! We’ll be announcing the next one soon! (Be sure to watch all the way to the very end--if you can handle the cuteness!)... Read more...
Larrabee, Intel's once-vaunted, next-generation graphics card died years ago, but the CPU technology behind the would-be graphics card has lived on. Intel discussed the future of MIC/Knight's Corner today. After Larrabee was officially canceled, Intel repurposed the design and seeded development kits to appropriate market segments. MIC cards won't start shipping until the 22nm Knight's Corner chip is launched, but even the Knight's Ferry prototypes offer tantalizing hints at what future performance might be resemble. Like Larrabee, Knight's Corner (and future MIC products in general) utilize a CPU based on Intel's original Pentium architecture (P54C). Modifications include complete cache coherency,... Read more...
Video game industry analyst Michael Pachter has a reputation for accurate sales forecasts and an ability to predict changes in console pricing. That said, Pachter may have gone a bridge too far with his bifurcated discussion concerning Nintendo's Wii U. While he praised the Wii U as "the most impactful reveal of the show," Pachter has declared the Wii U brand unimaginative and implied it qualified as a "worst ever." The real criticism, however, is reserved for Nintendo's hardware decisions. "We think that Wii U is arriving two years late, given that the other HD consoles already have peripherals for movement," said Pachter, reasoning that since Nintendo didn't get specific about tech specs, the... Read more...
The stock slump that followed Nintendo's Wii U announcement shows no signs of abating; the company's share price is down more than ten percent as of this writing. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has expressed surprise over the reaction. "Honestly speaking, the reaction to (Tuesday's) presentation and what I heard from people I met and the mood of the convention did not chime at all with what happened in the stock market," Iwata said in an interview at the E3 games show in Los Angeles on Wednesday. "It's very strange." Iwata went on to note that the investors' reactions remind him of the uncertainty Nintendo faced after it announced the original Wii back in 2006. "In the end, it is easy to get... Read more...
ATI designed the original Wii's 'Hollywood' GPU and is handling the next-generation Wii U's graphics processor as well. AMD made its own announcement in the wake of the Wii U's debut yesterday, claiming that the custom Radeon HD GPU will enable "high-definition graphics support; rich multimedia acceleration and playback; and multiple display support." We suspect the new chip's 'multiple display support' refers to the new controller's 6.2" display rather than any multi-screen co-op gaming experiences. It makes sense for Nintendo to go this route--the less work that happens on the controller, the longer its battery life will be. The move to a "Radeon HD" GPU sheds some light on what we can expect... Read more...
Jon Peddie Research has released its Q1 2011 estimates, and the figures don't favor Nvidia. The research firm tracked strong gains for Intel and AMD (in terms of volume). AMD's total share of the GPU market rose to 24.8 percent, up from 21.5 percent a year ago (a gain of 24.8 percent total).  Intel came in at 54.4 percent, 9.7 percent higher than its Q1 2010 total of 49.6 percent. Both companies' gains were at the expense of Team Green—Nvidia's share of the market fell from 28 percent to 20 percent—a significant decline. This loss of share partly reflects NV's decision to exit the integrated chipset market, but it's also an ominous sign of things to come. Sandy Bridge and Llano,... Read more...
Rumors regarding Nintendo's second-generation Wii have been circulating following news that the console would be demo'd at this year's E3. Unlike the Playstation or XBox 360, the Wii has never been significantly updated, which is part of why fans and gamers are curious to see what Nintendo has come up with. Although Nintendo has yet to formally announced anything, Kotaku has proven a reliable source of information in the past. According to current info, the Wii's successor (Wii 2?) will contain: 8GB of internal flash-based storage 25GB optical discs (Nintendo has not stated what types of discs these are) HD graphics support The limited storage space suggests that Nintendo has no plans to offer... Read more...
LucidLogix sure has been making waves this year. The company's making even more of that with their newest announcement, one that involves a partnership with MSI to bring Lucid Virtu support to MSI Z68 motherboards. Z68 seems to be all the rage these days, referencing Intel's first chipsets to natively support USB 3.0. And now with this, these mainboards will also support mix-and-match GPU arragements. The two companies have worked together before, and now the partnership is springing forward to a new level. MSI will have a complete lineup of Z68 based mainboards with Virtu technology. All based on MSI's renowned Military Class II components, like Z68A-GD80(B3), MSI's mainboard with three way... Read more...
When AMD announced roughly one month ago that it was firing Dirk Meyer as CEO, it touched off a controversial debate as to the reason for the CEO's dismissal. The fact that the dust from that decision has scarcely settled hasn't deterred AMD from wielding the axe again—this time it's chief operating officer Robert Rivet and senior VP for corporate strategy, Marty Seyer, whose heads are on the chopping block. As with Meyer, AMD refused to provide additional information on why the new men are leaving the company, noting only that they intend "to pursue new opportunities." Unlike Meyer, who was forced out immediately, both Rivet and Seyer will stay on for a brief period to help smooth the... Read more...
Photos of AMD's upcoming Radeon 6990 dual-GPU have surfaced on the Japanese website 4Gamer.net and the card's sheer bulk is an impressive sight. Instead of using a fan mounted at the back of the GPU that pushes air across and out the front, the 6990's fan sits dead center where it can simultaneously cool both GPUs. We're curious about how the air intake/outtake work in this design; it appears that the fan pulls air over the second GPU and pushes it across the first. No word yet on whether this card is larger than the 5970 but it sticks with the former's 6-pin / 8-pin auxiliary power connections. The front of the 6990 sports four display ports and a single DVI, but we're hoping this is something... Read more...
Good news for AMD users who have been waiting for OpenGL 4.1 support within Windows and Linux. AMD has just announced wide-ranging support for OpenGL 4.1 for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Linux across select ATI FirePro, FireGL and Radeon graphics card. The new support is being enabled with a new driver release: the FirePro and FireGL drivers are now up to 8.801, and AMD Catalyst drivers now reach 10.12. Both are available today on the AMD website. Full details on what the new drivers offer are below, so what are you waiting for? The download awaits! AMD to Offer OpenGL® 4.1 Support on Microsoft Windows® and Linux Platforms In Latest Driver Release AMD continues its commitment to OpenGL community... Read more...
It's been two days since AMD's Board of Directors announced it was firing then-CEO Dirk Meyer and new information on the board's reasoning has begun to appear. As we suspected, it was Meyer's decision not to focus on a new ultra-mobile processor that incurred the board's wrath. The particular incident in question is believed to be the decision to sell AMD's Imageon technology to Qualcomm in January of 2009 for $65 million. Qualcomm took the ARM-based Imageon core, integrated it with the company's own Snapdragon SoC, and has produced a line of profitable handsets. This, apparently, cheesed the BoD at Sunnyvale right the heck off. This information has sparked fresh conversation over whether or... Read more...
Last week, Futuremark released the latest version of 3DMark.  We've taken the new benchmark for a spin using CPUs from Intel and AMD as well as GPUs from AMD and NVIDIA. The new version, dubbed 3DMark 11 (in reference to its level of DirectX support, not the upcoming year) includes a fresh set of tests, a game demo sequence, and measures CPU performance rather differently than its predecessor, 3DMark Vantage. We ran the benchmark through multiple tests, comparing it across AMD and Intel CPUs as well as AMD vs NVIDIA GPUs.... Read more...
Last week, Futuremark released the latest version of 3DMark.  We've taken the new benchmark for a spin using CPUs from Intel and AMD as well as GPUs from AMD and NVIDIA. The new version, dubbed 3DMark 11 (in reference to its level of DirectX support, not the upcoming year) includes a fresh set of tests, a game demo sequence, and measures CPU performance rather differently than its predecessor, 3DMark Vantage. 3DMark 11: Now with additional oceanic encrustations. We've run the benchmark through multiple tests, comparing it across AMD and Intel CPUs as well as AMD vs NVIDIA GPUs. According to Futuremark, 3DMK11 was designed meet four specific goals. These are: Produce consistent results that... Read more...
AMD's Radeon HD6870 GPU is definitely a powerhouse, and you've got a bunch of options when it comes time to buy that core on any variety of cards. Now you have one more. MSI has released their version of the card, a Twin Frozr II graphics card. The MSI R6870 Twin Frozr II has 1GB GDDR5 high-speed graphics memory, large-area copper base heat-sink with high density radiation fins, dual 8cm temperature-controlled PWM fans, and five heat-pipes to increase airflow. MSI also includes their fterburner OC software designed for instantaneous GPU and memory clock adjustments and advanced fan speed control, and it can support up to four displays via DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a outputs. MSI hasn't supplied... Read more...
Oops. Yesterday we published a story (since taken down) noting that AMD had apparently flip-flopped on its 28nm plans and would use TSMC for 28nm production in the 2012 timeframe rather than going with GlobalFoundries. The original piece we discussed ran Cens.com, which bills itself as "Taiwan's Economic News." We're not going to link it again, but the piece is still live if you care to read it. We heard from both AMD and GlobalFoundries a few hours after we published our original story; both companies categorically deny that there's been a change of plans with regard to AMD's contract with TSMC. Although the original story was presented as fact rather than rumor, we should've realized there... Read more...
Futuremark hasn't told anyone when it plans to launch 3DMark 11, but the video and screenshots the company has released thus far point towards a gorgeous application. It's arguably timely; the three-year-old 3DMark Vantage doesn't support DirectX 11. This could probably be fixed via an update, the same way 3DMark 2005 was rebuilt as 3DMark 2006, but Futuremark apparently has enough changes in mind to justify a new program. These tidings are virtually guaranteed to kick off a fresh round of debate over whether or not 3DMark is a "real" test, or whether it deserves to be considered a benchmark at all. In addition to providing news of the actual video, we've decided to tackle this question. It's... Read more...
Verizon Wireless has been offering netbooks with a 2-year data contract for years now, but most of those netbooks weren't higher-end machines. The carrier's newest netbook is one of HP's nicest, with the Pavilion dm1-2010nr coming with a 1.3GHz AMD Athlon II Neo K325 processor, a 320GB hard drive and a 6-cell battery. HP also includes an Imprint finish with a woven design in champagne, Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit), 2GB of DDR3 memory, an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225 GPU, HP Webcam with integrated microphone, Altec Lansing speakers and an 11.6" LED display with a 1366x768 screen resolution. The machine weighs 3.24 pounds and measures 11.4 inches (l) x 8.03 inches (d) x 0.78-1.20 inches (h).... Read more...
If you're an AutoCAD or 3ds Max user, you'll find this information out of AMD today to be very interesting. ATI's FirePro application support team have devised a way to drastically increase the performance of FirePro or FireGL workstation graphics cards when running AutoCAD or 3ds Max. AMD has just released a set of performance plug-ins designed to provide additional optimizations for AutoCAD 2010, AutoCAD 2011, 3ds Max 2010, and 3ds Max 2011. With these plug-ins, ATI claims their "FirePro graphics cards offer more than double the performance over comparable consumer graphics cards." AMD claims users can expect significant improvements in visual quality as well. Plug-ins for... Read more...
The Steam Hardware Survey for August 2010 has been out for a bit, but it's always interesting to see what trends are influencing PC gamers over a period of months. There's a great deal of data available; we'll break down some of the more pertinent and interesting categories. Video Cards:DX11 Ramping Well The first thing of note in this category is the rate at which DX11 adoption is growing. Not only has the API's total market share grown by 82 percent in the past six months, the rate of growth from month to month has also grown. In May, DX11 market share grew by 10 percent; in June, July, and August it grew by 22 percent, 14 percent, and 18 percent respectively. Gamers have largely completed... Read more...
For the past 3.5 years or so, NVIDIA has ardently advocated the GPU as a computational platform capable of solving almost any problem. One topic the company hasn't targeted, however, is the tremendous performance advantage the GPU could offer malware authors. The idea that a graphics card could double as a security hole isn't something we've heard before, but according to a paper by Giorgos Vasiliadis, Michalis Polychronakis and Sotiris Ionnidis, it's an attack vector whose popularity could boom in coming years. The trio argues that all the computational hardware that makes the GPU such an ideal fit for certain types of scientific or graphical workloads could (and will) deliver equal benefits... Read more...
When you think of major gaming PCs, you generally think of Alienware or Falcon Northwest. But Acer has been making a new for themselves with their Predator line of gaming PCs. These are huge, towering machines that have rather wild designs that are impossible to mistake. They also have impressive internals to go with 'em, and the company's new Aspire Predator AG5900-U3092 might be the slickest yet. It's equipped with a Core i7 CPU, up to 1.5TB of hard drive space, 8GB of DDR3 SDRAM, ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics with 1GB of discrete video memory, ATI Eyefinity Technology and full support for Microsoft DirectX 11. It also has a combo/DVD super-multi optical drive, 12 total USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI... Read more...
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