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Archive for January 19th, 2021

ATI’s Catalyst 6.8 released

ATI have just released the Catalyist 6.8 driver set even though?I just got my Core 2 Duo rig with CrossFire setup two hours ago and downloaded the 6.7’s, grrrrrr! Grab them XP drivers here: Cat 6.8 Performance improvements: OpenGL ? Improved shader compiler and transform engine optimizations have led to many significant performance gains in OpenGL applications across the entire Radeon X1000 Series of products: Doom 3 performance improves as much as 6.5% Quake 4 (v1.2 or higher) performance improves as much as 18% Chronicles of Riddick performance improves as much as 20%.? Average improvements of 5-10% are commonly seen. Prey performance improves as much as 16%. Direct3D ? Optimizations made to ATI?s graphics memory manager have led to significant gains in applications that make heavy use of graphics memory on 256MB ATI graphics cards: 3DMark06 performance improves as much as 22% on the Radeon X1000 Series of products in single card configurations with 256MB of graphics memory at 1280×1024 and anti-aliasing enabled.? The largest gains are found on the ATI Radeon X1800 Series and Radeon X1900 Series of products.? Call of Duty 2 performance improves as much as 30% on single Radeon X550 cards or higher with 256MB of video memory at 1280×1024 and anti-aliasing enabled.? The largest gains are found on the ATI Radeon X1800 Series and Radeon X1900 Series of products

18/08/06 Hardware Roundup

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Intel’s 975x replacement

intel’s latesat roadmap When talking Intel chipsets it looks as if there will be no 975x replacement for at least 12 months. When it does finally come it will offer two x16 PCI-e slots and support for DDR3. It’s highly likely that by then Bearlake-X will support both SLI and CrossFire, infact I wouldn’t be surprised if the current 975x chipset gets this support sooner or later. Q3?07 will bring two new Bearlake variants?Bearlake-X and Bearlake-G+. Bearlake-X will replace the current 975X Express which has been carried over from the previous generation. It sports two full-speed PCI Express x16 slots for dual-graphics capabilities, though there?s no mention if ATI?s CrossFire or NVIDIA?s SLI technologies are supported. There will also be support for quad-core processors too. PCI Express 2.0 is also supported too. Bearlake-X will only support DDR3 1333 MHz memory only, a feature Bearlake-G and Bearlake-P variants lack.

Quad-core battle taking shape

Arstechnica has an article detailing all that is known about AMD and Intel’s plans for Quad Core. It goes on to say that Intel will be first to bring quad-core to market with a ‘two E6700’s slapped together’ type of configuration as early as the 4Q of 2006 and that AMD’s only short term response will be the 4×4 architecture. Jon Hannibal Stokes goes on to predict that when these systems reach face off it may be closer than expected, and I tend to agree. Bandwidth is going to become an issue as we reach quad-core and beyond, and AMD has this absolutely nailed with there HT busses. My prediction is that when these two types of four-core systems are benchmarked against each other, the results are going to vary with application type to a much higher degree than reviewers have so far been accustomed to. This being the case, I think synthetic and toy benchmarks are going to be increasingly pointless as review tools. It’s one thing to use synthetic benchmarks to get CPU horserace numbers for two systems that are very similar, but when you move out of the realm of oranges vs. oranges and into the realm of oranges vs. grapefruit, it becomes less of a horserace and more of a question of which tool best fits the specific types of jobs that you want to do. In this context, real-world application performance is the only thing worth looking at. The article finishes off detailing AMD’s true quad-core offering (K8L) which is expected mid 2007...

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