We?re yet to see a DX10 AGP part from Nvidia, although a handful of AMD AIB?s already offer the 2600 series in AGP. HIS is the latest to do so, although their offering is quite different from the rest. The boards available come in 256/512MB versions ? and all include HDMI support. The boards operates at 800/700MHz, features a single-slot cooler, and generates less than 20dB. Until we see a potential 8600 or equivalent with an AGP bridge, this is as good as it gets when it comes to DX10.
Apple?s OS X Leopard has only been on the market for a few days, and while its already sold over two million copies, it seems to be attracting a blue-screen-of-death on boot up. According to affected users, the error appears when using the upgrade option, which keeps the majority of your settings and programs intact. In some cases, the error remained for as long as six hours, while others were more fortunate and it only lasted around an hour. While many blame the Application Enhancer in Macs, the error is usually avoidable when not selecting the ?upgrade? install option.
A recent document from AMD, floating around journalists in-boxes, has revealed some new details about DirectX 10.1. AMD touts that amongst Shader Model 4.1 - DirectX 10.1 will improve global illumination and shadowing, deferred rendering performance and LOD instructions. Slides also claim "more realistic environments" and "improved programmability" - although it seems to be becoming mandatory these days for companies to include marketing shenanigans like those.
Expreview, a site known for leaking early photos and benchmarks, has compared a 65nm Agena X4 CPU to three of Intel's Core 2 processors including the recently released QX9650, and the dual-core E6850. Across the four benchmarks in the Crysis demo, the Intel CPU's performed similar averaging 49 FPS. Over to AMD though, we find the Phenom X4 struggling to keep up, averaging 46 FPS. All processors were clocked at 3.0GHz, and used the 790 FX, and P35 chipsets.
With the launch of Conroe exactly 473 days ago (kudos to Beyond3D for keeping count), Intel has rolled out the first of the 45nm Penryn CPU's. The chip operates at 3.0Ghz - the same clocks as its predecessor, the QX6850. Reading through the many reviews that have been published shows that the the QX9650 is now the fastest CPU in Intel's lineup (not for long, though). For a quick taste, TechReport, VR-Zone and The Inquirer are among many to test such chip.
Today is a huge day folks. Not only have we witnessed the release of Intel's QX9650 Yorkfield CPU, but the debut of potentially one of Nvidia's best all-round boards has finally arrived. As you no doubt already know, the G92-powered 8800 GT is clocked at 600/900MHz - while the shaders operate at 1500Mhz. The 65nm G92 die, which measures 17.5x18mm, accompanies the board's 256-bit memory bus, 16 ROPs, and PCIe 2.0 compatibility.
Another 8800 GT review has popped up on the net, this time over at VR-Zone. As already seen, the GT is a bomb ready to go off (metaphorically speaking, of course). In general, the GT beats the GTX at lower resolutions (say 1920x1200) - while it remains a mere 230 points behind the GTX in 3Dmark 06. Over in 3Dmark 05 land is another story though, as the GT tops the not-so-almighty GTX by a good 900 points.
Diamond are no stranger when it comes to standing out from the crowd. They've apparently developed a technology to allow Crossfire on any two Diamond cards, on any motherboard - whether it be Nvidia or not. "Diamond?s xDNA eclipses the demands of the performance hungry HD gaming desktop by providing fully optimized drivers and middleware."
Apple has just rolled out the sixth major release of the Mac OS X operating system. Leopard, or OS X v10.5, is Tiger's successor, and features over 300 new features and enhancements (or so Apple claim). Among the new features are an improved desktop interface and "The Time Machine." For a clearer explanation, and screenies, PC World have a slide show covering the goodies.
Previously available in five-per-customer quantities, Apple's iPhone is now only available in two-per-customer packages - and shops are advised to no longer accept cash for payments. The previous five-per-customer scheme reportedly tempted hackers to buy in bulk, and resell them once unlocked.