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Archive for October, 2016

HIS bring HD 2600 XT HDMI to AGP

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.

40GB PlayStation 3 goes 65nm

While it lacks a larger capacity hard drive, or any backwards-compatibility with older PS2 games, it appears that Sony have included the new 65nm version of the consoles CPU and GPU in the new 40GB bundle. Alongside that, is also a new motherboard (SEM-001), and a new south bridge (CXD2984GB). The most important change, however, comes thanks to the new 65nm technology used. Apparently, the console?s power usage has dropped from 200W at full load, to 135W. Sony have also reportedly swapped from Elpida, to Samsung memory.

Two million Leopards sold: causing frequent crashes

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.

Crysis goes gold: under three weeks to go?

With the November 16 launch nearing (or November 15 for us Aussies), Crysis has finally gone gold (always good to start the day with a huge surprise). As Shacknews report, the game is complete and ready to enter the manufacturing process. According to Crytek CEO, Cevat Yerli, “we are extremely proud of what we have been able to accomplish with Crysis.? While counting the days till launch, don?t forget that the single-player demo is now available.

Tri-SLI is overrated: first benchmarks appear

Over the past few days, a new technology from Nvidia has been struggling to keep its head above the recent 8800 GT infested waters. As the board’s hype is starting to settle down though, it’s time for Tri-SLI’s turn in the spotlight. TomsHardware China has recently assembled a rig with three 8800 GTX’s, and you guessed it, run it through its paces. It appears, however, that Tri-SLI only offers just over two times the performance of a single card ? although it does impress in older titles with a 2.7 performance improvement.

AMD talks DirectX 10.1

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.

Phenom X4 can’t keep up with Intel in Crysis

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.

Intel launches Yorkfield-based QX9650

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.

Nvidia’s 8800 GT officially launched

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: beats GTX at lower resolutions

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.

SLI doesn’t work in Crysis… yet

While the demo has only been out for a few days, it appears that the game’s current state doesn’t support SLI. Don’t worry though, as according Nvidia – “although SLI is not supported in the demo, the final Crysis game with a patch will provide full SLI support.” I’m sure that’s a relief for many of you, although it would have been nice for the demo to fully take advantage of all your hungry SLI setups out there.

Diamond mix ‘n match Crossfire with “xDNA”

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."

Leopard unveiled: goes head-to-head against Vista

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.

Apple limits iPhone sales to two-per-customer

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.

AMD’s 770 chipset logo revealed

Formerly known under the RS780 moniker, the 770 is essentially a budget version of the 790 FX. Although support for one PCIe 2.0 slot remains, it does away with Crossfire support altogether. Chilehardware has today found the official logo for the upcoming chip. As already seen on the Phenom and Barcelona logos, the badge follows AMD’s new glossy design.

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