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Archive for January 19th, 2021

Futuremark 3DMark08 screenshots

“Soon” was the only word used by Nick Evanson, a Futuremark representative, to describe when we can get our hands on the next version of 3DMark. However waiting isn’t so bad after all – thanks to PCPOP.com – as we now have an array of screenshots from 3DMark08 handy. Thankfully, it’s not a DX10 rehash of 3DMark06, but much rather a shiny new build (as ’05 was to ’03). The six shots on offer reveal a modern city, a WWII-like scenario, and an assortment of nature renders…

AMD prepare Athlon X2 demise: K10 refresh Q2 ’08

According to DigiTimes, citing sources at motherboard makers, AMD will begin phasing out their Athlon X2 processors by the end of this year. The phase-out will start with the lower-end Athlon 64 X2 4200+ and 4000+ processors. During Q1 '08, AMD will also stop accepting orders for the Athlon 64 X2 6400+ black edition and 89W X2 6000+. At the later end of Q2, the old and tired will be succeeded by the Athlon 6250 and 6050, and X2 4600+ clocked at 2.3GHz.

Nvidia’s 8800 GS benchmarked, pictured

Hardspell (via Beyond3D) has published some 3DMark05, 3DMark06 and Crysis numbers for the unannounced GeForce 8800 GS. In comparison to the 8800 GT, the G92-powered board contains only 12 ROPs, and its core, shader and memory clock's are respectively 575MHz, 1430MHz and 1700MHz (as opposed to the 8800 GT's 16 ROPs and clocks of 600MHz, 1500MHz and 1800MHz, respectively). Due to the board's 192-bit bus, the memory sizes are 384MB and possibly 768MB.

GeForce 9-series to debut with 9600 GT

Contrary to their strategy of opening the series with high-end cards, Nvidia is reportedly going to debut the GeForce 9-series with the mid-range 9600 GT (D9P). As Expreview report, the 65nm chip will operate at 500MHz/1000MHz, include 64 shader processors and house 512MB of memory on a 256bit bus. It's still unsure whether the board will support DX10.1, however the site note that the board will rival the Radeon HD 3850 and the upcoming RV635.

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