X-bit Labs has published a review of the dual-core 45nm Core 2 Duo E8500, E8400 and E8200 (their specifications can be found in the table on the right). To kick things off, the site compared an older 65nm E6850 with a E8400 (both of which are clocked at 3.0GHz). Using a handful of different benchmarks including gaming tests and various encoding, the performance gains Wolfdale offered went from as little as 0.9%, to 11.3% - averaging around 6%.
AMD has released the first graphics drivers for 2008. Catalyst 8.1 (PDF) brings support for MultiView - a tool that in AMD's words allows 3D applications "to have the same performance running on a secondary or third display device as if it were running on the primary display device." AMD notes to expect flickering reduction in BioShock and Oblivion, as well as the usual bug fixes in games including F.E.A.R, World in Conflict and Half-Life 2: Episode 2.
When Intel announced sixteen new processors last week, the Yorkfield CPU's launch dates had slipped from January to a disturbing "quarter one". The reason behind this pointed to earlier reports about an erratum found in the chips - though that's all we really knew. Today though, DailyTech has spoken to some Intel engineers about the "showstopper". They note that "during a simulation, at high clock frequencies, we noticed an increase of potential failures after a designated amount of time"...
According to VR-Zone, AMD will launch the Radeon HD 3870 X2 slightly ahead of schedule. Previously slated for launch on January 28th, the board will now be simultaneously launched with the Radeon HD 3650 and HD 3450 on January 23rd. This gives it a week or two to prove itself to as many patrons as possible before the GeForce 9800 GX2 arrives. Early benchmarks published reveal that the HD 3870 X2 scores 9,573 points in 3DMark 06 at 2560x1600.