It was roughly a month ago when Kingpin and Fugger broke the 30,000 barrier in 3DMark 06 with their 8800 Ultra's. Their glory has now ended, as Team Italy has reclaimed the 3DMark 05 and 06 records with their 2900 XT's yet again. Using a QX9650 clocked at 5,800MHz on an ASUS P5E3 WS, and the aforementioned HD 2900 XT's running at 1250MHz/1880MHz, their 3DMark 06 record is 30,662 points, while they settled for 39,133 in 3DMark 05.
Considering the 9600 GT (which is currently available for as little as $179) has delivered performance close to AMD's HD 3870 (which is worth around $210 and up), the company has cut prices for the HD 3870 and HD 3850. The HD 3850, which the 9600 GT comfortably outperforms, has taken a plunge from roughly $179 to as little as $149. On the other hand, the HD 3870 is available for as low as $184 - much more competitively priced.
After a small setback, Nvidia has launched their mid-range weapon, the 9600 GT. Previous performance previews have shown that the board will be the pinnacle for price-per-performance - and today's reviews are no exception to this. The board slots into Nvidia's hierarchy just behind the 8800 GT, and generally performs in front of the HD 3850. As first seen on Monday, the board can also outperform the HD 3870. The 9600 GT runs at 650MHz/900MHz, and uses a 65nm G94 core.
Activision Blizzard have big plans for the Guitar Hero franchise, with the 4th game getting ready for release this year, and Aerosmith-focused addition due in June of 2008. Now, the newly formed mega publisher looks to be planning to increase the footprint in the rhythm game, with a new trademark of DJ Hero, for video game software and video game controllers.
Australian hackers Smarthouse have beat gamers in bringing the latest news about the Xbox 360 going Blu-Ray. According to Smarthouse, Microsoft insiders are claiming that the recent HD DVD surrender will make them produce Blu-Ray drives for its gaming consoles, and it can be as early as May 2008.