According to Fudzilla, AMD has a solution up its sleeve that closely mimics Nvidia's GeForce Boost. Supported through AMD's upcoming 790GX chipset (essentially a 790FX with in-built graphics), the new type of CrossFire combines the integrated GPU with not one, but two discrete graphics cards. The site elaborate that they're unsure how much of a performance boost combining the three GPU's will offer, though judging by Nvidia's GeForce Boost, this will be a low-end feature.
Intel's quad-core Penryn processors have been out for quite some time - even if they're nearly impossible to come across. AMD, on the other hand, have only just rolled out some bug-free chips late last month, the flagship product being the 2.5GHz 9850. Despite the $50 price differences (AMD's being the cheaper of the two), ExtremeTech have directly compared AMD's flasgship with Intel's 2.5GHz Q9300. The performance of both chips greatly reflects their price, with the Q9300 storming ahead in the majority of the benchmarks.
There's no denying that the 9600 GT offered a huge performance jump over its predecessor, though judging by the first review of the 9500 GT, it's quite the opposite. Before we get to the performance, the board's G96 core is clocked at 650MHz, while the shaders operate at 1625MHz. Memory differs from a GDDR2 version clocked at 900MHz, or a faster GDDR3 at 1600MHz flavor. Interestingly enough, the site's graphs show the card to be running close to 8600 GT speeds, which VR-Zone once confirmed to be the legit clocks...
With the rumour mill churning out of control with 9900-series information, Nvidia has apparently decided to discontinue not only the 9800 GX2 (as learnt on Tuesday), but also the 8800 GTS 512MB. This comes as no surprise, especially when you consider that the revised 8800 GTS uses the same G92 core as the 9-series. This becomes even more apparent when taking into account that the card lacks three-way SLI and HybridPower support. We're still yet to hear anything about a 9900 GTS, or when the 8800 GTS will hit EOL.