Week in review: Graphics Cards and all the rest
Nvidia’s next kick in the teeth from AMD (namely the HD 4850 X2) has been detailed. “Right now it looks like Radeon HD 4850 X2 will be priced to compete with GeForce GTX 260, while performance should be a notch or two higher”
MSI and Gigabyte have launched their 9400 GT offerings which are scheduled to arrive on August 26th… ohh wait, that’s today! “MSI reckons that the 9400GT will offer two times the performance of the previous generation GeForce 8400GS chip”
The GeForce 177.42 Beta and nForce 15.15 drivers are out and about from Nvidia. “Another day, another dollar? That may well be, but one thing punters can rely on close to a new card release are a truckload of progressive beta driver releases from nVidia.”
Possible specifications for AMD’s Fusion chip (combining the CPU and GPU) have surfaced. “AMD Fusion could well be the first CPU to feature a graphics processor core. It will incorporate a graphics processor with specifications identical to the RV710.”
HIS has officially rolled-out its HD 4850 IceQ4 edition. “User benefits the IceQ series cooling system that draws air inside the case and exhausts hot air outwards.”
Fallout 3 will hit the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on October 28th (or for North American folks, anyway). “Set more than 200 years following a nuclear war, you can create any kind of character you wan”
Acer has slashed the price of its Aspire One notebook. “Ideal for students, an Acer Aspire one Ultra-Lightweight Mobile Internet Device featuring Windows XP is now available for just $349”
Jerry Seinfeld is being paid $10 million to star in the next Windows Vista ad. “Microsoft explains the concept thusly: “Windows, Not Walls,” which involves “break[ing] down barriers that prevent people and ideas from connecting.”
Sony has announced a new version of its portable gaming solution, alias the PSP-3000. “Sony has taken the opportunity of the Leipzig Games Convention to reveal the brand-spanking new PSP-3000, arriving Oct 15th”
Core Temp has been updated to version 0.99.3. “Core Temp is a compact, no fuss, small footprint program to monitor CPU temperature.
Now Vista ready! (x86 and x64)”
Finally, Symantec has acquired Australian based software company PC Tools. “Through the deal Symantec will be able to expand its product line-up so as to include PC utilities software and point security technologies”
Now that we’ve fast-tracked you back up-to-date on the happenings in the hardware world (and I’ve warmed up my typing fingers), our news coverage will continue as usual from tomorrow onwards.