If you've ever built a computer, this will be jarring: Nvidia's agreed to licence its SLI tech for use on AMD motherboards. (AMD, of course, bought Nvidia arch-rival ATI a while ago and buried the ATI brand in favour of a unified AMD front a few months ago.)
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The new Xbox 360 is better for lots of reasons - like its guts. Inside is the first ever mass-market chip to combine a CPU, GPU, memory and I/O connectivity on one piece of silicon. Here's what it looks like.
ATI has finally overtaken NVIDIA in the quest for dominant discrete GPU (graphics cards) marketshare. ATI: 51 per cent. NVIDIA: 49 per cent. Apparently the flames, dragons and race cars that have been printed on ATI-related packaging are superior to the flames, cyborgs and race cars printed on NVIDIA's.
Choosing a graphics cards is a confusing endeavour. So Tom's Hardware shared their buying results after testing pretty much every card on the planet. Whether you've got $US50 to spend or $US250 to spend, this list will come in handy:
Hey! Everyone's favourite video playing software, VLC, jumped to 1.1.0 today and added some GPU decoding for Windows and Linux users as well, giving your CPU a break when you're trying to play those gigantic HD files you've been feverishly torrenting. One caveat: the Windows version only works with nVidia GPUs, as ATI's drivers aren't currently don't play nice.
When you're about to drop a black market kidney payment on a graphics card, you may go for flat-out speed - which makes sense. But another option might be more than enough speed and support for six displays.
The new Sapphire Radeon HD 5970 - based upon the acclaimed ATI HD 5970 chipset - is the new world's fastest graphics card. Its 3DMark Vantage score is an insane 22,000.