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.
You might not be a big graphics card PC buff, but in the under $US100 sector, the new ATI Radeon HD 5570 is definitely a product to know. Tom's Hardware shares their excellent, extremely thorough review of the product here.
There's something about ATI Engineering's logo, as spotted by reader bammac on a recent trip to Napier in New Zealand, that looks vaguely familiar. I can't quite put my finger on it... Wait a minute! I've got it! It's the apple up dotting the 'I'! Man, I bet Cupertino are gonna let their lawyers run wild with this one...
ATI continues pressing the three-month lead it has over Nvidia's next-gen Fermi architecture with another set of DirectX 11–supporting graphics cards - this time for notebooks, with the Mobility Radeon HD 5000 series. Preview benchmarks show the top-of-the-line 5870 wiping the floor with Nvidia's topper, the GTX 280M.
According to a report on DigiTimes, Nvidia's new 40nm DirectX 11-friendly Fermi chipset, after encountering development delays, has been pushed back again. Originally slated for November 2009, now we're looking at March 2010 for the release. Meanwhile, ATI will release its comparable 40nm chips in January or February.
Last week Intel blabbed to us that its high-end Larrabee card would never debut as a "standalone discrete product," and now its demise has been made official. Can you hear Nvidia and AMD crowing from where you are too?