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  • Another victory for NVIDIA: EA adopts PhysX

    Another victory for NVIDIA: EA adopts PhysX

    The video card business pendulum has had its swing into AMD territory, but bit by bit NVIDIA is making its comeback after an embarrassing early last generation. This time it’s not more frames per second, but favorable alliances which are gaining ground for the graphics giant: EA and 2K Games (creators of Bioshock) have both agreed to use NVIDIA’s PhysX technology to drive their physics… Read More

  • New reviews have GeForces pulling ahead of Radeons

    New reviews have GeForces pulling ahead of Radeons

    I’ve been trumpeting Radeon superiority in this video card generation for months, but it seems that the seesaw is tipping the other way now and NVIDIA is back on their game. Doubtless the cost-for-performance of the 48xx series early on caused NVIDIA to panic and drop prices, but now that the platforms have matured a little bit, drivers have been updated, and new games are being tested, it… Read More

  • G4saurus Defectus: AMD snipes at NVIDIA in viral cartoon

    I think you have to be a real hardware geek to find this stuff funny, so it’s no surprise that it made me smile. Although it’s not exactly credited, it’s pretty clear that this is a low-key effort by AMD to discredit NVIDIA — the cartoon casts a bediapered dinosaur as NVIDIA’s troubled last generation of video cards and makes fun of their limited and faulty hardware. Read More

  • Code name Shanghai: AMD's 45nm quad-core Opterons are here

    Code name Shanghai: AMD's 45nm quad-core Opterons are here

    AMD, Intel’s arch nemesis, is rolling out its first 45nm quad-core Opteron processors today. The move to 45nm brings lower power consumption (a decrease by about 35 percent) and increased (by 35 percent, too) “performance,” a term so nebulous it can mean anything. The processor uses the code name Shanghai. The previous 65nm Opterons went by Barcelona, who are absolutely tearing… Read More

  • AMD announcing Atom smashing processor tomorrow?

    AMD announcing Atom smashing processor tomorrow?

    It’s being wildly speculated this morning that AMD will announce an Intel Atom smasher tomorrow at a financial analyst meeting. So, in short expect AMD to announce their netbook strategy tomorrow, which they said they’d talk about during the Q3 earnings call. The Reg Notebooks Read More

  • AMD expected to announce netbook CPU this week

    AMD expected to announce netbook CPU this week

    Likely irked by the rapid adoption of Intel’s Atom CPU, it’s expected that AMD will announce its own netbook-specific processor this week, according to APC Magazine. The company is claiming that battery life and video performance are the two key areas that need to be better addressed. AMD’s VP of Advanced Marketing, Pat Moorehead, says that we should expect 8 to 9 hours of… Read More

  • Some report: Acer looking to release nettop without Intel Atom processor

    Some report: Acer looking to release nettop without Intel Atom processor

    There’s word that Acer may well release a nettop, sort of a headless netbook, without the Intel Atom processor early next year. It’s not that Acer is tired of the Atom or anything, but because sales of its Aspire series of netbooks are doing so well that the company doesn’t want to jeopardize the supply of Atom processors. So, it’s reportedly looking at using processors… Read More

  • AMD lays off 500 people

    AMD lays off 500 people

    Yet another big, successful company feels the crunch; 500 people were eliminated from AMD’s worldwide operations today, although AMD did not say what jobs were cut or where. We haven’t heard similar announcements from the other major players in AMD’s game, Intel and NVIDIA; the former may be banking on the its new Core i7s to buoy earnings, the latter probably made a packet on… Read More

  • Radeon HD 4830 fills the budget-midrange gap

    Radeon HD 4830 fills the budget-midrange gap

    AMD’s 4000 series has been exceptional in that not only has it exceeded NVIDIA at the high end while keeping the price down, but the budget offerings going all the way down to <$100 are good performers for the money as well. The new HD 4830 slots right in between the 46XX series ($70-80) and the 4850 (~$170). At around $130 or less, the Radeon HD 4830 provides DirectX 10.1 support and… Read More

  • AMD teaming up with Celsia for better passive cooling

    AMD teaming up with Celsia for better passive cooling

    In systems where both energy limitations and heat flow are major considerations, passive cooling has been an increasingly popular solution, though not always the best one. Heatsinks are often just not enough to do the job, but as they become more sophisticated they are closing the performance gap with active heat reduction like fans or piping. Celsia has made the heatsink into something more… Read More