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Microsoft has taken the covers off its latest gaming/graphics programming interface, known as DirectX 12, that will be supported across Windows, Windows Phone and the Xbox One OS by next year.
The major upgrade in the recently announced MacBook Air is the Intel Haswell processor. This processor with its faster graphics makes the Air one of the best laptops ever produced.
Dell's business-class 23in. all-in-one desktop has a lot to recommend it, including unfussy design, solid construction, low power consumption and quiet operation. However, its graphics performance is moderate, the screen's viewing angles could be better and it's not cheap.
Much of this ThinkPad's design — and particularly the excellent keyboard — is traditional, but it packs plenty of up-to-date specs too: Core i7 CPU, hybrid discrete/integrated graphics, solid-state drive, USB 3.0 and a high-quality multimedia subsystem. All this makes for an expensive notebook, but it's one we're happy to recommend.
AMD, Nvidia introduce "new" mobile graphics card lineups, but Radeon 7000M, GeForce 600M are just rebadges
As we've mentioned before, rebadging is one of the graphics card world's dirty little secrets. Take your existing graphics engine, tweak the clock speeds a little, and -- voila -- it's a whole new card with a spiffier-sounding product name.
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After showing it off at the recent Computex show, Powercolor has officially released its HD6870X2, which combines two AMD Radeon HD 6870 high-performance GPUs on a single card. It will compete with other dual-GPU boards like the Radeon HD 6990, Nvidia GeForce GTX 590, and the forthcoming Asus Mars II, though according to Fudzilla, it will undercut their pricing by being offered at $449.
If there weren't enough new graphics cards on the market already, Nvidia is making sure that every price point and market niche is considered. And I mean every one.
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AMD's first Fusion processors--chips that combine both a CPU and graphics--have been finding their way into everything from netbooks to 15-inch budget notebooks. Over the past few weeks, I've been testing out a number of these Fusion laptops including the Acer Aspire One 522, HP Pavilion dm1z and Lenovo ThinkPad X120e.
AMD hopes to challenge Intel's Atom-based dominance of the netbook market by combining a low-power CPU with the equivalent of last year's discrete graphics card in a single package. Toshiba is using the 1GHz C-50 in its new high-end netbook, the NB550D mini, which comes in a sturdy little 1.
Yesterday evening I downloaded the latest Ubuntu Natty daily build, and booted the Live image on one of my netbooks. I was surprised to see a 2D rendering of the Unity desktop, rather than the usual scolding about "underpowered graphics" and getting dropped back to a normal Gnome desktop.
A year ago, the netbook recipe was simple and boring. But things have become more interesting with dual-core processors, upgraded graphics and display options, and better materials and build quality. These extras push some netbooks a bit above today's $300 entry price, but depending on your needs it may be worth spending a little extra on one of these 2010 holiday picks.
When you buy a discrete Nvidia graphics card as an add-on for your PC, you're actually buying a retail model sold by one of the company's partners, like Asus or EVGA. That is, unless you stop by your local Best Buy, where you can now obtain Nvidia video cards that are being sold under the Nvidia brand itself.
Even if Nvidia's recent roll out of graphics cards based on its new Fermi architecture has slightly dulled AMD's momentum in the graphics market, the Radeon brand is still rolling along, with Nvidia supposedly mulling a price cut on one of its new boards. At the same time, AMD is readying its new Radeon HD 6000 series, which will be more of an evolutionary step forward from the 5000 series, but should continue to put pressure on Nvidia.
One of the most anticipated games in years, Starcraft II is so hot that it can burn up your graphics card. Literally.
Already making a statement with its ATI-based Ares graphics card -- a $1,200 beast that yokes together a pair of Radeon HD 5870 GPUs in a single board -- Asus is now moving on to an Nvidia version of the beast.Based around the new Fermi architecture, this Ares would pull together two GeForce GTX 480s, each with 480 stream processors and 1.
It's been an interesting week for what had become a fairly uninteresting desktop niche: the all-in-one (AIO) PC. First, Asetek showed off its liquid-cooled AIO prototype, and now MSI has officially revealed details of its first 3D AIO system, the AE2420.
The 3D laptops are coming fast and furious now, with Toshiba announcing one the other day and now the normally staid Lenovo venturing into the third dimension with the IdeaPad Y560d.The Y560d is a little different in that it uses passive polarized 3D glasses rather than active-shutter ones, and uses an ATI Radeon HD 5730 graphics card instead of an Nvidia one.
For all of its success, one thing Intel could never master was the standalone graphics card, eventually ceding the market to Nvidia and ATI/AMD. That was supposed to change with the company's Larrabee project, which was designed to produce 3D graphics chips that could compete with the GeForces and Radeons of the world.
DirectX 11 laptop graphics war heating up? Nvidia's mobile Fermi coming next month, according to Eurocom.
ATI had a good lead over Nvidia in the latest desktop graphics skirmish, getting its Radeon HD 5870 to market several months before its rival's GeForce GTX 480 reached online shops and gaming PC manufacturers. But that lead time appears to be a lot shorter on the laptop front, if one of Eurocom's product pages is to be believed.
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