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AMD receives $1.25 billion settlement from Intel

We've already written about the ongoing settlement between Intel and AMD plenty of times with everyone, particularly Nvidia, taking notice. AMD recently made it official and confirmed that Intel and AMD have settled their dispute in an amicable, although a bit pricey manner, where both parties agreed on certain terms.

Radeon HD 5970 stock has been arriving gradually

Over the past three weeks since AMD released the world’s fastest 40nm DirectX 11 graphics processor, we have been on an incredibly intent pursuit to locate any available stock within the US market and inform the enthusiast community within reasonable time thereafter. Unfortunately, the task has been anything but satisfying, as every new shipment of the infamous Radeon HD 5970 sells out on an average of 14.5 minutes, according to the latest analytic data we’ve received.

Nvidia comments on Larrabee cancellation

We asked Nvidia to comment on Intel's recent Larrabee cancellation and we received an interesting answer, although it's close to what we expected.

Nvidia’s PR spinner who likes to be quoted Mr. Igor Stanek - Nvidia Product PR Manager, stated the following.

"The fact that a company with Intel's technical prowess and financial resources has struggled so hard to succeed with parallel computing shows just how exceptionally difficult a challenge this is."

Core i3 listed in all its glory

A Canadian retailer is listing Intel's upcoming Core i3 530 for $152.

The processor is clocked at 2993MHz, has 2 x 256Kb of L2 cache and 4MB of L3, 733MHz graphics and a 22x multiplier. Of course, it's an LGA 1156 part, but at 73W its TDP is rather high for a 32nm processor.

Bear in mind that this is the slowest Core i3 Intel plans to launch. The rest of the series will feature higher clocks in both the CPU and graphics department, as well as hyperthreading and Turbo features.

HP spills beans on upcoming Radeons

Engadget has scooped up several leaked HP slides detailing new Pavilion all-in-ones and, more interestingly, AMD's upcoming HD 5570 and HD 5350 graphics cards.

The HD 5350, codenamed Evora Cedar, will feature 1GB of memory and HDMI, DVI and VGA connectors and it will ship January 7. The somewhat more interesting HD 5570 Jaguar will pack up to 2GB of memory and drop VGA in favor of DisplayPort. The availability date is January 20.

The HD 5350 will send HD 4350 and HD 4550 parts into retirement, while the HD 5570 should replace HD 4650, HD 4670 and to some extend HD 4770 cards.

Nvidia preparing Geforce 315 desktop rebrand

A week and a half ago, news hit the internet that Nvidia had launched its first Geforce 300-series desktop card, which garnered hopes from its massive consumer base that it was preparing to unveil the full next-generation series over the next few months. Unfortunately, the unveiling of the “behemoth” Geforce G 310 was overhyped too quickly, as prospective consumers and media analysts alike soon realized it to be a simple rebranded, refreshed version of the Geforce G 210 marketed for OEM distributors.

Seagate intros its first SSD

Seagate has finally joined the SSD club and unveiled the Pulsar, an SLC-based enterprise class drive.

The Pulsar is a 2.5-inch drive, it's 7mm thick and it will ship in three capacities ranging from 50GB, through 100GB to 200GB. While most SSD makers opt for 40GB and 160GB drives, Samsung took the road less traveled and added a few more chips in the mix. The drives are based on Samsung's chips and their capacity is, in fact, somewhat higher, but Samsung reserved 20 percent of it for redundancy.

Chrome OS goes 64-bit

Google's Chrome OS has been the darling of open source developers for a while, and now it just got a bit more serious.

ChromeiumOS64 is a new Chrome project with 64-bit support and it should offer a bit more potential for more serious use on proper, 64-bit CPUs. In addition to 64-bit support, ChromeiumOS64 also features Xen hypervisor! and allows users to run virtual machines on Linux or even Windows.

Microsoft loses font war in China

Microsoft has suffered a blow behind the bamboo curtain after a Chinese court ordered versions of Windows with a particular typeface withdrawn from sale.

Vole had an agreement with Chinese technology company, Zhongyi Electronic, which designs Chinese character fonts. However the court said that Vole violated the scope of licensing agreements and will have to stop selling its Chinese versions of its Windows 98, 2000, 2003 and Windows XP.

HD 5870 CrossFireX performance in DiRT 2

ATI has been talking about DirectX 11 for quite some time and the reason is quite simple – Nvidia doesn’t have it and ATI does. Today, we decided to show some results that we got in DiRT 2, one of the few games that support DirectX 11. DiRT 2 works in DirectX 9 or DirectX 11 mode, and the difference is a lot of features that you can read about on the next page. For DirectX 11 mode you need adequate hardware, or to be precise one of AMD's Evergreen family graphics cards.

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