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AMD calls Fermi a "Paper Dragon"

AMD has showed a presentation in which it compares its HD 5800 generation with Nvidia's upcoming Fermi, or as AMD likes to call it a "Paper Dragon".

The PR wars (Or FUD wars.sub.ed) between AMD and Nvidia have started once again as we draw closer to Nvidia's launch of Fermi. Nvidia still believes that Fermi beats the HD 5870, but on the other hand, AMD is selling more and more HD 5800 series cards, and Fermi is no where to be seen yet.

AMD Intros 8 Athlon II Processors

Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) on Tuesday introduced eight mainstream Athlon II desktop microprocessors, ranging from dual- to quad-core models. The processors, all built using a 45-nanometer production process, are expected to be used in new PCs offered during the holiday shopping season. Computer makers expected to build systems around the latest offerings include Acer, Dell (Dell), Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), and Lenovo.

HD 5900 shows up in AMD Open CL driver

Not sure what to make of it. AMD's recently released Open CL drives has given us something to think about. Among the new cards listed in the support sheet, including the fresh HD 5800 and HD 5700 series, the driver also mentions two HD5900 parts.

Frankly, we are not sure what to make of this. It is quite possible that AMD will brand the dual-GPU incarnations of HD 5850 and HD 5870 cards as HD 5900 series, dropping the previous X2 suffix, but this is merely speculation.

AMD’s DirectX 11 game roadmap surfaces

Eight titles and engines promised for 2010 The release of the first graphics architecture to support Microsoft’s DirectX 11 has been followed with widespread adoption as AMD achieves a successful first strike in the next generation GPU hardware battle. Meanwhile, many eager consumers have been keeping close watch for any solid confirmations regarding software titles to successfully implement the new rendering API.
 
 
 

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HD 5800 cards still suffering availability issues

Getting better though

AMD's recently introduced Radeon HD 5870 is readily available in most European markets. After a somewhat bumpy launch, distributors are starting to get new shipments and they are finally coping with demand. Speaking of demand, there seems to be plenty of early DirectX11 adopters to go around. Prices range for the HD 5870 range from just under €300 in Blighty to €315 or €330 on the mainland, depending on the region.

AMD Announces Open Physics Standard

AMD and Pixelux Entertainment announced a joint development agreement that is part of the AMD effort to greatly expand the use of real-time physics with graphics through the open source Bullet Physics engine. By encouraging development of physics middleware built around OpenCL™ and Bullet Physics, AMD and Pixelux offer a route toward physics simulation that spans game consoles, PCs and other hardware platforms.

8-core Bulldozer is first

We’ve learned that AMD’s truly next generation CPU codenamed Bulldozer should be out of the labs in late 2010. This is not Deneb / Phenom done right, it's a complete new architecture.

Since this is AMDs brand new architecture, the company is optimistic about it and we believe that initial shipments won’t start until much later in 2011.

We also learned that Bulldozer at start comes as an eight core CPU, but we would not exclude the possibility of other core iterations. Intel plans to have Sandy Bridge, its new 32nm architecture in 2011 and plans a refresh in 22nm called Ivy Bridge.

 
 
 

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Suggested Radeon HD 5770 and HD 5750 System Requirements

We told you about Juniper cards earlier and now let's check out their system requirements. Looks pretty similiar to Radeon HD 4770 except you need at least a 600W for Crossfire.

    * PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard
    * 450 Watt or greater power supply with one 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (600 Watt and two 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)

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