A few days ago, AMD demo'd WoW running seamlessly on six Dell 30" monitors, 7680x3200 resolution, at playable frame rates from a single Eyefinity card. Dirt 2 was also running, full DX11, again at playable frame rates, from the same card. Left4Dead stuttered a bit here and there, but was very playable. At 7K+ resolution from one card, that is not bad at all.
The take home message is that Eyefinity does one thing that no one else can, simulate a single monitor on multiple displays transparently to Windows. It should just work, and from what we saw, it does. This simple thing breaks through a fundamental brick wall for GPU adoption, limited resolution monitors.
The Great Chip Wars, as we’ve come to know them, ended this week — courtesy of a new marketing campaign from Advanced Micro Devices.
AMD has decided to sell its products under the Vision banner, a slogan that emphasizes the strengths of its graphics chip instead of promoting the abilities of its CPUs, or traditional workhorse chips. PC makers and retailers will promote three flavors of AMD-based computers, called See, Share and Create models.
Say you're AMD, and you make graphics chips that nearly double in performance with every generation. Yet games haven't been getting all that much more demanding over time. What would you do with all of that excess power, especially if you wanted to stir up interest in your latest product? AMD's answer at the moment is a new feature it calls Eyefinity.
By now, many of you are probably aware that the launch of AMD's next-generation, DirectX 11-compliant graphics cards is imminent. Rumors about the launch and the products themselves has been trickling out for quite a while now and lots of information--some right and some wrong--is already available at various places around the web. While we can't disclose any detailed specifications or product specifics just yet, we do have some information about a new feature being implemented in the next-gen Radeons that we are able to share with you now.
Customers are apparently shouting at graphics chip makers to do more about correcting memory systems.
One of the downsides of the current generation of GPUs is a lack of error correction which causes problems for high performance users. According to HPC Wire, Graphics chip vendors are aware of the problem and it appears to be only a matter of time before GPUs get a memory makeover.
We've heard that ATI's soon to lunch DirectX 11 performance card, something that we know as RV870 and something that AMD calls Evergreen, should be roughly 1.6 times faster than the RV770 chip.
RV770 is the chip behind ATI's Radeon HD 4870 card and it showed quite good performance, so this 1.6 times performance increase can give you a general idea that the new chip should be quite fast.
Of course 1.6 times is the best case scenario and it should be less than that in some cases, but overall this 40nm chip should be a good step forward for ATI.
Advanced Micro Devices has launched a low-power version of its six-core Opteron processor in time for VMworld, a key virtualization show that opens on Monday.
The six-core AMD Opteron EE consumes 40 watts, and is designed for 2P servers, among the most popular in the virtualized server space. The chip will cost $989, and will begin shipping on Monday.
AMD should be launching one more three core CPU based on Heka 45nm three core, which is nothing more than Deneb with one core disabled.
The currently available Phenom II X3 720 at its 2.8GHz is selling for about €90 in Europe or in the states $119.00 including free shipping and this baby will soon get its 3.0GHz sibling.
The new CPU will be under the Phenom II X3 740 brand and its specs include 3.0GHz speed and 7.5MB of total cache but we don’t know the launch price as of yet.
It has been reported that the new Radeon HD 5800 Series will support a performance equal to 2 terrabytes of FLOPS (Floating point Operations Per Second. ) The news comes after it has been revealed that ATI Cypress will now become the Radeon HD 5800. As reported from TrustedReviews, the ATI Radeon HD 5850 and 5870 cards will be launched sometime in September, paving the way for a public release in October.
UPDATE: AMD has contacted X-bit labs claiming that it has not announced any simultaneous multi-threading technologies for Bulldozer processors. Still, there are other multi-threading implementations that may still be supported.
Advanced Micro Devices announced during Hot Chips conference that its next-generation code-named Bulldozer microprocessors will feature a multi-threading technology (SMT) which would be akin to Intel Corp.’s well-known HyperThreading.
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