We all know competition is great for consumers, but AMD appears to be jonesing for an all an all-out war with Nvidia over the title “World’s Fastest Graphics Card”. Both companies recently released dual GPU masterpieces, but both AMD and Nvidia are laying claim to crown, and AMD’s Public Relations Manager Dave Erskine is asking them to prove it. With reference to the AMD Radeon HD 6990 Erskine claims it was “designed to be a game-changer”, and they can back this up with benchmarks.
Rumors of an imminent expansion of Alienware's gaming laptop range are nothing new, but till now they have only been restricted to talk of an 18-incher supposedly called the M18x. However, new pictures posted on a forum named dell.benyouhui, and spotted by Notebook Italia, point to not one but two new Alienware laptops from Dell. The previously unheard of second laptop happens to be a 14-incher reportedly called M14x. Hit the jump for the leaked photos.
Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, which became available through Windows Update on Tuesday, is nothing more than a bundle of security and stability updates. Nevertheless, it does bring a couple of new virtualization technologies. One of those virtualization innovations, RemoteFX delivers a full-fidelity virtual desktop experience, including support for Windows Aero and 3D applications, through GPU virtualization. Both AMD and NVIDIA have now enabled RemoteFX support in their professional graphics cards.
Read on to find out which cards currently offer RemoteFX support.
Wait a minute, didn't AMD take the ATI brand behind the shed and give it the Old Yeller treatment? Sort of. Barring a special edition throwback or a mulligan of sorts, you won't ever see a new graphics card in the home desktop market carrying an ATI label, but AMD is still using it for some of its professional cards, including the ATI FirePro V5800 DVI, one of two new graphics cards geared for the workplace (the other being the AMD FirePro 2270).
"Because of their superior power consumption and multi-dispaly capabilities, solutions based on the AMD FirePro 2270 and ATI FirePro V4800 DVI deliver strong value for financial, medical, and corporate workstation environments," said Janet Matsuda, general manager, AMD Professional Graphics. "With the AMD FirePro family, we continue to demonstrate our focus on enhancing productivity through an enhanced visual experience."
The AMD FirePro 2270 ( $150) is AMD's only low-profile, passively cooled, dual-display, triple set support solution graphics card, while the ATI FirePro V5800 DVI ($470) boasts added muscle to drive two high-resolution dual-link DVI displays. Both cards are available now.
AMD made it clear that the ATI brand was living on borrowed time, and with the introduction of AMD's Radeon HD 6800 series, we figured ATI was officially dead. We may have been wrong.
Credit goes to Fudzilla for spotting a page in AMD's Developer Central portal outlining six upcoming Radeon 6000 series cards, and unlike the 6800 series, these new parts carry the ATI label. They include the ATI Radeon HD 6230, ATI Radeon HD 6250, ATI Radeon HG 6290, ATI Radeon HD 6390, ATI Radeon HD 6510, and ATI Radeon HD 6750 cards.
These are all Evergreen parts and may end up being renamed before all is said and done, or as OEM cards, but at least for now it appears the ATI label may live on a little longer.
The development of PC display technologies over the last 30 years has taken us through many chapters: from IBM, the creator of the IBM PC, pioneering color display technologies (and ceding development to third-parties ATI, 3dfx, and nVidia); to the quest to provide both sharp text and colorful graphics; through the ever-increasing size of displays; to LCD flat panels overtaking TV-type CRTs; the move to 3D graphics rendering and, currently, to 3D viewing. Here's a brief history of these and other milestones in PC graphics history.
For those of your running multiple ATI Radeon videocards in a CrossFire configuration, AMD this week posted a new ATI Catalyst Application Profile (10.9a). The update includes CrossFire performance boosts for a handful of titles, including:
Nvidia has been soaking up all the positive press lately, and with just cause. The GTX 460 has proven itself to be a solid competitor against the midrange AMD 5000 series GPU’s, and the upcoming launch of the new GT 430 will round out a very capable portfolio of DX11 parts.
ATI remains competitive for the moment, but many have been left wondering when they would announce their follow up to Fermi, the answer it would seem is very soon. The last rumor we heard was that the AMD 6000 series cards would be hitting the streets sometime in November, and we can now further validate this date based on new reports citing that the company plans to release all the technical details on October 19that its annual Technical Forum and Exhibition show in Taipei.
The first card expected to be announced is the AMD 6870, a replacement high end enthusiast part, however even this rumor is contradicted in a few sources we found. Either way if you have been hovering your mouse cursor over the 1-click buy button lately this is one of the rare instances where it might actually pay off to wait a couple weeks to see what happens. At the very least it’s reasonable to expect that the current 5000 series cards will see a long awaited price drop, something I’m sure many of you have been waiting for.
Will AMD continue to place the emphasis on performance per watt, or simply go for the home run? Let us know what you expect the 6000 series to deliver after the jump.
Earlier today we brought you the 20 Most Important Moments in the History of ATI--a look back at the history of one of the companies that made gaming hardware what it is today. For this week's Old School Monday, we thought we'd share a piece of that history, in the form of a 1997 Boot interview with Henry Quan--then-Vice President of ATI.
Check it out, then hit the comments and tell us whether you think it was the right move for AMD to kill the ATI brand name.
It's the end of an era, folks. In the coming months, AMD will retire the ATI brand, letting the ATI name ride off into the sunset after a remarkable 25-year run, presumably never to be seen again. Don't mistake that to mean AMD is getting out of the graphics business -- it isn't -- but once the brand is dropped, you won't see the ATI name attached to any new Radeon, FirePro, or EyeFinity products.
The decision came after AMD sent out surveys to several thousand "discrete graphics aware" respondents spread out across the U.S., U.K., Germany, China, Japan, Brazil, and Russia. According to John Volkmann, AMD's VP of global corporate marketing, "the Radeon brand and the ATI brand are equally strong with respect to conveying our graphics processor offering." That might be so, but it doesn't tell the full story behind ATI and its 25 year tenure in the graphics business, one that includes witnessing the rise and fall of 3dfx, and continued participation in what's largely become a two-man battle in the discrete graphics space.
Join us as we take a look back at some of the most important periods and events in ATI's history, starting with when it was formed in 1985.