AMD And ATI Finally Become One

Zac O'Vadka | | May 7, 2009 1:08 AM CDT

It has been nearly three years since the AMD/ATI merger that stole the headlines everywhere. Now AMD has announced that the two companies are finally becomming one.

AMD And ATI Finally Become One

AMD has announced that the company is attempting to streamline the way the two companies create chip architectures as well as defining clearer lines of leadership. While AMD still plans on driving forward with both descrete GPUs and CPUs, the company says it will now be "attacking the market as "one AMD."

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Apple could be putting 3G into MacBooks

Sean Kalinich | | May 6, 2009 1:56 PM CDT

It is that time of day again, Apple rumor time. Today we have the new rumor that Apple is going to put 3G into a new product.

The rumor brought to you courtesy of Computerworld and a job listing in the paper tells us that Apple was shopping for people to test out 3G connections along with a slew of other connectivity type such as BlueTooth 2.0, Gigabit Lan; the usual suspects.

Computerworld is convinced that this is a sign of the apocalypse well not really but they do feel it is pretty strong evidence that Apple might br putting 3G into their mobile products.

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More Anti-7/Anti-Intel Spin over XP Mode

Sean Kalinich | | May 6, 2009 10:34 AM CDT

You know I really do like the way the technical press is spinning things these days.

For example, Inquirer Hack Sylvie Barak grabs a kernel of a story from CNET about the new XP Mode in Windows 7 Business SKUs and how it needs VT or AMD-V to run properly and turns it into a mountain of an issue.

First and foremost to all of the people out there complaining: XP Mode is meant for legacy business applications NOT for consumer usage.

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PhotoFast G-Monster-PROMISE hits 991MB/s

Sean Kalinich | | May 6, 2009 8:59 AM CDT

This just came in and it is pretty impressive. PhotoFast recently announced its own PCI-e SSD card named the G-Monster-PROMISE complete with some nice performance numbers on paper. But there was nothing to show this in action.

Just a few minutes ago we received some pictures of the card in action.

They were able to get almost 1000MB/s read and write times on this piece of hardware. The pictures spell it all out.

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AMD Wants To Show Link to Video Games And Learning

Zac O'Vadka | Internet & Websites | May 6, 2009 1:11 AM CDT

AMD is holding a new contest and wants to demonstrate the link between gaming and learning. According to AMD, this reinforces AMD Changing the Games commitment to advance youth education through digital games.

AMD Wants To Show Link to Video Games And Learning

The A-ha Moment Video Contest asks contestants to create a video explaining how playing video games reinforced something they first learned elsewhere. They also have the My Dream Assignment Video Contest which urges contestants to submit a video with your idea on what would be a gread game to increase learning.

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BlizzCon Tickets Go On Sale May 16

Zac O'Vadka | | May 6, 2009 12:06 AM CDT

Blizzard has finally annouced ticket availability and pricing for this year's BlizzCon set to be held on August 21st and 22nd.

Blizzard will be offering tickets for $125 and the first wave of tickets will go on sale May 16. They will be available on the BlizzCon website. For those that don't get tickets before the first set of tickets, a second block will be offered on May 30.

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Call of Duty heads to Vietnam

Sean Kalinich | | May 5, 2009 2:54 PM CDT

More gaming news today, it looks like the next Call of Duty will not be set in World War II but will make a time jump to the Vietnam War.

If the rumors are correct we will see the next game from Activision to carry the Call Of Duty name planted firmly in the jungles of Vietnam. Modern Warfare 2 will not be a Call of Duty title but a stand alone.

The man to produce this next installment is looking to be Noah Heller.

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AMD Grabs 20.9% Market Share

Sean Kalinich | | May 5, 2009 1:33 PM CDT

AMD's market share made a healthy jump over the last quarter reaching 20.9% with the release of the Phenom II.

While the Phenom II cannot compete MHz for MHz with Intel at this time they do score over the Intel offerings by being much more economical (pronounce that less expensive) this paired with their huge overclocking potential has led to many people defection back to AMD.

The market share numbers, while a good thing for AMD are also reflective of inventory clearing efforts on the part of both companies. Still AMD is moving forward and even the mainboard makers are showing an increased demand for AMD based mainboards.

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New Rumor, Apple to make Game Console

Sean Kalinich | Gaming | May 5, 2009 12:24 PM CDT

Oh the rumors the rumors! All about Apple, so many rumors, first we have an Apple netbook, then a new iPhone, then a new version of the iPod touch, Verzion deals and more!

The latest one is that Apple is returning to the console market. Yup that is right, all of those high profile hirings are nothing more than Apple building a console team.

The logic goes like this, Apple has a PPC CPU thanks to PA Semi, this is basically an SoC minus a GPU. Bring in all the ex ATi talent to fill that void, roll in a healthy and popular online content distribution center, all you would need is someone that is good with getting game consoles off the ground.

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New Core i7 975 could be out in June

Sean Kalinich | | May 5, 2009 11:35 AM CDT

Intel is looking to add some more Core i7 love out there around the time Computex starts.

If the launch date is accurate we should see the new Core i7 975 XE hit the stores in June. The new Nehalem CPU runs at 3.33 GHz, which is only slightly faster than the i7 965 but the 975 has already been pushed to 5 GHz on air cooling by a pair of crazed overclockers.

This means the new i7 is being released not to compete with the AMD Phenom II (as there is no competition) on a clock for clock basis but to put an very overclockable CPU on the shelves for the enthusiast that must have the fastest just shy of liquid nitrogen cooling.

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