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     ForceWare 162.18 (or second 162.15) for Windows XP
      Posted on 07/07/2007 at 01:15 by Nicolas
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    Logo NvidiaApparently unsatisfied with the level of stability offered by the ForceWare 162.15 beta, whose downloading link has disappeared from its sites (the file still exists), Nvidia has just released ForceWare 162.18 beta. We don’t know much about it besides the fact (let’s hope) that the lifespan should be shorter.

    You may notice that the list of corrected bugs in the new Release Notes is identical to that of the previous version’s. You may remember that this update wasn’t the best in terms of information and was rather slow to arrive.



     VIA distances itself a little more from the PC
      Posted on 07/07/2007 at 00:34 by Nicolas
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    Negociations seem to be dead between Intel and VIA dealing with the renewal of the latter’s liscence. While on paper the Taiwanese manufacturer may release a PT960 and PM960 destined for the latest Intel processors starting in the fourth quarter and SiS has already made an agreement three months ago regarding the official support of an FSB frequency of 1333MHz, potential buyers of a motherboard for the Core 2 Duo equipped with a VIA chipset will have to at best be happy with a 1066MHz FSB and DDR2-533.

    In terms of AMD platforms, the buy-out of ATI by the Texan giant generated less enthusiasm at VIA, who is already in competition with Nvidia on this small sized market with regards to AMD CPUs.

    Digitimes has announced that they have information from PC makers close to VIA saying that the company will concentrate more on chipsets for its own C7 processor platforms and devote fewer development resources to platforms destined for the competition. Overall, everything is still possible, but it’s assumed that in the future if VIA manages to be stay on Intel and AMD platforms, its role will be even smaller than it currently is. This company is still gravitating more towards certain niche markets (ultra portables, point of sale terminals, set-top boxes, etc..).


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