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     AGP Hotfix for Catalyst 8.4
      Posted on 18/04/2008 at 19:40 by Nicolas
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    Some will say that it’s almost a tradition; the release of new Catalyst drivers is often followed by that of one or several Hotfixes. The 8.4 version isn’t the exception and once again there are fixes destined to the entire Radeon AGP family with DirectX 9/10 support. Four are available as there are 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP and Vista.

    Normally, it should prevent a "Direct3D initialization failed" type error from appearing or even the Experience score from Windows Vista from falling to 1.0. To download it and the accompanying documentation, go here!

     AMD back on slowly back on track
      Posted on 18/04/2008 at 19:19 by Nicolas
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    AMD has published its financial results for the first quarter of 2008. The below figures are in millions of dollars.

    Losses are still as significant, but they have decreased while revenue increased compared to the same period last year. The sequential reduction in income is entirely normal and Intel had one as well even if it was less (-10%). Gross profits were 42% or a little bit behind the last quarter of 2007 (44%). Note that nothing was mentioned on the average sales prices of CPUs and GPUs. Moreover, AMD was happy to say that income from its graphic division was $230 million or an increase of 17% over 1 year.

    The biggest events of the quarter were the arrival of the B3 core Barcelona, which was notably translated into large volume shipments of quad core Opterons to clients such as Dell and HP as well as the release of the Phenom X4 9x50. There was also the introduction of the Phenom X3 8000 and X4 9100e, 780G Radeon HD 3870 X2, and of course we can’t forget Hybrid CrossFire and CrossFire X.

    At the press conference which followed the announcement of results, the company said that it was well on its way to start engraving in 45nm with good yields starting this summer and that shipments in large volume of CPUs with this fabrication process are planned for the fourth quarter. Finally, the first samples of the Bulldozer engraved in 45nm should be produced in 2009.

     Quadro FX 4700 X2 : the most powerful
      Posted on 18/04/2008 at 12:47 by Nicolas
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    Nvidia has just unveiled the Quadro FX 4700 X2. Following the example of the GeForce 9800 X2, it has two G92s (with 112 scalar processors activated in each), as is confirmed by the GeForce Release 174.93 : NVIDIA_G92.DEV_0619.1 = "NVIDIA Quadro FX 4700 X2".

    Nvidia had the good idea of equipping its card with 2 X 1 GB of GDDR3 set at à frequency of around 860 MHz and a memory bandwidth of 51.2 GB/s. Given that 512 MB is becoming more often insufficient in high resolution and the fact that data is stocked double, such a quantity of memory is far from being useless on a professional dual GPU card. On the other hand, this means power consumption is higher at 226W.

    In terms of outputs, there are 4 DVI and 1 stereo. Of course, it has specific drivers for 3D Pro programs. As for performances, gains compared to the Quadro FX 3700 vary tremendously depending on the application.

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