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     Intel price reductions of 4 Core 2s
      Posted on 21/07/2008 at 23:23 by Nicolas
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    Yesterday, Intel announced price reductions for four of its Core 2 processors:

    While it is rather nice to see the price of the E8500 decrease by 31% and the Q6600 to go under the symbolic $200 mark, we should nevertheless keep in mind that already planned price reductions and changes for the third quarter should be more ambitious. If everything goes well, the Q9550 should be 40% less expensive and we should see the arrival of the Q9650, Q9400, E8600 and E7300. Now we can only hope that the Santa Clara company will not wait until the last week of September to update its price list.

     ATI Catalyst 8.7: HD 4800 support
      Posted on 21/07/2008 at 22:44 by Nicolas
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    ATI has just put the Catalyst 8.7 online. The main innovation is that there is support for the Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 which up until now had to use the beta version of a Catalyst specifically devoted to them. This came in the form of a CD or just recently a "Hotfix Driver". As usual, the driver is compatible with all DirectX 9/10/10.1 GPUs from AMD’s graphic division and they function with 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows XP and VISTA. Otherwise, there is an improvement of the Catalyst Control Center Information Center which provides rather complete information on each physically present graphics accelerator.

    In terms of performance improvements, there are gains from 3% to 12% in Company of Heroes and 4% to 15% in Lost Planet. In both cases, this involves DirectX 10 and only with certain Radeon HD 3600, 3800 and 4800s. In DirectX 9, the Radeon HD 4800 can be up to 4% faster in Call Of Duty 4, still only with certain cards, and in Lost Planet, CrossFire seems to finally be active as multi-card configurations can be up to 70% faster with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering activated.

    Finally, a series of bugs has been remedied. Amongst those games concerned in Windows Vista, there is Assassin's Creed (with the Radeon HD 2600, edge detection in Crysis in DirectX 9 with the UBM activated), Frontlines Fuel of War, Hellgate London, Mahjongg Artifacts, Rainbow Six Vegas 2, World In Conflict as well as World of Warcraft. In Windows XP, ATI mentions City of Heroes, Enemy Territories Quake Wars, Lost Planet, Google SketchUp and World of Warcraft to name just a few. For all the details, do not hesitate to consult the Release Notes.

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