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     Gigabyte quiet on X6 support
      Posted on 25/03/2010 at 11:25 by Benoit
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    While the Asus press release has officialised the extent of the compatibility of its cards wth Thuban, this is still not the case with Gigabyte… although Gigabyte has already made updated BIOS’ available!

    A quick tour of the Gigabyte site gives a clearer picture. When you request a sort of motherboards by processor supported, indicating the Phenom II X6, you get the following list.

    Apparently, all the 790XTA-Udxs are compatible, which is very good news as this is a widely sold series. The AMD 770 chipset hasn’t been neglected and NVIDIA chipsets are also included. Of course, the motherboards based on the recent 890GX have native compatibility.

    It seems that in spite of any official communiqué, Gigabyte is also ready for the Phenom II X6 launch!

     Asus ready for the Phenom II X6!
      Posted on 25/03/2010 at 10:46 by Benoit
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    In response to the Intel Core i7 980X, the Phenom II X6s should be out by April 27. They’ll use socket AM3 which allow backwards compatibility, which is welcome. Nevertheless, while most 890GX motherboards will be able to run AMD’s latest arrival, the same can’t be said for cards with 790 or Nforce 750 chipsets. Although nothing prevents these cars from running with the Phenom II X6 technically speaking, actual compatibility depends on the manufacturer’s willingness to provide new BIOS’.

    Gigabyte has already started to make such BIOS’ available and now it's over to Asus to tell us that it is updating. Beyond the creation of a logo for the occasion, the market leader has announced that all its M4 series cards will be updated for the release of Thuban, which is good news for the numerous owners of this type of card.

    Other manufactuers are likely to publish their own lists as the launch date approaches.

     Catalyst 10.3 drivers are out
      Posted on 25/03/2010 at 09:36 by Benoit
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    You can rely on AMD to keep to the programme and they announced the Catalyst 10.3s last night. These drivers bring their quota of innovations.

    As expected, the Radeon Mobilities for notebooks are now supported, with the exception of Sony, Panasonic and Toshiba computers. Compatibility extends from the Radeon Mobility 2000s to the recent Mobility 5000s, running across a large section of machines on the market. To this is added an improvement to EyeFinity with the possibility of being able to set colours for each screen individually from the driver and to manage the screens in different groups. Note that you can adjust the final image to compensate for the borders of screens placed beside each other. AMD has also updated its driver so as to facilitate support for stereoscopic 3D at 120 Hz by third party suppliers such as DDD and iZ3D.

    To that is added the now standard performance gains, kicking in for both the Radeon 5000s and the Radeon 4800s, which will be appreciated by the owners of these cards. Performance for these cards should be improved in Alien vs. Predator, Battleforge, Call Of Duty: World at War, Company of Heroes, Crysis and Crysis Warhead, Devil May Cry 4, DiRT 2, Ennemy Territory: Quake Wars, Far Cry 2, Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Resident Evil 5, H.A.W.X., World in Conflict and Wolfenstein.

    The Catalyst 10.3s can be downloaded here!

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