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It's Dead Jim - a debate about the future of the graphics API

Love them or hate them, standardised IHV agnostic(-ish) graphics APIs have changed the landscape in a mostly positive way. Yet some bear them ill will. We set out for the truth about their future fate, hoping that we can handle it.

AMD hotfixes Catalyst for Bioshock

20th Aug 2007 @ 16:06:00 - written by Geo  
As noted in our previous news item, "it's Bioshock Day!" and the graphics IHVs are rushing to assist in the celebration. Not to be left out, AMD is contributing a Hotfix to the party, since the "beta" model favored by their competitors is not to their liking.
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HD DVD scores a coup with defection of Paramount and Dreamworks SKG from Blu-ray camp

20th Aug 2007 @ 13:01:00 - written by Geo  
While it would be a bit much to say that the news has been universally bad for the HD DVD camp in recent months, it would at least be fair to say that the tides have been running against them. Today, that's changed fairly dramatically.
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PCI Express 2.0 AIBs might not work in current non-2.0 mainboards

20th Aug 2007 @ 11:11:00 - written by Rys  
X-bit Labs have asked the PCI-SIG for clarification on whether upcoming PCI Express 2.0 AIBs will work correctly in mainboards that only support PCI Express 1.x.
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SIGGRAPH 2007: GPGPU supplemental course information available at gpgpu.org

19th Aug 2007 @ 20:08:00 - written by Rys  
The good folks over at gpgpu.org have made available the supplementary course material presented during SIGGRAPH this year.
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TSMC are making the daughter die for Xbox 360 GPU

16th Aug 2007 @ 11:11:00 - written by Rys  
TSMC have announced that they're now fabricating the eDRAM die portion of the Xbox 360 GPU.
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Gainward produce GeForce 8600 GT with 1GiB VRAM

15th Aug 2007 @ 11:11:00 - written by Rys  
Gainward have announced a GeForce 8600 GT with 1024MiB of framebuffer memory. "For what reason?", we hear you ask. Well, erm........
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Sapphire Ultimate Radeon HD 2600 XT - Early Peek

14th Aug 2007 @ 14:02:00 - written by Rys  
Late last week an intriguing Radeon HD 2600 XT turned up from Sapphire, arguably AMD's biggest graphics AIB partner. Passively cooled and still at 800MHz, the promise of high video and 3D performance with no noise was a big one. We took an early look to see if it stood…
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Catalyst 7.8 released

13th Aug 2007 @ 17:05:00 - written by Tim  
AMD has released version 7.8 of its Catalyst drivers, which brings more performance improvements to the R6xx series of chips.
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Site code updates

13th Aug 2007 @ 10:10:00 - written by Rys  
We just pushed out some stylesheet updates for the site which might cause some rendering weirdness if your browser caches them. Completely refresh the site if you can to make sure things look OK.
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NVIDIA CUDA @ Hardware.fr

10th Aug 2007 @ 16:04:00 - written by Rys  
Hardware.fr have published an analysis of NVIDIA CUDA, looking at the architecture of the first hardware, the software side, performance versus x86 processors running the same application on GPU and CPU, the role AMD plays in the GPU computing space and more.
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NVIDIA releases GeForce beta drivers for Bioshock

20th Aug 2007 @ 16:04:00 - written by Geo  
The hottest new game causing tongues to wag and WASD fingers to sweat is 2K Boston/2K Australia's Bioshock. And, as is so often the case, the IHVs are rushing to provide optimized drivers for the new hottie on the block.
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Europe gets Xbox 360 Price Drop

20th Aug 2007 @ 12:00:00 - written by Stefan Salzl  
Today Microsoft announced a price drop for its European Xbox 360 models, matching a similar price cut in the US market earlier this month.
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Sparkle announce PCI GeForce 8500

20th Aug 2007 @ 11:11:00 - written by Rys  
Sparkle have formally announced their PCI Conventional GeForce 8500 GT, bringing DirectX 10 to the shortest of modern buses.
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Manufacturing restraints to pinch earnings in 2H?

17th Aug 2007 @ 20:02:00 - written by Geo  
Recently we reported that NVIDIA was cautioning financial analysts that manufacturing restraints could limit their growth in 2H to below the usually robust seasonality that comes with back-to-school and holiday shopping. Now comes a report from Digitimes focusing particularly on component shortages…
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New Team Fortress 2 Renderer presentation from Valve

15th Aug 2007 @ 13:01:00 - written by Rys  
The Valve presentation at NPAR (Non-Photorealistic Animation and Rendering) 2007, part of SIGGRAPH, on Team Fortress 2 and its renderer and art style has popped up on Shacknews.
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BFG intro new ThermoIntelligence GeForce models

15th Aug 2007 @ 11:11:00 - written by Rys  
BFG have launched new ThermoIntelligence-equipped GeForce 8600 GT models, aimed at the user who wants to improve on the better-than-reference cooler as equipped to most of the competition offerings.
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XNA Game Studio 2.0 Announced

14th Aug 2007 @ 13:01:00 - written by Rys  
Microsoft has announced XNA Game Studio 2.0, designed to let developers easily create games for the PC and Xbox 360, and due for release later this year.
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AMD launch Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Black Edition

13th Aug 2007 @ 12:12:00 - written by Rys  
AMD have released another Athlon 64 X2 processor for Socket AM2 systems at the top of the range, eclipsing the Athlon 64 X2 6000+.
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Sony PlayStation Portable: 333MHz comes with restrictions

10th Aug 2007 @ 18:04:00 - written by Stefan Salzl  
Following the news about the removal of the PlayStation Portable's MHz cap, which finally gave developers a free reign of the clock frequency of the CPU, Beyond3D was able to get some more details from its sources.
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Weekly Forum Follies

10th Aug 2007 @ 14:02:00 - written by Rys  
Yes, yes, we know we started this feature ages ago and it had a successful run of, wait for it, one, but it's back! Weekly Forum Follies is the Friday afternoon bit of Beyond3D where we round up what's happened on the forums in the last 7 days.
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