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Unhealthy Partnerships Plague the Graphics Industry

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The thing with today's graphics cards from both leading manufacturers is that they will perform quite well in latest games; so going with either brand isn't a tough choice anymore. For many of you, either NVIDIA or ATI will do just fine, but those of us who want to play games like Doom III or Half-Life 2, the companies have just made our lives more complicated than they already are.

Asus Extreme N6600GT TOP Limited Edition Video Card

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With every new generation of video cards come many iterations of the new technology. With nVidia's introduction of the 6 series of GPUs, there have come multiple cards based on similar families of GPUs. Most notably the 6800 family brought to the table the 6800, 6800GT and 6800 Ultra. Likewise with the midrange 6 series card(s) I'll be looking at today, the Asus Extreme N6600GT/TOP/TD.

AMD to consider building chipsets

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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. may get into the business of manufacturing chipsets after it opens a new chip factory in 2006, company Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Hector Ruiz said in an interview Monday.

New computer chip could cause software price problems

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A promising new kind of computer chip can have an unexpected side effect: forcing companies to pay more for software.

No More Paper Launches from ATI and NVIDIA

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We have seen far too many paper launches from ATI and NVIDIA in regards to their X800, X850 and 6800 series of graphics adapters. It was repulsive from the beginning and left many people frustrated. Users would see the desiring performance numbers in evaluations, but they had no idea when the cards would finally make it to the market. This was especially the case with high-end cards from both companies and certain mid-end adapters from ATI. Let's just say that the current generation of graphics market was miserable for the end-user.

AMD: dual-core not for gamers... yet

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Gamers, AMD's upcoming dual-core desktop processor, the Athlon 64 X2, is not for you. What you want is the single-core Athlon 64 FX.

Intel Takes A Wrong Turn On Dual Core Highway

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Here's the cold, hard truth. Careful, it stings a bit. Intel, though seeming to finish first in the release of multicore processing, rushed itself to the market on the wrong racetrack.

Dual-Core Duel: AMD Tops Intel

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Intels were the first dual-core CPUs to hit the market. What's more, Intel started their push into multiple cores with desktop chips, rather than CPUs for servers. AMD debuts their dual-core technology in their Opteron line, made for servers and workstations. For now, let's take a look at how the two competing technologies stack up.

AMD May Skip DDR2 Altogether

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AMD might be going its own way by not following Intel with their DDR2 implementations. Instead, the world's second largest chipmaker may go straight to DDR3 or XDR in hopes of adopting a better architecture.

AMD basks in Hollywood's glow

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Technology is at it again, expanding Hollywood's creative horizons. But this time, the tech supplier isn't named after a fruit.

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