Fudzilla - Radeon 4800 and 3800 cards won't Crossfire: "Despite previous reports on the internet that old Radeon 38x0 and new Radeon 48x0 cards will work in Crossfire together, unfortunately this won't happen.
Two senior software guys at ATI has just confirmed that 3800 series in Crossfire with 4800 won't work and that such a configuration is not supported.
You won't be able to match the generations and we are investigating if you will be able to mix cards from 48x0 series. We believe you should, but we won’t jump the gun with this announcement.
Sorry for destroying one cool dream, but you will have to forget about your 38x0 card and swap it for a much faster 48x0 generation.
At the same time, our friend W1zzard from tech power up has confirmed that he couldn't make 3800 and 4800 generation cards work together in XP, but now we know the answer why. It won't work on XP or Vista, simply as it's not supported."
posted by Maxi @ 10:49 PM, ,
AMD hotfixes 4800 cards - The INQUIRER: "NO SOONER HAS DAAMIT released its new graphics card, it has released a hotfix to patch up problems with it.
The wibble was wobbled by reviews of AMD's Radeon 4850 last week, a $200 card for mid-range gamers. Reception was mixed, with the Green Team spoiling the release somewhat with the Geforce 9800 GTX+.
But dated last Friday, this hotfix is suspiciously lacking in details. The support notes claim that it 'improves overall performance and stability' on the 4800 series, which will no doubt delight reviewers who spent last week testing the card on older drivers.
But beyond that, nobody knows what it does or why the performance improvements have been pushed up to a hotfix, rather than just included in the next Catalyst release.
Meanwhile, ATI has come back with a 1GB version of the 4870, to come back against the 9800 GTX+. How long until we see a hotfix for the response card to the response card for the hotfix?"
posted by Maxi @ 10:45 PM, ,
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posted by Maxi @ 9:33 PM, ,
Ubisoft's says no Direct 3D 10.1 30.5.08
Fudzilla: "As you may remember, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed was the first game to have some use for DirectX 10.1, at least the part of it. But as soon as that was discovered, as it was the "hidden" feature of the Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft has issued the famous 1.02 patch that has removed this feature.
Our colleagues over at Pcgameshardware.de have done an email interview with Ubisoft, and tried to get some info on this situation. You may have heard the explanation for the DirectX 10.1 support in Assassin's Creed before, but just for the sake of the argument, we will do it once again.
According to Ubisoft, they have found that they could optimize a pass by reusing an existing buffer, which is one of the great features of DX10.1 API. But unfortunately, at least according to Ubisoft, the performance gains that were observed in the retail version were inaccurate since the implementation was wrong and a part of rendering pipeline was broken.
This was only notable when anti-aliasing was pushed into play, but in any other scenario both Dx10 and Dx10.1 use the same rendering pipeline. According to that same interview, the mentioned feature was buggy and Ubisoft had to remove it.
When asked about the plans of getting the D3D 10.1 back to Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft responds that there is no plan to re-implement support for DX10.1. Like we expected anything different from a TWIMTBP title."
posted by Maxi @ 9:37 PM, ,
Techtree - Intel, Micron Introduce First Sub 40nm Chip: "Intel and Micron have together introduced the industry's first sub-40 nanometer (nm) NAND memory device -- a 34nm 32gigabit (Gb) multi-level cell chip that promises increased storage capacity in small form factor applications.
Measuring just 172mm -- less than the size of a thumbnail -- the 34nm 32Gb chip, designed mainly for solid-state drives (SSD), will enable high-density solid-state storage in small form factor applications. It is touted as the only monolithic device at this density that fits into a standard 48-lead thin small-outline package (TSOP), providing a cost-effective path to higher densities in existing applications.
It is believed the chip will enable more cost-effective SSDs, doubling the current storage volume of these devices as well as driving capacities to beyond 256GB in today's standard, smaller 1.8-inches form factor.
A single 34nm 32Gb chip can store more than 2,000 high-resolution digital photos or hold up to 1,000 songs on a personal music player. Two 8-die stacked packages can realize 64 gigabytes (GBs) of storage, enough for recording anywhere between eight and forty hours of high-definition video in a digital camcorder."
posted by Maxi @ 9:36 PM, ,
Fudzilla: "AMD's soon-to-launch RS780D chipset, the one that will get branded as AMD 790GX, will also be quite ready for the future. The new and improved IGP board includes RS780D chipset with SB750 Southbridge, but the roadmap we've seen actually claims that the same chipset will be able to cope with future SB800 Southbridge.
Even more surprising is the fact that the document we’ve seen claims that RS780D will be able to support future socket AM3 and DDR3 memory. Let’s not forget that RS780D or AMD 790GX actually has an integrated graphic inside.
RS780D has an IGP that supports DirectX 10 and you should be fine with it even in 2009. This kind of makes sense, as the memory controller will be inside of the CPU and AMD’s chipset doesn’t have much to do with memory controller and AMD tends to make most of its chipsets pin compatible."
posted by Maxi @ 9:33 PM, ,
VR-Zone - GeForce GTX 280 & GTX 260 Price Up: "CJ let us know that GeForce GTX 280 will be sold for $649 while GeForce GTX 260 will be sold for $449 at the time when they are launched on June 17th. Also we got to know that the price to AIC partners is $485 and $325 for GTX 280 and 260 respectively so there is a tidy sum to be made by their partners. As our previous article has suggested, the GPU cost alone is $100-$120 and so Nvidia isn't making as much money as they would love to. As such, they will try to lower cost by going 55nm."
posted by Maxi @ 9:31 PM, ,