auld_wyrm writes: In what will likely be the first of several new sets of product announcements from ASUS at this year's CES, we have some of the first images of the new ASUS ROG G73Jh gaming notebook and the collaborative effort between the ASUS and Bang & Olufsen, the NX90Jq with a 18.4-in 1080p and special B&O speakers. Check out what the high end notebook market is shaping up like for 2010!
auld_wyrm writes: "For the Intel Developer Forum we'll be covering the primary keynotes where we expect details of Intel's Nehalem architecture and products to be announced and more information on Larrabee and the GPU coming soon from the blue giant. We'll also be live blogging any non-NDA technical sessions we have throughout the week; these are traditionally much in-depth and as such the notes will likely be used for a full write up at a later time."
auld_wyrm writes: "Sitting here at an NVIDIA meeting in San Jose, word just got passed to the world that NVIDIA will be announcing the acquisition of a ray tracing software company called RayScale. RayScale was a startup based out of the University of Utah and has built a hybrid renderer that merges the two techniques — all of the reflections in the image they showed were indeed done with ray tracing alone. NVIDIA's stance on merging traditional rasterization and ray tracing techniques has become much more transparent."
auld_wyrm writes: "Want to brag about doing something that none of your friends have? nVIDIA offers you the chance with support for 3 way SLI on 680i based boards; as long as you have enough places to stick them and a big enough wallet. Running a game at 2560*1600 with all the bells and whistles on may not improve the story line much, but the pretty sparkles and explosions should be enough to distract you... just like George Lucas' theory.
Feast your eyes on the explicit pictures over at PC Perspective."
auld_wyrm writes: You've probably read all sorts of headlines claiming that AMD is just about poised to purchase Ageia and lock nVIDIA out of easy access to physics processing. This will create some sort of three headed Intel killer than can produce General Purpose Graphics and Physics processing units, and shrink their dies, TDP and energy requirements and have water that looks totally realistic, all at the same time. Guess what; no GPGPPU for you,, at least not in the near future.
auld_wyrm writes: "Intel is trying to push the news of AMD's Barcelona launch out of the headlines with the release of the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770, a 3.20 GHz CPU that runs on a 1600 MHz front-side bus. It is the fastest consumer level processor that has come out, but don't plan on running it anytime soon. It's ~$1200 price tag, and the lack of any motherboards that support a 1600MHz FSB will stop this unneeded answer to Barcelona from appearing in enthusiast's PCs for Christmas. Still, the benchmarks from this powerful CPU are something awesome to behold."
auld_wyrm writes: "DirectX 10 has been the only thing that Microsoft has offered PC gamers with Vista OS. Frame rates are increasing with the release of new drivers that came out after the hardware and the games that on the shelves. Now with both the hardware and software available we can determine whether AMD's or NVIDIA's most recent generation of graphics processors is best suited for DX10 gaming in single and dual GPU setups. The results that PC Perspective have compiled on the currently available DX10 games might surprise you, unless you expected AMD's cards to break down and cry like a Little Sister who just lost her Big Daddy."
auld_wyrm writes: "Billed as "More performance than humans should be allowed to have", Intel's Skulltrail system was demoed at the IDF. It had a pair of 771-pin Yorkfield processors, 4GB of FB-DIMM memory, a motherboard based on Intel's Seaburg chipset and two NVIDIA G80 graphics cards, and it managed to score 17006 points in 3DMark06. Too much performance? You be the judge; when you can get your hands on it."
auld_wyrm writes: "The only feature missing is support for DDR3 memory which several of the P35 motherboards we have tested use. There is no doubt that DDR3 will be faster than DDR2 at some point, but for now, the performance differences aren't very big but the price differences are! DDR3 is still very hard to find and when you do locate it, be prepared to pay a premium. So, maybe having the 680i chipset with DDR2 support isn't so bad after all."
auld_wyrm writes: "The CrossFire slide could be easily overlooked, but enthusiasts should pay attention! There are four GPUs in the middle there for a reason; quad-GPU configurations are coming, either for graphics, physics or GPGPU computing. AMD even took the time to mention the RD790 chipset as well as the upcoming system utility for the platform to enable overclocking and tweaking.""