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 Friday, 1-June-2007  23:05:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

TechReport have an article about the Radeon HD 2900 XT lacking UVD video acceleration. PenStarSys have a little more info and speculation too. In this piece I explore why the functionality was likely removed, and what other changes ATI/AMD had to implement to keep transistor count and die size down.

HWLogic interviewed RMS recently. HL recently interviewed world-renowned free software developer Dr. Richard Stallman, the author of such software as the GNU C Compiler and Emacs. We asked the most hard-hitting questions regarding the free software movement and its ethics...and more.

InsideHW have an NVIDIA mainstream DX10 VGA roundup posted. Within this price range, you will be able to find three different models, together with certain variations some manufacturers apply to their models. Those 3 models are 8500GT, 8600GT, and 8600GTS.

XbitLabs meanwhile looked at passive video card cooling solutions from Arctic Cooling and Cooler Master. We would like to introduce to you two great passive video card coolers from Arctic Cooling and CoolViva Z1 from Cooler Master that will be tested not only in passive mode but also with an additional cooling fan installed. The tests will be run on two different graphics cards: Nvidia GeForce 7600 GT 256MB and ATI Radeon X1950 GT 256MB.

Not to be outdone, Hexus compared 25 LGA775 CPU coolers. In the lead up to our testing, we had to read a great deal of documentation to get up to speed with the LGA 775 specification. We needed to understand the rules that manufacturers are supposed to abide by and by just how much they are pushing the limits of the socket design.

LostCircuits checked out Intel's V8 media creation platform. Whether it is true or not, what we got from Intel is based on the X5000 chipset, using two 3.0GHz Xeon X5365 quad core CPUs and an entire battery of FBDIMMs clocked at a docile 667 MHz data rate. Arguably not a gaming system, the US$ 3400 in hardware can handle even applications as hog-ful as Microsoft's new Office 2007 suite running under Vista - without crashing.

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