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Wednesday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 13-August-2008  16:40:05 (GMT +10) - by DiGiTaL MoNkEY

For those who missed Intel's announcement this week. Intel Corporation announced that desktop processors based on the company’s upcoming new micro architecture (codenamed "Nehalem") will be formally branded "Intel Core processor." The first products in this new family of processors, including an “Extreme Edition” version, will carry an "i7" identifier and will be formally branded as "Intel Core i7 processor." Discussion on the forum.

Nvidia has officially released a new Forceware driver package, version 177.83 which supports PhysX. Nvidia also released a bundle of software and demos to promote its new products, including a free "full version" game that makes the most of PhysX compatible GeForce cards. Other parts of this pack include the GeForce Folding@Home client, a 30-day trial of the Badaboom Video Transcoding software and Unreal Tournament 3 PhysX mod. Discussion on the forum.

Driver Heaven has released version 0.3 beta of their Nvidia Mobility Modder. With the success of our free ATI modding tool we felt it was a good idea to begin development of an automated tool for nVidia enthusiasts who like to game on the go. Newer drivers have bug fixes, performance enhancements as well as possibly making a hot new game playable on various platforms.

TechGage take the time to clear up some misconceptions about Nvidia's CUDA and Intel's Larrabee. Both Intel and NVIDIA have lots to say about their respective GPU architectures, as well as the competition's. Partly because of this, there are numerous misconceptions floating around about both Larrabee and CUDA, so we decided to see if we could put to rest a few of the most common ones.

Tech ARP has released an overclocking guide for the Nvidia Gefore 9800GTX+. While the use of the new 55 nm G92 processor does provide the GeForce 9800 GTX+ with some overclocking potential. After all, our temperature tests showed that the new GPU was actually cool enough to run 3D games with the fan set to the absolute minimum! So, we just had to try overclocking it to see just how much more overclockable the new GPU would be.

TweakTown compare ultra compact PC platforms from Intel and VIA. Today we will be pitting the Atom platform against the Nano platform. Who has the best performance and energy savings? – Well, we don’t know yet, but by the end of this we will have an informative answer to that. Let’s move on and check out the platforms individually before we get into the testing phase.

Virtual-hideout wrap up their QuakeCon 2008 coverage. So Quakecon is over. I know I promised more updates while things were still going on. But I got to say, being with 3000 gamers, some friends I knew from before, a few new friends I got to know pretty well, you guys get the short end of the stick. So he’s our final coverage of this massive event. Enjoy!

Thanks to all those that sent in the BSOD story from the Beijing Opening Ceremony. So does this make it the biggest BSOD? Or just the most publicised?

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