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 Saturday, 23-August-2008  11:30:19 (GMT +10) - by DiGiTaL MoNkEY

The Games Convention 08 in Leipzig, Germany, is in full swing this week. Many exhibitors use the GC Ė Games Convention as a launch pad for the earth-shattering market introduction of their new products, because the fair gives them the ideal platform for the strategic positioning of their own games and equipment in full view of the media, the public and industry.

You can find coverage on: GameSpot, GameInformer, Guru3D, IGN, Kotaku, Game Trailers and UGO Games.

TweakTown analyse AMD's new Catalyst version 8.8 drivers and see how they perform under XP and Vista. This month, looking through the release notes for the latest incarnation of Catalyst drivers we see that a few performance increases have been promised. We'll see if these performance increases translate to any of the games we use. Discussion on the forum.

Driver Heaven round-up eight popular motherboards for Intel processors. Today we will be comparing eight motherboards for Intel processors and showing how each performs as well as looking at the features they have to offer. Tests include gaming, media playback, image manipulation and more, so by the end of the article we should be a bit better placed to know which chipset or board is ideal for consumers using Intel processors.

AnandTech take a moment to explain Intel's upcoming Nehalem microarchitecture. Itís a new architecture, at least newer than Penryn, but still built on the same 45nm process that debuted with Penryn. Next year weíll have the 32nm version of Nehalem called Westmere and then Sandy Bridge, a brand new architecture also built on 32nm. But today is all about Nehalem. Discussion on the forum.

Nvidia yesterday released CUDA 2.0, a new version of its C language development environment for its graphics processing units. Nvidia released the second generation of CUDA, the companyís C-based programming environment that enables developers to tap into GPUs to accelerate their applications. There are several new features included, most interestingly a Photoshop plug-in example that provides guidelines how to design plug-ins that run on the GPU. Download available here.

The Tech Report take the time to review Asus' Eee PC 1000 40G netbook. The first Eee PC, despite its infectious novelty and honest-to-goodness utility, what is now known as the 700 series is hampered by too many limitations to be a viable notebook replacement for most folks. Asus' new Eee PC 1000 40G, however, is another beast entirely.

Microsoft's Live Labs have released Photosynth, an PC tool/plug-in that allows you to upload your own photos and have them automatically transformed into what Microsoft call a 'synth', basically a 3D fly-through reconstruction of your home, your vacation, or anything else you can take pictures of. Unfortunately I havenít had a chance to try it myself, so i canít comment on how good it works.

Tech ARP have updated their desktop graphics card comparison guide. These days, there are so many desktop graphics card models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the different configurations. Therefore, we decided to compile this guide to provide an easy reference for those who are interested in comparing the specifications.

New versions of Nvidia Mobility Modder, Core Temp, Radeon Bios Editor and SpeedFan have been released this week.

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