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 Tuesday, 16-September-2008  18:53:51 (GMT +10) - by DiGiTaL MoNkEY

Ars Technica interview Tim Sweeney, co-founder of Epic Games and the brains behind every iteration of the widely licensed Unreal series of 3D game engines. At NVIDIA's recent NVISION conference, Sweeney sat down with me for a wide-ranging conversation about the rise and impending fall of the fixed-function GPU, a fall that he maintains will also sound the death knell for graphics APIs like Microsoft's DirectX and the venerable, SGI-authored OpenGL.

Tom's Hardware have updated their VGA Charts for 2008. Our largest and most up-to-date 3D comparison covers 101 different graphics cards configurations spanning five technology generations. The test includes the Radeon X800 , X1000, HD 2000, HD 3000, GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9 families, as well as the new HD 4000 series from AMD and both of the GTX 200 models from Nvidia.

Blizzard have finally announced the release date for Wrath of the Lich King. Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announced today that World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, the second expansion for its award-winning subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), will arrive in stores on November 14 in Australia. Thanks Shannon.

Hardware Secrets take a look Inside Intel's Atom Architecture. Atom is a low-power CPU from Intel with very low power dissipation (less than 3 W), targeted to laptops or handheld devices with internet access dubbed MIDs, Mobile Internet Devices. In this tutorial we will explore the architecture used on this CPU.

Driver Heaven review EA's latest PC game, Crysis Warhead. Anyone who has played Crysis has strong opinions about the game. You either loved the ground breaking graphics and open landscapes, or you loathed the fact you needed the pc equivalent of a small nuclear power plant to run it. The followup Warhead is more action oriented which manages to keep all the strong points of the first game and adds new gameplay elements while lowering the computer requirements. A sure success? ... let's find out. Discussion on the forum.

Hexus compare four Intel coolers head-to-head from manufacturers Xigmatek, Cooler Master and Akasa. Today we're looking at just four CPU coolers for Intel LGA 775 CPUs. All of them use the standard push-pin mounting mechanism for nice-and-easy installation, eschewing the need to remove the motherboard from the case to mount backplates.

NeoSeeker review the Asus M3A78-T, 790GX and AMD's Phenom 9950. Ever since the AMD 790GX chipset launched, I wanted to get my hands on a nice 790GX board. The new feature set greatly interested me; especially the inclusion of side port memory for the IGP and Hybrid CrossFireX, and the potential for improved overclocking.

HardwareZone examine Intel's X25-M Solid State Drive. Intel's offerings, the X18-M and the X25-M claim to stand out from the other offerings in the market, as Intel has its own proprietary controller that gives its own SSDs a higher data throughput and lifespan. While we didn't manage to gather other SSDs at the point of testing in such short notice, nevertheless we went ahead to take a stab at the X-25M that Intel has so kindly loaned us.

Apple have released Mac OS X Update Version 10.5.5. It includes the latest batch of security updates, Address Book, Spotlight, and iPhone sync enhancements. Recommended for Mac OS X Leopard versions 10.5, 10.5.1, 10.5.2, 10.5.3 and 10.5.4.

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