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NVidia GT300 Tapes Out, but ATI’s ‘Evergreen’ RV800 still Ahead

In Computer Hardware, Electronics on July 31, 2009 at 6:18 pm

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DirectX 11 Goodness!

The day has finally arrived. NVidia’s much-awaited GT300 sporting DirectX11 and a slew of new capabilities has finally taped out. If these chips pass the final foundry tests, they are expected to them some out of manufacturing by November 2009, but it will be be March 2010 before mass production will be in  full force. ‘GT300’, while not the official name, is what ‘everyone’ seems to be calling the new Nvidia GPU these days. NVidia has previously revealed GT300 to be a new cGPU architecture which is radically different from previous generation G200, G92 and the G80 GPUs. The new the cGPU designs further the general-purpose processing design that the last generation brought to market. cGPUs are quite literally GPUs imbued with CPU capabilities,  bringing graphics processors ever closer to their role as general-purpose computational devices. NVidia’s Adrianne must be looking very happy now… and maybe a little less creepy.

NVidia's New Mascot: Meet Adrianne, rendered in photorealistic 3D

NVidia's Mascot: Meet Adrianne, rendered in photorealistic 3D

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Bang for the Buck (or Quid) with Laptop Hardware

In Overclocking & Tweaking on July 17, 2009 at 6:09 pm

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DISCLAIMER: THE AUTHOR WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGE ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR MISUSE OF THIS INFORMATION. ALWAYS EXERCISE CAUTION WHEN TWEAKING OR OVERCLOCKING HARDWARE. THIS INFORMATION IS STRICTLY FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES. THERE ARE RISKS INVOLVED WITH OVERCLOCKING. DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK.

At this point in time, I have three laptops. How did this happen?! I was always a desktop person, but in the last three years it seems I somehow… lost… my way. Now I’m kicking myself wondering why I kept buying more laptops. Surely any old laptop would have served my portability needs. The last two Dell and HP-Compaq systems that I paid £750 and £500 for (respectively) would have been money better spent on a desktop. But that was when I moved around a lot and another laptop made sense to me… at the time.

So here it is, my most powerful machine… Rather crap for gaming. While i’m planning to get myself a real juiced-up desktop soon, I thought it would be fun to start squeezing this baby for all it’s worth.

A £750 Dell XPS M1530 ... Let's open 'er up

A £750 Dell XPS M1530 ... Let's open 'er up

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