AMD Catalyst Drivers for Windows 12.11 Beta 11 released

This unified driver has been further enhanced to provide the highest level of power, performance, and reliability. The AMD CATALYST driver suite is the ultimate in performance and stability for those who have an ATI graphics card.

So what's new in this beta?

- Improves performance in Far Cry 3 (up to 25% with 8xMSAA, SSAO enabled @ 1600p, and up to 15% with 8xMSAA, HDAO enabled @1600p) (AMD Catalyst 12.11 CAP2 must also be installed)
- Resolves a sporadic system hang encountered with a single AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series GPU seen on X58 and X79 chipsets

NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 590 vs AMD Radeon HD 6990

AnandTech takes an in-depth look at NVIDIA's latest and greatest high end graphic card, the GeForce GTX 590. The card is comprised of dual GTX 580 GPUs although running at slower clock speeds than the single GPU card. The GTX 590 is aimed as a direct competitor to AMD's recently launched dual GPU Radeon HD 6990. Both cards command a $700 price tag. TDP is in the range of 365W thus requiring high end power supplies and adequate breathing room. Performance falls in line with what's expected from this type of card: slower than a pair of SLI GTX 580 but significantly faster than any current single GPU offering.

AMD's Llano could heat up chip war with Intel

Think Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors were entering the chipset market without direct competition? Think again. The processor competition will heat up as Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is set to compete in the market with its new line of processors that will rival Intel's Sandy Bridge chips.

Microsoft Announces Support of System on a Chip Architectures From Intel, AMD, and ARM for Next Version of Windows

Further information is available in a Q&A with Steven Sinofsky.

Microsoft Corp. today announced at 2011 International CES that the next version of Windows will support System on a Chip (SoC) architectures, including ARM-based systems from partners NVIDIA Corp., Qualcomm Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc. On the x86 architecture, Intel Corporation and AMD continue their work on low-power SoC designs that fully support Windows, including support for native x86 applications. SoC architectures will fuel significant innovation across the hardware spectrum when coupled with the depth and breadth of the Windows platform...

Mac of the Future: the CPU

For the past few years, predicting the CPUs that Apple would put inside its Macs has been relatively

'Super-secret' debugger discovered in AMD CPUs

A hardware hacker has discovered a secret debugging feature hidden in all AMD chips made in the past decade.

The password-protected debugger came as a shock to reverse-engineers who have hungered for an on-chip mechanism for performing conditional and direct-hardware breakpoint operations. Although AMD has built the firmware-controlled feature into all chips since the Athlon XP, the company kept it a closely guarded secret that was only disclosed late last week by a hacker who goes by the name Czernobyl...

Intel, Microsoft, and the curious case of the iPad

Brooke Crothers: "That tablet thing? Yeah, we'll get back to you on that." That's a crude but fairly accurate encapsulation of the attitude Microsoft, Intel, and Advanced Micro Devices have toward the iPad and the tablet market in general.

Why the cavalier attitude? Before I defer to the opinion of an IDC analyst I interviewed (below), here's one pretty obvious reason I'll put forward. All three companies look at their revenue streams--traditional PC hardware and software on laptops, desktops, and servers--and come to the conclusion that the tablet is a marginal market. A deceptively accurate conclusion, because at this point in time--and even 12 months out--the tablet is marginal compared with the gargantuan laptop, desktop, and server markets...