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AMD Kabini and Richland fight Intel for mainstream and performance notebooks

AMD Kabini and Richland fight Intel for mainstream and performance notebooks

It's all-change for AMD's APU line-up for mainstream and performance notebooks in 2013, as the company attempts to hit Intel where it hurts with chips that, bang for buck, offer more performance from less power. That's the claim, anyway, and Kabini - for the mainstream - and Richland - for the performance end - are the processors that are expected to deliver it. Among the boasts are the first ever quadcore for small-display touchscreen notebooks, and up to 72-percent of the gaming performance than Intel's comparable chips.

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Intel Iris graphics detailed for 4th-Gen Core “Haswell” chips

Intel Iris graphics detailed for 4th-Gen Core “Haswell” chips

Intel's 4th-gen Core processors will also debut a brand new Iris graphics system, with the chip company splitting its new line-up into multiple tiers for ultrabooks, thin-and-lights, and mainstream PCs. Ultrabooks powered by the most frugal of Intel's 4th-generation Haswell chips, the U-Series, will get Intel HD, HD Graphics 4600, or HD Graphics 5000, but those machines that can stand a little extra power consumption will get either Iris (for thin-and-lights) or Iris Pro (for mainstream) for at least a doubling in 3D processing performance.

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AMD hUMA wants to speed your APU memory use, no joke

AMD hUMA wants to speed your APU memory use, no joke

Heterogeneous Uniform Memory Access may sound like the orderly queue you make outside the RAM store, but for AMD, hUMA is an essential part of squeezing the best from its upcoming Kaveri APUs. Detailed for the first time today, hUMA builds on AMD's existing Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) - integrating CPUs and GPUs into single, multipurpose chips - by allowing both the core processor and the graphics side to simultaneously access the same memory at the same time.

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NVIDIA GeForce driver update continues expanding support for newest games

NVIDIA GeForce driver update continues expanding support for newest games

Today users of PCs working with NVIDIA GeForce graphics processors will be finding an update available to them, this software download continuing a legacy of similar pushes by the company to keep up-to-date with the latest top-tier gaming titles on the market. The NVIDIA GeForce 320.00 beta drivers appearing on machines this week are being pushed both automatically - through users' notification pop-up system in Windows - and through NVIDIA's GeForce Experience application. The NVIDIA GeForce Experience is another effort by the company to connect their graphics development team to the end user in as simple a form as possible.

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Ex-AMD CTO Raja Koduri returns from 4-year Apple job

Ex-AMD CTO Raja Koduri returns from 4-year Apple job

This week the man known as Raja Koduri has returned to a position with GPU company AMD from a 4-year appointment with Apple. So this former AMD CTO left to work with Apple four years ago, has worked there ever since (with the likes of some of the top minds on the GPU industry), and is now back to work with AMD. And this isn't the only former AMD employee to jump back aboard!

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NVIDIA GeForce 700M brings on five notebook-bound beasts

NVIDIA GeForce 700M brings on five notebook-bound beasts

With the release of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan GPU this year, we knew NVIDIA wasn't going to pull any punches when it came to offering the highest-powered hardware to the public at any cost. Here with the reveal of the GeForce 700M family, the battle continues with notebook warriors galore. You'll be seeing the NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, 745M, 740M, 735M, and 720M coming your way soon - get pumped up about laptop graphics monstrousness!

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AMD Radeon HD 7990 makes an appearance at GDC 2013

AMD Radeon HD 7990 makes an appearance at GDC 2013

GDC 2013 has been pretty eventful all week long, and a lot of announcements have been made on new hardware and video games. However, AMD made an appearance but didn't quite announce anything, but they did tease their new Radeon HD 7990 graphics card, which has unofficially been out on the market from a few third-party vendors, but AMD has never made it official.

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BioShock Infinite drivers blast forth for NVIDIA GeForce GPU

BioShock Infinite drivers blast forth for NVIDIA GeForce GPU

Should you happen to be playing the widely applauded BioShock Infinite game this week with a machine with the graphics power of NVIDIA's GeForce under the hood, you'll also find game-optimized drivers available to you for download. These drivers have ben sent out to the public along with notes about how they'll destroy your concept of what looks best graphics-wise. If you thought this game looked great before, you're in for a real trip.

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