AMD have announced a new version of embedded graphics chipsets, with more than triple the 3D performance of their earlier offerings. The ATI Radeon E4690 bundles a second-generation AMD Unified Video Decoder for hardware acceleration of HD video with 512MB of graphics memory and support for DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0.
Hot on the heels of ASUS' new Eee Box nettops comes rival MSI's new Wind Box DE200. Sporting a new tapered design that reminds me of a Cylon's helmet, the Wind Box DE200 pairs Intel's Atom 230 1.6GHz processor with an ATI Radeon HD 4350 GPU and HDMI output.
ASUS' Eee PC 1000HV has been benchmarked, putting its discrete ATI Radeon HD 3450 graphics to the test. Based on the same Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz processor as the 1000HE, the 1000HV uses its graphical grunt well: it racks up a CrystalMark R3 score of 37,430 versus the 1000HE's 28,923.
An unannounced ASUS netbook has turned up for pre-order online, packing discrete ATI graphics. The ASUS Eee PC 1000HV pairs Intel's Atom N280 1.66GHz processor with an ATI Radeon HD 3450 video card with 256MB of its own memory; it also has a 10-inch 1024 x 600 display, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard-drive.
MSI has officially announced their X-Slim X400 and X600 CULV ultraportables, together with confirming that the 14-inch and 15-inch notebooks will land before the end of June. The MSI X-Slim X400 weighs just 1.5kg while the larger X600 is 2.1kg; each notebook is less than 1-inch thick and have a 16:9 aspect LED-backlit display.
AMD did something a bit surprising today. They've announced a new version of their ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics chipset that will be factory-overclocked to bump up the standard speed from 850MHz to 1GHz.
From the very start, ASUS' Eee Box nettop caught the eye as a potential media PC, and the company themselves threw their hat into the ring with the launch of the Eee Box B206. Swapping the DVI output for an HDTV-friendly HDMI, and slotting an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450 GPU with 256MB of its own DDR2 RAM in instead of the integrated graphics, the B206 promises high-definition playback above its humble Atom roots.
The Register have been taking a look at the nettop, and in some ways the B206 does deliver. Standard definition video runs with no problems, and DivX 720p files in Windows Media Player were also smooth; however, the B206 showed itself to be particularly picky about codecs.
The problem is that not all media player apps support DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA), the technology which lets the Radeon HD 3450 GPU get its teeth into the video. Without that, it's up to the Atom N270 1.6GHz chip to keep things ticking over, and we already know that Intel's CPU struggles with high-resolution media.
AMD announced today that their Windows 7 graphics driver has been certified by Microsoft on the very first day of the latter company's program that tests compatibility with the new operating system. The certification was given for the Windows Hardware Quality Lab or WHQL and is meant to indicate a driver is compatible with both Windows Vista and Windows 7.
This is good timing, considering AMD will be releasing their ATI Catalyst 9.5 by the end of the month. So, people that use ATI Radeon HD 2000, 3000 and 4000 series graphics cards can rest assured the new software will make them work completely with Windows 7.
Apparently, this also allows ATI Stream technology. The WHQL certification comes on the very first day of Microsoft opening their certification program. Nice way to jump in there with your graphics driver first, AMD!
ASUS have released full specifications for their new U- and UX-series ultraportables, announced back at CeBIT. Five U-series models are detailed, together with two UX-series; processors range from Intel's CULV line, Pentiums, Core 2 Solo and Core 2 Duo chips. Displays range from the 12.1-inch U20A through to two 15.6-inch models, the U50G and U51Vg.
AMD have announced the ATI Radeon HD 4770, the first desktop graphics card to use 40nm manufacturing processes. A PCI Express 2.0 x16 card, the Radeon HD 4770 offers DirectX 10.1 support and uses GDDR5 memory, despite having a roughly $100 price-tag.