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  (Source: Bright Side of the News)
Upcoming release should offer an alternative to Sandy Bridge, but will it perform?

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) is sitting pretty with strong graphics card sales and better than expected sales of its lightweight, power efficient fusion CPU+GPU systems on a chip (SoC).  The company is now profitable after years in the red.

Looking to continue its success, AMD previewed [press release] "Scorpius" at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) in Los Angeles.  Scorpius is AMD's answer for the high-end gaming market.

The design will feature an octacore, unlocked Zambezi processor dubbed "FX", reviving AMD's old enthusiast CPU branding.  Zambezi, codenamed after a river in Africa, is AMD's high performance 32 nm SOI process upcoming desktop CPU based on the company's new Bulldozer architecture.

The new platform will also feature a Radeon 6xxx HD graphics card from AMD and an AMD 9-series chipset motherboard (socket AM3).

Leslie Sobon, AMD's vice president of worldwide product marketing, comments, "AMD’s FX brand will enable an over-the-top experience for PC enthusiasts. By combining an unlocked, native eight-core processor, the latest in chipset technology, and AMD’s latest graphics cards, FX customers will enjoy an unrivalled feature set and amazing control over their PC’s performance."

The obvious competitor of Scorpius will be Intel Corp.'s (INTCSandy Bridge, possibly paired with GeForce 5xx series GPUs from NVIDIA Corp. (NVDA).  With eight physical cores, Scorpius will arguably have the edge over single-socket Intel designs, though, which currently only feature four cores (eight threads).  Intel will bump its core count to six cores in the near future, but it remains to be seen whether that will be enough.

Performance numbers on Bulldozer are still lacking, so it remains to be seen exactly how powerful this octacore gaming rig will be.

One thing that may excite some is AMD's growing array of HD3D partners.  HD3D, AMD's proprietary 3D technology works fully with the company's EyeFinity firmware, which supports up to six displays driven by a single graphics card.

AMD claims over 400 current and upcoming titles support the 3D gaming tech, including, Eidos Montreal's upcoming "Deus Ex: Human Revolution", Bioware's "Dragon Age II", Creative Assembly's "SHOGUN 2: Total War", and Codemasters' "DiRT 3."

Regardless of who comes out on top performance wise, it's refreshing to see a reinvigorated AMD challenging both Intel and NVIDIA in the CPU and GPU sectors.  A competitive market should push all three PC hardware makers to quicken the release of powerful new hardware that will delight PC gamers and enthusiasts -- few as they may be, these days.



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RE: Hardly something people care about..
By JasonMick (blog) on 6/7/2011 2:04:35 PM , Rating: 5
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AMD claims over 400 current and upcoming titles support the 3D gaming tech, including, Eidos Montreal's upcoming "Deus Ex: Human Revolution", Bioware's "Dragon Age II", Creative Assembly's "SHOGUN 2: Total War", and Codemasters' "DiRT 3.""

Let go, its over. Hardly anyone cares about it.

Multimonitor setup's are for work not play, unless you can magically make that bezel disappear from the displays, it will always be a niche market.

Also, just because the game "supports" it, does not mean it takes advantage of it. Simply allowing the display to take advantage is pointless..now if you made it take advantage of the game FEATURES that would be something to consider if you like a certain game a lot.

3 monitiors, good graphics card you might as well just buy one big monitor instead without the drawbacks.

In certain online games I've heard it can provide an advantage -- particularly online games. My information comes largely from a friend of mine who was very passionate about EVE Online, and had a couple allies who swore by multimonitor setups, bezel and all...

Granted I've never tried it myself. Too busy doing real work... :)


RE: Hardly something people care about..
By Drag0nFire on 6/7/2011 4:27:58 PM , Rating: 2
Maximum PC did an article recently about multi-monitor gaming.

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/multiscr...

They tested some pretty wild set ups (3 x 42in TV anyone?) but the conclusion was interesting: For most games, it's a distraction. But for racing games, it was glorious.


RE: Hardly something people care about..
By Mitch101 on 6/7/2011 4:32:45 PM , Rating: 2
For first person shooters its a must have. You can detect someone sneaking up from the side just like your natural peripheral vision. Its not perfect but its damn good.


RE: Hardly something people care about..
By imaheadcase on 6/8/2011 9:06:59 AM , Rating: 2
Not really. You should read up on eye trails. The more space you have the more you have to move eyes. It does not increase more you see, it increases screen space.

Oh and yes you do notice the bezels on the monitors when playing.


By Mitch101 on 6/8/2011 10:36:41 AM , Rating: 2
I play everything I can in triple screens its fine. If your not your missing out.


By kattanna on 6/7/2011 4:33:19 PM , Rating: 3
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My information comes largely from a friend of mine who was very passionate about EVE Online, and had a couple allies who swore by multimonitor setups, bezel and all...


thats because in EVE online, your playing multiple accounts at once

;>)

one account is flying an orca, while the other 2 accounts are flying hulks. it makes for a one person belt stripper LOL

also, flying 2 battleships at once for mission running.. 3 was just too much LOL


By imaheadcase on 6/8/2011 9:02:35 AM , Rating: 2
But with the games that support other things in gameplay, you can also do with a separate monitor. No need for any "tech" just plug and play.

AMD is pretty much just making it seem like you need it for other things.

Supreme commander you could watch map on one monitor and game on 2nd. That is useful. Now if more games did that..multimonitor gaming would be mainstream.

P.S you might as well remove the "voting" for comments. It really serves no purpose.



By navair2 on 6/11/2011 1:26:02 AM , Rating: 2
Heh...if you can put up with the griefers and @sshats in the game, Eve Online is a graphics fiesta that has only gotten better looking over its 8 years of run-time.

I no longer play, but it's definitely something to be viewed over multi displays...;)

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