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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 jackstar7 on 6/7/2011 2:06:09 PM , Rating: 2
With the right games, the bezels do disappear. It's immersive and enjoyable. Sorry if your experiences were weak, but my setup brings me a lot of enjoyment.

It's almost like YMMV! *gasp*

RE: Hardly something people care about..
By Mitch101 on 6/7/2011 4:30:45 PM , Rating: 2
Im with your Its awesome and significantly more enjoyable and immersible. Its also significantly improved my gameplay ability.

Triple Monitor widescreen gaming is NOT the same as a single Big screen. With Triple screen gaming you have a much wider field of view. With a large single screen its like wearing binders with a limited field of view.

Multiple monitors are more natural like peripheral vision.

I overlap the monitor bezels to minimize it but overall there is no missing information behind the bezels its not like a car where the divider between the windshield and side widow can cover an area.

RE: Hardly something people care about..
By Targon on 6/7/2011 7:23:30 PM , Rating: 2
You can combine these ideas if you could get a single display that had the super high resolutions that Eyefinity 3 or 6 monitor can provide. The real problem is that 1920x1080 is 1920x1080, no matter how large the screen is.

By Mitch101 on 6/8/2011 10:38:52 AM , Rating: 2
I play at 5760x1080. You need an ATI card with 3 or more monitors connected for you game to provide you with the higher resolution options.

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