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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 Digimonkey on 6/7/2011 2:40:32 PM , Rating: 2
Eyefinity's max resolutino is 7680x3200, which equates to 24 megapixels. Is that what you were thinking of?

RE: Hardly something people care about..
By therealnickdanger on 6/7/2011 3:43:55 PM , Rating: 2
That's probably what he meant to say. The vast majority of displays in use around the world are in the 720p range, at least that's the most commonly USED resolution.

My only experience with multi-monitor gaming was a 3-way setup. Odd numbers seem to be the only way to go, at least for shooters, as losing the reticule is simply not an option. Personally, I'm just fine with a single monitor with super high resolution.

RE: Hardly something people care about..
By Targon on 6/7/2011 4:31:18 PM , Rating: 2
That "super high resolution" is the problem. Displays that go over 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 tend to be VERY expensive, so the less expensive solution is to go with Eyefinity. With one main display in front, and the two angled on the left and right, you get the super high resolution. Since these 23 inch displays take up the center of your field of view, you have a natural edge to your vision. Peripheral vision will let those two side displays do the job they are there for, giving you a greater field of view.

The second row of displays(above) is where many won't see much value in from a gaming perspective, though there may be games/situations that would make that useful as well.

I'd prefer to see large displays with higher resolutions, but three 1920x1080 displays is less expensive than one display that provides a 5760x1080(if one were ever made).

RE: Hardly something people care about..
By ddownes on 6/7/2011 5:30:08 PM , Rating: 2
The second row of displays(above) is where many won't see much value in from a gaming perspective, though there may be games/situations that would make that useful as well.


RE: Hardly something people care about..
By Captain Orgazmo on 6/7/2011 6:53:36 PM , Rating: 2
Track IR and 1 big monitor beats any multi setup for flight sim games... if only they would make some decent ones nowadays.

RE: Hardly something people care about..
By Hyperion1400 on 6/8/2011 4:32:57 PM , Rating: 2
Somebody hasn't played Wings of Prey ;)

By Captain Orgazmo on 6/9/2011 8:51:53 PM , Rating: 2
I have, 10 minutes at a time between connection losses or game crashes ;)

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