AMD Catalyst 11.4 for Linux Released

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards, Chipsets | May 3, 2011 - 11:54 AM |
Tagged: ubuntu, rhel, Red Hat, opensuse, linux, driver, catalyst, ati, amd

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In a previous article we stated:

"Highlights of the Linux AMD Catalyst™ 11.4 release include: This release of AMD Catalyst™ Linux introduces support for the following new operating systems Ubuntu 11.04 support (early look) SLED/SLES 10 SP4 support (early look) RHEL 5.6 support (production)"

AMD introduced a new feature into Linux with Catalyst™ 11.4, PowerXpress.

  • PowerXpress: Will enable certain mainstream mobile chipsets to seemlessly switch from integrated graphics to the dedicated graphics. *note: This only applies to Intel Processors with on chip graphics and AMD dedicated graphics and must be switched on by invoking switchlibGL and switchlibglx and restarting the Xorg server.

If you are running RHEL 5.6 or SLED/SLES 10 SP4 and need the driver you can get it here.

If you are running Ubuntu 11.04, install the driver under the "Additional Drivers" program.

If you are running a BSD variant you must still use the Open-Source driver "Radeon" and "RadeonHD" as AMD has yet to release a BSD driver.

Be sure to check back to PCPer for my complete review of the 11.4 driver and PowerXpress.

Source: AMD

AMD 990FX, 990X and 970 chipsets to get NVIDIA SLI Support

Subject: Graphics Cards, Motherboards, Chipsets | April 28, 2011 - 09:45 AM |
Tagged: sli, nvidia, amd, 990x, 990fx, 970

In a move that is long overdue, NVIDIA's Tom Peteresen announced on a blog post that SLI multi-GPU support was finally going to be offered on AMD platforms with the upcoming launch of the AMD 990FX, 990X and 970 chipsets.  On previous AMD platforms users have not been able to use multiple NVIDIA graphics cards in SLI because NVIDIA simply did not allow licensing of the technology on them.  As of this month, that policy is changing.

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According to the post, NVIDIA has had a change of heart and wants to "make sure gamers can benefit from the new CPU competitive landscape and ensure they have NVIDIA SLI – the highest performance, most stable multi-GPU solution - to game on!"  The lack of SLI on previous chipsets was the result of Intel being the dominate CPU platform of choice for gamers in recent years. 

ASUS, Gigabyte, ASRock, and MSI are going to be the first out of the block with motherboard based on the AMD 990FX, 990X and 970 chipsets with SLI support according to NVIDIA's Petersen. 

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This doesn't change NVIDIA's stance on the whole licensing and charging motherboard vendors to integrate SLI thing, however.  In an ideal world, NVIDIA would have announced that they were opening up SLI to work on ANY motherboard, future or present, that has enough PCI Express slots on them, just like we see today with AMD's own CrossFire technology.  Despite pressure to do that, NVIDIA is standing by its current formula and expanding into the realm of AMD chipsets.  

Regardless, today is a good day for AMD fans and gamers alike that want more choice and more variety in their system build options for the future.  The AMD Llano and Bulldozer-based processors just got a little more gaming friendly.

Source: NVIDIA

Intel Z68 chipset to offer overclocking, display output and SSD caching

Subject: Chipsets | February 27, 2011 - 07:35 PM |
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According to a story posted over at VRZone this weekend, it looks like Intel has not only started shipping the revised, no-more-SATA-bug B3 versions of the Cougar Point chipsets, but has also started sending out the Z68 variant to motherboard vendors.  This completely new chipset for the Sandy Bridge platform brings quite a few new features to the table.

Source: VR-Zone

Fan boys continue to pummel Intel about its Sandy Bridge problems

Subject: Chipsets | February 15, 2011 - 03:19 PM |
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Even though we are quickly coming upon the fixed B3 revision of the P67/H67 Cougar Point chipsets, Intel continues to be the horse getting the proverbial beating.  This user-created video (or I guess it could be AMD built from the underground) compares the fiasco to the engineering disaster that was the Tacoma Narrow Bridge.  

Legacy technology is source for Intel's chipset woes and recall

Subject: Chipsets | January 31, 2011 - 08:56 PM |
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Anandtech was able to get some information on the Intel 6-series chipset issue that was revealed earlier today and the problem appears to more technical that originally thought.  After some discussion with one of Intel's VPs, the story is revealed.

Source: AnandTech

Intel halts production/shipment of 6-series chipsets with SATA flaw found

Subject: Chipsets | January 31, 2011 - 11:59 AM |
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Happy Monday everyone; except those of you that might work at Intel.  It looks like Intel has found (and is readily admitting to) a pretty substantial flaw in the current shipping Intel 6-series chipsets used by the Sandy Bridge processors that were released earlier this month.  What could be so series that Intel is taking the time to publicly out itself and plan for a $700M budget hit for recall / replacement?

VIA Labs Scores USB-IF Certification First for USB 3.0 NAND Flash Controller

Subject: Chipsets | November 10, 2010 - 11:10 AM |
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VIA Labs, Inc., a leading supplier of USB 3.0 integrated chip controllers, today announced that the VIA Labs VL750 USB 3.0 to NAND Flash Controller is the first in the world to be certified by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) for SuperSpeed operation, ensuring high quality multimedia and more immersive and compelling applications.

The comprehensive suite of tests conducted as part of the USB-IF Compliance and Certification Program ensures that certified de

VIA Kick-Starts the USB 3.0 Revolution, Brings Next Generation Super-Speed to USB Flash Drives

Subject: Chipsets | September 16, 2010 - 11:18 AM |
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TAIPEI, TAIWAN, September 16, 2010 -
VIA Labs, Inc., a leading supplier of USB 3.0 integrated chip controllers, today announced its latest USB 3.0 product, the VIA Labs VL750 Super-Speed USB to NAND flash controller, a revolutionary single-chip solution for the next generation of USB flash drives.

Source: VIA Arena

Intel could have 6-series chipsets ready in Q1 2011

Subject: Chipsets | April 9, 2010 - 12:45 PM |
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We have already mentioned on PC Perspective that Intel had no plans for a new consumer level desktop chipset for the remainder of 2010.  This is important because of the current X58/P55/H57 chipsets lack of support for features liked SATA 6.0 Gb/s and USB 3.0.  Instead, current generation Intel platform users require either an expansion card to add those options or will need to buy a new motherboard with those built on-board. 

Source: Digitimes

NVIDIA Teases New Optimus Technology for CES 2010

Subject: Chipsets | January 5, 2010 - 11:01 AM |
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Today NVIDIA has hinted at new mobile technology called Optimus. Optimus will work exclusively with NVIDIA GPUs and we have learned it will work on both Pine Trail netbooks and the just announced Arrandale platforms.

More information can be expected on Thursday when NVIDIA holds their press event at CES.

Source: NVIDIA

More information on NVIDIA's chipset business

Subject: Chipsets | October 8, 2009 - 07:00 PM |
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It would appear I stirred up quite the dust cloud when I wrote that NVIDIA was essentially exiting the chipset business in my recent "State of NVIDIA" editorial.  Everyone from the Wall Street Jou

nForce chipsets could return with Intel Lynnfield processors

Subject: Chipsets | August 19, 2009 - 02:56 PM |
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You will likely recall that a large portion of the tech world in 2008 called for the demise of NVIDIA's chipset division with the approach of the Intel Core i7 processor that FINALLY moved the memory controller from the chipset to the CPU.  At the time Intel had decided to NOT allow NVIDIA to get a license for QPI (the new interface for Core i7 Nehalem processors) and NVIDIA also started to drift away from AMD-platform chipsets, so the composition of those two factors pushed many to theorize the end of nForce.

Source: techPowerUp!

AMD planning 8-series chipsets for early 2010

Subject: Chipsets | June 17, 2009 - 02:19 PM |
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It looks like news about AMD's upcoming chipset plans for 2009 and 2010 have been unearthed by Digitimes this week.  Though not a lot of details are revealed quite yet about the chipsets themselves, we did learn that AMD plans to have the RD890 chipset available in January of 2010 as a replacement for the 790FX (RD790) chipset that is currently the company's top offering for desktop users.  The RD890 would likely be paired with the AM3-based processors that have support for DDR3 memory and will not have a

Source: Digitimes

New Hyperion Pro driver out

Subject: Chipsets | June 10, 2009 - 11:19 AM |
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Every time one of the drivers that makes up the VIA Hyperion Pro package gets updated, you can be sure the full package will be updated soon after. The IDE Falcon Storage driver has been updated to version 2.80A so now the Hyperion Pro package has been updated as well - to version 5.24A.

Version 5.24A of the Hyperion Pro drivers includes the following components:

INF V3.10A

AGP V4.60A

V-RAID V5.80F and RAID Tools v5.85

Introducing the new ATI Radeon E4690 Discrete GPU

Subject: Chipsets | June 1, 2009 - 11:50 AM |
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Unprecedented Embedded Graphics Performance

Source: AMD

USB 3.0 is here and it can beat SATA 2.0

Subject: Chipsets | May 20, 2009 - 04:13 PM |
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Long story short, old and busted USB 2.0 hits 480 Mbps in a perfect world,  new and shiny USB 3.0 will hit 5Gps.

In contrast a SATA drive hopes for 3Gbs at peak, so that gives you an idea just how fast this new USB could be.

NVIDIA MCP79A Chipset Coming end of the month

Subject: Chipsets | September 12, 2008 - 02:48 PM |
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Well, this is an interesting report.  According to this post over at Digitimes, NVIDIA is going to be launching their MCP7A IGP chipset by the end of the month.  For those of you that don't know, the MCP7A is NVIDIA's updated Intel-platform intergrated graphics chipset that I believe will likely find its way into the Apple line of MacBooks and iMacs later this year.  Is it a coincidence then that Apple is

Source: Digitimes

AMD RS880 Coming in March 2009

Subject: Chipsets | September 12, 2008 - 02:41 PM |
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According to some leaked slides over at VRZone that focuses on the "planned desktop software roadmap" we learned that AMD should be readying a new desktop chipset, known as RS880, for March/April 2009 release time frame.  All we know about it right now is that it will bring "improved multimedia capabilities".  Duh.

Source: VR-Zone

NVIDIA Says "No" to no Chipsets

Subject: Chipsets | August 4, 2008 - 07:56 PM |
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Sure, rumors have swirled and we have posted our own take on the original piece about NVIIDA's chipsets not be canceled in the immediate but now they are getting another boost with NVIDIA's denieal of such as action.  Now it looks like even Digitimes is retracting...

Nvidia has released an official statement refuting the
recent Digitimes story claiming that the company is planning to quit
its chipset business.

Source: Digitimes

NVIDIA nForce 780a SLI Chipset Update

Subject: Chipsets | May 8, 2008 - 06:16 PM |
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At the request and repeated insistence of NVIDIA, we decided to retest
our performance results above; NVIDIA said they had seen no problems
with the Hybrid Power over the mGPU as dramatic as we saw here.  We
retested all three titles at got some slightly different results; at
least on the one title that stood out: