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AMD and Nvidia next gen Graphics Cards

It’s that time of year again folks. Our friendly friends over at amd and nvidia are primed to release their next line of Graphics Cards. There’s an article over at Venture beat that has a nice bit of back and forth between the companies. Surprisingly little is over at their own sites about the next gen other than a small article about the switch to Windows 7. There’s a paragraph that tickles my fancy….

Windows 7 will also have features such as touch-screen control and a new graphics standard, DirectX 11. That latter is important because it delivers new graphics features that leading-edge consumers are likely to want. One feature is GPU Compute, which uses a graphics chip to perform non-graphics applications such as converting video from one format to another

The touch screen feature of Windows 7, will be cool, but what gets me is the ability to have your Video card to assist in performing non-graphics applications with a specific statement of converting video. I’m not a bleeding edge person although I do consider myself on the higher end of people with encoding, as that is known, experience. But, isen’t all this application side? Not hardware done? I can only guess that they’re thinking of real-time encoding? I’m not exactly sure. According to the article this will also be an available function for the new Mac OS, Snow Leopard.

June 18, 2009 - Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , ,


  1. Video encoding is an application thing, sure, but it’s very processor intensive(especially HD video). I think that video cards have gotten so crazy in how and what they can compute, having a gpu to help pick up the slack can be a good thing.

    Comment by richieraw | June 18, 2009

  2. Well of course all applications use the processor to function but wouldn’t you just rather have a big enough machine than skimp and say..oh well…the gc I just blew 300$ on can pick up the slack.

    Comment by lurkerbelow | June 18, 2009

  3. instead of richieraw it should be richiekeeps it real.

    Comment by lurkerbelow | June 18, 2009

  4. True dat….I was just sayin it’s a nice option to have, no matter what, encoding takes time, if you’re not playing a game, the card is pretty much not doing anything, whatever helps.

    Comment by richieraw | June 18, 2009

  5. been hanging out with jdubs alot lately?

    Comment by lurkerbelow | June 18, 2009

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