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Old 01-14-2009, 09:05 PM
Jason Dunn
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Default CES 2009: AMD and Image Metrics

AMD first shows the new HP dv2, a small computer that uses the AMD Neo processor, a 1.6 Ghz, 25 watt CPU that's part of their Yukon chipset. It's a very interesting little machine - far more powerful than a netbook, but starts at $699 USD, so not that much more expensive than most of them. AMD also talked a little about their new Phenom II CPU, and how it forms a pillar in their new Dragon platform. The Phenom II CPU has been overclocked to 6.3 Ghz with liquid nitrogen, and to 3.7 Ghz with air cooling. They stressed that they believe the experience of using a computer is about more than the speed of the CPU. I agree, except when I'm having to render a huge HD video file; then it's ALL about the speed of the CPU. They talked a little about the Fusion Render Cloud, but not in very much detail - I suspect this is still too new of an initiative to have much in the way of detail.

After AMD talked, Image Metrics got up to show what they've been able to do with ATI GPUs - and the results are quite impressive! I've also hated how artificial most face animations are in games - especially how bad the lip-sync tends to be - so I can't wait to see their technology in the games I'm playing. Filmed at CNTRSTG.

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