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AMD Introduces "AMD Game" Program

Hoping to simplify computer purchases for mainstream consumers, AMD has unveiled its AMD Game program that hopes to ease the process of determining PC gaming system requirements for the aforementioned market.

The program will allow gamers to purchase hardware which meets a certain set of minimum requirements. New systems and parts will be labeled with “AMD Game” or “AMD Game Ultra” badges informing customers how potent these machines are for gaming.

“We’re trying to help people identify PCs that are really ready to play the latest games,” said AMD desktop gaming strategist Brent Barry. “Basically, to bring a little bit of that console-like simplicity to the mainstream gamers.”

The specifications will be changed every six months to keep in line with the release of more powerful hardware. Other companies such as Microsoft, Alienware and Acer have signed up for the initiative. In fact, several retailers have already started selling such computers in North America.

Hit the jump for the system requirements for the badges.
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Free Games for ATI Users

AMD/ATI fans are in luck, as the company announced that owners of ATI Radeon graphic card owners are entitled to a pair of free games from Steam, Valve’s content delivery service. Eligible gamers can visit this page for details on how to get free copies of Half-Life 2: Lost Coast and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch as well as discounts on other Valve games.

ATI 7.9 Catalyst, NVIDIA 163.67 Beta Drivers

New ATI Catalyst drivers have been released, updating it to v7.9. Some new features in the update include a video converter and various performance improvements. The Linux version of the drivers are expected “soon”.

Meanwhile, NVIDIA has released beta v163.67 drivers for GeForce 6, 7 and 8 series cards. The drivers are for various editions of Windows XP, 2000, 2003 and Vista.

AMD Acquires ATI

Shocking everyone in the computer industry, AMD has announced that it has bought ATI, one of the two major players in the GPU market. Now a part of the processor-maker, ATI has been acquired for $5.4 billion in cash and stock to expand AMD’s market share against Intel, currently the most popular processor-producer.

Under terms of the deal, AMD will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of ATI for $4.2 billion in cash and 57 million shares of AMD common stock, based on the number of shares of ATI common stock outstanding on July 21.

AMD said it would pay $20.47 for each ATI share. That marks a 24 percent premium over ATI’s closing stock price of $16.56 on Nasdaq on Friday. The stock added another 7 percent to $17.68 in after-hours trading amid media reports of the expected deal.

What do Intel and Nvidia think about this? TechReport asked the very same question and the reactions are as expected: Nvidia is now boasting that it is the only true GPU maker in the industry and that its market share will increase; Intel, on the other hand, is very reserved with their judgment.

Now that the buyout has been done with, the rumors have started, and what better way to start one that to suggest a CPU-GPU integration? That’s being covered on Ars Technica which takes a technical look at the prospects of having a graphics card built into a processor.