New AMD graphics processor is good news for gaming computers
AMD has released a new line of graphic processors for its growing Radeon™ GPU family, adding the Radeon HD 7900M, 7800M and 7700M chipsets and taking a significant step forward for gaming computers in particular.
According to a recent ZDNet report, AMD debuted the new processors to coincide with the release of Intel's third-generation Ivy Bridge chipset. With the two installed, laptop computers will be able to provide a rich 3D visual performance and extended battery life.
"Though these will undoubtedly deliver better performance, AMD is also emphasizing power efficiency," ZDNet reports. " [AMD] says its technology can power down portions of the GPU or reduce the entire GPU to a 'virtually zero-watt state.'"
Better known by the codename "London," the new Radeon processors differ from their predecessors because they run at lower frequencies and use less power. Both of those capabilities make the chips a good fit for notebook computers.
Good news for the PC market continues to roll in, as the release of AMD's processors and Intel's Ivy Bridge chips will precede the launch of Microsoft's Windows® 8 operating system. All could serve to reinvigorate a market that is facing a tough challenge from tablet computers and other mobile devices.