Monday, May 19, 2008

AMD GAME! Platform for Gaming PCs

AMD has pulled a certification for gaming PCs out of its sleeve. Machines that bear the new AMD GAME! badge couple AMD processors with Radeon HD 3000-series graphics cards, and AMD guarantees them to deliver "an enhanced and simplified mainstream PC gaming experience."

To qualify for an AMD GAME! logo, a system must include at least an Athlon X2 5600+ processor, an AMD 770 or Nvidia nForce 500-series chipset, a Radeon HD 3650 graphics processor, and 2GB of RAM. AMD says such PCs should crank out 30 frames per second or more at 1280 x 1024 in current games like Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, World of Warcraft, Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, and Sims 2 Deluxe.

There's also an AMD GAME! Ultra spec that mandates at least a Phenom X4 9650 CPU, AMD 780G chipset, and Radeon HD 3870 graphics. GAME! Ultra machines should manage a 30 FPS minimum at 1600 x 1200 with the same titles.

The idea is to help consumers more easily identify systems suited for increasingly demanding gaming applications. And it aims to do so with a special logo on machines with AMD microprocessors and graphics chips.

AMD says its target is the 52 million people, or 20% of PC users, who play games with 3-D graphics. AMD says two-thirds of PCs sold in 2007 weren't capable of playing sophisticated video games adequately, and shoppers need to be better educated about which PCs will provide a good gaming experience.

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