New Graphics Chips Push Next-Gen Games

The next generation of computer games sporting more realistic visuals than ever is not yet in full swing but a range of new graphics chips is letting gamers beef up their PCs today in anticipation. It's the latest round in the grudge match between Nvidia Corp., the last remaining independent graphics chip company, and ATI, which was folded into PC processor maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. last year.

The new chips are some of the most impressive pieces of silicon ever produced -- sporting more than half a billion transistors, hundreds of processing engines and accompanied by more than half a gigabyte of memory. The magic lies in their ability to run games using DirectX 10, the latest version of the software from Microsoft Corp., enabling games to run on its Windows operating system

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The magic lies in their ability to run games using DirectX 10, the latest version of the software from Microsoft Corp., enabling games to run on its Windows operating system

The magic lies in the new hardware's programmability and Shader Model 4.0. DX10 is a crutch used by Vista to interface with the hardware. Other platforms (including Windows XP) don't need DX10 to utilize this hardware and Shader Model 4.0.

This is news for the mainstream, but its too bad that they used some jargon,so in reality its useless and about 6 months too late