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NVIDIA Responds To Intel Suit 215

Posted by samzenpus
from the chip-wars dept.
MojoKid writes "NVIDIA and Intel have always had an interesting relationship, consisting of a dash of mutual respect and a whole lot of under-the-collar disdain. And with situations such as these, it's easy to understand why. NVIDIA today has come forward with a response to a recent Intel court filing in which Intel alleges that the 'four-year-old chipset license agreement the companies signed does not extend to Intel's future generation CPUs with "integrated" memory controllers, such as Nehalem. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, had this to say about the whole ordeal: 'We are confident that our license, as negotiated, applies. At the heart of this issue is that the CPU has run its course and the soul of the PC is shifting quickly to the GPU. This is clearly an attempt to stifle innovation to protect a decaying CPU business.'"
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NVIDIA Responds To Intel Suit

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  • by Jthon (595383) on Thursday February 19, 2009 @03:33AM (#26913645)

    If you're looking for accelerated MPEG4 and HD video playback you won't find that on the Intel board. While they support XvMC fairly well that only does MPEG2.

    Last month they released some drivers for the VA-API but that's in their closed source binary blob driver which works very poorly on Linux.

    NVIDIA has VDPAU support which will already allow you to play back HD streams without having to fork over for a more expensive, and hotter running CPU.

    Phoronix has several Articles about this:

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=xorg_vdpau_vaapi&num=1 [phoronix.com]

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=nvidia_vdpau&num=1 [phoronix.com]

  • by Jthon (595383) on Thursday February 19, 2009 @03:57AM (#26913745)

    Yea, and then ask more clued up friends why a game they just got runs like crap. Just because they don't care does not mean they don't use it.

    That's exactly what I was getting at. I have friends who aren't die hard gamers who have no idea what a GPU is. But they still like to play games occasionally.

    They go out and buy games like The Sims 2, Spore, or even World of Warcraft (yeah casual people play this) and get frustrated that it runs so poorly.

    I hate to tell them that because they have a low end Intel integrated chip they're just screwed (especially friends with laptops where an upgrade is unheard of). Heck even the lowest end NVIDIA or ATI INTEGRATED chip is over 10 times faster than Intel, and honestly costs only a couple $ more.

    Sure the NVIDIA/ATI integrated GPUs aren't top of the line, but at least with those the game is playable. I know someone who was trying to play some games on their Intel chipset and textures and some other affects are just missing.

  • by walshy007 (906710) on Thursday February 19, 2009 @06:16AM (#26914503)
    Also available is 9500GT in low profile form factor, have one here in my media pc, that's about as high end you can get with that form factor from what I've seen.

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