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AMD launched a new initiative today, dubbed AMD Game! (We will henceforth ignore the stupid exclamation point), that's intended to clarify which OEM PCs are and aren't built for gaming. AMD claims that 61 percent of Americans, 49 percent of Europeans, and 49 percent of Chinese (not all of them gold farmers) are at least interested in buying a gaming PC. Those customers, however, receive little to no guidance on how to properly evaluate any given system to establish its gaming capabilities. If AMD Game catches on with OEMs, that situation could soon change.

The program is divided into two subcategories: AMD Game and AMD Game Ultra. AMD Game Ultra is the highest tier, and requires that a system be built with the following minimum specifications:

* AMD Phenom 9600/9650 X4 (2.3GHz) processor
* 2GB PC-6400 (DDR2-800) RAM
* Radeon HD 3870 512MB video card
* Motherboard based on AMD 790FX/770 chipset
Seems interesting, although I would like to see this not something controlled by just AMD, kinda like a computer community run thing.

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could b good, and i'd say those specs listed 4 the "ultra" tier r definitely minimum...

although my dual core never gets above 75% total usage, so i'm not sure y u'd need a quad
    
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meh whatever gets AMD going.
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seems pretty cool but i dont know why they used their quad as a base for gaming. Theres a thread on here that clearly shows that you get better performance in games from a dual core than a quad.
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