After unveiling its Business Class enterprise platform less than a month ago, AMD has pulled a certification for gaming PCs out of its sleeve. In a nutshell, 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 770 chipset, and Radeon HD 3870 graphics. GAME! Ultra machines should manage a 30 FPS minimum at 1600 x 1200 with the same titles.
According to AMD, GAME!-certified systems are available right now from gaming PC vendors Alienware, Cyberpower PC, iBuypower, Maingear, and Velocity Micro. AMD also expects the GAME! badge to make its way onto retail PCs in the second half of this year.
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