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AMD Fusion for Gaming

Fusion debuts... as a software system speed booster

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Review AMD has been talking about its Fusion technology, which will combine the CPU and GPU in a single unit, for some time now. It's not due until next year, so we were taken aback when the first incarnation of Fusion turned out to be software, not silicon.

It looks as though AMD has taken a leaf out of Google’s book as AMD Fusion For Gaming is a Beta version at Release Candidate 1, so the usual caveat, that this is software still under development, applies. You can get the 20MB download here.

AMD Fusion For Gaming

AMD Fusion For Gaming: on the desktop

The idea is that FFG increases the performance of your Windows PC by automating a number of tasks that you could perform manually. So, it doesn’t do anything new, just saves you time. By default the software runs in Basic Mode so you simply click on the silver button to turn it on and AMD Boost shuts down a short list of applications, including your browser and Windows Updates, to get your PC ready for gaming.

AMD Fusion For Gaming

Basic mode

It's a very nice idea, but does it actually work?

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