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AMD pushes gaming hardware

Chip maker AMD is labeling PCs with new logos in order to highlight gaming systems for the public

AMD is introducing a new labeling system to inform consumers about which software will run on their hardware.

The "AMD Game" logo will be placed on PCs that feature an Athlon X2 5600+ processor, 2GB of memory, Radeon HD 3650 graphics, and an AMD 770 or Nvidia nForce 500 series chipset or better.

The "AMD Game Ultra" logo will be reserved for systems with a minimum of a Phenom X4 9650, 2GB of memory, a Radeon HD 3870, and an AMD 770 chipset.

"We've tested the games, hardware, and components to make sure you get an amazing playing experience, right out of the box," said AMD in a statement on its web site. "And best of all, you don't have to know every detail about your PC to get started."

The new initiative will also rate peripherals such as mice, keyboards and controllers for compatibility with AMD 's chipsets to help ensure that PCs are optimised for gaming.

AMD touts the new labeling system as an easy way for consumers to immerse themselves in the latest games, claiming "console-like" simplicity.

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