Intel's semi-annual conference for hardware and software developers is generally an AMD-free affair. But at this week's Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Advanced Micro Devices managed to sneak in -- or at least, its ATI division did.
Here's how it happened. War Machine, a subsidiary of Brea, Calif.-based white box builder Golden Star Technology, makes custom gaming systems built exclusively on Intel processors and Nvidia video platforms. But for IDF, Intel asked War Machine to build its display systems on the chip leader's own video chipset, according to War Machine director Pete Norwich.
The trouble was, the system builder found that the Nvidia video card it normally uses in its PCs wasn't playing well with Intel's chipset. So, in a one-time solution strictly for IDF, War Machine wound up putting in an ATI video card instead.
"We're Intel-only and Nvidia-only but we did this strictly for IDF. The ATI video card was necessary because Intel wanted us to use their chipset," said Norwich.