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This list charts the approximate release dates for key or notable technology releases: including CPUs, graphics chips, operating systems, games, benchmarks, games consoles and computing systems.  The following dates should be seen as a guide only.

Year Month CPUs ( AMD - Intel ) GPUs ( ATI - NVIDIA ) Software & Games Consoles & Systems

Dec
Nov
Oct
Sep
Aug
2011 Jul
Jun
May Intel Pentium G6xxx/G8xxx
 
Apr   Valve - Portal 2  
Mar NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 ~ AMD Radeon HD 6990 EA - Crysis 2  Apple iPad 2
Feb AMD Radeon HD 6870 Nintendo 3DS
Jan Intel Core i3/i5/i7 2xxx ~ AMD Fusion NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti  

Dec AMD Radeon HD 6970
Nov NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Sony - Gran Turismo 5 Microsoft Kinect 
Oct
Sep
Aug
2010 Jul NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 Blizzard - Starcraft II
Jun Apple iPhone 4
May
Microsoft - Alan Wake
Apr  AMD Phenom II X6 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480  Apple iPad
Mar
Feb
Jan Intel Core i3 EA - Mass Effect 2

Dec Nintendo DSi XL
Nov Futuremark - Shattered Horizon
Oct ATI Radeon HD 5970 Microsoft - Windows 7 retail
Sep Intel Core i5 ~ AMD Athlon II X4 ATI Radeon HD 5800 Sony PlayStation 3 'slimline'
Aug
2009 Jul
Jun EA - Sims 3 Sony PSP Go Apple iPhone 3GS
May Mojang - Minecraft
Apr
Mar
Feb AMD Phenom II X3 Capcom - Street Fighter IV
Jan AMD Phenom II X4 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 Microsoft - Windows 7 beta (DirectX 11)

Dec Rockstar - Grand Theft Auto IV (PC)
Nov Intel Core i7 Nintendo DSi
Oct Bethesda - Fallout 3
Sep
Aug ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2
2008 Jul Apple iPhone 3G
Jun NVIDIA GeForce GTX ~ ATI Radeon HD 4800
May
Apr Intel Atom Futuremark - 3DMark Vantage / Microsoft - Windows Vista SP1
Mar AMD Phenom X3 NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2
Feb
Jan   ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Apple MacBook Air

Dec
Nov AMD Phenom X4 ATI Radeon HD 3800 Crytek - Crysis
Oct Futuremark - PCMark Vantage
Sep
Aug Irrational Games - BioShock
2007 Jul
Jun Apple iPhone
May ATI Radeon HD 2900
Apr
Mar GCS - STALKER
Feb
Jan  Intel Core 2 Quad Microsoft - Windows Vista (DirectX 10)

Dec
Nov NVIDIA GeForce 8800 ~ ATI Radeon X1950 Nintendo Wii ~ Sony PlayStation 3
Oct Obsidian - Neverwinter Nights 2
Sep
Aug
2006 Jul Intel Core 2 Duo
Jun NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2 Valve - Half-Life 2: Episode 1
May
Apr
Mar NVIDIA GeForce 7900 Bethesda - Oblivion
Feb
Jan Intel Core ATI Radeon X1900 Futuremark - 3DMark06

Dec
Nov Microsoft Xbox 360
Oct ATI Radeon X1800 Infinity Ward - Call of Duty 2
Sep
Aug AMD Athlon 64 X2
2005 Jul
Jun NVIDIA GeForce 7800 Futuremark - PCMark05
May
Apr Microsoft - Windows XP Pro x64
Mar AMD Turion
Feb
Jan

Dec ATI Radeon X850 Sony PSP
Nov Valve - Half-Life 2 Nintendo DS
Oct
Sep Futuremark - 3DMark05
Aug Microsoft - Windows XP SP2 (DirectX 9.0c) Apple iMac G5
2004 Jul AMD Sempron Futuremark - SPMark04
Jun
May ATI Radeon X800
Apr NVIDIA GeForce 6800
Mar Crytek - Far Cry
Feb
Jan

Dec
Nov Futuremark - PCMark04
Oct NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950
Sep AMD Athlon 64 Massive Development - Aquamark 3
Aug Microsoft - DirectX 9.0b
2003 Jul
Jun NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900
May
Apr AMD Opteron
Mar Intel Pentium 4 NVIDIA GeForce FX 5800 ~ ATI Radeon 9800 Microsoft - DirectX 9.0a
Feb Futuremark - 3DMark03
Jan

Dec Microsoft DirectX 9.0
Nov
Oct
Sep Epic - Unreal Tournament '03
Aug ATI Radeon 9700
2002 Jul Intel Itanium 2
Jun Microsoft - DirectX 8.1b
May Bethesda - Morrowind
Apr
Mar MadOnion - PCMark2002
Feb NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti MadOnion - 3DMark2001 SE
Jan Apple iMac G4

Dec
Nov Microsoft DirectX 8.1a Microsoft Xbox
Oct AMD Athlon XP NVIDIA GeForce2 Ti ~ GeForce3 Ti Microsoft Windows XP ~ DirectX 8.1
Sep ATI Radeon 8500 Nintendo Gamecube
Aug
2001 Jul Remedy - Max Payne
Jun
May
Apr
Mar Intel Itanium MadOnion - 3DMark2001 Nintendo Game Boy Advance
Feb NVIDIA GeForce 3 Microsoft DirectX 8.0a
Jan

Dec
Nov Intel Pentium 4 Microsoft DirectX 8.0
Oct
Sep MadOnion - XL-R8R ~ Microsoft Windows Me ~ DirectX 7.1
Aug
2000 Jul
Jun AMD Duron ATI Radeon 256
May
Apr NVIDIA GeForce 2 ~ ATI Rage Fury MAXX
Mar Microsoft DirectX 7.0a Sony PlayStation 2
Feb Microsoft Windows 2000
Jan

Dec MadOnion - 3DMark2000
Nov Epic - Unreal Tournament
Oct NVIDIA GeForce 256
Sep Microsoft DirectX 7.0
Aug ATI Rage Fury Pro
1999 Jul Appeal - Outcast
Jun AMD Athlon
May NVIDIA Riva TNT 2 Microsoft Windows 98 SE ~ DirectX 6.1a
Apr ATI Rage 128 Pro
Mar Futuremark - 3DMark99 MAX
Feb Intel Pentium III ~ AMD K6-III Microsoft DirectX 6.1
Jan 3dfx Voodoo3

Dec Valve - Half-Life
Nov ATI 3D Rage 128 Sega Dreamcast
Oct Futuremark - 3DMark99 Nintendo Game Boy Color
Sep
Aug Apple iMac G3
1998 Jul Microsoft DirectX 6.0
Jun NVIDIA Riva TNT Microsoft Windows 98 ~ DirectX 5.2
May AMD K6-2 Epic - Unreal
Apr Intel Celeron
Mar
Feb 3dfx Voodoo2 ~ NVIDIA Riva 128ZX ~ ATI Rage Pro Turbo
Jan

Dec id Software - Quake II
Nov Remedy - Final Reality
Oct Centaur WinChip
Sep Black Isle - Fallout
Aug
1997 Jul
Jun NVIDIA Riva 128
May Intel Pentium II
Apr AMD K6 MMX Totally Games - X-wing vs. TIE fighter
Mar ATI 3D Rage Pro
Feb
Jan Intel Pentium MMX

Dec Blizzard Entertainment - Diablo
Nov Core Design - Tomb Raider
Oct
Sep 3dfx Voodoo ~ ATI 3D Rage II
Aug Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
1996 Jul
Jun Microsoft DirectX 2.0a ~ id Software - Quake Nintendo 64
May
Apr
Mar AMD K5
Feb Cyrix 6x86
Jan 3D Realms - Duke Nukem 3D

Dec ATI 3D Rage
Nov Intel Pentium Pro
Oct
Sep Microsoft DirectX 1.0
Aug Cyrix 5x86 Microsoft Windows 95
1995 Jul
Jun
May S3 ViRGE
Apr
Mar
Feb LucasArts - Dark Forces
Jan

Dec Sony PlayStation
Nov Sega Saturn
Oct id Software - Doom II
Sep Microsoft Windows NT 3.5
Aug Intel 8036 EX ATI Mach64
1994 Jul
Jun
May
Apr
Mar Intel 80486 DX4 Looking Glass - System Shock
Feb
Jan

Dec id Software - Doom
Nov Atari Jaguar
Oct
Sep IBM 486 ~ Cyrix Cx486 DX Commodore Amiga CD32
Aug Square - Secret of Mana
1993 Jul Microsoft Windows NT 3.1
Jun
May Panasonic 3DO
Apr AMD Am486 DX
Mar Intel Pentium
Feb Nintendo - Star Fox
Jan

Dec
Nov Intel 80486 SL
Oct Commodore Amiga 1200 - 4000
Sep
Aug Nintendo - Super Mario Kart
1992 Jul
Jun
May id Software - Wolfenstein 3D
Apr
Mar Microsoft Windows 3.1 Commodore Amiga 600
Feb
Jan

Dec
Nov
Oct
Sep
Aug AMD Am386 DX Torvalds - Linux kernel
1991 Jul
Jun AMD Am386 SX Sega - Sonic the Hedgehog
May
Apr Intel 80486 SX
Mar
Feb
Jan

Dec
Nov Nintendo - Super Mario World Nintendo SNES
Oct Intel 80386 SL Apple Macintosh Classic
Sep AMD Am386 DX
Aug
1990 Jul
Jun Extended Graphics Array * Commodore Amiga 3000
May Microsoft Windows 3.0
Apr
Mar
Feb
Jan

Dec
Nov
Oct
Sep Atari Lynx
Aug
1989 Jul
Jun Bullfrog - Populous
May Microsoft Windows 2.11
Apr Intel 80486 DX
Mar
Feb
Jan

Dec Capcom - Mega Man 2
Nov
Oct Sega Mega Drive
Sep Apple Macintosh IIx
Aug
1988 Jul
Jun Intel 80386 SX
May
Apr
Mar
Feb
Jan

Dec
Nov Microsoft Windows 2.03
Oct
Sep
Aug
1987 Jul
Jun IBM Video Graphics Array * Ocean - Head Over Heels
May
Apr
Mar Apple Macintosh II ~ Macintosh SE
Feb
Jan Commodore Amiga 500

Dec
Nov
Oct Sega Master System
Sep
Aug
1986 Jul
Jun Atari 7800
May Chunsoft - Dragon Quest
Apr
Mar
Feb Nintendo - Legend of Zelda
Jan Apple Macintosh Plus