Gaming industry heavyweights gather each year at the Computer Games Developers' Conference (CGDC) and this year's outing, held this past week in Long Beach, California, offered a few surprises. Most notable among them was Intel Corporation, which demonstrated an early version of a 650 MHz Pentium II, which was cooled by an external refrigerant due to its one-off status. Intel was showing the chip off to prove that the Pentium II line still has a lot of headroom left for improvement and the company said this week that even faster versions would be available.

Appropriately, Intel demoed a couple of leading-edge OpenGL games on the CPU, including "T-Rex" and "Shot". Both games were displayed using a 3DFX Voodoo2 accelerator, currently the faster consumer-grade 3D accelerator available