NVIDIA Developer Tools Updated at GDC 2007

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 7, 2007 - 11:00 PM |
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At GDC this week, NVIDIA unveiled a major update to their suite of developers tools.  Having built developer tools for over five years now, and investing millions of dollars into the program according to NVIDIA themselves, these tools allow game developers to work faster and more efficiently, getting us games faster.  With DX10 gaining in popularity, slowly but surely, the need for more advanced tools is increasing. 


And because using their tools helps to sell NVIDIA graphics cards, all of these developer tools are FREE.  NVIDIA took some time t

ATIs "new" graphics card

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2007 - 03:14 PM |
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HotHardware has a review of the X1950 GT 256MB.  By dropping the Pro part of the name, reducing the clock speed and the price, this card is good choice for those not looking for the fastest card.  It's performance is still nothing to sneer at, it is capable of over 100fps with 4x FSAA and 4x anisotropic filtering enabled in Half Life Episode One.

Source: HotHardware

New Windows Vista Beta driver from NVIDIA ... now

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 1, 2007 - 04:24 PM |
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Update: The new driver version 101.41 appears to be available for Vista 32-bit and Vista 64-bit.  Not sure, but I think this is for GF7 series and below only for now.


When the driver is available, the driver Release Notes will include a full list of bugs fixed, known driver issues, products supported, and operating system and application limitations.

Source: NVIDIA

Superclocked indeed

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 1, 2007 - 02:19 PM |
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320 MB is perfect for users under 1920x1200, is the finding from [H]ard|OCP.  If you can limit yourself to that resolution, this card will handle just about every graphical bell and whistle you can throw at it.  EVGA's 320MB Superclocked card has a 76 MHz advantage over the reference core of 500 MHz and it's stream processor is 150 MHz faster.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Cool runnings

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 27, 2007 - 06:05 PM |
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Danger Den, one of the major providers for watercooling, has designed the Tyee GPU Waterblock, specifically designed for X1800/1900s.  By making the design so specific, they are able to give some serious cooling coverage with one waterblock.  Take a look at the performance gain techPowerUp! got.

Source: techPowerUp!

DirectX 10 rendering

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 27, 2007 - 02:55 PM |
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Check out this project on CG Arena that showcases what to expect from DX10.  Max Edwin Wahyudi has posted the steps he used to create a virtual Song Hye Kyo.  You don't need to know who she is to appreciate the accuracy with which he managed to replicate her face using Zbrush and 3D max, and a few other tools for the final steps.

Source: CG Arena

AMD ATI All-in-Wonder Vista Support Information

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 26, 2007 - 04:50 PM |
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A reader posed a question to me recently in regards to the ATI Updates Vista Driver article: what about the All-in-Wonder line up?


In its current state, the All-in-Wonder cards from ATI, such as the X1900 AIW card I reviewed as recently as February 2006, will play your games, but not your TV.  Any of the features you loved for your TV inputs or video capture using your All-in-Wonder cards are not functioning under Windows Vista at all.  But why??  With Me

Sapphire is first to get out the Radeon X1950 GT

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 22, 2007 - 12:46 PM |
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For ~$150, the Sapphire Radeon X1950 GT has some pretty good power behind it. With 6 pixel shaders, 12 ROPs, and 8 vertex shaders, a 500MHz GPU and a memory clock of 1.2 GHz (GDDR3).  What you lose in theis model, compared to the Pro, is AVIVO support.  [H]ard|OCP puts the screws to this card and a 7900 GS as well, to see who cracks first.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA Announces World's First Certified Support for Microsoft DirectX 10

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2007 - 04:11 PM |
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NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today released the world's first WHQL-certified drivers for Microsoft DirectX 10, coinciding with the release of the first DirectX 10 test kit from Microsoft, which allows other hardware vendors to test their graphics processors using the DirectX 10 WHQL tests.

Source: NVIDIA

That's what we call a bottleneck

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 19, 2007 - 03:10 PM |
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Legion Hardware examines the effect of processor power on graphics.  The 8800 can currently handle anything thrown at with ease, but if the processor can't keep up then you won't get the performance you expect.  They test  a series of AMD Athlon64 X2s, the 3800+ ,  4200+, 4600+ and the 5000+ and also Intel Core 2 Duos, the E6300, E6400, E6600, E6700 and the X6800.  Find out what effect a slower processor will have on your dream graphics card.

NVIDIA® CUDA(TM) UNLEASHES POWER OF GPU COMPUTING

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 16, 2007 - 03:38 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA—FEBRUARY 16, 2007—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today released a public beta of the NVIDIA® CUDA™ Software Developer Kit (SDK) and C-compiler for computing on NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs).  GPU Computing with the CUDA SDK is a new approach to computing where hundreds of on-chip processors simultaneously communicate and cooperate to solve complex computing problems.

Source: NVIDIA

Frames per cent

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 15, 2007 - 12:49 PM |
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nVIDIA has a firm grip on the performance crown, but ATI has kept hold of the performance for price.  The 7950GT is their attempt at taking the price/performance crown away.  [H]ard|OCP is the judge in this contest with the ~$260 7950GT in one corner and the X1900XT, weighing in at ~$

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Half the RAM, but more than half the power

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 13, 2007 - 03:33 PM |
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HotHardware has managed to pull themselves away from gaming on the XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB long enough to write a review.  Their findings agree with other reviews you may have seen, this is a great performing DX10 card at a good price.  The only real impact the RAM has is if you have a 30" widescreen display and crank the resolution up to 1920x1200 and 2560x1600, and frankly if you bought the widescreen, you probably want the full 8800 GTX anyways.

Source: HotHardware

New GTS? The Guru's got it covered!

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2007 - 12:45 PM |
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The Guru of 3D attacks the new release of the 8800GTS in a 20 page review that covers more than one manufacturer and includes SLI testing.  There were 2 major findings, the first of which the Guru summed up perfectly.

Gaming up-to 1920x1200 = Good
Gaming after 1920x1200 = Bad

Source: Guru of 3D

NVIDIA EXPANDS THE REACH OF DIRECTX 10 GAMING WITH NEW GEFORCE 8800-BASED GRAPHICS CARD

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) is the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies.



Today add in card partners of NVIDIA have released graphics cards based on the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS graphics processing unit (GPU). These new cards come with 320MB of video memory and have prices ranging from $299-$349.



E-tailers and retailers worldwide now carry 320MB graphics cards based on the award-winning GeForce 8800 GTS GPU.

Source: NVIDIA

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES NEW GRAPHICS CARD WITH Microsoft Windows Vista SUPPORT

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2007 - 11:33 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (February 12, 2007) — BFG Technologies®, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GTS OC™ 320MB PCI Express® graphics card for a suggested retail price of $349 USD.

NVIDIA Vista Quality Assurance Page

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 9, 2007 - 11:35 AM |
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"We are working diligently to make sure we achieve and maintain the level of driver quality and reliability that NVIDIA is known for. Over the coming weeks NVIDIA and our partners, along with the industry, will continue to update Windows Vista drivers to ensure maximum performance on 3D applications and add feature support.

Source: NVIDIA

ATI's twins, two new X1650XTs

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2007 - 12:50 PM |
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HotHardware has a review of a pair of very closely related cards.  The HIS Radeon X1650 XT iSilence II runs at the frequencies specified by ATI and the HIS Radeon X1650 XT IceQ Turbo runs just a bit faster.  These pair offer a nice choice, you can have a silent card for about $150 or trade in the silence for a little more oomph and pay around $200.  Of course the 1950 Pro is much faster and not much more expensive that the Turbo, so you may want to keep that in mind.

Source: HotHardware

Details emerge on ATI's R600 series

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 6, 2007 - 12:20 PM |
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The Inquirer has done a little sniffing around in the R600 driver, and have found 4 device names, referred to in the driver as DEV_9400, 9401, 9402 and 9403.  Since ATI isn't saying anything about the upcoming names, it is guessing time and if you guess XTX, XT, PRO and GT you agree with the fellows at The Inq.  Another guessing game comes from the quote below, Quad Crossfire or multiple memory devices? 

Source: The Inquirer