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NVIDIA's latest beta drivers for Windows Vista, Forceware 101.41, was released to the public last friday and after a great deal of anticipation, the guys over at Bit-Tech have good things to say. Addressing issues such as the functionality of 6 and 7 series GeForce cards in SLI, NVIDIA has added SLI functionality to these cards under Windows Vista including the 7950GX2, which requires SLI functionality to run properly. NVIDIA says they haven't ironed out all the kinks yet, but Forceware 101.41 is a good step forward. here is an old saying that says, "March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb." Well, the "in like a lion" part is at least accurate in our industry. Nvidia has finally... Read more...
NEW NVIDIA QUADRO ARCHITECTURE DELIVERS GREATEST GENERATIONAL LEAP IN COMPANY HISTORY New Quadro Solutions Launch with Advanced Features Including: Unified Architecture, Shader Model 4.0, and GPU Computing for Visualization SANTA CLARA, CA - MARCH 5, 2007 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today unveiled a new line of professional graphics solutions: NVIDIA Quadro FX 4600, Quadro FX 5600, and NVIDIA Quadro Plex VCS Model IV. Armed with the largest increase in GPU power and functionality to date, these solutions are designed to help solve the world's most complex professional graphics challenges. Tackling the extreme visualization... Read more...
An article at X-Bit Labs has unveiled NVIDIA's confirmation for the production of the GeForce 8 series for notebooks. While not currently available, it is speculated the launch of the notebook GeForce 8 series will coincide with the release of Intel's Santa-Rosa notebook platform in Q2 of 2007. The head of Nvidia also confirmed that the company has plans to release a family of GPUs for notebooks based on the GeForce 8 architecture in time for Intel's code-named Santa Rosa platform launch, which is likely to be late Q1 or early Q2 2007, which means that commercial shipments of lower-power GeForce 8 are just around the corner. "We are ramping production on our GeForce... Read more...
According to this story on the Inquirer, NVIDIA is planning the release of a DX10 compliant, AGP variant of the yet-to-be-released GeForce 8600. If the article is true, NVIDIA is expected to release the card in the April timeframe. "The G84 is set to replace Geforce 7600 GS cards and these cards sell for around ¬100, which is not bad deal for an AGP card. The AGP version is possible due to the fact that G84 chips are pin-to-pin compatible with Geforce 6600 and 7600, so there were no modifications required in order that AGP market gets its DirectX 10 card." If you haven't upgraded your motherboard... Read more...
NVIDIA ADVANCES PC GAMING WITH WORLD'S FIRST CERTIFIED SUPPORT FOR MICROSOFT DIRECTX 10 FEBRUARY 20, 2007 - 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. Microsoft DirectX 10 is included with Windows Vista and delivers unparalleled levels of graphics realism and film-quality effects for games, all rendered in real-time on NVIDIA GeForce 8-series GPUs. GeForce 8-series GPUs are the first and only Microsoft DirectX 10-capable GPUs currently... Read more...
NVIDIA just released their Cascades DX10 demo on NZone.Com. The Cascades demo is designed the showcase the performance and the DX10 features built-into their GeForce 8 Series of graphics cards. Every aspect of the Cascades demo demonstrates next-generation features enabled by DirectX 10, including the generation of content and the dynamic particle systems.      "Explore a fantastic new world of endless rock formations and exhilirating detail. Watch majestic waterfalls cascade down the rock, while buzzing swarms of dragonfly-like inhabitants dive and play. Zoom in close to examine the vibrant surface detail, or move the camera up or down to explore the rock's infinite outcroppings,... Read more...
NVIDIA has released a new set of drivers to coincide with the launch of the 320MB GeForce 8800 GTS. This is an incremental driver release since v100.59 with a few additional fixes.  The fixes incorporated into the ForceWare driver v100.64 include: A black screen bug with Quake 4 an issue with the NVIDIA DirectX 10 demo "Cascades" a Control Panel bug  a flat panel scaling issue a number of other bugs to improve overall stability The drivers are available here for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Vista: https://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x86_100.64.html https://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x64_100.64.html... Read more...
NVIDIA Expands the Reach of DirectX 10 Gaming with New GeForce 8800-Based Graphics Card News Facts: 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. For a complete list, visit https://www.nvidia.com/content/wheretobuy/. GeForce 8 Series GPUs are the first shipping DirectX 10 GPUs, and are the reference GPUs... Read more...
NVIDIA is getting ready to launch a cheaper version of the nForce 680i SLI chipset sometime this month named the nForce 680i LT SLI. The main differences between the 680i and the 680i LT will be that the 680i LT will support FSB1333 RAM, have 8 instead of 10 USB 2.0 ports, and will have 1 GigaByte Ethernet instead of two. Additionally, the 680i LT will probably be cooled by a traditional active solution instead of a heat-pipe array. The new chipset is meant to target hard-core gamers offering more affordability in comparison to other chipsets in the nForce 600 series. NVIDIA is preparing to launch a cheaper version of their nForce 680i SLI chipset next month at CeBIT and the chipset samples... Read more...
This just in from our friends at NVIDIA... "NVIDIA has created a Vista Quality Assurance Page for users to report any issues they may have with their NVIDIA-based graphics products in Windows Vista. This page will also serve as a means for users to provide information and feedback to NVIDIA.  This page has our official message on Vista drivers and allows end users to file problem reports for us to improve our driver quality. The page is live at this location: https://www.nvidia.com/object/vistaqualityassurance.html" It's good to see NVIDIA stepping up for the end user community on the whole DX-10/Vista issue. Here's hoping Microsoft will ante up quickly on their end... Read more...
The phrase 'next-generation' seems to be in the news daily as of late and today is no exception as NVIDIA announces its upcoming new chipset for AMD's socket AM2, and AM2+. The new chipset named MCP72 is planned to be the successor of the nForce 500 line as well as AMD's MCP68. The MCP72 will be jam packed full of new features such as HypterTransport 3.0 capabilities and PCIe 2.0 support. This will be NVIDIA's first HyperTransport 3.0, or HT3, compatible chipset and a successor to the current nForce 500-series MCP and the upcoming AMD MCP68 chipsets. MCP72 will support AMD's socket AM2 and HT3 enabled AM2+. Socket AM2+ will house AMD's upcoming Athlon 64 Agena and Opteron Budapest quad-core... Read more...
It looks like NVIDIA's lack of drivers for the GeForce 8 series may result in some legal troubles for the company. A class action lawsuit has been filed against NVIDIA by customers who claim that the company's use of the phrase "Vista Ready" in their advertising campaign was misleading since there are no WHQL Windows Vista certified drivers for available GeForce 8 products. A group of Nvidia customers are upset over the company's lack of final Vista drivers and are now threatening a class action lawsuit against the graphics card giant. The customers claim that the cards don't adequately work with Microsoft's newest operating system and feel that the company isn't being... Read more...
NVIDIA, first to bring DX 10 capable cards to the market, seem to also be prepping a DX 10 card for the masses. Enter the GeForce 8600 series, an upcoming entry level card from NVIDIA in the GeForce 8 series lineup. If you want to join the ranks of the cool kids with one of those nifty DirectX 10 cards for promoting Vista shenanigans, but don't want to sell any vital internal organs to purchase a GeForce 8800 GTX or one of those upcoming ATI R600 cards, then you might be happy to hear that the price of entry is about to get a whole lot cheaper. Details of NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce 8600 series have been revealed, with the 8600 GT going for roughly $150 and the 8600 Ultra demanding... Read more...
NVIDIA is proving the saying "Two's Company, Three's a crowd" no longer applies. It is rumored that NVIDIA may have a new three-way SLI setup targeted at mainstream PC enthusiasts. The new take on SLI is supposed to make it's début at CeBIT 2007 where NVIDIA hopes it will steal the focus of the show. Who needs two-way SLI when you've got three-way SLI, right? Reportedly, NVIDIA is readying a new three-way SLI approach that will actually hit "the mainstream," which differs somewhat from the SLI x 4 renditions that currently reside primarily in pre-fab boxes and luxury boutiques. While we've... Read more...
Its a pretty safe bet to say almost everyone knows Windows Vista is out, so then what is NVIDIA's excuse? NVIDIA, a graphics processing giant, has yet to release WHQL certified drivers for its GeForce 8 series of cards. I find this somewhat ironic since the GeForce 8 series was marketed heavily on the fact that it was the only GPU available that offered Direct-X 10 support. Windows Vista was not sprung on an unsuspecting NVIDIA last weekend. NVIDIA has known for a great while that WHQL Vista driver support is expected of them. They also know damn well that their enthusiast customer base will not find their current feeble attempts acceptable and that their self-stated... Read more...
Seen enough Vista news yet? Well we're still not done, and this time we bring news of Drivers! Yes, Nvidia has released some new Windows Vista drivers for their graphics chips. The drivers still need some work though, as SLI support is still a bit spotty. Stay tuned for a new driver release tomorrow, providing DX9 SLI support for 8800 series cards.... Read more...
VR-Zone is reporting that NVIDIA will announce their second generation SLI technology at the CeBIT show in March.  This is still rumor at the moment, but NVIDIA definitely has plans to expand upon SLI.  One look at the triple PCI Express x16 slots on 680i mobos and the dual SLI edge connectors on 8800 GTX cards and you know something is in the works. "We heard faintly about NVIDIA SLI 2.0 technology and it is going to launch during CeBIT in March. Little information is available at this moment but we heard that it will be able to support mixed cards. We are unclear if it is across different series or different models of the same series.. Also there are some rumors out now that GeForce... Read more...
Nvidia's newly launched nForce 680i SLI for Intel's Core 2 processors is undoubtedly the most lavish, extravagant, and exiting chipset currently on the market. This chipset, which we recently looked at in depth with our review of the high-end Asus Striker board, features such features like DDR-1200 memory support, triple PCI Express x16 sized slots, 16 x 16 SLI support, and it's designed specifically for the ultra high-end gamer. Nvidia released this high-end chipset first in order to provide attention to their product line, which certainly worked well. Now that Nvidia has arguably supplanted Intel's 975X as the most desirable chipset on the market, they are rounding out their... Read more...
[H] has asked the question, "Two years ago, NVIDIA announced its MXM socketed initiative for the GPU mobile market. This new technology would allow for a modular GPU slot in all laptops, thus making servicing and upgrades much easier. Two years later, still nothing. Why?" "As lofty as the expectations of the MXM technology are, for the most part the hands of the integrators and the customers have first and foremost been tied by the ODMs who designed the cards, logic boards, and enclosures. In an effort to create more attractive, more innovative designs and system builds, they've taken the reigns away from NVIDIA. We found the contradicting statements between NVIDIA, who remains optimistic... Read more...
The Inquirer has a story posted today that hints at the prospect of NVIDIA designing its own processors. "Acceleware is heavily involved in high-performance computing tasks acceleration using Nvidia GPUs, mainly for the electromagnetic (cellphone, microwave, IC), seismic (oil exploration - remember the company's location!), biomedical, industrial and military markets. They argue that, for many of these apps, the acceleration possible on specific tasks can reach between 10x and 40x - and that was on accelerator cards similar to the old 7900GTX. The new G80 generation should provide further boost." Considering what's been going on in the industry with the AMD/ATI merger and Intel's plans... Read more...
NVIDIA's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang presided over the NASDAQ opening bell this morning to commemorate the company's 8th year on the NASDAQ stock market. "Jen-Hsun Huang, Chief Executive Officer of NVIDIA Corporation, presides over the NASDAQ opening bell. This event coincides with the Company's eight year listing anniversary on the NASDAQ stock market. NVIDIA Quadro FX professional graphics solutions are driving the graphics for the NASDAQ MarketSite Tower and Video Wall. Commanding attention in New York City's Times Square, the NASDAQ MarketSite Tower is the largest stationary video screen in the world."... Read more...
According to a report on DigiTimes, referencing a story from Chinese Commercial Times, NVIDIA has placed an "urgent" order for more G80 chips from TSMC. "Nvidia has placed urgent orders with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for GeForce 8000 GTX and GTS series chips as demand for graphics cards supporting DirectX 10 is picking up, according to market sources, as cited by the Chinese-language Commercial Times. Monthly shipments for the urgent orders, which will begin in March, will be equivalent to 3,000-4,000 12-inch wafers using 80nm technology, the sources were cited as saying."... Read more...
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