NVIDIA GeForce 197.45 WHQL Released
This is a WHQL-certified driver for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, and 300-series desktop GPUs and ION desktop GPUs.
We have an active discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
New in Version 197.45
- Recommended for the best performance with the new GPU-accelerated features in Adobe CS5.
- Adds support for the new version of MotionDSP's video enhancement software, vReveal, which adds support for HD output. NVIDIA customers can download a free version of vReveal that supports up to SD output here.
- Fixes a video playback issue in Media Player Classic.
Existing Support in Release 197 Drivers
- Supports Next Generation ION .
- Supports GeForce GT 320 , GeForce GT 330 , and GeForce GT 340 .
- Upgrades PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0129.
- Upgrades HD Audio driver to version 188.8.131.52 (for supported GPUs).
- Increases performance in several PC games from v196.21 WHQL. The following are examples of measured improvements. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:
Up to 13% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with a single GPU
Up to 30% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with SLI technology
Up to 13% performance increase in H.A.W.X with single GPU
Up to 15% performance increase in H.A.W.X with SLI technology
Up to 30% performance increase in Left 4 Dead with single GPU
Up to 28% performance increase in Left 4 Dead with SLI technology
- Adds SLI and multi-GPU support for top new gaming titles including Assassin Creed II, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Command and
- Conquer 4: Tiberium Twilight, Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes from Liberty City, Mass Effect 2, Napoleon: Total War, and Zombie Driver.
- Enhanced SLI support for Metro 2033, Supreme Commander 2, Unigine, and World of Warcraft.
- Adds Ambient Occlusion support for Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, Need for Speed: Shift, Resident Evil 5, RUSE, and Street Fighter IV.
- Adds override anti-aliasing support for Mass Effect 2.
- Includes numerous bug fixes. Refer to the release notes on the documentation tab for information about the key bug fixes in this release.
- Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here .
- Supports GPU-acceleration for smoother online HD videos with Adobe Flash 10.1. Learn more here .
- Supports DirectCompute with Windows 7 and GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports OpenCL 1.0 ( Open Computing Language ) for all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports OpenGL 3.2 for GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports CUDA Toolkit 3.0 features and performance enhancements. See CUDA Zone for more details.
- Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI
- support on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboards.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on a dedicated GeForce graphics card. Use one card for graphics and dedicate a different card for
- PhysX processing for game-changing physical effects. Learn more here .
- Download these FREE PhysX and CUDA applications now!
- Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software .
MSI Big Bang Fuzion update adds DX11 and 3-way support
MSI notes that LucidLogix has rolled out a driver update for the Hydra multi-GPU solution that is used by the company's Big Bang Fuzion motherboard. You can download Hydra 1.5.106 over here, this update adds support for DX11 graphics cards along with 3-way cross-vendor support.
MSI announces the major HYDRA driver update - V1.5.106 - to the MSI Big Bang-Fuzion. HYDRA Technology supports up to 3-way cross-vendor multi-GPU processing and DirectX 11 for experiencing the latest and most detailed 3D gaming environments with the most flexibility of any platform. Gamers using Big Bang-Fuzion will be able to easily upgrade their systems with any graphic card of their choice.
MSI Big Bang-Fuzion is the first mainboard in the industry to feature Lucid
Afterburner 1.6.0 Beta 3 out
We're happy to announce that we started the Afterburner 1.6.3 Beta testing process, in this version we have early support of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470/480 along with other many exciting features.
- New MSI On-Screen Display Server v3.7.0 beta 10 with the following improvements:
- Improved race condition protection system for the systems running multiple OSD applications simultaneously (e.g. OSD server, FRAPS and STEAM In-Game Chat)
- Improved floating injection address hooking technology. Due to more advanced
built-in code analyzer hooks can be injected deeper into 3D application code if stealth mode is enabled. These changes improve stealth mode compatibility with third party tools using similar stealth injection technologies (e.g.FRAPS v2.9.8 and newer)
- Now stealth mode cannot be toggled during 3D application runtime to reduce the risk of crashing 3D application
- Removed single screen capture per second limitation
- Updated profiles list
- Updated Dutch localization
Two-Bay NAS from Plextor
The amount of storage available to a small network need only be large enough for storing multimedia files (used for streaming) and for backup purposes. As such, Plextor decided to build its new NAS device with only two bays that can each handle a 3.5-inch hard disk drive of up to 2TB.
The PX-NAS2 itself measures 135.4 (W) x 120.3 (H) x 254.5 (D) mm and is equipped with all the necessary connectivity and I/O options, including a pair of USB ports and Gigabit Ethernet. As such, the product will be able to act as an iTunes, HTTP / FTP server. Not only that, but Plextor's unit is even compatible with DLNA 1.5, which allows it to interface with CE products.
"Plextor is pleased to expand our storage category to meet today's growing storage demand by providing another complete storage solution to our consumers," says Takashi Adachi, General Manager of Plextor. "The PX-NAS2 is a complete and versatile NAS device that fulfills the growing demand for storage capacity, security and accessibility of personal data anywhere, anytime within a home."
With the multimedia streaming capabilities covered, the storage maker catered to the need for reliable and easy backup by bundling the NAS with the Memeo software, which also handles file syncing and content sharing. Set to start selling in May, the HDD-less Plextor PX-NAS2 will be priced at only
Removing the GeForce GTX 480 fan
"This is the 1st segment of preparing a GTX480 card for the DD-GTX480 full coverage block. This will step you through the entire process. This was the first time for us to do the removal, so it is this easy. You can do it!
We have a Liquid cooling Block for the GTX 480 inbound ourselves, you can check out a review on it real soon".
BitFenix founded by CM Storm and Abit employees
There's a new company on the horizon, BitFenix, a new company that aims to provide never-before-seen gaming hardware and peripherals. The company was founded by a large chunk of the team that launched the Cooler Master Storm cases, along with some ex-Abit employees as well. The company intends to launch its first computer cases by mid-June and plans to expand its product lineup with gaming peripherals like keyboards, mice, , mousepads, headsets, notebook coolers, and more. BitFenix promises to deliver high-quality products, with unique features which they were unable to bring to the market under their former employer.
Across the globe, the technological revolution has spread far and wide. More and more people have made technology an integral part of their daily lives. Many of us turn to our computers as our primary source of entertainment, and some of us even rely on their machines every day for their livelihood. For people like us, we are proud to announce the rise of BitFenix.
BitFenix is a new kind of hardware designer. Comprised of both IT and gaming professionals, BitFenix merges the insights and experience of these two groups together to create never-before-seen gaming hardware and peripherals. The BitFenix Team
Gigabyte motherboard with iPad recharging
I'm not really sure how much of a selling point this really is but Gigabyte reports its USB Power 3x motherboards are the first mainboards capable of recharging an iPad while it is being used. Over 40 of the company's motherboard supply sufficient power to charge the iPad while the device is in operation, but to enable this feature you need to download the Gigabyte On/Off Charge driver at the company's website.
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and other computing hardware solutions today proudly announced their full range of Intel chipset-based X58, P55, H55, H57 as well as current and upcoming AMD 800 chipset series motherboards all allow charging of Apples latest hot selling iPad while the device is in use (on) and also when not in use (off).
Recent industry and news reports indicate that USB ports on most Windows PCs are unable to provide enough power to charge the new iPad while the device is in operation due to differences between motherboard USB power output and the devices charging specifications. However, GIGABYTEs unique USB power design is able to deliver extra power for devices that require more than the 500mA delivered from a traditional USB port. With a simple On/Off Charge driver update which can be found on the GIGABYTE website, GIGABYTE motherboard users are able to take full advantage of USB charging of their iPad, giving them more options and convenience when recharging their new device.
NVIDIA outs new Quadro cards for Adobe CS5
NVIDIA announced a range of Quadro professional graphics solutions that are certified by Adobe for Adobe Creative Suite 5 software.
NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today announced that a range of NVIDIA(R) Quadro(R) professional graphics solutions are certified by Adobe for Adobe(R) Creative Suite(R) 5 software, and truly unleash the real-time video editing and effects processing capabilities of Adobe Premiere Pro(R) CS5.
This breakthrough version of Adobe Premiere Pro leverages the parallel processing architecture of NVIDIA GPUs and their hundreds of cores to allow film and video professionals to work unconstrained. Users can now create compelling, multi-layer projects with a virtually limitless number of HD or higher resolution video clips, then apply sophisticated visual effects and color correction, while still being able to view the output instantly.
By utilizing NVIDIA Quadro solutions, productivity is enhanced many times over by eliminating the wait for preview renders any time a change is made, and by being able to view projects at full resolution without skipping frames.
"Adobe CS5 with Quadro graphics is a godsend for production pros," said Matt Silverman, creative director/partner at San Francisco-based Bonfire and Phoenix Editorial. "When you add NVIDIA GPU acceleration to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, the performance gains and time savings are enormous. There's simply no comparison between using CPU acceleration versus GPU acceleration. I can stack more layers and effects without affecting real-time playback, meaning I can be that much more creative in less time."
A cost-effective NVIDIA Quadro-based workstation with Adobe video software now enables film and video professionals to achieve the performance and creative freedom previously reserved for dedicated edit suite systems costing upwards of $100,000.
"With Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine, we are redefining the non-linear editing workflow with industry-leading performance acceleration that will deliver big productivity gains for our users," said Simon Hayhurst, senior director, product management for Digital Video and Audio Group at Adobe. "Performance and fidelity gains coupled with support for a range of NVIDIA cards deliver new capabilities for all professional workflows, enabling users as diverse as post-production studios, corporate videographers, film production, newsrooms -- even video hobbyists -- to tell their stories easily, with higher impact."
"If time is money, Adobe Creative Suite users just hit the lottery," said Andrew Cresci, NVIDIA general manager, vertical market solutions. "Breakthroughs of this nature are rare. With Adobe software running on NVIDIA GPUs, productivity increases, creativity is unconstrained, and creative professionals win."
Adobe Creative Suite 5 Production Premium, which includes Adobe Photoshop(R) Extended, Adobe(R) After Effects(R) and more, and Adobe Premiere Pro with the new Adobe Mercury Playback Engine that taps into the parallel processing capabilities of NVIDIA GPUs, is fully supported by a range of NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics solutions. Products certified by Adobe for professional use include the Quadro FX 5800, Quadro FX 4800, Quadro FX 4800 for Mac, Quadro FX 3800 and Quadro CX.
For information about NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics solutions recommendations on optimized workstations designed for Adobe Creative Suite 5, visit: http://www.nvidia.com/object/builtforadobepros.html
Seagate preloads HDDs with Paramount movies
Seagate and Paramount
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes Launch Trailer
Regnum Online Launches new Patch
Regnum Online, a F2P (Free2Play) MMO made in my own country (Argentina) from the NGD studios has just put on their website their last patch, version 1.6 which improves the game's main characters as well as general graphics.
Regnum was a game launched almost 4 years ago and is obvious that, from today standpoint should not look good on new hardware, but with the recent Patches that improved and gave the game support for DirectX10, enhanced shadows, improved textures, increased polygon count, water effects and this latest patch that improved polygon count, texture and quality of it's characters, Regnum now looks as one of the most graphical beautiful Free to Play MMO's to date. Regnum is one unique game that even with the passing of time, receives incremental patches that improved the game as much as receiving an 3D Engine major overhaul and major character overhaul, taking into account this is a Free2Play game from 4 years ago, this is impressive in itself, imagine receiving a patch for an old Command & Conquer that improves the 3D Engine of the game?, will never happen, right?, maybe NGD Studios could teach Ubisoft and EA a lesson or two on how a game should be done and supported. (talking about taking into consideration the user game experience).
Regnum Online now is translated to many languages including German, French, English and of course, Spanish and is widely known and played.
Here's the summary of Regnum Online for anyone who may want to try it.
Regnum Online is a FREE TO PLAY (F2P) MMORPG inviting you to play with no level or time restrictions. All that is required is that you fight for your realm.
- Regnum offers 3 realms to choose from.
- 9 fully customizable player characters.
- An ever expanding number of quests.
- The ability to capture forts and castles.
- Expansive lands to explore.
- Glorious graphical environments in DirectX and OpenGL.
- Support for Windows and Linux platforms.
- Premium content is available for enhanced game play.
The game is also compatible with OpenGL and can run even on Linux, what more can you ask for a free game, give it a try, you can download the complete game with the included patch all in one single download from their site, they even provide .torrent downloading.
Yields have met expectations says NVIDIA
Nvidia has held the Nvidia Game Festival (NGF) in Shanghai, China to promote the launch of its GeForce GTX 480 and 470 (Fermi) graphics cards and has invited several first-tier graphics card makers, PC vendors and games developers to host several game tournaments for celebration.
Commenting on recent market rumors the Nvidia's GTX 480 and 470 GPU yields are only about 20%, Drew Henry, Nvidia general manager of MCP business, refuted the rumors saying yields have met company expectations.
Unfortunately Drew Henry does not say what their yield expectations actually are. Nvidia will host the GPU Technology Conference 2010 from September 20-23 in the US [via digitimes]
AMD Phenom II X6 PIB photo's
Here are some box-shots of the upcoming AMD six-core processors, the Phenom II X6, indicating that a release is just really close.
The Phenom II X6 is based on the 45 nm "Thuban" core, and comes in the socket AM3 package. The processor is said to be backwards-compatible with socket AM2+ on motherboards with a BIOS update. Expreview sourced pictures of three Phenom II X6 processor-in-box (PIB) units, of model 1055T.
AMD's Phenom II X6 series is going to have a Turbo feature much like Intel's Core i5/7 series have.
The new feature will be called turbo core and some details on it are now on the loose. Turbo Core will be able to increase the operational frequencies of three active cores by up to 500MHz if an application can't use all six. All monitoring and clock/voltage management is exclusively handled by the CPU (with no need for special drivers or software), and is triggered not by temperature, but based on operating conditions and load demand. When power consumption is below the CPU's TDP, the technology puts the three used cores in a boost-enabled P-state.
This means that, should the application demand it, those cores will be able to increase their clocks by an amount dependent on the processing workload. This approach has more than one advantage. Since cores don't need to operate at the same frequency, each will only be pushed higher if the application warrants it. This means that no power will be spent on unnecessary overclocking. Secondly, when turbo Core is in effect, the clocks of the three unused cores is reduced to 800MHz and the power they normally use is diverted to the others. This allows dynamic overclocking to be achieved without exceeding the rated thermal design power (TDP). Finally, it should be noted that the Cool
OCZ Colossus LT SSDs
it took a while but OCZ finally outted the OCZ Colossus LT SSDs. This little puppy has up-to 1 TB storage, have the newer 32nm NAND flash modules and have 2x64MB cache.
The new model, named Colossus LT, manage to pack up to 1TB in their lightweight, aluminum casing measuring 146 (L) x 101.6 (W) x 25.4mm (H). The Colossus LT Series SSDs are built out of MLC (multi-level cell) NAND Flash chips, based on the 34nm manufacturing process technology, and (unfortunately) operate on the SATA 3.0Gbps interface. In addition, they have a cache memory of no less than 128MB, boast internal RAID and reach data-transfer rates of 260MB/s both when reading and when writing.
OCZ implemented two two Indilinx controllers, indicating that two SSDs simple are setup in RAID0 stripe.
Already available for pre-order, the 120GB, 250GB, 500GB and 1TB OCZ Colossus LT SSDs have prices of $399, $799, $1,549 and 2,875 Euro, respectively, and are backed by a three-year warranty.
ECS H57H-MUS motherboard review
ECS H57H-MUS motherboard tested
A more interesting feature on the H57H-MUS we'll be testing today is that it's packaged with two extra add-on controllers, one offers USB 3.0 through an onboard NEC uPD720200 host controller and the other is a SATA 6G add-on controller, adding some greater compatibility and extra power for USB / SATA6G devices. Follow us through the mystic images of the PCB, and of course a nice performance overview in our ECS H57H-MUS motherboard review.
Check out the Guru3D review here.
Moore's Law shows no sign of slowing down
Intel veteran Mark T. Borh concludes Moore's Law and transistor scaling are not showing any sign of slowing down, but are showing signs of changing. You can read his take on this over here.
Ubisoft: Our DRM will 'evolve and improve'
Ubisoft's online platform requires PC gamers to be connected to the internet while they play. But problems arise when authentication servers are unavailable or unresponsive.
This was felt first with Assassin's Creed II and Silent Hunter V and then more recently with Settlers 7. Despite it, Ubisoft's told Eurogamer that its 'online services platform' for PC games will 'evolve and improve' and is most certainly here to stay. In other news, Gaming scene group The Skid Rowdies managed to release a crack for the DRM present in Silent Hunter 5 and proudly posted a NFO file with the release outlining the ease with which downloaders can circumvent Ubisoft's latest attempt to stop 'piracy'.