GPU accelerated and enhanced x.264 | MKV movie playback [Guru3D]
One of the most popular file-formats for playback of movies right now is MKV / x.264
We think this format is similar like the early stages of MP3 development. You could use it, but there was very little support for it.
If you playback MKV content at 1080P, you'd need a fairly decent PC to maker that happen, as this type of content is not supported by software like PowerDVD.
How would you like to learn to playback MKV / x.264 content 98% accelerated by your Radeon of GeForce graphics card ? And we'll even go a step further, optimize image quality with the help of your graphics card shader processors ?
Guru3D wrote up a guide on how to make this happen, guide explaining you what you need to do to get that MKV / x.264 GPU accelerated content going.
Click right here to read this guide.
Download: Realtek HD Audio 2.15 Driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version 2.15 is available for Windows XP and Vista -it supposedly runs under Windows 7, too. The corresponding Linux drivers are still in version 5.09 and the separate HDMI drivers for Radeon HD cards still in version 2.13.
The HD audio driver version 2.15 for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. The update is available for Windows XP and Vista, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
The sound specialist still offers the Beta version 0.1 of the 3D Sound Back Utility which preserves or reactivates 3D sound effects such as Surround, reverb and stereoscopic effects of older games under Windows Vista. Since it is a beta version, the use is used at one's own risk only. You should backup your important files before using the software.
Download - click here.
Download: GeForce Forceware 182.05 XP and Vista
NVIDIA is hosting a new GeForce Windows XP/Vista 182.05 (32 and 64-bit) driver. The driver is tagged as BETA and up-to this moment we have no work on changes. Interesting though is the high build number.
Should you be interested, give it a try. You can check feedback on this driver in this NVIDIA discussion thread.
Recommended for the best experience in F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.
Boosts performance in numerous 3D applications. The following are some examples of improvements measured with Release 182.05 WHQL drivers vs. Release 181.22 WHQL drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
- Up to 8% performance increase in Fallout 3 at high resolution and AA.
- Up to 10% performance increase in F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.
- Up to 9% performance increase in Half-Life 2 at high resolution with AA.
- Up to 11% performance increase in Left 4 Dead at high resolution with AA.
- Up to 10% performance increase in Race Driver: GRID at high resolution and AA.
Download: NVIDIA PhysX System driver 9.09.0203 WHQL
Download NVIDIA PhysX System Software, this update is compatible with AGEIA PhysX processors and CUDA ready GeForce GPUs.
This driver Supports all AGEIA PhysX Processors and GeForce PhysX. This driver will allow you to select and dedicate a GPU to PhysX as well. The Nvidia PhysX system software comes with support for GeForce 8, 9, and GTX 200 series graphics cards (with at least 256MB of memory), Ageia PhysX cards, and comes to fix version 9.09.0010's installation issues on non-English operating systems.
- Installer update only from 9.09.0121 to resolve some installation issues on non-English operating systems.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory.
- Experience GPU PhysX acceleration in many games and demos.
- Resolves PhysX SDK runtime issues with multi-GPU configurations in Hybrid environments.
- Improves performance of some PhysX enabled games on GeForce GTX 285 and GTX 295 products.
- Resolves occasional system crashes when PhysX is enabled on some systems when running on EA
Download: Badaboom 1.1.1 (GPU transcoder)
Badaboom can transcode video files over the GPU. Once you transcode over the GPU instead of over the CPU, the speedup is significant. The software still is in development stages, but once released and 100% stable... it'll rock your GPU.
GeForce CUDA ready graphics cards are a requirement.
Badaboom v1.1.1 is on the loose! Why, you ask, is this version called 1.1.1? Well, to answer your question, this release does not focus on adding new features, rather it's effort is geared towards making Badaboom as robust an application as possible, fixing bugs and addressing issues that all you users have reported. In fact, we took the time to summarize exactly what makes version 1.1.1 so special, so go ahead and read the release notes If you have Badaboom 1.1 and need to upgrade or if you've never tried Badaboom and are wondering what all the fuss is about, go ahead and visit the Store page. Badaboom continues to receive great feedback about the added features of version 1.1--we appreciate the support!
- SLI disabling is no longer a requirement, but rather a recommendation.
- The 64-bit video file problem that caused certain transcoded videos to fail on a number of devices has been addressed. Error messages that were seen included
Hynix shows new 40-nm-class memory chip
The new Hynix "DDR3 DRAM (dynamic random access memory)" chip adopts a technology that allows circuits inside to be just 40 nanometres apart -- a fifth thinner than at present.
A nanometre is one-billionth of a metre. The thinner the process is, the more cutting-edge the technology is for making the chips, which are widely used in computers and other electronic devices. The new product is 50 percent more productive than existing chips as it requires less energy and costs less to produce than existing ones, Hynix said.
Mass production begins in the third quarter of this year, it said.
"Hynix has become the world's first to apply the 40-nanometre-class technology to the DDR3 DRAM chip successfully," Hynix spokesman Park Hyun said.
"The new chip development will help the company continue to lead the fast-changing memory chip market."
The memory chip industry has been hard hit by the global economic downturn, with Japan's Toshiba slashing production and key Taiwanese firms turning to the island's government for help as demand worldwide slumps.
Bulk production of the first RAM sticks to use 44nm DDR3 should start in the summer. Hynix doesn't describe the nature of finished memory, though current RAM sticks are limited to 4GB and are often expensive in part due to the high costs of including a large number of individual memory chips [via google news].
Download: FurMark 1.6.5 Graphics Card Stability Test
FurMark, the popular graphics card stability test and OpenGL graphics benchmark, is available in version 1.6.5.
FurMark 1.6.5 ChangeLog:
- Change: workaround for Catalyst 9.1 when Catalyst A.I is enabled: all textures used by FurMark are now in 4-channel RGBA format (in the previous versions, some textures were in 3-channel RGB format
MSI AP1900- Worlds slimmest All-in-One LCD PC
MSI AP1900 is the world's slimmest AIO (All-in-One) LCD PC design with only 35mm in width. AP1900 can minimize space usage while broadening the visual capacity like other LCD monitors. The Black Bars on the top and the bottom of the screen can also be avoided. MSI AP1900 provides a 160 degrees wide visual experience. The AP1900 is equipped with the Intel Atom processor. It has all the outstanding features as the regular PC, added with energy-saving and noise-reduction functions. The MSI AP1900 can be adjusted back and forth from 5
Video interview with NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang
Battlefield: 1943 trailer
Core i7 950 & 975 definitely on the roadmap
The Core i7 950 would run at a steady 3.06GHz, roughly 130MHz faster than its 940 predecessor. The product would be at $562 in quantities of 1000.
The Core i7 Extreme 975 that we mentioned, will run at 3.33GHz, roughly 133MHz faster than its 965 Extreme predecessor, and will be priced again at $999 in quantities of 1000. We are not sure of the Core i7 940 & 965 will go End Of Life (EOL), we very much doubt that to be honest.
Of course you can also purchase a Core i7 920 and overclock it to the new speeds, relatively easy.
AMD Phenom II X4 810 and X3 720BE review (AM3)
It's time for AMD to release their latest Socket AM3 processors. In total five new AMD Phenom II processors are being launched today and Guru3D will look at the outstanding 2,8 GHz clocked Phenom II X3 720 BE processor priced at just 145 USD, the second processor we'll test is again very affordable, the Phenom II X4 810 processor (2,6 GHz) which launches at a really nice 175 USD.
Both processors arm your PC with some pretty good bang for your hard earned money. We'll dive in deep, into the architecture, the features .. but obviously most the performance. Have a peek at AMD's latest AM3 processor (which work on Socket AM2+ 790 motherboard as well!). Things certainly are looking up for AMD.
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
Download: GeForce Stereoscopic 3D Driver 181.25
You can only install this driver if you have the installed the latest GeForce Graphics drivers v181.22.
Supporting GeForce Stereoscopic 3D Displays
- Passive polarized stereo displays
- Zalman Trimon ZM-M220W (22 inch 1680x1050)
- Zalman TriMon ZM-M190 (19 inch 1280x1024)
- Zalman HDTV LCD (1366x768)
- Anaglyph display with red/blue stereo glasses
GeForce 3D Vision-Ready displays devices
* Desktop Displays
Games: New Wolfenstein Impressions
You start the game with a group of resistance fighters called the Kreissau Circle, a group of German resistance fighters from the city of Eisenstadt. Everything looks pretty typical at first. You blow away Nazis with an MP-40 submachine gun and a Kar-98 rifle. Blowing up a train, supposedly holding a Nazi weapons cache, releases a massive amount of occult energy and things get weird all of a sudden. Furniture, debris and men start floating in mid air, which gives you the opportunity for the first hovering-Nazi-killing-spree in the history of gaming.
In the second (and last) level Sokal displayed, BJ fights his way through a churchyard. The mystic side of the game comes more heavily into play. You can access the powers of the Black Sun by entering The Veil. While in Veil-mode, BJ has heightened perceptions, the ability to slow down time, and even the ability to walk and shoot through certain walls. The Veil also shows you the weak points on upgraded enemies, like the first occult particle cannon-wielding Nazi supersoldier, who inconsequentially, reminded me of a extremely militant Ghostbuster with a leather fetish.
A weapons upgrade system allows you to purchase items such as extended clips and silencers. You can also pick up new sci-fi weapons, like the Nazi particle cannon, after killing enemies. "You never have to lose weapons or manage your arsenal. We didn
Windows 7 no Extras like ultimate edition
Remember when you purchased Windows Vista Ultimate that Microsoft promised additional free downloadable content ? Ars Technica reports that the Ultimate Extras embarrassment has been quite an issue since the launch of Vista, and while Microsoft did apologize and things started to get better in 2008, the fact remains that the company wasn't delivering as promised.
Many users went as far as saying that Ultimate was useless because Ultimate Extras weren't plentiful, but of course those who bought Ultimate didn't buy them for the extras. And Microsoft is hoping those users will make the same decision for Windows 7 Ultimate, which won't be getting the feature when it's released. Here's the quote that shows Microsoft has given up (it almost slipped through our fingers after all this Windows 7 SKU news):
Our new approach to planning and building Windows doesn't have the capacity to continue to deliver features outside the regular release cycle. While our core development team is focused on building the next release, our sustained engineering team is focused on updates to existing features. As a result we don't plan to create Ultimate Extras.
Windows Ultimate won't be sold at retail, but it will be offered for sale during some promotional periods. Rumor has it that it will be $80 cheaper than Vista Ultimate, going for $320. That won't affect most users who are buying it though, as they'll probably end up getting their copy when buying a new computer from an OEM. It remains to be seen how PC makers offer it, but it will likely only be an option on their higher-end models.
NV GeForce GTX 260 redesign
In other news today, one of the most popular cards for NVIDIA right now has to be the GeForce GTX 260. It recently already received the new 55nm GPU (G200b), yet as it seems another update can be expected, to reduce manufacturing costs and further drive down prices.
The new PCB design is P654 and we spot several new changes. All memory chips are now located at the GPU side of the PCB. Voltage regulators are also repositioned. News from Expreview suggests that NVIDIA has worked out yet another (newer). PCB reference design model: P897 with one thing in mind, ramp down production costs even more. According to Techpowerup the reference design graphics board based on the PCB will be given the internal name "D10U-20".
- The number of PCB layers has been reduced from 10 to 8, perhaps to compress or remove blank, redundant or rudimentary connections
- A 4+2 phase NVVDD power design using the ADP4100 voltage regulator IC, the FBVDDQ circuit has been reduced from 2 phases to 1, and the MOSFET package has been changed from LFPAK to DPAK grouping, to reduce costs. The ADP4100 lacks the I2C interface, which means voltage control will be much more difficult than on current PCBs of the GeForce 260,280, 285 and 295
- The optional G200b support-brace has been removed
- While the length of the PCB remains the same, the height has been reduced to cut costs
- BIOS EEPROM capacity reduced from 1 Mbit (128 KB) to 512 Kb (64 KB)
- Cheaper DVI connectors
EVGA GPU Voltage Tuner
EVGA released its GPU Voltage Tuner (GVT) software utility, allowing end-users to control the voltage of the graphics processor. Higher voltages equal better overclocks which can be download from here, more info here.
Using a simple slider, the user can set the vGPU voltage from 0.82V to 1.18V and beyond, depending on the accelerator. Initial tests have shown even simple increases in voltages to send the maximum overclock for the core speed by as much as 100 MHz. The initial graphics card support-base includes the GeForce GTX 260, GTX 280 and GTX 295 series accelerators by EVGA. Future releases may expand the support base.
Provides an environment to possibly increase your GPU voltage allowing for higher Core/Shader clockspeeds.
* Provides an environment to possibly increase your GPU voltage allowing for higher Core/Shader clockspeeds.
* Easy to use interface, with
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