nHancer 2.5.5 released
nVidia's modern graphic cards offer a whole range of settings to optimize the display of games and also of professional applications. Some settings can also be used to improve the performance and to resolve rendering errors. nHancer is the tool that empowers both experts and inexperienced users to fully utilize the possibilities of the graphic card.
** new version out due to bug -- updated with 2.2.6
First benchmarks and photo's Radeon HD 5750 leak
A Taiwanese website published the first photo's and benchmarks on the Radeon HD 5750 which supposably is released half October,. The 5700 series cards should have 1120 Stream processors.
According to the Taiwanese forum poster the card indeed has 1120 stream/shader cores which means there would be 14 SIMD clusters on-board. The memory bus has been cut down from 256-bit towards 128-bit, yet much like the 4770 it's gDDR5 doubling up that bandwidth again. The memory is clocked at a spicy 4600 MHz accounting for 74 GB/sec of memory bandwidth. The GPU itself on this 5750 model was clocked at 700 MHz.
The benchmarks this guy included are not really representable nor stable. The card shows the same performance as a GTS 250 in 3DMark06, which doesn't seem right.
Judging from the photo's the card again has two DVI , HDMI and a displayport connector, so we can safely assume that the 5700 series will have Eyefinity support as well. power wise we see only a 6-pin power header meaning that the board definitely uses less than 150 Watt of current. Prices will be expected to be roughly 150 USD for this 5750 model and 200 USD for the 5770.
ASUS Maximus III Gene review
Today we'll review the Maximus Gene III, for what I feel is one of the best tweaker / gamer P55 motherboards currently available in the market. The ROG addition motherboards lure the Guru3D.com audience, it's a perfect match -- it's that simple. This is what you, me and everybody else would like to see in our PCs alright.
With the Maximum III Gene ASUS built a nearly perfect motherboard, the PCB is stuffed full with goodies.
You can read the article right here.
ASUS Unveils First TUF Series Motherboard, Sabertooth 55i
ASUS, the leader in innovative motherboard solutions, today unveiled the first motherboard in its newly-developed "TUF" (The Ultimate Force) Series, the SABERTOOTH 55i. The TUF Series is specially developed to meet the heavy computing demands of power users and perform well even under extreme conditions. Such computer enthusiasts often demand high-quality motherboard components and the most stable computing platforms. To achieve uncompromising stability, TUF Series motherboards have undergone a more stringent testing program than what most motherboard producers currently undertake. Solidly constructed and equipped with resilient components that have passed demanding military-style testing, the TUF Series triumphs over the harshest operating conditions to deliver robust performance. The debut SABERTOOTH 55i model, designed around a "Marine Cool" concept, incorporates the Intel P55 chipset and "tough" features to give users a supremely solid and stable computing platform.
Ultimate Heatsink Cooling with Unique CeraM!X Microfin Coating
The ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i motherboard, equipped with the new CeraM!X heatsink, delivers exceptional cooling to active components and uncompromising system stability even under intense operating conditions. With its advanced ceramics-based composition
Power Loader suit brings back Aliens memories
Engineers from Activelink aim to bring what was once in the realm of science fiction to the real world with its Power Loader suit that was inspired by the fictional hydraulic exoskeleton suit found in the classic film Aliens, where its 230 kg frame is made from an aluminum alloy.
This dual-arm power amplification robot will feature 18 electromagnetic motors which allow the wearer to lift a whopping 100 kgs without breaking a sweat, while using a simple, intuitive control system that offers direct force feedback so that the operator is able to have a direct feel of the robot's movement during use. Currently in the development phase, Activelink hopes to see a commercial version arrive in the markets by the time 2015 rolls around.
Paradigm SUB 1 and SUB 2 subwoofers are hexagonal, expensive, loud
Premium audio kit manufacturer Paradigm have obviously had enough of subwoofers being the breezeblock-shaped lump unloved in the corner, and have whipped out their SUB 1 and SUB 2 models. Each high-end hexagon slots neatly into the company
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Multiplayer Clip
NVIDIA GT300 TDP just over 225W
nVidia could have gotten 6+6-pin configuration and still ship 6GB version, but the margin of efficiency would be just too low [even with digital PWM, boards cannot be 100% power efficient] to qualify inside OEM systems. The decision was thus made and the 6GB cards come with 300W of available power.
PhysX demo screenshots done on NVIDIA Fermi
The PhysX Fluids Demo shows the performance of PhysX to simulate water and fluid effects by using SPH particles with Navier-Stokes solvers. Different flows and droplets of water do interact, create realistic waves and behavior though surface tension in real-time. The water is created through the simulation of 128.000 particles.
Click on the thumbnails. Update, video added.
NVIDIA nForce 15.49 WHQL released
A new set of nForce motherboard drivers is ready for download.
Windows Vista/Win7 Driver Versions:
- Ethernet Driver (v73.14+) WHQL
- Network Management Tools (v73.16) "Sedona"
- SATAIDE Driver (v18.104.22.168) WHQL
- SATARAID Driver (v22.214.171.124) WHQL
- RAIDTOOL Application (v126.96.36.199)
- SMBUS Driver (v4.74) WHQL
- SMU Driver (v1.71) WHQL
- GPU Driver (v190.38) WHQL
- Physx (v9.09.0428)
- Away Mode Driver (v6.0.6000.114) WHQL
- Installer (v7.57)
GeForce 8 series:
8200 / nForce 730a, 8100 / nForce 720a
nForce 9 series:
nForce 7 series:
780a SLI, 740i SLI, 720a (GeForce 8100), 720i, 730a (GeForce 8300/8200), 740a SLI, 730i (Geforce 9400/9300), 750a SLI
nForce 6 series:
630i/GeForce 7150, 630a / GeForce 7050, 630a / GeForce 7025, 630i/GeForce 7100, 610i/GeForce 7050
nForce 4 series:
405 / Geforce 6100, 400 / Geforce 6100, 430 / GeForce 6150SE, 430 / GeForce 6150LE, 410 / GeForce 6150LE, 430 / Geforce 6100, 420 / Geforce 6100, 410 / GeForce 6100, 430 / GeForce 6150
NVIDIA Fermi architecture more details
Check this out, this is a table that compares NVIDIA's upcoming Fermi (GT300) architecture with the GT200 and G80 architectures. For the full details you have to check out the whitepaper (PDF) NVIDIA published on its website.
GeForce, Quadro and Tesla chipsets will jump from 240 cores to a much larger 512 and should be much faster in each core courtesy of some industry-first techniques. Fermi chips will be the first GPUs to have a real cache hierarchy, with Level 1 caches to keep specific information on hand and a single, shared Level 2 cache for larger tasks; they will also have a new GigaThread engine that can transfer data in both directions at once and handle "thousands" of tasks at once.
ECC memory will also work for the first time and should help Quadros and Teslas avoid errors for large scale chores, especially in PC clusters.
The chipmaker is short on full performance claims but says Fermi is much better tuned for general purpose computing. Its double-precision floating point math should run about eight times faster than the company's previous best and should provide much better performance with current and upcoming standards, including OpenCL, Microsoft's DirectCompute and NVIDIA's own CUDA.
Below (click on thumbs) a chart, block diagram and a die shot :)
First photos of NVIDIA Fermi Tesla card
Some photo's of NVIDIA's upcoming Fermi Tesla card have been spotted on the web. This particular model is the next-gen Tesla part, it's not intended for gamers but for super computing. The aestehic build design should be the same though, have a peek.
More photo's can be found in this thread.
NVIDIA demos GPU accelerated 720p HD Flash
NVIDIA recently gave a demonstration of an upcoming version of Adobe's Flash player that takes advantage of GPGPU computing to accelerate 720p HD video playback. The (fittingly high-definition) video shows laptops with Nvidia Ion integrated graphics attempting to run a 720p Star Trek trailer, also on YouTube.
The first system's attempt is unwatchable, but the second can pull off completely smooth playback. It has no trouble with the trailer for the new Harry Potter movie, either. What's the difference? Apparently, the second laptop uses a new version of Flash that taps the GPU for rendering.
Gigabyte breaks GPU OC Competition 3DMark vantage
As part of the Beat me if you dare campaign (you can enter) Gigabyte today announces a world record P16877 3DMark Vantage score and a GPU score of 15297, for the global launch of the GPU overclocking competition, Beat Me If You Dare. Gigabyte's in-house overclocking team presents an unrivaled GPU clock of 1100 MHz and memory clock of 1400 MHz. The scores have been posted on the Beat Me if You Dare event website and contestants around the world are invited to challenge GIGABYTE's scores for cash and prizes.
The card used was a GeForce GTX 260 ... have a look at the photo's. For further details about the GIGABYTE Beat Me If You Dare competition please visit: http://event.gigabyte.com.tw/BeatMeIfYouDare/
MSI AfterBurner OC Software introduction
It is with much pleasure we can announce that today MSI has released their MSI Afterburner software, an application to overclock MSI graphics cards. And I it say with much pleasure here as Guru3D has been deep inside the development of this all new overclocking application..
Afterburner is powered by our own Rivatuner engine, but this software comes with a few extra's. AfterBurner will support both ATI and NVIDIA graphics cards, Voltage regulation on the GPU, overclocking on core, shader and memory domains, GPU load levels (ATI), fan speed adjustment, device information .. and a really wicked graphical (configurable) monitor
- Article on AfterBurner (Guide)
- AfterBurner Website (MSI)
- AfterBurner Support Forums
- Download AfterBurner
We would love to hear from you what you think about AfterBurner, let us know in this thread.
nVidia GT300's Fermi architecture unveiled
An interesting tidbit of info just surfaced on the web through Bright Side of News, regarding NVIDIA's upcoming GT300 chip (high-end graphics card part. I'll do the blunt copy/paste here:
nVidia GT300 chip is a computational beast like you have never seen before. In fact, we would go as far out and state that this is as closest as GPU can be to a CPU in the whole history of graphics technology. Now, time will tell whatever GT300 was the much needed revolution.
Beside the regular NV70 and GT300 codenames [codename for the GPU], nVidia's insiders called the GPU architecture - Fermi. Enrico Fermi was an Italian physicist who is credited with the invention of nuclear reactor. That brings us to one of codenames we heard for one of the GT300 board itself - "reactor".
When it comes to boards themselves, you can expect to see configurations with 1.5, 3.0 GB and 6GB of GDDR5 memory, but more on that a little bit later.
This is the meat part you always want to read fist. So, here it how it goes:
- 3.0 billion transistors
- 40nm TSMC
- 384-bit memory interface
- 512 shader cores [renamed into CUDA Cores]
- 32 CUDA cores per Shader Cluster
- 1MB L1 cache memory [divided into 16KB Cache - Shared Memory]
- 768KB L2 unified cache memory
- Up to 6GB GDDR5 memory
- Half Speed IEEE 754 Double Precision
As you can read for yourself, the GT300 packs three billion transistors of silicon real estate, packing 16 Streaming Multiprocessor [new name for former Shader Cluster] in a single chip. Each of these sixteen multiprocessors packs 32 cores and this part is very important - we already disclosed future plans in terms to this cluster in terms of future applications. What makes a single unit important is the fact that it can execute an integer or a floating point instruction per clock per thread.
TSMC was in charge of manufacturing the three billion transistor mammoth, but it didn't stop there. Just like the G80 chip, nVidia GT300 packs six 64-bit memory controllers for a grand total of 384-bit, bringing back the odd memory capacity numbers. The memory controller is a GDDR5 native controller, which means it can take advantage of built-in ECC features inside the GDDR5 SDRAM memory and more importantly, GT300 can drive GDDR5 memory in the same manner as AMD can with its really good Radeon HD 5800 series. The additional two memory interfaces will have to wait until 28nm or 22nm full node shrinks, if we get to them with an essentially unchanged architecture. You can expect that the lower-end variants of GT300 architecture will pack less dense memory controller for more cost efficiency, especially on the memory side.
Ferni architecture natively supports C [CUDA], C++, DirectCompute, DirectX 11, Fortran, OpenCL, OpenGL 3.1 and OpenGL 3.2. Now, you've read that correctly - Ferni comes with a support for native execution of C++. For the first time in history, a GPU can run C++ code with no major issues or performance penalties and when you add Fortran or C to that, it is easy to see that GPGPU-wise, nVidia did a huge job [via bsn].
Radeon HD 5870 prices and deals
Well, I wasn't expecting the Radeon HD 5870 to be on stock this good. Shortly after launch. But if you are interested in this brilliant graphics card, here are a few deals I found, cheapest card was spotted at $379.99 :
- XFX ATI Radeon HD 5870 Video Card $379.99 and $379.99
- HIS Radeon HD 5870 Video Card $384.99
- Diamond Multimedia Radeon HD 5870 Video Card $384.99 and $399.99
The Radeon HD 5850 will go on Sale this Friday.
ASUS to offer sub 99 USD P55 motherboard
ASUS is preparing a new P55 motherboard that will address the 'budget' market. It is the P7P55 LX. Supporting socket LGA 1156 processors, the P7P55 LX is intended to be priced even lower than the P7P55D LE (under 100 EUR).
It's all a little basic like the 5 phase CPU power circuit. You do however gain the latest ASUS extra's like MemOK, ExpressGate, and TurboV.
You will spot one PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (looks like two .. but the second one only is a x4 (!). Good enough for say PhysX or something else. Then two PCI-E x1, and three PCI. All six SATA 3 Gbps ports are assigned as internal ports. An additional controller provides an IDE connector. Integrated is also 8-channel audio with optical SPDIF output, and gigabit Ethernet make for the rest of the feature-set.
Paired with a Core i5 750 at 199 USD this might be a very sweet deal.
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