Download - Rivatuner 2.20 released
Rivatuner has been updated towards version 2.20 In this release we have included a huge number of new stuff to keep you busy, obviously support has been added as well as ForceWare GeForce drivers up-to 180.48 WHQL and AMD ATI Catalyst 8.11 support.
The biggest change and challenge for this release was to support Multi-GPU (SLI/CrossfireX) configurations.
RivaTuner is a complete powerful tweaking environment, providing you everything you may need to tune NVIDIA GPU based display adapters. The widest driver-level Direct3D / OpenGL and system tuning options, flexible profiling system allowing to make custom settings on per-application basis, both driver-level and low-level hardware access modes, unique diagnostic and real-time hardware monitoring features and exclusive power user oriented tools like built-in registry editor and patch script engine make RivaTuner's feature set absolutely unmatched. RivaTuner supports all NVIDIA display adapters starting from Riva TNT family up to the latest GeForce series and widest range of NVIDIA drivers starting from the oldest Detonator 2.08 up to the newest ForceWare drivers family. In addition to complete NVIDIA hardware support, RivaTuner also provides support for display adapters based upon newer ATI graphics processors. All RivaTuner's features besides driver-level tuning options are also available on supported ATI hardware.
Guru3D.com is Rivatuner's official homepage, click here to find version / build / changes and FAQ information.
For novice users, we have a guide to help you through Rivatuner and setup fan speeds and overclocks on your graphics card. This guide will hopefully help you understand how to use the features that Rivatuner provides.
Mirror's Edge PC will get NVIDIA PhysX effects - Movie
So if you own a CUDA ready GeForce graphics card, you might just be in for a nice treat if yu decide to grab Mirror's Edge for the PC next year. Nvidia has revealed that the PC flavor of DICE's free-running action game will support PhysX hardware acceleration.
All you'll need is a GeForce 8 or better graphics card, and you'll be the envy of your console-using friends (you know, the ones who've already been playing the game for a week and counting). Here's how Nvidia describes the PhysX enhancements: "With the NVIDIA PhysX physics engine, the world of Mirror's Edge comes to life with real affects [sic] of wind, weapons impact, and in-game movements. Every-day objects within the game become part of the overall experience. Cloth, flags, and banners can now impact weapons and players; ground fog interacts with the player's footsteps; explosions fill the air with smoke and debris; and weapon impacts are enhanced with interactive particles." Here's a video of the PhysX goodies in action.
BWT I'm uploading a 720P version of the movie to our fileserver for thos who's like to see it in HD quality. Should be up shortly.
Update: we have a high-definition 720P download available here.
Download: NVIDIA Forceware GeForce 180.48 WHQL
NVIDIA releases a new ForceWare driver today. This is a WHQL-certified driver for GeForce 200-series, 9-series, and 8800-series desktop GPUs.
Exciting New Features:
- Enables NVIDIA SLI technology on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboards with the following GPUs: GeForce GTX 280, GeForce GTX 260, GeForce 9800 GX2, GeForce 9800 GTX+, and GeForce 9800 GTX. Learn more here.
- Enables NVIDIA SLI Multi-monitor support, giving you the ability to use two monitors with your GeForce graphics cards in SLI mode. Now you can easily switch between multi-monitor desktop mode and full screen 3D gaming mode. Learn more here.
- Enables 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. (Note: GPU PhysX is supported on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory. This driver package automatically installs PhysX System Software version 8.10.13).
Blazing Fast Performance:
- Boosts performance in numerous 3D applications. The following are some examples of improvements measured with Release 180 WHQL drivers vs. Release 178 WHQL drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
- Up to 10% performance increase in 3DMark Vantage (performance preset)
- Up to 13% performance increase in Assassin's Creed
- Up to 13% performance increase in BioShock
- Up to 15% performance increase in Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
- Up to 10% performance increase in Crysis Warhead
- Up to 25% performance increase in Devil May Cry 4
- Up to 38% performance increase in Far Cry 2
- Up to 18% performance increase in Race Driver: GRID
- Up to 80% performance increase in Lost Planet: Colonies
- Up to 18% performance increase in World of Conflict
- Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL, including 3-way and Quad SLI technology.
- Supports CUDA.
- Supports Folding@home distributing computing application. Download the high performance client for NVIDIA GPUs here and join the NVIDIA team: #131015.
- Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
- Includes numerous 3D application compatibility fixes. Please read the release notes for more information on product support, features, driver fixes and known compatibility issues.
- Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here.
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here. Share your thoughts.
Limited Edition Black Chassis from Cooler Master
Coolermaster is soon to release something dark, something secret. They'll only make 500 of these unnamed products. But judging from the teaser image .. that's a dark edition Cosmos S chassis. Looks brilliant now already though :)
From CoolerMaster: Here are some exclusive details on a luxurious limited edition bundle from Cooler Master, which has limited availability of 500 sets worldwide, with no further plans on future production.
The availability is evenly distributed in our channels across the globe, so we expect these to fly off the shelves. This is the first time that Cooler Master is offering such an incredible bundle that includes the best of what the company has in our product mix. The reason why we had this idea and why this was created is there is a group of users that demand nothing but the best and wanting something very exclusive. This is exactly what this extravagant bundle offers.
All bundles include a special version of the popular Cosmos, each individually numbered from 1 to 500 along with subtle upgrades in the appearance and cooling features that makes this Cosmos to die for (details below). It
Top 10 games Radeon 4870 1 GB & GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 test
Probably the article with the longest title name evah !
In this test we'll take six of the newest ranked Top 10 games your money can get you. With December luring around the corner two very popular products under that Christmas tree will be the Radeon 4870 1GB & GeForce GTX 260 core 216.
Guru3D will take a look and see which graphics adapter anno November 2008 will get you the most bang for your buck with the following games:
- Far Cry 2
- Dead Space
- Fallout 3
- Call of Duty 5: World at War
- Crysis WARHEAD
- Brothers in Arms Hell's Highway
You can find the article right here.
Realtek High Definition Audio Codecs 2.09
You can find the download for Windows and Linux under: http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=14&PFid=24&Level=4&Conn=3&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false
Commodore gaming computers to get Core i7
I hadn't hear from them in a while to be honest. But Commodore computers is releasing Core i7 based PCs as well. They are pretty well known for their kickass spraypaints, which they call c-skins, these days.
The Core i7 will be included in the company
Dell SP2309W LCD supports higher than Full HD resolution
While many already knew about the Dell SP2309W LCD because of a listing on a Canadian website, the display has now been officially announced and launched in the US. So what makes this display extra special? It can support a resolution that actually exceeds HD quality.
With support for resolutions up to 2048 x 1152, this display goes beyond the typical 1080p maximum of most displays nowadays. As if that weren
Thermaltake SR100/ SR200 Liquid Cooling System
Thermatake released a Core i7 compatible h2o kit today.
Preparing yourself for the latest Core i7? Make sure you update your liquid cooling system at the same time with Thermal take
Chinese pirates crack Blu-ray DRM, sell pirated HD discs
Law enforcement in Shenzhen, China, raided a warehouse last month that contained HD copies of a number of popular movies.
There were over 800 discs (so, what is that, like eight spindles?) that were packaged in faux Blu-ray boxes, complete with holograms to make them appear legitimate. According to the Motion Picture Association International, this is the "first ever" seizure of these types of discs in China. The pirates are apparently ripping high-def movies (cracking Blu-ray's AACS and BD+ encryption in the process) and re-encoding them using AVCHD, which offers a 720p picture. Because of the reduction in resolution, file sizes are smaller and can be burned to regular DVDs instead of the more costly Blu-ray discs, netting a tidy profit. Needless to say, the film industry isn't thrilled by the news. "We are concerned and are assigning priority to this issue," the MPA's Asia-Pacific managing director Mike Ellis told the Wall Street Journal.
Call of Duty: World at War gets Steamy
FYI, Call of Duty: World at War has more than doubled the week-one UK sales of Infinity Ward's Call of Duty 4. World at War arrived at retailers last week, hitting two more platforms--PS2 and Wii--than Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which was released on PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS. The PS2 edition of CoD:WaW was developed by Rebellion, while n-Space handled the DS editions of both CoD4 and CoD:WaW. As GamesIndustry and UK sales-tracking firm GfK Chart-Track did not provide a specific per-console breakdown of World at War's sales figures, the effect those additional platforms had on its retail performance is not yet known [via ggmania]
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 price drop
In case you haven't noticed already, but it seems that NVIDIA is preparing to drop it's prices of the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 (216 shader processors) version. Some UK and EU shops already are showing a significant price drop. Typically the Core 216 version of the card costs just over 300 EUR.
It seems that the new pricing model will drop the price by another 50 EUR towards roughly 239-249 EUR for the 216 Shader processor empowered graphics card.
In USD this would mean a price drop to below 289 USD where it was over 350 USD. In fact we just spotted the BFG GTX 260 OC MAXCORE (216) version already for 274 USD.
Complete Valve Pack For $100 Includes Left 4 Dead
This is a pretty good deal for sure. Every now and then you
170 Tesla S1070 1U systems make Tokyo supercomputer
Pretty interesting news from the stream computing (GPU) front today. The Tokyo Institute of Technology today announced collaboration with NVIDIA to use NVIDIA Tesla GPUs to boost the computational horsepower of its TSUBAME supercomputer. Through the addition of 170 Tesla S1070 1U systems, the TSUBAME supercomputer now delivers nearly 170 TFLOPS of theoretical peak performance, as well as 77.48 TFLOPS of measured Linpack performance, placing it, again, amongst the top ranks in the world
Proxim Orinoco AP-8000 with two 802.11n radios
Thermaltake Fanless 330 passive VGA cooler
The passive design of Thermaltake Fanless 330 0dBA VGA Cooler offers the absolute quiet operation environment for all the gamers and graphic designers who especially require supports of high end graphic cards. Beside the silent operation, three heatsink modules on SpinQ to dissipate GPU heat, and 4 efficient copper heatpipes speeding up the heat transfer.
The mirror coating base also ensures these well designed cooling structures on Fanless 330 are in perfect contact with the GPU. Fanless 330 0dBA VGA Cooler, the new passive graphic card cooler from Thermaltake, has the most unique mechanical design never seen on the market. It does not just offer 0bBA operating environment, but great cooling performance and distinguishing style too! Thermaltake 330 0dBA VGA Cooler measures 180mm x 123.2mm x 68.6mm and weigh 260g.
NVIDIA stops production standard GTX 260
Rumors on the web report that NVIDIA will stop making the standard GeForce GTX 260 model. instead they will be moving forward with the GTX 260 Core 216 model only. The standard GTX 260 had a pretty hard time competing with the Radeon 4870 whereas the Core 216 version, do seem to have a secret or two up their sleeves and compete pretty darn well.
In fact we'll have an article on Core 216 against Radeon HD 4870 1024 Mb tomorrow, where we'll take six Top 10 games do a shootout and tally it up. This information was not confirmed by NVIDIA.
AMD's Phenom II specs leak - can reach 4 Ghz on air
Specification on AMD's Phenom II processors have leaked yesterday, and quite honestly .. it's looking pretty good. Phenom II will be based on the new Deneb core at 45nm. The new processors are to be launched as soon as Q1 next year already, we heard this might be January 8th.
Interesting is the Core i7 like naming, you'll stumble into a Phenom II X4 920, 940 and so on, matching Core i7 model names pretty tight. It's also rumoured that the new processors should be able to achieve a clock frequency of no less than 4 GHz .. on air cooling. Which means there's a 1 GHz clock delta to play around with. The high-end models will not have a limitation my multiplier lock.
How coincidental is it that the info "leaked" on the day the Intel officially is shipping Core i7 eh ?