GeForce Forceware 259.31 Beta out for grabs
The NVIDIA developer site shows a new driver today. Please consider this driver BETA. Windows driver version 259.31 and Linux drivers version 256.38.03 provide full support for OpenGL 4.1 and GLSL 4.10 on capable hardware.
This driver also supports several new OpenGL extensions for both 4.1-capable GPUs and older GPUs. Judging from the setup files, pretty much any geForce graphics cards starting at series 6 and younger is supported. Please share your experiences on this driver in this forum thread.
Grab the drivers here:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 470 SOC edition enters the lab
Gigabyte is releasing a more powerful addition to its Super Overclock Series: GTX 470 SOC (GV-N470SO-13I). The GV-N470SO-13I also features WINDFORCE 3X, a 14 phase PWM design, OC Guru graphic card smart tuner and voltage read points.
The card comes at default with a 700 MHz core clock, a Shader Clock 1400 MHz and a Memory Clock of 3348 MHz (effective).
The card just arrived here in the lab, and thigns definiately are looking good. The card is 100% silent despite having three fans. Here are some exclusive photo's:
Guru3D Folding @Home team shatters records
It is with much pride that I can announce that over the weekend team Guru3D Folding @Home increased in rank and we have now taken over spor number 70, which is a pretty big deal. Another Team record we broke was this weekend as ever sicne the weekend we pass 400.000 points in per day. Great work you guys !
The next team to overtake will be in five days entering the top 60, which for the team would be a victory alright. To do so we of course need your help ! But here's an overview of the top 20 Guru3D crunching soldiers.
Now if you have a recent ATI Radeon series 3000 or newer or GeForce series 8 or newer graphics card and like to help fighting diseases, please join our team, we have Team ID number 69411.
You can download the latest GPU or CPU clients here. Should you need help / want info check out our Folding support forums here where anyone will help you with any questions you might have. Come on people, team 69411 -- join the club. Thanks to all who are participating in this project, and a special thank you to our top 20 contributors.
Google Denies Testing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Street View
Google may be working with Verizon to make sure that the Internet remains open, that
NVIDIA gets $25 million from DARPA to research exascale supercomputers
A team led by NVIDIA has been awarded a research grant of $25 million by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Defense Department's research and development arm, to address what the agency calls a "crisis in computing."
The four-year research contract, awarded under DARPA's Ubiquitous High Performance Computing (UHPC ) program, covers work to develop GPU technologies required to build the new class of exascale supercomputers which will be 1,000-times more powerful than today's fastest supercomputers.
The team -- which also includes Cray Inc., Oak Ridge National Laboratory and six top U.S. universities -- is being funded by DARPA to address the challenge that conventional computing architectures are reaching the practical limits of energy usage and will not meet the challenges of exascale computing. The research team plans to develop new software and hardware technology to dramatically increase computing performance, programmability and reliability.
"This recognizes NVIDIA's substantial investments in the field of parallel processing and highlights GPU Computing's position as one of the most promising paths to exascale computing," said Bill Dally, NVIDIA's chief scientist and senior vice president of research, and the team's principal investigator. "We look forward to collaborating to develop programmable, scalable systems that operate in tight power budgets and deliver increases in performances that are many orders of magnitude above today's systems."
"The DARPA UHPC program is attacking technical issues that are key to the future of high performance computing, from the embedded terascale to the exascale," said Steve Scott, Cray's senior vice president and CTO, and the Cray principal investigator on the team. "We are excited to be working with this team, and we believe the directions we are pursuing will lead to radical improvements to the state-of-the-art in the coming decade."
In addition to the NVIDIA-led team, DARPA awarded contracts to three other teams to study UHPC systems. Prototype systems are expected to be completed by 2018.
The names of those universities on the NVIDIA team will be available once details with them have been finalized. For more information on the DARPA UHPC program, please go here.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer Teaser
ATI ad that mocks NVIDIA Fermi spotted on YouTube
Well, here's an interesting little commercial from AMD -- mocking NVIDIA on Fermi's power consumption as it seems. What do you think ? Comments in this thread please.
G.Skill Flare DDR3 2000 MHZ C7 AMD kit review
G.Skill Flare DDR3 2000 MHZ C7 AMD kit gets tested
We test and review the G.Skill Flare DDR3 2000 MHZ C7 AMD kit. These kits are optimized for AMD platforms preferably with the new six-core X6 processors, and in specific some ASUS motherboards. The kit we'll be testing today obviously comes from that series and is a 2,000MHz CL7-9-7-24 1.65V 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3 kit with its latest Flare heatsinks.
You can read all about it in this Guru3D review right here.
Shutdown Timer 3.0 released
A small utlility that Guru3D supports and helps out with is Shutdown Timer, it has reached revision 3.0
Shutdown Timer can Shutdown, Restart, Logoff, Lock, Hibernate and Standby your system based on certain options, such as Date/Time; CPU & Memory Usage; CPU Temperature and Network Usage. It is a feature full program which can also run in a portable manner, just simply download the portable version and run it from a USB stick. It also includes an updater so you can always get the latest version without constantly checking the website.
What are the main features of Shutdown Timer?
- Monitor Standby
- Based on Date & Time
- CPU/Memory Utilisation
- CPU Temperature
- Networking Usage
- Ability to save your settings for furture use
- Completely Portable, You can take it on a USB if you want to!
NVIDIA BIOS Editor (NiBiTor) Version 5.7 Released
NiBiTor (short for NVIDIA BIOS Editor) received its latest update. Version 5.7 of the program includes support for new GPUs and limited experimental support for new unknown GPUs. Apart from supporting new GPUs, the new version also includes its usual load of minor bug fixes that improve stability and usability.
GPUs supported from this version on, include:
Changes in this version:
- Added GeForce GTX 465
- Added GeForce GT 130M
- Added GeForce 9650M
- Added Quadro FX1700
- Added Quadro FX380
SP512 GeForce GTX 480 gets tested
Last week some photo's already showed up on NVIDIAs GeForce GTX 480 with the full 512 Shader processors / 64 Texture memory units. You guys know that at the initial; launch one SM shader cluster was diabled on this product to get better yield rates.
Expreview did a few tests on the 512 core graphics card, and compared it to the 480 core model that's out in the market. NVIDIA GeForce 258.96 drivers were used.
In 3DMark Vantage Extreme mode:
- The 512SP core card get's a score of 10,072 points
- The regular 480SP version get's a score of 9,521
The additional TMUs showed an evident impact on the texture fillrate, 41.55 GTexel/s for the 512 core card against 38.82 GTexel/s for the 480 core card. It remains a bit of a mystery if this model will actually make retail and if the anme will remain GTX 480, GTX 485 would be more suitable we feel.
NVIDIA 3D Vision Driver 258.96 BETA
- Updated 8-6-2010
Intel reveals details of 32-cores Knights Ferry MIC
The colleagues over at X-bit Labs report Intel has unveiled specifications of Knights Ferry, a many Intel cores (MIC) accelerator for servers.
The Knights Ferry has 32 x86 cores clocked at 1.2GHz and featuring quad-HyperThreading. The unit, aimed at PCI Express 2.0 slots, has up to 2GB of GDDR5 memory. The chip itself has 8MB of shared L2 cache, which is quite intriguing by itself since highly-parallel applications do not require a large on-chip cache. Intel did not unveil raw computing performance of the Knights Ferry in GigaFLOPS or TeraFLOPS.
Given the fact that Knights Ferry is not a commercial product, but a development platform, it is unclear whether it has similar peculiarities as the Knights Corner chip, which is designed to be sold to interested parties.
You can check out this PDF with more details at Intel.
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Patch 1.0.2
* Fixed an issue where campaign mission victories would not always trigger properly.
* Fixed an issue where some players were unable to access single player features.
In related news NVIDIA's nZone has details on the availability of a trial version of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty with select graphics cards:
For a limited time only, buy any qualifying NVIDIA GeForce graphics card and get a key code for a free trial of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, good for 7 hours of game time or 14 days from activation (whichever comes first.)
Call of Duty: Black Ops to be Activision's biggest launch to date
IGN reports Activision is preparing a massive launch campaign for Call of Duty: Black Ops. Activision CEO Bobby Kotick claims it will be the biggest launch in the company's history, and he hinted that Black Ops will not only be for hardcore gamers.
During Activision's Q2 fiscal earnings call this afternoon, the publisher continuously emphasized how much bigger the marketing budget for this year's title will be compared to last, and highlighted the fact pre-sales continue to outpace Modern Warfare 2 from last year.
"This year's Black Ops will release on more platforms than ever before, and continues to pace ahead of last year's record setting Modern Warfare 2 in terms of per-sales and consumer awareness metrics," said Activision COO Thomas Tippl.
ASUS SaberTooth X58 unveiled
ASUS officially introduced the TUF Series SaberTooth X58, a new motherboard that focuses on delivering the best stability, reliability, endurance, and value. SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 are included in the features list, but pricing and availability is unknown.
The board has high-quality chokes, solid state capacitors and MOSFETs and a CeraM!X Heatsink Coating on the more critical surfaces and components to enhance heat resistance and dissipation. As for actual specification, six DDR3 memory slots are present, as well as six SATA 3.0 Gbps connectors, a pair of SATA 6.0 Gbps ports and three PCI Express x16 slots that are more than apt for multi-GPU SLI or CrossFireX setups. Finally, the Sabertooth features an 8+2 phase power design, Gigabit Ethernet, two eSATA ports, 7.1 channel audio and FireWire.
The SaberTooth X58 also includes Gigabit Ethernet, two eSATA and two USB 3.0 ports, 7.1 channel audio and FireWire.
VLC Media Player 1.1.2 out for grabs
- Avformat fps displaying fix
- TS, fix an issue where some programs would get dropped (fixes DVB issues too)
- fix timestamps handling on some filters that provoked issues when playback of mono streams, especially on Windows
- fix a bug in direct3d video output with old nVidia drivers that broke video playback with overlay (YUV->RGB)
- fix console output encoding
Interface and extensions:
- Youtube and other scripts updates
- Misc fixes in Qt4 (especially VLM and EPG dialogs) and MacOS interface
- MPEG (ES,PS,TS,PVA,MP3)
- AVI - MPEG-1/2, DIVX (1/2/3), MPEG-4 ASP, DivX 4/5/6, XviD, 3ivX D4
- ASF / WMV / WMA - WMV 3 / WMV-9 / VC-1 1, 2 1 1, 2 1 1 WMV 1/2
- MP4 / MOV / 3GP - Sorenson 1/3 (Quicktime)
- OGG / OGM / Annodex
- Matroska (MKV) - H.261 H.263 / H.263i H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
- Real - Real Video 1/2
- WAV (incuding DTS)
- Raw Audio: DTS, AAC, AC3/A52
- Raw DV
- FLV (Flash)
- Standard MIDI / SMF
Axle GeForce GTX 460 768MB review
Axle GeForce GTX 460 768MB gets tested
What will be interesting to see if a pure 100% reference model can overclock to 'Super Overclocked' models just as well. As that might easily save you 50 USD -- all with a manual tweak. For that this card would need to go beyond say a 800 MHz core clock and 4000 MHz without voltage tweaking. But what if the card can achieve such results, wouldn't you have an absolute hot deal ?
Check out the full Guru3D.com review right here.