Inno3D first to unveil GeForce 9800 GTX+
Inno3D is the first to actually send out a press-release on their new GeForce 9800 GTX+ graphics card. Previous reports indicate the GeForce 9800 GTX+ uses a 55nm G92 GPU - the card should be available in July for around $229. The GeForce 9800 GTX+ from Inno3D features 128 stream processors, 738MHz core, 1836MHz shaders, 256-bit memory bus and 512MB GDDR3 memory clocked at 2200MHz. The memory bandwidth is 70.4GB/s and the texture fill rate is 47.2 billion/s.
The card has 3-way SLI support and according to Inno3D it's 15% faster than the original GeForce 9800 GTX.
Aquacomputer Presents Liquid Cooler For GTX280
German Aquacomputer presented its aquagrafx G200 liquid cooling solution for NVIDIA GTX280. The cooler is produced from highly purified electrolysis copper and provides very high cooling capacity. Due to the up to 20mm broad channels inside the block it has very low flow resistance. The GPU area is covered by an optimized cooling surface which is about 25% larger than that of the previous solutions. The unit has G1/4" connectors.
The copper plate of the cooler is approximately 8mm thick and weighs about 660g. It is made of a solid copper block weighing almost 2.2 kg.
Priced 94.90 EUR, the product will go on sale on June 25, 2008. However, pre-orders are already available.
Call Of Duty 5: First Trailer
3DMark Vantage and 3x GeForce GTX 280 + PhysX
So with the GeForce PhysX features currently being seeded to the press, and after my initial results I figured .. if PhysX processing over the GPU shows such a big advantage in the overall 3DMark vantage score, then surely I must be able to break my personal 25.000 points barrier ?
So roughly half an hour ago I started building my test rig again, this time prepared to go heavy ... and with a nice overclock.
I took a nForce 790i Ultra SLI with 2 GB DDR3 memory. A Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 processor. Slapped three GeForce GTX 280 cards on there and started overclocking a little. I got the CPU cores clocked at 4200 MHz. The three GPUs are clocked at 631 MHz on the core, Shader domain at 1409 MHz and the memory towards 2600 MHz.
Now combined with the GeForce 177.39 driver and then with the NVIDIA PhysX (8.06.12) driver installed I fired up 3DMark vantage again. Here's the new personal score folks:
NVIDIA PhysX Quick Test
As you guys likely know NVIDIA issued a new PhysX supporting driver to the press, which (driver) actually already got leaked.
This driver will enable and allow a significant set of Physics functions to be ran over the GPU. Now I just put this quickly to the test, though in very early stages testing I must say it pushes out some pretty interesting results.
First off, there are some new included demos in the additional PhysX software you need to install, which really work out well. This trick is however to get some software going with this new feature. Currently I am testing a GeForce 9800 GTX Black Edition from XFX; tried out the new PhysX driver and installed a press version NVIDIA PhysX software build on there (not available just yet).
Though within games offloading PhysX to the GPU would take a toll on your framerate there seems to be one application benefiting from this new option greatly .. 3DMark Vantage.
Let me show you a test run with the new GeForce 177.39 driver and then with the NVIDIA PhysX (8.06.12) driver installed:
- PhysX driver on: Overall Performance score 7493 - GPU score 6029
- PhysX driver off: Overall Performance score 5823 - GPU score 6022
It causes a bit of a concern as what exactly is the new score now telling us ? Definitely not GPU performance, but it does boost the overall Vantage score significantly. Looking further ahead ... If you measure game performance with PhysX enabled in a game that actually supports it, the framerate will be slower opposed to a competitor who doesn't have that function enabled/supported.
My suggestion to NVIDIA, definitely make an on/off switch in the drivers so the press can measure objectively. It's a great feature though, and I love to see this well developed and become a standard in games.
If you like to discuss NVIDIA PhysX, we've opened up a thread right here.
CoolIT unveils liquid cooling GeForce GTX 280 and 260
CoolIT Systems announces the availability of the NV200 VGA Coldplate compatible with the new GeForce GTX280 and GTX260 cards recently announced by NVidia. The solution features a single slot, high performance liquid cooling solution that effectively cools the GPU, RAM, nVio Chip and VR that, when mated with CoolIT
Sony unleashes HD vidcam with smile detection
Nono, that was not a joke. Sony on Thursday issued a relatively surprising mid-year Handycam update through the CX12, a new mid-range camera. The handheld is Sony's first to use smile detection and does so to give videographers a hands-off approach to taking photos alongside video; the camera can automatically snap 10-megapixel still photos when it sees smiles without having to interrupt video capture. Like recent Cyber-shots, the CX12 can also prioritize those shots to take photos only of smiling groups or of adults or children. The Handycam can even take these photos in standby mode.
The camera records full-sized 1920x1080 video in AVCHD format and uses Sony's Memory Stick Pro Duo cards as its sole storage medium; a 4GB card is included in the box. Sony touts relatively strong video quality with a 12X stabilized optical zoom lens and Dolby 5.1 surround recording, complete with zoomed audio to properly capture sound from distant subjects.
Sony packs the CX12 with a sync cradle and ships the camera in early August for $900.
Asus ARES the Ultimate Gaming Powerhouse ?
Catering to gamers who require only the best equipment, Asus today unveiled the new Asus ARES CG6155 Desktop PC. This powerful piece of gaming hardware comprises an array of top-notch components to provide gamers with the performance and stability for their every gaming need.
Asus ARES is equipped with the most advanced Quad-core CPUs, 3-way SLI GeForce GTX 280 graphic cards and extreme factory over-clocking that boosts CPU performance by up to 33%. Additionally, gamers will be able to enjoy cutting-edge technologies such as a Blu-ray optical disc drive, high-definition audio and DDRIII memory.
The unique exterior design of Asus ARES CG6155 is inspired by ancient and modern armor with both Eastern and Western influences, and presents an aesthetic appeal that exudes pure power! ARES opens a new chapter in gaming hardware design. Due to its unique Dual Power and customized liquid cooling modules, Asus ARES offers excellent stability. This Dual Power design supports up to 2 kilowatts of power. The built-in liquid cooler ensures that system stability is maintained for cooler operations. ARES not only looks bullet proof; but also incorporates an arsenal of features which make it one of the most stable and secure gaming PC systems ever.
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway August 26 release
Personally this is one of the titles this year I look very forward to. Software's latest World War II shooter Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway hits PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on August 26, publisher Ubisoft has revealed.
BioShock DRM is no more!
Here's some good news, I've always blocked using the game BioShock as benchmark due to the massive DRM protections it has. It will hide some seriously nasty stuff on your HD.
Now according to this post on the 2K forums, all 'activation limits' have been lifted from the
Gelid enters the cooling market
A new company called gelid just entered the market. Since I know the PR guy I just had to give them a quick plug. Gelid is the company called which originates from the Latin work Gelidus .. (very cold). Actually some people behind Arctic Cooling are working in this company. The first products are already visible at their website and are divided into two categories, the "Gamer" and "Silent" sections.
Currently only in Asia their products are on sale, but expect a move to Europe and USA quite soon. We'll keep a close eye on them as we expect some coolers soon as well.
Radeon HD 4850 Crossfire review
AMD Radeon HD 4850 Crossfire review
With the Force3D Radeon HD 4850 and PowerColor Radeon HD 4850.
A pretty hectic day today as AMD moved forward the launch of the Radeon HD 4850 (initially to be released next week). Today Guru of 3D will review both the PowerColor and Force3D graphics cards in a full fetched review. As the tests will show, this little 199 USD gem will pack an awful lot of performance.
Not only will we put it though the benchmark paces, Guru3D will also have a look at Crossfire performance among these two cards combined. The results are pretty surprising.
You can read the 20 page article right here:
Radeon HD 4850 NDA lifted - launch moved to today
So in case you have heard the rumor, it's correct.
AMD decided to pretty much piss off any editor today by lifting the NDA for the Radeon HD 4850 which was supposed to launch next week. For yours truly this means havoc, AMD had a press-meeting on Tuesday which we flew into. We returned yesterday with a card and started benchmarking. Normally it takes us 4-5 days to finish up a reference review so you can imaging that the press is pretty surprised to see the NDA being lifted today, completely out of the blue.
Luckily I did start working on the article yesterday already and pretty much I am half way through writing the review. At the earliest maybe tonight I'll have the Radeon HD 4850 review ready for you, including Crossfire results.
Bare with me, I'm doing my best to get you guys a full review and not some half-baked quickie stuff. BTW forget all the numbers you have seen leaked, the new driver issued yesterday shows the real performance of this product.
Check in regular as again, I hope to be able to finish and publish this review today, if not tomorrow.
But let me just state that it is absolutely insane what has happed today.
GeForce Folding client indeed opens a can of whoopass
Two days ago the GeForce (CUDA) series Folding@Home client was released. And I already predicted we'd yield some good results as a team in total. The new folding client runs in the background over your graphics card / GPU, you can use your PC completely normal and once a 3D application kicks in, the folding client jumps into the background.
So you just won't notice that it runs, which is so great as yesterday we logged the biggest folding score in the history of Guru3D. We literally jumped from an average of 44.000 points per day towards 118.000 points yesterday ! That's just insane to observe, and so cool.
So if you have a GeForce series 8 or newer graphics card and like to help fighting diseases, please join our team, we have ID number 69411.
What do you need to have your GeForce card computing and folding:
- For GeForce series 8/9 - Forceware 174.55 drivers
- For GeForce GTX 260/280 - Forceware 177.35 drivers
- And the Folding @home GeForce GPU Client 6.12 beta 6
Should you need help / want info check out our Folding support forums here. Come on people, team 69411.
review: BFG GeForce GTX 280 OC edition
BFG GeForce GTX 280 OC edition review
Today a review on BFG's GeForce GTX 280 1024MB OC edition. It had to go something like this; the minute BFG finished designing this product they got all giddily and figured .. ooh we gotta send Guru3D one. Sure thing, hey bring it on.
So a couple of days ago, prior to the actual GTX 200 series product launch, we received that OC model from BFG. BFG figured, hey for the same launch price we can introduce a slightly overclocked version, fire off a life-time warranty at it and slap an OC label on there.
Read the full review here:
Battlefield 2 case modification
Some people just relaly dig their games and gaming experience. This guy for examples clearly likes Battlefiled 2 :)
And yeah .. that's his modded PC folks. Aside from the extremely detailed tank, there's also a matching keyboard, complete with dirt and scratches
Trailer: Team Fortress 2: Meet The Sniper
Meet the Sniper is now available to the public.
In his former life as a tracker of dangerous game in the unforgiving Australian outback, the Sniper would spend months by himself. Prolonged isolation taught him a valuable lesson: You don't have to rely on other people if you never miss !
NVIDIA to release GeForce GTX PLUS SKU and price drop
I can't help thinking that NVIDIA is getting a little worried about ATI's Radeon 4000 release next week. I just started testing the new RV770 GPUs myself and can tell you already, these are very price/performance effective products. Very interesting indeed as the cheapest Radeon 4000 series card will definitely match or is faster than a 9800 GTX.
To counteract the new Radeon 4000 products NVIDIA decided to quickly create another SKU in the market called NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ Pretty much it is a faster clocked NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX, and next to that ... the price is dropping pretty significantly towards a suggested retail price of $229 USD. Even better news, the GeForce 9800 GTX will drop towards 199 USD !
Gotta love the competition and after next week it's definitely going to be interesting to purchase a higher specced mid-range card as they'll get you excellent performance for the money you pay.
The GeForce 9800 GTX+ takes the highly efficient G92-based GeForce 9800 GTX and offers value for value conscious gamers.
Key product points:
- GeForce 9800 GTX+ is the best single card price/performance at $229; the original GeForce 9800 GTX will transition to $199
- Shader Processor clock of 1836MHz and graphics core clock of 738MHz
- GeForce PhysX support! World