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Nvidia has released official Detonator 40.41 drivers for Windows 2000
and Windows XP machines.
Version: 40.41More information at nVidia
File Size: 9 MB
Release Date: August 29, 2002
WHQL Certification Pending
Up to a 25% increase in performance
nView 2.0 multi-display technology increases productivity and provides the necessary tools to control the way users access and view applications.
NVRotate enabling image rotation on today's advanced flat panel displays.
NVKeystone allows for real-time image correction on portable projectors and heads-up displays.
Digital Vibrance Control allows users to adjust color controls to achieve accurate, bright colors under all conditions.
New control panel streamlines user interface and enables faster and easier access to all video settings.
Robust Channels enables higher faster performance and better stability for all applications through fail-safe paths in the drivers.
CineFX Simulator allows developers to use Cg-"C for graphics"-to write complex shaders in a high level language faster and more easily than before.
NVIDIA's patented Unified Driver Architecture (UDA) - supports all products in a single driver binary
Tweak3D.net has an arcticle entitled "AGP Aperture Size Examined".
Video cards offer so many features these days that it's often easy to overlook a couple. Sometimes we might miss important features that are right in front of our eyes, and this is where we came up with the idea to tweak that golden nugget in our BIOS setup, the "AGP Aperture Size", which from here on out, we'll refer to as "AAS".More information at Tweak3D.net
UK Gamer has published the first UK review of ATI's new mobile graphics
unit, the mobility Radeon 9000.
We were also able to compare it against Hercules' recently announced Prophet 9000 PRO (128mb version). Not only that but we have managed to get results from a notebook that is running the yet to be launched, Pentium 4 M Northwood CPU, running at 2.26Ghz. The aim of the article is to look at whether gaming on a laptop can finally compete with desktop machines, so we compared all results against a Geforce 4 Ti4600.More information at UK Gamer
Techseekers.net is first with their report on the Inno3D Xabre 400.
The Xabre 400 is squarely designed to compete against the Geforce4MX in the mid-range market, a not so small feat if you ask me. One of the drawbacks of the Geforce4MX was the lack of proper DirectX 8.1 features as this card was only a souped up Geforce2.This is where the Xabre comes in, with Pixel Shader ver.1.3 support ,it allows games to look that much better.More information at Techseekers.net
A1 Electronics comes along with their brief look at the ATI Radeon 9700 Pro.
The ATI Radeon 9700 Pro with more computing power than the GeForce4 Ti4600 especially twice the memory bandwidth shows what can be done. As we see ATI Radeon 9700 Pro does not take such a hit when FSAA & Anisotropic filtering is used so we can leave it on all the time. For those of you games players now all you have to do is wait for DirectX 9 games.More information at A1 Electronics
I've got a few video cards reviews to let you know about tonight but there's still more mail to get through I'll just list them.
- ATi Radeon 9000 Pro @ OcPrices.com
- Gainward GeForce4 PowerPack! Ultra/650 TV/DVI @ GotApex?
- GeForce4 Ti's vs Radeon 8500's @ accelenation.com
- Albatron Geforce4 Ti4400 @ Hardware Avenue
HardwareZone Checks out MSI's G4Ti4200-VTP64 video card.
This is no ordinary GeForce4 Ti 4200-based graphics card. Packed with 64MB of 500MHz DDR memory, this baby comes with video input/output features. Find out why we decided to give this card the full five-star award.More information at HardwareZone
Today Mikhailtech takes a look at a rather controversial video card, ECS's AG400T8-D64, based on the Xabre 400.
All of the outputs are handled by the SiS 301. The DVI connector found on the Triplex card is replaced by the 3DCON1 (3DVR/3D glasses) as well as the RCA1 (TV-out composite). Personally I like the former configuration since dual monitors are a lot more common than either of those. Then there's the usual SCON1 (TV-out S-Video) and CRT1 (VGA). The inclusion/exclusion of various connectors is not driver dependent; you can set video modes via the jumpers and incompatible modes just won't work. Memory is also different on the various cards. Actually only one of the two SiS reference boards uses 3.3ns Hynix memory; the others use 3.3ns EtronTech. Some versions of the Triplex use Hynix while others are equipped with EtronTech. 1000/3.3 = 303, so the memory is rated to hit 303mhz DDR, or 606mhz effectively. Naturally, more than just the memory module dictates exactly what kind of results can be had.More information at Mikhailtech
Explosive Labs has just completed a review on the Chaintech A-GT61 GeForce 4 Ti4600 video card.
Currently if you are an avid computer user looking for the highest performance in graphics your going to lean towards a Geforce 4 Ti4600, why? Because gamers these days and tweakers alike want the absolute fastest gaming experience possible in any given game. So of course they are going to want the best and nothing less. nVidia's Geforce 4 Titanium series is the answer. the nVidia Geforce 4 Titanium series is the top choice among gamers because it provides silky smooth gameplay with beatuiful textures at high resolutions.More information at Explosive Labs
SimHQ.com takes a quick look at PNY's Quadro4 900 XGL 128MB video card.
PNY has not even been in the video card arena long and already they have taken a big step being one of NVIDIA's strongest partners and now, taking over Quadro from where ELSA left off. In fact, GeForce 3 was PNY first new graphics card launch. Right away, the Verto line has established itself as a strong player in the marketplace and is competing head-to-head with Visiontek as the dominant player in the US market.More information at SimHQ.com
OCaddiction has the eVGA GeForce4 Ti 4400 in house today and puts it to the test with several different benchmarks at varying degrees of FSAA.
There are 3 flavors of the GeForce Ti series cards. There is the Top end Ti 4600. The middle guy, Ti 4400 and the more budget friendly Ti 4200 version which is the cheapest of the three. All three varied in price ranges with their own specific markets. The Ti 4400 seems to be a favorite card among enthusiasts as it provides the best "bang for the buck". Normally a 4400 can be had for 100$ cheaper than a 4600, yet if your lucky enough to get a quality card, you can overclock the 4400 to near or beyond 4600 default speeds. 4xS is currently nVIDIA's highest offering of Full Screen Anti-Aliasing. Impressive? Yes. Not only do we get smoother visuals than simple 4x, we don't see any additional loss of performance. Quincunx may have been a gimmick, but 4xS is the "real deal". My eVGA GF4 Ti 4400 may not be able to handle games like RtCW and JKII with 4xS enabled, but you can bet I'll be sporting 4xS in games like Diablo2 and WC3. Not only does it run smoothly in both, it looks great as well.More information at OCaddiction
Tweakers Asylum has a review of the ECS AG400T8-D64 Xabre400 video card.
If you're looking for a low cost alternative to fulfill you're display duties, the ECS AG400T8-D64 is a great choice!! At only $90.00, it offers up great 3D Gaming performance, several TV-Out options, and amazing DVD playback.More information at Tweakers Asylum
Ascully.com checks out ATi's latest Radeon 9000 Pro video card.
The Radeon 9000 Pro hit the market last week at a really aggressive $129 USD price. This brings it in direct competition with NVIDIA's Geforce 4 MX series of cards, but with one MAJOR difference. The Radeon 9000 Pro is fully DX8.1 compliant like its bigger brother the Radeon 8500, and this means all those sexy smartshader effects like the rippling water in Morrowind are now available to the mass market. We will look at the technology involved in this card as we go through the review.More information at Ascully.com