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First up I noticed talk of Doom 4 videos over at Warp2Search. Before you get too excited, users commented these videos are merely a mod for Quake3 called Q4Gladiators. Nevertheless, the faked Doom 4 videos and wallpaper are pretty cool and worth a look.
There are more videos than what is listed on the earthlink page, just follow one of the directories from the earthlink downloads and you end up hereMore information @ Warp2Search
Intervideo has released WinDVD Platinum. It includes all the great features included in previous versions with the addition of DivX playback, Dolby Virtual Speaker which uses advanced algorithms to replicate 5.1 surround sound over two single speakers and more, if the latter was not enough for you.
WinDVD Platinum is InterVideo's latest version of WinDVD which is a simple-to-use DVD player that combines all the features of a standard consumer DVD player and offers much more. WinDVD Platinum is the ultimate DVD player with advanced audio and video functions, not found anywhere else.More information @ Intervideo
Our friends over at Warp2Search have a link to Japanese Watch Impress with three MPEG videos show casing nVidia's new GeForce FX. They appear to be camcorder rips from an nVidia press conference of some sort with somebody explaining how each piece of footage is achieved through the new technology of shaders. The quality is quite good, so ensure you make time to download these for the archive.
More information @ Warp2Search
Words cannot describe what I am thinking right now... stunned, I guess could be one of them. Anyway, I followed a link from our friends over at Warp2Search to the nVidia website (hmmm, that's a new one for today - heh) which shows demos and such of its new GeForce FX in action. You'll also find information on up and coming DX9 games supporting the GeForce FX and a couple videos which we had already known about for the past few days.
Power and performance, the two elements every gamer craves, are the heart and soul of the GeForce FX. Powered by pure adrenaline and engineered with a passion for perfection, the GeForce FX delivers cinematic effects beyond imagination. Its CineFX engine produces gaming effects on par with the hottest motion pictures. Combined with the industry's first true 128-bit studio-quality color processing technology, 3D worlds and characters are more real than anything that's come before.More information @ nVidia GeForce FX Homepage
Yes, this is for real!
This dose should keep some of you busy for a while and as I've got to go and see a doctor here it is.
- ATI Radeon 9700 Pro @ PCStats
- Argos GeForce4 Ti 4200 SE @ The Guru of 3D
- Prolink PixelView GeForce4 MX440-8X @ PCStats
- Gainward GeForce4 PowerPack! Ultra/650 XP Golden Sample and Ultra/650 TV/DVI Golden Sample @ explosivelabs.com
Here's the last course for you this morning (my time) and for desert I'm serving video cards and whatever else is let.
- Gainward GeForce4 PowerPack Ultra/750XP @ HardwareZone.com
- Gainward GF4 Pro/600-8X MX440 AGP 8X VGA @ Overclockers New Zealand
- Radeon 9700 Pro @ Amdmb.com
- ATI Radeon 9000 Pro Extreme Overclocking Experience @ X-bit labs
- Overclockers Hideout SLPR-2002 Complete Watercooling Setup @ Monster Hardware
- Verax GmbH P16 Silent Heatsink @ FrostyTech
- Billion ADSL Modem/Router @ Tweakers Australia
- Comparison of Two Four-Channel ATA RAID Controllers @ X-bit labs
Remember that website called Sharky Extreme, with the 25 page articles? Well, they have posted a not-so-lengthy 10-page ATI & NVIDIA Video Card Tweak Guide for your viewing pleasure today.
As today's video cards become increasingly advanced, the sheer number of options and tweaks that go unseen to the average user seems to increase. Sometimes these remain unseen because ATI and NVIDIA will often neglect, or outright refuse, to make these tweaks available with their standard driver package. While many of these configurable items can be relatively benign, there are still a healthy number of extremely rewarding (we're talking extra performance and image quality here) options that can greatly enhance the visual quality and speed of modern ATI and NVIDIA video cards.More information at Sharky Extreme
Well these 4 just turned up so here they are.
The Tech Report was first into the box about their GeForce4 Ti 4200 comparo.
Not all GeForce4 Ti 4200s are created equal, and today we've rounded up eight of them to find which ones perform the best, overclock the highest, and offer the best overall value for your budget gaming dollar. Along the way we'll also take a look at the performance advantages of 64MB and 128MB cards in general. There's a lot to cover, so let's get started:More information at The Tech Report
Next in was 3dXtreme excited as usual but this time about the Jaton 3DForce Xabre400-64Q.
After using this card for a few days, I must say that I am very happy with it. I did not experience the same problems I did when I reviewed the SiS 315 graphics card late last year. SiS is showing that they want to have a piece of the video graphics market and have brought a great performing chipset to the market. As for Jaton, they have made a top notch board that has no flaws in workmanship, overall a great quality video card.More information at 3dXtreme
Overclockers New Zealand also let us know about their review on Triplex Geforce 4 Ti4400
Triplex packages its high end, i.e. 4400 and 4600, in a beautiful 007 type aluminium box. This is bound to catch consumers' eyes on the shops' shelf. The bundle is a bit weak though, relative to the box used, although it is on par with other manufacturers. I was expecting more games/utilities. No DVI to VGA converter was supplied thus users need to get their own.More information at Overclockers New Zealand
OverclockersClubCanada is the last in with their thoughts on the MSI Geforce 4 MX440 video card.
As we are coming to a close on our MX440 shootout, today we will be looking at the MSI model. I have been very impressed with MSI's card ever since my friend's 4600TI card benchmarked higher then my ASUS 4600TI on the same system. Will the card be good or will it be a dud read on and we shall see.More information at OverclockersClubCanada
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