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Following AGEIA's recent acceptance by FutureMark into their Benchmark Development Program, the makers of the first standalone physics card solution on the market (known as the PhysX) have just released a benchmarking utility of their own.
Dubbed "RealityMark" it's based on a streamlined/modified variant of the original Cell Factor demo purely used for the purpose of benchmarking a system with or without a dedicated physics processing solution. If you dont have a PhysX card the benchmark opts for software physics instead, allowing one to clearly see the differences in running a system with dedicated physics processing.
AGEIA RealityMark is a new tool which demonstrates the feature and performance value of AGEIA PhysX in a physics-intensive gameplay environment. It's designed to illustrate how next-generation game design uses the power of the PhysX processor to enable leading-edge, physically interactive gameplay elements which were not possible until now.
RealityMark is based on a version of CellFactor: Combat Training from Artificial Studios and Immersion Games. It utilizes a pre-scripted gameplay sequence much like a time demo to compare in-game performance of hardware and software PhysX. The scripted sequence is played once with the PhysX processor enabled and a second time with it disabled to determine the relative performance of each. It then returns the results in terms average Frames Per Second (FPS).
First discovered over at NVNews a short while ago, company "Tenomichi" have teamed up with NVIDIA to create an entirely GPU powered 3D Media Center software suite designed to work on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Media Center Edition and Windows Vista.
3D Media Center bridges the gap between games and multimedia by using the GPU to create a completely 3D interface that includes a 3D carousel, a DVD player powered by Nvidia's PureVideo decoder, a video editor with computer games special effects, a photo editor capable of manipulating the highest resolution photos, video transfer to mobile phones, Sony's PSP and Apple's iPOD and can be operated by standard remote controls.
For full details, head over to Tenomichi's website.
"Tenomichi has, for the first time, combined two of Microsoft's core technologies DirectX and Direct Show to create a new multimedia engine called 3D Experience" said Richard Faria, Tenomichi's President and CEO. "This engine was used to build 3D Media Center the most advanced 3D application available in the world" he said "3D interfaces provide the consumer with a fully immersive experience that blends the boundaries between interface and rich media. All consumer applications will follow our lead into 3D; it's inevitable because it's more natural."
3D Media Center includes "Automatic Updates" keeping customers up to date with the latest version of our software and providing free new features. Customers will also receive Tenomichi's Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) module free of charge when it is released in Q4 with SD and HD playback of cable, satellite and digital terrestrial.
In a fresh press release, NVIDIA have just announced their commitment to delivering a bunch of video and multimedia products with full support for Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. With NV's PureVideo technology being the main focus for enriched multimedia usage in a HTPC environment, they also intend to release Dual-Tuner Cards with personal video recording functionalities. More details over at the NV pressroom folks.
SANTA CLARA, CA-OCTOBER 14, 2005-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today announced that it is delivering a full suite of video and multimedia products specifically for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with Update Rollup 2.
"Advanced video processing technologies such as PureVideo enhance the Media Center experience and give consumers a complete home theater experience on a PC," said Joe Belfiore, general manager of the Windows eHome Division at Microsoft Corp. "We applaud NVIDIA for their efforts and look forward to seeing more industry-leading video and multimedia technology from them in the future."
Another recent press release from memory makers "TwinMOS" informs us that they're now bundling the popular image browsing and editing software "ACDSee Partner Edition 7.0" with any of their mobile disk products, giving you a saving of up to 30 bucks.
yAugust 3, 2005, TaipeizFrom now on all TwinMOS mobile disks are equipped with ACDsee Partner Edition 7.0 ver. for free! You can save up to US$29.99 for a TwinMOS mobile disk that allows you to browse and edit pictures with the powerful ACDsee Partner Edition 7.0!
You can open and browse images in most formats efficiently with ACDsee Partner Edition 7.0, including zoom in and zoom out images, view images fit to window size or in full screen. The powerful editing functions of ACDsee Partner Edition 7.0 allow you to search an image by description, make simple editing, copy images to the clipboard, rotate or modify images, and set images as the backdrop.
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ATI have just given us the heads up on a BETA 2 release of their 64-bit CATALYST drivers. These are said to add support for all their newest "X" line of RADEON cards. You can get to the download page here should you like to give them a whirl.
Do not even bother asking for it, I'll probably get yelled at just for this. Let's just say it would be safe to bet Windows XP 64-bit final is not too far away from release.
More information in our Windows Forum
While checking out AMD Zone I noticed the following picture of a CD-ROM which confirms Windows XP 64bit (albeit pre-release) does actually exist and is out there for AMD 64 customers.
More information in our Windows Forum
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I noticed this link to MSFN over at Driver Heaven today which allows you to install Windows XP unattended with pre SP2 fixes and so forth. MSFN has all the information which you shouldn't miss.
Have you ever wanted a Windows XP CD that would install Windows XP by automatically putting in your name, product key, timezone and regional settings? Followed by silently installing all your favourite applications along with DirectX 9.0a, .Net Framework 1.1 and then all the Pre-SP2 hotfixes, updated drivers, registry tweaks, and a readily patched UXTheme.dll without any user interaction whatsoever? Then this guide will show you how you can do just that!More information @ MSFN
Microsoft has released a new set of Windows XP Power Toys today bringing them up to version 2 which includes, most importantly, a new 64-bit version.
PowerToys are additional programs that developers work on after a product has been released to manufacturing. They add fun and functionality to the Windows experience.More information @ Microsoft