It looks like Brian Burke from nVidia finally decided to send out the official specfications of the GeForce FX in its two confirmed flavours - 5800 and 5800 Ultra, to serveral nVidia fan sites. Australian website GeForce Zone have specs on both flavors of the card and two pictures posted on their front page of what will likely be the final reference design by nVidia, as cards prepare for store shelve release any day now.
Hey Brian, wanna add us to your e-mail list for next time, buddy?
More information @ GeForce Zone
We expect to receive answers from Hazel and the rest of our friends from nVidia Singapore first thing next week regarding the GeForce FX interview questions, where earlier in the week we gave you the opportunity to submit your own questions to nVidia, with the aim of getting some straight, to the point, facts on the subjet matter.
The questions and answers had to be approved by nVidia over in the United States, and it seems this process took a little longer than expected. We've been told to expect our GeForce FX Q&A returned first thing next week, at which point you guys will be the first to know about it once it is posted up here at TweakTown - keep your ears and eyes peeled!
NVIDIA has announced their workstation Quadro FX lineup, based upon the infamously delayed GeForce FX chip. The page provides a wealth of information about the card, as well as a few benchmarks of the two Quadro FX variants, the FX 1000 & FX 2000. Be sure to take the board tour as it demonstrates that the cooler of Quadro FX boards is of the more tarditional design (i.e. doesn't take up another PCI slot).
The NVIDIA Quadro® FX family delivers the fastest application performance and the highest quality workstation graphics. But raw performance and quality are only the beginning--NVIDIA Quadro FX takes the leading computer-aided design (CAD) and digital content creation (DCC) applications to a new level of interactivity by enabling unprecedented capabilities in programmability and precision. For the first time, styling and production rendering become integral functions of the design workflow, shortening the production process and enabling faster time to market.More information @ NVIDIA
Hazel Heng, Marketing Manager, Asia Pacific of nVidia, has agreed to answer a list of questions regarding their upcoming GeForce FX with the aim to get some definite answers once and for all!
If there are any specific questions you want answered, please list them at the following link and if suitable, I will add them to the list of interview questions I send off to nVidia Singapore later today.
More information in our Video Cards Forum
Rancho over at Warp2Search discovered a list of specifications of BFG Technologies upcoming GeForce FX. You can pre-order the 128mb version for a hard-pocket-hitting $400 US - with the 256mb version expected to cost around $500 US according to many sources.
Just remember, if you want to be run one of these powerhouses - you are going to require a minimum 350 watt power supply unit, keep it in mind.
Specifications:More information @ Warp2Search
Controller: NVIDIA GeForce FX
Bus type: AGP
Memory: 128MB DDR-II
Memory Bandwidth: 16 GB/second (32GB with compression)
Core clock: 500MHz
Memory clock: 500MHz (1000 DDR-II)
RAMDAC: 2 @ 400MHz each
Connectors: VGA, VIVO, DVI-I
200 million triangles/sec
CompUSA expect shipment of the PNY Verto GeForce FX graphics card February 05, 2003 - that is only 18 days away. You can pre-order one of these cards for $399.99 US and I'd hop to it straight away if you want half a chance at getting one anytime soon, if you aren't already too late.
And if haven't had enough of your nVidia dosage today, you will find a bunch of new GeForce FX card shots here from Comdex Nordic 2003 in Guthenburg, Sweden thanks to our friends over at nV News.
More information @ CompUSA
I noticed this while doing my routine checkup at Warp2Search - eVGA.com have a little note on the right hand side of their website saying 53 days till GeForce FX!.
This makes it sound as if eVGA.com will have their GeForce FX product for sale on the 10th of March.
More information @ eVGA.com
Digit Life managed to source some pictures of the upcoming GeForce FX graphics card from MSI featuring their trademark red PCB. They include no new information apart from the fact Samsung memory is being used.
From what Taiwanese manufacturers have told us, the majority of GeForce FX products will not be hitting retail for another month (possibly longer) due to chip supply delays from nVidia. It looks as if we will all need to wait a little longer yet folks.
There are no specifications disclosed, so just have a look at the pictures. I can add that MS-8904 has the same circuitry as the reference GeForce FX (at least after visual PCB comparison) and differs by the read PCB like other latest MSI products. By the way, the card features Samsung DDR-II memory.More information @ Digit Life
Reactor Critical have information posted on their website regarding core and memory clock speeds of nVidia's upcoming GeForce FX 5800 Ultra and regular 5800 parts. No concrete release dates are given but they do mention that all the GeForce FX-based graphics cards will be equipped with 128MB of DDR-II SDRAM memory as well as D-Sub, DVI-I and TV-Out connectors.
Although Nvidia announced a lot of interesting technologies that are implemented in the company's GeForce FX graphics processor, they have not revealed a lot of the details about the actual graphics cards on the VPU, namely, core-clock speeds for core and memory.More information @ Reactor Critical
As you probably know, there will be two versions of the GeForce FX powered products: the GeForce FX 5800 Ultra and the GeForce FX 5800. The former one will work at 500/1000MHz for core and memory, while the latter will function at 400/900MHz, according to what I have heard from some of the sources.
The lowered speeds will not only allow the company's manufacturing partner to sell the units for less price, thus, making them more affordable for customers, but also install ordinary cooling solutions that should be more quiet compared to Nvidia's reference GeForce FX cooling system. All the GeForce FX-based graphics cards will be equipped with 128MB of DDR-II SDRAM memory as well as D-Sub, DVI-I and TV-Out connectors. Prices on the parts are still under determination.
X-Bit Labs have posted an article detailing their Radeon 9700 Pro water cooled and voltage modified overclocking experience.
They say, "it looks as if NVIDIA has got a really serious cause for concern: ATI RADEON 9700 Pro proved capable of beating NVIDIA's brand new highly praised GeForceFX solution." I am not sure how they determined this bold statement, since it is very unlikely they have their own NV30 in-house right now.
More information @ X-Bit Labs
As promised earlier this week, I've got some coverage of the Australian Game Developers Conference 2002 posted in our forums. There you will find information on Sony's PS2 online gaming plans and videos and pictures of nVidia's GeForce FX in action as well as shots of the graphics card.
More information in our Gaming Lounge Forum
Christopher Hill's popular GeForce FAQ has found it self a new home, you'll find it at the link below.
More information @ GeForce FAQ
Ace's Hardware nabbed some benchmarks of nVidia's new GeForce FX graphics card pitted up against the older GeForce4 Ti4600 from Japanese website PC Watch. The benchmarks speak for themselves...
More information @ Ace's Hardware
Digit Life has word that ATI started shipping their Radeon 9500 Pro graphics cards today along with its worldwide partners. Expect them in stores in the next couple of weeks.
Again, DirectX 9.0-enabled RADEON 9500 PRO has 8 rendering pipelines and is a version of RADEON 9700 with 128-bit memory bus. Typical GPU/memory clocks of RADEON 9500 PRO cards make 275/540 MHz.More information @ Digit Life
Our contact at Gigabyte Technology in Taiwan sent us a PowerPoint document regarding the release of their AGP 8x, DX9 supporting Maya II Radeon 9500 Pro graphics card with 64mb of memory onboard. ATI's Radeon 9500 is targeted to compete directly against nVidia's GeForce4 Ti4200, and it seems like it will do quite well with its 25MHz core and 40MHz memory clock advantages over the Ti4200.
We'll have a review posted for you in the next couple of weeks.
More information @ Gigabyte Technology
Matthew over at AnandTech has posted his review of nVidia's latest mobile GPU, the speedy GeForce4 4200 Go which is designed to compete directly with ATI's Mobility 9000. Judging by the benchmarks, it does a good job of it as well.
There is no question that the GeForce4 4200 Go holds the performance crown in the mobile world today, however it only holds this crown on paper. If NVIDIA is able to bring the product to market by the end of this year, they will find themselves in a very comfortable situation; the chip will be the undoubtedly the mobile GPU of choice. However, if OEMs are slow to adopt the GeForce4 4200 Go or if NVIDIA is not able to bring the chip to market on time, they will be faced with some competition. ATI is not ready to roll over and let NVIDIA steal the performance crown from them one more time. There are certainly forthcoming mobile ATI products on the horizon that set to not only perform on par with the GeForce4 4200 Go but offer better power management and thermal characteristics. From what we have seen today, it will be difficult to match or beat the GeForce4 4200 Go performance-wise any time in the near future but ATI remains optimistic.More information @ AnandTech
One of the users over at the 3DGPU Forums decided to scan a copy of the latest Maximum PC magazine which has a big write up on the GeForce FX GPU - what a shocker. The scans include great close up shots of the graphics card for those interested in this type of computer voyeur, hell I know I am!
Just picked up "Maximum PC" from the local B&N and saw this. Thought some people might find it interesting. Sorry for the split - would have been too big to attach!More information @ 3DGPU Forums
nVidia's GeForce FX GPU continues to dominate the news. The nVISION website has collected a bunch of screenshots from around the web of the GeForce FX in action including screenshots from games like Breed, CC Generals, Ralli Sport Challenge, Unreal and so on.
Then there is quite the interesting story over at the Ziff Davis funded ExtremeTech website which says there is an x-rated version of our favorite nVidia girl Dawn on the Internet, somewhere, unbeknown, to us.
According to an nVidia representative, a version of this demo does exist with the leaves removed. "We're bringing porno to graphics", chortled the exec, who wished to remain nameless.More information @ nVISION and ExtremeTech
There's a bit of talk on the town today regarding nVidia's up coming GeForce FX GPU. First Reactor Critical wonders if it is actually fully DX9 compatible since it doesn't appear to support Displacement Mapping.
Then Mike Magee and gang at the INQ give us the run down on the two different model cards (5800 ad 5800 Ultra) we will in the first part of next year.
For those of you who can't get enough GeForce FX action (like me), nVidia have added a page full of screensavers, wallpapers, desktop themes and so on for your viewing pleasure. I can't get enough of this funky ogre!
More information @ nVidia
Earlier today our connection at nVidia Singapore sent us through a bunch of press releases regarding the announcement of the GeForce FX GPU. After reading through each of them, I was quite overwhelmed to see the sheer amount of industry support nVidia has with its NV30 product. The "NV30 partner press release" mentions that the following manufactures (29 of them to be exact) will release cards based on the GeForce FX GPU over the coming weeks:
SINGAPORE - NOVEMBER 19, 2002 - NVIDIA Corporation, the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced a number of design wins with leading PC and graphics cards manufacturers for its just announced NVIDIA® GeForce™ FX graphics processing unit (GPU). The launch of the GeForce FX GPU, the industry's first GPU to deliver cinematic effects to the PC desktop, has been met with broad global acceptance, ensuring the GeForce FX GPU will power next-generation personal computer systems and graphics boards.More information @ nVidia
"Once again, NVIDIA has broken with convention by redefining the limits of 3D graphics technology," stated K B Ng, Asia Pacific Marketing Director at NVIDIA. "By enabling new levels of performance with the GeForce FX GPU, we have transformed cinematic computing from a dream into a reality."
In coming weeks, the following add-in card manufacturers will be offering products based on the NVIDIA GeForce FX GPU:
ABIT Computer Corporation
Albatron Technology Co., Ltd
Anextek Global INC
ASUSTeK Computer Inc
Chaintech Computer Co., Ltd
Compro Technology INC
Ennyah Technologies Corp
Gainward Co., Ltd
Leadtek Research Inc
Micro-Star International Co., Ltd
Palit Microsystems, Inc
Prolink Microsystems Corporation
Sparkle Computer Co., Ltd
Epsco Technology Ltd
Galaxy Technology (HK) Ltd
Geniman International Limited
InnoVISION Multimedia Limited
Shenzhen Paradise Industry Co. Ltd
Triple D International Ltd
XFX, A Division of Pine
Altos C&C Co., Ltd
Chance-i Co., Ltd
Garnet System Co., Ltd
Inside Telenetcom Co., Ltd
Jace Tech Inc
Omnimedia Co., Ltd
S/U/M/A Electron Co., Ltd
Sigmacom Co., Ltd