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It's upon us peeps, that of NVIDIA's new-generation graphics card family. Launched today was the first GPU to compliment the new lineup, the 7800 GTX which boasts a whopping 24 pipelines of goodness. If you've paid any attention to recent discussions and sneek peek articles around the globe, you'll know that the card absolutely annihilates it's predecessor in the performance rankings, and in several cases will also take down dual 6800u's in SLI all on its lonesome.
With the NDA having expired, we naturally start to see sites throwing up their reviews on the 7800 GTX with performance comparisons and what not, as per the below linkies folks :-
- Toms Hardware
- PC Perspective
- Noticias3D (Translated)
- Tech Report
- Trusted Reviews
- Planet3DNow (Translated)
- Hardware Secrets
- Hot Hardware
- Bit-Tech (New)
- Neoseeker (New)
- AMDGamer (New)
- Hardware Zone (New)
- ExtremeTech (New)
- PenStarSys (New)
- XBit Labs (New)
- Cooltechzone (New)
- Sudhian (New)
- Hardware Analysis (New)
Inevitably, more are on the way so be sure to check back for them as they come in. Part 1 of our own 7800 GTX article has also just gone live. You can expect a second segment to go up within the next couple of days once we finish putting our sample through its paces!
Fast, faster, fastest ... is the trend we see with each new high-end product release. Under codename G70 NVIDIA developed their newest graphics core. Their videocard as released today is of course the GeForce 7800 GTX. It's been highly speculated, but today the non-disclosure agreements are lifted. At Guru of 3D they've had the product for roughly 10 days already. So Guru3D had some time to make and provide you with a decent article. Twenty-eight pages of fun, detail, photo's, HDTV stuff, overclocking and of course many many benchmarks. Have fun reading our GeForce 7800 GTX preview as they surely had fun testing it.
Following on from the launch of NVIDIA's new-gen 7800 GTX GPU, I've just sourced a 10MB PDF from NVIDIA which goes deep into detail about the capabilities of this new 24 pipeline monster. There's stacks of eye-candy (some real "wow" factor material I might add), specifications, benchmark results, and other insightful documentation covering the new 7 series GeForce card. Well worth flicking through.
Today the doors have opened to the largest yearly computing hardware event, that of "Computex" in Taipei (Taiwan). Anandtech have some pre-show coverage to give us a taste of whats to come in the way of the latest and greatest.
But better yet, Mr Tweak himself along with another member of our team are already scooping up all the goodies and delivering content live. You'll see our dedicated Computex section added to the top-most area of the TT front page which we're updating frequently so be sure to keep checking back regularly for all the hot action.
Set to have made an appearance at the event with a bang, ATI have one of the biggest surprises for the graphics card scene as they finally give response to NVIDIA's well embedded SLI market. Today marks the launch of "Crossfire", ATI's form of SLI. Alongside the official announcement made just a short while ago, our Computex team have been busy gathering up a bunch of eye-candy and benchmarking figures for you all which you'll witness in our latest article as we get caught in the crossfire.
There is also stacks of other sites around the globe with more previewed goodness on ATI's Crossfire, as per the below linkies:-
I'll throw more up as they come to be folks.
Also according to zee Inquirer, Crossfire's already leaving NVIDIA's SLI with a little to be desired it seems.. a lil' competition never hurt noone eh?! Thats what keeps pushing technology forward afterall.
IT'S TIME TO talk about some numbers referred to ATI crossfire Multi VPU systems. We can only used ATI own reference performance numbers seen in a document that it got in its labs. ATI claims that its Crossfire will be compatible with all games. All games should get performance increase while this should not be the case with Nvidia SLI platform.
Compared with two 6800 Ultra in SLI, ATI's Crossfire should end up about 10 per cent faster in 3Dmark05 benchmark, about 30 percent in Splinter cell C.T game and more than 60 percent in Need For Speed Underground 2 game. ATI is talking about results gathered from testing SLI and Crossfire platforms on 1600x1200 resolution, with 4X FSAA and 8X aniso, Athlon 64, 1GB DDR 400 memory, RD480 motherboard with 8.151 driver. ATI used two X850 XT Crossfire cards versus Asus SLI Deluxe board, 71.89 drivers, and two 6800 Ultra cards in SLI.
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This morning during Computex 2005 in Taiwan (that big IT show happening at the moment) we got the chance to run some exclusive benchmarks on a Crossfire platform which consisted of two Radeon X850XT cards. Later this afternoon we discovered more Crossfire goodness hiding away in a back room somewhere but this time they were Radeon X850XT PE cards and we did see a performance jump.
We're hearing and seeing A LOT about ATI's Crossfire at Computex 2005 so far and it's only the first day - the next attack move will be on nVidia's G70 but will complete Crossfire first. Tomorrow we're going to run our entire suite of benchmarks on the platform with single and dual card testing...you'll see it first here at TweakTown - it's a good thing we haven't signed any NDA's with ATI about their new SLI alternative, that's for sure or we might get locked up in a Taiwanese prison or something.
You can find the complete set of benchmarks here which we ran today and tomorrow we'll publish a separate article with the fresh new results sometime tomorrow afternoon Taiwan local time.
Today's an exciting one for the NV giants as they officially announce the new nForce4 SLI motherboard for Intel platforms. Aside Intel's own 955X Express chipset (announced yesterday along with their new dual-core Pentium D processors), many gamers will also be drawn to this chipset when building up a new Intel based system due to the two residing 16x PCIe slots which are SLI configurable, previously a feature only available on AMD platforms. Several other exclusive features and attractions are also aboard NVIDIA's latest masterpiece.
SANTA CLARA, CA-APRIL 5, 2005-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today announced the immediate availability of the Company's new NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition media and communications processors (MCPs) for Intel platforms. This new line of core-logic solutions incorporates a host of new, innovative, NVIDIA features never before available on the Intel platform, including NVIDIA® SLI technology, hardware-based firewall security, advanced storage solutions, and native Gigabit Ethernet networking.
"Over the last three years, NVIDIA has been recognized for its technology innovation and leadership in developing award-winning MCP solutions for today's digital consumer," said Drew Henry, general manager of MCP products at NVIDIA. "Core-logic is at the heart of today's digital media PCs, enabling the download, protection, storage, and playback of digital media content, functions that form the foundation of our NVIDIA nForce family of MCPs."
As for performance figures and what not, plenty of sites around the globe have been testing away with reference boards to give you a strong indication of what NVIDIA now offer in the Intel world of computing. Check out these reviews as listed below folks :-
- Firing Squad
- Hot Hardware
- Overclockers NZ
- PC Perspective
- PC Stats
- Toms Hardware (New)
- GDHardware (New)
..and finally to wrap things up for the nForce4 Intel launch, Corsair send word of their partnership with NVIDIA to have assisted with the development and launch of DDR2 memory modules specifically tweaked for optimal compatibility/performance on the new nForce4 Intel platform. Full details within the supporting PR.
hroughout the development of the nForce4 SLI Intel Edition MCP, Corsair has worked very closely with NVIDIA in testing and qualifying the highest performance solutions to provide the best overall system performance. "Corsair is a leader in enthusiast memory, and their knowledge of performance memory was a big help in the optimization of our NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition memory controller interface," stated Drew Henry, general manager of MCP products at NVIDIA. "We believe the net result of our collaboration with Corsair is a DDR2 memory subsystem that will set new performance standards."
To extend upon their already big day under the spotlight, NVIDIA have also launched a new sub-site dubbed "SLIZone", which as the name implies is dedicated to all things SLI. A plethora of information such as related daily news content, system builder information, tutorials, reviews, certifications, and stacks more can be found on the new site for your reading pleasure.
To help fire things up over there, MSI are sponsoring an SLI video contest with some very sweet prizes awarded to the top 3 SLI videos, as detailed over at this section of the new site folks.
Yet another release of Fraps has gone live just recently, with the most notable fix having delt with an SLI rendering issue in conjunction with NVIDIA's 71.84 drivers, as per the below comments. Grab the new 2.5.4 release here folks.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR NVIDIA 6600/6800 SLI OWNERS: It has been brought to our attention that SLI render modes in the 71.84 drivers will not activate with Fraps 2.5.3 (and earlier) running in the background. This results in games always running with Single-GPU performance.
All SLI users are urged to update to Fraps 2.5.4 which does not conflict with SLI rendering.
- Resolved conflict preventing SLI with 71.84 Forceware drivers
- Fixed crash when right clicking in change directory window
- Fixed crash in some browsers when launching Help window
After many recent signs of their soon to be existance, 512MB versions of NVIDIA's 6800 Ultra cards have become official from the company today. Also uncovered is a new lower-cost AGP version of their 6200 series card which carries Shader Model 3.0 support. Full details within NVIDIA's official PR.
CEBIT - HANNOVER, GERMANY-MARCH 10, 2005-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today expands its award-winning NVIDIA GeForce 6 Series of graphics processing units (GPUs) by unveiling two new products: a 512MB version of the performance-leading GeForce 6800 Ultra GPU and a new lower-cost AGP version of the GeForce 6200 GPU which brings Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 technology to even more affordable price levels.
"Whether you are an extreme gamer or someone looking for an amazing upgrade, NVIDIA has the right product," said Ujesh Desai, general manager desktop products at NVIDIA. "These two new products further validate our commitment to bringing leading-edge performance and features to both the AGP and PCI Express markets."
When ATI recently announced their new X850 line of graphics cards, a mysterious little fellow by the name of the "Radeon X800 XL" came along for the ride. It wasn't long after that it was made clear this little puppy could well be a 6800 GT killer. Whys that? Ooooooh, perhaps due to a fully enabled 16 pipeline treat with a sweet sweet little price tag, a mere $299MSRP in fact.
Interested to see how it fairs? Here's some nice fresh reviews for ya'all :-
This PCI Express x16 graphics card comes with a single-slot cooler attached, and it doesn't require any auxiliary power connections. The 75 watts supplied by the PCI-E x16 slot should suffice. Otherwise, the X800 XL is nearly a dead ringer for a Radeon X850 XT card. Closer inspection reveals some minor differences, but the two PCB designs obviously share a common pedigree.
The XL's real distinction comes in the form of its R430 VPU. The R480 chip that powers the more expensive X850 line is manufactured at TSMC on a 130nm fab process. The R430, by contrast, is fabbed using TSMC's 110nm process.
Today marks the launch of a revolutionary technology for video cards from NVIDIA, announcing their new "Turbocache" technology which has so far been implemented on their budget focused 6200 GPU, however this new breed of 6200 GPU's is also of a smaller die, say hello to NV44!
Their very interesting TurboCache technology allows video cards to use more actual system memory and in turn less memory on the card itself for producing optimal low-end performance. Obviously this means lower costs involved as well, but just how beneficial is it to performance over non TurboCache versions? Thats where the links below would be of interest to you no doubt, as hardware sites around the globe get the chance to testdrive the new TurboCache NV44 offerings :-
NVIDIA's official announcement can be read over in their press room, along with a seperate announcement listing in excess of 70 partners to have already signed up for production of the new TurboCache 6200 GPU's.
SANTA CLARA, CA-DECEMBER 15, 2004-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today introduced the NVIDIA® GeForce 6200 graphics processing unit (GPU) with TurboCache technology.
NVIDIA TurboCache is a new, patented hardware and software technology, which allows a GPU to render directly to system memory, instead of using local memory on the graphics card. NVIDIA TurboCache technology lowers on-board memory requirements, enabling system builders to deliver PCs with more feature-rich GPUs and offer their customers better graphics performance and advanced capabilities previously unattainable at value prices.