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Still no GeForce 8800 driver for Windows Vista

Today I got the chance to finally play around with a mighty GeForce 8800 GTX graphics card, or so I thought. I am running a copy of Vista RTM and despite plenty of driver related efforts, there was no way to get nVidia's newest G80 series operating under the new OS.

 

We tested using an XFX GeForce 8800 GTX and despite spending plenty of time searching Google for drivers, they just don't exist and the ones that do cause an endless amount of blue screens at Windows boot. Folks in several forums around the world have tried modifying .inf files and all sorts of other tricks, but nothing works properly. In a last ditched attempt to get G80 up and running under Vista, I thought of one idea. After looking at the XFX retail box and noticing it mentioned support for Vista, I thought I would actually try the driver on the included CD for a change.

 

It turns out if you run the XFX autorun setup program in "XP SP2 compatibility mode", it allows you to install the XP driver in Vista - ForceWare 96.85, to be exact. We couldn't be sure if XFX engineers modded the file in anyway but that could be the case. Unfortunately though, while the driver works, it really only lets you run at full screen resolution and nothing much else. When you attempt to do anything 3D related (from watching a DVD to launching 3DMark), the system hard reboots instantly. Excitement was soon turned to disappointment.

 

We hit up nVidia here in Taiwan with an email about the still outstanding issue and they mentioned they have a driver but are not allowed to hand it out to even their closest partners or press;

 

In regards to your inquiry about Vista drivers for the GeForce 8800, I've been instructed not to provide these drivers externally. Our Vista drivers that support all of our other products are the first that have been WHQL certified, so please be assured that we do not neglect our driver development. Also, for our Reality Tours and Press Tours, we've demonstrated that the GPU and drivers work under Vista while demoing DX10.

 

We are waiting on an answer for an exact date of release for the DX10 Vista driver but it's looking like it will be around the middle of January according to our sources. Bad luck if you've just spent a huge amount of money on a G80 and want to use Vista - you'll just have to wait till nVidia release their driver, whenever that might be.

 

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First peek at Gigabyte's N680SLI-DQ6

Today during the OCZ Summit 2006 APAC event here in Taipei we were shown a bunch of new products from the sponsors of the show. Rockson Chiang from Gigabyte showed us their upcoming non-reference motherboard based on the nForce 680i chipset.

 

It looks to be a pretty kick-ass board - it is much like the P965-DQ6 and even comes with Quad Gigabit network ports - you can have 2 x 2gbps LAN ports. It even comes with a total of four e.SATA ports, which is pretty amazing.

 

 

Once the final version is ready (they are busily tweaking the BIOS for higher OC), we will run some tests of the board here in Taiwan and provide you with more photos of the final product.

 

 

The board will be shipping in mid January 2007!

 

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King of the Hill, GECUBE Radeon 1950PRO AGP/HDCP edition

For owners of AGP based systems who want the full experience from Windows Vista once released (in terms of high-definition goodness), GeCube have just announced an AGP based X1950Pro card which is HDCP-compliant with built-in EEPROM and HDCP key.

 

Get the full scoop on it within this press announcement folks.

 


Taipei, Nov. 30th., 2006 - GECUBE, one of the world's leading brand in the graphics card business, today announces its new GECUBE X1950PRO AGP product line, further strengthening its offerings for ATI's top-of-the-line graphics platform.

GECUBE X1950PRO AGP series delivers high-definition entertainment with stunningly fast gaming performance, industry-leading image quality and crystal clear High Definition digital video at a new and affordable price point. The 1950PRO AGP supports Shader Model 3.0, utilizes the latest graphics processing architecture comes with 36 pixel pipelines, an extensive set of image quality features like simultaneous HDR with adaptive Anti-aliasing and a palette of over one billion colors, offers users to get the most out of their gaming experiences.

 

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DEAL OF THE DAY - Expires TONIGHT! TigerDirect - AMD Athlon 64 4000+ and Radeon X1650 for $214.99 after Rebate!

Deal of the Day details:

 

Offer: Get an AMD Athlon 64 4000+ processor plus an HIS Radeon X1650 Pro iSilence II 256MB PCIe x16 graphics card for $214.99 after rebate, expiring TONIGHT, 11/30/06.

 

*** For more details on this deal and many more, visit our Deals page - it's the smart place to shop! ***

 

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NVIDIA Launches The SLI Marketplace

NVIDIA have just set up a new section on their "SLIZone" website dubbed the "SLI Marketplace", allowing gamers in the U.S. to buy SLI-certified products such as motherboards, graphics cards, etc. as well as offering a service linked up to eBay's item listings for people who wish to sell their SLI-components.

 

For more information on it, have a read of NVIDIA's supporting press announcement here, or just head straight over to the SLI Marketplace to get a feel for it yourself.

 



SANTA CLARA, CA -NOVEMBER 21, 2006-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced a revolutionary new shopping experience for gamers-the NVIDIA® SLI ™ Marketplace. Located at http://www.slizone.com/marketplace, the NVIDIA SLI Marketplace will allow consumers in the United States to:

 

1) Buy SLI-certified products, such as motherboards, graphics cards, power supplies, system memory, computer cases, and complete systems
2) Sell SLI-components, via online eBay item listings
3) Build your own SLI desktop PC from the ground up or upgrade your current system to an SLI-powered PC

 

By consolidating more than 50 different destinations, including system builder sites, e-tail sites and eBay item listings, the NVIDIA SLI Marketplace is the premiere destination in the U.S. for every PC gamers' hardware needs.

 

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ATI/AMD Quietly Ships Mobility Radeon X1900

Fujitsu Siemens Computers has quietly started shipping their latest "Amilo Xi 1554 notebook" with a yet to be officially announced "Mobility Radeon X1900" GPU from ATI/AMD.

 

XBit were able to source a fair few details about it, as found here.

 


Fujitsu Siemens Computers, a leading notebook supplier in the European Union, has quietly started to ship ATI Mobility Radeon X1900, the not-yet-announced graphics product from ATI, which is likely to deliver the world's highest performance in pixel shader intensive 3D applications.

 

The laptop vendor recently started to offer its Amilo Xi 1554 mobile computer, which is based on Intel Core 2 Duo microprocessor (up to model T7200, 2.0GHz, 667MHz processor system bus, 4MB cache), Intel 945PM core-logic, can support up to 2GB of dual-channel PC2-4300 memory and feature RAID functionality. The notebook has 17" WUXGA screen with 1920x1200 resolution and ATI Mobility Radeon X1900 with 256MB GDDR3 (in MXM-III form-factor) graphics accelerator. The mobile computer also features Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g networking and Bluetooth connectivity.

 

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DEAL OF THE DAY - TigerDirect - AMD Athlon 64 4000+ and Radeon X1650 for $214.99 after Rebate! for November 21, 2006

Deal of the Day details:

 

Offer: Get an AMD Athlon 64 4000+ processor plus an HIS Radeon X1650 Pro iSilence II 256MB PCIe x16 graphics card for $214.99 after rebate, expiring 11/30/06.

 

*** For more details on this deal and many more, visit our Deals page - it's the smart place to shop! ***

 

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SPARKLE Presents GeForce 7600 GS AGP "PASSIVE"Version to Mainstream Market

SPARKLE have just announced an AGP based GeForce 7600 graphics card with a fanless cooling solution. The noiseless operation mixed with decent performance and value would make it a great investment for an AGP based HTPC setup or some such.

 

For the full scoop on it check out the press release here folks.

 


Taipei, Taiwan (TechMessenger) -- November 20 2006- SPARKLE Computer Co., Ltd., a professional VGA card manufacturer and supplier, today announced the new SPARKLE AGP cards to mainstream market, SPARKLE GeForce 7600 GS AGP "PASSIVE" version. Based on NVIDIA award-winning GeForce 7600 architecture, SPARKLE GeForce 7600 GS AGP "PASSIVE" version are not only superior performing alternatives for mainstream market, but also the best choice for AGP platform users who are seeking zero working noise AGP graphic card for upgrade.

 

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Kinc pushes GeForce 8800 GTX to EXTREMES!

Overclocking guru "Kinc" of NordicHardware has just wow'd the masses yet again, this time pushing an 8800GTX's GPU core (575MHz stock) to over 900Mhz! Also highly impressive is the still high overclock on the memory, 1240MHz up from the stock 900MHz.

 

With a bit of fine tuning to be done, I think it's safe to say we'll be witnessing some big *BIG* 3DMark scores from this talented fellow in the near future.

 


As you know we have NVIDIA's new monster GeForce 8800 GTX in our test lab and as we've already shown you in our overclocking preview the card has proven to be a really good enthusiast card, despite all vicious rumors and the large amount of transistors which many thought would make it hard to handle. Kinc has shown that the card overclocks well and now even that it overclocks really well.

 

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DEAL OF THE DAY - TigerDirect - AMD Athlon 64 4000+ and Radeon X1650 for $214.99 after Rebate! for November 15, 2006

Deal of the Day details:

 

Offer: Get an AMD Athlon 64 4000+ processor plus an HIS Radeon X1650 Pro iSilence II 256MB PCIe x16 graphics card for $214.99 after rebate, expiring 11/30/06.

 

*** For more details on this deal and many more, visit our Deals page - it's the smart place to shop! ***

 

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