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GeForce 7800 GT Specifications Revealed

In a meeting today with a Taiwanese manufacturer we learned the specifications of nVidia's upcoming GeForce 7800 GT GPU which will be launched at QuakeCon next month in Texas - one big motha of a LAN party.


The GT will be a cut-down version of the GTX with a core clock speed of 400MHz and GDDR-3 memory running at 1000MHz DDR. The GT clock speed is 30MHz slower than a regular GTX and the memory is 200MHz DDR slower. Additionally, the little brother of the GTX has its pixel pipelines cut down from 24 to 20. As far as price goes, the GT will retail for around $400 USD while the GTX retails for around $600 USD at the present.


A website called GD Hardware managed to obtain some benchmarks of the 7800 GT and it's able to beat a 6800 Ultra 256MB by almost 1700 points under 3DMark03. A quick search of our shopping comparison website shows the 6800 Ultra 256MB generally costing a little over $400 USD, which makes the 7800 GT a good buy for users in the performance segment of the market.



Meanwhile we wait for ATI to act with Crossfire and R520, or is ATI waiting for nVidia to act?


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Antec's VCool keeps VGAs 15 degrees cooler

A new graphics card cooler dubbed "VCool" has hit the market from Antec as of today. The aftermarket cooler is suitable for all cards currently on the market and is positioned inside your case seperately from the graphics card itself.


Sounds interesting? Grab the official PR to get all the details folks.


Fremont, CA - July 12, 2005 - Antec, Inc., the leading manufacturer of computer hardware and accessories for the upgrade and build your own (BYO) markets, has launched VCool, its add-on graphics card cooler designed for all graphics cards currently on the market.


VCool is an extendable three-speed intake fan duct that installs into two expansion slots, providing fresh, cool air to graphics cards. VCool will keep graphics cards 5 to 15 degrees cooler, for improved performance and extended life, and its length is adjustable so users can direct cooling to the area where it's needed most.


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- Rio Carbon MP3 Player Pearl Edition @ CoolTechZone
- MSI Mega Stick 511 @ ThinkComputers
- Point of View GeForce 7800 GTX @ Guru3D
- ATI to Retail and Launch R520 on the Same Day @ CoolTechZone
- HP Launches Extreme Printing Platform @ DesignTechnica


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GIGABYTE Unleashes 3D1-68GT VGA Card

GIGABYTE have made headlines today with the release of their new GV-3D1-68GT, a second attempt at dual-GPU grunt from the one card. Unlike their first 3D1 card to enter the market a while ago (which so happened to turn out as a bit of a dissapointment), they've made some nice refinements to this one and also used two faster 6800GT GPUs on the card for a very significant performance boost.


GIGABYTE state in their official announcement that this card will return some pretty darn impressive 3DMark scores, how's over 20K in 3DMark03 or 10K in 05 sound? As to whether there's really a place in the market for this beastly offering now that 78GTX is doing the rounds, is another cup of tea however.


Further details within GIGABYTE's official PR folks.


Taipei, Taiwan 11th July, 2005 - GIGABYTE Technology Co. Ltd., a world-leading VGA card manufacturer, today introduced the much anticipated GV-3D1-68GT, the most powerful and technically advanced GIGABYTE graphics accelerator card to date with a monster score of more than 20,000 in 3Dmark03, and just under 10,000 in 3Dmark05. As the successor to the legendary GV-3D1 that debuted at the beginning of the year, the GV-3D1-68GT is designed around proprietary technology from GIGABYTE that harnesses two GPUs together in a single VGA card SLI configuration. Improvements to the new GIGABYTE 3D1 VGA card-series flagship include dual 16 pixel pipelines from two GeForce 6800GT GPUs, quad-view support for up to four displays at a time, and compatibility with a somewhat wider range of motherboards than the initial 3D1 VGA card offered.


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- AMD vs. Intel, Part II: When Being Right Isn't Enough @ Sudhian
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NVIDIA Unleashes GeForce 7800 GTX

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 :-


- PCInpact
- TBreak
- Toms Hardware
- Guru3D
- Hexus
- PC Perspective
- NVNews
- Noticias3D (Translated)
- Beyond3D
- Tech Report
- Trusted Reviews
- Planet3DNow (Translated)
- Anandtech
- Bjorn3D
- OCWorkbench
- Hardware Secrets
- Digit-Life
- 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!


Guru3D :-
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.


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GeForce 7800 GTX GPU - Official Presentation

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.


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ATI heats up the gfx scene with "Crossfire" at Computex

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:-


- Beyond3D
- PCPerspective
- Tech Report
- TBreak
- Hot Hardware
- Neoseeker
- Anandtech
- Hexus
- HardOCP
- FiringSquad
- AMDZone
- Digit-Life
- Viperlair
- XBit Labs


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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ATI Crossfire benchmarks at Computex 2005

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'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.


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NVIDIA nForce4 SLI *Intel Edition* Unleashed

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.


You can get to NVIDIA's official announcement here, and their supporting product page over here for further details.


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 :-


- Bjorn3D
- ExtremeTech
- Firing Squad
- Hardtecs4u
- Hexus
- Hot Hardware
- Overclockers NZ
- Neoseeker
- NVNews
- PC Perspective
- PC Stats
- Sudhian
- Viperlair
- 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."


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NVIDIA Launches New Site - SLIZone

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.


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Fraps 2.5.4 Released - SLI Fix

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


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