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Quad-SLI goodness for the masses has become officially supported today with the release of NVIDIA's latest WHQL certified ForceWare 91.45 driver suite. Below is a brief listing of changes/features :-
- Adds support for Quad NVIDIA SLI Technology on GeForce 7950 GX2 GPUs
- Includes the new NVIDIA Control Panel
- New NVIDIA PureVideo features and enhancements
*Adds noise reduction post processing
*Adds image sharpening post processing
*Improved Inverse telecine algorithm
*Improved de-interlacing algorithm
*Improved compatibility with third party MPEG-2 decoders
- Microsoft DirectX 9.0c and OpenGL 2.0 support
Strangely enough however, these new drivers ONLY support GeForce 7950GX2 graphics cards, users of other GeForce cards are stuck with the previous release for now.
There's some coverage on the new driver as per the linkies below folks.
And finally, here's NVIDIA's press announcement detailing the official introduction of Quad-SLI for the Do-It-Yourself crowd.
SANTA CLARA, CA-AUGUST 9, 2006-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, has made extreme high-definition PC gaming a reality for everyone with the release of the new NVIDIA ForceWare® 91.45 graphics driver with Quad NVIDIA SLI technology support. For the first time, users in the do-it yourself (DIY) segment have access to Quad SLI technology, which utilizes the power of four GPUs to make extreme high-definition gaming (XHD)-with resolutions of up to 2560x1600-a possibility for hardcore gamers and computer enthusiasts.
If you've been holding out for a while in the hopes ATI (err, or should I say AMD?) would eventually lower prices on their high-end range of graphics cards, your patience has certainly paid off!
The DailyTech report on some heavy price cuts across the entire X1900 lineup today.
For those of you who can't wait until the Radeon X1950 to debut on the 27th, ATI has already started to cut pricing on the ASICs for the Radeon X1900 series cards: Radeon X1900 CrossFire, X1900XTX, X1900XT and X1900GT. Essentially, all of the ATI cards have shifted down a price tier, leaving the top $500 price tag open for the Radeon X1950.
XBit have given everyone the heads up on a new quietly released Radeon X1800 *GTO2* card from Sapphire. This offering supposedly has superior performance not only to the original GTO variant, but also compared with X1800XL models. It's clocked up 500Mhz and carries 512MB of 1000MHz GDDR3 memory.
get the full scoop on it here folks.
Sapphire Radeon X1800 GTO2 comes with fully-fledged Radeon X1800 XL processor clocked at 500MHz with 16 pixel shader engines, 8 vertex shader engines as well as 16 texture units. The graphics board is equipped with 512MB of 1000MHz GDDR3 memory as well as video input/video output capability. The graphics card is currently sold in Japan, according to Akiba PC Hotline, however, there are reports that the products can also be acquired in Eastern Europe.
ATI Radeon X1800 GTO has 12 pixel shader processors and 8 vertex processors, while the Radeon X1800 XL features 16 pixel shader units and 8 vertex shader units. Both are equipped with 256MB of GDDR3 and are clocked at 500MHz/1000MHz core/memory. Considering the specs, it is clear that the Radeon X1800 GTO2 is more powerful than the X1800 GTO or X1800 XL models.
NVIDIA have just unveiled the world's first dedicated Visual Computing System (VCS) in their "QuadroPlex 1000", available in 3U rackmount or desktop configurations. There are three seperate models announced, each differing in GFX related specs / performance capabilities.
SIGGRAPH 2006-BOSTON, MA-August 1, 2006- NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today ushered in a new era of advanced visualization for the professional graphics market with the introduction of the NVIDIA Quadro Plex 1000, the world's first dedicated Visual Computing System (VCS).
By delivering an order-of-magnitude increase in levels of productivity and capability for advanced visualization, the NVIDIA Quadro Plex offers advanced scalability in a sleek desktop or dense 3U rackmount configuration for demanding professional applications such as those powering multiple streams of 4K high-definition video, 3D styling and design, scientific and medical visualization, oil and gas exploration, or visual simulation and training.
MARKHAM, ONTARIO, Jul 27, 2006 (CCNMatthews via COMTEX News Network) -- 'Boundless gaming' comes home today as ATI Technologies (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) announced that leading system integrators and OEMs from around the world are bringing to market the powerful combination of ATI's Radeon® X1900 CrossFireT multi-GPU graphics and the Intel® CoreT 2 Extreme processor. As the graphics solution most chosen for Intel Core 2 demo systems at Computex 2006, ATI CrossFire has become the preferred graphics platform of leading system integrators and OEMs for their Intel Core 2 Extreme processor offerings.
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NVIDIA have issued out an announcement today which makes light of the many leading system builders to have chosen NVIDIA SLI-ready motherboards for their latest Intel Core 2 Duo-based systems.
SANTA CLARA, CA-JULY 27, 2006-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced that many of the world's leading system builders have elected to launch new enthusiast gaming Intel Core 2 Duo-based systems exclusively with NVIDIA SLI technology. The Intel Core 2 Duo processor combined with an NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 or NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI or 570 SLI-based motherboard and one, two, or even four GeForce® graphics processing units (GPUs), has already proven to be an unbeatable combination in terms of system level and gaming performance.
This combination is earning early accolades from leading publications, such as Maximum PC magazine, which selected an Intel Core 2 Duo processor-compatible motherboard based on NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI technology and dual GeForce 7900 GTX GPUs for their 2006 Dream Machine cover story.
HKEPC have posted up a final sample image of ATIs latest GFX weapon to hit the market soon, the GDDR4 equipped X1950XTX.
Thats one very sweet looking cooler!
Driven by ATi R580+, ATi Radeon X1950XTX is the next trump card from ATi. Its model code and PCB version are 215BAABKA31FG and 102-A91501-00 respectively. Same as R580, it has 16 Pixel Shader pinelines, 48 Pixel Shader processors, and 8 Vertex Shader engine. Features at GDDR4 memory, it's equipped with 512MB 2GHz DDR. Sources indicated that ATi Radeon X1950 Crossfire is releasing on the same date with XTX version. Similar to the XTX version, the PCB version of the CrossFire version is 102-A98801-00. Both of them are available in late Aug. the final version of ATi Radeon X1950XTX is shown as below, the design of heat sink is a little bit different from those widely spread previously.
The DailyTech have posted up details of ATI's new flagship desktop graphics solution, the X1950XTX, as well as a new X1900 card based on the same R580 core, both of these due for release in a couple of weeks or so.
Amongst the transition to GDDR4 memory modules on these cards, there are several other noteworthy changes and interesting info as mentioned in the DailyTech's article here.
This week ATI sent an advisory out to its OEM partners announcing the details of the new Radeon X1950 and X1900 graphic cards. Both of these new cards are based on the same R580 core, but with some fundamental differences.
R580, the 48 pixel-shader processor version of the R520 (Radeon X1800), was announced this past January. R580 features a robust memory controller capable of utilizing several different types of memory, including GDDR4 which was not even available when the Radeon X1900 was first announced.
Since then Hynix and Samsung have both jumped on the GDDR4 train with revenue shipments beginning several weeks ago. The new GDDR4 variants of R580-based Radeons are now called Radeon X1950. Radeon X1950 will retain all of the features of the Radeon X1900, and really only have the added benefit of a new cooler, GDDR4 memory and different frequency clocks.
In other relative news, the Inquirer have made mention of the upcoming X1950XTX to include HDCP support.
ATI'S RADEON X1950 XTX will feature HDCP support. People are getting crazy about this content protection stuff, so many will be miffed that the new old ATI card will support it.
Our crystal balls suggest Blu-ray and HD DVD will become a very popular storage formats and big business interests want to ensure they should not play content without a card that supports HDCP.
However, a source at Sony suggested a while back that the firm might exclude the HDCP support from its first generation Blu-ray devices.
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