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
It has finally arrived folks - brace for impact!
Today, 18th of November 2002, will be remembered for quite sometime into the future as the day of the release of the GeForce FX by nVidia Corporation at Comdex Fall in gambling-central Las Vegas, USA - For it is the first true step in bringing true cinematic-quality graphics to the PC platform.
It was quite unfortunate to find that our friends at nVidia Singapore and United States did not provide us with any information before NDA release time. It would have enabled us to present you all with our own little preview - maybe next time.
Never fear though, a whole bunch of other tech sites have given their thoughts on the GeForce FX and here they are presented in no particular order:
List curtsey of our friends at nV News!
Investor's Business Daily has an article of sorts up telling us what we already knew about nVidia and connection between "Shrek" and "Monsters Inc" movies…
However, it is toward the end of the article that your attention should be drawn to. They say nVidia officials told them that nVidia's codename NV30 graphics core to be announced tomorrow at Comdex in Las Vegas will be called the GeForce FX and hit store shelves February next year for around $360 US.
The GeForce FX chips are set to go on sale in February. Gaming enthusiasts will be able to buy a graphics card with a GeForce FX chip for about $360, Nvidia officials say. They also say some workstation and PC makers plan to include the chips in new machines, including Fujitsu Siemens Computers.More information @ Investor's Business Daily
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AnandTech has posted a review of nVidia's new GeForce4 4200 Go mobile GPU. The NV28M is sure to give you some serious framerates on your new notebook, but what about power consumption for such a powerful product?
Today NVIDIA responds to the ATI Mobility Radeon 9000, a chip launched at the end of August that has already found its way into twenty shipping notebook machines. NVIDIA's answer is the NV28M based GeForce4 4200 Go, a mobile version of the NV28 core. The GeForce4 4200 Go does more than just include the full feature set of the desktop NV28 core used in the GeForce4 Ti 4200 AGP 8x; it also incorporates the power saving technology that is so important for notebook machines. Follow us as we take a look at the first revolutionary product from NVIDIA in just about nine months and see if the GeForce4 4200 Go has what it takes to bring mobile gaming to the next level.More information @ AnandTech
According to a recent story at The Inquirer, motherboard giant ECS will soon start producing their own line of high-end graphics cards - being based on chips from either ATi or nVidia, but from who exactly is anyone's guess, at this stage. The team setup to work on the new cards include ex-employees from ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte which tends to suggest ECS really want to flex their muscles in this department and make a real big hit on this part of the market. ECS will continue to produce SiS Xabre cards in the future, with the Xabre 600 part apparently to be announced in the next couple of weeks.
Next up, the rumor mill says that Tyan said they have produced a better ATi Radeon 9700 based graphics card than the original makers, themselves. The Tachyon G9700 Pro is said to include tweaked drivers and a factory set core clock speed of 400MHz. Better still, Tyan also claim their card will work with all AGP 8x chipsets, unlike other manufacturer's cards which tend to be troublesome now and again. We'll see in time, next week to be exact, when Tyan release this product.
More information @ The Inquirer
For those lucky enough to own a brand spankin' new ATI Radeon 9700 graphics card, you may be interested to know that Sapphire Tech have released version 7.77 for Windows 9x, 2000 and XP on their website. There is no word on changes, please treat these drivers as betas.
RADEON 9700 - 7.77R300.zip (Ver. 7.77 - for 9X, 2000 and XP) (10,500KB)More information @ Sapphire Tech
Sudhian Media today checks out the Sapphire Radeon 9700 Atlantis Pro to see how it stacks up against ATi's own Radeon 9700 and whether you should consider it for your next purchase.
Today we are going to be looking at yet another video card. Just a few days ago the review on Sapphire's Radeon 9000 Atlantis was posted, and today we are going to take a look at another Sapphire card. To reiterate what was said in the last review, Sapphire has been around for longer than you may think, producing OEM boards for ATI and selling mainly to OEM's. This is why you probably haven't heard much of them - but they want that to change. Sapphire's Radeon 9700 Atlantis Pro is a retail product with a lower price than one with the "Built By ATI" branding, though it is virtually the same card.More information at Sudhian Media
The folks from x-bit Labs have posted an article where they mod the hell out of a brand new Radeon 9000 to obtain some insane overclocking results, with solder and Orb-looking heatsink in hand.
These relatively inexpensive graphics cards have every chance to become popular among those who stick to the principle sounding something like "to get more but to pay less". Many people put this rule into practice by overclocking the newly bought graphics cards. Some quite risky guys go even further and plunge into PCB modification and extreme overclocking.More information @ x-bit Labs
I was browsing through the Warp2Search postings and noticed they had a post about the latest-greatest ATI drivers. Check 'em out!
ATI have released some new Windows 9X/ME/2000/XP drivers that fix the following problems:More information @ Warp2Search
NHL 2003: During certain scenes in the game the system may lock up. Alternately, the game may exit back to the Windows desktop.
Windows XP / 2000 184.108.40.20693
Windows 98 / ME 4.13.01.9068
NOTE: These display drivers:
are not Microsoft Certified
include ATI Advanced Control Panels
include language support for English, French and German
Download ATI RADEON 9700 Pro Drivers 6-13-10-6193 for Windows 2K/XP
Download ATI RADEON 9700 Pro Drivers 4-13-01-9068 for Windows 98/ME
Download ATI RADEON 8500 Drivers 6-13-10-6193 for Windows 2K/XP
Download ATI RADEON 8500 Drivers 4-13-01-9068 for Windows 98/ME
The Guru of 3D finished up a big review on the latest and greatest from Sapphire, Atlantis Radeon 9700 Pro. They'll take it through a heap of benchmarks, test FSAA and anisotropic filtering all the way and if that isn't enough they'll even overclock it to levels very high. Combined with awesome high-resolution images this is one juicy read.
This weeks review will be yet another Radeon 9700 Pro review, this time from Sapphire, a company with quite a few ex-3dfx /STB employees.. Sapphire has always been the key ATI Graphics Boards Supplier worldwide. Sapphire designs, manufactures and distributes the most complete range of ATI video boards from mainstream level Xpert98 to the state-of-the-art technology-enriched Radeon 9700 Pro.More information at Guru of 3D
I won't lie to you. I've always been a hardcore nVidia fan. I doubt that will change unless something really drastic happens (cross fingers, knock on wood). However, what we have here is something that even us hardcore nVidians can't help but take note of. Anandtech has a nice little preview of this monster of a graphics card.
Today ATI announces the All-in-Wonder Radeon 9700 Pro. Although we do not have hardware yet we were recently given the opportunity to spend some time with ATI in order to give you an idea of what exactly the new All-in-Wonder brings to the table. It is much more than just a Radeon 9700 Pro with a tuner slapped on. Much, much more.I won't spoil it for you, so head over and check it out!
More information @ Anandtech
Today, nVidia has released new Detonator 40.71 drivers. The new drivers boast up to a 25% performance increase, as well as a new second version beta driver that should correct previous problems.
Thermaltake have launched a whole bunch of new VGA coolers for GeForce4 series, as well as the Radeon series. The one which really stands out to me is their dual cooler for the GeForce4 Ti series.
Thermaltake Design Team offers a very excellent design to worldwide customers. No doubt, Thermaltake is an expert in thermal design and have the full range of thermal products. Our engineering staffs master thermal management and industrial design, so we strongly emphasis that Thermal take has an excellent design team, the solution and design have been rewarded our customer's satisfaction and high valuation. We have developed the new thermal projects and be able to provide any design and perfect solutions to our OEM &ODM business partners.More information @ Thermaltake
Bench Test have posted a massive GeForce4 Ti4200 roundup comparing 11 cards over a staggering 25 pages.
Even a passing glance at the hardware websites all over the net would be enough to convince you of the great popularity of GeForce 4 Ti4200 based video card models. For less than 190 euros, you can own a card that is only a few percent slower than the currently fastest Titanium 4600 model. All that is left is to answer the well-known question: "Which one to choose?"More information at Bench Test
One of our readers sent me a link to the Rage3D forums where they say that ATi are fully aware of the Radeon 9700's AGP 8x problem and has a solution for those of you experiencing problems with their new graphics cards after what we reported on the problem yesterday a couple of posts below.
According to ATI, they are now receiving and testing these 8X AGP boards. They are ALSO finding the 9700 does not work at all or works intermittently at best on these boards. Engineering indicated most of the boards already shipped have this problem.More information at the Rage3D Forums
Solution: A new BIOS and some board revisions are now available that fix this problem. Call ATI Customer Service for help with the issue. At present, they will ship a replacement board that WILL work in SiS and VIA 8X, but they are also considering a BIOS flash solution for problem boards.
Customer Service and Engineering deserve a 10-1/2 for their wonderful handling of this issue. They are very concerned that it be corrected quickly. They also shared that most of their 8X validation testing was done with Intel's unreleased 8X chipset and that they are just now receiving shipping versions of the SiS and VIA 8X chipsets.
Since receiving our Sapphire Radeon 9700 graphics card a couple of days ago during testing we have been experiencing a few strange problems - such as continuous system reboots and programs and games crashing back to Windows desktop when used on all SiS 648, VIA KT400 and P4X400 based motherboards with AGP 8X support operational which we currently have testing.
We cannot be 100% sure if this is an isolated problem however can be sure in saying we received confirmation from our contact at Epox Taiwan (who got first hand information direct from ATi) saying the problem is only occurring in AE2 stepping Radeon 9700 chips, and not the newer AE3 chips which are now shipping from the Canadian company, who say fix the problems discussed here. The problem is, the AE2 stepping chips are vast, and thus many made it into the retail market where end-users are no doubt going to suffer. It's important to note that we had no problems what-so-ever running the AE2 stepping Radeon 9700 on VIA KT333 and Intel 845E/G based motherboards operating in either AGP 2x or 4x modes.
If you have any further information to add we'd appreciate it if you add it to the following thread in our Rumors and Speculation Forum. We'll be passing the information provided onto ATi and Epox to help remedy the problem.
Another 2 more article notifications have come through for Radeon 9700 video cards with Sudhian Media first in with their look at the ATI Radeon 9700.
Not long ago, we showed you information about the ATI Radeon 9700 Pro video card at an event I attended in San Francisco. When walking away from the event, it was clear to me that ATI had a winner on their hands - if they could follow up their promise to ship the boards. Radeon 9700 Pro cards have been shipping for a while now and you can own one for yourself as many stores are now getting cards up for sale. The real question is whether you should go out and spend your hard earned cash on this card which will cost you from $360-$400, depending on what kind of deal you can find.More information at Sudhian Media
Next up comes t-break with their look at a sales sample Hercules 3D Prophet 9700 PRO.
Just last week, we took a look at our first Radeon 9700 graphics card- the Creative 3D Blaster 5 RX9700. Today, we have another one in our labs- this one comes from Hercules and is called 3D Prophet 9700 PRO. This is however, not the final version of the card- its a sales sample that the local Hercules distributor passed on to us. We shall be doing a full blown review of the retail card later on but for now, lets take a first look on what to expect from the upcoming Hercules Radeon 9700 PRO.More information at t-break
The gents over at Hardware Zone have just posted their 15 page review of Gigabyte's Radeon 9700 Pro graphics card. We are currently putting our sample from the Taiwanese company through testing and should have a review posted later this week for you all.
More information at Hardware Zone
I saw a link to nVChips France over at Warp2Search talking about Zalman's new VGA heatpipe cooler products. This heatpipe technology is certainly starting to take off.
The Zm80-HP is intended for the most powerful GPUs such as the GeForce4 Ti, while the Zm50-HP is adapted for graphic processors such as the GeForce2 or GeForce4 MX or Radeon 7500 that dissipate less heat.More information @ nVChips France
All I seem to be hearing about of late is slipstreaming this and that. Anyway, with the release of Windows XP SP1 the guys over at Liquid Ninjas (don't ask) have posted a short guide with lots of pictures showing how to slipstream XPSP1 with Windows XP.
Slipstreaming is the Integration of a Service Pack into the install so that the Operation System and the Service Pack will be installed at the same time. Now this is great until you realize you can't just burn the new files onto another CD and retain the ability to boot from CD.More information at Liquid Ninjas