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Unigine's Heaven Benchmark tool is a popular one being built around DirectX 11 and taking advantage of all the fancy features the latest graphics cards offer. The developers have just rolled out version 2.1 which brings two significant adjustments with it along with some general stability fixes and improvements.
The first one is support for OpenGL 4.0 which is an API that technologically rivals DX11. 2.1 will use all of the advanced features OGL4 is capable of (incl. hardware tessellation).
The other change is that stereoscopic 3D is also now available for people with supporting equipment. There are now several stereo 3D viewing modes selectable such as Analygraph, separate images, 3D Vision, and iZ3D.
Along with the Deep Sea tech demo video that was just released by Futuremark, the Finish developers have also released a 3DMark 11 Fact Sheet to press which goes into plenty of detail about explaining the inner details of the next big DX11 3D benchmark that is due out probably around the September timeframe this year.
Grab it here and have a read if you are interested. It is a 2.4MB PDF file.
Futuremark has just announced 3DMark 11, the next big 3D benchmarking program, which is the latest version of their industry standard benchmark for real-time 3D graphics.
NVIDIA is always hard at work on drivers to make their video cards more stable and perform better. A bad driver can make a great GPU look like trash in the eyes of the gamer.
NVIDIA has announced its new 256 Family drivers are now available. The new version is 257.15 beta and it is available for GeForce and ION GPUs. The WHQL certified version of the drivers are planned for launch in early June.
With ATI's mighty HD 5970 still standing up proudly on the graphics card performance podium after more than six months, it's been a long time coming for NVIDIA to answer and while many were hoping the top dog single GPU GTX 480 would bring the goods, it falls short in many cases which isn't surprising given it's only a single GPU card.
Up until just very recently there wasn't even any real indication of NVIDIA working on a dual-GPU based GTX 400 series card, but this is obviously the most logical path to go down for NVIDIA to attempt a firm hold of the crown once again.
With Computex just around the corner, Lifting up a rock in Taiwan has shed a dim light on such a card being in the works; the GTX 490.
The folks over at bit-tech have been digging hard to find out what sort of things we can expect to see at this year's Computex from the big names in the biz and has got hold of some exclusive details and pics on what MSI has planned for the event.
Most interestingly, they spotted a mysterious black plastic box with silver mesh that is clearly designed aesthetically to attract ethusiasts/gamers. From the above picture alone you might have struggling to work out what exactly this is.
This should give you a pretty good idea :-
Indeed, this is MSI's first real stab at providing more powerful external graphics to boost gaming performance in laptops.
The next generation 3DMark benchmarking suite isn't all that far away with FutureMark planning for a Q3, 2010 launch. Some new details have come to light which gives one particularly promising piece of information, or should I say, lack of; no mention of PhysX!
The inclusion of PhysX support in Vantage was disliked by many due to its proprietory nature favouring NVIDIA. Sticking to open industry standard features this time around that are available across all DirectX 11 based graphics cards (with primary focus on new texturing and hardware tessellation features) makes for a nice even playing field that 3DMark has been much loved for in past releases.
Little is known yet about the main theme FutureMark are basing "3DMark 11" on...
NVIDIA partner Inno3D have spruced up the GTX 470 with the launch of their i-Chill Black series model that comes equipped with a large water block covering all the important areas including the GPU, voltage regulators, I/O chip and memory modules.
The official press release goes into detail on the design and inner workings of this block. The card is said to be around 40c cooler in full load conditions when compared to the stock cooler variants.
Inno3D bundles the i-Chill Black series GTX 470 with the following :-
1. Fujipoly GR-d Thermal PAD
2. Backup O-Ring for VG-NGTX295B x 1
3. BP-BS90R Black Sparkle Rotary Angle IG1/4" Adapter x2
4. BP-BSWP-C07 Black Sparkle Direct-Plug Adapter x 1 / SLI connection tube (3 lengths)
Our Download of the Day today is GPU-Z 0.4.3.
TechPowerUp rolled out a new version of GPU-Z, the popular graphics sub-system diagnostic utility. Version 0.4.3 comes with a load of new features and stability updates. Highlights include full capability to monitor voltages on the GeForce GTX 480, a new method of voltage monitoring which extends support for many ATI and NVIDIA graphics cards, support for the upcoming GeForce GTX 465, GT 320M GT 335M, ION variant, GT 340, Tesla C2050, Tesla M2050, and other Quadro series GPUs, new display languages including Spanish and Hungarian, among other stability updates.
There are very few times in life where getting something that's supposedly worse that what you ordered is a good thing. Receiving a video card that has not even been released yet could be one of those times. Imagine the surprise of the guy who was possibly shipped a Galaxy GTX 465, which is not slated for release until June 1st, instead of the GTX 470 he ordered.
He apparently became suspicious when he installed the card and the NVIDIA drivers would not take and he had to change the device id to get it to install. The card identifies with the reported GTX 465's lowered clocks and 1024mb of RAM.