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Computex 2003 Coverage - Day 2

By: Cameron Wilmot | Trade Shows | Posted: Sep 23, 2003 4:00 am

nVidia Press Conference Continued


nVidia Media Center


Next up Dan from nVidia talked to us about a whole range of different things, but the one thing I want to focus on is Media Center.



Media Center is nVidia's technology which helps make the PC much more interactive and entertaining in the home. With the time available, there is no way I can go into every detail about Media Center.


The interesting feature though that did have the crowd (and myself) stunned was how Media Center gives you the ability to have one server, which has cable TV (as one example) plugged into it, with the ability to stream TV onto other computers around the house over wired networks and eventually wireless as more bandwidth is found.


While this itself is not a first, our jaws dropped to the floor when we saw the streaming live TV feed pause on the client PC while the server PC (which might act as the lounge room TV) continue to play. After a few seconds the feed on the client PC was resumed and left off where it was paused and continued on behind the live TV feed from the server.



nVidia didn't explain how this works but we can only presume that when the live feed from the client PC is paused, the feed from the server is recorded to the hard drive (in probably massive amounts of data due to lack of compression - so I don't imagine you being able to pause for long, probably enough to visit the toilet) and stopped when the feed is resumed. I've thought about how this could be possible from a live feed without recording the whole TV stream after the pause occurs and still haven't figured it out - if you have the brains to, please put my mind at rest.


- ForceWare


Next up nVidia announced their ForceWare product which is a unified software product which includes nVidia's full range of new software which include things like nVidia RAID and highly advanced desktop management.



Again we don't have the time available to tell you about everything about ForceWare. Instead in the name of TweakTown we will give you a first look at nVidia's Windows overclocking software simply called nV system utility which many of you have been eagerly waiting for the past couple months.



As you can see above, you are able to adjust bus speeds as well as memory timings. If that isn't enough for you, you can also monitor CPU and system temperatures as well as voltages and clock speeds. Just remember, all your dollars spent on performance hardware has made this a reality and nVidia (and any other company) should be pat on the back for giving us the free software and spending many R & D dollars on development of such software.


To demonstrate the software, nVidia ran Quake 3 time demo and then overclocked the system about 10% and ran another time demo. Like Steven from Legion Hardware said to me after the tests, it was amazing to see nVidia overclocking in their press conference - not long ago, it would have been laughed off by company bosses. Again, you guys made this happen!


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