Monthly Archives: May 2008

GPU-Z 0.2.3

GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.

GPU-Z 0.2.3 Download

Changelog:
* Fixed NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260/280 (GT200) support. Everything is working and tested now
* Removed bogus 190°C PCB temp sensor on various NVIDIA cards
* Added fan speed monitoring for NVIDIA
* Fixed crash when switching devices during sensor refresh
* Fixed ROP/Shader count on NVIDIA G72
* Fixed graphs spilling over their client area
* Fixed a number of other rare crashes
* NVIDIA device ID 0x00F3 now correctly recognized as NV43
* Improved crash reporting module

S3 Graphics Announces Chrome 440 GTX Graphics Cards

S3 Graphics, a leading provider of graphics and visualization technologies, today announced its latest S3 Graphics Chrome 440 GTX desktop cards.

The S3 Graphics Chrome 440 GTX outperforms the current market leader in its class by over 15%(1) in 3D benchmarks and rendered frames-per-second in the most popular DX10 and DX9 games.

Links:
Chrome 440 GTX< Homepage
S3 Graphics Press Release
source of this news!

NVIDIA Gelato Pro Now Freely Available

NVIDIA announced NVIDIA Gelato Pro 2.2 rendering software, the Company’s advanced GPU-accelerated rendering software for professionals, is available as a no-cost download at gelatozone. Well suited for rendering of 3D digital content and design, Gelato Pro software now replaces the basic version of Gelato software, which was previously available directly from NVIDIA.


NVIDIA Press Release

Four 9800 GX2 Video Cards in a System

Researchers at the University of Antwerp in Belgium have created a new supercomputer with standard gaming hardware. The system uses four NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics cards, it costs less than 4000EUR to build and thanks to NVIDIA’s CUDA technology it delivers roughly the same performance as a supercomputer cluster consisting of hundreds of PCs!

The guys explain the eight NVIDIA GPUs deliver the same performance as more than 300 Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz processors.

Another interesting note is that this system doesn’t need SLI, their application uses the NVIDIA CUDA programming model which makes all eight GPUs work in parallel.


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Game Technology Helps Drive Military Training

“With the gaming industry now spending more to develop user interfaces than the Pentagon, the Army has begun putting all that R&D to good use in weaponry and training. Reversing the traditional role of games attempting to simulate real life killing machines, it is now the weapons makers using gaming technology to make their products more effective.”

Read more:
Why the Military Needs the Gaming Industry
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NVIDIA illustrates HD movie transcoding capabilities of GPUs

We already knew NVIDIA is going to heavily promote the HD movie transcoding capabilities of its GPUs through CUDA but here are some very specific numbers. According to the slide it takes a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU 10 hours and 22 minutes to encode a 2 hour long HD movie while a 3GHz quad-core processor finishes the job in 5 hours in 33 minutes.

The same 1.6GHz dual-core system with a GeForce 9600 GT will be able to complete the job in only 49 minutes! That’s more than 12x as fast and the GeForce 9600 GT isn’t even a high-end part. I can imagine that faster GPUs like the upcoming GeForce GTX 280 will be able to do it much faster.





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ATI Catalyst 8.5 Analysis – XP and Vista

AMD has just released a new Catalyst driver for Radeon graphics cards – TweakTown checks out performance under XP and Vista.
Read the article HERE.

While there were some performance increases promised, we didn’t really see much across the board. Crysis performance actually took a bit of a hit with the HD 3870 X2. We wouldn’t be in a huge hurry to upgrade to the latest set of drivers unless there were some fixes in the release notes for you.

Programming Responsiveness

Responsiveness is something that can make or break a game at first impression. This is especially true in reviews where a game with poor responsiveness will be described as being “sluggish”, “unresponsive”, “floaty” or “sloppy”. A better game might be referred to as “tight” or “responsive”. There are several factors that contribute to perceived responsiveness. This article looks at some of them from a programmer’s perspective, and offers some routes to making your game more responsive.

Read the complete article HERE

Inno3D iChiLL 9800 GTX Accelero Xtreme

Early last month Nvidia released the GeForce 9800 GTX which today stands as the fastest single GPU graphics card money can buy. However, after almost sixty days of its release and with an eventual appearance of next-generation cards from both ATI and Nvidia, few manufacturers seem to be making pronounced efforts on modifying or improving the original Nvidia reference design.

That is until TechSpot received the iChiLL 9800 GTX Accelero Xtreme from Inno3D, which features a mammoth heatsink that is cooled by no less than three fans.

Read the complete review HERE.

iChill GeForce 9600 GT ZEROtherm Hurricane

Guru3D has reviewed Inno3D’s iChill GeForce 9600 GT with the ZEROtherm Hurricane cooler.
Read the full review HERE

The Verdict:
Much like any other GeForce 9600 GT this product offers a lot of value for the money you have to pay for it.

And once you pop it into your PC, you’ll notice that sheer silence and formidable cooling that the ZEROtherm cooler offers.

First off although this cooler is fantastic it eats up an insane three PCI slots which is just impractical. As a result you’ll have less connectivity in the PC and you definitely can forget about partnering two of these cards up in SLI.

Despite of this small error in judgment on Inno3D’s behalf, this product remains one of the best 9600 GT money can buy.

GPUs deliver mammogram-like breast scans in 20 minutes

Taking annual mammograms is generally recommended for women with an age of 35 years and above. But these radiology procedures are inconvenient and can actually be painful, since the breast needs to be squeezed between two metal plates. TechniScan has developed a new method to scan a breast – a method that is based on the processing capability of GPUs to deliver 3D images, which could replace traditional mammograms one day. It is a fascinating example how we can take advantage of the enormous progress in technology to save lives.

Read the rest of the article HERE

The computer system uses four GeForce 8-series graphics cards to produce coronal image slices of the breast that will be exported in DICOM 3.0 format as well as full 3D views of a breast. TechniScan says that it takes just 20 minutes to render the images, compared to several hours that would be required on a CPU.