NVIDIA’s latest graphics cards and chips throw down the gauntlet to Intel and AMD. Go behind the scenes with this guide to the big technologies including PhysX, CUDA, and games like Far Cry 2 and S.T.A.L.K.E.R Clear Sky.
Read the complete article HERE.
Similar to DirectX 10, DirectX 11 will be available only on Windows Vista and future versions of Microsoft’s operating system. DirectX 11 will add new compute shader technology that Microsoft says will allow GPUs to be used “for more than just 3D graphics,” allowing developers to utilize video cards as parallel processors.
DirectX 11 will support tessellation, a feature which can potentially assist developers in making models appear smoother when seen up close. Multi-threaded resource handling is also incorporated, making it easier for games to utilize multi-core processors in a user’s machine.
Voici la liste des extensions OpenGL supportées par les pilotes Catalyst 8.7 pour la Radeon HD 3870 sous Windows Vista SP1 64-bit.
Here is the list of OpenGL extensions supported by Catalyst 8.7 drivers for the Radeon HD 3870 under Windows Vista SP1 64-bit.
Les Catalyst 8.7 apportent 3 nouvelles extensions:
Carte graphique utilisée: Radeon HD 3870
Catalyst 8.7 bring 3 new extensions:
Graphics card used: Radeon HD 3870
– Operating System: Windows Vista SP1 64-bit
– Drivers Version: 8.512.0.0 – Catalyst 08.7
– ATI Catalyst Version String: 08.7
– ATI Catalyst Release Version String: 8.512-080703a-066914C-ATI
– OpenGL Version: 2.1.7769 Release
– OpenGL Renderer: ATI Radeon HD 3870
– GLSL (OpenGL Shading Language) Version: 1.20
OpenGL Extensions: 105 extensions
Les extensions des anciens pilotes Catalyst se trouvent ICI.
Vous pouvez utiliser GPU Caps Viewer pour récupérer la liste des extensions de votre carte graphique.
The extensions exposed by the old Catalyst drivers are HERE.
You can use GPU Caps Viewer to retrieve the list of extensions of your graphics card.
ATI/AMD released a new version of their Catalyst graphics drivers for all Radeon-based graphics cards.
Catalyst 8.7 introduces the following new features:
Stay tuned, I’ll update shortly the OpenGL extensions list.
AMD’s new ATI Radeon HD 4800 series provides shader powered antialiasing features!The guys at [H]ardOCP examine in-game IQ and AA scaling. They’ve got all the information on using the Edge-detect Custom Filtering AA and what it will do for you in-game. If you are not sure how to best leverage your new 4870 or 4850 video cards, read the complete article HERE.
The new ATI’s flagship graphics card previewed at Guru3D. The Radeon HD 4870 X2 is based on the R700 GPU (actually two RV770). Like the GeForce GTX 280, the Radeon HD 4870 X2 uses one 6-pin PCIe power connector and one 8-pin connector.
Read the complete preview HERE.
Futuremark has now decided to update its Hall of Fame to exclude all results using PhysX on a GPU, simply because this was not how they intended it to work.
With NVIDIA releasing their GeForce PhysX drivers, users of the PhysX accelerating GeForce cards were at an advantage over their Radeon counterparts, reason being that in a certain CPU test routine of the 3DMark Vantage benchmark, the physics processing abilities of the computer are tested, and since the physics API used happens to be PhysX, users of GeForce get higher scores despite not having a physics processor device such as an Ageia PhysX card. This differs from a real-life scenario where a GeForce accelerator does both graphics and physics and the overhead of physics processing affects the graphics processing abilities.
Gamestudio/A7, the easy all-in-the-box game development system, announces the release of version 7.10.
Gamestudio homepage: www.3dgamestudio.com
Gamestudio is not a game engine, not a game editor, and not a game programming language. It’s all of them together. It contains all necessary tools for creating commercial-quality 3D or 2D games or realtime graphics applications right out of the box. It comes with a state-of-the-art 3D and 2D game engine, a level editor, a model and terrain editor, the lite-C script language with compiler, editor, and debugger, as well as thousands of ready-to-use elements, such as models, level prefabs or textures.
It seems AMD/ATI really want to support the porting of PhysX on Radeon:
“We think that it is great that people continue to use our products in creative ways.”
When we’ve spoken to AMD it doesn’t seem like that AMD doesn’t want this to happen, on the opposite, anything that could add more value to the already affordable Radeon HD 4800 series is a plus.
German Radeon user Tiesie have posted some Infra-red photo of his/her HD 4870 with Arctic Cooling Accelero S1. The sticker part is hot and keeping the reference red cooler base is no help for cooling. All these shots have been taken after 10~20min of FurMark.
I wonder if Tiesie has used FurMark in Xtreme Burning mode (currently command line but soon in the startup dialog box) or in standard mode…