Monthly Archives: August 2008

Zotac GeForce 9400 GT Review

The new GeForce 9400 GT has been reviewed at PCGH. Here are the GeForce 9400 GT specifications:
– GPU: G96(b)
– Fabrication Process: 55nm
– Stream Processors: 16
– Texture Units: 8
– Memory: 512Mb DDR2 / 128-bit
– GPU clock: 550MHz
– Memory clock: 400MHz
– Shader clock: 1350MHz
– DirectX 10 and OpenGL 2.1

The GeForce 9400 GT is the NVIDIA’s new entry level graphics card so don’t except to much performance. The following chart shows OpenGL performance in Prey game:

Read the complete review here. Geforce 9400 GT reviewed @ PCGH

The Verdict:
The Geforce 9400 GT clearly accepts the inheritance of the Geforce 8 cards 8400 GS and 8500 GT. The result is a very interesting graphics card that is cheap in acquisition and sufficient for some gaming. CUDA compatibility, good HD video acceleration and passive cooling predestine this card for HTPCs.

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver 15.11.0.1537

A new version of Intel Graphics Media Accelerator is out. This is a version for Windows Vista and it seems it adds the OpenGL 2.0 support. I wasn’t able to find the download on Intel website but fortunatly there are great download websites such as MajorGeeks help us!

You can download the driver here: Intel Graphics Accelerator Driver for Vista 15.11.
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Update (2008-08-27)

NVIDIA ForceWare 177.92 Graphics Drivers

A new set of ForceWare hits the street. This new version has the number 177.92 and is in BETA stage like almost all NVIDIA drivers 😉 It doesn’t matter, a new forceware is still good for the GeForce you have in your PC.

This new version includes the PhysX driver 8.08.18 and supports GeForce 6-series, 7-series, 8-series, 9-series, and 200-series GPUs, including the newly released GeForce 9800 GTX+, 9800 GT, 9500 GT, and 9400 GT GPUs.

NVIDIA PhysX acceleration is supported on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory

You can grab’em here:


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ATI Optimizes Catalyst 8.8 to be FurMark-Proof!


Here is an incredible news to start the day: Expreview has found that ATI’s Catalyst 8.8 have been optimized to detect FurMark and downclock the frequencies of a Radeon HD 4850/4870 to avoid to burn the GPU.

So if you have a Radeon HD 4850 or Radeon HD 4870, just rename FurMark.exe in something.exe and you will see the difference!

Expreview has done the test with Quake Wars: Emeny Territory and has renamed etqw.exe to FurMark.exe and saw performance drop from 141.3FPS to 93.7FPS!

I have not a Radeon HD 4000 series but I think that I’m going to buy a Radeon HD 4850 today!

It’s a pain to develop a benchmark to make it running properly on most graphics hardwares and now I have to include in FurMark a Catalyst anit-cheat???? Thanks AMD/ATI….

Why AMD doesn’t contact me directly to find out the problem???

Update

DirectX 11 Will not be a rival to PhysX

Roy Taylor, NVIDIA’s Vice President of Content Relations, said that the Compute Shader of DirectX 11 would not be a competitor to NVIDIA’s PhysX. His main argument is based on the fact that most current developments are multi-platform titles and only PhysX is ready for cross-platform programming. PhysX is available on Playstation 3, XBox 360, PC, Wii and Linux.


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Zotac Nitro Overclocking Device

Zotac’s Nitro overclocking device is an external device that allows users to overclock the graphics card in real time without leaving the game or 3D application. The overclocking is done by simply pressing one of three keys located at the front of the device. The device will be able to overclock the GPU, memory and even the shader clock. Nitro device is connected to the PC via USB connection and allows overclocking of Zotac GeForce 7, 8, 9, and GTX 200 series cards.


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Update (2008-09-15)