Monthly Archives: August 2008

NVIDIA ForceWare 177.89: OpenGL 3.0 Available!

NVIDIA has released a new version of the 177 branch that contains OpenGL 3.0 support.


To enable OpenGL 3.0 functions, you need one of the following graphics cards:

  • Desktop: GeForce 8000 series or higher; GeForce GTX 260, 280; Quadro FX 370, 570, 1700, 3700, 4600, 4700×2, 5600
  • Notebook: GeForce 8000 series or higher; Quadro FX 360M, 370M, 570M, 770M, 1600M, 1700M, 2700M, 3600M, 3700M

Downloads:
ForceWare 177.89 XP 32-bit
ForceWare 177.89 XP 64-bit
ForceWare 177.89 Vista 32-bit
ForceWare 177.89 Vista 64-bit

I’ll publish tomorrow ForceWare 177.89 OpenGL extensions list. So stay tuned!

Thermalright T-Rad2 GPU Cooler Review

Expreview has published a detailed article on Thermalright’s T-Rad2, a new cooler for GPU. T-Rad2 is compatible with mainstream display cards such as NVIDIA GeForce 9xxx and ATI Radeon HD 38xx/48xx Series. See at the end of the post, the link to the compatibiliy list.

FurMark has been used to overload the GPU.

Read the complete review here: Showing off the power of dual fan: Thermalright T-Rad2 GPU cooler review


Links:
T-Rad2 @ thermalright.com
Graphics Cards Compatibilities @ thermalright.com

Workstation Graphics Card Comparison Guide v5.3

TechARP has published the version 5.3 of its workstation graphics card comparison guide. Main workstation graphics cards are NVIDIA Quadro series and ATI FireGL (and soon FirePro).

The comparison guide is available here: Workstation Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 5.3

Changlelog:
– Added the ATI FirePro V5700 & V3700 graphics cards.
– Added the ATI FireGL V3350 and 2008 graphics cards.
– Corrected the Architecture specifications for the ATI FireGL V5600 & V3600 graphics cards.
– Number of cards: 107

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 260 Review

TweakTown has reviewed GIGABYTE’s GeForce GTX 260.

Read the complete review here: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 260 Graphics Card

If you want to get in on the GTX bandwagon but still find the 280 too expensive, the GIGABYTE 260 might be your answer.

TES 1326 Infrared Thermometer used to measure output temperature

Conclusion:

The GTX 260 is definitely a good card in this price bracket and for people on SLI based motherboards we know that two of these cards are just going to absolutely fly along for only slightly more than a single GTX 280.

Defcon 16 ISO

Defcon 16 is over but all presentation slides have been packed into an ISO file. You can grab it here: Defonc 16 ISO @ I-Hacked.com. MD5 and SHA1 keys are available here: Defcon16 CD ISO Posted.


For those who dont know, I-Hacked.com is a website that shows you how to take advantage of electronics technology to make it faster, give it added features, or to do things it was never intended to do.

They even have a section on graphics card hacking. Not really up to date, but it doesn’t matter.
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Dev.Mag: Game Developers Free Online Magazine

Dev.Mag is a free online magazine for game developers.
Filled with tutorials, features, interviews, tech-pieces and so much more!


Contents of the issue # 24:
– Interview with German developers, Irrgheist.
– Blender App Engine introduction
– Penny Arcade Adventures review
– A guide to home-made sound effects for your games
– And much, much more.


Issue 24 can be directly download but to enjoy the other issues, just subscribe at Dev.Mag.

PowerColor Radeon HD 4870 Fails to Complete FurMark

Expreview has done some tests on the new Powercolor product, the Radeon HD 4870:


One of these tests is FurMark and the HD 4870 fails to complete one minute of FurMark’s stability test. Failure symptoms are VPU recovery message, red LED (on the PCB) that shines…

For one thing, BIOS limited fan speed too low, that results in a higher GPU temperature; For the other thing, it gets through 3DMark Vantage, but fails to complete FurMark test. We believe itโ€™s the BIOS setting that causes these problems and asked PowerColor for a new BIOS, but the answer was not available yet.

Other pictures of Powercolor’s Radeon HD 4870: PowerColor HD 4870 in our hand, looks even better than reference.