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NVIDIA Subpixel Reconstruction Antialiasing video and whitepaper available at and at Williams College

3D-Tech News Around The Web / GDC issue of Intel Visual Adrenaline magazine
« on: February 28, 2011, 06:18:19 PM »
GDC issue of Intel® Visual Adrenaline magazine is here!

Whether you're a game developer, designer, or sound creator—or just can't peel the mouse from your hand and tear your eyes away from the game (yup—been there!), this issue is for you.

Our focus: Celebrating the awesome world of PC gaming—where imagination and expertise take flight with today's technology. Some highlights are:

     •    In Sharing the Load in Total War*: Shogun 2, Creative Assembly talks about art, war, Zen, and why multi-threaded processors mean more realism in the game.
     •    It's not all about the visuals—game's gotta have sound! Meet three of the guys that create the complex audio that powers your favorite games in Audio for Games Reimagined.
   •     How do you scale up game complexity for today's new gaming systems while also improving the rendering on mainstream graphics hardware? Read Complex World, Mainstream Graphics to learn how Codemasters did it with Operation Flashpoint* 3: Red River.
   •     If you eat core design, 3D graphics pipelines, and power efficiency with your breakfast cereal, the Preview of 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Architecture article is definitely one you can't miss.
Brought to you by your friendly Intel® Visual Adrenaline team.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA CUDA 4.0 announced
« on: February 28, 2011, 05:45:27 PM »
A release candidate of CUDA Toolkit 4.0 will be available free of charge beginning March 4, 2011, by enrolling in the CUDA Registered Developer Program at:

Full PR here

3D-Tech News Around The Web / Practical MLAA demo and source
« on: February 28, 2011, 05:38:18 PM »
# February 28, 2011: we are happy to announce that we are releasing the original GPU Pro 2 MLAA source code. Check it out!

You see MLAA good on the round roof:

3D-Tech News Around The Web / AMD Radeon HD 6990 "Antilles" Sneek Peek
« on: February 27, 2011, 10:25:09 AM »
AMD Radeon HD 6990 "Antilles" Sneek Peek
It is here in our hands and it screams. "Performance!" The wait is nearly over as AMD's next generation "Antilles" video card sporting two high performance GPUs on a single printed circuit board is in our hands. We comment on our gameplay experiences in Dragon Age II in Triple-Display Eyefinity.

S.o. claims to have already bought a HD 6990 in Berlin (and sells his old stuff at ebay)

Speculations around the web expect presentation at CeBIT 2011 or PAX East 2011

NVIDIA Plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop

    * Added support for 64-bit Adobe Photoshop
    * Added support for Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Adobe Photoshop CS5
    * Improved 16 and 32-bit image support
    * Fix load issue for single channel images to obtain proper gamma values.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / AMD Catalyst Application Profile 11.2 CAP2
« on: February 25, 2011, 11:31:31 PM »
Workarea 8.822, compiled February 24th, 2011 - no changelog yet
Download here

3D-Tech News Around The Web / LuxMark v1.0 OpenCL benchmark
« on: February 25, 2011, 10:56:04 PM »
LuxMark is a OpenCL benchmark tool. The idea for the program was conceived in 2009 by Jromang. It was intended as a promotional tool for LuxRender (to quote original Jromang's words: "LuxRender propaganda with OpenCL"). The idea was quite simple, wrap SLG inside an easy to use graphical user interface and use it as a benchmark for OpenCL. After Anandtech adoption of SLG as OpenCL benchmark, the code was finally written.

Intel Core i330m results:
AMD OpenCL (CPU only) ~800 points
Intel OpenCL ~700 points


3D-Tech News Around The Web / Fraps 3.3.0 Released
« on: February 25, 2011, 10:01:58 PM »
Fraps 3.3.0 - 22nd Feb 2011
- Full support for Windows 7 SP1
- Added option to only capture external sound input while hotkey pushed (Vista/Win7)
- Fixed stereoscopic 3D capture not working for D3D9 games
- Fixed counter not appearing in Dungeons

This OEM driver not only exposes AMD's SUMO GPU, but also gives you a fresh notebook driver for Windows XP without "SUBSYS protection"!

ASL/Giadatech Catalyst 8.792 Vista/Seven

ASL/Giadatech Catalyst XP

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA OptiX 2.1 RC 2
« on: February 23, 2011, 09:57:23 PM »
The OptiX team is pleased to announce that the second release candidate for version 2.1 of the NVIDIA OptiX ray tracing engine is now publicly available to all software developers.

Here are some of the highlights of the changes from version 2.1 RC1 (please see the Release Notes in the distribution for complete details)

    * RtuTraverse API changes (your application will need to be recompiled) This API is currently in Beta.
          o Automatic fallback to CPU when no NVIDIA GPU is present
          o Sped up CPU fallback path
          o See documentation for new capabilities, including optional return data for ray hits
          o Added missing traversal sample
    * The OptiX libraries no longer link against nvcuda.dll or This allows apps linking to OptiX to execute on machines that do not have an NVIDIA driver installed. This also enables the the CPU fallback option of rtuTraverse.
    * Sped up SBVH builds up to 2x
    * Fixed bug on G80 GPUs where it complained about cuMemAlloc

Samples failed to run on my ATI notebook   :P

3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA Cg Toolkit 3.0 - February 2011
« on: February 23, 2011, 09:18:09 PM »
Version 3 of the Cg Toolkit adds capabilities and profiles to fully support all currently shipping graphics boards from NVIDIA.

The February 2011 version of Cg 3.0 added these improvements:

    * Improved DX11 tessellation support
    * Resolved an issue with nearly identical user defined types
    * Resolved an issue with default values from unreferenced uniform parameters
    * Support setting matrices beyond 96 float constants in the vp30 profile
    * Application supplied compilation options now override those set by cgGLSetOptimalOptions
    * Improved support for 'const' variables in the GLSL profiles
    * Added sampler state documentation

Quiz: which screenshot has been made with ATI GPU?  ;D

New Line of Professional Mobile Graphics Solutions Built on NVIDIA Fermi Architecture and Optimus Technology

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — February 22, 2011 —NVIDIA announced today a new line of Quadro® professional graphics solutions for mobile workstations. Designed for engineers, industrial designers, animators, and film & video editors that need to take their work with them, these new Quadro graphics processing units (GPUs) leverage the NVIDIA Fermi architecture, which combines fast visualization performance with high performance computing capabilities. This massively parallel processing horsepower transforms laptop computers into mobile super computers.

Featuring twice the number of CUDATM cores and twice the graphics memory over previous generations, these new Quadro GPUs also incorporate NVIDIA OptimusTM technology, maximizing battery life by automatically powering the GPU only when needed. Optimus also provides users with the ability to drive up to four displays at the same time.

Building on a decade of innovation and leadership in professional mobile graphics, the new Quadro line of mobile graphics solutions includes:

* Quadro 5010M (Ultra-High End): 384 CUDA cores; 4 GB GDDR5 memory; designed for new 17.3-inch mobile workstations

* Quadro 4000M (High End): 336 CUDA cores; 2 GB GDDR5 memory; designed for new 17.3-inch mobile workstations

* Quadro 3000M (High End): 240 CUDA cores; 2 GB GDDR5 memory; designed for new 17.3-inch mobile workstations

* Quadro 2000M (Mid-Range): 192 CUDA cores; 2 GB DDR3 memory; designed for 15.6-inch mobile workstations

* Quadro 1000M (Mid-Range): 96 CUDA cores; 2 GB DDR3 memory; designed for 15.6-inch mobile workstations

“Year after year, NVIDIA innovations demonstrate true technology leadership,” said Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research. “Optimus is perfect for anyone who needs high performance, long battery life, and additional displays. With this new Quadro mobile lineup based on the Fermi architecture, NVIDIA is poised to continue its dominance in mobile workstation graphics.”

The new standard for mobile workstation graphics excellence—the NVIDIA Quadro 5010M

The flagship Quadro 5010M features Error Correction Code (ECC) and fast, 64-bit double precision capabilities to ensure the greatest accuracy and fidelity of results. From medical imaging to structural analysis applications, data integrity and precision is assured, without sacrificing performance.The Quadro 5010M features an unprecedented 4 GB of fast GDDR5 memory to enable interactivity on the largest projects. Shattering previous 3D graphics benchmarks, professionals on the go can achieve nearly a billion triangles per second with this ultra high-end Quadro mobile graphics solution.

NVIDIA Quadro technology creates mobile super computers

Similar to the NVIDIA Quadro 5000M, the groundbreaking NVIDIA Fermi-based mobile workstation graphics solution announced last year, and currently available in both the Dell Precision M6500 and HP EliteBook 8740w mobile workstations, additional features of these new NVIDIA Quadro mobile professional graphics solutions include:

* The NVIDIA CUDA parallel computing architecture – Quadro mobile GPUs deliver massive performance gains when running computationally intensive applications such as ray tracing, video processing and computational fluid dynamics.

* NVIDIA 3D VisionTM Pro – support for the highest quality, stereoscopic viewing experience is helping drive the development of 3D capable visualization applications from companies such as Autodesk, Dassault Systemes, Siemens and Agilent.

* NVIDIA Scalable Geometry EngineTM technology – dramatically improves performance across a broad range of CAD, DCC and scientific applications, enabling a user’s work to flow interactively with models and scenes that are an order of magnitude more complex than ever before.

* NVIDIA GPU Tessellation Engine technology – with support for OpenGL 4.1, Shader Model 5.0 and DirectX 11, tessellation automatically generates finely detailed geometry for cinematic quality environments and scenes without sacrificing performance.

* Application certification - support for the broadest spectrum of professional applications, including those utilizing OpenGL 4.1, Shader Model 5.0, and Microsoft DirectX 11, plus DirectCompute and OpenCL standards. Companies such as Adobe, Autodesk, and Dassault Systemes certify NVIDIA Quadro solutions for professionals whose livelihoods depend on maximum uptime with their applications.

Mobile workstation manufacturers have relied on NVIDIA GPUs for the past decade, and will integrate these Quadro solutions in their newest mobile workstations scheduled to be announced throughout 2011. For more information about NVIDIA and Quadro Mobile Graphics Solutions, please visit

3D-Tech News Around The Web / Carbon - next generation physics library
« on: February 22, 2011, 05:55:50 PM »
Numerion Software unveils "Carbon"

Carbon™ is the next generation physics library in development at Numerion Software™. The goal is to provide a unified physics frame-work supporting the simulation of Soft and Rigid bodies with collision and motion constraints (such as Joints), in an easy to use, high performance package for games and movie developers.

The Carbon physics technology is particularly well suited to helping make games and animated movie characters more believable.

Carbon leverages non-linear constraint solvers to deliver a robustness not seen before in real-time simulations.

Carbon delivers very high performance, by combining a novel algorithmic approach with a number of multi-core performance enhancing techniques including; minimizing memory bandwidth and leveraging nested parallelism. The developer is also given full control of the trade-off between quality and performance, making Carbon well suited to applications with simulation requirements ranging from real-time to interactive and even production.

See Carbon @ GDC 2011

We'll be in San Francisco @ GDC Feb 28th - March 4th 2011 demonstrating Carbon. To book a meeting to see Carbon in the flesh click .
Test Drive Carbon

Fancy test driving Carbon? We are looking for selected beta testers to test drive Carbon in a closed beta in April. If you'd like to try Carbon click .

3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA 3ds Max Performance Driver 13.00.04
« on: February 20, 2011, 05:51:07 PM »
The NVIDIA 3ds Max Performance Driver provides optimal Direct3D performance for Autodesk 3ds Max® 2011, 2010, and 2009 software with NVIDIA Quadro® and Quadro FX professional graphics solutions. Developed in close collaboration with Autodesk, the 3ds Max Performance Driver is a complimentary software driver for 3ds Max capable of delivering dramatic performance improvements (of up to 4X on some tests) over native Direct3D support or consumer graphics cards.

Recent Enhancements

    * The 3ds Max Performance Driver now supports the presence of NVIDIA Tesla products when running alongside an NVIDIA Quadro or Quadro FX board, enabling the preferred professional solution for interactive graphics and mental ray iray rendering performance.

Download XP/Vista/Win7 32-bit Version: 13.00.04
File Size: 3.08 MB
Release Date:

Download XP/Vista/Win7 64-bit Version: 13.00.04
File Size: 5.68 MB
Release Date:

We jacked the graphics processing into the processors. Now code the "Wow!" into your visuals.

Get started today with these tech guides for creating compelling experiences and stunning visual effects using Intel® HD Graphics, now integrated with the CPU in the "Visibly Smart" 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors.

First, download this step-by-step manual for tips, examples, and best practices for optimizing interactive 3D graphics apps to run on Intel processor graphics.

You'll soon be using industry best practices to code fast with Intel® Media SDK and support for Microsoft DirectX* 10.1 and Open GL 3.0. Then sprint through performance analysis using Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers to tune your apps for the newest, fastest generation of this widespread PC graphics technology.

Now your apps can flex the muscle of multicore, multi-threaded Intel CPUs for the most demanding graphics and media processing tasks. See for yourself the vast improvements in offline production rendering and digital content creation by getting these real-life insights from chief tech execs at Luxology, Solid Angle SL, Luxion ApS, and Next Limit.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA SLI Best Practices
« on: February 20, 2011, 11:00:17 AM »
SLI Best Practices

Last updated on 02/15/2011

This document describes techniques that can be used to perform application-side detection of SLI-
configured systems, as well as to ensure maximum performance scaling in such configurations. The
accompanying code sample introduces NVAPI and demonstrates different methods of handling
texture render targets and stream out buffers in Direct3D.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / CPU-Z 1.57 released
« on: February 18, 2011, 09:12:16 PM »
CPU-Z Version 1.57

    * Intel Xeon "Westmere-EX" support
    * GPU frequency report on Intel Sandy Bridge processor
    * AMD Zacate/Ontario processors support
    * Report TDP on main page when available
    * Cores clocks on floating menu
    * P67/H67 stepping report

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