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Geforce 600 Series Gen3 Support On X79 Platform

GeForce GTX 680 and GTX 670 GPUs support PCI Express 3.0. They operate properly within the SIG PCI Express Specification and have been validated on multiple PCI Express 3.0 platforms. Some motherboard manufacturers have released an updated SBIOS to enable the Intel X79/SNB-E PCI Express 2.0 platform to run at up to 8GT/s bus speeds. We have tested GeForce GTX 680 and GTX 670 GPUs across a number of X79/SNB-E platforms at 8GT/s bus speeds, but have seen significant variation in signal timing across different motherboards and CPUs. Therefore we’ve decided to only support and guarantee PCI Express 2.0 bus speeds on X79/SNB-E with our standard release drivers. Native PCI Express 3.0 platforms (like Ivy Bridge) will run at 8GT/s bus speeds with our standard release drivers.

Though we cannot officially support or guarantee 8GT/s speeds for X79/SNB-E, you can manually enable faster 8GT/s bus speeds (at your own risk) on GTX 680 or GTX 670 GPUs using the following executable: force-enable-gen3.exe

If you would like to revert back to 5GT/s bus speeds you can do so by running the following command from the DOS command line: “force-enable-gen3.exe –revert”

You may download "force-enable-gen3.exe" from >>here<<.  You will need to reboot your system for the changes to take effect.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / HWiNFO32 v4.00
« on: June 20, 2012, 05:56:56 PM »
HWiNFO32 v4.00

Changes in HWiNFO32 v4.00 - Released on: Jun-20-2012:

    Enhanced enumerating of SATA drives and respective SMART status reporting.
    Improved sensor monitoring across Standby/Resume phases.
    Enhanced sensor monitoring on ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX.
    Fixed missing bottom menu in sensor window on some systems with lower screen resolution.
    Improved enumeration of USB ports and devices.
    USB device enumeration is now attached to PCI USB Host Controllers too.
    Fixed changing of values in sensor config.
    Improved sensor monitoring performance on systems with Sandy Bridge and later CPUs and added reporting of PCH temperature.
    Added reporting of driver information for major devices (PCI, USB, GPU, Audio, Network).
    Added support of SMSC LPC47M534 sensor.
    Updated SMBIOS support to v2.7.1.
    Updated reporting of shader count on AMD Southern Islands and London series GPUs.
    Enhanced sensor monitoring on ASUS P8H61-I.
    Improved reporting of parameters on several AMD GPUs.
    Added AMD Bonaire and Oland.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / ASUS GPU Tweak Version 2.1.71
« on: June 20, 2012, 05:50:16 PM »
Download here

No changelog yet.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / MSI Afterburner 2.2.2 (2012-06-20)
« on: June 20, 2012, 05:49:05 PM »
MSI Afterburner 2.2.2 (2012-06-20)

Hi guys, the Afterburner 2.2.2 official version is ready for you to download. this version supports the control of South Island and Kepler card, if you get the card, you may try to play it.

Changes list includes:

• Increased upper allowed power limit for power limit adjustment slider on some extreme editions of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600 series graphics cards
• ATIPDLXX.DLL is no longer included in MSI Afterburner distributive
• MSI On-Screen Display server has been upgraded to version 4.3.4. New version gives you the following improvements:
o Fixed framerate calculation for DirectX10/DirectX11 applications, which actively use presentation testing during rendering (e.g. Max Payne 3)

Download link

3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA Inside Kepler slide
« on: June 18, 2012, 07:08:17 PM »
Download here

This slide contains more comprehensive infos about Kepler like:

New Instruction: SHFL

Data exchange between threads within a warp

    Avoids use of shared memory
    One 32-bit value per exchange

ATOM instruction enhancements

   Added int64 functions to                       2 – 10x performance gains
   match existing int32                                Shorter processing pipeline

                                                       More atomic processors
    Atom Op        int32    int64
                                                       Slowest 10x faster
    add              x        x
                                                       Fastest 2x faster
    cas              x        x

    exch             x        x

    min/max          x        X

    and/or/xor       x        X


Made nvidiaXineramaInfoOrder consistent with the RRSetOutputPrimary and RRGetOutputPrimary RandR requests: changes to either nvidiaXineramaInfoOrder or RandR OutputPrimary will be reflected in the other.
Fixed an interaction problem between RandR 1.2, ConstrainCursor, and panning that prevented panning from working properly.
Fixed a bug that caused RandR RRNotify_CrtcChange events to not be generated when switching between MetaModes with the same total size but different layout of display devices. This bug caused some window managers to not update their layouts in response to switching same-sized MetaModes.
Added support for desktop panning when rotation, reflection, or transformation is applied to a display device (either through RandR or through the MetaMode syntax); panning would previously be ignored in that case.
Added an "EDID" property to RandR 1.2 outputs. This property contains the binary contents of the connected monitor's extended display identification data, which allows applications such as the GNOME display properties dialog to query information about it.
Fixed a bug that caused audio over HDMI to not work on some GPUs after querying the RandR configuration (e.g., `xrandr -q`).
Added the "nvidiaXineramaInfo" X configuration option to report the layout of multiple display devices within an X screen. This is enabled by default. When disabled on X servers with RandR 1.2 support, the NVIDIA X driver will report one screen-sized region. When disabled on X servers without RandR 1.2 support, no Xinerama information will be reported. For backwards compatibility, the "NoTwinViewXineramaInfo" option disables nvidiaXineramaInfo.
Added the "nvidiaXineramaInfoOrder" X configuration option as a replacement for "TwinViewXineramaInfoOrder". For backwards compatibility, "TwinViewXineramaInfoOrder" is kept as a synonym for "nvidiaXineramaInfoOrder".
Added the "nvidiaXineramaInfoOverride" X configuration option as a replacement for "TwinViewXineramaInfoOverride". For backwards compatibility, "TwinViewXineramaInfoOverride" is kept as a synonym for "nvidiaXineramaInfoOverride".
Fixed a bug that prevented the use of some SLI Mosaic topologies.
Added the "MetaModeOrientation" X configuration option as a replacement for "TwinViewOrientation". "TwinViewOrientation" is kept as a synonym for "MetaModeOrientation", for backwards compatibility.
Added support for calculating the physical size and DPI of each RandR 1.2 Output using the EDID Detailed Timing Description.
Fixed a bug that prevented a workaround for the invalid EDID in certain AUO laptop flat panels from being applied, leading to an 800x600 desktop repeated several times across the screen.
Fixed a bug that caused the link configuration of DisplayPort devices to be reported incorrectly in nvidia-settings.
Fixed a bug that caused OpenGL programs to leak file descriptors when calling exec() on themselves.
Fixed rendering corruption at the start of new X server generation.
Added X driver support for RandR 1.2 and RandR 1.3. See "Support for the X Resize and Rotate Extension" in the README for details.
Extended the MetaMode X configuration option syntax with the following new attributes:

    "Rotation" : specifies the display device's rotation
    "Reflection" : specifies the display device's reflection
    "Transform" : specifies a 3x3 transformation matrix to be
    applied to the display device
    "ViewPortOut" : specifies the region of the mode in which to
    display pixels
    "ViewPortIn" : specifies the size of the region in the X screen
    to display in the ViewPortOut

    For example, "DFP-0: nvidia-auto-select { Rotation=left }".
    See "Configuring Multiple Display Devices on One X Screen" in the
    README for details.

Removed the "TwinView" X configuration option; the functionality it provided is now enabled by default.

Previously, the NVIDIA X driver only enabled one display device for an X screen unless "TwinView" was enabled. Now, the NVIDIA X driver enables, by default, as many display devices as the GPU supports driving simultaneously. To limit how many display devices are driven by an X screen, use the "UseDisplayDevice" X configuration option.
Added a "CurrentMetaMode" attribute to the nvidia-settings command line, to query and set the current MetaMode.

    As an example, these two commands are equivalent:

    xrandr --output DVI-I-2 --mode 1280x1024 --pos 0x0 --output DVI-I-3 --mode 1920x1200 --pos 1280x0

    nvidia-settings --assign CurrentMetaMode= "DVI-I-2: 1280x1024 +0+0, DVI-I-3: 1920x1200 +1280+0"

Removed overscan compensation configurability from NV-CONTROL and nvidia-settings. This can be configured, with finer granularity, through the ViewPortIn and ViewPortOut MetaMode attributes.See "Configuring Multiple Display Devices on One X Screen" in the README for details.
Altered mode validation such that for digital display devices the X driver only allows, by default, modes which are reported in the EDID. Previously, the NVIDIA X driver allowed other modes, but implicitly scaled those other modes to one of the EDID modes.

Now, only the modes in the EDID are validated and the X driver does not do any implicit scaling. Any desired scaling can be configured explicitly through the new "ViewPortIn" and "ViewPortOut" MetaMode attributes. See "Configuring Multiple Display Devices on One X Screen" in the README for details.
Removed Flat Panel Scaling configurability in nvidia-settings. Any desired scaling can be configured through the new "ViewPortIn" and "ViewPortOut" MetaMode attributes.
Hotplug events (specifically, the RRNotify_OutputChange RandR event) are now generated when display devices are connected and disconnected from the GPU. Many desktop environments automatically
resize the X desktop in response to these events.
Added display device name aliases, such that X configuration options that use display device names can refer to a display device by one of several names, including the RandR Output name for the display device. The X log reports the list of aliases for each display device.
Updated EDID parsing to include more complete support for EDID 1.4 and more recent versions of CEA-861.
Removed the "Rotate" X configuration option. This was used to statically rotate the X screen. Its functionality is replaced by the "Rotation" MetaMode attribute and RandR 1.2 rotation support. See the README for details.
Removed the "RandRRotation" X configuration option. This enabled configurability of X screen rotation via RandR 1.1. Its functionality is replaced by the "Rotation" MetaMode attribute and RandR 1.2 rotation support. See the README for details.
Removed support for the following NV-CONTROL attributes:


Improved rendering performance for RENDER bitmap text.
Enabled the OpenGL "Sync to VBlank" option by default.
Added a new option, --restore-original-backup, to nvidia-xconfig. nvidia-xconfig creates a backup of the original X configuration file when modifying an X configuration file that does not appear
to have been previously modified by nvidia-xconfig. This option restores a backup of the original X configuration file, if such a backup is found.
Expose the following additional FSAA modes via NV-CONTROL, nvidia-settings, and through X visuals and GLXFBConfigs:

    16X multisample FSAA on all GeForce GPUs

    Coverage sample FSAA on G80 and above GeForce GPUs

    32X multisample FSAA on G80 and above Quadro GPUs

    64X multisample FSAA on Fermi and above Quadro GPUs

Enabled conformant texture clamping by default in OpenGL.
Removed support for the GVO Clone mode NV-CONTROL attributes:


Added a new, higher resolution icon for nvidia-settings.
Updated the NVIDIA X driver's handling of X configuration options that affect an entire GPU, not just a particular X screen running on a GPU (e.g., "NoPowerConnectorCheck"): for such X configuration options, the X driver will now honor the option on any of the X screens configured on the GPU. Prior to this change, the NVIDIA X driver only honored such options on the first X screen configured on a GPU.
Added a checkbox to nvidia-settings to control the texture clamping attribute. When the box is checked, OpenGL textures are clamped according to the OpenGL specification. When it is unchecked, GL_CLAMP is remapped to GL_CLAMP_TO_EDGE for borderless 2D textures.
Removed the "Display" and "X Screen" tabs from the "X Server Display Configuration Page" of nvidia-settings, and added a new "Selection" dropdown menu for selecting X screens or display devices. This makes it easier to select X screens/Displays that are hidden.

Crytek prides itself on on creating the highest-quality 3D graphics in its games, from the original Far Cry to today’s upcoming title, Crysis 3.
Cevat Yerli said that CryEngine already can handle the kind of graphics demonstrated by Epic Games with the new Unreal Engine 4, and Yerli hinted at great things coming for the engine and for cloud graphics.

Full story @ VentureBeat

This irresistible mobile experience gives you the chance to use your phone to visit the island of Lemuria and play with, care for and fall in love with your very own cub. Bring your pet with you wherever you go! If you’ve already experienced Kinectimals on Kinect for Xbox 360, your phone becomes the key to unlocking five new cubs on your console. Stand-alone mobile game features Kinectimals’ signature visual quality, delightful animation and brand new ways to play with your cub!

To learn more, go to,

Release notes

Win8 64 bit
Win8 32 bit

The new OpenCL runtimes can be installed on HD2000 Arrandale, no obvious changes though

AMD Opteron™ processors code named “Abu Dhabi” and  AMD Opteron™ processors code named “Seoul”  Compiler Options Quick Reference Guide

Download here

New in Release 302.81:

    This driver is from the most recent driver release branch, and contains the latest new features and functionality. It has been tested for workstation environments, and is recommended only for those users who need specific features mentioned in the release highlights or release notes.  Also known as the Quadro New Feature driver.
        For the most stable and fully supported enterprise driver please see the main Quadro download section.
    This is a PREVIEW Quadro driver to be used only with the Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview. This driver should not be used with Windows Vista or Windows 7.
    This driver offers full support for the new Windows 8 display driver model WDDM 1.2.
    3D Vision
        Updated the NVIDIA Control Panel‐>Set up stereoscopic 3D page to support Windows 8 implementation of stereoscopic 3D.
    Workstation application compatibility fixes. Please read the release notes for more information on product support, feature limitations, driver fixes and known compatibility issues.

Today we posted NVIDIA display driver 302.80 for Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview. This driver offers full support for the new Windows 8 display driver model WDDM 1.2 for NVIDIA Geforce and ION GPUs. You may download the driver by choosing from the URL's below:

For Windows 8 Release Preview Desktop 32-bit

For Windows 8 Release Preview Desktop 64-bit

Please note: Notebook Windows 8 Release Preview display drivers for Geforce GPUs will be available for download tomorrow, 6/15/12 from

Release Notes
Control Panel Users Guide

NVIDIA recommends closing all open Desktop and Metro applications before you proceed to install this driver.

Please provide feedback on these drivers here

As aforementioned R302 nukes AMD's LEO

3D-Tech News Around The Web / Nokia WebCL extension for Firefox 13
« on: June 14, 2012, 05:49:24 PM »
The Nokia WebCL prototype is now available for Firefox 13.
Click here to download the new add-on for Windows and Linux. This release provides more robust interfacing with native OpenCL drivers, as well as improvements in memory management. (The API documentation remains out of date, however; we'll try to get it fixed shortly.)

3D-Tech News Around The Web / AMD Catalyst 9.000 leaked
« on: June 14, 2012, 05:40:12 PM »
Download @ Guru3D

This driver exposes a new CL extension in CPU mode: cl_khr_3d_image_writes

3D-Tech News Around The Web / ASUS GPU Tweak Version
« on: June 07, 2012, 07:46:57 AM »
Fix “The system will cause Red Screen in some platform”.
Adds support for NVIDIA GT610-640

Download here

It wasn’t an announcement of a next-gen game, but rather an impressive technology demo of what Square Enix’s games will look like in the next generation.

After the show floor closed for the day, Square Enix shared a three-minute trailer on its huge screen of Luminous Studio, its next generation engine for creating video games. Yoshihisa Hashimoto, chief technology officer for Square Enix, repeatedly assured that the trailer we were about to see was in real time, and not pre-rendered footage. He said it at least three times through the course of his short preamble, but once the trailer began it was obvious why he was so adamant about his real-time claims.

Full story at GameInformer

Agni’s Philosophy – FINAL FANTASY REALTIME TECH DEMO homepage

DELL Kepler Quadro Mobile 296.79 32 bit
DELL Kepler Quadro Mobile 296.79 64 bit

This driver exposes a bunch of mobile Kepler Quadro GPUs

DriverVer   = 05/10/2012,
NVIDIA_DEV.0FFB.053E.1028 = "NVIDIA Quadro K2000M"
NVIDIA_DEV.0FFB.153E.1028 = "NVIDIA Quadro K2000M "
NVIDIA_DEV.0FFC.053E.1028 = "NVIDIA Quadro K1000M"
NVIDIA_DEV.0FFC.153E.1028 = "NVIDIA Quadro K1000M "
NVIDIA_DEV.11BC.053F.1028 = "NVIDIA Quadro K5000M"
NVIDIA_DEV.11BC.153F.1028 = "NVIDIA Quadro K5000M "
NVIDIA_DEV.11BD.053F.1028 = "NVIDIA Quadro K4000M"
NVIDIA_DEV.11BD.153F.1028 = "NVIDIA Quadro K4000M "
NVIDIA_DEV.11BE.053F.1028 = "NVIDIA Quadro K3000M"
NVIDIA_DEV.11BE.153F.1028 = "NVIDIA Quadro K3000M "

AMD Catalyst Driver Windows 8 Release Preview

Feature highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ feature preview driver for the Windows® 8 Release Preview

Featuring support for the new WDDM 1.2 driver model, this new driver enables customers to utilize the model’s features as applications are updated to leverage them. These features include:

    Support for the AMD Radeon™  HD 7900 Series, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series, and the AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series.
    Native Stereo 3D support:  Windows 8 natively supports stereoscopic 3D gaming and videos via compatible applications. Middleware applications will not be required for such apps.
    Unified Video API: Video playback has been integrated into the DirectX® 11 API, enabling simultaneous video and gaming content. Transcoding performance may also be improved for supporting applications.
    Optimized screen rotation for rotation-aware devices.
    Improved sleep/resume performance.
    Optimized GPU power consumption.
    Support for AMD Features:
        AMD Eyefinity
        AMD Dual Graphics/AMD CrossFire™ Technology
        AMD Overdrive™
        AMD Catalyst Control Center/Vision Engine Control Center
AMD Catalyst 12.6 Beta Driver

With the release of the AMD Catalyst™ 12.6 Beta driver (“Catalyst”), AMD would also like to announce that we are moving away from our Monthly Catalyst release plan. Our goal is to ensure that every Catalyst release delivers a substantial benefit to our end users; as we have today with the release of the Catalyst 12.6a Beta. We will still continue with the Catalyst naming convention; Catalyst: Year.Month. You just won’t see a new driver every single month.  We are confident that this will only benefit the end user; you’ll only need to upgrade to a new Catalyst driver, when it makes sense.

We would also like to announce the introduction of our new AMD Issue Reporting Form. We made a number of improvements to the older Catalyst Crew Feedback form, making it more comprehensive, ensuring high quality feedback. Feedback is very important in every product company’s life, especially in our fast paced environment. This is not just a check-box for us – we take these reports very seriously.  We will review every report posted here and investigate every issue encountered. Please use this form whenever you encounter something worth mentioning.

Catalyst 8.98 exposes 1 new OpenGL extension.

This PDF is an overview of the features and benefits of GeForce Experience.

It also teases the Geforce R305 driver branch (unless the screenshot with 2 different version numbers was photoshopped).

Quote from:
The very latest driver on this planet is a mobile driver and from Toshiba, miracles do happen.

Like 302.59 from CUDA5 preview this driver exposes 6 new OpenGL extensions, i'm too lazy to look them up though.
Also this driver works worse with AMD's LEO demo.

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