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NVIDIA Tech Demo Download: Medusa

The Medusa demo is a NVIDIA’s interpretation of the legendary snake-headed woman who’s venemous gaze turned her victims to stone. You’ll see we’ve taken a few liberties on this mythological tale.

Links:
Medusa Homepage
Medusa Download – 239 MB

Key Features:

  • Full cinematic short story rendered in real time featuring multiple characters in a complex environment.
  • Emotional character facial animation implemented with “texture buffers” allowing for unlimited blend shape combinations.
  • Realistic character rendering with multiple passes for shadows, skin shading, depth and color accelerated with “stream out”.
  • Dynamic stone “grows” through the generation of geometry on the GPU using “geometry shaders”.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 Round-up

One day after the launch of the GeForce GTX 280, here are some fresh reviews about the new PSU-killer:

GeForce GTX 280 @ NVIDIA

Various Brands Of GTX 280 & 260 Cards Roundup @ VR-Zone

NVIDIA’s 1.4 Billion Transistor GPU: GT200 Arrives as the GeForce GTX 280 & 260 @ anandtech.com

NVIDIA GT200 Revealed – GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260 Review @ pcper.com
NVIDIA GT200: Moving Away from Just a GPU @ pcper.com

nVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 (Single & SLI) @ revioo.com

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260 Unleashed

NVIDIA GTX 280 Performance Revealed – MSI N280GTX @ overclock3d.net

Zotac GeForce GTX 280 Amp! Edition @ techPowerUp!
Point of View GeForce GTX 280 Assassin’s Creed Edition @ techPowerUp!

EVGA GeForce GTX 280 Line-up Unveiled @ techPowerUp!

NVIDIA Launches GTX 200 GPU Family @ dailytech.com
NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 280 gets cracked open and reviewed @ engadget.com

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 in Tri SLI Tested @ tweaktown.com

I think it’s enough for today with the gtx 280…

NVIDIA GT200 GPU and Architecture Analysis

Beyond3D has published a very detailed article on the architecture of the GT200, the GPU behind the GeForce GTX 280.

Read tHe complete analysis HERE.

If it’s not clear from the above diagram, like G80, GT200 is a fully-unified, heavily-threaded, self load-balancing (full time, agnostic of API) shading architecture. It has decoupled and threaded data processing, allowing the hardware to fully realise the goal of hiding sampler latency by scheduling sampler threads independently of, and asynchronously with, shading threads.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 Video Card

Benchmark Reviews has published a detailed review of NVIDIA’s new monster, the GeForce GTX 280.

The full review is accessible HERE.

In regards to performance and functionality, NVIDIA has redefined the graphics card space. Beginning with 240 processor cores, the GeForce GTX 280 is everything that previous products has not been: parallel-computing ready. Without question, the GeForce GTX 280 has earned the top position for NVIDIA’s video card product lineup. The core, shader, and memory clocks are at the launch-date reference level, so it might be a short while before drivers are stable enough to gain stable overclocks. Optimized post process compression combined with a future-proof 1024 MB of video frame buffer will make this the must-have card for extreme gamers for the foreseeable future.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 review

The NDA is over. So all major hardware websites will publish in the next hours/days the reviews about the new NVIDIA flagship: the GeForce GTX 280.

Guru3D is one of the first to offer you such a review: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 review.

The GT200, the GPU with 1.4 billions transistors! Here are the main features:
* 993 GigaFLOP processing power
* 240 processing (shader) cores (GTX 280)
* 192 processing (shader) cores (GTX 260)
* DirectX 10 – OpenGL 2.1
* New power management enhancements
* CUDA parallel processing
* GeForce PhysX

The Verdict

We have to admit, the GeForce GTX 280 is simply put – a Greek power house. Spaaaartaaans!

Strangely enough there is another product out there that can actually compete with the GeForce GTX 280 rather well. It’s NVIDIA’s own GeForce 9800 GX2.

When we reverse things and look at the 9800 GX2, the GX2 however has 2x 128= 256 shader cores opposed to the 240 on the GTX 280 … that gives it a bit more bite and the GX2 shader domain is clocked a tad faster. So as this article has shown, the products both win and lose a little from each other.

Now then, if you’d ask me; the final word as far as I’m concerned is that the GTX 280 is the way to go here. Yes it’ll be more (too) expensive but with the GX2 you also have the problems that come with SLI, a lot of heat (2 GPUs) and a fair amount of power consumption. When games start using that excessive amount of frame buffer and complex shaders, the GTX 280 would seriously kick in.

GeForce GTX 280 tested with Crysis

PCZILLA translated a post from a Japanese hardware site that has benched the GeForce GTX 280:
GTX280 CRYSIS 1920*1200 VH Average FPS Reached to 36.81!.

Japan IT Media website today brings us the CRYSIS 1920*1200 VH test result of NVIDIA next generation flagship GeForce GTX 280 graphics card.

IT Media site had the opportunity to run GPU-Z, CPU-Z and Crysis Benchmark on the GTX 280 demo system. From the photos, we can clearly see that NVIDIA GTX 280 presentation system used Intel Core 2 Quad four-core processor, the frequency is 2.66GHz, the Crysis Benchmark with 1920 x1200 VeryHigh settings indicated that the average fps of GTX 280 graphics card reached 36.81!

Crysis benchmark should display the renderer in the top-left corner, like oZone3D.Net GPU benchmarks do. That would have been the proof the renderer used is a geforce gtx 280:


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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 Power Enhancements

GeForce GTX 200 GPU series have four different performance/power modes:
– Idle/2D power mode: approx. 25W
– Blu-ray DVD playback mode: approx. 35W
– Full 3D performance mode: varies – worst case TDP 236W
– HybridPower mode: effectively 0W

Using a HybridPower-capable nForce motherboard, such as those based on nForce 780a or 790i chipsets, a GeForce GTX 200 GPU can be fully powered off when not performing intensive graphics operations and graphics output can be handled by the motherboard’s IGP.


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