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Nvidia has released its ForceWare Geforce 182.06 WHQL certified drivers which brings with it full support for OpenGL 3.0 on Nvidia’s Geforce 8, 9 and 200 series video cards. The major purpose to release these drivers is to raise performance bar in some games running on Nvidia GeForce graphics cards.
Games that will see benefit!
You will see performance gains in some 3D applications and pc games with these drivers over 181.22 WHQL drivers. Some of the games that will see performance raise are F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin (10% performance increase), Fallout 3 (8% performance increase), Half-Life 2 (9% performance increase), Left 4 Dead (11% performance increase) and Race Driver: GRID (10% performance increase). Though these are the games that Nvidia promise will see performance boost you might also see performance boost in some other games beside these and even better performance gains than what Nvidia has promised in games listed here it all depends on your system configuration and your video card.
PhysX System Software!
PhysX System Software version 9.09.0203 comes included with these drivers and will be automatically installed in your system.
For more info!
For more information on bug fixes refer to release documentation notes(v182.06) from Nvidia here!
Windows XP 32-bit
Windows Vista 32-bit
Windows XP 64-bit
Windows Vista 64-bit
Nvidia high-end video cards, both single chip gpu GTX 285 and dual chip gpu GTX 295 with water cooling are reported to launch by two of the Nvidia partners.
Water Cooled GTX 285
EVGA is the first one to release a GTX 285 graphics card with water-cooling block installed on it. Though there is no design change in pcb they simply slap the water block on the card, despite the fact that it’s a reference designed video card it’s water cooling solution sure helps with better overclocking.
Clocks Of The Card
This card comes with core clock of 720MHz upped from 648MHz of reference and has 1GB of 512-bit GDDR3 memory which is clocked at an amazing 2770MHz which is default at 2484MHz and shader clock raised to 1,620MHz from 1476MHz. This card has 240 Processing Cores and at the moment it’s the best single chip gpu.
Water Cooled GTX 295
Now let’s move to dual chip gpu, here, BFG is the proud one to introduce a water cooled GTX 295. Alas it’s a reference designed pcb with default clocks, mean it’s not a factory overclocked card but a video card with a water cooling block from Danger Den installed on it, this water block covers GPU, RAM, voltage regulators, and I/O chip thus this graphics card works cooler than the one with Nvidia reference cooling solution, water cooling makes it a perfect choice if you like to overclock your card yourself, but still if you want a factory overclocked water cooled GTX 295 wait till the month of March, 2009.
Clocks Of The Card
Since it’s a reference card it’s both GPUs runs at 576MHz, it has total 1792MB (896MB x 2) of GDDR3 memory which is clocked at 1998MHz, shader clock is at 1242MHz and this video card comes with a total of 480 processing cores which is 240 processing cores for each GPU.
BFG has included two standard removable fittings, each for 3/8″ and 1/2″ inner diameter tubing as well as two micro removable fittings for “space constrained” Nvidia SLI setup, two tubing clams for 5/8″ and 3/4″ outer diameter tubing bundle with other water cooling accessories.
Availability and Price:
At the moment price and arrival of both of these cards is unknown, so, we should wait and see, you can expect to pay a hefty amount to purchase one of these cards.
EVGA has proved again how good they are when it comes to customer support by releasing an SLI Enhancement Patch.
SLI profiles are a part of Nvidia Forceware drivers, they are present in a form of expandable list in Nvidia control panel. What these profiles does? these SLI profiles are needed for pc games and 3D programs to use two or more GPUs to their fullest extent, some games or 3D programs require specific SLI profiles build for them otherwise they won’t run or perform well in SLI mode. As you know every month several new games are released, even though Forceware drivers can run them we need special SLI profiles to get optimized performance from our dual-GPUs for those specific games or 3D programs. Since Nvidia takes some time to update Forceware drivers to bring SLI support for those specific games or 3D programs EVGA took the plunge to release their own enhanced SLI profiles.
SLI Enhancement Patch Info
This is the first SLI Enhancement patch (version: 02.11.09) from EVGA, Evga will update it from time to time, it’s available on their site for their registered users, this patch will improve the SLI performance in pc games Necrovision Demo (DX10 mode) as well as Burnout Paradise. EVGA recommends using this patch with NVIDIA’s ForceWare 182.05 WHQL driver suite.
Whom Should Use This Patch?
If you own a dual gpu card like 7950GX2, 9800GX2 or GTX 295 and if you are running two gpu in SLI configuration.
This patch will work only in Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit as well as in Windows 7.
Visit Evga website to download this patch!
Nvidia SLI support has finally arrive to Intel’s DX58SO motherboard codenamed Smackover, which is Intel’s manufactured motherboard with their X58 Express chipset. Last year Intel launched their Core i7 line of processors and along came this new motherboard from Intel to support the Core i7 CPU series, even though the chipset X58 supports Nvidia SLI which is a multi-GPU configuration, Intel didn’t implement it in their DX58SO motherboard. Morning of Feb-11-2009 Nvidia announced that Intel has given them license to bring their multi-gpu support for Intel’s DX58SO motherboard. So, from now on Intel Smackover will support Nvidia SLI even in Quad-SLI config on its dual PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots, you can use any (any means any, doesn’t have to be two same gpus) two GeForce GPUs for SLI configuration, for best performance in Quad SLI your best option is a pair of GeForce GTX 295. As most of you know that Intel’s dual cpu platform Skulltrail has an embedded Nvidia PCI Express controller to run SLI config whereas Intel DX58SO Smackover motherboard simply has an embedded key in motherboard bios from Nvidia and Forceware drivers will enable SLI once key is located from the motherboard bios.
So, for the first time in history you can enjoy the advantages of SLI, PhysX, CUDA and GeForce Stereoscopic 3D stereo all in an Intel platform, isn’t it exciting? best processor chipset and best graphics chipset in one place?.
MemTest86 is a stand-alone advanced memory diagnostic utility designed for x86 architecture computers that thoroughly tests your RAMs for any fault or error. Lately a newer version of this utility has been released and it’s version is 3.5. This is one of the most precise memory testing software out there that diagnose your memory by running multiple tests and even a newbie can use this program without any hassle.
You can download this utility for free at their webpage at: MemTest86 3.5 go to this page and click on Free Download in left-hand menu, from there you can download the format you like.
What’s new in MemTest86 version 3.5?
- Limited support for execution with multiple CPUs. CPUs are selected round-robin or sequential for each test.
- Support for detection of additional chipsets. (from Memtest86+ v2.11).
- Additions and corrections for CPU detection including reporting of L3 cache.
- Reworked information display for better readability and new information.
- Abbreviated iterations for first pass.
- Enhancements to memory sizing.
- Misc bug fixes.
Real Temp version 3.00 has been released. It is a very useful utility that you can use to monitor your Intel Core processors temperatures with a breakdown of temperatures on a per-core and T-junction basis. Distance to TJ Max defines the state where your processor begins to throttle itself. So when it reaches 0C it will start to underclock itself in order to reduce temps.
Unfortunately this utility will not work with Intel Pentium processors, so, if you have an Intel Pentium processor this is not useful for you but if you have an Intel Core processor whether Single Core, Dual Core or Quad Core this will work for you. These Core processors comes with a digital thermal sensor (DTS) that informs of temperature data relative to TJMax which is the safe maximum operating core temperature for the CPU.
This utility works with Core i7 processors even in Turbo Mode, where the software controls frequencies and power of each processing cores. This utility brings plugin support for RivaTuner which monitors Nvidia video cards temperatures and also supports Microsoft Windows 7.
Download Real Temp Version 3.00 Inside!
Some Nvidia partners are reporting increased sales in last month than year 2008’s last quarter. This impressive change was the result of Nvidia’s dual gpu card GTX 295 and single gpu card GTX 285 release. Also Nvidia’s GTX 260 55nm card, 9600GT and 9500GT cards are selling well too, specially 9600GT and 9500GT 1GB versions are selling like crazy. Buyers prefer video cards with 1GB of memory instead of 512MB even though there is no performance difference at all and even if there is any advantage it’s not much noticeable.
But Nvidia isn’t stopping here, they have more plans and one of them is to rename their G92 series, which will rumoured to come next month on CeBIT 2009 trade show in Germany. First card to get a new name will be GeForce 9800 GTX+, it will renamed to GeForce GTS 250 and second card will be GeForce 9800 GT to get name GeForce GTS 240, you have been hearing about these mid-range Nvidia cards to get renamed, now next month you will probably see them, if the rumours are true. Though these cards are getting new names specifications of these graphics cards are all identical except for a new VBIOS.
I don’t get it, why re-release a video card that is already in the market? who would buy it? let’s hope they come with some improvements over GeForce 9800 GT and GeForce 9800GTX+ edition.
News of a new Core i7 processor coming from Intel is surrounding the web, this will be a desktop cpu for Core i7 Extreme Edition series to replace flagship model 965, this new processor model will be Core i7 975. It will be a socket LGA 1366, at a speed of 3.33GHz comes with 25X multiplier, revision is D0 of Bloomfield core, L2-cache will be 256KB for each core, a large 8MB shared L3-cache, so, this means there is not much difference from current Core i7 flagship model 965 cpu except it comes with higher speed of 3.33GHz and a multiplier of 25X.
First appeared on XtremeSystems forum, the owner of this forum Fugger and his buddy Mikeguava overclocked the cpu to clock speed of 5259MHz to set a new record of 47,026 in 3DMark 05. Motherboard was used Gigabyte EX58-Extreme, Corsair’s peltier-cooled memory and two ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 video cards were used in this benchmark to accomplish this new world record.
Word is this processor will launch in late Q2 or early Q3 of 2009 with a tag price of $999, though it could be different since this is just rumors.