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Shortly after releasing GeForce 182.46 BETA drivers NVIDIA just released another version of their GeForce drivers, GeForce 182.47 BETA Driver with OpenGL 3.1 Support.
Drivers version 182.47 for Windows and drivers version 180.37.04 for Linux provide beta support for OpenGL 3.1 and GLSL 1.40 support (as well as full OpenGL 3.0 and GLSL 1.30 support)
Supported Graphics Cards!
These driver support GeForce 8 series and higher video cards and a broad range of Quadro cards as well as any ION based products.
Windows 7 Compatible!
Yes, these drivers are Windows 7 Compatible, you can use them if you are using Windows 7, download the Vista drivers and you are good to go.
For more info and download links to GeForce 182.47 Developer Beta Drivers visit this page
GeForce 182.46 BETA Drivers
Incase you are looking for GeForce 182.46 BETA Drivers which take care of several bugs from previous versions of GeForce drivers, I am placing the links to them here.
Windows XP, Windows XP Media Center Edition
Windows XP x64, Server 2003 x64
Windows Vista 32-bit
Windows Vista 64-bit
Difference Between Radeon HD 4890 (RV790) And Radeon HD 4870 (RV770):
RV790 is nothing of an advancement in technology rather an advancement in RV770 graphics processor. RV770 and RV790 looks similar, but they are not identical, RV790 comes with a different layout of the die and the pin count is also not compatible with RV770 boards.
Beside higher clock speed ATI’s RV790 has improved shader efficiency, which will help RV790 to perform a bit faster than it’s predecessor RV770 even at the same clock and specification. ATI actually done something good with the shaders of RV790 to improve overall performance of the graphics processor. Higher clocks will require more power and 6+8 pin power connectors present in HD 4890 instead of 6+6 ones of HD 4870 is a sign of that.
Radeon HD 4890 Specifications:
So far the specifications that have leaked for this card are here:
HD 4890 has core clock speed of 850MHz, 256-bit wide memory interface, 1GB GDDR5 memory which is clocked at 975 MHz (effective 3900MHz Quad pumped), with memory bandwidth of 124.8GB/s up from the 111GB/s of its predecessor, the HD 4870. It has 800 stream processors, fabricated at 55nm, supports DirectX 10.1, SM4.1 and is CrossFireX ready.
These are reference clocks and we can expect even higher clocks with overclocked versions from ATI partners.
Radeon HD 4890 Price:
Rumors are this card will cost US $249.
Radeon HD 4890 Availability:
ATI is said to launch it’s upcoming video card Radeon HD 4890 on Thursday, April 9th.
Catalyst Control Center
View of Catalyst Control Center with Radeon HD 4890 installed.
ATI reference design Radeon HD 4890:
While we are at this topic I should show you guys the upcoming Radeon HD 4890, it’s from ATI and it’s reference design, but we can expect some custom designed HD 4890 video cards after it’s official launch.
Radeon HD 4890 from PowerColor and Gigabyte in these pictures:
May 5, 2009 is the date when Electronic Arts will publish the Crysis: Maximum Edition, it is the entire collection of the world famous game, Crysis, which is the best pc game of the year 2007 developed by Crytek. Releasing May 5th Crysis: Maximum Edition will be containing Crysis, Crysis Warhead, and multiplayer game mode Crysis Wars all in one package for one low price.
This item is available for Pre-order at $39.99 with FREE shipping. If you want to pre-order it then Click Here!
In a response to ATI’s price cut for their Radeon HD 4870 card, which is a close competitor of GeForce GTX 260, Nvidia has reduced the prices of their GeForce GTX 260, this is the price cut for their 216-Core 55nm-based GTX 260 video cards. Highly overclocked versions of GTX 260 are selling at $200+, mostly stock clocked versions and some moderately overclocked versions are available at under $200.
BFG Technologies NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 OC MAXCORE 55nm
Model Number: BFGEGTX260MC896OCBE
Price After Rebate: $181.58
Core Clock 590MHz (vs. 576MHz standard)
Shader Clock 1296MHz (vs. 1242MHz standard)
Processor Cores 216
Memory Data Rate 1998MHz
Memory Interface 448-bit
Memory Bandwidth 111.9GB/sec
Video Memory 896MB
Memory Type GDDR3
EVGA GeForce GTX260 Core-216 55nm
Model Number: 896-P3-1255-AR
Priced at: $223.45+FREE Shipping
Price After Rebate: $203.45
Core clock 576MHz
Shader Clock 1242MHz
Memory Data Rate 1998MHz
Stream Processors 216 processing cores
Memory Size 896MB
Memory Interface 448-bit
Memory Type GDDR3
These are just the examples of what is available at the moment, you go checkout yourself all the offerings available for GeForce GTX 260.
Lets hope that Nvidia’s GeForce GTS 250 get a reduction in price and start selling at around $100, currently it sells at price of $150.
GeForce GTX 260 216 Core is one of the best video card to be honest, actually it’s a beast, you run any game with this card and it will run them smoothly without any lagging, it’s performance will leave you with amazement, I highly recommend you get one if you don’t have one already, I think at this price point you can’t ask for more though you can greed for more price reduction but this is the best you can get at the moment, so, don’t wait, BUY one! this is the time!
ATI Vs Nvidia!
ATI, the graphics division of AMD is working full force to win the battle which is going on between them and Nvidia, I know that right now Nvidia is the king when it comes to high-end graphics cards, their single gpu GeForce GTX 285 and dual gpu GeForce GTX 295 are unbeatable but ATI is taking the lead in mid-range cards with price vs performance ratio.
ATI, after cutting prices for their Radeon HD 4800 series has become very competitive for Nvidia in mainstream level.
Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 VS ATI Radeon HD 4870!
ATI Radeon HD 4870 is a performance mainstream video card that performs close to and in some games neck-to-neck with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 260 (216 Core) video card and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 260 (216 Core) graphics card is available for around $240.00 whereas ATI’s Radeon HD 4870 card sells for around $210.00, so, price/performance ratio wise ATI wins here.
Nvidia recently launched GeForce GTS 250 video card and Radeon HD 4850 video card which sells for around $150.00 is the main competitor of GeForce GTS 250. Benchmarks seen over at internet shows that GeForce GTS 250 takes the lead in most of the games over Radeon HD 4850 and GeForce 9800 GTX+.
If you will compare GeForce GTS 250 to Radeon HD 4870, GeForce GTS 250 will left behind by Radeon HD 4870 in almost all of the games, so, I don’t think there is any point in comparing GTS 250 with HD 4870.
This battle which is going on between ATI and Nvidia is not going to over here because when one company take some action the other one does something in it’s reaction, so, expect more to come your way, it’s good for you. 🙂
GTS 250 Price And Availability:
At the moment there are only three GeForce GTS 250’s are available and most of them are available for pre-order, from three available cards one is from XFX which is a 512MB version with stock clocks for $149.99 and the other one is from Gigabyte for $179.95 which is a 1GB version with Zalman cooling fan installed on it and there is also a 512MB overclocked version from BFG available for $169.99.
These GeForce GTS 250 video cards are based on 55nm G92b, featuring 128 stream processors, these card require only one 6pin power supply connector.
XFX GeForce GTS 250 GS-250X-YDFC
Bus Type: PCI-E 2.0
GPU Clock: 738 MHz
Memory Bus: 256Bit
Memory Type: DDR3
Memory Size: 512MB
Memory Speed: 2200 MHz
Shader Clock: 1836MHz
Gigabyte GeForce GTS 250 GV-N250ZL-1GI
Bus Type: PCI-E 2.0
GPU Clock: 740 MHz
Memory Bus: 256-Bit
Memory Type: DDR3
Memory Size: 1GB
Memory Speed: 2000 MHz
Shader Clock: 1850MHz
This card from Gigabyte is cooled by a Zalman OEM VF1050 cooler with copper fins and 4 heatpipes.
BFG GeForce GTS 250 OC
Bus Type: PCI-E 2.0
GPU Clock: 750MHz
Memory Bus: 256-Bit
Memory Type: DDR3
Memory Size: 512MB
Memory Speed: 2240MHz
Shader Clock: 1863MHz
So, you wanna build a pc that won’t cost you an arm and a leg? a pc that do the killing in performance but not to your pocket? something that smoothly runs 3D applications and plays pc games at playable framerates? then don’t worry I’ll help you in your quest.
Goal for building this rig!
My main goal for building this rig is to buy the cheapest computer hardware components possible and not just the cheapest ones but something that is of good quality, something that is cheap but doesn’t lag in gaming or something that at least play our favorite games at playable framerates.
Next step is I gonna give you my suggestions of which computer parts you should pick.
Motherboard (Gigabyte GA-P31-ES3G)!
GA-P31-ES3G CPU support: Multi core 45nm CPUs at 1600MHz FSB.
Memory support: 2 Dimm slots that supports two 240-pins DDR2 DIMMs at speeds of 1066MHz, 800MHz and 667MHz, in dual channel configuration with a maximum capacity of 4GB memory.
Expansion slots: One PCI-Express x16 slot, three PCI-Express x1 Slots and three PCI Slots.
Storage: One IDE ATA-100 channel, four SATA-2 Ports.
Audio: 5.1-Channel HD audio with one S/PDIF output.
Back panel: One Gigabit Ethernet Controller, four 2.0 USB ports, one Serial and one parallel Port.
It comes with premium quality Capacitors and Ferrite Core Choke for CPU VRM (voltage regulator module) and has dual bios onboard that automatically retrieves BIOS data when primary BIOS has crashed or failed.
This motherboard doesn’t have two PCI-Express x16 slot but again we are building a budget gaming pc so this is out of question.
Gigabyte GA-P31-ES3G Motherboard, BUY NOW!
Processor (Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200)!
E5200 is a dual core cpu from Intel’s Pentium series, codename Wolfdale-2M, clock speed is 2.5GHz with a FSB(Front Side Bus) of 800MHz and L2 cache of 2MB.
Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology (EM64T)
Enhanced Intel Speedstep Technology
Enhanced Halt State (C1E-8w)
Extended Stop Grant State (C2E)
Intel Thermal Monitor 2
This processor is fabricated at 45nm technology process. It’s a socket 775 cpu with a max TDP (Thermal Design Power) of 65Watts. With a TDP of 65Watts and 45nm fabrication process this processor is a nice overclocker for sure.
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200 CPU, BUY One TODAY!
RAM (OCZ OCZ2G8002GK)!
For ram I choose OCZ PC2-6400 Gold Gamer eXtreme edition, this memory runs at 800MHz speed with cas latency of 5-5-5-15 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS). It has Gold Layered XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) Heatspreader for improved heat dissipation which helps this memory run cooler and deliver the maximum performance while you are gaming.
Video Card (SPARKLE 9600GT)!
Graphics card is from Sparkle, model number is SF-PX96GT512D3-HP. Video card is one of the most important part of any gaming pc. This is the cheapest I could find, at $74.99 I think it’s a steal deal, so, hurry up before it’s out of stock. 9600GT is a powerful video card, powerful enough to run most of your games at higher framerates and in some games it will even give you incredible results.
Core clock is 650MHz, it has 512MB GDDR3 memory which runs at 1800MHz, 256-Bit memory interface and shader clocks are set to 1625MHz.
SPARKLE 9600GT Video Card, BUY IT NOW!
Hard Disk (Western Digital 500GB SATA2)!
A 500GB hard disk drive from Western Digital, this drive should be sufficient for your cheap gaming rig. this drive is SATA 3Gb/s (A.K.A SATA II) Interface, it comes with 16MB of Cache, spins at fast speed of 7200RPM. It’s a 3.5″ internal hard disk from Western Digital’s Caviar SE16 series, Model number for this drive is WD5000AAKS.
Optical Drive (LG 22X DVD Rewriter)!
Here is a nice and cheap DVD Rewriter from LG for your cheap build gaming pc.
Maximum DVD writing speed for this drive is 22X and maximum writing speed for CD is 48X, this drive comes with 2MB of cache and it has SATA interface and it’s 5.25″ of size. It also comes with LightScribe feature which is a cost effective way of labeling discs from your PC, it will not label any disc that you would put in your DVD-RW it will only label special LightScribe discs.
Model number of this DVD Burner is GH22LS30.
LG 22X DVD Rewriter, BUY NOW!
I am listing more item here incase you don’t have these items and to me these item are additional because I assume you already have these item from an older rig or you brought one or two from your friend.
If I am buying a computer case I will look for few things in it, first is cooling system by cooling system I mean there should be about three fans in computer case, one in the front, one in the rear and one on the side panel, second is tool free design for the ease of installation, last but not least a front panel and if it has looks that’s a plus point for me.
Cooler Master Centurion 5!
This ATX Mid Tower case is good choice because it’s from Cooler Master 😀 NO that was just a joke, it’s a nice case because it has one 120mm rear fan and one 80mm front fan with side panel ventilation, it’s nice because it is tool free design so you don’t need to screw your drives or expansion cards you just secure them in the place with clips instead of screws.
For your ease this case comes with front panel that consists of two USB ports, Headphone and Microphone jacks, and one Fire Wire(IEEE 1394) port. It’s all good no doubt.
Cooler Master Centurion 5 ATX Case, BUY NOW!
CPU Cooler (Cooler Master Hyper TX2)!
Checkout this cpu cooler from Cooler Master it’s called Hyper TX2, it’s light weight (only 482 grams), cheaper yet quite effective when it comes to keeping your cpu cool. It has three heatpipes, these three heatpipes are made of copper as well as the base of this cpu cooler. Fins of this cpu cooler are made of Aluminum which disperse the heat very effectively that comes from it’s 3 copper made heatpipes.
CPU Cooler Fan!
It’s fan size is 92mm which runs at speed of 1800RPM to deliver over 41CFM, do not worry about the noise, it’s a quiet fan, it’s noise level is only 22dBA which you won’t hear spinning while you work on your pc.
You can use this cpu cooler with these CPUs: AMD Socket 754, 939, 940, AM2 and Intel LGA 775.
Cooler Master Hyper TX2 CPU Cooler, BUY It NOW!
Power Supply (Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU)!
Since this is not a power hungry rig you don’t need to add a power supply, the power supply that comes with your computer case should be able to provide your system enough juice to run smoothly but still if you insist on one here is my recommendation.
Thermaltake is a big name when it comes to power supplies and computer cases, for this cheap gaming rig I suggest you to go with Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU power supply which is a 500watts psu. It has enough power and enough connectors to run your new gaming system without any problems. It comes with a switch to select 115-Volts or 230-Volts. This power supply complies with ATX 12V 2.0 Version.
This power supply comes with two +12Volt rails with one rated at 14A and one rated at 15A, so, +12V rail of this psu delivers a total of 29Amperage and a 9600 GT video card needs at least 26 Amperes on the 12V rail to run.
Power Supply Connectors:
1x 24-pin Main Power Connector
1x 4-pin 12V Power Connector
8x 4-pin Molex Connectors
4x 5-pin SATA Connectors
1x 6-pin PCI-Express Connector
2x 4-pin Floppy Drive Connectors
Power Supply Fan!
This power supply comes with a 120x120x25mm size fan which runs at maximum speed of 2400RPM, this fan automatically adjust it’s speed according to the temperature of the power supply, it would run at 1525 rpm if temps are at 28.6°C and if temps raises it will speed up further to keep the power supply cool, with a noise level of 19dBA at 2000RPM you won’t even notice it running in your system, so, don’t worry about the noise level of this fan.
Thermaltake Purepower 500Watts Power Supply, BUY NOW!
Keyboard (Microsoft Digital Media Pro)!
This keyboard is sleek and stylish in design, it has 105 standard keys with 22 media key with 1 Zoom Slider on the left of keyboard. You can connect this keyboard to your computer either with a USB or a PS/2 port, this keyboard comes with USB To PS/2 Adapter so if you are using a PS/2 port you can utilize these adapters. This keyboard is Windows Vista certified.
Mouse (Logitech LX7 Cordless Optical Mouse)!
Logitech LX7 Cordless Optical Mouse in Dark Blue color, this mouse is wireless and runs with two AA size batteries. It comes with a USB to PS/2 adapter to run it with PS/2 port, by default this mouse runs with USB port. It has forward and back buttons that helps in browsing web and documents. Scroll wheel of Logitech LX7 can be use back forth and side to side. This mouse can be use with either left hand or right hand.
Now build a new gaming rig with my suggestions and brag about it to your friends that how cheap you build it.
On March 3rd 2009, Nvidia has officially renamed their GeForce 9800 GTX+ video card to GeForce GTS 250 and this is the first gpu of Nvidia’s GeForce GTS 200 series and another card that is said to come from this series is GTS 240 which is a rebranded 9800 GT, this series of cards are based on Nvidia’s 55nm G92b core, Nvidia is schedule to officially rename its G92-based graphics cards series.
It all started with 8800 GTS rebranded to 9800 GTX and 9800 GTX get an overclocked version which is 9800 GTX+ in which Nvidia upped the clocks by reducing the die from 65nm to 55nm and finally it gets the name of GeForce GTS 250. Nvidia’s GeForce 9800 GTX+ was released in July 2008 with a purpose to compete ATI’s Radeon HD 4850.
GeForce GTS 250 VS GeForce 9800 GTX+
I know the whole internet is full of why the hell is Nvidia bringing a gpu that is already in the market, yes, there is no difference in both 9800 GTX+ and GTS 250, but, GTS 250 has slight differences and the main difference is a new VBIOS, also Nvidia set the standard memory for GTS 250 to 1GB instead of 512MB and some of Nvidia partners are going to launch even 2GB memory version of this graphics card. Another difference is GTS 250 length, this card has a 9 inches long PCB instead of large 10.5 inches long PCB of 9800 GTX+. Another change is that GTS 250 requires only one PCI-Express power connector instead of two power connectors and runs at maximum TDP of 150W which is good for users with older power supplies that have only one PCI-E power connector. Beside this slight difference between GeForce GTS 250 and GeForce 9800 GTX+, both cards comes with same specs and features.
Nothing to get excited because GTS 250 is rebranded 9800 GTX+, 9800 GTX+ is an overclocked 9800 GTX and 9800 GTX is a rebranded 8800 GTS.
But still I will list specifications here, GPU clocks for this card are 738MHz and Stream Processors are running at 1836MHz, it has 128 Shader Processors and Texture Fill Rate is 47.2 billion/sec. Standard Memory configuration is 512MB or 1GB GDDR3 with a Memory Interface Width of 256-bit, Memory Clocks are at 1100MHz (2200MHz Effective) and Memory Bandwidth is 70.4GB/sec.
Some of the features of GeForce GTS 250
- NVIDIA® PureVideo® HD Technology
- Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration
- 3-way and 2-way NVIDIA SLI® Technology
- NVIDIA PhysX™ Technology
- NVIDIA CUDA™ Technology
- NVIDIA HybridPower™ Technology
- PCI Express 2.0 Support
A 1GB GeForce GTS 250 will cost you around US $149.99 and it’s 512MB version will cost you around US $129.99. Whereas a 512MB 9800 GTX card is available around US $149.99.
These video cards are said to arrive retail stores by March 10.
Nvidia has just released Forceware GeForce drivers for Microsoft Windows 7 Beta, driver version is 181.71, this driver set is in Beta mode which works with GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9 and 200 series video cards. These drivers supports 32-bit and 64-bit versions of current Windows 7 Beta edition. This is the first release of Forceware GeForce drivers from Nvidia and a begining of regular NVIDIA driver updates for Microsoft’s upcoming operating system Windows 7.
Beside the support for Direct3D, Direct2D, DirectWrite and DXVA-HD these drivers support NVIDIA CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture) and NVIDIA PhysX technology. Also NVIDIA SLI is supported on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL applications.
This driver set will install WDDM v1.1 for GeForce 8, 9, and 200-series DirectX 10 GPUs and it will install WDDM v1.0 for GeForce 6 and 7-series DirectX 9 GPUs. These drivers will automatically install PhysX System Software version 9.09.0203 for all GeForce 8, 9, and 200-series GPUs.
Windows 7 32-bit
Windows 7 64-bit