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.

Nvidia GeForce GTS 250

Nvidia GeForce GTS 250

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.

Specifications
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.

Features
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

Pricing
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.

Availability
These video cards are said to arrive retail stores by March 10.

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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.

GeForce 181.71 Driver For Windows 7

GeForce 181.71 Driver For 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.
Download Links!
Windows 7 32-bit
Windows 7 64-bit

BFG Mirros Edge Offer

BFG Mirros Edge Offer

Want a free copy of pc game Mirror’s Edge? you can receive one for free! For a limited time BFG is offering free copy of Mirror’s Edge video game with purchase of their selected video cards.
Checkout the graphics cards listings here to choose from!

OCZ Hot Deals

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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.

Nvidia Forceware Logo

Nvidia Forceware Logo

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!
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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.

Evga GTX 285 Water Cooled

Evga GTX 285 Water Cooled

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.

Water Cooled GTX 295

Water Cooled GTX 295

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.

BFG GTX 295 Water Cooled

BFG GTX 295 Water Cooled

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
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.

Evga SLI Enhancement Patch

Evga SLI Enhancement Patch

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.
Operating System
This patch will work only in Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit as well as in Windows 7.
Download Link
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.

Intel DX58SO In SLI Mode

Intel DX58SO In SLI Mode

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 3.00

Real Temp 3.00

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!