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     Nvidia activates PhysX on the GeForce
      Posted on 26/06/2008 at 23:33 by Nicolas
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    Nvidia has just put online the GeForce Release 177.39 beta which integrates the PhysX v8.06.12 driver therefore enabling PhysX GPU hardware acceleration (except for rigid bodies) on the GeForce 9800 GTX (G92), GTX 260 and 280. It is available for 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows XP and Vista. You may recall, these drivers are the same ones which were recently leaked.

    Note that the GeForce Release 177.41 WHQL, in which PhysX is absent and which only supports the GeForce GTX 200, have also appeared.

     Comeback of the ATI All-In-Wonder
      Posted on 26/06/2008 at 21:28 by Nicolas
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    Yesterday, ATI launched the first All-In-Wonder HD equipped with a Theater 650 Pro chip and RV635, chips which up until now where found on the TV Wonder HD 650 and Radeon HD 3600, respectively.

    With GPU/memory frequencies of 725/600 MHz and its audio and video inputs and outputs, this card offers an interesting compromise for those that want a multimedia system that allows gaming – on the condition that we are too demanding in the latter domain. The All-In-Wonder allows you to watch HDTV (ATSC) and analog (NTSC) as well as recording videos in these formats. Clear-QAM can also be accessed in Windows Vista. The 12 bits decoder and reception and noise reduction filters should guarantee the quality of signal processing. In terms of outputs, there are HDMI and dual-link DVI. The retail price in the U.S. is announced at $199 and commercialization will start in late July with distribution by Diamond and VisionTek. We can only hope that a version adapted to European standards will be available soon.

    Finally, an "Accessory Kit", sold separately, can extend the possibilities with composite, S-video, and audio stereo inputs as well as RGB (component) outputs.

     Gainward, ATI's new partner
      Posted on 26/06/2008 at 13:38 by Nicolas - source: Hardwarezone
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    Gainward, a long time Nvidia partner which didn’t falter in the GeForce FX episode, has officially announced its Radeon HD 4870 and 4850.

    While the cards shown below are more than standard, this turnaround isn’t any less odd. The main cause for the company’s change in policy is yet unknown. Is it related to significant changes in the upper management (the former hierarchy was supposedly very "green")? The return of ATI as a 3D heavyweight? Or a reaction to the increased pressure which Nvidia exercises on its partners? Of course, these are only hypotheses but it’s not impossible that these three elements came into play. Officially, Gainward should continue to work with the creator of the GeForce on its new products; however, it will be interesting to see how the latter will react.

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