The most complex chip ever they claim..
Update - 11:00pm EST: I reached NVIDIA's PR for an official statement and they replied within the hour. Read their response and feedback from many gamers here.
Original post - 5:20pm EST: I want to warn all of our visitors who are participating in the StarCraft II Beta to refrain from installing the latest NVIDIA WHQL 196.75 WHQL-certified drivers. If you already installed it, uninstall it and downgrade to the previous version. Yeah, it's that serious. Many players are reporting their PCs or graphic card have died.
I've been a journalist/reviewer in the 3D graphics industry for over a decade. I can still remember walking through Fry's Electronics and seeing Western Digital's Paradise Tasmania 3D and actually getting excited about the Yamaha-powered graphics chip. Chris Angelini, the managing editor of Tom's Hardware US, and I go way back, with our first jobs in online journalism traced back to 3DGaming.com more than a decade ago.
Finally, after months of waiting, Nvidia has announced that two of its Fermi chips will be released at the end of March – but, to sate eager customers, the Californian firm has been busy churning out some new parts.
Except that they’re not new in the strictest definition of the word.
Instead, Nvidia has merely rebranded some of its older chips with bigger numbers for the benefit of OEMs – and to the detriment of people who’d naturally think that a GT 340 was more capable than the GT 240 or a GTX 295.
NVIDIA has developed a GeForce PC kit to provide DIYers with an optimized PC and enable them to enjoy building the PC by themselves.
The PC Kit includes:
Processor: Intel Pentium E5300
Motherboard: MSI G31TM-P21
Graphics card: XFX GeForce 9800GT
Mmeory: 2GB DDR2
Hard Drive: 3.5″ SATA 250GB(7200RPM)
Optical Drive: DVD R/RW
Power Supply: Ultra LifeTime 500W
Keyboard and Mouse: Microsoft keyboard and mouse
Chassis: CoolerMaster Elite 334 NVIDIA Edition
Nvidia Corp. will finally start selling its highly-anticipated GeForce GTX 400-series graphics cards as well as other products based on the code-named Fermi architecture and GF100 (NV60, G300, GT300) graphics processing unit (GPU) in the first quarter of fiscal 2011, it looks like mass availability of appropriate products is only expected in Q2 of FY 2011.
“Q2 [of FY 2011] is going to be the quarter when Fermi is hitting the full stride.
Nvidia has released its quarterly reports and things are looking up for the green graphics team.
In its fiscal Q4, which ended January 31, the company earned $131.1 million on revenues of $982.5 million. A year ago, Nvidia lost $147 million and had revenues of just $481 million, or half of what it managed last quarter.
Surprisingly, despite the lack of new products, Nvidia managed to improve its margins from 43.4 percent in Q3 to 44.7 percent in Q4. A year ago, Nvidia's margin was 29.4 percent.
GPU shipments rose by 22 percent, driven by strong Quadro sales.
"When I first heard about the new technology from NVIDIA called OPTIMUS my thoughts went directly to the Transformers. Unfortunately this new technology won't transform your laptop into a something that it's not. What it does do however, is still a great feat. A few years ago NVIDIA released Hybrid SLI which allowed you to manually switch graphics engines. You had the choice to run either integrated graphic or a discrete graphics card. Problem was you had to manually switch, either people didn't realize that or they didn't know how to switch.
Nvidia on Tuesday introduced laptop technology that switches between integrated graphics and a graphics card, depending on application requirements, to extend battery life.
Called Optimus, the technology makes the switch seamlessly, using an Nvidia discrete graphics card for 3-D games, video, or other graphics-intensive applications; and, for more mundane computing tasks such as e-mail and Web browsing, running the far less power-hungry graphics chip integrated into the chipset that runs with the CPU.
Now it is official. The first two consumer level GPUs that are based on the GF100 are going to be called Geforce GTX 480 and Geforce GTX 470. This has been announced on Nvidia's Facebook site. Although the final specifications of the GF100 have not been released yet, there is quite some material available, since Nvidia showed systems at the CES where they also presented the tech demos of the GF100.
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