PALiT GTX 470 & GTX 480 Box Pictures

The GTX 470 and GTX 480 Video Cards will hit store shelves in a few weeks, if all goes well. So PALiT is preparing to launch their offering and they just sent me a couple of interesting box pictures. I should have these soon for an unboxing and review. All hail FROBOT!

NVIDIA Court Clash with Intel

While AMD is saying that NVIDIA likes to bribe game developers, the Santa Clara GPU maker is appearing on TV and answering questions concerning the ongoing litigations with Intel over NVIDIA's rights to manufacture chipsets. Recently, NVIDIA Chief Executive Officer Jen-Hsun Huang agreed to an interview with Fortune magazine and took advantage of the situation to spell out just how firm the company's position was in relation with Intel's efforts to drive them out of the chipset market.

NVIDIA 196.75 Drivers Kills StarCraft 2

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.

Intel, AMD and Nvidia In Ten Years

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.

Nvidia rebrands yet more GPUs

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 Builds GeForce PC Kit

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 Fermi Products Delayed Till Q2

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 reports $131.1 million profit in Q4

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.

NVIDIA Optimus Improves Battery Life

"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.

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