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NVIDIA Scores CoD2 Bundling Deal

0 comments Terren Tong - Oct 18, 05 10:41pm (PST) Like Share

Call of Duty 2 to be bundled with select NVIDIA GeForce cards

NVIDIA sends word that they have signed an exclusive agreement with Activision to bundle the highly anticipated Call of Duty 2 with a GeForce 7800GT.
Under the agreement, NVIDIA is granted exclusive bundling rights to Call of Duty 2, making partners of NVIDIA the only source to get Call of Duty 2 outside of a stand-alone purchase of the game in retail. NVIDIA bundles will occur simultaneously with the retail launch of Call of Duty 2.
Among the participating manufacturers are BFG, XFX and EVGA. NVIDIA pointed out that the street prices of the 7800GT are falling quickly with this one particular XFX unit hitting the 340$ mark already.
Categories: Video Cards
 
 

EVGA Hurricane Relief Auction

0 comments Terren Tong - Sep 07, 05 9:33pm (PST) Like Share

100% of EVGA 7800GTX auction proceeds will go to American Red Cross

I got an email from EVGA today notifying us that they have an eBay auction for a 7800GTX where 100% of the proceeds will go towards the American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. For those considering picking a 7800GTX anyway, consider supporting EVGA's initiative or if the price is a bit high, please consider giving directly to the Red Cross or your humanitarian relief organization of choice as a lot of people could use a little bit of generosity right now.

Categories: Video Cards
 
 

NVIDIA Announces GeForce 7800GT, Price Drops

0 comments Terren Tong - Aug 11, 05 7:36am (PST) Like Share

New high end card, price drops on 6800 parts.

Pretty exciting news for enthusiasts today as NVIDIA has officially launched their 7800GT which features 20 pixel pipelines, 4 down from the flagship 7800GTX with a slightly slower core and memory speed.  MSRP is $449 for most cards, but the XFX GeForce 7800GT we took a look at is debuting at a very aggressive $399. In addition, pricing on the 6800 series has been revised with the perennial fan favorite, the 6800GT coming in at 299$ now and the 6800 at 199$.

NVIDIA is also doing a big marketing push focusing called the Power of 3 focusing on the following: Shader Model 3, SLI and HDR (High Dynamic Range).  Shader Model 3 is supported on all GeForce 6 and 7 cards.  NVIDIA has noted several times that SLI prices are dropping to mainstream levels especially after the announcement of the nForce4 SLI X16 chipset which provides two full x16 PCIe slots.  HDR is one of the rendering techniques they feel will take off this year in gaming. 

Categories: Video Cards
 
 

Sony Enters Licensing Agreement With AGEIA

0 comments Terren Tong - Jul 21, 05 10:59pm (PST) Like Share

SCEI obtains sublicensing rights of PhysX for Playstation 3.

AGEIA has sent word that they have entered a sublicensing agreement with Sony to bring AGEIA's PhysX SDK to the Playstation 3.
The AGEIA PhysX SDK is the leading next-generation solution for creating compelling in-game physics and has been widely adopted by various game engines, such as the Unreal Engine 3 by Epic Games. Its multi-threaded capability makes the AGEIA PhysX SDK ideally equipped to leverage the power of the Cell processor. The licensing agreement allows for SCEI and AGEIA to optimize the AGEIA PhysX SDK for utilization in PLAYSTATION 3, and will be included in the Software Development Kit for PLAYSTATION 3. Frontline support will be provided by SCEI.
This is a pretty significant move for AGEIA as their plans are to position PhysX as a platform in itself; developers should be able to code to the same API regardless of platform and have a compatible physics engine whether it is PC or console. It will be interesting to see what can be leveraged out of Cell and the PowerPC chip in the Xbox 360 as AGEIA mentioned how much faster their discrete PC solution would be down at E3.
 
 

ATI Extends AIW Series to X800 XL PCIe

0 comments Terren Tong - Jul 05, 05 6:27pm (PST) Like Share

Full MCE support and more

ATI has fired out a PR this morning announcing a summer launch for an AIW X800 XL PCIe card
For European customers, All-In-Wonder X800 XL PCI Express will enable analog TV reception along with reception of Digital Video Broadcasting for Terrestial (DVB-T) television transmissions. DVB-T is becoming the major form of TV broadcast transmissions in Europe. It offers more channels and delivers a better picture and sound quality through a conventional antenna instead of a cable or satellite dish connection.

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For North America, the ATI TV tuner design provides instant viewing of up to 125 channels of cable or antenna broadcasts. The tuner also enables high-quality reception for FM radio broadcasts

The PR talks about a plethora of connectivity options (especially for European customers) and we've taken a look at most of these previously. We've also been very impressed with the ATI Theater 550Pro based PowerColor 550Pro TV Tuner unit (the hardware anyway) and it will be interesting to see if ATI's high end tuner part makes it into the AIW.  We've also looked at the X800 XL and X800 XL 512MB in previous reviews for those who are unfamiliar with the part.
 
 

Sony announces PS3 Backwards Compatible with PS2/PS

10 comments Terren Tong - Jun 16, 05 11:07pm (PST) Like Share

Huge library of classic games to be playable on PS3

Astute forum member, Hitman3580, forwarded me a link to Sony's announcement that the PS3 feature backwards compatibility with both the PS2 and the PS which should be welcome news for those with a large library of games on either system.

In 1994, SCEI launched the original PlayStation® (PS), followed by PlayStation®2 (PS2) in 2000 and PlayStation®Portable (PSP®) in 2004, every time introducing the latest advancement in technology and bringing innovation to interactive entertainment software creation. Over 13,000 titles have been developed by now, creating a software market that sells more than 250 million copies annually. PS3 offers backward compatibility enabling gamers to enjoy these enormous assets from PS and PS2 platforms.
This is great news for me personally as I think my PS2 is on its last legs. It had an accident at NeoHQ and its kind of been making funny noises ever since I had to follow VeGiTaX2's excellent PS2 repair guide to reseat the drive tray. Along with some more official specs, there is also a release date of Spring 2006 mentioned for those who have not been keeping up.
Categories: Sony Consoles
 
 

OCZ Announces Gamer eXtreme Memory

0 comments Terren Tong - Jun 14, 05 8:14pm (PST) Like Share

Low latency and aggressively priced line up aimed at gamers

OCZ has sent word about a new product line up, the Gamer eXtreme Series, that features DDR433 speeds at timings of 2-2-2-5
The word excessive doesn’t exist in the gaming world; they say practice makes perfect and today’s computer gaming community needs a fast, reliable, and affordable memory solution that can keep up with the most serious of gamers. OCZ extends a helping hand to the standard gaming hobbyists as well as full fledged cyber athletes with the PC-3500 Gold Gamer eXtreme Series. Since Gold GX is easy on the wallet, gamers can finally get the memory performance they need to power their graphics hungry contemporary PC titles.
Categories: Memory
 
 

ATI Announces CrossFire Multi-Graphics Processor Platform

0 comments Terren Tong - May 31, 05 7:11am (PST) Like Share

CrossFire motherboards and video cards introduced

ATI has announced their answer to NVIDIA's SLI with their CrossFire platform which includes both video and motherboard solutions that many companies are unveiling now at Computex in Taipei

COMPUTEX – TAIPEI, TAIWAN – May 30, 2005 – ATI Technologies Inc., (TSX:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT), a leader in graphics and media processors, isrevolutionizing gaming with the introduction of CrossFire™, the ultimategaming platform. The CrossFire platform has been designed to give gamersthe best performance and more flexibility and game compatibility than anyother multiple graphics processor platform. It combines the power of ATI’sRadeon® Xpress chipsets for Intel and AMD processors, a standard Radeon®graphics processor and a Radeon® CrossFire Edition graphics card to bringmassive performance and image quality to gamers.

When gamers add a CrossFire Edition graphics card, which includes theCrossFire compositing engine, to their Radeon Xpress powered system theyare doubling their graphics rendering potential.

Be sure to take a look at our tech preview of ATI's CrossFire technology
Categories: Video Cards
 
 

ATI Demonstrates Hardware Accelerated H.264

0 comments Terren Tong - May 26, 05 7:11am (PST) Like Share

Live demos at Computex

From the inbox this morning is some news from ATI announcing that they will show off hardware H.264 decoding at Computex next week

MARKHAM, Ontario and TAIPEI, Taiwan – May 26, 2005 – ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) solidifies its PC video and display leadership with the first public demonstration of high-definition H.264 video playback with hardware acceleration on the PC platform. H.264 is the video compression standard that will be used in the next generation high-definition video players such as Blu-ray and HD-DVD. The ATI H.264 video demonstration with ATI’s next generation Radeon® technology will occur during Computex Taipei 2005 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
Categories: Video Cards HTPC/PVR
 
 

Mid-2006 For Nintendo's Revolution

0 comments Terren Tong - May 12, 05 10:18am (PST) Like Share

Memory manufacturer lets the cat out of the bag

A memory provider for Nintendo's next-gen console, Revolution, has let slip the approximate ship date which looks to be mid-2006 according to a report from GamesIndustry.biz
The most interesting part came next, however, when Voll commented that: "We are excited to be a participating member of the Nintendo team once again as Nintendo will roll out its successor game console to the GameCube in mid-2006."
There are some pretty wild numbers being thrown around regarding the Revolution and it looks fairly similar to the purpoted Xbox 2 specs that have been floating around. I can't imagine Microsoft making any money from the Xbox 360 and it will be interesting to see if a nine month lead time on Nintendo and presumably, Sony, will give them a leg up on their competitors. This strategy did not work out particularly well for the Dreamcast.
Categories: Nintendo Consoles
 
 

Firefox 1.04 Released

0 comments Terren Tong - May 12, 05 9:52am (PST) Like Share

Javascript vulnerabilities patched

The developers of Firefox seem to be really on the ball.  Mere days after the announcement of a couple fairly severe Javascript flaws, there is a fix available today.  The full version of Firefox 1.04 for Windows users can be obtained here

 
 

NVIDIA G70 to Debut At Computex

1 comments Terren Tong - May 12, 05 9:37am (PST) Like Share

Twice the power of current generation

DigiTimes is reporting that NVIDIA will unveil their next-generation parts at Computex which begins at the end of the month
Market sources indicated that the Nvidia G70 should deliver twice the performance of the current flagship series, the GeForce 6800. The chips will be built using a 0.11-micron process at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC)

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the G70 may begin volume shipments in the latter half of the third quarter at the earliest and will retail for US$549.

Good news is that it does not look like the pricing of the boards will be a significant jump above the 6800 Ultra. It'll be interesting to see how much of a performance gap there is between something like a pair of 6800GTs compared to one of these boards since it sounds like it will be fairly close if the double the power claim is correct and with some boards hitting the 300$ price range, it's going to be in the same ballpark in terms of cost also and may make more sense for current 6800GT owners.
Categories: Video Cards
 
 

PowerColor Announces X800 XL 512MB

0 comments Terren Tong - May 11, 05 11:06am (PST) Like Share

Launch date on May 20th

It looks like ATI's recently announced X800 XL 512MB will be hitting the streets shortly as PowerColor is the latest company to officially announce that they will building boards.  It comes in slightly lower than ATI's suggested pricing at 439$ and will be available on May 20th.  Readers can take a look at our take on ATI's reference build of the X800 XL 512MB here
Categories: Video Cards
 
 

Sub $200 Laptop to Launch Shortly

0 comments Terren Tong - May 11, 05 9:42am (PST) Like Share

Low cost, low weight and Linux based.

There's a story posted over on Slashdot which is reporting that an Indian firm, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, has developed a sub $200 mobile computer and more details are available here

[...] the system would have the essential features of a conventional personal computer: everyday applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, personal information manager, e-mail and web-browser. It will play music and movies, have text-to-speech conversion facility and built-in local-language support. For now, Kannada, Hindi, and Marathi; work is in progress on Tamil and Telugu. It will weigh 500 gm and be compact. It can be synchronised with a regular PC
The unit almost looks like a cross between a PDA and a laptop and the article is pretty slight on specifications of the unit while explicitly stating that this is not meant for performance computing. Open source zealots will be glad to know that it does run on Linux. It was just yesterday that VIA announced their sub $250 PC so this is pretty amazing stuff regardless.
Categories: Portable Computing
 
 

NVIDIA 6200TC to Have 128MB of Memory?

0 comments Terren Tong - May 11, 05 9:18am (PST) Like Share

Unecessary increase of onboard memory?

DigiTimes is reporting that NVIDIA will introduce a GeForce 6200 TC with 128MB of onboard memory which is substantially more than the 32 or 64MB on current products. One of the goals as stated in our tech preview of the 6200 TC is the ability for manufacturers to save money by being able to include LESS onboard memory so I'm not really sure where this is going.
Categories: Video Cards
 
 

AMD64 Far Cry Available

0 comments Terren Tong - May 10, 05 10:51am (PST) Like Share

Improved draw distance and updated textures part of AMD64 patch

A version of Far Cry that is specifically for AMD64s is available. There are some improvements in draw distance, updated textures and extra content so Far Cry fans should definitely check it out.

Categories: PC Games CPU
 
 

VIA Creates Reference Design for $250 PC

0 comments Terren Tong - May 10, 05 10:26am (PST) Like Share

Full meal deal includes a monitor

CNET is reporting that VIA will be demonstrating a prototype of a 250$ PC in Computex next month and will be licensing out the reference design to manufacturers.  The big news is that the PC will include a monitor, not just the tower.  There are some interesting design decisions such as the following -

To cut support costs for the Terra PC, Via puts the operating system and the applications on a read-only flash memory chip, rather than on the hard drive. Ideally, this will cut down on viruses and other problems, although it makes updates a little more difficult. The hard drive primarily exists to store additional programs, music and photographs.
There was talk of some people out at MIT developing a sub 100$ laptop and while enthusiasts may not be particularly thrilled about a 1 Ghz PC, the fact that they are able to hit such a price point is pretty impressive.
 
 

AMD Making Gains on Intel

0 comments Terren Tong - May 10, 05 10:19am (PST) Like Share

2% gain for AMD over 1 year period, 2% slip for Intel.

eWeek is citing some figures from Mercury Research which suggests that AMD has made some steady gains on Intel in the past year, to the tune of a 2% change in marketshare. 

AMD still managed to gain ground, aided by a better-sorted value line of processors and small but steady gains with its Opteron server chip as well, said Dean McCarron, principal analyst with Mercury Research.

When comparing its first-quarter 2005 performance to the first quarter of 2004, during which it had 15 percent share, AMD shows a gain of nearly two percentage points, according to the Mercury Research figures.

There is no doubt that AMD's desktop and server offerings are pretty compelling but not everything is rosy. The article further goes on to talk about the growing significance of laptop processors, an area that Intel still has a pretty solid lock on.
Categories: CPU
 
 

NVIDIA Set to Refresh IGP Chipsets

0 comments Terren Tong - May 10, 05 9:43am (PST) Like Share

New iteration of onboard video coming to K8 platform

DigiTimes is reporting that NVIDIA is readying a couple of chipsets with integrated graphics that can finally replace the nForce 2 IGP for both Socket 754 and 939
The C51-series will have two versions, with the C51PV supporting Socket 939 K8-compatible motherboards, and the C51 supporting Socket 754 motherboards, the makers stated. Sources at the makers stated that the two chips will have different graphic cores, but declined to provide more details.
Socket 754 should remain viable until the Sempron moves to 939. NVIDIA has always claimed that they will do another IGP chipset once market conditions are right and I guess that day is coming up now that Socket A has limited days ahead.  There are also a couple small quips at the bottom, there will be a price drop on NVIDIA SLI chipsets and a tid bit on ATI's upcoming multi-card chipsets which apparently will be a jaw dropping, wallet padding, 1/3 the price of NVIDIA's.
 
 

ABIT Launches Fatal1ty X800XL 512MB and SLI Motherboards

0 comments Terren Tong - May 10, 05 9:23am (PST) Like Share

ABIT's K8 SLI in May, nForce for Intel in June

ABIT has sent out a PR letting us know about their Fatal1ty X800 XL 512MB and SLI boards in both Athlon 64 and Intel flavors.  There are a few features on the Fatal1ty boards that sound kind of neat -
Included with the Fatal1ty AN8 SLI is the ABIT Engineered µGuru Panel™ front panel accessory. The µGuru Panel conveniently slides into one of your PC's spare drive bays, and interacts with ABIT's µGuru Technology to provide a bevy of features to take your gaming rig to the next level. The large backlit LCD display gives you up-to-date system information including fan speeds, temperatures and voltages, and even notifies you if you receive a new e-mail or MSN message. Front-mounted USB, Firewire, headphone, and microphone ports make it easy to get set up at your next LAN party. Overclock your system for maximum performance without having to quit your game, and if there's ever a problem, clear your BIOS settings with the specially-designed CMOS reset button. The µGuru Panel - another ABIT Engineered innovation to keep you at the top of your game!
We have taken a look at all three similar products including theX800 XL 512MB, nForce 4 for Intel and various K8 SLI boards here previously at Neoseeker. Further details on ABIT's X800 XL 512MB can be found here and information on their SLI boards can be found here.
 
 
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