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Crysis played with two 9800 GX2s in Quad SLI mode!

Crysis 9800 gx2

One 9800 GX2 is pretty damn fast, but two of them in SLI is where it’s at. Tweaktown performed benchmark tests on the 9800 GX2 in Quad SLI with Crysis, and at the “Very High” Graphics settings, Crysis ran at a respectable 41.96 FPS. At the “high” settings which many players are using right now, it ran at 60 FPS. So using all four cores, that is about as good as it gets for Crysis without overclocking at the present time. Keep in mind that the Quad SLI Vista Drivers have not been released to the public yet, so if you happen have a pair of 9800 GX2s (haha, yeah right) you will have to wait until next week.

GeForce 9800 GX2 RELEASED!

GeForce 9800 gx2

The fastest, most powerful video card in the world (until the next one comes along) has been released. The Nvidia GeForce 9800 GX2 is now being sold online. Online Retailer New Egg themselves carry 5 different brands, all priced at 600 bucks. This includes

  • EVGA
  • BFG
  • ZOTAC
  • XFX
  • PNY

The specs are pretty much all the same. They all have 1 combined gig of DDR3 ram, all clocked at 600mhz. Click here to see NewEgg’s 9800 GX2 page.

CNET Likes The Asus 9600 GT

asus 9600 gt

Cnet, known for their harsh ratings, gave the Asus GeForce 9600 GT an 8.0 Rating.  They say it is one of the best valued mid-range graphics card to come around in quite sometime and also stated that it has a “Faster performance than anything from ATI in this price range”.  The only thing they griped about was that you still need to hook up an audio passthru cable to get sound when using an HDMI connection which is but a minor problem.  So score one for Asus and Nvidia.  The Asus GeForce En9600GT gets Cnet’s Editor’s choice award.

Creator of Doom Thinks Ageia was Scum

 John Carmack

John Carmack, who helped made 1st person shooters what they are today with legendary titles like Doom and Quake, criticizes the founders of Ageia in an interview with PC Perspective.  Ageia was a company that developed Physics processors and was taken over by Nvidia earlier in year.  Carmack believes that Ageia was started from the beginning with the sole purpose of being bought out by a bigger company.  The market for physics engine hardware was non existent and all signs point to future GPUs being able to compute physics processing, but Ageia went ahead with their plan anyway with the intention of cashing out as their end game.  So John Carmack didn’t exactly say that Ageia was scum, but you know that was what he was probably thinking.

How Crysis Looks On a GeForce 9600 GT

Someone on Youtube has posted a video of Crysis running on the 9600 GT, which was released about 2 weeks ago, with the following specs:

  • BFG GeForce 9600 GT OC
  • 2gigs DDR2 Ram @ 800mhz
  • Intel Core2Duo 3.0 ghz
  • Nvidia 680i LT SLi MB
  • Resolution at 1280 by 1024

The Ghetto Way To Mod Your Video Card

Ghetto

Looks like someone want to play Crysis really bad. The “mod” you see in the picture is an old ATI Rage 128 Video Card with a pipe screwed on top of the core. It was loaded up with dry ice and denatured alchohol for extreme overclocking, but of course it didn’t work. Note the frost that has spread around the circuits. The card was forever damaged, but give credit to the modder for at least protecting the motherboard from leakage with styrofoam plates.

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The moral of the story is-If you want to play the latest computer games on your PC, don’t be a cheapskate, save up for a new video card.

Smaller is Better. Nvidia to shrink the G92 GPU

 Reducto

Looking to cut production costs and lower the heat output, Nvidia is shrinking the G92 GPU, which is used in their mid-range 8800 series Geforce video cards.  It will be codenamed G92B and Nvidia will be shrinking it down to 55nm.  Future video cards using this new GPU will not require a big fan and heatsink, but instead those puny ones that you would find on an old GeForce 3.  Now if they can find a way to shrink down the pair of GPUs that powers the Godzilla of Video cards known as the 9800 GX2.

What a Video Card look like back in 1978

Very old Video Card

Looking at this picture, you would assume that someone got their yo-yo tangled up on a piece of cardboard, but it’s actually a video card that functioned from 1978.  Yup, there were video cards back in the days and your GeForce 8800 Ultra got nothing on this bad boy.  This spaghetti tray video card is able to display 16 lines of text with a maximum of 64 ASCII characters on the tube! That’s high tech stuff right there.  The home-made video card was used in a home-made computer, back in the days when wooden boards were used as the casing for internal CPU components.  Okay, so you can’t play Crysis with it, but you can bang out some pretty neat codes and be able to see it on the screen.

NVIDIA embraces Open Source, offering PhysX to ATI

Nvidia embraces open source

Nvidia has scored some brownie points with the open source crowd by offering PhysX support to AMD/ATI and for that matter, any other company who wants to use PhysX’s realtime physics engine.  Looking to build upon PhysX’s middleware platform, Nvidia is offering PhysX’s API freely to anyone who wants it.  This will no doubt encourage game developers to use the physics engine in their games, making it more widely used in future titles.  Nvidia has already scored points with those who have bought GeForce 8 series video cards, by planning on a future release of free PhysX GeForce 8 drivers that will enable the cards to utilize the realtime physics of PhysX without having to buy new hardware.

PhysX is a proprietary real time physics engine middleware developed by AGEIA.   They were bought by Nvidia earlier in the year.

Nvidia Vs. Intel in the CPU Processor Industry?

Nvidia Knife Intel

Nvidia has grand plans, and the grandest one of all is to take over the CPU processor industry and leave Intel in the dark. Industry insiders have known for the longest time that Nvidia believes the computers of the future will not require both a CPU chip and a seperate video card component to run graphically intensive computer games, but instead just one single processor that can handle all those functions and Nvidia believes they are in a very good position to develop them. This type of thinking goes back to Nvidia’s Diamond Edge 3D days, when they developed their first line of video cards to be all-in-one components with built-in joystick ports and built-in audio capabilities. Nvidia has already developed a CPU/GPU hybrid in the APX2500, a mobile cell-phone processor, and they have a line of motherboards in the NForce, so it’s obvious the company isn’t just focusing on GPUs. If you are a betting man, bet that Nvidia will unveil a series of desktop and laptop GPU/CPU processors one day.