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.

ghetto video card2

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.

A List of places to download Nvidia Drivers

Forceware drivers

The main site that this blog is linked to, has put up a page with a list of places to download GeForce drivers. Sometimes it is so hard to find an old driver for an ancient video card and what makes it even more difficult is that some of those who do have the drivers try to profit off them or make you have to download some sort of “scanner” that does who-knows-what to your computer. If you know the specific brand of Nvidia card you have, say for example, you have a XFX video card, go to XFX’s website and try to find the driver you need there. That way you get the most specific driver possible for your video card.

NVIDIA Corp. Looking to Expand their HeadQuarters

Nvidia HQ

Face it, the recession is here and no one is buying properties…except for Nvidia, so you know they are doing good business right now.  Looking to expand their campus and headquarters, Nvidia recently purchased 25 acres of land adjacent to their existing empire around the Sam Thomas Expressway.  If you think the 24 hour on site dentist and modern cafeteria they have on their current campus is impressive, wait until they build their new digs.  The land was bought from the previous owners for 140 million dollars.

NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 starting price tag: $765.00

GeForce 9800 gx2

Bling, bling. Word is coming out that MSI’s GeForce 9800 GX2, which will be available about a week and half from now, sports a price tag starting around $765.00. And that doesn’t even include the money you might spend for a big new computer case to fit this Xbox sized video processor. It will be hilarious when several years from now we look back with fond amusement at this video card. I can realistically imagine the Video cards of the future will be more than 20 times faster, 50 times smaller and cost a fraction of the price.

Keep in mind that MSI’s GeForce 9800 GX2 is overclocked and it supposedly can run circles around the Nvidia GeForce 8800 Ultra, so that is a reason for the huge price tag.

Nvidia’s Mobile GPUs will soon have DirectX 10

Direct X10

Nvidia’s next mobile GPUs will finally be capable of DirectX 10. Is there really that big of a difference between DirectX 9 and DirectX 10? Judging from today’s DirectX 10 games there isn’t anything eye-poppingly different, but who cares, The GeForce 9300M and 9500M will be able to use the current DirectX.

Here are some specs for the GeForce 9500M GS

  • Core clock at 475 mhz
  • 32 stream processors at 950 mhz
  • 512m of DDR3 memory at 700 mhz
  • 128 bit memory bus

And the specs of the slower GeForce 9300M G

  • Core clock at 400 mhz
  • 16 stream processors at 800 mhz
  • 256m of DDR3 or DDR2
  • 64 bit memory bus