Archive for February 28th, 2021
Xbitlabs have some unconfirmed details on Nvidia?s code-named G80 graphics processing unit. According to their article, G80 will incorporate 48 pixel shader processors and an unknown number of vertex shader processors. The chip is still expected to support DirectX 10 along with Shader Model 4.0. It does not, however, support unified shader processors. In other words pixel and vertex operations are still handled by separate processors. Unified processors bring the ability to dynamically allocate chip resources depending on the demand for pixel and vertex processing. Microsoft are pushing unified shaders hard via Longhorn and the future does seem to be heading that way, but for now unified shader processors are quite a way off. If G80 does have 48 pixel shaders and a typical amount of vertex shaders its going to be a lot like X1900, so one could assume that G80 will either have ferocious clocks speeds or another trick up it’s sleeves. Rumour has it R600; ATI’s next generation GPU will support 64 pixel shaders, or could that be unified shaders? It’s too early to take any of this seriously, but it’s interesting nonetheless.
Snip: Are you building a new PC or HTPC and are looking for a great budget card? PowerColor may have exactly what you need, with their X1600XT 256MB. It offers great gaming performance for a budget card, and includes the AVIVO technology to make your video experience even better. Full review @ Techgage
NVIDA seems to have buried the Voodoo brand after its acquisition of 3DFX and looks set to be doing the same to the ULI brand. At least that’s what HEXUS has been told by two of NVIDIA’s ‘nForce chipset’ customers. Full story @ HEXUS
Snip: The architecture is actually pretty much identical to its predecessor. Despite this there are actually many interesting things to say about NVIDIA’s new circuits, the most obvious being NVIDIA’s decision to use a 90mm manufacturing process for its high performance circuits. Full review @ NordicHardware
Snip: Woohoo, mouse pad reviews mean play time for me! Up on my review block today is the Corepad Victory, a hard surface professional mouse pad. If you know mouse pads, then you know Corepad, they are makers of quite a few different styles of pads and accessories for gamers and non-gamers alike. Enough, let’s check this pad out. Full review @ ThinkComputers
Republik Games?will launch their first ever computer game some time this year entitled Spend the Night. The plot of the game?? Virtual dates and, if things get hot, cyber sex. The motto of Spend the Night is ?Why play alone??, which doesn?t need much explanation really…a lot of innuendo there.? Perhaps?the difference between Spend the Night and other porn games out there is that will appeal to girls too, as it?s meant to be a channel for flirtation. You can get an idea of what the game will be all about in the official website: www.spendthenight.com
The manufacturers set for some time with conceiving their drive assemblies no longer only on speed, but also on a low operating noise. Straight one because the problem ?Lautstaerke? with the non removable disks, moves one is not yet approximately defeated with a 2.5? Non removable disk a large against piece. In this Review we look at the smallest model of the Western digitally Scorpio once more exactly and compare ourselves these with a conventional 3.5? Non removable disk. Full review @ PC Masters (german) Full review @ PC Masters (translation)
In collaboration with NASA researchers at Arizona State University, Google has created what they declared to be ?the most detailed scientific maps of Mars ever made?. At the moment this map is available at www.google.com/mars , but soon it should become an extra feature on Google Earth. While browsing around Mars, you can choose how you want to visualize the map in elevation, infrared or visible. You can also click on links that will take you to specific areas of the so-called red planet and see its several mountains, dunes, canyons and craters.
Snip: Keeping an Intel processor is a task within its self. So, finding the right heatsink cooler can also be a task as well. And then finding one that is not so noisy is definitely a job for the patient. Scythe has flown a new cooler to us, which they say will take care of both. The Katana 775 is here for reviewing. Full review @ Pro-Clockers
Snip: Asetek is a leader in high-end cooling with a reputation of outstanding performance from their products and kits. The WaterChill KT12A-12VX certainly didn’t disappoint with performance that kept one of the hottest processors I have worked with around the 40C mark. The ability to cool the chipset and video card were impressive to say the least again lowering the operating temperature of my X800GTO to temperatures I thought impossible. Full review @ Overclockers Online
256Mb cards are fine, of course they are! ?or are they? Does a 512MB framebuffer make any difference? I don’t believe anyone reading this would disagree that 512MB cards will become a firm requirement of high end gaming very soon, but the key question here is do 512MB framebuffers offer anything to us now, other than future proofing? Read it here?
Apparently ATI and Nvidia faced eachother off at CeBIT last night after?a high ranking?ATI member was getting too close to some wee lass from Nvidia. NVIDIA people followed ATi staff outside the Munchner Halle, and its reported that both camps effectively squared up to each other. Hexus?have the details so drunken box your?bootie over there.?