Imagine having the eye candy DirectX 10 offers under the huge performance gains of XP. Well, thanks to a simple hack over at the crisis-online forums, this can indeed be done. It appears that Crytek disabled the ?Very High? image quality setting when using XP ? obviously to sway people over to Vista. However, in an array of configuration files, the ?Very High? coding is still there - so you simply copy that code, and replace the ?High? code with it. This effectively makes the High setting use the Very High image quality that has otherwise been disabled.
With the launch of Nvidia?s 780i SLI chipset under a week from now, some shots of Gigabyte's GA-780SLi-DS5 - which will be among the first of the retail boards to arrive with such a chipset - has appeared online. Alongside support for 45mn processors, the 780i will support 1066MHz and 1333MHz FSB's, and three PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots ready for Tri-SLI. Unfortunately, DDR3 or 1600MHz FSB?s won't be supported until the C73 launches in January. The 780SLi-DS5, which will be a lower-end 780 board, accommodates six SATA ports, two heatpipes, three PCIe slots, and four DDR2-1066 slots.
Memory manufacturer Qimonda has reportedly started sampling the first GDDR5 chips. According to Reg Hardware, GDDR5 will offer 20GB/s bandwidth - quite a bump from the 16GB/s of GDDR3. Qimonda claims that amongst the speed improvements, GDDR5 also offers lower power consumption as a result of downclocking unused video memory. The company noted that GDDR5 will be available commercially sometime next year.
It seems that Thursday?s story is indeed true ? Nvidia will be adding a new piece to the currently blurry graphics card market in the form of a G92 powered 8800 GTS. From this, we gather that the recent 112 shader model will soon become obsolete, along with all the other 8800 GTS versions. As already mentioned, the new board will include 128 shader units (compared to the GT?s 112), higher clocks than the 8800 GT, and arrive with the more traditional 512/1024 MB memory sizes.