Posts Tagged ‘NVIDIA’

Nvidia Slays The Beast, V-Sync, With G-Sync

By Nathan Grayson on October 19th, 2013.

I wish all Nvidia hardware actually glowed like that.

Hello, V-Sync. Yes, thank you for meeting me here today. I invited you out because I felt the need to share some very important news: no one actually likes you. We just put up with you because, well, there’s really not a better alternative. In truth, you’re inconsistent, awkward, difficult to be around, cause obnoxious stuttering, and IT’S YOUR SURPRISE BIRTHDAY PAAAARRTY wheee everyone leap out now! OK, not really. But I figured those couple seconds of revelatory glee might help offset this falling pain piano of existential misery: you’re being replaced. By something younger, faster, and more practical. Or at least, that’s how it’ll be if Nvidia has its way. G-Sync claims to eliminate hassles like stuttering, screen tearing, and the like by synchronizing monitor refresh to the GPU render rate instead of vice versa, which is what V-Sync does. The result, apparently, is worlds better.

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Nvidia Working With Valve, Linux Community For SteamOS

By Nathan Grayson on September 26th, 2013.

Nvidia‘s history of Linux support has been – to put it very, very lightly – rocky at best, but apparently that’s all about to change. The hardware manufacturer is now throwing its considerable weight behind both SteamOS and Linux as a whole, even going so far as to promise it’ll release documentation on its GPUs to the Linux community so as to help ease compatibility issues. Meanwhile, the meaner, greener side of the graphicsability wars boasts of engineers “embedded at Valve” to hammer SteamOS into rip-roaring, console-busting shape. Which, I suppose, makes sense, given that AMD is supplying innards for both Microsoft and Sony.

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Silence Broken: Ubi Say NVIDIA Deal Safe For AMD Users

By John Walker on September 2nd, 2013.

C-O-L-L-A-B-O-R-A-T-I-N-G

Hurrah! We’ve at last got a response back from Ubisoft regarding our queries into how their recently announced NVIDIA deal will affect AMD customers. As AMD card owners will know, NVIDIA aren’t exactly the best when it comes to sharing tech, so when a publisher sides with them, there’s potential problems ahead. Not so, say Ubi, in this case. “It will benefit AMD users as well,” we’re promised.

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Did Nvidia Accidentally Announce GTA V For The PC?

By Craig Pearson on August 13th, 2013.


To the anger of Dr Zoidberg, I’m attempting to retain an air nonchalance about GTA V. If it doesn’t come out then I can pretend I was cool about it, but if it is announced then I can break for cover and hug the nearest person to me. That could be you, btw. But that fact is the console version is out in September and nothing has been announced for the PC, so there will be some sort of delay. But a small glimmer of hope has emerged on the possibility of it coming to the PC this autumn, via an Nvidia investor call.

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Week In Tech: Hands On With Those New Games Consoles

By Jeremy Laird on May 27th, 2013.

Ha, sorry. Not really. But it got your attention. And there’s a thin tendril of truth in it. It’s been a busy week in hardware and in my mortal hands I hold a laptop containing AMD’s Jaguar cores. The very same cores as found in the freshly minted games consoles from Microsoft and Sony. So what are they like and what does it mean for PC gaming?

Meanwhile, Nvidia drops a price bomb of the bad kind and Intel has some new chips on the way. Read on for the gruesome details. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nvidia’s Shield Out Next Month For Many Moneydollars

By Nathan Grayson on May 15th, 2013.

It's also touchscreen-enabled, but good luck pressing tiny icons like those.

Nvidia’s Shield is technically an Android-based device, but a) what kind of mighty android machine overlord needs a shield and b) we’re a PC gaming website. So then, why am I posting about this rare breed of land-dwelling game clam? Well, because it flawlessly streams just about any PC game you can throw at it – or at least, it will once that feature leaves beta a couple months after launch. Do you feel like an itsy bitsy screen, infinitely twiddle-able thumbsticks, and the ability to play anywhere in the whole wide worrrrrrrrrrrld (as long as your PC is, er, pretty close by) will greatly enhance your experience?  Then stream your eyeballs past the break for details.

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Week In Tech: Nvidia’s ‘New’ Graphics Cards

By Jeremy Laird on May 13th, 2013.

Back in Feb we had a little chin wag about the mad dash of annual graphics hardware launches slowing to a saunter. We can add a little more flesh to the bones of that story this week, with some pretty plausible looking details of Nvidia’s upcoming plans – and further confirmation of nothing new from AMD. It’s worth a quick dip into the mucky waters of rumour for anyone pondering a GPU upgrade or a generally a new rig as some new kit – of sorts – is imminent. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fiddle With Nvidia’s GraphicsFace Features

By Craig Pearson on May 13th, 2013.

Eyes of Staring
It feels like it was only, ooh, 1 month and 24 days since we last risked our collective sanity. We stared into the cold, shark-like eyes of the technological advancement of NvIdIa’S FaceWorks and lived. But at what cost? Back then, we were given a peep into the future of GraphicsFace with Digital Ira, a sadly uninteractive demonstration of what gamefaces will be like in the future. It looked impressive, but with the caveat that it was shown on stage and running on a Titan, Nvidia’s mahoosive card of graphics. Well the tech monolith has just released the demonstration for everyone to play with. If you fancy making a high-fidelity head gurn, then your fetish is well catered for.
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Making A Splash: Nvidia’s Real-Time Fluid Physics

By Adam Smith on April 25th, 2013.

I feel like I should apologise for the headline but Nvidia call their middleware physics engine PhysX, for crying out loud. ‘Making a splash’ is almost Nabokovian in comparison. You may recall recent advances in convincing/crazed coiffures and I care about that about as much as I care about the latest floppy-fringed hair fashions in the real world. Not a jot. Fluid physics though? Ever since the invention of physics, which was sometime just before I balanced bricks on a plank to create a see-saw bridge in Half Life 2, I’ve been waiting for a game with proper water. The latest PhysX tech demo got my juices flowing and you can see it below.

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Week in Tech: Intel Overclocking, Bonkers-Wide Screens

By Jeremy Laird on April 18th, 2013.

Don’t sling your old CPU on eBay just yet. Too many Rumsfeldian known unknowns remain, never mind the unknown unknowns. But the known knowns suggest Intel is bringing back at least a slither of overclocking action to its budget CPUs. It’s arrives with the incoming and highly imminent Haswell generation of Intel chips and it might help restore a little fun to the budget CPU market, not to mention a little faith in Intel. Next up, local game streaming. Seems like a super idea to me. So, I’d like to know, well, what you’d like to know about streaming. Then I’ll get some answers for you. Meanwhile, game bundles or bagging free games when you buy PC components. Do you care? I’ve also had a play with the latest bonkers-wide 21:9-aspect PC monitors… Read the rest of this entry »

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Funky Little Boatrace: Activision’s Astonishing Face Tech

By Alec Meer on March 28th, 2013.

Vasquez?

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

Also, wow. NVIDIA aren’t the only ones doing remarkable things with videogame faces – Activision have their own take on a very similar real-time rendering concept – and indeed using the same bald, parfait-obsessed character. This is apparently all done on current hardare – a GeForce 680 can muster it at 120FPS, they say, although obviously that’s without anything else being rendered. More impressively, Activision R&D are demonstrating this face-sim at GDC, using a two-year-old laptop, whereas NVIDIA talked about their own tech needing a GeForce Titan. I don’t own a GeForce Titan. I might have mentioned that once or twice.

If you aren’t at the show, you can watch this surprising video. I should warn you that the phrase ‘frozen fruit’ may take on faintly nightmarish associations for the rest of your natural life.
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