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Wednesday, April 14, 2004

NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Review

Anandtech reviewed NVIDIA's latest video card, the GeForce 6800. This card is a monster. It's huge, it required TWO connectors to the power supply, and it's faster than blazes. NVIDIA recommends a minimum of a 480W power supply. Does anyone besides me think that soon we are going to have to redesign computers around NVIDIA and ATi's latest cards? Tom's Hardware ended their review this way:

What NVIDIA has achieved with the GeForce 6800 Ultra makes even experienced graphics cards editors shake their head in amazement and wonder. The performance this card offers will sweep graphics cards enthusiasts (the author included) off their feet and carry them off into a state of ecstasy in which they can only gape in awe at the sight of these simply amazing benchmark results - Freezinassin! (Ed note: what?!?) Compared to the GeForce 6800 Ultra, the former high-end models Radeon 9800XT and FX 5950 Ultra often seem like nothing more than cheap mainstream cards.

Granted, they are sometimes given to hyperbole, but it seems very clear that NVIDIA is not going to go the way of 3dfx. As a Linux user, I'm glad to see the performance crown go back (at least temporarily) to NVIDIA with their high-quality driver support. As a consumer, I'm glad to see ATi and NVIDIA keeping the pressure on each other to provide better solutions at lower prices. To quote The Master: It's all good.

The Master comments: Now, if I could just win the lottery so I could afford this card.

A.T. Hun comments: Actually, the card price isn't the bad part. It's the whole new system to go around it.

The Master comments: Well, isn't that part of the price of this card? :-) I don't know of a whole lot of boxes with that much power supply just lolling around with nowhere to go. I'd have to buy TWO power supplies to run that on my current rig.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Improve UT2K4 Performance

I've read a couple of posts indicating that you can improve your framerate in a way that seems counter-intuitive. Basically, if you have a newer video card, increasing the graphics options may improve framerate. From what I've read, the higher settings use more advanced shaders supported by newer cards so they can run cooler effects with less of a penalty. I've been playing around with it tonight with the options set at their highest levels. There may be a slight penalty, but nothing painfully obvious. Try it for yourself! FWIW, my video card is a GeForceFX 5700 Ultra using the 5336 NVIDIA Linux drivers. Mmmm, eye candy.

Nasty Windows Exploits

Several new nasty Windows exploits have been announced, including a buffer overflow in their SSL implementation. Techweb has all the details. If you run any version of Windows (98 or newer) especially on a server, head to Windows Update. Unfortunately, their webserver is choking under the load right now. Thanks Slashdot.

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