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Quadro Plex D Series Visual Computing System
NVIDIA offers free applications to take advantage of PhysX capability and CUDA

Owners of NVIDIA branded video cards have waited for a while now for the company to announce its PhysX enabled drivers that will allow higher-end video cards to process physics on the GPU. Today NVIDIA officially announced the drivers that enable PhysX technology -- free on any GeForce eight series or higher GPU.

NVIDIA says that by integrating PhysX technology into its GeForce eight series video cards, game designers can now build more compelling and realistic game environments with components like water and smoke that react as they would in the real world. NVIDIA says that its PhysX technology is already being used in more than 140 shipping titles on the Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii. The GeForce Power Pack released today now activates PhysX on the PC platform.

In addition to the driver that activates PhysX on eight series GPU's, the GeForce power pack also includes free demos and applications that take advantage of PhysX on the GPU. NVIDIA claims that the GPU can handle 10 to 20 times more visual complexity than what is possible on today's traditional PC platforms using the CPU.

NVIDIA also says that more than 20 top-tier PC titles are expected before the year-end holiday season that will be PhysX enabled. Owners of eight series GeForce video cards can also get a glimpse of PhysX will bring to the future games with special levels for Unreal Tournament 3 where damage effects greatly enhance gameplay based on PhysX processing.

Mark Rein, Vice President of Epic Games said in a statement, "Game physics is essential in enabling deeper interactivity and real-world effects in any game. Epic is pleased to offer PhysX as a standard feature within Unreal Engine 3 to enable such effects. The introduction of GPU acceleration for PhysX promises both additional potential effects and faster performance. You can get a glimpse of the possibilities of what PhysX is the able to do with the special levels for Unreal Tournament 3 where damage effects greatly enhance the gameplay."

The GeForce Power Pack includes a full version of Warmonger where the player destroys walls, floors, and entire buildings to open new paths and close existing ones. Also included are NVIDIA's Fluid Tech demo, NVIDIA's The Great Kulu tech demo, and a sneak peak at an upcoming game called Metal Knight Zero.

In addition to enabling PhysX on the GPU, NVIDIA also released new software that takes advantage of its CUDA architecture to improve performance beyond applications for gaming on NVIDIA GPU's. NVIDIA released what it calls a Consumer Application Pack, which includes consumer applications that are not gaming based. These applications include Stanford University's folding@home distributed computing application and a trial version of Elemental Technologies' Badaboom video transcoder.

NVIDIA also announced today a new Quadro Plex D SeriesVisual Computing System featuring CUDA parallel computing processor technology designed to turn workstations and servers into visual supercomputers. NVIDIA says the new Quadro Plex features 480 processing cores, CUDA programmability, and 8 GB of graphics memory.

NVIDIA says the new Quadro Plex series offers 100% performance improvement over previous versions. Several versions of the Quadro Plex D series will be offered including Quadro Plex 2200 D2 VCS, which houses dual Quadro FX 5800 GPUs and provides 480 CUDA parallel computing cores. The device can also be had with up to for Quadro FX 4700 GPU's. Pricing for the Quadro Plex D Series VCS will start at $10,750 with availability in September.

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Not really theirs
By FITCamaro on 8/12/08, Rating: 0
RE: Not really theirs
By Alexstarfire on 8/12/2008 4:48:47 PM , Rating: 2
Well, considering only the 177.83 drivers have the PhysX enabled.... I'd say that's a moot point.

RE: Not really theirs
By FITCamaro on 8/12/2008 5:19:17 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm....maybe someone lied. Still. It seemed to improve performance. If that's without Physx, even better.

RE: Not really theirs
By bongsi21 on 8/12/2008 7:44:31 PM , Rating: 1
That clearly shows that NVIDIA values their customer's and keeps their promises.

I hope CUDA may go mainstream in the future. I've tried Folding@HOME GPU last month which uses the CUDA architecture and it was 200% faster than the FOLDING@HOME CPU.

RE: Not really theirs
By insurgent on 8/12/2008 9:51:32 PM , Rating: 5
Yeah, they value customers so much that they nicely overpriced their GT200 cards when there was no apparent competition, unfortunately for us ATI introduced their cards at ridiculous and, may I say, evil prices that undermined their good intentions.

RE: Not really theirs
By tedrodai on 8/13/2008 12:58:21 PM , Rating: 2
While as a consumer I completely agree with that sentiment (it was good for a laugh =), as a businessman it seems NVIDIA's not exactly in the wrong. If a company sells a luxury item and there's no competition for it...of course they're going to try to get the best profit possible. They still have to deal with consumer demand.

Thankfully ATI brought them back closer to earth this time around. Here's to continued successes from each company, for which we all benefit.

RE: Not really theirs
By FS on 8/12/2008 6:40:48 PM , Rating: 2
From PhysX by NVIDIA - A review of what to expect
You'll notice that several articles available on the web with regards to NVIDIA PhysX are extremely focused on that fact that PhysX supposedly should increase the overall framerate. I'm afraid that is a very poor point of view for an article as physics was never intended to make your games run faster. under a very stringent set of circumstances it can help you on your framerate though.

RE: Not really theirs
By toyota on 8/12/2008 8:04:49 PM , Rating: 1
I did notice a framerate increase in Age of Conan with the new 177.79 driver installed.

as opposed to what? you will get a decrease in overall performance when using physx as opposed to not using it all.

RE: Not really theirs
By majBUZZ on 8/13/2008 3:05:26 AM , Rating: 2
I have a 8800gts 640mb card and the driver I like so far. Its 2d performance seems good as well without makeing any changes in settings my monitor seems perfect now! go figure.

Faulty G92 & G94 chipsets?
By silversound on 8/12/2008 7:51:43 PM , Rating: 1
According to theinuirer, the popular G92 & G94 chips also has faulty chipsets like nVidia's recalling mobile chips. Which means the popular 8800 series, 9600 and 9800 series all have the G92 or G94 chips, bad news for nvidia...

RE: Faulty G92 & G94 chipsets?
By imaheadcase on 8/13/2008 12:36:00 AM , Rating: 1
Theinquirer? seriously? You are actually relating them to "news". Might as well put "500lb baby born in Germany" in title.

RE: Faulty G92 & G94 chipsets?
By gunzac21 on 8/13/2008 12:59:40 AM , Rating: 2
bash the inquirer all you want. but consistently they get the story within days and in some cases weeks before anyone else. They may not have good writing skills and have stupid names for things, but somehow they get their story before the others.

RE: Faulty G92 & G94 chipsets?
By DeepBlue1975 on 8/13/2008 10:41:03 AM , Rating: 2
Quite so. Anyway, about 30% of the inq. newsflashes end up being nothing like they say :D

RE: Faulty G92 & G94 chipsets?
By Noliving on 8/13/2008 1:01:01 PM , Rating: 2
The reason why people bash the inquirer gunzac21 is because 3/4 of the stories they have are just completely untrue. The best one they sold that everyone ate up was that Directx9.0L was directx10 and that everyone that had xp was going to finnally getting dx10.

RE: Faulty G92 & G94 chipsets?
By gunzac21 on 8/13/2008 11:12:16 PM , Rating: 1
i will accept that, i do remember those series of articles too. They definitely mix the stories they do get right with tons of bullshit articles around it.

RE: Faulty G92 & G94 chipsets?
By chdude3 on 8/13/2008 9:59:47 AM , Rating: 1
The Inquirer != National Enquirer

RE: Faulty G92 & G94 chipsets?
By Alexstarfire on 8/13/2008 12:56:40 AM , Rating: 2
If the 8800 series has faulty GPUs.... then I wonder what they'd be like without the fault. They are already amazing as it is.

RE: Faulty G92 & G94 chipsets?
By TreeDude62 on 8/13/2008 8:07:13 AM , Rating: 2
The fault has to do with it's failure rate. Not performance.

The fix for the mobile GPUs was a BIOS update that changed the temp at which the cooling fan would kick on. A band aid fix at best.

I am glad I went with ATI this time around.

RE: Faulty G92 & G94 chipsets?
By DeepBlue1975 on 8/13/2008 10:49:08 AM , Rating: 2
I know what you say. The thing stays at 29% rotation speed no matter the temps. I ended up using rivatuner to create automatic fan profiles so that it goes 100% at anything higher than 65 celsius.

Using ati for video with nvida card for physX
By DarthAgitated on 8/12/2008 8:25:58 PM , Rating: 2
Has anyone tried using a cheapy 8000 series nvidia card for physX while using an ATI for video?

By xsilver on 8/13/2008 12:59:37 AM , Rating: 2
well as someone that recently switched from a 8800gt to a 4850. :(

ATI could well do with some added features such as their avivo encoder.

By lompocus on 8/13/2008 2:33:00 AM , Rating: 2

I'm quite sure someone could get that to work in the near future, but as of right now it wouldn't happen.

You'd need nVidia drivers, specifically the display ones (which would cause the problems), installed, since that is where the whole thing runs through (i think).

You know what, I'm planning on getting an ATI card soon and iirc nvidia physX runs on a totally different thing that the visual side of it does. iirc it IS a totally different driver...but i dunno.

I like it...
By ZaethDekar on 8/13/2008 5:01:13 PM , Rating: 2
I installed the drivers yesterday and I use a XFX 8600 GT oced to GTS level and I am quite happy with it. Warmonger * the game that comes with it * would hardly run before the driver release. Now the game runs flawlessly and that is on max graphics when before I had everything turned down. The fluid demo's are quite fun.

However I will mostlikly be going AMD chipset for my next build so it sort of negates it.

RE: I like it...
By JonnyDough on 8/14/2008 3:17:03 AM , Rating: 2
Check artifacts using ATI tool to see if you're getting errors. I upgraded to the new drivers and am getting errors on default speeds with my Superclocked EVGA 8800GTS 640mb with the new drivers. Reverting back to the old ones fixed it. Re-downloading the new ones again and installing them resulted in the errors again. Am I the only one having this issue? I'm using a socket 939 Foxconn mobo with dual channel (2GBs)Corsair XMS DDR ram and an Opteron 185 at stock 2.6ghz if anyone wants to know. The board has the nForce4 SLI chipset for AMD.

RE: I like it...
By ZaethDekar on 8/14/2008 4:12:22 PM , Rating: 2
I used ATI Tool to overclock it. I checked again last night and still do not recieve any artifacts.

However I must say my motherboard is faulty in the sense that too many USB plugged in resets the computer and that even some connections I have to wiggle to get a proper connection, so I am not sure my computer would be the best test model haha.

By Moishe on 8/12/2008 4:07:09 PM , Rating: 3
When they say "Free" do they mean it comes with the card or does it have ZERO performance impact on the rest of the card's functions?

Just curious.

RE: Free?
By threepac3 on 8/12/2008 4:20:07 PM , Rating: 2
This is an add-on feature developers will have to balance physics & graphics performance.

software support
By invidious on 8/12/2008 5:41:23 PM , Rating: 2
list of games that support this.

Go Version Also
By Haltech on 8/13/2008 1:05:32 AM , Rating: 2
I have a 8600GT in my notebook and I wasnt sure if it was going to count. Any ideas?

By rhog on 8/13/2008 10:39:55 AM , Rating: 1
This site has always been about Intel and Nvidia but boy does it show today. This announcment while intersting is not more imprtant than the AMD 4870X2 which only gets a passing mention under hardware reviews. For most people this is a who cares article, the news is that Nvidia is in trouble, AMD Chipsets are getting better and better and the new 790GX/750SB is very good, just as good as nvidia's comparable offerings. On the Intel side, the Intel chipsets have always ruled the roost and they don't support SLI, just Crossfire. Now that the 4870X2 is for the most part the fastest Card out there, and the 4870 and 4850 are making excellent showing against their Nvidia Counterparts I ask what is the incentive to buy anything from nVidia?

100% of 1 is 1
By Captin Crunch on 8/12/08, Rating: -1
RE: 100% of 1 is 1
By hadifa on 8/12/2008 11:06:04 PM , Rating: 3
.. Either way that is a fail sentence, or I am too hung over to understand it.

It's the latter.

If 100% improvement over 1 is 1 then by your logic/math, 10% improvement over 1 is 0.1 ! No, it's 1.1

RE: 100% of 1 is 1
By DOSGuy on 8/13/2008 10:08:04 AM , Rating: 1
Yes, 100% is 1. This is a 100% improvement. What's 1 + 1?

RE: 100% of 1 is 1
By cheetah2k on 8/14/2008 1:46:21 AM , Rating: 2


RE: 100% of 1 is 1
By DOSGuy on 8/14/2008 4:17:02 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Why did I get downmodded for explaining that to Captin Crunch?

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