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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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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.

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