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Friday, December 13, 2002

NVIDIA Graphics Drivers for Linux less than stellar - Joe Glass
After much fooling around with the 1.0.4191 IA32 Linux drivers that NVIDIA so applauded yesterday, it turns out there are massive 2D slowdowns under X11 while using these drivers for my system and apparently many others on the net. Several forums around the net state that the X11 RENDER acceleration extension is disabled by default and turning this option on has no affect in speed. However, executing "glxinfo" or "glxgears" temporarily speeds up 2D (like dragging windows around, resizing windows, opening menus, etc.) but slows down after awhile. If you happen to know any Linux engineers at NVIDIA, somebody needs to fix this. For those that value your 2D acceleration, stick to the previous v1.0.3123 series of the Linux graphics drivers until NVIDIA fixes the slowdowns. On the upside, 3D OpenGL seems to be fine and actually more stable and somewhat faster.

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Thursday, December 12, 2002

Misstated ATI story - Benjamin Sun
Some of you might have noticed news items about Creative Labs using ATI products. That's true, in Asia. Creative Europe is using Nvidia cards and that hasn't changed since they introduced Blaster 9700 Pros in August...

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NVIDIA extends Linux support - Joe Glass
NVIDIA has released new Linux graphics drivers version 4191 for IA32, IA64 (Itanium), and AMD64 (Hammer) platforms yesterday. Download Linux IA32 drivers here. They also put up a press release that discusses the new drivers. Read that here.
SANTA CLARA, CA—DECEMBER 12, 2002—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced a series of new corporate initiatives that will extend the Company’s leadership position in the Linux market and ensure that NVIDIA graphics and multimedia processors continue to be the highest performing in the industry.  As part of the Company’s ongoing commitment to the Linux community, NVIDIA today revealed details of a technical support program for end users and professional customers; a new software driver package that includes performance enhancements and new features for NVIDIA’s advanced graphics features, including NVIDIA’s CineFX™ architecture delivered by NVIDIA’s Unified Driver Architecture (UDA); and support for the latest PC technologies, including AGP 8X and OpenGL® 1.4.

“Given their rapid acceptance in corporate environments, operating systems such as Linux and FreeBSD provide tremendous opportunities to extend NVIDIA’s graphics leadership, from both a hardware and software perspective,” said Lewis Wagman, director of software product marketing at NVIDIA.  “We have built dedicated development teams to ensure that our products deliver the industry’s best features and performance under Linux, and we have taken special steps to deliver unmatched technical support and deployment assistance for OEMs and other companies interested in migrating to a PC platform utilizing both Linux and an NVIDIA graphics or platform solutions.”

All NVIDIA products, including the GeForce™, GeForce Go, and NVIDIA Quadro® family of graphics solutions, as well as the NVIDIA nForce™ platform processors, have been fully optimized for the Linux operating system for all major PC platforms, including those based on the Intel® Pentium®, Intel Itanium®, and AMD Athlon™ CPUs.  Today’s software release also marks the first time a graphics manufacturer has publicly released Linux drivers for AMD’s upcoming Hammer platform, providing developers and OEMs an early ability to take advantage of AMD’s eagerly anticipated Athlon 64 processors before they are officially released to the market.  

“We applaud NVIDIA for recognizing the importance of delivering stable, high-performing software solutions, and taking the initiative to deliver a solid graphics and multimedia platform for users of the Linux operating system,” said Tim Sweeney of Epic Games, makers of the renowned Unreal Engine.  “Together with NVIDIA, we look forward to giving consumers a chance to experience games built on Unreal Technology on a variety of operating systems and PC platforms—including those built around the upcoming AMD Athlon 64 processor technology.”

With NVIDIA’s latest software release, users of NVIDIA Quadro-based graphics solutions can look forward to performance improvements by up to 30%, compared to previous driver versions .  Additionally, professional users will appreciate the performance parity on Linux versus traditional operating systems, support for multi-monitor configurations, and certifications for Maya and Softimage|XSI, Shake, oil industry visual interpretive technologies, and other applications used in today’s post production, special effects houses and other professional markets.

“As the leading supplier of volume visualization and interpretation technology for the upstream oil and gas industry, it is imperative that we carefully select the underlying graphics hardware technologies to deliver the power, performance and reliability required for accurate and detailed geologic analysis,” said Yin Cheung, vice president and director of technology at Magic Earth. “NVIDIA’s Quadro4 XGL professional graphics solutions deliver the performance, compatibility and feature set for our desktop/Linux offering that enables Magic Earth’s GeoProbe to keep our customers at the leading edge in finding and producing oil and gas.”

“Our major OEM partners, including Dell, IBM, and HP, turn to NVIDIA for a one-stop solution for hardware, software and dedicated support for Linux solutions,” continued Wagman.  “It is the success of our valued customers such as Magic Earth that propel us to continue to deliver unparalleled support and hardware for all platforms and operating systems, including Linux, and we recognize what the importance of delivering this full turnkey solution means to our overall business success.”

Other driver enhancements delivered by NVIDIA UDA include:

Full support for pixel and vertex shaders for NVIDIA desktop and workstation GPUs
Full support for OpenGL 1.4 with CineFX architecture and emulation mode for NVIDIA desktop and workstation GPUs
Multi-monitor support for NVIDIA desktop, workstation and mobile GPUs
Power management for hibernate and resume modes for NVIDIA mobile GPUs
Full hot key support for NVIDIA mobile GPUs
Full support for platform technologies provided by NVIDIA nForce platform processors, including FireWire®, audio, and networking capabilities.


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Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Visiontek to use Nvidia - Benjamin Sun
Chalk this up to the Inquirer rumor mill for now, but The Inquirer is reporting that they've been told by the new Visiontek that they will be using Nvidia's cards Click here for the "news"

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Radeon 9100 - Benjamin Sun
In a move that makes a lot of sense, in that the 8500 series is faster than a 9000 Pro in most cases, ATI has renamed their 8500 cards to 9100. Now the cards are aligned according to performance , as it should be.



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Monday, December 9, 2002

Catalyst 02.5 drivers now available - Benjamin Sun
ATI has released new drivers for their cards which improve performance with AA and anisotropic filtering by up to 10% in most applications. This will be the drivers I'll be using in my Radeon 9700 Pro review...

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