Coming out of the green camp today is a hard launch of the GeForce 8800GTX and 8800GTS. These G80-based graphics cards are designed to deliver a new level of graphics realism for gamers and enthusiasts alike. At Phoronix we have a technical preview this morning of the GeForce 8 series as we look at primarily how the GeForce 8 Family will affect GNU/Linux users.
In August Intel had announced their new Linux graphics driver website as well as announcing the immediate availability of open-source display drivers for the 965 Express Chipset. This Chipset offers fourth-generation Intel graphics architectures in the form of the GMA 3000 and GMA X3000. Here at Phoronix we have run some tests on the Q965 Chipset and GMA 3000 graphics with their open-source drivers, and have our results to share today under GNU/Linux. We had also compared Intel's open-source graphics performance against the open-source R300 DRI drivers.
In September of 2005, NVIDIA had unveiled the GeForce 6100 series integrated graphics, in conjunction with the NVIDIA nForce 410 and 430. Today we have taken the GeForce 6100 for another spin under Linux with the latest proprietary drivers to see how the integrated graphics are able to fair within a slew of gaming benchmarks.
After months of negative scrutiny by the Linux community, ATI will finally be pushing out its X1000 support to their Linux proprietary drivers later today. With that said, starting today with the 8.24.8 display drivers penguins can finally experience the benefits of the X1000 series, while Microsoft users have been able to experience this level of support since launch date. While it will likely take a couple of monthly driver releases to nail down the fine details related to this support, we have up now our ATI Radeon X1800 preview as we compare various X1000 cards against that of NVIDIA's GeForce lineup under Linux.
One of the issues we have yet to touch on when pertaining to the GeForce 7900 series is its workstation performance in OpenGL rendering. Today at Phoronix, we have completed a small set of tests to examine such a scenario using SPECViewPerf v8.1, which relies upon such application viewsets as Maya, Pro/ENGINEER, and SolidWorks. Will the EVGA GeForce 7900GT 256MB continue to remain supreme when it comes to non-gaming tasks?
The speculations flying around the Internet in recent months in regards to the GeForce 7900 series can now come to a close. This morning NVIDIA is unveiling the new GeForce 7900 series GPUs that packs a fair amount of improvements over the existing flagship 7800 GPUs, and we have already taken this new unit for a spin at our facilities. The initial GeForce 7900 part that we are taking for a run today in its world-exclusive preview under NVIDIA's Linux is the eVGA e-GeForce 7900GT CO Super-Clocked 256MB. This insane graphics card is able to withstand 550MHz core frequencies and an impressive 1580MHz memory clock with its Samsung GDDR3. Let us introduce you to the G71-GT-N-A2. Attached to this article is also NVIDIA developer information in regards to the PCI ID and the 7900GT registers, to assist those in supporting this new card with their utilities. Additional CeBIT articles, NVIDIA GeForce 7900 Linux benchmarks, and overclocking, to come at Phoronix very shortly.
Towards the end of December, we had written two articles to examine the frame-rate performance of both ATI and NVIDIA drivers as they had progressed throughout the year under Linux. Although there were minimal average frame-rate differences between each of the drivers, in most instances, each company had appended critical features throughout the year that was sought after by the Linux community. While we have yet to see any ATI CrossFire support under Linux, nor is it evident if we will ever see this multi-GPU support, the developers at NVIDIA had appended Scalable Link Interface support in their 1.0-8174 display drivers released in early December of last year. However, the folks using Solaris from Sun Microsystems had not received SLI support until the most recent drivers released on December 22. Today at Phoronix, we are taking a quick preview and how-to guide for NVIDIA's GeForce SLI under Solaris 10.
Even with ATI's X1900 series launch this week, there continues to remain no official support for the X1000 series under Linux. Although the support should be appended in the near future, today we have a preview of the ASUS EAX1300PRO as well as some exclusive Linux information pertaining to the most recent Radeon offerings.
Although ATI's X1000 series graphics processors have stolen a great deal of the attention off its predecessors, there remains no Linux 3D support at this time for these latest red solutions. However, for Linux users with the present status of ATI's proprietary drivers the X800 remains a respectable solution for those not looking to fall to the green team with their overwhelming Linux presence. Up on our review block today we have the X800XL 256MB from the folks over at Power Color.
Two months ago we took a look at eVGA's e-GeForce 6800GT 256MB PCI Express part, and now with last week's release of the NVIDIA 1.0-8174 display drivers, our focus of attention today is on their new 7800GT CO 256MB part. Battling up against the eVGA 7800GT in this review is the 7800GTX, GeForce 6 SLI, and the previously reviewed 6800GT. In this article, we even managed to run the 7800GT at 470/1260MHz speeds before falling prey to a handicap!
Thanks to the public release of the 1.0-8174 drivers earlier today, so far we have previously covered the hardware and software aspects of Linux SLI as well as an in-depth examination of the Rel80 driver performance under Linux using a GeForce 7800GTX and our standard set of gaming benchmarks. At hand now, however, is what many of you have been dieing to hear and that is the NVIDIA SLI results under Linux using the official 1.0-8174 drivers. Although there are a few buggy areas with the drivers, the SLI benefits reached as high as a 294% improvement over a single-card configuration!
Two days after the release of NVIDIA's GeForce 6800GS, the folks over at XGI Technology have finally unveiled their first PCI Express offering - the Volari 8300. For over a year, there have been rumors floating around the Internet in regards to what XGI could bring fourth into their next-generation products and whether they would be able to take ATI and NVIDIA head-on. With us today we have some of these answers along with information that was once deemed confidential in regards to the XG47 GPU.
Although the NVIDIA 7800GTX has a definitive advantage over the 6800GT, the GeForce 6800GT remains a respectable card for enthusiasts not wishing to shell out nearly $500 USD for a graphics upgrade. With us today we have the eVGA GeForce 6800GT 256MB and will see just how well this card can fare through overclocking and just how the card can fare against a 7800GTX in a dual-core environment.
Today, is a rather special day for GeForce 7800GTX Linux owners as we can finally expect some new drivers from NVIDIA that fix the poor performance issues. Although these new 1.0-7675 drivers continue to lack some of the new antialiasing modes, and SLI (Scalable Link Interface), supported by the GeForce 7 series they do come with a hefty amount of changes. In this article, we have new benchmarks to demonstrate the areas that the driver improved, and those that have not been affected. Continue on for this exclusive 1.0-7675 testing.
When it comes to 3D gaming on Linux, it's unfortunate, but there are very few options available due to a lack competitive display drivers and games with native Linux ports. Today, however, we have the honor of presenting NVIDIA's recently released G70 VPU performance under Linux! Read on with this rare opportunity as we hit the NVIDIA GeForce 7800GTX 256MB with a swarm of benchmarks and we actually conclude with a dissenting opinion about this card due to an unfortunate driver situation.
If eleven pages and over 130 pictures isn't good enough for you, for the first day of Computex Taipei 2005 coverage, we're back today with a bit of information regarding XGI's upcoming PCI Express VPUs, the Volari 8300 and 8600 series.
Although there are endless varieties of NVIDIA overclocking utilities for use in Microsoft Windows, when using Linux, it's a bit of a different story. In this article, we'll share our NVIDIA Linux overclocking successes and failures as we load LinuxHardware's NVClock on a Prolink 5900XT, Gigabyte 6600GT, Leadtek 6600GT, and even a Riva TNT2.
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