EDIT [2006-03-12]: It appears NVIDIA's Lonni J Friedman has made a post on the NvNews Linux NVIDIA forum that the new drivers are not coming out this week, but rather are several weeks from entering the market. Certainly this is interesting news for those Linux users who have already purchased the new graphics cards, or are experiencing a number of problems with the 1.0-8178 drivers.
Let the games begin... Today NVIDIA Corporation is starting out its CeBIT events by a fairly large product launch. These products include the GeForce 7600 and 7900 series. Quad SLI will also be out-and-about, as well as a few other items from NVIDIA. The products making up the GeForce 7900 series at this time are the 7900GT 256MB and 7900GTX 512MB. The GeForce 7900 series is designed to be the new 90nm flagship series while the 7600 parts are for the mid-range users. We at Phoronix have a plethora of coverage coming your way. NVIDIA's various partners have already begun issuing press statements in regards to these news products. One of them to have already officially launched a new part is Chaintech and their GSE76GT. Walton Chaintech Corporation today announced its GSE76GT, utilize the up-to-date NVIDIA GeForce 7600GT graphics processing unit which delivers superior cinematic resolution and extremely performance for today’s 3D graphic demanding. The Chaintech GSE76GT will be clocked at default 560MHz core and 1400MHz GDDR3 memory. It has 256MB of-128 bit memory. The GSE76GT support HDTV-out and Dual DVI-I. Including various state-of-the-art technologies such as CineFX 4.0 engine which delivers twice the graphics power of previous GPUs, Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 for great gaming experiences, and OpenGL 2.0 to ensure top-notch compatibility and performance for all OpenGL applications. The GSE76GT fulfills all the demands that extreme HD gaming and video experience need. We at Phoronix will be publishing additional content throughout the day (and the week for that matter) as these events occur. You can already see our premiere GeForce 7900GT Preview here. The card used in the preview was the EVGA 7900GT CO SUPERCLOCKED 256MB, and we should be receiving additional new NVIDIA GeForce 7 series solutions in the coming days. We will be providing the benchmarks and overclocking upon NVIDIA public releasing the new Linux display drivers. Stay tuned!
Among NVIDIA's many manufacturers to begin pumping out the new GeForce 7600 / 7900 parts today is XFX. XFX today is unveiling their new XFX GeForce 7900GTX 512MB DDR3 Extreme Edition (PV-T71F-YDP), XFX GeForce 7900GTX 512MB DDR3 (PV-T71F-YDF), XFX GeForce 7900GTX 512MB DDR3 Extreme Edition (PV-T71F-YDP), XFX GeForce 7900GTX 512MB DDR3 XXX Edition (PV-T71F-YDD), XFX GeForce 7900GTX 512MB DDR3 (PV-T71F-YDL), XFX GeForce 7900GT 256MB DDR3 (PV-T71G-UDL), XFX GeForce 7900GT 256MB DDR3 (PV-T71G-UDF), XFX GeForce 7900GT 256MB DDR3 Extreme Edition (PV-T71G-UDE), XFX GeForce 7900GT 256MB DDR3 XXX Edition (PV-T71G-UDD), and XFX GeForce 7900GT 256MB DDR3 Extreme Edition (PV-T71G-UDP). In the GeForce 7600 series are the XFX GeForce 7600GT 256MB DDR3 XXX Edition (PV-T73G-UDD), XFX GeForce 7600GT 256MB DDR3 (PV-T73G-UDF3), XFX GeForce 7600GT 256MB DDR3 (PV-T73G-UDL3), and XFX GeForce 7600GT 256MB DDR3 Extreme Edition (PV-T73G-UDE). We hope to have some of these XFX GeForce samples at Phoronix soon, and shortly there after should be delivering some of these benchmarks and articles. Click here for more information on these XFX products.
CEBIT 2006—HANNOVER, GERMANY—March 9, 2006—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in graphics processor technologies, extends its acclaimed NVIDIA® SLI™ technology to notebook PCs for the first time. Delivering new levels of visual realism at extremely high-definition resolutions, SLI technology enables two NVIDIA GeForce® Go 7800 GTX graphics processing units (GPUs) to be used in notebooks based on the NVIDIA nForce®4 SLI core-logic solution. This press release can be read at NVIDIA
CeBIT 2006—HANNOVER, GERMANY—MARCH 9, 2006— NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced three new additions to the NVIDIA® GeForce 7 Series of graphics processing units (GPUs) set to make extreme high-definition (HD) gaming a reality. This press release can be read at NVIDIA
CeBIT 2006—HANNOVER, GERMANY—MARCH 9, 2006—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced that PCs powered by NVIDIA Quad SLI™ technology are now available from the world’s top system builders. These new PCs, certified for Quad SLI technology, feature four graphics processing units (GPUs) from the of the newly announced NVIDIA GeForce® 7900 Series with a NVIDIA nForce®4 SLI motherboard – making Quad SLI-based PCs the fastest class of commercially available gaming PCs. This press release can be read at NVIDIA
With a great deal of NVIDIA Linux users questioning Phoronix in regards to when they may possibly see the next driver release, as they haven't seen any since early December of last year, we have compiled some public information in regards to what these drivers may include as well as a very likely release date. Keep in mind, as of writing NVIDIA has not officially commented on most of these matters, and only time will tell what these drivers will truly possess. We will post information accordingly once any additional resources have been obtained, or our sources have commented on these matters. Right now, we are able to publicly confirm that the next NVIDIA Linux driver release will finally append support for the GeForce 7300 GPUs as well as the mobile GeForce Go 7300 and 7600 parts. In addition, we are speculating that XvMC (X-Video Motion Compensation) will be appended for the GeForce 6100/6150. This release should also include H.264 support for the GeForce 7 series under Linux. Another area taking stage recently has been Novell's Xgl framework and the recently announced Fedora AIGLX -- Accelerated Indirect GL X. The next NVIDIA Linux release will likely include official support for these new projects, along with official support for X.Org v6.9/7.0. We have successfully ran Xgl + Compiz using the current NVIDIA 1.0-8178 display drivers, however, AIGLX is known not to work but the driver support is expected to be soon -- possibly in this upcoming release. We are also anticipating that this next release will fix some of the issues NVIDIA users have reported with the 1.0-8XXX series. One of the most common complaints with the newer Rel80 drivers are related to notable memory leaks in the display drivers as well as these recent versions have problems with specific features like XvMC and OpenGL sync, which can result in poor performance. Another area for pondering is whether any new Scalable Link Interface items will be appended or corrected in this upcoming release, but at this time we have received no NVIDIA insight into this area. The newest drivers should also include a handful of other changes and fixes. The area, however, most Linux users have been pondering over with their graphics driver is when a new release will be made available. Well, there is no need to wait too much longer. It appears NVIDIA will likely be targeting an early March release to coincide with the launch of their G71, GeForce 7900GTX 512MB. It is expected that this 90 nanometer G71 chip will be unveiled at this year's CeBIT exposition, which runs from March 9 to the 15th in Hannover, Germany. Whether this will be a paper or hard launch, NVIDIA will likely deliver new Linux and Windows display drivers, which will append support for this card. As we had seen last year on June 22 with the launch of the GeForce 7800GTX 256MB, this flagship product had same-day Linux support. Although the initial support for the card in the 1.0-7667 drivers had possessed a performance-limiting flaw, the fact of the matter is the wait was minimal when dealing with their unrivaled product. The new NVIDIA Linux display drivers are likely to premiere the same day as these new drivers, or rather in the same general time-frame. They will most likely attempt a release prior to ATI's monthly ritual of Windows CATALYST, and now Linux fglrx, driver updates. NVIDIA has also likely learned from the spectacle with the ATI fglrx proprietary driver support for their X1000 series, that even though these new GPUs were launched last year, there continues to be no official Linux support, which is incredibly disconcerting for many Linux mobile and desktop users. As we had reported previously at Phoronix, the X1k drivers should finally launch this spring. With that said, look for a hefty NVIDIA Linux driver release in what should equate to hopefully a few weeks! We will post additional updates when applicable.
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