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Nvidia and ATI Set to Launch 40nm Video Cards in 2009

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299w ago - Windows 7 is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2010 and Windows 7 will come with DirectX 11, near the end of this year 2009 we can expect some DirectX 11 hardware's.

Nvidia and ATI are said to launch their DirectX 11 graphics cards at the end of this year, these cards will be based on 40nm process technology and in 1st or 2nd quarter of 2010 we can expect some DirectX 11 games too.

Nvidia's 40nm video cards with DirectX 10 support are rumored to launch in Q2 of 2009 and their next generation 40nm card will most likely to hit market in December of this year which will come with DirectX 11 support.

1st generation of 40nm cards from Nvidia will be identical to GT200 chip, though it will be a die shrink from 55nm to 40nm there will be some changes in specification as this will not be the same GT200 chip but rather a totally new chip build on a smaller die. Die shrink also mean smaller transistors, lower TDP and less heat dissipation which will result in better overclocking GPU.

These 40nm chips are likely to come with increased shaders, clusters, ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines) and TMUs (Texture Memory Units), at higher clocks.

Though the rumors are Nvidia and AMD both will launch their 40nm fabricated chips in March or April of 2009, there are no...
 

Graphics Cards are Better than CPUs at Cracking Wi-Fi Passwords

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301w ago - There's a lot of software out there for cracking wireless passwords, and most of it is legal. Why? Because it's sold as a way for network administrators to 'test' their network's security.

Of course, there's nothing to stop you 'testing' a network that you don't own, in a coffee shop or airport, for example.

Most cracking programs use your PC's CPU to do the hardcore number-crunching, but it turns out that the graphics card is actually far better at doing the kinds of calculations necessary.

How good? Well, an above average quad-core CPU, the Intel Q6600 can only accomplish 1,100 passwords per second, whereas a similarly above-average ATI HD4870 graphics card can smash through 15,750 passwords per seconds.

Who woulda thunk it? Luckily, we might be seeing some of this power hit regular programs too, with Nvidia's [Register or Login to view links], ATI's [Register or Login to view links], and Apple's [Register or Login to view links] frameworks.

The graphics card isn't best at every type of calculation, but if a program can intelligently route calculations to their fastest solver, then we could see blazing program speed increases in the near future.
 

GTA 4 Benchmark with Seven ATI and Nvidia Graphics Cards

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305w ago - Grand Theft Auto 4 caused a lot of problems on its launch: crashes during startup, the copy protection and the performance annoyed the customers.

By now Rockstar reacted and delivered a [Register or Login to view links] which fixes several bugs and also makes it possible to test several graphics cards without complications.

In order to keep the framerate at a moderate level we use maximal details, but restrict the draw distance to 50 percent - a value normally intended for cards with 1,024 MiByte VRAM. As our [Register or Login to view links] reveals, GTA 4 primarily needs a fast CPU.

To check the performance of the graphics cards we use our Promenade benchmark. It challenges the system with many passengers and heavy traffic as well as a huge range of visibility and is quite representative for GTA 4 because you spend a lot of time in the city.

Therefore we use a Quadcore Extreme QX6850 clocked to 3.33 GHz instead of the Core 2 Duo E8500 we usually use. The remaining components are a Intel chipset and 2x 2,048 MiByte DDR2-800 RAM and Windows Vista SP1.
 

RadioShack Offers Gift Cards for Old, Broken Gadgets

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312w ago - RadioShack's Online Trade-In Program will swap your old gadgets for gift cards. You search their database for your gadget and offer the best quality assessment that you can, and they provide a mail-in sticker that you print.

If all goes well, they'll send you a gift card 10-14 days after the unit is received. So assuming worst case scenario, what are your totally broken gadgets worth?

• 3G iPod (10GB) - $3.23
• 1st Gen Zune - $5.81
• Palm Treo 650 - $3.69
• Xbox 360 Premium - $9.65
• DS Lite - $4.25
• Wii - $15.85
• PlayStation 3 (60GB) - $23.48

Needless to say, if you've trashed all of your electronics, you may be able to unload them and score a few bucks in the process.
 

PlayStation 3 Trophy Cards Real Time Sync Announced

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313w ago - PlayFire, known for their custom gamer cards, has recently announced a major update to their PS3 trophy card system. They have expanded their selection to better suite the latest three new trophy patches that hit PlayStation 3 for the new games coming out with trophy support.

The update doesn't stop there! In addition to the new size and themes, PlayFire has introduced 'automated level calculation' based off the number & type of trophies you have fully integrated and functioning with a new level progress indicator so you no longer need to constantly adjust or guess your level.

Now, this all sounds cool, and much love to PlayFire for giving the PS3 users a custom gamer card solution, but seriously, when will Sony gives us real time syncing with a flash PSN gamer card? Adding every single trophy and game will get old fast.

All PS3 owners want, is a gamer card that will update in real time just like the XBox 360's. What is Sony waiting for? Could they be waiting to integrate the trophy reward system?

Or are they just not really worried about a very important thing that pimps out the PS3 in forums, Web sites, and social sites? For now, PlayFire will continue to be a good solution.
 
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