Monday, 12 July 2010



NVIDIA and Microsoft Enhancing the Virtual Desktop User Experience with Microsoft RemoteFX

Posted: 12 Jul 2010 09:29 AM PDT

Microsoft released their Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack 1 beta today, and with it comes one of the most interesting and possibly landscape changing features for the commercial office PC user, Microsoft RemoteFX.

We have been working hand in hand with Microsoft's development team for some time on it with our Quadro professional graphics solutions.

Partnerships with leading OEMs are forming to bring NVIDIA Quadro-Server-Microsoft RemoteFX with enterprise-class reliability to market that will deliver a rich user experience for server-hosted desktops. These are going to be flexible and cost-effective solutions that allow workers to access their applications or screen content securely and conveniently from any connected location.

In the past few years, we have seen a sea change in the wider application space for graphics processing units (GPUs) from their classical games and professional tools categories into broad new applications with unprecedented performance-per-watt-per-dollar.

GPUs now power the world's second fastest supercomputer, GPUs are accelerating Internet Browsing, and GPUs power a dramatic range of compute applications in fields such as medical research, energy, financial markets, weather simulations, computational biology, seismic analysis, and ray tracing, among thousands of others.

However, for the most part, corporate PC users each have their own desktop or notebook PC equipped with only integrated graphics for doing basic tasks like email, web browsing, viewing and creating presentations, MS Excel spreadsheets, etc. These so-called "good enough" integrated graphics dominate this segment of the PC market.

That's where NVIDIA and Microsoft RemoteFX come in. Enabled by server-discrete-GPUs, this solution will move the corporate user's PC workload into the server room, and then IT managers will service those users' PC requirements with anytime/ anywhere, secure access that is IT friendly. RemoteFX, combined with NVIDIA Quadro GPUs, will enable the full Windows 7 desktop experience including rich and 3D media for very low cost 'thin' clients from anywhere on a company's network.

This solution, in partnership with Microsoft, will catapult NVIDIA Quadro GPUs, including our Quadro FX 5800, FX 4800, and FX 3800 professional graphics solutions, into a new and potentially vast market.

Microsoft, as a leader in innovation, is going to be the playmaker for desktop remote virtualization, and we are partnering with them to make it a reality.

For more info, check out Microsoft's blog post, and Dell's blog post.

Release 256 Drivers Are Back with Even More Goodness

Posted: 12 Jul 2010 06:00 AM PDT

Not long ago we introduced the first Release 256 driver, packed with new features and performance. Today we announced yet another driver from our Release 256* family of drivers, version 258.96, which brings even more goodness to the gaming community. Version 258.96 is going through WHQL certification now, and we expect the certified version to be available within a week.

The version 258.96 driver brings WHQL support for 3D Vision Surround technology - this immersive 3-monitor experience for 3D.  It's winning the hearts of press and gamers alike.

On the performance front, version 258.96 continues the trend of bringing even faster frame rates to the latest PC games. Take a look at the following improvements measured on a GeForce GTX 480:

Perf Boost for GTX 400 GPUs

Version 258.96 also adds support for the just announced GeForce GTX 460.

The WHQL-candidate version of 258.96 is posted here. This driver supports both desktop and notebook GeForce and ION GPUs on Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.

Enjoy this driver and let us know what you think … I'm already looking forward to telling you all about the new Release 260 drivers which are coming in about a month's time.

New GeForce GTX 460 – The Next Great Gamers’ GPU is Here

Posted: 11 Jul 2010 09:01 PM PDT

Back in March, NVIDIA launched the fastest most technologically advanced GPU in the world – the GeForce GTX 480. I borrowed a pair of GTX 480s out of our lab and took some time to geek out over the visual bliss delivered by 6 billion transistors worth of graphics horsepower.

When I brought the cards back to the lab, one of our summer interns asked me when our next Fermi GPU, the GeForce GTX 460, was going to be available. He was a big PC gamer and had been saving up all summer for a new graphics card but didn't think he would be able to save enough for a GTX 480. Instead, he knew from testing out an early version of the GTX 460 that he loved its performance, and of course, its price.  When a gamer with access to all the latest graphics cards on the market tells you that he's waiting for the GTX 460 – you know you have something special on your hands.

Well today is the day, my friend. The GTX 460, the next great gamers' GPU from NVIDIA, has arrived.

The GTX 460 is the first graphics card that will be able to play today's most demanding Direct X 11 titles at high resolution – 1920x1200 – with playable frame rates, for under $230. For those gamers that bought a $200 graphics card a few years ago, now is a great time to upgrade. Compared to the GeForce 8800 GT, for example, the GTX 460 provides 4.5x the geometry horsepower, up to 2.6x the gaming performance, 4.5x the PhysX performance, and 3D Vision in full 1080P HD.

We package all this performance up in a graphics card that is only eight and a half inches long with a whisper quiet fan so you can fit it into a compact chassis that is perfect for the home or toting to your favorite LAN parties.

GeForce GTX 460
Between Starcraft II, Mafia II, Lost Planet 2, World of Warcraft Cataclysm, Crysis 2 and FEAR 3 there are a ton of great games coming out this year and I can't wait to tear 'em up with a GTX 460. I hope you have a great time gaming on the GTX 460 too. Let us know what you think!

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