Nvidia to unveil fastest gaming technology at PAX East 2010

Nvidia kept us waiting anxiously this morning to see what their mysterious announcement turned out to be. On Friday, the graphics card maker tweeted, "ARE YOU READY? Check back here on Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. PST for a major announcement!"

Turns out the announcement will keep us waiting even longer. According to another Tweet posted by Nvidia, "The wait is almost over! The world's fastest PC graphics gaming technology will be unveiled at PAX 2010."

If you are lucky enough to attend PAX East 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts on March 26th, you can test out Nvidia's next generation GPU, and according to Nvidia's website, possibly purchase one before anyone else.

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That's kind of what I was getting at Solar but in a more subtle way. I couldn't agree more which is why I'll be waiting to see what I'm going to upgrade to - If I upgrade at all.

Brand loyalty is for suckers and I see quite a few suckers in this thread. buy whats best if possible. Ill buy a vid card from Jack in the Box if its its proven. Ive never understood this creepy-weird loyalty to a brand.

solardog said,
Brand loyalty is for suckers and I see quite a few suckers in this thread. buy whats best if possible. Ill buy a vid card from Jack in the Box if its its proven. Ive never understood this creepy-weird loyalty to a brand.
Couldn't agree more......but since I have started buying GPUs more often, ATI has always had the best price:performance ratio, which is why a majority of my GPUs have been ATI.

if i can still play 1920x1080 decent frames with my 8800gtx so i dont need to upgrade?
my card still servs what i need :p

I've never had any problem with ATI drivers either. They aren't any more buggy than any Nvidia driver is. ATI also always comes out with newer technology before Nvidia does.... using smaller chips, and the latest DX.

And of course there is all the problems NVidia had/has with previous gpu's failing/dieing. I have one in my laptop, and its the Nvidia gpu that has cost me the use of my laptop.

helios01 said,
Really hope it impresses. Nvidia has made a strong come-back before so I think they can deliver.

Probably need to wait for a Femi 2 based card for that to happen .. Its looks as if Femi has failed on so many fronts a full respin of the core is needed... Probably a respin and die shrink ...

Ive been holding off on buying a DX11 card because of this. So far im really liking my new 4890 i got for 150, but after upgrading toa 24" monitor im seeing some minor lag on some things. Nvidia overall though has screwed me a few times with bad hardware, my 8800 lasted forever but everythingelse always had a weird quirk to it. I hope they release something good though to make ATI sweat..

At least the Femi boards won't be rebranded from 480 to the 580 and then 680gs .. Like the 8800 was 3 times ..

Nvidia at the moment has lost complete direction and focus as a company. ATI on the other hand has now been producing solid products, clear naming of products and trying not to screw its customers.

hopefully Nvidia might look at how to do things .. Just a great shame that Nvidia have lost the plot .

krustylicious said,
At least the Femi boards won't be rebranded from 480 to the 580 and then 680gs .. Like the 8800 was 3 times ..

Well the 8800 wasn't a bad GPU, so it's no surprise really.

However, there were other changes beside the name, the fabrication process changed from 90nm to 65nm along with the addition of PCIe 2.0.

Not that I trust wikipedia, but this is a good read on the Nvidia 8 series: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce_8_Series

Edited by neo158, Feb 22 2010, 7:02pm :

neo158 said,

Well the 8800 wasn't a bad GPU, so it's no surprise really.

However, there were other changes beside the name, the fabrication process changed from 90nm to 65nm along with the addition of PCIe 2.0.

Not that I trust wikipedia, but this is a good read on the Nvidia 8 series: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce_8_Series

Looks as if i spoke too soon, the Geforce GT 320, GT 330 and GT 340 are sliped out and likely to been rebrands of the lower end of the 2x series ..

Messy - very messy.

I'm sure they won't be hyping anything about DirectX11 after claiming it shouldn't be a priority for shoppers.

I don't get all the nVidia hate. The GTX 260 Core 216 is a great card on par with the great 4870....The GTX 285 was another solid entry. They just dropped the ball with their initial pricing with the last generation. I'm using a GTX 260 Core 216 right now and I don't know if it's worth spending the money to upgrade for the small amount of PC gaming I do. If I do, I'll wait for some benchmark comparisons before deciding on ATi or nVidia - And for actual prices.

ccoltmanm said,


It's all about pricing/performance. AMD has beat Nvidia this year.

while this true i stick with nvidia for there drivers... they seem to easyer to install for all my computers windows7/osx86/ubuntu.. i have heard ATi drivers while good, can cause more issues...

lflashl said,
while this true i stick with nvidia for there drivers... they seem to easyer to install for all my computers windows7/osx86/ubuntu.. i have heard ATi drivers while good, can cause more issues...
Everyone has different experiences with both sides. I have never had a problem with ATI drivers in the years I have been using them (updating as soon as a new driver is available), but I have had problems in the past with nVidia drivers.

You should not change your experience based on issues other users are having, most issues come from user error, ATI drivers have in my own experience never caused any issues with anything, whereas nVidia drivers have.

And quite conversely, I've found the opposite. The ATI drivers have been very buggy, often causing issues with customers computers. Yet nVidia drivers are rock solid, frequently updated, and all round good performers.

DigitalManifestations said,
I don't get all the nVidia hate.

Drivers.
DirectX support.

All my video cards are from nVidia, but I think I'll go ATI this year.

Raa said,
And quite conversely, I've found the opposite. The ATI drivers have been very buggy, often causing issues with customers computers. Yet nVidia drivers are rock solid, frequently updated, and all round good performers.
Frequently updated? Thats a good one!

ATI updates their drivers easily twice as often (if not more) as nVidia does. Now, if the user refuses to update their drivers, then that goes back to user error being the cause of the issues as I mention above.

Last major issue I solved for a company as to why ATI-based workstations were causing a 3D program to crashing and nVidia-based workstations were not, was pure coincidence. Turns out updating DirectX on the ATI-based workstations fixed the crash issues.

Edited by Nagisan, Feb 22 2010, 11:41pm :

Bleh, they allow 30 minutes now to edit forum posts but not comments....

Meant to add, as I said above, each user has different experience. I have never had a problem that was caused by ATI drivers (and I mean never, I have used ATI cards since a 9250 SE, then an x1600 pro, 4850 and a 4890, and all the drivers during that time ran great for me), whereas I have had issues with nearly every nVidia card I have owned.

Even worse, I love running dual monitors, back when I actually had SLI (7800GTX SLI), nVidia did not support multiple monitors with SLI enabled. ATI on the otherhand has pretty much always supported multiple monitors with Crossfire. This has changed since back then but still, I have found ATI to always be ahead of nVidia in the driver department in my own experience. The only thing they were ever behind in was top-end GPUs, which as of now, they have surpassed nVidia in that department too.

Again, everyone has had their own different experiences, and I am no fanboy (as I am budget limited most of the time, I have had to go with ATI for superior price:performance, back when the GTX295 held the performance crown however, I put that in every computer I worked on that needed superior performance). But I have had fewer issues with ATI in the past, so I am partial to ATI over nVidia.

I recently moved to a 5850 after using nVidia GPUs in every PC I've built, the last ATi GPU I had was an IGP with a PII-450 machine.

I haven't had major issues with either set of drivers, the worst being with nVidia's which would occasionally give the usual "Display Driver has stopped Responding" error. Not so with ATi's.

Personally, I can't see Fermi being all that successful. nVidia is a complete mess right now, and it shows. Maybe the severe ass-kicking ATi has given them will allow them to get back into shape.

Nagisan said,
Everyone has different experiences with both sides. I have never had a problem with ATI drivers in the years I have been using them (updating as soon as a new driver is available), but I have had problems in the past with nVidia drivers.

You should not change your experience based on issues other users are having, most issues come from user error, ATI drivers have in my own experience never caused any issues with anything, whereas nVidia drivers have.

latest catalyst broke HDMI audio output to my plasma tv.

Hype machine starting up, yay nVidia. I just hope they're not going to shoot themselfs in the foot again, though it does look like it.