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Shamrock
08-01-08, 11:04 PM
http://techreport.com/discussions.x/15237

What's in store for this next driver release? GPU Cafe claims the biggest novelty will be the ability to use graphics cards as dedicated PhysX physics processors. For instance, you might be able to slip a GeForce 9500 GT and a GeForce 9800 GTX into a system and use the former for physics computations only. That sounds a lot like what ATI was doing with Havok FX physics two years ago.

The ForceWare 180 release will reportedly include other goodies like performance optimizations, OpenGL 3.0 support, better multi-monitor support for SLI configs, "GPU transcoding," and DisplayPort compatibility. Those last two items have us scratching our heads a little, since existing drivers should already support CUDA video transcoding apps, and we tested a GeForce 9600 GT with a DisplayPort connector way back in February.

Bman212121
08-01-08, 11:27 PM
Nice find!

If the rumors are correct there should be a driver around the 5th.

nekrosoft13
08-01-08, 11:33 PM
so when will this be out?

Bman212121
08-01-08, 11:41 PM
Well according to the bottom of the article, they are saying September. :( I hope the other rumors are right.


If GPU Cafe has its facts straight, you can expect to see the ForceWare 180 release pop onto Nvidia's site some time in September.

K007
08-01-08, 11:57 PM
aa i miss nvidia drivers -.-...

nekrosoft13
08-02-08, 12:00 AM
aa i miss nvidia drivers -.-...

shouldn't have switched to the dark side

K007
08-02-08, 12:17 AM
atleast i don't have to worry much about them now -.-. Just update once a month hehe :)

crainger
08-02-08, 01:02 AM
Eh, if ATI drivers are still like they were when I had my 9800XT (I know long time ago ::p: ), each driver release fixes a game issue, but breaks 5 slightly older games.

nekrosoft13
08-02-08, 01:22 AM
Eh, if ATI drivers are still like they were when I had my 9800XT (I know long time ago ::p: ), each driver release fixes a game issue, but breaks 5 slightly older games.

they are still the same, my experience with ati drivers is from May 08. :thumbdwn:

k0py
08-05-08, 06:54 PM
I have an 8600gt laying around. Be nice if i could use it as a physx accelerator.

Tr1cK
08-05-08, 07:26 PM
I wonder if I will ever be able to slip my old 8800 in as a PPU while running my Radeon.

k0py
08-06-08, 08:58 AM
I wonder if I will ever be able to slip my old 8800 in as a PPU while running my Radeon.

I think your pushing it.