NVISION 08 – The Nexus of Graphical Technology

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I’ll tell you, I didn’t really know what to expect from nvision 08, especially when I walked into the auditorium where nVIDIA’s CEO was to give his keynote address. But, before we get the that, let’s take a look at what nvision 08 looked like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Gaming Rigs
The set up was pretty awesome. From the green water in the fountain leading up to the convention center, to the GeForce LAN party was what every computer geek dreamt about. Everything that was in the place is what you would expect to see in an event like this. nVIDIA certainly didn’t disappoint on presentation. But could Jen-Hsun Huang deliver during his keynote? That depends on your perspective.
Throughout most of his keynote address, Huang never really mentioned nVIDIA, which I thought was cool. His focus was on the visual revolution. Of course, underlying all the nifty software and tools demonstrated was a visual revolution powered by nVIDIA. The beginning of his keynote was opened by Mayor Chuck Reed of San Jose.
Huang followed him and did start talking about nVIDIA’s GPU technology.

Huang’s main focus was on the power of the GPU and how over the past few years the technology exploded offering performance gains never before seen. ( there are a bunch of movies from his keynote highlighting the main points, insert where you see fit). Hey continued on through his keynote bringing some interesting people on stage with him to help explain the visual revolution. When all was said and done, I was impressed with the way nVIDIA and Huang presented the first inaugural nvision convention.
Check out more articles covering the events at nvision 08 and what was introduced and demonstrated during Jen-Hsun Huang’s keynote address.

Gigabyte had their M912 Netbook on display at their booth during nvision 08. It was an impressive little machine featuring an 8.9” LCD panel with a maximum resolution of 1280×768. The LCD panel is a touch screen and can be rotate and folded down to be used as a tablet pc.


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It comes equipped with Intel’s Atom N270 processor running at 1.6GHz, a built in 1.3 megapixel camera, built in speakers, a maximum of 2GB of memory. You have an option of a 120, 160, or 250GB hard drive. In the netbook you will also find a wireless card offering 802.11 b/g and an Ethernet port for internet and network connectivity. But we’re not done yet! You get Bluetooth, Kensington lock capabilities, 3 USB 2.0 ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, and an ExpressCard slot. Talk about packing a punch! All of this is available at 2.6lbs.

Gigabyte also showed off some new graphics cards as well as their new netbook. Their non-reference cards, the 9800GT and 9600GT that they had on hand, have a voltage regulator on the cards that, when combined with their overclocking utility, allows you to adjust the voltage to the GPU without have to mod the cards yourself. This nifty little idea is also covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. As far as highend cards go, they will be doing this for the 4870 and 4870X2, but as of now, not for nVIDIA’s highend monsters.

Charles Wirth, better known as FUGGER from Xtremesystems.com, was at nvision 08 displaying his triple stage cascade cooling system running an E8600 at 6GHz all day long. That’s right, all day at 6GHz. He was setup by the Asus booth using a Striker II Extreme and a pair of Asus’ GTX 280’s.

 

 

 

Since I’m being beat to the punch, here’s an actual photo I took of the Nitro. Oh, and it offers on the fly overclocking. For example, while playing a game, if you notice a drop and framerates or whatever reason, you just hit a button and it oc’s the video card. You can get a feel for the actual size of the device sitting on top of the case. Very small and compact.
 

Everyone loves booth babes.

nVIDIA 3D Stereoscopic technology:

nVIDIA had a table full of Digital Storm and Cyberpower cases set up back to back couple with Viewsonics new 22-inch 120Hz display with 3ms gray-to-gray response times. What was truly interesting about the setup was nVIDIA’a GeForce 3D Stereoscopic technology. It consists of a pair of 3D glasses hooked up to an emitter. You put the glasses on and, BOOM!, you’re playing UT3 in 3D.
The glasses are adjustable through software where you can adjust the amount of “3D” you are looking at. It’s best to start out at a lower setting until you get used to it. Otherwise you would go cross-eyed. You might be wondering what’s required to run a setup like this. Well, for starters, you need a 3D ready panel. That’s where Viewsonic’s 120Hz 3D ready 22” panel comes in to play. Along with that you need the glasses and emitter. nVIDIA’s GeForce drivers already include the necessary info to run the glasses. And, more than 300 games, new and older, are 3D capable. Games such as Spore, Crysis, UT3, and Empire of Earth III are all 3D capable.
This tech is really cool. I also had the opportunity to talk to Ken Brown, Partner and PR Manager from nVIDIA. I asked him about further implications for this technology, such as 3D movies. He told me that they are working with certain Studios to possibly get some 3D movies in the mix.
Mitsubishi is another company coming out with a 3D panel alongside Viewsonic.
Retail availability will be in Q4 ’08. No price has been set yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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