Nvidia ready R180 Drivers

"Named 'Big Bang 2', and will introduce new features and perfomance boosts, NVidia ready their new driver release."

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Nvidia's @Big Bang 2'Nvidia are to release the new ForceWare R180 drivers in September. With some new features and performance boosts, Nvidia have named the upcoming release 'Big Bang 2'. There will some big changes regarding SLi, the first being SLi multi-monitor support. This will allow users to run more than one monitor when in SLi mode, which will be a bonus for multi monitor gaming. Nvidia have also made changes to how cards can be paired up, with users now being able to pair cards like AMD/ATI users can. You should be able to pair a 9800GX2 with a single 9800GTX.

The new drivers will also come with the OpenGL 3.0 API, which is a major improvement and has been delayed for over a year now. Some new video features are included.  PureVideo Transcoder, a GPU-accelerated video encoder and 10-bit DisplayPort on Windows Vista. The DisplayPort is said to achieve the colour level offered by HDMI 1.3, the so called "billion colours". GPU Physix for older Geforce cards support will also feature.

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02-08-2008, 02:17:10

PP Mguire
I doubt this is true. DFI dosent have a 790i on their site and ive only seen rumours of it on the nets. Some pics but nothing more.

02-08-2008, 03:34:14

I doubt this is true as the original stupid link chip (a bodge 680i chip) has been replaced with a dedicated 790i chip to help so all the troubles of the primary release baords are gone.
As nVidia's only entry into DDR3 with no bugs i've found I've cannot see them pulling this at all.

Would nVidia really hand the market to Intel? NO :o

02-08-2008, 05:11:25

PP Mguire
Yea and i havent heard any MAJOR mass horror reports of this chipset either. Also heard its quite the overclocked.

02-08-2008, 05:34:21

NVidia's response:

1. The story on Digitimes is completely groundless. We have no intention of getting out of the chipset business.
2. In fact, our MCP business is as strong as it ever has been for both AMD and Intel platforms:
1. Mercury Research has reported that the NVIDIA market share of AMD platforms in Q2 08 was 60%. We have been steady in this range for over two years.
2. SLI is still the preferred multi-GPU platform thanks to its stellar scaling, game compatibility and driver stability.
3. nForce 790i SLI is the recommended choice by editors worldwide due to its compelling combination of memory performance, overclocking, and support for SLI. In fact, a recent article on Tom’s Hardware recently came to the same conclusion: [url]http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...I,1977-29.html[/url]
3. We're looking forward to bring new and very exciting MCP products to the market for both AMD and Intel platforms.

02-08-2008, 05:52:21

Nice article on THG, Looks like the chipset is actually stronger than what people take it for. I for one would love a 790i board, and thats after having a 680i board and nearly killing myself a lot!

02-08-2008, 06:22:30

The only problem the 790i chipset has had is the same as all 7?? series chipsets. When the chipset was first released they didn't get the connecting chip finished so bodged a 680i chip. This led to some people having no problem and some people not being able to watch video because the system crashed.
There was some absolute idiot canvasing every forum yelling (yes i actually mean CAPS his posts and telling people off for not listening to him) that to get the problem fixed you must fiddle with the GTLREF voltages. The 790i allows 36 changes to each GTLREF voltages which for me means 4. That means to do 1679616 reboots to check all the combinations for his so-called sweet spot. Upon everyone saying the chipset should be stable at stock voltages otherwise it is defective he then began claiming he was a performance system builder for a high profile performance computer maker in america and this was his job. Needless to say he was talking scheiBe and a BIOS update fix the early chipset bug.
On a good note the BIOS update has fixed the problem and no problem threads i was subscribed to has been updated since doing the BIOS, so that should mean we are all ok. BIOS boot time is significantly faster. Also now they have had time, nVidia have done the link chip properly and new boards are perfect from the get go.

02-08-2008, 08:24:13

You're almost right.

790i is a new chipset development, different to the other "7 series" chipsets (780i, 750i).

The chipset you're referring to which uses a 680i chip is the 780i board.

Hope this clears things up a touch. :)

05-08-2008, 08:47:12

hmms so.. do I go for the
EVGA nForce 790 Ultra SLi or a Blackops board,

Im leaning towards the first, any suggestions? have a 2-SLi GTX 280 config and DDR3 RAM, 2000MHz, thanks in advance for ur views.


05-08-2008, 09:05:09

its not called the blackops, and as the article says, you cant buy it...

19-08-2008, 11:06:07


its not called the blackops, and as the article says, you cant buy it...

Interesting, I guess it doesnt matter then what I call it then if no-one can buy it anyway!

I'd still call it the blackops ! but meh,

Problem solved I've gone for the eVGA 790i Ultra Sli instead, thanks for the help.:worship:

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