Moments ago, American technology company NVIDIA, known best for their graphics processing units (GPUs) and system-on-a-chip (SoC) products, revealed the latest products in their new lineup of GeForce graphics cards based on their recent Pascal architecture, the 1000 series. Over 40,000 people tuned into the company’s Twitch channel to watch the stream live from DreamHack. So far, NVIDIA has only revealed Pascal-based cards in the Tesla lineup – and these are purely for calculations and rendering and do not have a video output.
Nvidia has announced the GTX 1080, and showed gameplay of new games like Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Tom Clancy’s The Division running at max settings, over 60 frames per second; and then they let through that it was running on the GTX 1080. Nvidia has called Pascal the largest processor architecture project “in the history of humanity”, claiming it took “7 years”, “thousands of people”, and $7 billion USD in R&D to create – they said that with that money they’re “pretty sure you could go to Mars.” The 16 nanometer manufacturing process will help for low-latency, high-performance gaming and more. They claim that a single GTX 1080 is faster than two 980 SLIs, and twice the performance and three times the energy efficiency of a single Titan X, saying that it’s “almost irresponsible amounts of performance.” They showed a real-time demonstration of the GTX 1080, running at 2.1 GHz on air cooling, keeping a 65-67 degrees Celsius. It has 8GB of G5x VRAM, 9 teraflops, and will cost $599 for the standard edition and $699 for the NVIDIA-designed Founders’ Edition. It will be available May 27th.
The GTX 1070 was also announced, with 8GB of G5 memory, 6.5 teraflops, $379 MSRP and $449 for the Founders’ Edition; also faster than a GTX Titan X.
They also announced Ansel, an advanced screenshotting utility that gives the user a free camera, 3D integration, and filters, all at the driver level for their screenshotting pleasure. They also give you the ability to use a cell phone and something like Google Cardboard for a cheap, low-cost virtual reality experience.
Futhermore, they announced some additions to their VRWorks API, including realistic water, ball-bouncing, falling, and other types of physics assisted by Nvidia PhysX and integrated with your haptic feedback controller. They also will be adding path traced audio, with advanced acoustic models – the world’s first real-time physics-based acoustics engine of this type. Usually, audio is directional / positional, but the environment will now be affected by the sound waves as they would realistically. They have found a way to calculate this efficiently, in real-time, on Nvidia GPUs.
To showcase these technologies, NVIDIA has created the NVIDIA VR FUNHOUSE, which will be available on Steam and open-source for users to tinker with and improve.
Furthermore, Simultaneous Multi-Display allows 16 viewpoints into the 3D world for a wide variety of display support, and improved Nvidia Surround. Previously, 3 cards would be needed for triple-monitor Surround without the side monitors being warped, but the new Pascal architecture GPUs can achieve this with a single GPU. Stereo 3D rendering is also possible in a single pass, improving performance for virtual reality solutions.
If you were looking at purchasing a GTX 970, 980, 980ti, or Titan X any time soon at full price, hold off; the wait will be worth it.
Like I said in my post about Far Cry 3 leaving 9GB of useless install data if you bought it through the GameStop Downloader, I’m in a fight for space. A few months ago, I found a way to save a lot of space on your drive (about 20GB in my case), and I will tell you how. Note that I only recommend doing such a thing if you have at least 12-16GB of ram. You could probably do with about 8GB for this, but more than that will help you with the minor drawback (and, yes, there are some). If you have under 6-8GB, I wouldn’t recommend doing this. 6-7GB is still pushing it. If you have under 8GB, only do this if you are really desperate for space.
Windows has a memory paging file (basically virtual RAM files stored on your HDD instead of on RAM sticks when your RAM gets full up), and that file is usually huge – in my case (on a 750GB hard drive) about 20GB. The drawback is that this may slightly decrease performance and loading time, which is why you need quite a bit of RAM (or your computer could crash due to not enough memory). Due to this, I am telling you to only do this at your own risk – I am not responsible for any damage this may cause to your computer, and nobody at Gaveroid.com is responsible either. This task is absolutely not for the computer illiterate. I explain later in the article how to check how much RAM you have; so, don’t fret if you can’t find it.
I am doing this on Windows 7 Home Premium, so your mileage may vary. First, go to the Control Panel, and then System. You can check out the specifications of your system here (such as how much RAM you have). Click on Advanced System Settings on the left hand side of the page. Click Settings under Performance. Go to the Advanced tab, and then lcick Change under virtual memory. It will tell you how large the paging file is (in my case, it’s 2048MB after the change). There should be a selection of drives; click your main programs drive (or any one that you put your data on). If you pick the wrong drive, problems could occur, so, be careful! Then, under that, there should be a Custom Size option. Click the button to the left of it. It should say initial size and maximum size. Depending on how much RAM you have is how much you should lower it. Don’t make it too low, but find out a comfy spot for you. I have it set to an initial size of 2048MB (2GB), and a maximum size of 4096MB (4GB). I have 16GB of physical RAM, so I can put up with this. If you have 8GB, you may want to put it a little higher. Like I said earlier, if you have anything under 6-8GB, I would not recommend doing this. Don’t put both values as the same, as you want to give your computer some breathing room in case it does need to use this memory. Click set, and click OK.
Now, you’re all set! Thanks for reading, and have a great day. Pass this onto your friends; maybe it will help them! Sometimes, you just don’t have the option to upgrade, so you must scrounge for ways to save up space. If this article gets a lot of hits, I might make a video tutorial – it’s easier to do things like this with a visual aid. If you have any questions, feel free to comment down below. Stay posted here at Gaveroid.com for new posts about the latest and greatest tech and gaming news!
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