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Nvidia ‘Big Bang II’ Close to Release?

By - Source: Tom's Hardware | B 31 comments

Back in August, Many rumor sites noted that Nvidia’s ForceWare 180 drivers will introduce several major changes.

The 180 ForceWare release has been dubbed the release as “Big Bang II” in reference to the “Big Bang” release that introduced SLI support.

According to the rumors, the drivers were to make an appearance in September, however that is obviously not the case now. BUT, VR-Zone has posted a bunch of screenshots, apparently showing the ForceWare 180 driver control panel in action. You can view VR-Zone’s gallery here.

We all know that screenshots are easy to fake, but these ones at VR-Zone appear to be authentic. On a system containing dual GeForce GTX 280 cards and a pair of 22” displays, the drivers provide two novel options – A PhysX configuration page and settings for multiple displays in SLI mode. Currently, PhysX options reside in a separate control panel application, and enabling SLI involves the user manually switching to single-display mode. Essentially, there is no true SLI multi-monitor support. The multi-monitor section of the ForceWare 180 control panel shows what appears to be both dual-view and cloning modes.

You can see a warning on the control panel that says “Cloning the SLI focus display will reduce performance for fullscreen applications.”

There have been no new rumored release dates as of current, but some people believe it is going to be very soon.

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    Anonymous , October 16, 2008 11:39 PM
    big bang II my a** this doesn't do anything... its just a naming scheme... they should have already added support for multi monitor sli support...

    they are losing and they know it now they are just bull sh*ting to try to win customers back... (losing this generation war atleast... maybe not overall)
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    randomizer , October 17, 2008 2:29 AM
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    bf2gameplaya , October 17, 2008 7:43 PM
    The forceware 177's have finaly fixed a long standing DirectDraw bug with the Infinity engine and the GeForce8 series, Planescape Torment, Baldur's gate, etc.

    With hardware settings, you would get black instead of transparent, ugly. Changed to software you got your transparency back, but ugly mouse trails and slow performance. Now all is as it should be.

    My point is there are thousand fixes big and small still to be done, keep picking up the loose bits like that DD bug as you press on relentlessly forward nVidia and you will keep your users!

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    antilycus , October 17, 2008 7:48 PM
    i'd still take NVDA drivers over ATI Drivers anyday... except for if I ran Vista Pre SP1
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    Anonymous , October 17, 2008 8:19 PM
    beta drivers are already online
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    Anonymous , October 17, 2008 8:56 PM
    ati drivers are so much better... having owned both ATI drivers are much better...

    that being said... i don't really care too much... but if the performance is similar... i know i'll be getting the ATI counterpart (like 5 %)
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    nukemaster , October 17, 2008 9:27 PM
    I will have to run some tests. before the 4870's game out my 8800GTX was hell(crash, freeze, poor performance on very old games) under Vista(and great under XP) and all I could do was blame MS(after all, it worked right in XP). One day for the fun of it I tried my old X1900XT(I was also doing some power consumption tests) and guess what? problems gone.

    One 4870 later and its stayed gone(My girl friends computer missed its video card, it now lives with that 8800GTX anyway). But I would not mind testing the last 2 NV drivers that have been released as I did send bug reports and when I did that on XP it was always fixed on the next release(but that where so far appart some times).
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    kelfen , October 17, 2008 9:34 PM
    The mounthly drivers for ATI is nice, good work on there part
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    alvine , October 17, 2008 9:41 PM
    I agree I'm not fanboy of any sort (I have nvidia 8600 in my laptop, 4850 in desktop) and currently ati drivers are much better. They release them monthly that shows they work hard on them to make out lives easier. Also their numbering thing is much easier to follow (8.8, 8.9, 8.10) not like nvidia and their 1xx.xx scheme...it just makes my head hurt :p 
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    blackwidow_rsa , October 17, 2008 10:22 PM
    I have an opposite experience. My pc bsod'd daily with my x600xt, no matter what drivers. Its mysteriously dissappeared when i got my 8500GT pos edition.
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    Blessedman , October 17, 2008 11:18 PM
    haha they are losing? take a long look at sales and come back and comment...
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    roofus , October 17, 2008 11:27 PM
    Blackwidow_rsaI have an opposite experience. My pc bsod'd daily with my x600xt, no matter what drivers. Its mysteriously dissappeared when i got my 8500GT pos edition.


    pretty much same here. different cards but same experience. i will risk another ATI purchase at some point but there is no compelling reason for me to right now.
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    Anonymous , October 17, 2008 11:28 PM
    dude... where have you been the last 5 f*cking months?

    the 4870 series is f*cking raping nvidia... sure they may have a lot more market share but they are losing fast... try not to be an imbecile next time you post
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    nukemaster , October 17, 2008 11:34 PM
    Do not get me wrong(not trying to start a fight here), inf modded GTX 280 drivers had a lot of bug fixes for the 8800GTX. There was still some odd ones, like radom crashes while running tv out and gaming on the main screen. Quake 1 being limited to 800x600 was another odd one, with old drivers it ran 1280x1024 but had real bad performance. Come on... Quake 1(this was the one i blamed Vista on, but i was wrong....)
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    PC_68 , October 18, 2008 12:53 AM
    4870 raping the GTX 280, what benchmarks are you looking at? The only game I see the ATI higher is WiC.
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    one-shot , October 18, 2008 1:44 AM
    I like to voice my opinion when I know nothing of what I'm arguing about. I feel I win more that way...........^^
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    squiZZ , October 18, 2008 2:53 AM
    The ati-nvidia fanboys can argue all day long about who's raping who. But when it's all said and done its the dollar that decides who's on top. As far as I can tell the 4870 has been selling like hotcakes over the gtx280
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    rocky1234 , October 18, 2008 7:33 AM
    Quote from PC_68
    "4870 raping the GTX 280, what benchmarks are you looking at? The only game I see the ATI higher is WiC."

    I think he meant in sales & price range the 4870 holds over the 280.
    Also the 4870 1gb cards are doing better than the 512mb cards in the higher resolutions also.
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    roofus , October 18, 2008 1:20 PM
    thogromdude... where have you been the last 5 f*cking months?the 4870 series is f*cking raping nvidia... sure they may have a lot more market share but they are losing fast... try not to be an imbecile next time you post


    why do they let people like you post? you get all personal and throw a tantrum because people don't see things your way. i actually do own cards from both and i am convinced you are just claiming to even ever own anything nvidia to strengthen your one dimensional mindset. i see there are many others to take up your position which is fine. somebody has to shill. hopefully the uneducated can see through it but if not, they will have some beautiful ATI space heaters this winter. :) 
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    Tindytim , October 18, 2008 2:11 PM
    PC_684870 raping the GTX 280, what benchmarks are you looking at? The only game I see the ATI higher is WiC.

    Exactly. Even the X2 doesn't beat the GTX 280 in all cases (due to being a dual GPU card).

    ATI is kicking Nvidia's ass at performance for the Money, but they don't have the most powerful single GPU card.
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