Newsletter Archives

  • Nvidia is now worth more than Intel

    I saw that headline and couldn’t believe it.

    As of this writing, very early Friday morning, Nvidia lists at $420.36, for a total market capitalization (number of outstanding shares * share price) of $258.52 billion.

    Intel lists at $58.42, for a market cap of $247.35 billion.

    Absolutely phenomenal result of Nvidia’s branching into more-than-graphics.

  • Stuttering reported with Win10 Nvidia GeForce GTX 10xx cards

    I bumped into a report on Reddit that blames game stutters when Standby memory eats up all available memory.

    Connecting the dots, it appears as if the stuttering only appears on Win10 machines — and only those running the newer “Pascal” version of the Nvidia chip. You probably know Pascal better as the GeForce GTX 10xx chips.

    Poster Gigabytes1337 says:

    I’ve been battling with stuttering in games for months and really feel defeated over it. I just wanted to know if many others have been suffering with the same issue.

    Basically every game stutters and hitches and BF1 is one of the worst. It happens when the standby memory cache eats up all of the free memory. Clearing it seems to reduces the frequency and intensity of the stuttering.

    The stutter goes away when they switch to Win7. Apparently Nvidia isn’t interested in hearing about it.

    Anybody else out there see this?


  • New NVIDIA driver for Windows 7

    NVIDIA just posted a new video driver for those of you who are taking Windows 7 for a test spin. I’m using it right now, and it’s working very well indeed.

    I’m a bit surprised because Microsoft didn’t change anything in the driver model between Vista SP2 and Windows 7 – so an update to the Windows 7 driver should be the same thing as an update to the Vista driver. That’s the theory anyway.

    That said, I have had a few problems with the NVIDIA driver running Windows 7 Beta 1 (build 7000). It’ll be interesting to see if they persist with the new driver.

    By the way, those of you who are running the Windows 7 Beta understand that it isn’t really a beta, right? I though that was kind of a given. Microsoft doesn’t do open betas – never has, at least since the days of Word 2.0. All of the open betas nowadays are what we used to call “marketing betas”. Microsoft doesn’t release betas to the public in order to ask for comments/suggestions about features. Microsoft releases marketing betas so people have a chance to get an early look, convince their companies to wait for a newer and better product – and in some cases garner bragging rights. As its name implies, a marketing beta is driven by marketing, not the development team.

    MS picks up a few bug reports from the marketing betas, but they’re generally not terribly useful.

    So those of you who are clicking the “Send Feedback” link that’s ubiquitous in Windows 7 should know that the feedback you’re sending will affect Windows 8, some day. The Windows 7 team is waaaaaay beyond the point where it can change anything substantive. My guess is that the only significant change in the past few months has been in the changes to User Account Control elevation, which I wrote about in Windows Secrets Newsletter.

    Ed Bott has a good analysis on his ZDNet blog. Ed’s been beta testing Microsoft software since Moses set the standards for manly hair styling. Guess I’m pretty long in the tooth in that department, too.