Upgrade Time

This is a developing article, stay tuned for more details. Current System AMD @ 4.1ghz 4 core, 8 thread, 8G DDR3 Dual Channel 1600 New System Intel i7 @ 3.2ghz (4hz turbo) 4 core, 8 thread, 32 G DDR3 Dual Channel 2400 The video card will stay the same, so lets see how the base bits impact performance!

Get Yourself An N-Control Avenger

Check out the N-Control-Avenger On Facebook, like them to win one this weekend! http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-N-Control-Avenger/162468090457709 It’s an amazing controller add on for your 360, also works when using a 360 on Windows since it’s actual hardware appurtenant. They’re giving away 2 controllers for Facebook fans if they make 2500 likes by midnight on Sunday! If they get 500 followers on Twitter they’ll be giving away 2 to their twitter followers as well. Sign up on both for a chance to win twice! Also they’re running a Black Ops Annihilation DLC contest. Best voted video of the Avenger being used in game!…

i7 Video Upgrade

I had built a system for a friend about 6 months ago. It was ready to roar, minus the video card as the rest of it was expensive enough. It did the trick for the time being, but he was ready to go bigger so I ordered him some video cards. They just came in, so I’m doing some before and after benchmarks. Current Stats: Intel i7 (4 core) @ 3.4ghz 6mb DDR3 @ 1333mhz Tri-Channel Configuration (3 x 2G) 2 x 1TB Hard Drives Bluray / DVD Writer Combo Drive ATI Radeon HD 5450 DX11 New cards: EVGA nVidia…

EVGA 295 GTX Co-Op Review

I received my EVGA 295 GTX Co-Op today and here are the results! 17:45 – Card installed, powered on18:00 – Drivers Updated, restarted21:06 – done with benchmarking Initial observations:Compared to the 280 GTX:– same length– feels heavier– a tad thinner Hardware installation included 2 devices (GTX 295)I left a 280 in there for strictly PhysX for now but going to do try benchmarks both with and without it on both cards. Test: -/+ for decreased / increased performance 3DMark Vantage (Ambient Occlusion: ON | PhysX: ON): +Score: 16209CPU: 33477Graphics: 13831 3DMark 2006 (Ambient Occlusion: ON | PhysX: ON): =Score: 13260SM…

Super Talent’s 2TB PCIe RAIDDrive

These PCIe SSD drives can’t arrive fast enough for our needs… ok, wants considering the thousands they cost. The latest announcement comes by way of Super Talent Technology with its new 2TB RAIDDrive. The card slips into a PCIe x8 slot and ships in Enterprise (battery backed), Workstation, and Gamer (I hope this isn’t an april fools post) read more | digg story

Another Year or So…

This year’s birthday spoils:– iPod Nano– Novint Falcon– NFS Undercover– BF2142 Deluxe (for the living room PC) I ended up working half a day today, spent the 2nd half being productive and hanging out with the dog. I went and got my winter tires off the car, I think we’re safe for snow. If it comes now I just won’t go anywhere 🙂I spent that time waiting listening to my iPod – I was totally that guy in the store with the iPod on. I meandered around Home Depot, looking at some bathroom stuff, and I found a fence I…

Computer Land

So I’ve spent the weekend… well, I guess that could be extended to the past month, doing computer stuff. I placed the hardware order on December 31st (so I could include it in the business costs for 2008) and received them on the 7th or so. From there on it’s been computers, computers, computers. I upgrade my own to free up a power supply and memory for my new Media PC for the living room. I took all the old stuff I had and got a brand new media pc case for it all. It’s about the size (amazingly close…

GTA IV Performance

Here’s the same progression in GTA benchmarks. I didn’t have to do much work for this because GTA writes each benchmark to a separate txt file automatically. I pasted into Google Docs and made a graph of it all. The details are here but this is the graph:

It’s the Final Benchmark!

Ok, so after the dust has settled I’ve completed the Hard Drive externalization (technical prototype) and here are the past couple benchmarks: 2 x New Graphics Card + CPU New Graphics Card + CPU New Graphics Card New Motherboard Original Read em and weep.

New Benchmarks

Latest Benchmark 3DMark06 – 11059 2.0 PCI Ex Motherboard 3DMark06 – 10879 1.0 PCI Ex Motherboard w/ 2 8800 GTX 3DMark06 – 10674 *** authors note 07 07 2012 *** TABLES! Ahhhh! So not HTML 4.0…

Past Performance

I went back today and found some previous 3DMark06 Scores since I was finally able to get my 3DMark06 up and running. I still had my old VISTA x64 install on my extra HD (haven’t needed to reformat it for space yet) so I installed everything (didn’t work) and then copied over all the OpenAL32.dll to both system32 and syswow64 directories. I removed 3DMark06 and reinstalled from my Crosshair driver CD (w/ professsional SN) but when I went to submit it said a newer version was available. The patch wouldn’t install (said 3DMark06 wasn’t installed???) so I just copied the…

Getting Ready for 7950GX2

This is from XP(32 Bit) Main Test Results3DMark Score: 5030 3DMarksSM 2.0 Score: 2488 MarksSM 3.0 Score: 2403 MarksCPU Score: 1003 Marks Detailed Test ResultsGraphics Tests1 – Return to Proxycon: 19.186 FPS2 – Firefly Forest: 22.289 FPSCPU TestsCPU1 – Red Valley: 0.316 FPSCPU2 – Red Valley: 0.509 FPSHDR Tests1 – Canyon Flight (SM 3.0): 22.101 FPS2 – Deep Freeze (SM 3.0): 25.963 FPS

Computer Upgrade Madness!!!

I went to the computer show yesterday. First time I’ve been able to catch one when it’s at the ubiquitous Basketball Hall of Fame. It was the first time I’d been in there… ever, pre-construction or otherwise. I can’t believe how big a sphere can be. It’s amazing, wonderful, and so much to do… for basketball people. =]I was only interested in the architecture and the computer show held within. I bought a new case, as I was creating almost another new computer – black with blue bubbles up the side which cast a nice blue glow. It has a…