Submitted by skipclarke on 3 September, 2014 - 03:31
Late last year I performed a massive 10-Way CPU Shootout. It looked at 10 different CPUs, each tested with three different GPUs. Each configuration was tested in 1080p HD and Eyefinity, across three games. Sum total it was 180 different tests. The AMD FX-9590 was released into retail this past summer - available with and without a custom closed loop liquid cooler from Cooler Master. Given the now wide scale retail availability of both the FX-9370 and the FX-9590, it seemed like a good time to put the finishing touches on a new article.
So, we'll revisit the original premise, but with updated hardware. Is a higher end CPU needed to unlock the power of an R9 290, or the power of a CrossFire configuration? Or, is money still better saved on a CPU to upgrade video cards or purchase an SSD (which are cheaper than ever)? As before we'll start the review with a look at raw CPU power, and compare that to processor prices. Since their original launch, the AMD FX-9370 and FX-9590 have dropped significantly in price. Does that matter, or make the price issues moot?
The previous project was weeks in the testing. For this redux I tested each of the five processors across three games, each of those across seven GPU configuration, in both 1080p HD and Eyefinity 3x 1080p HD. This results in a ton of tests - 210 to be exact (5 x 3 x 7 x 2). Thirty more tests than the first article. Click for the details...
Mighty No. 9 is an all-new Japanese side-scrolling action game that takes the best aspects of the 8- and 16-bit era classics you know and love, and transforms them with modern tech, fresh mechanics, and fan input into something fresh and amazing!
ArcheAge is a free to play massively multiplayer online role play game, being published in the west by Trion, in terms of setting and core combat it's a fairly standard hotkey mmorpg, however what sets it apart is the mix of other features in the game that gives it a bit more of a sandbox feel then just a combat grind to level 50. The games multi-monitor support is very good, resolution options are available and the game is horizontal plus be default, most of the fixed location UI is centred however there is some that is spanned, and a good portion of the HUD can also be moved around to suit your own preferences.
The video itself is part analysis, part walkthough and part waffle, feel free to like or dislike my video and comment are always welcome too.
While this video can be watched on any screen it has been encoded to look best on a multi-monitor system, so if your running such a system, then select 4K quality from the drop down box and watch in fullscreen.
So last night (unoriginal, although I did plan on doing this during the first beta when it would of been original but the SLI bug stopped me) anyway, last night I took a cruise across the Mini USA. From the easterly most point on the map to the point on the west coast that was the furthest away from it. The journey was 88 Miles or about 142 KM, it took me around 44 minutes from pulling away from the east coast to parking on the west, with an average speed of 120 MPH, or 193KPH.
Video below was recorded from a resolution of 5040x1050, and processed down to a resolution of 4032x840. If you have a triple monitor setup yourself, set the quality to 4K (assuming your network can handle it) and fullscreen for the best viewing quality, if your running a single monitor, best to watch at 1080p, ether in fullscreen or on YouTube in Cinema mode. Otherwise I hope you like my selection of OC Remix music, track list is below the video.
Submitted by skipclarke on 25 August, 2014 - 18:17
LG has announced a curved version of it's recently released 34" 21:9 ultra-wide panel. The 34UC97 is being billed as “the world’s first curved monitor with an extra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio". You can get the official press announcement form the LG UK Blog here. Below are pics of the panel, and three of them in a beautiful curved arc.
Submitted by skipclarke on 25 August, 2014 - 18:04
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a multiplayer third-person shooter and tower defense video game. It is the third game in the Plants vs. Zombies series, developed by PopCap Games and published by Electronic Arts. The player can take control of their own plants or zombies from a third person perspective in either a cooperative or competitive multiplayer environment.
Submitted by skipclarke on 22 August, 2014 - 15:22
In general, I believe there are two types of computer hardware purchases - there are wants, and there are needs. Wants usually take the shape of things that improve performance, make gaming easier, or "expand our horizons". As much as I'd want to believe Eyefinity is a need, it is really a want. On the other hand, needs are things required to solve problems, or just make things work.
Sometimes needs morph into wants. You need a CPU cooler, but you want one that's quiet and has LED lights. You need a mouse, but you want the one with 5600dpi, a lead weight and a dozen buttons. You need a GPU, but you want one that kicks ass.
As we spend more and more of our days in front of computing devices, more things become needs. We look for bigger/wider/multiple monitors for increased productivity. We create proper working environments with large desk spaces, monitor stands and ergonomic chairs, or even standing desks.
And as computing power continues to shrink, and our computing devices become ever more portable, the Club 3D MST Hub will become something you're more likely to need. Whatever your reason, if you do need it, you'll be glad to know that it works - and works well.
Solo talk on the possible sightings of Source 2 and I say nice things about EA. I'm sorry about the fuzziness. Didn't realize it until too late. Sadday.
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