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Tuesday, October 12, 1999

More With Thresh and the GeForce DDR

Thresh updated his GeForce DDR pre/review with Q3Test benchmarks on a Celeron 300A. The DDR version doesn't add much on a Celeron 300A system at 640x480 and 800x600, but it really does at 1024x768, especially in high quality mode. There the DDR version will give you 55.4 fps instead of 44.2 with the regular version (a 25% speedup). By way of comparison, a TNT2 Ultra in the same system gives you 29.8 fps.

In most of the timedemos, a GeForce-based card will give a Celeron 300a system a whopping 50% fps increase over a TNT2 Ultra. The only exception is in Q3Test's "fastest" mode, where most of the video options are turned off anyway. There the gains are much more modest. Guess I know what my next video card will be :)

The Master comments: And since I'm one of the poor saps with a Celeron 300A that ISN'T overclocked, I'll DEFINITELY look at one of these someday :-/

Monday, October 11, 1999

The Ego from Id?

Another Forbes article, this one on John Romero and Diakatana. Hehe. Eidos needs to sell 1.2 million copies of all 3 pending games to make the $25 mil back they spent on Ion. Hehehehe. Oh, man is Ion screwed :-)

Carmack .plan Update

John Carmack (I am THE programmer, they aren't THE programmer, kookoo catchoo) updated his .plan with stuff that probably makes more sense to him than to me.

The Master comments: Actually, what I like about these .plan updates is the flavor. What I see in these updates is a general polishing of a game, not massive restructuring. I don't see a lot of bug fixes in skeletal animation. I see mainly tuning stuff. Cool :-)

Thresh and the GeForce DDR

Thresh's Firing Squad has a cool write-up on the GeForce reference board with DDR memory. Can you say Quake 3 at 1024x768x32 in high quality mode at 65 fps? Yikes! And this is with immature drivers. Just wait until they are tweaked! Thanks Blue (who else?).

I'm back!

Whelp, I'm finally back from vacation with another car in tow (figuratively). Got a copy of The Ultimate Doom for a buck and a half. Ready to rock!

The cybersamurai are out to get us

Well, here's a big no-shocker to those literate in the internet. "Cyberattacks Against U.S. Are A Matter Of Time". Ummm. No DUH! This has been going on for years! And it's not going to stop anytime soon. The total lack of respect for hackers bandied about in the government and commerical sectors has brought this on, and it's not going to stop soon. Interesting sidelight on this one: Check out The Cookoo's Egg, by Clifford Stoll, which is a FASCINATING look at a hacker's pervasive attacks into military and government computers for the old Soviet Union.

Memory sold out!

According to this TechWeb article, DRAMs are sold out, and all OEMs have been put on allocation for new production. Thank's Shugashack. Here's an excerpt:
Micron Technology Inc. last week broke the ice by uttering the "A" word, telling Wall Street investors that it is sold out of DRAM for the fourth quarter. And a number of other DRAM producers have placed OEM customers on allocation following the market's sudden U-turn from the oversupply situation that just this summer fed rivers of low-cost chips into the OEM channel.

Ask John C anything?

Looks like Slashdot has gotten an interview opportunity to ask John C. of id anything. Cool :-) Check the article.

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