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Skynet in my basement

November 21, 2007

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I picked up my new system yesterday, and compared to my old rig I’ve now got serious concerns about Skynet starting up in my basement. Well, it’s not the fastest machine in the world by any means but it’s the fastest I’ve ever had and a huge improvement over what I had prior to this.

My previous system;

Pentium 4 2.8ghz
1.5gb of some sort of ram
nVidia 7600GS
150gb worth of assorted hard drives

My new system;

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.40GHz 8MB
Reaper 2GB (2X1GB) PC9200 DDR2-1150MHz
Dual BFG 8800GT OC2 512MB PCIe Video Cards (SLI)
Dual Western Digital Raptors 150Gb 10000Rpm WD1500ADFD

As I said, a decided improvement. Some real world numbers…

Old system:

Crysis
1280×720 (widescreen)
Physics and water detail – High
Everything else – a mix of low/med (mostly low)
FPS on average : 20 to 30

Call of Duty 4
960×700 (widescreen)
Settings – a mix of low/med (again, mostly low)
FPS on average : 20 to 30 with a generally laggy feel

New system:

Crysis
1680×1050 (widescreen)
All settings max + a tweak to enable very high settings in DirectX9
FPS on average : 40 to 50, with the odd dip down to near 30

Call of Duty 4
1680×1050 (widescreen)
Settings all maxed
FPS on average : 150 to 160

Very happy with my purchase so far.

-ab

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