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Still nothing..

it’s been a while since I blogged about the optical drive thingy, the shop owner sent the drive to the distributor and said that it’ll take MINIMUM of 4-5 days for them to process it. I feel angry and hopeless at same time. the worst thing being I still haven’t played Crysis alongside a bucketload of other titles (CoD4. Gears of War, Kane and Lynch to name a few) to make matters worse, my interest in Team Fortress 2 has worn off. I rarely play it now, so in simplest terms, I am hungry for new games! Coincidently, I’ve found a new show to keep my distracted (and occupied) Alias. I am done with seasons 1 & 2. with Season 3 download being almost complete, Damn fine show and you gotta love the cliff hanger endings! S1,2 DVD Sets will be hitting Indian shores pretty soon, so hopefully I’ll grab them aswell.

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Agrrrrh…Bad Luck – Part II

 

So my drive was received, now all that is left is to contact the shop, who will then take the drive to the distributor . who will then proceed to check the drive and then send a replacement, which’ll go back to the shop and then my relative and then back to me. oh well, I’ve waited this far, 1-2 weeks shouldn’t hurt too much 😦

Agrrrrh…Bad Luck :\

 

A Day has passed since Crysis’s Official Indian release (Dec 3rd. though there are those lucky assholes that got it earlier and decided to flash the god damn thing all over) and what do you know, the day before Crysis got released, my optical drive (Lite-On 20A1S 20x DVD-RW) Decides to give up and stop reading everything I throw at it…hmmm, maybe a cable is loose? nope. what about flashing the firmware to a newer one? nope. let’s try changing SATA ports and see if that works….again, nope. after totally giving up, I decided to try it on my second PC and still the drive refused to read any of my Burned DVDs or anything else for that matter. the other optical drive read them all perfectly fine, call it back luck but I lost my motherboard’s IDE cable and the current one I have doesn’t fit my motherboard (ASUS P5K Deluxe) so here I am, the game I bought a new pc for has been released and I can’t play it :\ now I have to courier the damn thing back and hope that RMA doesn’t take an eternity. meanwhile, my plans of buying Gears of War, Call of Duty 4 and Crysis will enjoy the view via the backseat. sigh!

atleast I have Team Fortress 2 to keep me distracted…..

Crysis BETA is awesome! (performance and pics inside)

I’m officially hooked to Crysis beta. as soon as it was released to public (limited time) I was quick to grab it and I can hardly stop playing since the MP is so damn awesome 🙂 The BETA is NDA-Bound…..it’s too bad I don’t give a fuck about NDAs. Anyway, for people wondering what the performance is like, I did some limited testing, here it is:

System –

Q6600 2.4GHz
4GB DDR2 667MHz
XFX 8800GTX @600MHz/1.9GHz
Vista Ultimate x64 (Forceware 163.69)
19″ WS LCD

Benchmarks-

Crysis @1440×900 – 0x AF 0x AA – Medium Quality

Min: 52fps

Max: 57fps

Avg: 54.535fps

Crysis@1440×900 – 16x AF 0x AA – Maximum Quality

Min: 27fps

Max: 39fps

Avg: 33fps

I’ll do some Low quality benchies when I play the game next time. The performance at high is awful since the frame rate drops to teens (16-20fps) when there’s lot of action going on. but this is a beta and the performance will improve considerably in Demo and/or Retail. also, the Beta is NOT DX10. you CANT RUN IT IN DX10. regardless of what other retards say, you can’t run it in DX10. Crytek didn’t bundle a DX10 renderer in the beta. the demo will be DX10 AFAIK. also, Crysis is the best looking game developed till now. on any platform.

Screenshots –

Finally the part everyone’s waiting for. I took a ton of Crysis Screenshots, You can check them out in my ImageShack Folder

All the latest pics are of Crysis. all screenies are high quality (no jpg artefacts) at 1440×900 resolution.

Enjoy! 😀

Can’t wait for Crysis 😀

nVidia to Launch G92, C72 and C73 in November!

 

NVIDIA is also going to launch their next generation PCI Express 2.0 SLI chipsets for both Intel and AMD processors together with the next generation enthusiast GPUs known as G92 in November. There are C73 and C72 chipsets for Intel supporting 45nm Yorkfield and Wolfdale processors and MCP72 for AMD supporting AM2+ Phenom processors. The main difference between C73 and C72 is the support of higher FSB and memory type where C73 supports 1600FSB and DDR3-1600 and C72 supports 1333FSB and DDR2-1066/800.

There are 2 variants to each series of SLI chipset; XE and P where XE supports 3 x16 SLI priced at US$150+ and P supports 2 x8 SLI priced at US$100-120. Only MCP72 series can support Hybrid SLI. C72 early samples will be available to customers by end of July where mass production slated for October. MCP72 early samples will be available by August with MP targeted for November. C73 will arrive later where early samples targeted for November and mass production in December. So we can expect MCP72 and C72 to be on target for launch together with G92 in November. 

Source: VR-Zone

Just to give one an idea about G92’s Power, it will be 3x faster than current 8800 Series of Cards! and the total bandwidth will be close to 1TeraFlops! can any one guess how much power it will require? 😛

Crysis’s Release Date?

 

According to Blue’s News, EA’s Updated Press Fact Sheet Revealed Crysis’s Release date for US to be 11th September while the game would hit the UK on 14th September. No official announcement from EA Has been made concerning this though. Read The Full Story@Blue’s News

Fact or just speculation? let’s hope it’s the the former.

BioShock PC Requirements Unveiled

 

– Operating Systems –

Windows XP (with Service Pack 2) or Windows Vista

– Minimum System Requirements –

CPU – Pentium 4 2.4GHz Single Core processor

System RAM – 1GB

Video Card – Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 128MB RAM (NVIDIA 6600 or better/ATI X1300 or better, excluding ATI X1550).

Sound Card – 100% direct X 9.0c compatible sound card

Hard disc space – 8GB free space

– Recommended System Requirements –

CPU – Intel Core 2 Duo processor

System RAM – 2GB

Video card – DX9 – Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512MB RAM (NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT or better) / DX10 – NVIDIA GeForce 8600 or better

Sound Card – Sound Blaster X-Fi series (Optimized for use with Creative Labs EAX ADVANCED HD 4.0 or EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 compatible sound cards)

Hard disc space – 8GB free space

Upgrade anyone? 😛