Anthony Garreffa's Blog
I knew these blogs would be used for greatness, with a quick tease of what I'm about to get knees-deep into: 7860x1440 testing in two of the hottest titles out right now: Battlefield 4 and Star Citizen.
I'm going to begin with Star Citizen, which is going to be one of the biggest PC games when it comes out. It is not hitting consoles, and will be exclusive to PC. Chris Roberts, the brain behind it, along with his team at Roberts Space Industries and Cloud Imperium Games are looking to make a game that will literally leave your PC in a bunch of molten plastic and metal, because it pushes your hardware so far.
Right now, if you're backing the game, you can get access to the Hangar Module. What I've done is upgraded to a better hangar, and run around through the hangar to get a sense of the stress across two MSI Radeon HD 7970 Lightning BE GPUs... these GPUs are no low-end parts, but some of the fastest GPUs on the planet. 7860x1440, though, is one of the most stressful resolutions you can run, and this is what you'll be seeing here on TweakTown in around 24 hours.
SoCs are the new GPUs for me, well, that is until a new GPU comes out and then I get all excited. All tech excites me, I feel like a kid at Christmas when some new exciting product is announced, and today, it's Qualcomm's announcement of the Snapdragon 805 SoC.
It feels like it came out of nowhere, and as soon as I saw the name, I thought "this can't be a huge step in performance because of its name," because it's so close to the Snapdragon 800 in name - 800, to 805 - to me, feels like a slight upgrade. But this, is not a slight upgrade. The new SoC is capable of driving 4K content thanks to its kick-ass new Adreno 420 GPU, and the new Krait 450 quad-core processor.
The Adreno 420 GPU itself has a huge 40% increase in graphics processing power, when compared to the Snapdragon 800. Then we have the new Gobi MDM9x25 modem, which is a treasure trove of network connectivity. First off, the new Govi modem is capable of delivering 150Mbps LTE streaming, and a massive 600Mbps over Wi-Fi.
We are now posting blogs for TweakTown, which will give you - our awesome readers - a chance to get a little closer to us. We can give you a quick news-like post, showing off our latest gear before the reviews go live. This gives a more personal connection to us, in my opinion, something that I'm going to love coming into the future.
The first blog from me is going to be about the Nexus 5, and my first half-day with it. I received it a few days ago, but had an LG G2 that I needed to use for a week to write a review about, so I had to be super patient to not rip it out of the box and use it. But, I have now - and I love it, I really do. Of course this is just early days - but it feels so light, and that 5-inch 1080p display is gorgeous!
Android 4.4 KitKat is great so far, with Google Now being a swipe to the left away, instead of swiping in from the home button. It takes a little getting used to, but it works. Android 4.4 also brings in the Google Glass-like "OK Google" command, which is an always-listening personal assistant. You can just say "OK Google, what is the weather tomorrow" and it'll pop up and vocalize it for you - a nice touch.
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