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Vista is set for official launch into the mainstream market today, and the Techgage get in early on the mass of coverage soon to hit, as they take a good look at gaming performance with the shiny new OS from Microsoft.
To give you a good idea of how is fares in comparison to that of ye'ole faithful (XP), they've included benchmark results for that in their charts as well.
Gaming. Pastime for some, necessity for others. Yes, gaming is an integral part of everyday life on the PC and Vista promises to be a great OS for the job. Ignoring the fact of future DX10 games, does Vista prove to be a gaming friendly PC today?
I spent a lot of time in Vista Beta 2 last summer and wrote the first part to my performance reports. In that article, I compared both the performance of system benchmarks in addition to games. Needless to say, nobody in the end was impressed with the results. Those doubts could rightfully be pushed aside though, since it was "Beta" operating system we were dealing with. At that time though, it showed us clear as day how far Vista had to go.
Shuttle have just announced a barebones variant of their kickass SDXi Small Form Factor XPC based around the Intel 975X chipset for Core 2 Duo/Extreme/Quad.
(CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., January 26, 2007-- Shuttle Inc, the world's leading designer and manufacturer of small form factor computers and accessories announced the company's newest offering of gaming bare bone PCs- the Shuttle SDXi bare bone kit. The package includes the custom hand painted SD37P2 chassis with custom Thermal Electronic Cooler from Peliter for the ATI Graphic cards in Crossfire configurations.
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Offer: Hurry. Everyone's picking this puppy up so it won't be this price for long, or they'll simply pull it off the site.
NVIDIA are showing off their new 8800 series DX10 capable GFX cards at CES with some fancy DX10 game demonstrations, allowing people to get a taste of whats to come in the world of DX10 gaming as it begins to take off this year.
For more information, grab NVIDIA's press release here.
SINGAPORE - JANUARY 10, 2007 - NVIDIA is demonstrating spectacular next-generation DirectX 10 gaming content running on NVIDIA GeForce 8800 graphics processors at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. NVIDIA GeForce 8800 graphics processing units (GPUs) and NVIDIA nForce® 680-series media and communications processors (MCPs) will demonstrate dozens of cutting edge PC games at the show including Microsoft's Games for Windows space in the Central Hall, Booth #7144, at CES.
"CES marks another milestone in the march to launch of Windows Vista and highlights NVIDIA's commitment to support this new operating system that leverages the processing power found in our GPUs," said Ned Finkle, vice president of strategic marketing at NVIDIA. "From low-priced mainstream GeForce solutions to those found in the ultimate gaming PCs being shown at CES, NVIDIA GPUs are found in a broad range of Vista-Ready PCs that offer consumers a new level of graphics performance and quality."
DEAL OF THE DAY - Walmart - Xbox 360 Premium System with 20GB Hard Drive and FREE Burnout Revenge Game for $385.82 with 97 Cents Shipping!
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Offer: Get your Xbox 360 now! Today is the last day to order with regular standard shipping for you to get it by 12/22/06. Right now Walmart is even giving you a free game (Burnout Revenge) to go with your platinum system. Shipping is only 97 cents!
ASUS have just expanded upon their R.O.G. (Republic of Gamers) family of tricked up motherboards with the "Commando" gaming motherboard based on Intel's P965 chipset for Core2Duo/Quad. Undoubtedly the biggest attraction about this particular board is ASUS's personal guarentee that it'll allow for up to 2,280MHz and 1,300MHz on the FSB and memory respectively. Thats some pretty mean overclocking headroom right there!
For full details, have a read of the official announcement over at ASUS's website folks.
Taipei, Taiwan, December 18, 2006 - ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), the worldwide leader of motherboards, today introduced the Commando, a new addition to its R.O.G (Republic of Gamers) family of gaming motherboards. The Commando provides extreme overclock ability for enhanced performance, and unique features to jazz up the gaming features and simplify the DIY process.
Overclock system bus up to 2,280MHz :-
Supporting the Intel® P965 Express Chipset, maximum 8GB dual-channel DDR2 architecture, PCI Express x16 graphics and multi-core CPU, the Commando is ready for the latest computing hardware and software specifications. With superior engineering, the Commando provides unmatched overclockability, taking FSB and memory up to 2,280MHz and 1,300MHz, respectively.
DEAL OF THE DAY - Won't Last! Kmart - XBox 360 Platinum System with 20GB Hard Drive for $319.99 + $7 Shipping!
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Offer: Restocked and the coupon is still working! This was supposed to expire yesterday but it's still alive, so HURRY! This bundle is normally $400 everywhere and there are usually no discounts on these because Microsoft is actually losing money per console. This deal probably will be pulled in the early morning!
I'm sure many of you would agree that Electronic Arts games have somewhat deteriorated in recent years, especially when comparing the likes of the current crop of Need For Speed "RICE EDITION" titles to the good old days of Porsche Unleashed. And it seems i'm not the only one who's questioning their integrity as a leading games developer these days, as proven in this article over at the Inquirer today.
AN ANALYST has waded into EA games for 'poor game quality' and missing important opportunities.
Gamespot quotes Pacific Crest Securities' Evan Wilson as saying that the EA games brand was tarnished.
The outfit had to delay the release of "Superman Returns" over quality issues and when the game finally made the shops it was pulled to bits by reviewers. Wilson said that poor reviews and quality are beginning tarnishing the EA brand.
The inaugural "eGames" entertainment expo is taking place this weekend, running Nov 17 through 19 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre in VIC, Australia (w00t, my hometown, i'll be there with bells on).
NVIDIA are looking forward to having their new 8800 series graphics cards on display and in action at the event, just to give everyone an idea of how powerful these puppies are.
As such, they thought the big event be worthy of a dedicated press release, you can grab it here peeps.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15, 2006 - Gamers and visitors to the inaugural eGames in Melbourne will experience the power of the GeForce® 8 series of graphics processing units (GPUs). NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, will be demonstrating the capabilities of the new GPUs that take gaming to the next level.
Located at Scorptec Technology's Booth (No. A24), NVIDIA and Multimedia Technology Pty Ltd, a distributor of XFX, will showcase a PC based on an Intel Core Duo E600 and an XFX GeForce 8800 GTX video card. The machine will be connected to a large screen LCD TV to show the running of game demonstrations and benchmarking utilities. Also on display will be a A$4,000 Scorptec Stinger Gaming PC, featuring an XFX 7900 GTX video card, which will be given away as a major door prize at the end of the show.
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