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  1. Unfortunately, not everyone has the system to run 'top end graphics' and running a game with better graphics would entitled tuning down options, thus resulting in lower quality anyway. Besides, I still thin OFP looks great, the only thing that gets me is the bushes and trees :)

    Also, isn't it the game that counts more than the graphics? Surely Half-life and many 2d rts' can attest to that.

  2. For stability reasons and so on, I'd just go ahead and reformat to get a fresh install. Your system will be much better off that way, eliminating a factor if something goes wrong. Also, you will need to install/update drivers. So read your mb manual.

    Plug and Play is also known as Plug and Pray for obvious reasons :)

  3. Any board with overclocking features will also have a sensor that detects the cpu temp. This will be in the form of a little sensor in the base of the cpu socket, or an ability to read temps off the cpu's internal diode (if the cpu has one).

    You can access these temps either in bios or with a program like mbm5 http://mbm.livewiredev.com/

  4. If your motherboard isn't an aftermarket product offering it's own overclocking options in bios, forget it. Software programs don't offer half the options needed and are usually less stable than bios overclocks. Also, 1.4ghz - 2.1 is a big jump and no doubt has a high grade hsf as well as some other preventative measures to keep the components happy.

    If you're going to overclock, get the proper equipment and work up slowly. The worse you can do is fry components or get hdd corruption which will cause you to lose a lot if not all your data. It is indeed a risky business. Read a lot on it before you attempt it. Overclocking a gfx card is a completely different aspect.

  5. Go to http://www.mnwright.freeserve.co.uk/ and download MultiGrab (under Beta Programs) and be sure to get his mwgfx .dlls as well so it will be fully functional.

    After you set it up, you just turn it on and hit the Print Screen key during game play. It takes the pic from the clipboard and saves it as a .bmp or .jpg with compression, depending on what settings you choose. So, you can take multiple screens and save them. I've used it for a long time and love it.

  6. Sdram compared to ddr, there is a big, noticeable difference. Besides the ease of moving date due to the greater bandwidth, chipsets using ddr are more refined and offer more performance themselves. Plus, it's been my experiance, that ddr is much more efficent than sdram, thus requiring less.

  7. Standard testing is done at these settings:

    Resolution: 1024x768 32bit

    Texture Format: Compressed

    FSAA: Disabled

    Z-Buffer Depth: 24bit

    Frame Buffer: Double

    Rendering Pipeline: D3D Pure Hardware T&L

    I guess all other settings are up for debate. But even decreasing all my settings, all the performance increase I get is 200 or so 3dmarks.

    Hotdog, you should be able to achieve 10k 3dmarks with a ti4200 at least.

  8. Sadly it won't... The gpu is allready taxied or it wouldn't need such a huge heatsink. Ati will eventually respond with a DDRII answer, so the memory issue is null. The lack of a 256bit controller like the 9700, is the whole reason it is using DDRII, to try and keep up. By the time the 9700 is tapped out with DDRII mem, I don't think it will stand a chance.

  9. Most of that is old news that been around for quite some time, including the fact of 1mb cache (Hammer will have the same), 800mhz FSB and so on. Though I didn't know they'd be using SOI. AMD's Barton was supposed to use this, but they shrugged it in favor of the tbred b cores. Hammers will have the SOI tech though.

    SSE3 is BS. It would have to be utilized in programs to work. SSE2 isn't used much at all, but mainly in the work place. Since it's a Intel tech, AMD has supposedly found a way to work 'their version' of SSE2 into the Hammer chips. But it is still useless. Same goes for AMD possibly using Hyperthreading due to a loop in patents by Intel.

    10ghz is still a bit much. No previous P4 has gotten any further than 1ghz on its core.

    That HyperTransport (AMD developed for hammer) answer is quite interesting. It seems to differ no more than a standard chipset, and thus not increasing memory bandwidth or effiecency as much as the AMD cpu. Also, last time I check, HyperTransport was on the mb, not the cpu. The memory controller is in fact on the cpu, which means you can't utilize faster ram tech as it comes out without buying a new cpu... but on the otherhand, current ram tech works faster because of it's speed an efficency. Odd trade-off eh?

    Dual channel DDR and Serial ATA are allready in use on basicly all Nforce2 boards. Intel is really behind in current tech as far as motherboards go and it shows.

    Read about Yamhill a while back. Too bad Intel didn't go that route earlier instead of Itanium or they might have beatten AMD :P

    Also, have we all forgotten the PIII serial number incident that happen way back when? It leaves a trace of that cpu everywhere and can be linked back to your system. Whos to say they still aren't using it with the P4? AMD, because of anticipated public reaction (bad of course), decided against using such tech.

    OK, think I'm done :)

  10. Actually, according to the license, your not supposed to. Windows tries to even prevent this with XP, requiring you to have a key that is verified over the net on one of their servers, or your copy goes dead in 30days. After this, that key is dead and can't be used to reg again. But, if you call up MS, tell em you have reformatted and your key isn't working and you need to reg your XP, they'll reactivate the key for you :) Now, I assume you can take advantage of that and install it on 2 pcs, but I've not tried it yet myself.

    Yes, you will have to reformat, especially with XP. It gives you the option of a new file system called NTFS or the old FAT16. The NTFS system (introduced with Win2k?) is a lot more efficient and has some other nice stuff I can't remember, but read about it a long time ago. Plus, XP has some probs with FAT16.

  11. The instructions are actually on the web, so do a search on google for their website.

    As for application... Squirt a piece the size of a grain of rice on the core (little metal square), then take something like a credit card to spread it. It should cover the core to where you can barely start to see the lettering on it start to come through. Be sure not to put too much or it may over run onto the bridge, conduct them, and short out your cpu.

    Also, take some and rub it into the bottom of your heatsink, rubbing in circular motions, then wipe it off. This allows AS3 to penetrate the metal on the heatsink for better contact.

    Lastly, attach the heatsink ontop of your cpu. It has a supposed burn-in time of 36hrs or so before optimum performance is gained.

  12. The Celeron? What the hell... It can't compete with anything even remotely resembling a good cpu, not even the Duron. It is always outdone by the 2000XP... As for the P4 2ghz, not always but at least 75% of the time.

    From what I've heard, the Prescott is a die shrink and a few optimizations like previous cores carrying on the latest tech. Nothing more.

  13. I got WinXP Pro of newegg for $130, and it's garanteed not to be some copy.

    That Cray info is actually quite old. Same as the fact that WinXP 64 is being made optimized FOR the AMD Hammer, not Intel's Itanium :)

    BTW, here's the whole low down on the Intel mhz vs AMD's PR rating.

    The Mhz Wars ended with the 1ghz PIII and similarly speedy AMD Tbird. Then Intel introduced the P4 1.3ghz. The core structure for it is so horrible, they created a lot of empty space inside just to allow room for more mhz, a really inefficent core, just so they could bump speed. If you had a PIII 1ghz and bought either an early P4 1.3 or 1.4ghz, the PIII would perform faster ;)

    AMD on the other hand stuck with the PIII type efficient core and improved it, and keeps improving it, as they have today. So, if you want to see really how far we have come from original cpus in speed, look at the AMD mhz, thats what a comparable Pentium, PII, or PIII would actually be running today on their cores. This efficient core, redesigned into a 8th gen chip, is what AMD gets their hammer tech from. Not to mention the on-chip memory controller making memory usage much more efficient. Hammer speeds are planned to hit a 4000 pr by years end.

    Unfortunately, most people are idiots, and go by big numbers. So, for this reason, AMD had to make the PR rating. It shows people how fast it will perform, despite the mhz deficiency.

    As for the Prescott core... all it means is Intel's crap ###### job at planning (or perhaps a good one to get more money?) makes them redesign the whole chip just to get a few more mhz out of it and make consumers buy new boards at the same time due to a socket change.

    AMD, due to such a big market for enthusiast, always get the best technology. Most boards available feature 8x AGP, SATA, 5.1 onboard sound, ddr400 support and so on... nVidia won't be making an Intel chipset due to their greed on licensing, whereas AMD welcomes partners.

    Major Maximum, it's 1.67ghz @ 2000XP, but it does perform on par or better than a P4 2ghz. So, despite his actual acknowledgment in that fact, he does have a 2ghz competitive cpu.

    I think I've rambled enough...

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